The Winner's Crime: What’s Your Winner’s Curse? Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY

Hello everyone,
I am so excited to be part of the What's Your Winner's Curse? blog tour to count down the release of The Winner's Crime (the sequel to The Winner's Curse), which will be out on March 3rd.

All of the participants of the blog tour was asked to answer this 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?
It's a hard question to answer. Kestrel (one of my all-time favorite characters) sacrificed a lot of things to save Arin, the people and the country of Herran from being destroyed. Did she pay too high a price? If I am in her place, am I willing to pay as much as she did? I want to say yes. But since I'm not clever like Kestrel, chances are I'll probably end up paying even more.

But what am I willing to pay too much for in my life, in my current situation? I am definitely going to pay or sacrifice whatever is necessary when it comes to my family and their safety and/or health. I'm also willing to pay a lot to be able to build a career doing something I love. I'm currently a second grade teacher and while it's a good job and I'm satisfied at where I am right now, it's not something I want to do for the next 30 or 40 years. I like teaching, but I don't love it.

When it comes to material things, I don't really have to think too hard--my answer is BOOKS. I have a job now that pays a decent amount so it's not too bad, but when I was a poor undergrad and grad student there were more than a few times I spent what little money I had on YA or romance novels (my genres of choice). Then, for the rest of the week I'd just eat ramen noodles. Books make me happy so I'm willing to pay for books that I really, really want.

I am also willing to pay to travel to the mainland to attend a large bookish event. I attended the ALA annual conference last year and I am planning to pay the big bucks and go again this year because I had such a great time. I have a library degree (albeit unused) so I feel legit going to an event for librarians to catch up on the latest and greatest in the library world. It's also really fun to attend the different events and signings to meet authors (which I do not get to do at all on Maui--we have zero YA or romance author events) and other readers as well as catch up with my library school friends.

Some of my Vera stuff
Besides books and bookish events, I have a fondness for Vera Bradley stuff. Ever since I bought my first Vera bag back in 2010, my collection of bags and accessories have grown. I love their products--the colors and patterns are really fun, I love their trademark quilted cotton design and everything I've gotten from them were all well-made and they last a long time. The bags usually run between $50-100 so it's not too expensive and I usually just buy the stuff on sale, which are half the original price. But I still make about one or two orders a year, especially because they keep having really awesome online sales and they are very generous with coupons. I also wouldn't mind paying a little extra for a certain colors that I really like.

If we're talking in a magical realism kind of situation, I'd definitely pay a lot for a device that will take ideas from my brain and produce it with very minimal work for me--I basically think it and, voila, it's there. It'll save me so much time and I'll never write another lesson plan again! I'll also finally be able to "write" that novel I've been thinking about writing for years!

I'd also pay a lot for the ability to time travel. There are so many time periods and different places I'd want to visit. At the top of my list are the Regency Era and the Victorian Era in England, 1900s New York, Ancient Greece and Rome, Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, etc.

What would you pay too much for?

Follow the rest of the blog tour here.

If you have not heard of The Winner's Curse or The Winner's Crime, here ya go.

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.

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.

For more info about the Winner's Trilogy, visit the website dedicated to the trilogy. You can also play the Bite & Sting game from the book. You can also visit author Marie Rutkoski's website and chat with her on Twitter.

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Happy reading,


  1. I would LOVE The Winner's Crime!! I NEED it in my collection. I love Rutkoski's writing and her characters and the romance and EVERYTHING. Sometimes I feel like school work and studying is my winner's curse. No joke!! I dedicate tons of hours to studying and getting stellar grades yet it costs me my sleep and sanity. If I were to study a bit less I'd still get a good grade I think and I'd save my mental and physical sanity!! :)

  2. Winner's Curse! This is one from my need-to-read list!

  3. I adored The Winner's Curse so I would be ever-grateful to have The Winner's Crime! It ended with such a cliff hanger and I'm agonizing over what's going to happen next!

  4. I am dying to read the Winner's Crime...I can't believe it is here in a month and a half, and then begins the slow agonizing wait until Winner's Kiss in about a year! :)

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read The Winner's Crime, so I think I would pick that one. :)

  6. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    I'd love Winner's Crime!! thank you so very much :)

    I have a US address but rafflecopter mights how my location outside US because I'm doing a semester abroad

  7. I would love to win The Winner's Crime!
    I think that my Winner's Curse would be buying too many books and going to book panels to meet and talk with some of my favorite authors ALL the time!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I would like to win The Winner's Crime, but I wouldn't mind reading the The Winner's Curse either. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  9. I would love The Winner's Crime because I'm dying to know what happens next! And I'm not sure what I would pay too much for. Perhaps true love?

  10. I would love to win a copy of The Winner's Crime :D

  11. I'd like to win the Winner's Curse since I have yet to read this amazing series! and I would pay too much just to see my idols in concert since they saved me from myself.

  12. i would like to win The Winner Crime!

  13. I'd love to win the Winner's Curse! I've heard wonderful things about it

  14. THE WINNER'S CRIME!!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    Wow, sorry for the caps, but seriously, thank you for the giveaway!

  16. I would love to win The Winner's Crime (#2) and I would pay too much for books and a nice, beautiful vacation! Thank you for this amazing chance! :)

  17. I am dying to read Winner's Crime. Technology

  18. I would love to win The Winner's Crime! Thanks for the giveaway!! :)


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