Book, Bling & Critique Giveaways

At Cynsations, you'll almost always find awesome book, bling, and/or critique giveaways! Sometimes a few at once!

Plus, right now Candlewick Press is offering free downloads of two of my Gothic fantasy short stories!

Here's the full scoop:

Books, Bling & Critiques

Check out the "giveaway" tag and/or become a regular reader of the blog and follow the various instructions for how to enter. Be sure to note deadlines and eligible territories.

Between giveaways? Check back in a couple of days! Another one will go live soon!

"Haunted Love" Short Story

Cynthia's YA short story "Haunted Love" (Candlewick, 2011) will be available Dec. 13 for free as an e-book from various e-booksellers in the U.S. and U.K.

"Haunted Love" is set in the Tantalize series universe and features entirely new characters. Here's a peek:

I wonder what, if anything, she knows about the building’s tragic history, its lingering reputation. A teenage girl—Sonia Mitchell—was found dead in a storage closet in 1959. Another girl, Katherine something-or-other—Vogel maybe—went missing for good.

She was new in town, like Ginny, and her body was never found. Both girls worked at the theater. And again, like Ginny, both girls were sixteen.

Everyone hereabouts has heard the story. Partiers have busted in over the years, too, and every now and then a whole pack would run out hollering about a ghost.

Cyn says: "'Haunted Love' is set in the fictional small town of Spirit, Texas; around an old movie theater. It explores a decades-old mystery and is unabashedly a gift to paranormal romance fans. It's also my husband's favorite of my short stories."

"Haunted Love" was originally published as a short story in Immortal: Love Stories with Bite, edited by P.C. Cast (BenBella, 2008).

"Cat Calls" Short Story

Cynthia's YA short story "Cat Calls" (Candlewick, 2011) is now available for free as an e-book from various e-booksellers in the U.S. and U.K.

"Cat Calls" is set in the Tantalize series universe and features entirely new characters. Here's a peek:


Tiffany's grandma sees something wild in her future -- but is Tiffany prepared for the powerful shape it will take?
I’m what people call “a late bloomer.”

This May, not long after my sixteenth birthday, I finally started my period for the first time and shifted from blah to bombshell overnight.

For me, it was a relief.

My mom, on the other hand, had a full-scale panic attack. Before you could say “Xanax,” she packed me up and shipped me off to my grandmother, who at the time was predicting the future in Missouri off I-35.

Cyn says: "Tiff is claws-down the sassiest point-of-view character I've ever written, and this story radiates 'animal' in a fierce, sexy, mind-bending kind of way."

"Cat Calls" is an Amazon.com and Books on Board "free book bestseller."

"Cat Calls" was originally published as a short story in Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists and Other Matters Odd and Magical, edited by Deborah Noyes (Candlewick, 2009).

Sponsoring a Giveaway

If you would like to sponsor a giveaway of a critique, trade-published children's-YA book(s) or related item(s), please contact Cynthia with your request, listing the item(s), any pertinent links to more information, and the eligible territory (U.S., North America, or international).

Notes: (a) shipping across national borders requires a special USPS form; (b) international shipping can be pricey; (c) craft of writing books, books about reading or youth literature, and related professional books of interest to authors, teachers and librarians also are welcome.
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