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

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!

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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! 

Cuddlebuggery

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.

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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.

x
Claire

TIME TRAVEL

when I decide to write a time travel book:

when I actually start writing said time travel book:

queenausten:

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

theblacklacedandy:

imforeverjustyours:

The Carson Mansion
Eureka, California

OH MY

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)

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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!

x
Claire

opulentdesigns:

Ensemble “Blue Blood”


Historically inspired couture ensemble, made from soft black leather and intense blue lamé.
This outfit consists of an S curve underbust corset, matching bra, a fishtail skirt and leather bolero jacket.All items feature custom-designed lasercut motifs, carefully arranged to follow the curves of the body and match up at the seams.

The bolero jacket is also decorated with quilting around the collar and hems.

Royal Black Couture and Corsetry (x)

this dress tho

<3

SUMMERFALL round-up | playlist + teasers + links

Happy Friday, everyone! 

Summerfall (prequel novella to Winterspell) releases in ELEVEN DAYS (ahhhhh!) so today I wanted to share with you some tracks from my Summerfall playlist! 

As do a lot of authors, I like to make playlists for each book I work on. The music on these playlists serves as inspiration—especially during the brainstorming part of the process, when I’m trying to build the feel of the world and the characters in my mind.

The following tracks were helpful to me as I wrote the first draft of Summerfall last November. I hope you enjoy listening to them!

"Juliet’s Dream" from Abel Korzeniowski’s Romeo and Juliet score serves as my main theme for the romance between Rinka the faery and Alban the human king. I’m kind of obsessed with this entire album, in fact. 

"A Bird Without Feathers" from Ramin Djawadi’s Game of Thrones, season 1 score is a quiet track for protagonist Rinka and her father, Kaspar.

"Valar Morghulis," also from the Game of Thrones score, is what I listened to on repeat for HOURS while planning this novella, and writing the first couple of chapters—during which Rinka gives in to her rebellious side.

"The King’s Arrival," also from the Game of Thrones score (can you tell I love these soundtracks?), sets the tone for the bustling capital of Cane—Erstadt, the king’s city—and the towering castle Wahlkraft.

"End Puddle / Possible Suitors" from Craig Armstrong’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age score accompanies Rinka and Alban’s first meeting.

"Stillness of the Mind" from Abel Korzeniowski’s gorgeous A Single Man score is one of several tracks that set the tone for Rinka and Alban’s troubled romance.

"Song for the Little Sparrow" by Abel Korzeniowski (yes, I really love this composer) is another of my Rinka/Alban romance tracks. With these romance tracks, I wanted to convey both the lighter parts (the hope and playfulness) and the darker parts (the political implications) of their relationship, as well as the epic consequences it has for their country.

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

teaser 1

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teaser 2

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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!

x
Claire

Giveaway: 5 WINTERSPELL ARCs!

Good morning, lovelies!

Um. So. Can you believe it’s already August 11?? I’m not sure where the summer has gone, but I kind of feel like this about it:

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Since Summerfall releases in 15 days (!!!) and Winterspell releases in 49 days (HOLY WHAT?!), I’m kicking off some fun activities this week, including teaser and playlist reveals and giveaways—including a giveaway of five Winterspell ARCs over at Goodreads!

Click the cover image below or this link to enter:

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You’ll notice that this giveaway is US/Canada only, but never fear—another giveaway, this one international, is coming later this week.

(I should note, international readers, that I wish I could make every giveaway international. However, shipping internationally can get expensive really quickly, so I have to be careful about how many such giveaways I plan, as I pay for the shipping of most giveaway items out of my own pocket. Just FYI!)

Thanks so much, everyone, for your ongoing support of me and these upcoming releases. Best of luck if you choose to enter the giveaway!

x
Claire