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
Anonymous asked:
Can you go to Aces Whitney East High School in Hamden later this year please?

Hi! Thanks so much for your message!

Man, I wish I could visit *every* school. That would be the best! As it is, I have to consider things like budget, time, and distance when deciding which schools to visit. Hamden is about a three-hour drive for me—not a quick trip! So it would depend on the specific situation. 

If a Whitney East teacher or librarian wants to schedule a school visit, I’d be happy to talk about this in more detail! Just have him/her email me! visits@claire-legrand.com. :)

Happy reading!

About a month ago, I read a truly marvelous book—Tommy Wallach’s fantastic debut, We All Looked Up.
My short-but-sweet five-star review:

I suck at writing reviews, but this book is The Real Thing. Gorgeously written, completely addicting. Honest and harsh and beautiful and powerful. I love these characters. I love this book. Tommy Wallach is one to watch out for.

Books don’t typically make me laugh or cry, but this one did both. It’s shatteringly good.
To win my ARC, go RT this tweet. I’ll pick a winner at 9am EDT tomorrow. U.S. only please!

About a month ago, I read a truly marvelous book—Tommy Wallach’s fantastic debut, We All Looked Up.

My short-but-sweet five-star review:

I suck at writing reviews, but this book is The Real Thing. Gorgeously written, completely addicting. Honest and harsh and beautiful and powerful. I love these characters. I love this book. Tommy Wallach is one to watch out for.

Books don’t typically make me laugh or cry, but this one did both. It’s shatteringly good.

To win my ARC, go RT this tweet. I’ll pick a winner at 9am EDT tomorrow. U.S. only please!

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WINTERSPELL JACKETS + ARC GIVEAWAY!

Happy Wednesday, dearest readers!

First of all, thank you so much for helping me celebrate the reveal of my new website! So thrilled you seem to love it as much as I do!

Second, below are the six winners of the Winterspell jackets + ARC giveaway! Winners, please email me at claire@claire-legrand.com.

How I selected the winners: I assigned each entrant from Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter a number. Then I selected six winners using random.org. Then, out of those six winners, I used random.org once more to select the winner of the Winterspell ARC.

So, without further ado, the winner of the signed Winterspell jackets:

deewinchester

fireflyflames

ilovebooksgirl

carinaolsen

alexandraott

And, the winner of the signed Winterspell ARC is … 

kekeefer!

Congratulations, winners!

If you did not win, thank you for participating, and stay tuned throughout the summer for more Winterspell giveaways, goodies, and news!

Until then, have a GREAT week, and happy reading!

On Goodreads: Winterspell | Summerfall

I could cry! I wrote a book that I am super proud of, sent off a lot (a-frikkin-lot!) of query emails, and got absolutely nothing in return. I'm dealing with intense anxiety and depression, so that exasperates the rejection, naturally, and I was feeling just all around pretty awful, like my novelist dreams might never come true. I'm writing you this because your blog. Your blog! The unicorn header! The article about not giving up! ALL. FRIKKIN. BRILLIANT. I love you! Thank you! Rock on!

Oh, Keira. My heart goes out to you! That feeling of rejection, coupled with anxiety/depression, is just the WORST. It’s always a challenge to overcome those feelings, no matter how far into the process you are. But I meant everything I said in that post about not giving up! Persistence is key. You can do this! And thank you for your kind message. YOU rock. *HUGS*

Anonymous asked:
Hi Claire, I wanted to ask if there is any advice you could give me for my last semester at college. I will be taking 3 major courses. Do you think I should take an additional course, or focus on those 3 very demanding courses and spend some time on other activities?

I would say choice B. Focus on those three demanding courses and spend your free time taking care of yourself! It’s so easy to pile on too many obligations because it sounds feasible at the time…and then realize too late that you’ve bitten off more than you can chew! I’ve certainly done my fair share of that. But if you only take the three classes, you can spend time hanging out with friends and family, exercising, and catching up on your Netflix queue. This is your last semester! Enjoy it while you can. :)

Anonymous asked:
Your post about unlikable heroines made me cry- it made me cry tears of joy. So, thank you.

Thank you for telling me! I’m so glad the post moved you. :)

unwinona asked:
This isn't actually a question. I simply wanted you to let know that I just finished The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls and it is unbelievably good. It is so good I'm a little angry at how good it is. Well done. <3

Oh my goodness, thank you so much! This message totally made my day. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! :D

Website Reveal + WINTERSPELL Goodies!

Happy Thursday, lovely readers!

Today is an exciting day in Claire World, and not just because tonight is pizza night (BEST NIGHT OF THE WEEK). 

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Today, I am revealing my new website and am SO EXCITED to show you! Go and check it out!

Are you back? GOOD. Because to celebrate the shiny new website, I’m giving away some Winterspell-related goodies!

First of all, I’m giving away five signed Winterspell book jackets. AND BOY OH BOY are they pretty!

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GORGEOUS, right?? And these pictures don’t even do the jacket justice. (Especially because I can’t get Tumblr to load the above image in a larger size. Grrr!) It features some STUNNING metallic effects that give it a wintry shine.

In other words: 

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And here they are, in real life:

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You’ll notice that Clara’s face looks slightly different on the first image, which is the final cover (although you can’t see the difference very well here; check out this tweet for a larger image). If you win one of the book jackets, you will see the original cover image. So, really, these book jackets are a ~collector’s item~, as they feature that original image of Clara.

I am also giving away … a signed Winterspell ARC! (Which also features the original cover image. More collector’s items! Wheeee!)

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How do you win?

Reblog this post with tags #Winterspell, #Winterspell Is Coming, and #Claire Legrand. 

For two more chances to win:

- Follow me on Twitter (@clairelegrand) and reblog this tweet.

- Follow me on Instagram (@clairelegrand) and “like” the picture of the five Winterspell book jackets.

And that’s it! I’ll compile the entrants from all social media locations and randomly select six winners (the five book jackets, the ARC). 

This giveaway is international! It will run until Wednesday, July 16th at 9:00am EDT. 

Meantime, feel free to add Winterspell and Summerfall (a Winterspell prequel e-novella) on Goodreads.

Also, for a reminder about pre-orders and how helpful/important they are for authors, see this post.

Thank you for helping me celebrate my website reveal! I can’t believe how quickly time is flying. 46 days until Summerfall, and 81 days until Winterspell!

IT’S HAPPENING!!!

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(Yes, two Liz Lemon gifs in one post. I can’t help it that she gets me.)

this video GETS US, YA fans!