Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine
Publication Date: December 20, 2015
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.
Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home. Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.
Guest Post – Catherine Stine’s Top 5 Books That Have Influenced Her as a Writer
Here are some of the books that have had a huge influence on me, and continue to be an inspiration. I also have to add Stephen King’s refreshingly candid book On Writing for any aspiring author.
The Narnia series by CS Lewis – This children’s fantasy series totally fired up my imagination and fueled my long-time love for dark fantasy. Even now, when I’m crafting new plotlines for my novels, I often think fondly and gratefully on this early inspiration.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren – Pippi was my childhood idol. She was totally independent, had animals of all sorts living with her in her wacky, colorful abode, and she was quite adventurous! Plus she wore artistic clothes and had amazing red braids that stuck out. She was never afraid to speak her mind—a valuable example for shy kids.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury – I devoured this book when I was in seventh grade. Since then, I have re-read it at least a dozen times, and I also use stories in the Chronicles when I teach speculative fiction workshops. Bradbury was able to inspire generations of people to look to the planets, stars and specifically to Mars as a future home and a present dreamscape. Even after all these years, his writing is still fresh, bold, and incredibly poetic. Ray is one of my author heroes.
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin – This is a gritty, contemporary YA about a very troubled family. It contains stellar writing, is tightly plotted, and emotionally gut-wrenching with a seriously important message. It showed me how important it is for a novel to be emotionally compelling and entertaining, while also chewing on a big, serious theme (in this case, abuse).
The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston – She is a relatively new author find for me, and I love her writing and subject matter so much I have burned through her many novels in about a year. Her prose is lyrical, alluring, poignant, and her characters and setting are beautifully drawn. She writes about the Welsh countryside, and of witches—two things that fascinate me. From her I have learned that novels can be written as companion books—closely related, yet with different characters and storylines. I think the companion novel is the antidote to a series that must be read in a certain order.
There are more books I’m tempted to list, but I’m only allowed five. LOL. Thanks for having me on the blog! Happy reading. Hugs, Catherine
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Giveaway Information: Provided by the Author
The prize pack includes:
A $40 gift card, 2 hand-painted heart-boxes with secret treasure inside, a signed paperback of Dorianna by Catherine Stine, a signed paperback of Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine, a great YA ebook pack of novels: Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec, When Sorrows Come by Katie M John, and Time Runs Away with Her by Christine Potter.
Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at catherinestine.com and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.
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