Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Saundra Mitchell and her Contest of Awesome!!!

I have a guest blogger today! Welcome Saundra Mitchell! Her amazing historical supernatural The Springsweet came out yesterday. (It's the sequel to The Vespertine from 2011.:D)

So here she is to share a bit about The Springsweet and a contest!


"Do you know what I've missed since coming here? Books. I do miss reading novels, don't you?"

-Zora, The Springsweet

Pretty much every writer started out as a reader; now that we're writers, we can't help but write about people who love books. Sometimes IN the books. It's meta upon meta, but it makes perfect sense to us.

To celebrate books, Saundra Mitchell's blog tour is all about sharing two great things that go great together: books + free.

Today, you can enter to win a copy of Aprilynne's WINGS, and a signed set of Saundra's THE VESPERTINE and THE SPRINGSWEET. All you have to do is comment in this entry, and leave an e-mail address where we can contact you. (US & Canadian residents only, please.)

And tell us about your favorite book, too. Growing a TBR pile is the best gardening there is!

A Companion to The Vespertine
by Saundra Mitchell
Hardcover & E-book

From Harcourt

“A lovely historical romance takes readers back to the 1890 Oklahoma territory. (T)he author conjures a convincing picture of life on the Oklahoma prairie, painting an absorbing portrait of the landscape and of the people there. A high-quality, absorbing drama.”

Kirkus Reviews, 02/01/12

It’s a long way from Baltimore to Oklahoma Territory. But Zora Stewart will go any distance to put the tragic events of her sixteenth summer behind her. So this city girl heads to the tiny frontier town of West Glory to help her young widowed aunt keep her homestead going.

When another Baltimorean shows up in West Glory, Zora couldn’t be more surprised. Theo de la Croix made the long trip out west hoping to court Zora, whom he has long admired from afar.

But Zora has developed an attraction to a rather less respectable fellow: Emerson Birch, a rough-mannered young “sooner” whose fertile land is coveted.

As Zora begins to suspect that there may be more than luck behind Emerson’s good land, she discovers an extraordinary, astonishing power of her own: the ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a “springsweet” to advise other settlers where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land.

Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water. Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving and start living.


is available at Indiebound |Amazon| Barnes & Noble

Saundra Mitchell has been a phone psychic, a car salesperson, a denture-deliverer and a layout waxer. She's dodged trains, endured basic training, and hitchhiked from Montana to California. She teaches herself languages, raises children, and makes paper for fun. She's the author of Shadowed Summer, The Vespertine, The Springsweet, and the forthcoming The Elementals and Mistwalker. She's also the editor of the forthcoming YA anthology Defy the Dark. She always picks truth; dares are too easy.


Passionate Bookworm said...

My favorite book growing up is... hmm A tie. Between The Giver by Lois Lowry and Alanna by Tamora Pierce ! Both ones that I reread about once a year if I can :) as for the contest... umm PLEASE >.< I just borrowed wings from library and Adored it! AND Vespertine and Springsweet have been on my TBR for awhile! Crossing fingers!


MakaylaStanley_ said...

MakaylaStanley_ said...

I love the series wings !<3

Heather said...

I'm so excited for this one to come out. I love, love, love Saundra's writing! And of course yours too, April. ;) One of my favorite books growing up was The Dragonriders of Pern.

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Kimber said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE The Wings series, so excited! TeamTam! ;)

Probably my most favorite books of all time is the Dragonlance series, but it's hard to pick favorites I have so many. I've always loved the classics too, like Jane Austen.

Tiffany Mahaffy said...

Hmmm... Fav book... That is super hard. There are so many I love out there right now. Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca, The Fire Wars Series by Kailin Gow, Spells by Aprilynne Pike and The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Hariis top the charts I guess lol I must say that Vespertine has been on my need list for too long!! One of my fav bloggers LOVES both of the books!!! I want to thank you for this chance to won some amazing books!!

t.mahaffy25 (at)

Sandi said...


My favorite book right now is Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races but my favorite book ever is actually fifteen years older than I am: Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright.

Meghan Kirkland said...

My favourite book is the Lord of the Rings trilogy, hands down! I just love Tokien's style and the plot is so engaging for me.

Erin said...

My favorite book is . . . I don't know, I have too many to pick an all time fav. I love the Wings series, The Mortal Instruments, and the Infernal Devices, to name some. I haven't read The Vespertine yet, but they're both on my TBR list!


Alyssa Susanna said...

Awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed The Vespertine, especially because of the fact that it was written with the setting in Baltimore, which is where i was born and raised and still live!!!
Some of my favorite YA books are Obsidian (Jennifer Armentrout), Abandon (Meg Cabot), The Hunger Games series (Suzanne Collins), Graceling and Fire (Kristin Cashore), Article 5 (Kristen Simmons), Grave Mercy (Robin LaFevers), Die For Me (Amy Plum), and of course, The Vespertine(Saundra!)and the Wings series (Aprilynne!). But those are just a few. I actually don't have that much of a TBR pile, because I'm not very big on waiting months after the book comes out. I usually just borrow them from my local library :D
Thanks for the contest!!!

Alyssa Susanna

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting story. I believe I read the Vespertine sometime last year and enjoyed it so i hope to enjoy Springsweet as well. One of my favourite books recently has been Bumped by Megan McCafferty. smiles.101(at)hotmail(dot)com

Rin said...


My favorite book has to be The Crystal Singer. I'm more aware of the themes nowadays, but I still love it a couple of decades later.
meganeko ((at)) gmail
dot com.

Leigh said...

Ooh! These books have been in my TBR pile for a while. As a matter of fact, idk why I haven't gotten around to the Vespertine yet. (Could possibly be that my hubs put the breaks so my book buying sprees and my local library doesn't have it.) boo. Would love to win these. Read Wings tho. Team Tam!
I have tons of favorite books that I love but the books that I have read more than 3x each are the Harry Potter books and the Anne of Green Gables series. Love them!!!
Recent books I loved were Legend and anything Cassandra Clare.

carelaisa said...

Hmm... my favorite book... well, it would be hard to pinpoint one as I love a lot pf books, such as the Harry Potter series. But, one that's a favorite of mine lately is "Tempestuous" by Lesley Livingston. Just loved it and she concluded her trilogy - wish there would be more!!!

my email: isa_snoopy(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Anonymous said...

Growing up my favorite book series was Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Eragon by Christopher Paolini and of course the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike!!
My name is Stephanie! :D

Vivien said...

I'll go with my favorite book this year. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. Just plain gorgeous!!

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Danielle G said...

Anything by John Green or Cassandra Clare is amazing!! Plus you guys of course!!! :D

Anonymous said...

i would have to say my favorite book is either the mortal instruments series or Before I Fall. they are both so good.

Emy said...

Hi Aprilynne Pike I love your books I can't wait to read Destined! I wanna discover Saundra Mitchell's new book I've never heard of it before and it sounds good!

Anonymous said...

My favorite book that I've read recently is Black Heart by Holly Black. It was an amazing conclusion to the series!

Anonymous said...

Recently I have read Divergent by Veronica Roth! I am still in that stage of re-reading favorite parts!!! So I have to say currently Divergent is my favorite book. :) It's funny bcause the sequel is coming out May 1st, like Destined!! But, sorry Veronica, I have been waiting for the day Laurel picks Tamani or David! So obviously I'll be reading Destined first. :D

Anyways, my email is aporciuncula02(at)(gmail).(com)
Thank you for hosting this contest Saundra Mitchell! I'll definitely be checking out your books soon. :) Oh and I'm sorry I don't think I'd be allowed to make an account so if I win (happiness times ten!!!!!) you can refer to me as Bally423. Thanks again!! Good luck everybody!!

Miss Opinionated said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! I haven't read the Vespertine or Springsweet, but they sound amazing and original! I don't have one favorite book, but I love the Gallagher Girls series, the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices, the Percy Jackson series, the Hunger Games, Revolution, Sisters Red and Sweetly, Divergent, the Disreputable Historyof Frankie Landau-Banks, and of course the Wings series!

Amber Lynae said...


I haven't read Saundra's books but they sound great.

Picking a favorite book is a near impossible task. I have enjoyed the Beautiful Creatures series, and the Linger series, and The wings series. Oh and Hourglass door. Yeah

Sally said...

hmmm, favorite book? it's very hard to decide. I think it's pretty much a three way tie, the Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey, and Wings!!

Annette Pixley said...

Would love all the books! I remember reading the details on The Vespertine and trying to win it when it first came out. I didn't win and still haven't found it to read. Would love, love, love any of them so don't make me pick just one please. ;)

My email is

My favorite recent read is "Between Shades of Grey" by Ruta Sepetys. One of those books that grabs you and keeps you.

Krista said...

