i write books for kids and teens. some of them are The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, The Year of Shadows, Winterspell (9.30.2014), and Summerfall (8.26.2014). i also co-wrote The Cabinet of Curiosities (out now).

email me! claire@claire-legrand.com


I really like the way illustrator S.D. Schindler drew the werewolves in writer Laura Leuck’s picture book One Witch (Walker & Co.; 2003).


Emma Watson as Rowena Ravenclaw.

requested by anon

I really, really love this. beautiful gifset!


 Indea Vanmerllin

this made me feel peaceful

ooo maybe I should do something like this for the Winterspell launch party!

the gorgeous cover of the Brazilian Cavendish! 
love what they did with the colors. <3

the gorgeous cover of the Brazilian Cavendish

love what they did with the colors. <3

Double Book Birthday: SUMMERFALL and THE YEAR OF SHADOWS Paperback!

Good morning, lovely readers!

Guess what?

Today is the book birthday of Summerfall, the prequel e-novella to my upcoming YA fantasy, Winterspell!

Today is also the release of The Year of Shadows in paperback!


Yowza! Double book birthday! (Or, in the case of The Year of Shadows, rebirthday??)

Twenty lovely blogger folks have agreed to help me spread the word about Summerfall's release. Today they are each posting a teaser from the novella, and some of them are holding international giveaways for beautiful, signed Winterspell swag packs!

You can check out each of the stops/bloggers below (in no particular order), to read each teaser and enter the giveaways! 


Novel Sounds

Great Imaginations

Two Chicks on Books

Carina’s Books

Dark Faerie Tales

Miss Fictional

Mundie Moms

Books Take You Places

Book Addicts Guide

Tripping Over Books

Girls in the Stacks

The Book Cellar

Reading Teen

Novel Thoughts

Queen Ella Bee Reads

Young Adult Books Central

Shae Has Left the Room

Icey Books

Realm of Fiction

And here’s where I have to get SUPER AWKWARD and post buy links to my books releasing today because, you know what? Beyond writing as good a book as I can, there is very little I can do to ensure success of said book. But I CAN post buy links to my Tumblr on release day, darn it!

Summerfall (only $1.99!)

amazon | barnes & noble | books-a-million | ibookstore

The Year of Shadows paperback

amazon | barnes & noble | books-a-million | ibooks | the book depository | indiebound 

If you buy these books, that’d be super neat!

If you don’t or can’t buy them, maybe request your local library carry them? Or request your local bookstore carry them (the print book, anyway)? Or maybe you could spread the word about their releases?

Regardless of any of that, you are still super neat, and I like your face.


And here’s where I have to get MUSHY and EARNEST and thank all of my readers for their continued, generous support.

Every time I receive an email or tweet, get tagged in an Instagram post, or see an enthusiastic review, I feel that much more inspired to keep working. Thank you for the love. I promise to continue writing the best books I can for you, and to continue learning and growing and working hard.



when I decide to write a time travel book:

when I actually start writing said time travel book:


my favourite relationships ★ kaylee and inara (firefly)

kaylee’s been missing you something fierce. i miss her too.

Kaylee and Inara is one of my favorite Firefly relationships, too! <3



The Carson Mansion
Eureka, California


I WANT TO LIVE HERE. forever and ever. amen.

SUMMERFALL Round-Up #2 | Playlist + Teasers + Links

Good morning, and happy Friday, lovely readers!

So … it’s August 22. Which means in FOUR DAYS, Summerfall releases at e-retailers everywhere.

(Also releasing in FOUR DAYS: The Year of Shadows in paperback!)

Basically I’m feeling like this right now:

(Yes, I recently discovered Adventure Time, and OH HOW I LOVE IT. Especially LSP, or Lumpy Space Princess, for those of you unfamiliar with this BRILLIANT show—and if that is you, you should totally go check out the first two seasons on Netflix. Like, right now. Only eleven minutes an episode!)

Anyway, I’m incredibly excited about sharing Summerfall with you, and to that end I’ve put together another post featuring tracks from my Summerfall playlist! Enjoy:

"Hatsue and Ishamel Kiss" from James Newton Howard’s Snow Falling on Cedars score beautifully captures the tragic romance between the faery Rinka and the human king Alban. (Yes, there are a lot of “tragic romance”-sounding tracks on this playlist. Kind of unavoidable with this story!)

A lot of the tracks on my Summerfall playlist weren’t for any particular scene (as is usually the case with my book playlists) but rather for setting a certain tone for the overall story. This is one of those tracks: "Daydreams" from Abel Korzeniowski’s A Single Man score.

"Charms" from Abel Korzeniowski’s W.E. score is another mood-setting track, and is pretty much beyond lovely. If you’ll notice, I’ve used a lot of Abel Korzeniowski on this playlist. I highly recommend checking out his work! Really sublime stuff.

As you might be able to guess when you listen, this track—"Pyat Pree" from Ramin Djawadi’s Game of Thrones, season 2 score—accompanies a scene in Summerfall in which Something Very Bad Happens. And I can’t say any more than that because spoilers!

Another gorgeous track from James Newton Howard’s score for Snow Falling On Cedars, “Snowstorm” accompanies a pretty grim few scenes toward the end of the novella. The last 45 seconds or so of this track are especially breathtaking.

And for the concluding, climactic scenes, "Better Man" from Harry Gregson-Williams’s Kingdom of Heaven score.

There are a couple of additional tracks, unavailable on YouTube, that I’ll share with you via Spotify in a separate post!

(see the first half of my playlist here)

And, in case you missed it, I’ve posted another couple of Summerfall teasers to Instagram and Twitter this week. They are the work of mega-talented author Keary Taylor. Authors, if you need swag or graphics designed, I recommend hiring her! She does great work.

(see teasers 1 and 2 here)

teaser 3

teaser 4

And, last but not least, don’t forget about the Winterspell-related giveaways going on now!

Giveaway of FIVE Winterspell ARCs on Goodreads

Giveaway of TEN signed maps of Cane + ONE signed Winterspell ARC at Young Adult Books Central

And that’s it for now! Stay tuned to this blog and my Twitter for more goodies in the coming weeks. I hope you enjoyed listening to the playlist—and that maybe it inspired you in your own creative pursuits!