25 Days of WinterDream by Chantal Gadoury Countdown To Release with Playlist & Exclusive Excerpt CGadouryAuthor

Welcome to the 25 Days of WinterDream Countdown to Release!

by Chantal Gadoury
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Adaptation, Historical Romance

This Christmas Eve… no creature was stirring…
Except, maybe, a mouse. 
At long last, can true love break the Nutcracker’s curse? 

For Clara Stahlbaum, this Christmas means the end of her youth. A daughter of the aristocracy, Clara is expected to give up her dreams of adventures and the extraordinary for more normal days as the wife of a cruel Viscount. 

But when magical Uncle Drosselmeyer returns with his wondrous, dancing contraptions, and one...
special gift for Clara, she is beckoned to the land of Winter Dream, where she is thrust into the greatest adventure of her wildest dreams. But will she be able to break the Nutcracker's curse? 

Uncle Drosselmeyer’s apprentice, Anton, is handsome as he is mysterious. But what is it about him Clara finds so alluring? 

Winter Dream is a phenomenal retelling of The Nutcracker from the eyes of Clara Stahlbaum with all the magic of the Holiday season. If you loved S. Jae-Jones’ Wintersong, you’ll fall in love with this stunning tale of love, war, redemption, and Christmas magic. 

Winterdream Playlist

With every novel that I write, I always create a playlist to go along with it. Often times I began to shape my playlist before anything is written on the page. I go through dozens of scores and soundtracks to films that either I know have the sort of tone I’m looking for, or for movies that are similar in the genre that I’m going to write in. And usually as I write, the playlist begins to grow.

With “WinterDream,” as you can imagine, the score of the Nutcracker Ballet was the central theme. I would listen to the music over and over again as I began to try to bring the world of “WinterDream” to life. And as I did so, the more music to other films and shows began to inspire where the book (Clara and the Nutcracker) was going to take me.

I actually have created a playlist of the songs that I listened to as I wrote and edited (and re-edited) “WinterDream” right on Spotify. You can listen here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/35a0v8HlO7CcAQFtmUiS5n And I also tried to keep them in the order of the story as you listen and read - you can nearly match exactly the mood of the story to what I was listening to!

I hope you enjoy the playlist!

Also enjoy an exclusive excerpt from “WinterDream,” waltzing onto bookshelves November 27th!

A loud cackling began from the other side of the tree as the line of armed mice began to separate.
“It’s the Mouse King!” a soldier shouted in alarm.
“Steady!” the Nutcracker said again, this time with more urgency. I pushed myself through the crowd of men until I was once again standing beside the Nutcracker.
“I think he must have heard you call him a piglet,” I remarked.
“Indeed, he must have,” Nutcracker said, unfazed by the comment.
“Now what do we do?”
“Clara,” he said, concern now etched on his features. “You must hide yourself.”
“Let me help,” I said, shaking my head. I would not play the part of the unwitting damsel, the lady who was so incapable of defending herself from danger.
“Hide, please,” the Nutcracker said again, pleading with me to listen.
But before either of us could argue, a wave of gasps from the toy soldiers drew our attention forward. One soldier pointed the way, his shiny black eyes focused hard on a much larger figure that lingered near the sofa.
Unlike the rest of the mice in the room, the Mouse King wore a royal blue coat, lined with black and white fur. On top of his head, a crooked, golden crown sat askew. Upon his feet were black boots with a similar crown emblem embroidered at the top. It was so strange to see a mouse adorned in such regal clothing, as if Fritz had captured him and stuck him in his toy’s clothes before the rat could escape.
It almost made me laugh.
Nutcracker,” the Mouse King hissed between its large, pointy teeth. “At last. . . I’ve been waiting.”
“I won’t make you wait a moment more,” the Nutcracker taunted as he mockingly bowed and pushed me behind him. Carefully, he lifted his sword upward. “Here I am, Mousey.
The Mouse King lifted a corner of his lips with a snarl and pulled his own sword from the side of his belt. He really was an ugly thing. Beady eyes, a pinkish-brown tail and scraggly fur; he was more like a sewer rat than a field mouse. I hoped to never be so close to the creature.
I dug my fingers into the hilt of the sword in my hand. My grip was tight, but it could not keep me from shaking. There was no waking from this dream. It was all real. For if I had been asleep, the moment the arrow grazed me, I should have awoken.
How could any of this be happening?

Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published "The Songs in Our Hearts" and “The Songs We Remember,” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and "Allerleirauh,” “Between the Sea and Stars,” and “Blinding Night” with Parliament House Press. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she's not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-’brother’ Taran.

Thanks for joining us as we countdown to the release of WinterDream. Be on the lookout for our review as I am currently reading this amazing story!! Until then... Happy reading!

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