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Wednesday, March 4, 2015



Today I'm joining in with MacTeen and a bunch of awesome bloggers that loved The Winner's Curse and are willing to discuss how high we are willing to pay for the thing(s) we want... need... or love... 

The ‘Winner’s Curse’ is an economics term that means you've gotten what you wanted
but at too high a price.

What would you pay too much for?

Ah, this is one of those "million dollar" questions - how much are you willing to pay for something? And, surprisingly, not only is the answer not the same for everyone, but even each individual person can have different answers for different things.

So here are a few things that I wish I would definitely overspend on...

First - there is no amount in the world that I wouldn't pay if something were to happen to one of my children or family members. I would do whatever is humanly possible to find a way to help any of them if the occasion should arise. I pray everyday for everyones health and for all to always be safe. Recently we have all been very sick, and it was a struggle to get back on our feet and we are still a bit under the weather. I would do anything to not see my children suffer even with the mildest cold - it breaks my heart to see them go through anything, even a stuffy nose because they're too little to figure out how to blow their noses out.

Second - I would pay anything in order to have one more day with certain loved ones that have passed on. There are a few that I not only didn't get to say goodbye to, but didn't get to see them before or after they became ill. It would be amazing to have just one more day - just to see them smile, tell me more about their past... and to tell me, one more time, that everything is going to be alright. 

Third - I would give a lot in order to find a way to read peoples minds. There are quite a few people in my life right now that always assume things and just expect me to know what they want and accept it. I'm too tired to keep and would like things to be as simplified as possible right now - I can't hide from them... plus! My oldest has become a tween overnight and even though he is still my sweet, loving boy, we have had a few moments where I just don't understand what he is thinking or trying to tell me, lol! I have a feeling things are about to get really interesting around here; and the power to be able to read his mind would be SO helpful!

And lastly - I would probably pay a lot for a really, really good pillow! I have had no luck with pillows for a long time now! I have been having a lot of sleepless nights, headaches and neck pain. Please! If you have a brand that you can recommend to me, please do!!!

P.S. - and yes, there are quite a few books that I would love to divulge in! But, I have learned in the past that books, amongst other physical things, can easily be acquired at the right times. I would do anything right now to have the original manuscript to Peter Pan. Or all of the original manuscripts and/or ARCs to the Harry Potter series. But these are things that maybe can one day be found on ebay... let the betting begin! ;) 

THE WINNER'S CURSE is now available in paperback too!!!

The Winner's Trilogy #1
by Marie Rutkoski
Release date: March 4th, 2014
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux (Macmillan)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Format read: Hardcover I purchased.


Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

The Winner's Trilogy #2
by Marie Rutkoski
Release date: March 3rd, 2015
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux (Macmillan)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook


Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

If you win, you can an exclusive reading by Marie Rutkoski from The Winner's Crime!!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children's fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of WondersThe Celestial Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner's Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014. 

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children's literature and fiction writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

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