Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Blog Tour: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski + Giveaway


I am so excited to be part of The Winner’s Crime blog tour today!  If you want to visit every stop, check out the tour schedule here.  I absolutely adore this series so far and I hope those of you who are reading it are as well.  Today, Marie was gracious enough to stop by and answer a few questions I had for her.  But first, a little bit about the book.

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.

(Summary from GoodReads)

The setting in The Winner’s Curse reminded me a little bit of Ancient Rome.  If you could pick an ancient empire or society to live in, which one would you choose and why?

I am trying really hard to think of an ancient society where life wasn’t subpar for women. I fail. And I don’t want to be a man in any of these ancient worlds either. Although not ancient, and not exactly a nurturing environment for women either, I wouldn’t mind living a life of leisure in Jane Austen’s England, at least how it’s depicted in her books. 

Maybe I just want to live in Jane Austen’s books.

Your characters play a game called Bite & Sting.  What game inspired it?  Do you have a favorite board game?

The game is a hybrid of poker and mahjong, I suppose. As for a favorite board game, I loved The Settlers of Catan. I also like playing dominos and poker, because that’s what my family plays. I love chess but don’t get much of a chance to play it. I’m also not very good at it. Good enough to beat my husband, though.

In The Winner’s Crime, Kestrel is engaged.  What is your favorite fictional wedding from film or television?

I will chose two: Clair and Jamie’s wedding from Outlander, and Marie and Jess’s from When Harry Met Sally

For the first, yes, of course, the whole episode is sexy and romantic and tender, and I love all of that, but I also admire the structure of the episode, and the way what we see of the wedding is broken into parts and revealed to us after the fact of it. I’m reminded of Battlestar Galactica’s episode “Unfinished Business” (my favorite, maybe, of the series, though not at all about a wedding! It features boxing)—and that’s no coincidence, since BSG and Outlander both belong to Ron Moore. 

I love Marie and Jess’s wedding because of what happens between Harry and Sally at it. I love their fight. It’s funny (to us) and vulnerable (to them). I’ve seen the movie a million times, but recently read the script for the first time, and it’s just so good. 

You have a magical pot that will make you endless quantities of whatever food you desire (I’m thinking of Strega Nona here).  What food does your pot make?

A hearty bread called “pain des amis” from a Parisian bakery called Du Pain et des Idées. I die just thinking about it.

Thanks for having me!

Thank you Marie for stopping by!

My review of this book will be up in just a few days.  Until then, I’m giving away a copy to one lucky reader.  Check out the rules and fill out the Rafflecopter if you’re interested.
*One winner will receive a hardcover copy of The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski.
*Must be 13 years of age or older to enter.
*Open to U.S. readers only.
*Giveaway will close on March 16th at 11:59 p.m.


  1. I actually am not sure yet. I have the Winners Curse on my shelves and keep on meaning to pick it up, and now I have heard so many great things about this book that I guess that's why I want to pick it up. Thank you so much for the chance to win!!!

  2. I really like her description of Bite & Sting. I was thinking of the tiles in mahjong as I was reading the book so that is pretty cool!

  3. Yay! I'm glad to hear that Marie Rutkoski is a fellow Outlander fan!

    I really enjoyed the setting in the Winner's Curse so I'm excited to get back to it in the sequel.

  4. I agree with her that living in a Jane Austen novel sounds awesome! I totally LOVED the Winner's Curse and have read it twice. Can't wait to see what happens in The Winner's Crime!

  5. I am so very excited to read this book since i love the world that is created and i love Kestrel!!
    ~Brittany T

  6. I am so very excited to read this book since i love the world that is created and i love Kestrel!!
    ~Brittany T

  7. I am excited to read the winner's crime because I want to see what becomes of Kestrel and Arin's relationship!

  8. I was hooked after reading the Winner's Curse, and I absolutely need the Winner's Crime. I loved how strong and thoughtful Kestrel was.

  9. I am excited to read this book because I LOVED The Winner's Curse! I read it in one day. And I can't wait to find out what happens next! (There was a bit of a cliffhanger there at the end!) :D

  10. I absolutely love Marie Rutkoski's writing, in particular, The Winner's Curse. I am extremely excited to read The Winner's Crime and discover what happens next. The plot is riveting and the relationships are on point.

  11. First of all, I loved reading The Winner's Curse. At first I didn't like it, but as I went through the book, the more I enjoyed it. But that ending though.... So, I am definitely going to read the next book. But anyways, thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I'm in love with Marie's writing. The Winner's Curse was one of my favorite reads in 2014. I absolutely enjoyed and loved it so I'm looking forward to the next installment. Thank you for this amazing chance! :)

  13. I haven't read either book yet, but I've been seeing a ton of great reviews for The Winner's Crime! I'm excited to finally read them and see what all the buzz is about. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. The first book was great, can't wait to read the sequel!

  15. Haven't heard of that series yet, but you make it sound so nice. Maybe it's worth a look, I'll definitely add them to my Goodreads.

    Jen @ The Bookavid



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