Author Spotlight: Maggie Stiefvater & Giveaway

Posted September 28, 2012 by girlswit in Uncategorized / 19 Comments

Bio: (As stated on author’s website)
After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor, and equestrian artist, I’m now a full-time writer living in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs who fart recreationally, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.  I’m also an award-winning colored pencil artist, play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), and an ex-Navy brat. I recently acquired a race car.
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Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors. Her writing style is superb. She has a way to pull you right into the book within the first chapter and keeps you there well after the last page is read. I’ve adored all of her books but if I were asked to vote which one I felt was the best, thus far (since I haven’t read The Raven Boys yet), I would have to say, The Scorpio Races. The Scorpio Races had such an unique story and made me feel as if I was right there with Puck on the cliffs. –Lisa

Maggie Stiefvater’s Books
The Shiver Trilogy
          Shiver
          Linger
          Forever
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf — her wolf — is a haunting presence she can’t seem to live without.
Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human…until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy with a murky past. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human — or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
 

Books Of Faerie

          Lament
          Ballad
          Requiem (Coming in 2013)
Both Deirdre Monaghan and her best friend James Morgan are prodigiously talented young musicians. Deirdre is about to find out she’s also a Cloverhand—one who can see faeries. And James is about to discover how dangerous it can be to be an excellent musician when the faeries are near. Deirdre must contend with Luke Dillon, a soulless faerie assassin, and James must decide whether or not to strike a bargain with Nuala, a deadly faerie muse.
Steeped in Irish music and folklore, both Lament and Ballad follow Deirdre and James out of high school and into the world of Faerie.

The Scorpio Races
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

The Raven Boys
Book one of a new four-book series. Richard “Dick” Gansey has it all: family money, good looks, devoted friends. But he’s on a quest for much more: Glendower, a legendary Welsh king.
Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. Surrounded by the Raven Boys — the rich boys at prestigious Aglionby Academy — she never thought this prediction would be a problem. When Gansey and his Raven Boys enter her life, however, she’s not so sure.

The Curiosities The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Brenna Yovanoff, Tessa Gratton,  Maggie Stiefvater

-A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck.
-Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing.
-A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).

These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction.

But The Curiosities is more than the stories. Since 2008, Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff have posted more than 250 works of short fiction to their website merryfates.com. Their goal was simple: create a space for experimentation and improvisation in their writing–all in public and without a backspace key. In that spirit, The Curiosities includes the stories and each author’s comments, critiques, and kudos in the margins. Think of it as a guided tour of the creative processes of three acclaimed authors.

So, are you curious now?

And now for the giveaway. A huge thank you goes out to Becky Amsel, Publicist, Scholastic Inc. for making the giveaway possible.
Autographed paperback of Shiver

We will have three winners this week. The first winner will receive the ARC of The Raven Boys, the second winner will receive the hardcover book of The Scorpio Races and the third winner will receive an autographed paperback of Shiver. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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