One of my favorites is My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison because it makes me laugh out loud and feel good, and her twists on fairy tales are so clever.

sarah said...

this sound like a very interesting book I'm going to have to read it i have read a lot and i could not choose I have many favorite books one but right now its the wings series and the meridian series by amber kizer.

Nicole Kancz said...

Actually, Aprilynne's Wings series and Saundra's The Vespertine (i havent read The Springweet yet) are two of my favorites ever! The Hunger Games, Warriors, & The Lying Game s are my other favorites.

Nicole Kancz said...

Love both of your series! Some of the best books i've ever read!

Unknown said...

Of course, I have many favorites, but one is Jane Eyre. I feel that Jane Eyre is a book where both of the main characters have to change and see the world differently, before they can learn to accept themselves. I think that is a beautiful message of how life really is.

Blaire said...

One of my favorite series that I'd recommend is the House of Night series, which lastest book was also called Destined xD. Growing up one of my favorite books was The Tale of Desperanx. (I think that's how you spell it). Email:

simcookie said...

This is very hard for me. I'm a bit older than the average YA reader. As a teacher is warms my heart to see young students so passionate about their favorite books in this digital world. I must also say that when I was a teen (1990s) the YA world was very small compared to the selection of books you have now so I find myself reading a lot of YA books.
One of my fav books growing up was Saturday The Twelfth of October by Norma Fox Mazer. They are many more by her that I love but this wasThe first book I read by her. I also love Across the Nightingale Floor- The Tales of the Otori series book 1 by Lian Hearn This series I read in college. I also love The Bride by Julie Garwood This is not a YA book but since I read it at age 13 I have to include it. I have this book in hardback, paperback and Nook format. I also enjoyed reading the Harry Potter series, The Twilight Series, The Hunger Games Series and The Blue Bloods Series. (even my email dates me) :)

Meggan said...

It is so hard to pick an absolute favorite, but a few favorites from what I have read recently are Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon! And all the books in the Flavia de Leuce mystery series. I'm excited to read Destined! And I did enjoy reading The Vespertine :)

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Sarah said...

Obviously, I love Aprilynne's books! I'm also a big Shannon Hale and Stephenie Meyer fan. Anything by them.

An older book that I love is "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil Shute. Love it. I can read it over and over again.

I really dig seeing all the books the other fans are putting in the comments. They make for great book recommendations!

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Jessica @ Books: A true story said...

My fav book?? Okay, if I had to pick one it would be A Tale of Two Cities. I hated it the whole way through but the ending was so amazing that I love it in spite of that.


booksatruestory at gmail dot com

kayla said...

I know this is gonna sound a bit weird but my favorite book of all time would have to be magice tree house lions at lunch time, due to the fact that it was the frost book that I could read on my own and it was an adventure one that set the idea for me that books are fun an not just something to read as your told by someone. I'm 21 now and I still own the book that I got when I was 8. I would love to win the contest but if I don't then that's fine too, I would just like to thank all the writers out there for coming up with new stories for me to read. Kayla,

My email address is hope to here soon who the winner is.

Madi said...

This is so cool I have like all the books except Wings!!! Which is my favorite book of all time since i read so many years ago. Vespertine sounds interesting I'm definitely looking into it!

theweirdworder said...

My favorite book is....
Gone with the Wind. Yep, I'm one for the classics. I love the romance, the characters, the writing... everything.

Tianna said...
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Tianna said...

I have always been a fan of the wings series, of course :) But I also love the Hunger Games and The Percy Jackson Series :)
But I do have to admit, it is very hard to pick a favorite book when so many of them are amazing!

Anonymous said...

I have too many favorite books!! Let's see...I loved The Demon's Lexicon series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Anna Dressed in Blood, and so many more!

Thanks for the giveaway,

ashley said...

My favorite book would have to be a tie between Unearthly by Cynthia Hand and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

Lily Sooklal said...

My favorite book is The Naming by Alison Croggon. The prose is simply beautiful. If you haven't read it, you should! :)
Thanks for being part of the tour!

Lily Sooklal

Anonymous said...

I'm obsessed with the Wings series. I'm so upset that my friend will get Destined before me [she's getting it on her nook or something and i'm getting it as a real book in my hands that i can read (which is always preferred!) because I have a signed bookplate :) ] She's going to automatically have it on her Nook and I have to wait an extra day T.T

I've always loved the Harry Potter series!
My email is vanessa(dot)sun(at)