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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit #1) by Sarah Jean Horwitz (Playlist and Giveaway)

Today, I’m going to share a post from debut author Sarah Jean Horwitz who put together a set of songs for her middle-grade fantasy debut novel The Wingsnatchers, first book of Carmer and Grit series.

I’ve been listening to the playlist ever since Sarah sent them to me. I feel like I know every songs already. Everytime I listen to the playlist I get the movie OST vibe. It feels like each songs is part of an animated movie. With the playlist, it is easy for me to imagine, The Wingsnatchers as a animated film. So I really hope you enjoy each songs as much as I do.

Next to the playlist are more details about Carmer and Grit, Book One: The Wingsnatchers and the author, Sarah Jean Horwitz. Also, don’t forget to check the giveaway at the bottom for a chance to win a hardcover copy of the book.

Without further ado, here’s Sarah Jean with The Wingsnathchers Playlist.

Carmer and Grit, Book One: The Wingsnatchers Playlist

I’m incredibly excited to share the playlist for Carmer and Grit, Book One: The Wingsnatchers. Music plays a huge role in my writing process – or perhaps it’s more accurate to say my brainstorming process! I make playlists for almost all of my writing projects, and more often than not I have a completed playlist before I have a completed plot. I’m a very visual person – I originally wanted to be a screenwriter – so I love to listen to a song and just daydream and let the images flow. Sometimes, those images make it all the way into scenes of the story.

My playlists are also huge – the original Carmer and Grit playlist is over sixty songs long. It’s only after a book is done that I streamline my song choices into something a little more coherent that follows the basic narrative arc of the story. The finished playlist is a mix of character “theme songs,” if you will – like “Houdini” for Carmer and “That’s Not My Name” for Grit (do not call her Grettifrida!) – as well as songs I imagine playing in the background of specific scenes, like “Veulie” from Frozen during the finale of the magic competition. Others, like “Divenire” and “Wonder,” just seemed fit the general vibe of the book.

The Carmer and Grit playlist, for whatever reason, ended being a pretty eclectic mix of pop, Disney movie, and instrumental music. Not the obvious choice for a book set in an alternative 1880’s world, but I liked the contrast of the Victorian imagery with the more modern music. Just like the technology is ahead of its time in my steampunk universe, so is the music! And I’d be a giant liar if I didn’t admit to picturing the book as an epic animated movie. 😉

Happy listening!


Sarah Jean Horwitz is the author of the middle grade fantasy novel CARMER AND GRIT, BOOK ONE: THE WINGSNATCHERS and a member of the Boston Teen Author Festival organizing team. She loves storytelling in all its forms and holds a B.A. in Visual & Media Arts with a concentration in screenwriting from Emerson College. You can find her reading, writing, and occasionally dancing around like a loon in the Boston, MA area.

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Book Details:

Title: Carmer and Grit, Book One: The Wingsnatchers
Author: Sarah Jean Horwitz
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover, eBook

A stunning debut about a magician’s apprentice and a one-winged princess who must vanquish the mechanical monsters that stalk the streets and threaten the faerie kingdom.

Aspiring inventor and magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage, but with Antoine the Amazifier’s show a tomato’s throw away from going under, Carmer is determined to win the cash prize in the biggest magic competition in Skemantis. When fate throws Carmer across the path of fiery, flightless faerie princess Grit (do not call her Grettifrida), they strike a deal. If Carmer will help Grit investigate a string of faerie disappearances, she’ll use her very real magic to give his mechanical illusions a much-needed boost against the competition. But Carmer and Grit soon discover they’re not the only duo trying to pair magic with machine – and the combination can be deadly.

In this story perfect for readers of the Lockwood & Co and Wildwood series, Sarah Jean Horwitz takes readers on a thrilling journey through a magical wooded fairyland and steampunk streets where terrifying automata cats lurk in the shadows and a mad scientist’s newest mechanical invention might be more menace than miracle.

Book Links:

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What’s up for Grab?

  • Hardcover copy of Carmer and Grit, Book One: The Wingsnatchers

The Rules:

  • Open to US residents
  • There will be one (1) lucky winner
  • Winner will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends June 30th, 2017
  • Prize will be sent by the author

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

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3 thoughts on “Celebrating Debutantes 2017: The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit #1) by Sarah Jean Horwitz (Playlist and Giveaway)”

  1. I love the playlist. Perfect for movie sountract! I can imagine the book with those background songs. Thanks for sharing!


  2. is that thinkbell on the cover? 😀 but seriously I love the cover of this one. looks grim but at the same time promise adventure.

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