Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Blog Tour: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones


Welcome to the blog tour for Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones! This debut novel is just as beautiful as its cover. Learn more about it (publishing in just one week)!



Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.



About the Author:


S. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and erstwhile editrix. When not obsessing over books, she can be found jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, co-hosting the Pub(lishing) Crawl podcast, or playing dress-up. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in North Carolina, as well as many other places on the internet, including Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog.



The Pronunciation Guide:


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The Excerpt:

Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood. She was small and dark, he was tall and fair, and the two of them made a fancy pair as they danced together, dancing to the music the little girl heard in her head.

Her grand mother had told her to beware the wolves that prowled in the wood, but the little girl knew the little boy was not dangerous, even if he was the king of the goblins. 

Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the little boy asked, and the little girl did not wonder at how he knew her name.

Oh, she replied, but I am too young to marry. 


Then I will wait, the little boy said. I will wait as long as you remember.

And the little girl laughed as she danced with the Goblin King, the little boy who was always just a little older, a little out of reach.


As the seasons turned and the years passed, the little girl grew older but the Goblin King remained the same. She washed the dishes, cleaned the floors, brushed her sister’s hair, yet still ran to the forest to meet her old friend in the grove. Their games were different now, truth and forfeit and challenges and dares.

Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the little boy asked, and the little girl did not yet understand his question was not part of a game.

Oh, she replied, but you have not yet won my hand. 

Then I will win, the little boy said. I will win until you surrender

And the little girl laughed as she played against the Goblin King, losing every hand and every round.


Winter turned to spring, spring to summer, summer into autumn, autumn back into winter, but each turning of the year grew harder and harder as the little girl grew up while the Goblin King remained the same. She washed the dishes, cleaned the floors, brushed her sister’s hair, soothed her brother’s fears, hid her father’s purse, counted the coins, and no longer went into the woods to see her old friend.

Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the Goblin King asked.

But the little girl did not reply.


26 comments:

  1. Oh my! This sounds like a very interesting read. Plus the cover just looks amazing!

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    1. I love the cover! I can't wait to see the cover of book two. :D

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  2. I love this cover! This sounds like an interesting read!

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    1. It was an okay book! It could have been better, but it definitely could have been worse. ;)

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  3. The pronunciation guide and glossary are so cool! I'll definitely be checking it when I read this book :D

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    1. RIGHT!? I thought they were neat. I hope you like Wintersong, Eileen!

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  4. Good gravy. Is there a law somewhere that says YA books have to have the most stunning covers? That is gorgeous! This one sounds good. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. HA! Isn't it amazing how YA covers seem to be getting even more lovely, as the years go by! This cover is amazing. Thank YOU, Angie!

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  5. I'm very much in love with the cover and this is already on my radar, I'm hoping to read it <3

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  6. Thanks for sharing. Definitely an intriguing premise. :)

    -lauren

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    1. You're welcome, and thank you for commenting!

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  7. Sounds good! I don't follow pronunciation guides, I just make up my own. lol

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  8. Aaah - A pronunciation guide! Would you look at that ;) I know this one wasn't all you hoped it would be, but I did love it! :)

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    1. It's so nifty! I definitely needed it while I was reading the book. I'm glad you enjoyed the book, Di!

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  9. I really want to read this one! It sounds fantastic. And of course that cover is GORGEOUS!

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    1. I hope you enjoy the book, Erin! It has been so long since this comment... maybe you've read it by now! :D

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  10. I'm so excited about this book! It sounds amazing and the cover is absolutely gorgeous! Happy the wait is almost over :)

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    1. I hope you read and love it, Lindsey!

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  11. Thanks for sharing, Alyssa! As you know, I ended up loving this book. I need more, please...

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    1. More is very, very necessary! Hopefully the author has book two ready for us in 2018. :D

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  12. I keep meaning to read this bc I have a NG copy, and all these other books get in the way! I want to read it ASAP!
    @TeacherofYA

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    1. Oooo, I'm sure you've read it by now! I hope you enjoy the book. =)

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  13. Gorgeous blog tour post Alyssa :D I haven't had the chance to read this one yet.. worried that I won't like it. Sigh. But hopefully reading it soonish :)

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    1. Awww! Yeah this one wasn't the best, unfortunately. If you do read it, I hope you enjoy it, Carina!

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