Hey friends, how would you like to play a game today?
Catherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and middle grade fiction. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author won finalist spots in both YA and Science Fiction in the 2013 USA Book News International Book Awards. It was also granted a 2013 Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and a 2013 Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Middle grade novels include A Girl’s Best Friend.
As part of my writerly Wednesdays, we're going to get to know a little bit more about some of the AWESOME books recently released, and some little known facts about their authors. But more than that, giveaways and chances to win free stuff await--because who doesn't love the chance to win, eh?
Monday, Catherine Stine released her sequel to Fireseed One, Ruby's Fire. She has received much praise for her other works, and I, for one, am excited to pick up this series and get started.
Seventeen year-old Ruby and her little brother Thorn, have only known a life blighted by the extremist Fireseed Cult. The night Ruby is set to be claimed by one of its cruelest and oldest leaders, she makes a bid for freedom. With Thorn in tow, she stumbles into the world beyond, and finds an opportunity for a fresh start in Skull’s Wrath under the guidance of Nevada Pilgrim, a woman who may not be all she seems. Ruby's new life could bring her friendship, love, even fortune, but nothing comes without a price. Is Ruby's talent for elixirs keeping the roof over their heads, or do some of her associates have a more sinister and lucrative interest in them? Life outside a strange cult isn't without its dangers, and the experience leaves Ruby transformed and communing with the Fireseed more closely than she ever would have imagined. Stine delivers a thrilling adventure led by an exciting cast of characters, and the romance is really well handled.
Now shall we meet the author?
More and more, Catherine enjoys writing speculative tales where her imagination has wild and free reign. She has taught creative writing workshops at the Philadelphia Writing Conference, Missouri University Summer Abroad, The New School and in her own ongoing NYC writing workshop. She loves her readers, and enjoys blogging.
Sign up for her newsletter to learn about freebies and future giveaways.
Here's your chance to win a copy: a Rafflecopter giveaway
And now for some fun! *rubbing hands*
I asked Catherine to share a couple unique facts about herself. She gave me two truths, and one lie. Can you figure out the lie? The person who does will win either a signed paperback (US only) or ebook of Ruby's Fire. If there's more than one, their names will go into my magic hat. You have until next Wednesday to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on July 3rd!
TRUTH OR LIE
1. Catherine sat next to Tom Petty on a first class plane ride to LA.
2. Her son's band played All Along the Watchtower with Eddie Vedder.
3. Buddy Guy invited her to a private bash.
Okay human lie detectors, which is it?
What an awesome cover pic!ReplyDelete
The lie? Let me see.... mmm... no. #3. Buddy Guy didn't invite her to a private bash.
Writer In Transit
I know, right?Delete
Hmm.. I'm going with the first class palne ride next to Tom Petty :)ReplyDelete
--Because you're jealous, right? ;)Delete
Sounds like the book has a very strong heroine - I like!! I'm loving characters who don't accept their fates and go out to seek new ones. Congrats to Catherine! Hmmm... I'm not great at figuring out truths and lies, but I'll hazard a guess and say #3.ReplyDelete
Exactly! When the MC makes you want to be the hero of your own story, that's where the magic happens.Delete
I'm getting a major chuckle from the guesses. keep 'em coming!ReplyDelete
I love the cover and think I might want to dabble in artwork and try my hand at making a cover. How fun!ReplyDelete
Glad we could inspire. ;)Delete
Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Crystal! I am very intrigued by this book and looking forward to the (however faint) opportunity of winning a free copy.ReplyDelete
No, onto the lie... First off, I play this game a lot (ice breaker in groups) so I know that they're all plausible. I'm gonna say it's #2- your son's band DID get to play with Eddie Vedder, but it wasn't All Along The Watchtower. Cause you seem like the sneaky person who'd switch a small detail like that.
Whew, Bev! You're going above and beyond the call of duty here. Awesome.Delete
I'm terrible at this game. So, I'll go with #2 with the full realization that I'm wrong.ReplyDelete
LOL. You never know, Liz. You may just be right. I'm not saying either way.Delete
Beverly, you crack me up... you should be a CSI person. Powers of lie detection? Liz, one guess is as good as any.ReplyDelete
LOVE the cover and the story. Speculative and adventure sounds great! As for my guess...#2? ChristyReplyDelete
It does sound awesome, right?Delete
This story sounds great! Thanks for sharing. I love all the recommendations I get from my blogging friends. ☺ReplyDelete
Based on those alone, I'll never have to wonder what to read again--I'm sure you feel the same way. My TBR list exploded!Delete
Oh, that's tough! I will go with the second "lie" but I really don't know! Also, this sounds like an awesome story! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a great read. I love stories with strong female heroines.ReplyDelete
You and me, both, Christina.Delete
Congrats to Catherine!ReplyDelete
Hmm, this is a hard one. I'll guess #3, too, as the lie.
I'm going to say #3 is the lie.ReplyDelete
You won't be disappointed reading Ruby's Fire. Catherine is a gifted writer. Can't wait until she gets the next one out. I know, Catherine, you just put this one out... :)ReplyDelete
Waving at Crystal.
Such a pretty cover! As for truth and lies...I think it's true she sat next to Tom Petty.ReplyDelete
That would be pretty cool, right?Delete
I'm going to say number one is the lie...I'll bet she saw Tom Petty at the airport. :)ReplyDelete
LOL. So you're on board with the half-truth conspirators, eh?Delete
I'm going with #3, because the Tom Petty one would be cool if it were true. ::DReplyDelete
Wishful thinking, eh? Stina, I now know what to get you for Christmas. ;)Delete
I've been seeing this book all around the blogosphere. Good luck, Catherine!ReplyDelete
Oh! I love this game. LOL. I'm gonna say #3.ReplyDelete
It's a fun one, eh?Delete
Ruby's Fire sounds like a good book. My daughter saw the cover and said she wants to read it!ReplyDelete
Awesome! Can't have a better response than that, eh?Delete
Mmm... I think 3's the lie, but it's a tricky one. Would love to win a copy, but I'm not a US resident. :-)ReplyDelete
We still love you, Misha--even if you're not a US resident.Delete
This game is fun. It was Crystal's idea. Sherry, how great that your daughter likes the Ruby cover.ReplyDelete
Congrats to Catherine for the release and good luck with the new book :).ReplyDelete
I think I have to go with #3 as well. Congratulations to Catherine and best of luck! :)ReplyDelete
I generally don't get into series because I like to start and finish, since I generally only read on vacation; but my DD loves series, so will pass along the recommendation to her.ReplyDelete
Off topic, got a blog question for you. How do you set your blog up to be able to have reply beneath everyone's comments? Sometimes readers like to communicate back and forth too, would like to add that but don't know how. Thanks
Sandy, shoot me an email and I'll walk you through it. ;)Delete
crystal at crystal-collier dot com
Congrats to Catherine and what an awesome giveaway.ReplyDelete
I think it's #3.
Great-looking release! I'd have to go with #1 as the lie. He strikes me as somebody who would sit alone.ReplyDelete