Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Spinning Starlight Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Today I'm super excited to welcome author R.C. Lewis to the blog as part of the promotional tour for Spinning Starlight, a retelling of The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen. There's little I love more than a fairytale retelling, so this book was destined for my must-have list before I even knew of its existence. Since my adoration of fairytales borders on excessive, I thought I'd ask R.C. what fairytales would most appeal to protagonist Liddi if she had nothing but time to read!

Liddi Jantzen’s Top Three Reading-Time Favorites

(First off, Liddi would be all about the audiobook, since her world went full-speed ahead on audio/video interface being the way to go ages back. But without further ado...)

#1 The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

Obviously. Liddi would have oodles of sympathy for this character’s can’t-talk quandary. From firsthand experience, no less. She knows the frustration and fear that can come from not being able to communicate comfortably with those around her, especially total strangers in a strange land that defies all her prior experiences.

She would not be a fan of the ending.

#2 The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen

(Liddi doesn’t know about her own roots in Andersen’s work, so it’s amusing that she’s so partial to his work.)

Again, Liddi would very much identify with the main character in this story. She’s long felt like the odd-one-out among her brothers, and it has nothing to do with being the only girl. Everyone in her family has a spark of genius when it comes to improving old technologies or inventing new ones. Liddi’s competent enough skillwise, but the ideas just won’t come. She wonders if she’s somehow from the wrong “batch.”

#3 Constellation Myths—any and all

(This will keep her busy since the first two are relatively short.)

Liddi grows up with a low opinion of any kind of superstition, yet she can’t help being a stargazer like her late mother. Despite the interstellar distance they represent, looking at the stars makes her feel closer to something. Later, a new friend tells her stories of the constellations on another world, so after the events of Spinning Starlight, I think Liddi would be very interested in hearing such stories from other places and cultures.

Thanks so much for stopping by R.C.!

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Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen'sThe Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow.


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R.C. Lewis teaches math to teenagers—sometimes in sign language, sometimes not—so whether she’s a science geek or a bookworm depends on when you look. That may explain why her characters don’t like to be pigeonholed. Coincidentally, R.C. enjoys reading about quantum physics and the identity issues of photons.

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One lucky winner will receive a signed finished copy of SPINNING STARLIGHT. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Open to US addresses only.

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  Be sure and check out all the participating blogs for more guest posts and interviews!

9/28/2015- FangirlishInterview  
9/29/2015- A Backwards StoryReview  
9/30/2015- Supernatural SnarkGuest Post   
10/1/2015- YaReads- Review  
10/2/2015- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

10/5/2015- Pandora's BooksReview
10/6/2015- Bookhounds yaGuest Post
10/7/2015- Just CommonlyReview
10/8/2015- Mundie MomsInterview
10/9/2015- Please Feed The BookwormReview


  1. I'm kind of excited to read this. I didn't even know of its existence until I saw it on Nick's blog yesterday. I enjoyed Stitching Snow, so yeah I want the companion!

  2. Some great stories there. I don't remember reading it but maybe. The book looks really good and I love the cover. thanks for sharing!

  3. The cover is so cool, sounds interesting

  4. Sounds like a great series that I need to read.

  5. Thanks for the great giveaway! I've had my eye on this series!

  6. I think I may have fallen a little more in love with Liddi. You know how much I enjoyed her! :)
    I don't think anyone is a fan of that ending of the original Little Mermaid. I remember reading it when I was in school and being utterly destroyed!
    Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

  7. I'm absolutely in lust with the cover for this one, and I'm so intrigued about it! Retellings of stories not done as often sounds like something that'd be very much appealing...

    Thank you for sharing the guest post Jenny! I also love the myths of the constellations and looking at the night sky!

  8. I have looked at this, the cover alone looks so beautiful

  9. Funny how all fairytales weren't happy endings to begin with and over time morphed into the happy tales most of us know now. I remember reading a huge Hans Christian Anderson book I got when I was...I think 10 and loving how dark the stories were and also being horrified by them. I think it is why I like the twisted retellings we get today with authors. ;)
    Great guest post!

  10. I love the cover of this one! I haven't read original fairy tales so I don't really know the original stories so much. The not having a voice thing, that would be really hard for me!

  11. Oh Liddi would be ALL about audiobooks! I love this guest post Jenny!

  12. I still need to read Stitching Snow. The cover is beautiful!

  13. Such a lovely cover. I am reading some good reviews for this one. I have to say, The Ugly Duckling was one of my all time favs as a child. Great picks!

  14. Oh this sounds good. Great picks for stories as well. I might suggest the Disney ending for the Little Mermaid. :p

  15. I'm SO excited to read Spinning Starlight and love this post featuring Liddi's favorite fairy tales! I can't wait to see the spin put on The Wild Swans Tale!

  16. I love the cover! this book sounds like a definite page-turner and I can't wait to read it!

  17. The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen was one of my favorite fairytales when I was a kid, Jenny! I’m looking forward to read this book.

  18. I don't think that I am familiar with The Wild Swans so I would love to read this.