What’s Your Winner’s Curse Blog Tour + Giveaway

WinnersCurse BlogTour

I am so excited to be a part of the “What’s Your Winner’s Curse?” Blog Tour and to be able to help promote this amazing series by Author Marie Rutkoski. And I also can’t wait for THE WINNER’S CRIME to be released next week so that I can talk about it, finally, with everyone.

This tour is just a little bit different in that every blogger has to answer the following question…

The ‘Winner’s Curse’ is an economics term that means you’ve gotten what you wanted – but at too high a price.  What would you pay too much for?

…instead of sharing their thoughts about THE WINNER’S CURSE and THE WINNER’S CRIME. (Though if you’d like to know what I thought just click the title’s in the previous sentence.)

To check out the full tour schedule visit the Mac Teen Books website by clicking the banner above or the link HERE.

To learn more about the series visit its website HERE. And if you have time for a game or a few of “Bite and Sting” you can play it HERE.

And if you’d like to follow along or join the conversation, just use the hashtag for the book – #TheWinnersCurse – or follow @MarieRutkoski if you’d like to see what the author is tweeting about.

What’s My Winner’s Curse?

I’ve paid a high price for a number of things in my life – school, a well-decorated apartment, a place to live in a nice area, radical hair colors… the list goes on. And on. And on. Sometimes the cost has gone beyond a financial cost – the biggest price I’ve paid has been time.

Right now I am paying far too much to get what I want. And what I want right now, and have wanted for the past year-and-a-half, is to be sailing. But I think it’s so worth it. I’d actually pay even more if I could go sailing every single day of the week.

There’s just something about leaving the land behind.

On the Water1

Even on days when it’s not all sunshine and calm seas.

On the Water2

Even when visibility and staying warm and dry starts to become a problem.

On the Water3

Because, as Kestrel may attest, there’s nothing like being out at sea on a boat, free from all of the responsibilities that are tied to the land, being at the mercy of the wind and water and little else.

Sailing is my winner’s curse. And it’s one that I’ll happily pay a steep price for, because the cost will never outweigh the benefit for me.

What’s your winner’s curse?


Winners Crime Cover

Add to Goodreads

Title: THE WINNER’S CRIME (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages: 416
Release date: March 3, 2015
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Read Chapter One


Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.




Add to Goodreads

Title: THE WINNER’S CURSE (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages: 368
Release date: March 4, 2014
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Read Chapter One


Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.


The Book Trailer

About Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Winner’s Curse (March 2014). She grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois as the oldest of four children and decided early on that she was Someone Who Loved Books.

After attending the University of Iowa and living in Moscow and Prague, she studied Shakespeare at Harvard University, where she honed her skill in referring to herself in the third person.

Marie is now a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance drama, children’s literature, and fiction writing. New York City is her home, and she thinks there must be birds of prey living in Washington Square Park; she can see large, wheeling wings from the window where she sits and writes. Marie has two small sons who try very hard to make friends with the family cat, only to be snubbed for the dark quiet of a closet. Marie can tie a double figure-eight knot with her eyes closed. She’s learning how to play the violin. She’s a sucker for fancy tea, and her favorite dessert is crème brulée. Or maybe sticky toffee pudding. Tough call.


The Giveaway

The winner’s choice of a copy of either THE WINNER’S CURSE or THE WINNER’S CRIME – US only

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner
  • Giveaway is open to US ONLY
  • Prize will be sent by the publisher
  • Giveaway ends on March 3rd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
  • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond with their details

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