Feb 13, 2015

Blog Tour: #TheWinnersCurse by @marierutkoski {What's Your Winner's Curse & Giveaway}

Have you read the Winner's Curse yet? Have you loved it, like I did? Are you excited about the Winner's Crime next month? It's amazing - better than the first book, in my opinion. So I'm here today to celebrate the upcoming release of the sequel but also to celebrate the beauty of the first book. The publisher, Macmillan, asked us to answer one question and it's got me thinking - there are so many answers to this one question so here's my answer and I'd love to hear you answer in the comments!

And don't forget, you could play BITE & STING just like they play in the book!

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?

Where do I start with this? I could sit there and say I'd pay a lot for immortality or maybe to become rich & famous or to become successful. I could pay too much for any of those things. But above all of those things that many of us would love to have (some of us would maybe only take a few of those) I want happiness. I want to live my life full of happiness. We know how hard that is in today's society so I feel like asking for this, receiving this could come at a price much higher than anyone, including myself, is really willing to pay.

Happiness can come from many things; love, success, health, normality - many, many different things. I want it all. I want to be happy and to never have a day where I wasn't. I know that I would annoy a lot of people but it's all I'd want. Because then I'd feel like my life was lived to it's fullest. If I was never unhappy then this life was worth it. I was worth it. That's what we strive to do in life - make a mark, no matter how small, in this world and I feel like complete happiness is a way to do.

What about you? What would you pay too much for?

About the Author:

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Winner's Curse, The Shadow Society, and The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alant McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat.

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I'm doing this giveaway a little different. I don't have a rafflecopter so instead, leave a blog post comment with an email address where you can be reached or a twitter that I can message you at. Please, in your comment, answer the tour question - I'd be really curious to see what your willing to pay too much for!

The prize will be your choosing of EITHER The Winner's Curse OR The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski. This giveaway is open to US residents, only (sorry!) and if you choose the second book, you'll have to wait until later this month/early next month until they're at the publisher's office. This giveaway will end on Friday, February 19 @ 11:59 PM EST!

Again - leave a comment with what you're willing to pay too much for!


  1. I don't know if you can really pay too much for anything, if it is important to you. But I'm going with my health - not sure you can pay too much for that, but I guess I would. Thanks! :) Twitter handle: @KristyPetree

  2. My winner's curse could be a lot of different things: A '60s muscle car (Camaro or Mustang), endless amounts of coffee to drink, an ever expanding bookshelf of YA fiction, but I think the most important thing would be my family's and friends' health and safety. I'd gladly endure a winner's curse for them, plus, there would probably be an Arin or Ronan on the other side, so...it's a win/win situation.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    @ReadiculousGirl on twitter

  3. I think that obviously health for friends and family, but in terms of more material type things....I feel like I had my own version of it with the Veronica Mars Kickstarter. I paid more than the cost of a ticket to a movie or a DVD, but it was worth it to me to make sure that it was made and had a good budget.

    @neutzeclick on twitter

  4. I'd also pick health and happiness of my friends and family. Thanks for sharing!

  5. probably health. jenbook4 (at) gmail.com

  6. I'd pay too much to keep us healthy and happy too. Looks like a great story. Thanks!

  7. I would spend too much on dark chocolate and on travel.
    k3kdpv at gmail dot com

  8. I would spend too much on books, and food. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  9. Health would be the top thing I would pay too much for. Second? Statistical software. haaha

    ann [dot] m [dot] vuong [at] gmail [dot] com

  10. I would pay A LOT for a trip to Scotland. I just would.

    Another thing, something more local since I live in the US, I would totally pay tons to go to San Diego Comic-Con! I totally would.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)
    Twitter: @TheCharmingLass

  11. i would pay a LOT to go to comi con for the whole weekend JUST to see what it was like. that or yosimite park

  12. I would spend a lot on BOOKS! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  13. I'm willing to pay too much for books! But also for my cat, lol. I'd pay anything for her :D

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Thanks for the giveaway! I am willing to pay to much for shoes!! :)

  15. i am willing to pay to much for stamps for scrapbooking. wheatley_jan@hotmail.com

  16. I'd pay too much for my pets. I'd over pay on anything for them. :)

  17. I absolutely agree with you. I would love to just be happy. I want my family to be happy. I would pay any price. The only thing that makes me close to happy is my family & books. Thank you for participating in this blog tour. I love these beautiful books. Email - MistiSomething@gmail.com

  18. I'd pay far too much for books and music. Comic cons and concerts are going to be the death of my wallet! Haha. Twitter - jtoddwashere

  19. I'd choose for my family to be healthy. But if I got to choose something fun instead, it would be travel. There are so many places in the world that are my must visit list and I'd love to be able to see them all.

  20. In the future I would love to go to Iceland and/or Scotland to see the Northern Lights. Also, a reading nook with a window seat and shelves would be great. These are things I would definitely pay too much for.

  21. I'm willing to pay too much for books and traveling! I have this little dream where I want to build a mini-library whenever I have my own house. I would like to display all the books that I own like in Beauty and the Beast. (Although that library is massive! haha) Also, I hope to one day backpack across Europe and Australia/New Zealand. It would be an amazing experience. So those 2 are the things I would pay far too much for.

    Thank you for this amazing chance! I'm a huge fan of Marie Rutkoski. I loved The Winner's Curse and after I finished it, I was dying to read The Winner's Crime. Now that it's finally released I am so happy! :)

    contact email: xxxcveaglesxxx@yahoo.com
    twitter: @Me_chelleLee

  22. I would pay too much for material things, like books and movies and ice cream, but I would also pay too much for happiness. Actually, the material things I mentioned contribute to my happiness.

    email: baileyhayes1117@gmail.com


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