IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS Trailer Reveal Blog Tour and Giveaway

Welcome to the trailer reveal tour for Cat Winters’s YA ghost tale, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS (Amulet Books, April 2013). From February 7-13, seven sites will host seven challenges to find clues about the novel and its trailer. And on February 14, The Mod Podge Bookshelf will celebrate a deliciously dark Valentine’s Day by hosting the exclusive trailer reveal and giveaway!


In the Shadow of BlackbirdsIn 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle— returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.


Mary Shelley Black’s first love, Stephen Embers, enjoys anagrams (phrases or words created by rearranging the letters of other phrases or words).

Unscramble the following anagram to learn today’s secret about IN THE SHADOW OFBLACKBIRDS and/or the book’s trailer. Submit the word in the rafflecopter below, and you’ll be entered to win an advance reading copy of the novel, as well as a free download of the trailer’s music, “Under the Fate of the Blue Moon” by Jill Tracy. (Limited to U.S. and CANADA residents.)


Stephen has an older brother who claims to photograph these types of supernatural entities.


Solve the anagram correctly to win these awesome prizes!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To learn more about In the Shadow of Blackbirds, visit

Feb. 7:   I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
Feb. 8:   Mundie Moms
Feb. 9:   IceyBooks
Feb. 10: Hobbitsies
Feb. 11: ReadingTeen
Feb. 12: BookHounds YA
Feb. 13: Girls in the Stacks
Feb. 14: The Mod Podge Bookshelf


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Michelle Morris

    February 9, 2013

    Thank you for the giveaway! I'm looking forward to reading this :)

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    February 9, 2013

    This is so exciting! I love all the hype about this book. It's got me SUPER SIKED.

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    Diana Evans

    February 9, 2013

    I can't wait to read it. It looks very interesting.

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    February 9, 2013

    I've seen it around on other blogs and I really can't wait to dive into that world.

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    Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    February 9, 2013

    I heard about this one a few weeks ago and already can't wait to read it!

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    Holly Bryan

    February 10, 2013

    I have heard about this one, what feels like months and months ago, and I so can't wait to read it!! I've been going back and forth with myself about whether to pre-order it, so I guess if I don't win this, then that's what I'll be doing!! I'm very, very intrigued and excited because this book is right in line with what I love to read. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    February 11, 2013

    I have seen the cover around. It looks very dark and just something I can see myself get into.

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    February 11, 2013

    Loving this blog hop, so fun!! Thanks for the anagrams and giveaway!

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    February 11, 2013

    I have been following the hop, so heard about the book just this week, and sure look forward to the read!