June 18, 2013

Guest Post + Giveaway: Catherine by April Lindner

Week One:
June 17th - Bewitched Bookworms - Review + Interview
June 18th - Jessabella Reads - Guest Post
June 19th - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - Interview
June 20th - Romancing the Dark Side - Guest Post
June 20th - Between the Pages - Review
June 21st - Emily's Crammed Bookshelf - Interview
June 21st - A Little Shelf of Heaven - Review
Week Two:
June 24th - Parajunkee - Guest Post
June 25th - The Book Belles - Interview
June 25th - The Bookmark Blog - Review
June 26th - Curling Up With A Good Book - Review
June 26th - Ink Skies - Interview
June 27th - BookHounds - Guest Post
June 27th - To Read or Not To Read - Review
June 28th - Tales of the Ravenous Reader - Guest Post
Title: Catherine
Author: April Lindner
Publisher: Poppy (Little Brown BYR)
Publication Date: January 2013
Genres: Young Adult Mystery, Romance, Contemporary, Historical Fiction

A forbidden romance. A modern mystery. 
Wuthering Heights as you've never seen it before.
Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad's famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?
Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years — a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn't die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her — starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.
Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery.

***Guest Post by April Lindner***

Here April talks about who has inspired her writing career and why!

I’ve had so many inspirations—teachers in high school and college, and writer friends I’ve been lucky to make along the way—but my first and most important inspiration was my mother. Though she had to drop out of school in eleventh grade to help support her family, she has always been a voracious reader. When I was small, she would take me on regular outings to the library, or to the Salvation Army and garage sales where I would pick out stacks and stacks of books to take home. When I was even smaller, she would walk around the neighborhood with me, inventing little songs about the things we saw along the way. So I would invent songs and poems too; she made it seem like the most natural thing in the world. And as soon as I learned how, I started writing them down.
The books my mother put in my hands were some of my best and most reliable companions. I was a shy and awkward kid, and I distinctly remember feeling more at home in the world of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women than I did at recess, where the other kids all seemed so comfortable with each other and so good at kick ball and tag—games that interested me not at all. I spent so much time with my nose in a book that my fifth grade teacher actually suggested to my mother that maybe I was reading to escape reality. She was right, of course, but to this day I’m still not sure why she considered that a bad thing!
Eventually I started writing novels of my own, by hand in marble notebooks. In high school, I wrote and illustrated a chapter book about a trio of orphans who escape from a dreary orphanage and have to survive on their own in the woods. At the time, my mother worked as an adminstrative assistant, and she would bring my scribbled chapters into work and type them up for me during her lunch break so I could send them to publishing houses. They weren’t accepted for publication, but to this day my mother still asks me about that novel, and insists I should try sending it out again.
It’s absolutely no accident that my first published novel was a contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre—my mother’s favorite novel. I picked it up in the first place because she suggested it, and it became my favorite book as well. How could I not fall in love with the story of a shy and awkward kid, misunderstood by those around her, who grows up to be smart and self-reliant and a romantic heroine to boot? From there, I started obsessively reading the classics—losing myself in the poetry and the romance of Wuthering Heights, Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, A Room With a View, books I’ve come to love so much that I have to return to them again and again. Writing contemporary retellings of the classics is my way of returning to worlds and characters that still seem as real to me as the 3-D world I walk through every day, just as they did when I was first learning to read.

About the Author:
April Lindner is the author of two novels, Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights, and Jane, an update of Jane Eyre.  She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped

She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. 
A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

Purchase Links:

A hardcover copy of CATHERINE by April Lindner to THREE (3) winners.
It is a tour-wide giveaway shared across all the stops via a common Rafflecopter.
Giveaway is US only.
Must be 13 or older to enter.
Giveaway ends July 4 at 11:59 p.m.
Winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter and contacted by email.
Mandatory requirement is to leave a comment. Optional entries are to Like the CATHERINE Facebook page, follow the author on Twitter and Tweet (daily) about the tour/giveaway.
All giveaway options are weighted evenly.
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  1. I always love to see how authors reinvent a classic! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I love to go through and see the familiar things in the story with the author's specific twist. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  3. They are so different, yet we feel an odd familiarity! I always love retellings that have something unique about them :)

    Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  4. I always love seeing the different way authors can tell the story but still keep in along the classic storyline of telling.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I like to see how the authors do it and how it varies from the original but still has the same concept. It's also interesting to see the stories in a more so modern world and how that changes the story. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I grew up on fairy tales and any sort of variation of them still resonates with me. I have found myself hopelessly smitten with all fairytale retellings.

  7. I love when authors do fairy tale retellings. This book sounds really good. <3

  8. AnonymousJune 18, 2013

    I like modern retelling of classics because they're more relate-able.

  9. I find it interesting to see how they incorporate modern aspects into a classic. Example: Technology.

  10. I like seeing the characters I love and the themes these classics embody translated to new worlds and experiences. It's great to see the characters again and fascinating to see the themes explored anew.

  11. Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite book, and this story that a retelling about it sounds really compelling. So sad, this is not international giveaway. But goodluck for everyone who entering this :)

  12. I was also a very shy and awkward as a kid, even now as an adult, so books have been my friends for my whole life. They have offered me confidence to find friends who love books too, that love all of my shy and awkward ways! I have ran across Jane by the author before, but I have not read it. I think that I need to. And Catherine sounds very good, too!

    1. Oh yeah, one thing that I forgot to mention. I love the cover!

  13. It's interesting seeing different people's take on classic stories. Maybe, they imagine things differently than I do.

  14. I like seeing how different people interpret classic works, and when I truly love a story, I love being able to re-visit the plot and characters in a fresh way :D

  15. I just love retellings and getting to revisit a story I loved in a different authors view of the story.
    Thanks for the giveaway : )

  16. I like that I know what should happen and I can find the similarities as I read :)

  17. I always enjoy reading how the author twist the story and makes it believable in the retelling.


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