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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blog Tour- MECHANICA A Playlist and A Giveaway!

I am so excited to be hosting a spot on the MECHANICA blog tour! I loved this steampunk Cinderella retelling and I really hope there will be a sequel! I have Betsy's playlist to share with you today and there's links to each video if you want to listen! And make sure to enter the giveaway to win a finished copy of the book!

Haven't heard of MECHANICA? Check it out!

Author: Betsy Cornwell
Pub. Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Clarion Books (HMH)
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home. 

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

Now on to the playlist! 

Book Playlist.

I started writing Mechanica way back in 2009, as part of a collection of fairy tales I wrote for a senior project at Smith College. I’ve been building and rebuilding my Mechanica playlist ever since then, so I’m totally excited to share it with you now!

I usually have two playlists for each of my books: a ridiculously long one I used for drafting and editing background noise, which includes every song I have that’s vaguely relevant to the book’s mood or style. But then I have the Official Playlist, which is limited to about twelve songs that really cut to the book’s heart. So what I have here is that second list for Mechanica, including some of my longtime favorite singers like Brandi Carlile, The Decemberists, and Iron & Wine. They’ve been inspiring my writing since I was a teenager, and they’ll keep doing so for  a long, long time.

1.  "Lay Low" Nancy Elizabeth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOeDMm01gPM
2. "Hard Way Home" Brandi Carlile https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AV5TRO1BqU
3. "Never Be Daunted" Jaymay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdMxVlwBxYk
4. "Cinder and Smoke" Iron & Wine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSarZ7g1F-g
5. "Happy Home" Antigone Rising https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBPRJHnJSgU
6. "The Engine Driver" The Decemberists https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAD07HVFJxQ
7. "A New Place" Kyle Dawkins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pid-udZrmcU
8. "Vito's Ordination Song" Sufjan Stevens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1Gs9CGschE
9. "Dragonfly" My Brightest Diamond https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwA96dZm6Mw
10. "Lightning Girl" Cloud Cult https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4VimbcqL0k
11. "Blue Northern Lights" Ollabelle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0Ezpsc2ERU
12. "Diana's Song" Antje Duvekot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSs-dvS3Yvg
13. "The Story I Heard" Blind Pilot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvmouWbk498
14. "Stacked Crooked" The New Pornographers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VokdpAJm9vs

About Betsy:
Hi! I'm Betsy Cornwell, an American writer and teacher living in a stove-heated cottage in west Ireland, together with my horse trainer spouse, a small herd of dairy goats, and an increasing number of other animals. I write fiction and nonfiction and blog about Irish folklore, travel, wild food, goats (of course!), homesteading, and growing up.

Find Betsy on the web: 


Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a finished copy of MECHANICA and a beautiful watch necklace from this etsy shop! US Only.

2 winners will receive a finished copy of MECHANICA. US Only.

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Check out the Tour Schedule!

Week One:
8/17/2015- FangirlishInterview
8/18/2015- Uncreatively ZoeyReview
8/19/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
8/20/2015- A Backwards StoryReview
8/21/2015- Dark Faerie TalesGuest Post

Week Two:
8/24/2015- FiktshunInterview
8/25/2015- Bookish LifestyleReview
8/26/2015- Supernatural SnarkInterview
8/27/2015- Bookhounds yaReview
8/28/2015- Me, My Shelf and IGuest Post


  1. This books sounds exactly like my kind of read. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the cover!

  2. I've had this on my TBR list for a while. So excited to read it!

  3. This book has intrigued me from the start! I can't wait to read it :D

  4. Sounds like a really cool take on Cinderella. Added to my TBR shelf!

  5. I love the idea of a music list to go with the book! I'm listening now and I'll tweet it for sure. I am counting the days until I get the book in my hands. I started to read the ebook but it just isn't the same as having the book. I want to wait for it and savor each page.

  6. (Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter)

    I am so excited to read Mechanica! It has been on my TBR since I first heard about it!! Thanks for the chance to win! :)


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