Back when we started Kidsmomo, our very first book giveaway was for The Boneshaker, the chilling tale of a girl who suspects there’s something amiss with a traveling medicine show that arrives in her town. (If you haven’t read it yet and you like a good creepy story, definitely check it out.)
Well, now we’re partnering with the same author for another sweepstakes. This time, author Kate Milford is offering signed copies of her two latest books: Greenglass House and Bluecrowne!
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Greenglass House is a perfect read for the holiday season because it takes place in the days leading up to Christmas. Lots of wonderful descriptions of hot chocolate and baked treats. But also, it’s a quiet but gripping mystery — think The Westing Game set in a snow-nestled inn. Usually the hotel is empty around Christmas, but this year a bunch of brand new guests all arrive on the same night. When people’s belongings start to go missing, it’s up to to Milo (whose parents own Greenglass House) and Meddy (the cook’s daughter) to get to the bottom of the peculiar connections that bring these strangers to the inn.
Bluecrowne is set in a totally different time and place than Greenglass House, but it’s kind of related. But we’ll let Kate Milford herself explain! As part of our giveaway, she agreed to answer some of our questions:
Some readers may be new to the stories that connect Greenglass House with Bluecrowne and your other books. What would you say to those new readers?
Kate: That’s a great question. Let me first explain the connection between Greenglass House and Bluecrowne, because they have a special relationship. Greenglass House is set in an inn in the city of Nagspeake that’s described as looking as though it had been cobbled together from pieces of a dozen different houses in a dozen different cities. Later in the book, Milo is told that the original family for whom the house was built never lived in it. Bluecrowne is the story of that family, and why they didn’t stay. It’s also the big connector between Greenglass House and the rest of my books — primarily to The Broken Lands and The Left-Handed Fate, which comes out in 2016. But I think it’s entirely possible for someone to read The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands and not have a clue how Greenglass House is connected to them — but that wouldn’t disrupt their reading at all, because each book was written to stand alone. There’s no “right” order to read them in, either. I look at those little connections as Easter eggs — they’re there if you look for them, but you don’t have to. (For the nerds who love to find connections, though, there are lots to find!)
Greenglass House is a delightful book to read at any time of year, but it’s a special joy to read it now, during the winter holiday season. But the Christmas timing doesn’t seem completely pivotal to the plot of the book. What made you decide to set the book around the holidays?
Kate: Well, you’re right in that I didn’t set out to exactly write a “Christmas book,” but I definitely did want to write a winter book. I love winter, always have, and Christmas was and remains a big deal in my family — a lot of the traditions of Milo’s family are lifted from my own. When I made the decision to set this book in winter, it just made sense to me to set Greenglass House in the days leading up to Christmas, particularly since it goes a long way toward making things as completely inconvenient for Milo as possible.
In Greenglass House, Milo and Meddy play a role-playing game called Odd Trails. If you were playing, what kind of character would you be?
Kate: Oh, man. So I have limited RPG experience, but I like to play rogues, which in Odd Trails would translate to blackjacks. I like tricksters, which is maybe something you can tell if you’ve read The Boneshaker or The Broken Lands. Right now I’m in the middle of a D&D game with my husband and some friends, and I’m playing a rogue, but she’s a really bad rogue. Like, really ineffectual, I mean, and not because I decided to make her that way. I just have really bad luck with this character. In tabletop games, you decide what your’e going to do and then you roll dice to determine how successful you are. I just consistently roll so poorly. There was a memorable instance a couple weeks ago when my poor rogue walked into a rake, Wyle E. Coyote style. On the other hand, in real life I actually can pick locks, sort of, and while I am clumsy as all get-out, I have never actually walked into a rake.
ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN:
- A signed copy of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
- A signed copy of Bluecrowne by Kate Milford
- A set of Kidsmomo bookmarks
This sweepstakes has ended.
Enter before December 31st, 2014. See official rules.