Tuesday, June 11, 2013

GUEST LAUNCH PARTY + GIVEAWAY: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

 A warm Casa welcome to fellow Sourcebooks author, USA Today and New York Times Bestseller, Susanna Kearsley! Her latest novel, The Firebird, hit stores this month and she’s here to celebrate!

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What’s better than celebrating the publication day of a new book? Getting to celebrate that publication day with a friend and fellow Sourcebooks author! 

Last week, Sara Humphreys—fresh from her own recent promotions last month for her new book Undone—made the long drive in to help me celebrate the publication of The Firebird with a chat and signing at the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library in Valley Stream, Long Island.

We fielded questions from a great group of library patrons and readers, including a couple of young teenaged writers whose work I expect we’ll be rea

ding one day. Here we are with Library Director Mamie Eng, in front of the wonderful mural that served as a backdrop for the event.

Afterwards, we went in search of food and were advised to head to Cabo, a Mexican restaurant in nearby Rockville Centre, where our server warned us it was Karaoke Night. (The heck you say!) WHO KNEW that Sara was a Karaoke Queen? She rocked the house with her rendition of the Gretchen Wilson classic “Redneck Woman”.

It really was so great to have a Sourcebooks “sister” there to make my pub day something special. And be warned: if there are Karaoke Bars awaiting us at Nationals this summer in Atlanta, I’ll be signing Sara up!

Thanks to Susanna for joining us today! For a chance to win one of 2 copies of The Firebird, tell us what song you would sing during karaoke. (US and Canada only, please leave an email address so we can easily reach you. Winners will be chosen and announced in the comments on Friday, June 14.)

Two Women.
One Mysterious Relic.
Separated By Centuries.

Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called "The Firebird," claiming it belonged to Russia's Empress Catherine, it's a problem. There's no proof.

But Nicola's held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth.

Beloved by readers as varied and adventurous as her novels, you will never forget spending time in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley's world.

Reviewers love Susanna Kearsley:
Winner of RT Book Reviews Historical Fiction and Historical Fantasy/Paranormal Awards
"A creative tour de aforce...Brilliant!"—New York Journal of Books
"Romantic, passionate, and bittersweet, this intelligent, tension-laden story will sweep you away."—Historical Novel Review
"An imaginatively captivating trip through time."—Fresh Fiction
"Kearsley makes the impossible seem real...and makes history come alive."—Booklist

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley’s writing evokes that of Mary Stewart and Daphne Du Maurier. Her award-winning books have been translated and sold into 20 countries, condensed for Reader's Digest, and optioned for film. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario. For more information, please visit her website (http://www.susannakearsley.com/), follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SusannaKearsley) and like her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSusannaKearsley).


  1. How fun! We should all do karaoke at the Sourcebooks dinner this year! It's always more fun to do a signing with a friend. Congrats on the new release.

  2. Thanks, Shana. I agree. Group karaoke in Atlanta!

  3. I absolutely love Susanna's books and have been waiting for this sequel of sorts ever since reading (and falling in love with The Winter Sea)

    My karaoke song would be "You're So Vain"

    Anisa Purdin
    dawna45123 at yahoo dot com

  4. Respect

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  5. I was just singing along to this song earlier... I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston.


  6. Big congratulations, Susanna! What fun y'all had...I can NOT sing so I'll be the cheerleader at the karaoke night!

  7. not one to sing in public, i would have to sing the easiest song in the world: Happy Birthday To You!!!

    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  8. Congrats on your new release, Susanna! I know it will terrific. The karaoke escapade sounds pretty entertaining--hope there's a repeat in Atlanta. You didn't say which song you would sing :-)

  9. Wow, I sure can't wait to read this one. I *loved* THE WINTER SEA. If I did solo karaoke, I would have to go with RESPECT by Ms. Aretha Franklin

  10. Oh this series sounds like a blast! And I LOVE karaoke!

  11. I usually sing "Big Balls" by ACDC. ;)

  12. Thanks to everyone who commented, and to Susanna for stopping by the blog!

    Our winners are
    Anisa (anonymous)

    I'll be emailing you both shortly!

    Have a great weekend,