ENSNARED in a Winter Wonderland Blog Tour: ‘Morpheus’ Guest Post + Giveaways

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I am crazy madly in love with A.G. Howard’s Splintered series, so of course I’m super stoked to be kicking off the ENSNARED in a Winter Wonderland Blog Tour. And if you didn’t already know, I have a major crush on Morpheus. So the fact that I get a post with a super fab pic of him in a Santa cap and a song that he and Chessie tinkered with makes me all sorts of happy.

There are also some fab prizes available for giveaway. So be sure to scroll down after the very awesome post by A.G. Howard and Morpheus to enter.

And while I would love to tease about what happens in ENSNARED, I’ve been sworn to secrecy. Therefore I will not talk about that payment referenced below. Or about what happens following that killer ending in UNHINGED. Or about what Alyssa discovers when she finds…. Nope, not going to say another word. Even though I really, really, want to.

And so that I won’t accidentally ramble, I’m now going to turn my blog over to the very imaginative, creative, awesome and amazing A.G. Howard.


The Guest Post

Welcome to the first stop of the Ensnared in a Winter Wonderland Tour! 🙂

There will be five stops total on this tour, and four of those will have two rafflecopters offering prizes at the end of each post. One rafflecopter will have an INTL prize donated by me, and the other, 10 brand-spanking new hardback copies of Ensnared, donated by my generous publisher—domestic winners only.

So there’s something for everyone!

Now, let’s get to the good stuff. I’m in the Christmas spirit today, and even convinced Morpheus to let my friend photo shop a Santa hat onto his picture (though he’s being grumpy and refused any color but blue to match his suit).


Also, as you know, Wonderland’s wisdom keeper does nothing without a price, so fair warning Alyssa: he bargained for a romantic dancing scene with you, payment forthcoming in Ensnared.


Now, as a contribution to our wintery themed blog tour, Morpheus and his right-hand cat, Chessie, worked up a tribute to one of Wonderland’s most formidable denizens. The lyrics are put to the tune of Walking in a Winter Wonderland.

Pay attention … for in order to unlock today’s rafflecopter for the INTL prize, you have to correctly answer who this song is about, and what purpose this particular netherling serves in Wonderland.

Ensnared in a Winter Wonderland

Ghastly screams…
Are you listening?
In her lair,
Snow is glistening.

A horrible sight,
In sepia light,
Ensnared in a winter Wonderland.

Gone away, is the raven;
Here to stay, an eight-legged maven.

Rotting doll heads
Wrapped in gossamer webs,
Ensnared in a winter Wonderland.

In the graveyard we can build a snowman,
And pretend that he is Rabid White.
He’ll say, “Are you frightened?”
We’ll say, “No Man.
For it takes a child’s nightmares
To do it right.”

Later on
We’ll conspire.
As we dance midst a fire;

To face unafraid
The deathbeds she made…
Ensnared in a winter Wonderland.

If you already figured out who the song’s about, you’re one step closer to winning today INTL prizes:

The Art of Winter, a coffee table book filled with images of winter’s fierce and fragile beauty.


And, 1 “Chessie tail” rearview mirror charm or Christmas tree ornament:


Also, up for grabs for only the domestic participants are 10 Ensnared hardbacks:

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Check out the rafflecopters below for entry options, and we’ll see you tomorrow at Two Chicks on Books for day two of the tour and more prizes!



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Title & Series: ENSNARED (Splintered #3)
Author: A.G. Howard
Release date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world–a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts.

In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?


The Trailer

About A.G. Howard


A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.


Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: SPLINTERED (Splintered #1)
Release date: January 1, 2013
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.


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Title & Series: THE MOTH IN THE MIRROR (Splintered #1.5)
Release date: October 22, 2013
Pages: 40
Formats: eBook


An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa’s affections, so he digs into Jeb’s memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds.

This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard’s dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.


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Title & Series: UNHINGED (Splintered #2)
Release date: January 7, 2014
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.


The Giveaways

I have two awesome giveaways to share for my stop today.


The first is a tour-wide giveaway: 10 winners will receive a hardcover of ENSNARED. US ONLY.

(Prize will be sent by the publisher.)

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The second is exclusive to this stop: The Art of Winter coffee table book and a “Chessie tail” rearview mirror charm. INTERNATIONAL.

(Prize will be sent by the author.)

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Tour Schedule

Dec. 1st – Fiktshun – Morpheus Post

Dec. 2nd – Two Chicks on Books – Jeb Post

Dec. 3rd – All The Write Notes – Playlist

Dec. 4th – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Jeb Post

Dec. 5th – Dark Faerie Tales – Chapter 1 Reveal

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