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Tiger’s Curse Author Event Coverage + Giveaway!


Last weekend was one of the greatest weekends in my life as a book blogger. That’s not saying much, since I haven’t been a blogger for very long, but it is still significant to me. Last weekend COLLEEN HOUCK, author of the best selling TIGER’S CURSE series visited my town not one but TWO days in a row. First, on Friday, May 18, she visited a Barnes and Noble just a few miles from my house, then on Saturday, May 19, she was at another location less than a mile from my work place. I was ecstatic to say the least, and felt a bit of pressure due to the fact that, as Colleen has claimed, it was thanks to my adamant requests (and those of my family and friends) that brought her here.

Funny story: On my way to the Friday event, I discovered (thanks to a limo and girl-in-fancy-dress sighting) that it was prom night here in town. As a result, the attendance that day almost entirely consisted adults, including me and my sister-in-law, Nanci from the blog This Crazy Life of Mine.  This was nice, as it made for a more intimate gathering. Colleen read a romantic scene from Voyage and the Q&A session was fantastic!

Colleen Houck shared the following tidbits of information at her signing:

  • The upcoming fourth book in the series, TIGER’S DESTINY, has had three different endings up to its most current (and presumably finalized) ending. The book will be released on September 4, 2012.
  • In January 2010, Colleen’s (self-published) Amazon Kindle ranking went from approximately #30,000 to #19 overnight – likely due to the Christmas purchases of e-readers.
  • After reading The Twilight Saga: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer, Colleen felt the need to stalk Edward. After multiple unanswered pleas to the author to speed up the publishing of the final book, Colleen decided to write a book of her own to fill the void. Thus, Tiger’s Curse came into existence.
  • Colleen completed Tiger’s Curse on the same day that Breaking Dawn was published.

Then on Saturday, Nanci, Sarah from the YA Rebels, Alisha from The AMWriter and I attended the event in Tampa. This time, the room was full of both adults and teens. Colleen read from the exclusive B&N Limited Edition of Tiger’s Voyage (my sister-in-law got the last one in the store!) and answered questions. I also managed to procure one of the event posters from the store and had it signed by Colleen!

Needless to say, it was an awesome weekend for this Tiger Girl. I will be making a trip out to Portland, Oregon when Colleen holds her launch party for Tiger’s Destiny. You know I’ll be counting down the days until then… In addition, I will be promoting the book the entire month of September right here on the blog as part of my Month of the Tiger.

If you haven’t read the Tiger’s Curse series, yet. Perhaps NOW is the time:
Tiger’s Curse (Book 1) Hardcover | Tiger’s Curse Paperback

How about a giveaway?

Tiger's CurseThis weekend I had Colleen autograph TWO paperback copies of Tiger’s Curse to give away right here on the blog. TWO lucky winners will have the opportunity to win one of these beautiful books, plus a signed bookmark! Would you like to be one of the lucky winners?

If you have entered in the past, do not worry! Your entries have been recorded.

You must be 13 or older to enter.
Open to US and Canada only.
Ends at midnight on June 15, 2012.


Waiting on Wednesday: Tiger’s Destiny

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection on Making the Grade is:

tigers-destinyTiger’s Destiny
by Colleen Houck
Sterling Publishing
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Author Website
Preorder on Amazon

With three of the goddess Durga’s quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger’s curse. But the trio’s greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga’s final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Adaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.

It’s a race against time–and the evil sorcerer Lokesh–in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume of the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tiger’s’ true destiny once and for all.

I may already have an ARC for this one, BUT (BIG BUT) the ARC does not contain the full ending of Tiger’s Destiny. So, in a way I am sitting here (like you) waiting to discover what will be the ultimate destiny of Kelsey and her our beloved tigers. Thinking about Ren yesterday in my Top Ten Tuesday got me thinking about this book again, even though I just finished it a few days ago. I KNEW it had to be my Waiting on Wednesday, simply because I am DYING to read the rest.

If you haven’t read the Tiger’s Curse series, yet. Perhaps NOW is the time:
Tiger’s Curse (Book 1) Hardcover (Out NOW) | Tiger’s Curse Paperback (May 1, 2012)

Fashion-Forward Classics for Your Collection + An Interview w/ the Illustrator

Never before has reading the classics been so fashionably cool. With Splinter’s new Classic Lines of famous works – such as Sense & Sensibility, Wuthering Heights, Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre – the classics are now more accessible and visually appealing than ever before. Each cover features designs by noted fashion illustrator Sara Singh, whose work for high-end designers such as Givenchy, Tiffany, and Neiman Marcus has also appeared in publications like Vogue and The New York Times. Today we welcome Sara to the blog for an exclusive interview. But first, let’s take a closer look at this beautiful collection!

This stunning new collection of classics is whimsical and airy, and makes for the perfect gift set or self-splurge – but for only $8.95 each! The first four titles in the collection were released March 6, 2012. The next titles in the collection will be released in September 2012.

Purchase on Amazon: (For a limited time, buy 3 and get the 4th FREE!)
Jane Eyre  |  Pride & Prejudice  |  Sense & Sensibility  |  Wuthering Heights

I received a copy of each of these four books to review. I must say, this is the most beautiful release I have seen of these stories in recent years. The covers are think and sturdy and have a nice, soft texture to them. There are fold-over flaps on both the front and back covers. Hand written titles and accents adorn both the front and back covers, title pages and flaps. Memorable quotes from the stories are inscribed inside the flaps. The hues and watercolor designs all complement each other, making for a fine set sitting on the book shelf.

Check out the photos I took of the set!

An interview with illustrator, Sara Singh:

Hi Sara, how did you come to be involved in illustrating the Classic Lines series for Splinter?

I was contacted through my agent by Splinter.

Good thing, too! Those covers are gorgeous! Where did you get your design inspiration for them?

I Googled men’s and women’s clothing from 1830’s, 1840’s and on. I happened upon an exhibition at Nordiska Museet in Stockholm called Power of Fashion – 300 years of clothing with some beautiful pieces from this period. I also watched Jane Campion’s films The Piano and Bright Star as well as the most recent version of Jane Eye. I’ve always loved costume dramas. PBS and Masterpiece Theatre was also a good source.

Can you tell us anything about the process of designing the covers?

I first had to research and find pictures of clothing. I looked at film to get ideas for poses and movement. I drew and painted poses and colors that would summarize the characters and atmosphere. And then I put it all my drawings together using Photoshop.

Do you have a favorite classic story? If so, which one?

Wuthering Heights

Do you have a favorite fashion designer, or someone that you look up to?

I like so much… Balenciaga and Comme des Garcons, I like the Miu miu line always.

Working in the fashion industry have you crossed paths with any particular famous celebrities? *eye wink*

I am as backstage as you can get… I’m just the illustrator.

(And because we just have to know) What is your favorite color?

All kinds of green…

Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla – the real kind with little tiny black specks.

Pepsi or Coke?

Neither, I don’t like the bubbles.

Tom or Jerry?

Which one is the mouse again? I’m the mouse.

You can view more of Sara’s incredible designs on her website at:

Purchase Splinter’s new Classic Lines on Amazon:
Jane Eyre  |  Pride & Prejudice  |  Sense & Sensibility  |  Wuthering Heights