Friday, December 30, 2011

Books I read in 2011

I managed to read 72 books in 2011 which is a big improvement from the 45 I had last year, so yeah!
Here are the books I read:

Susanne's bookshelf: read

Grave Peril
The Lying Game
The Da Vinci Code
Fool Moon
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Storm Front
Der siebte Tod
The Replacement
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The Mephisto Covenant: The Redemption of Ajax
Graffiti Moon
Die sprechenden Särge.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Have you read any of the books above? Or do you really want to read one those books?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas + giveaway!

So I'm taking a short break from baking - Florentines, haystacks (peanuts + pretzels covered with white chocolate), muesli-cookies, double chocolate cookies, peanutbutter fudge...
Next up: wrapping presents (hate that) and a few other things from my to-do list. Eeek.
But first I want to wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

That's exactly how I feel...

BUT because I'm supposed to feel all christmas-y, I'm giving away a signed ARC of THE OTHER LIFE on goodreads!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker

The Other Life

by Susanne Winnacker

Giveaway ends January 05, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Friday, December 2, 2011

Video Trailer of THE OTHER LIFE!

I'm so so excited to share with you the video trailer my UK pub Usborne did for THE OTHER LIFE!
I love it so much! It's so creepy! YAY!

Let me know what you think! :D

Monday, November 21, 2011


Look what Usborne sent me!

The final copies of the UK edition of THE OTHER LIFE!
Oh, the pretty!!!

And maybe you noticed that my hair is now purple, though the pic doesn't show it very well!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

US cover reveal!

Maybe you noticed it already but my US cover is up on amazon! It's totally different from my UK cover, isn't it? But I love them both. Isn't the red font amazingly creepy?
Don't forget: Pub date in the US is May 1st, 2012!

If you don't want to wait that long, you have the chance to win a UK ARC on Samantha's blog! The giveaway is open for US/Canada and Europe/UK!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Giveaway + photos!

My awesome UK publisher Usborne is giving away 3 proof copies of THE OTHER LIFE on goodreads! The giveaway is open until November 30th. You have to live in Great Britain to enter.

NaNo started yesterday and I'm participating this year. The book I'm working on was inspired by a few places I visited with my husband in the last few weeks.
Here are a few pics:

Watercastle Anholt. It's only about an hour from where we live.

The back of the watercastle.

The following photos show Castle Rheinfels. It towers over the rhine across from the famous Loreley.

The autumn weather has been fabulous in Germany so far. That isn't something that happens very often around here!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Winner + Blue Hair + Another giveaway!

First of all I want to show you my new haircut and new haircolor inspired by Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone (I absolutely loved that book!)

Next up: The winner of an ARC of THE OTHER LIFE is:


I'll contact you soon!

Last but not least:
You have the chance to win an ARC of The Other Life on the Dark Readers blog where I posted a scary childhood memory for their Halloween Booktacular.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

First chapter of The Other Life!

You can read the first chapter of The Other Life on the website of my UK publisher, Usborne.
Exciting!!! (and terrifying!)

Monday, October 17, 2011

ARC giveaway: The Other Life

I'm giving away one UK ARC of THE OTHER LIFE!
1568 people have already added it on goodreads! YAY!

Here's what you have to do to win the ARC:

Leave a comment (that counts as 1 entry) with your email address.

If you want to get extra entries:
Be a follower + 1 entry
Tweet about the giveaway + 2
Blog about it or add it to your blog sidebar + 3
Please add links if you've blogged or tweeted.

The contest ends next Monday, October 24th. It's international. I'll announce the winner on Tuesday.

Good luck!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

On Amazon!

My book is now available for pre-order on Amazon!
It's the US version and the title is slightly different from the UK version.
As you can see on Amazon, there isn't a cover up yet. That's because the US cover isn't the same as the UK cover that I revealed a few weeks ago.
So Exciting!

Friday, September 2, 2011


The winner of an ARC of THE OTHER LIFE is:

Safari Poet

For all the others who didn't win: don't worry, I'll have another ARC contest soon!

Monday, August 22, 2011


I'm giving away one ARC of THE OTHER LIFE!

But before I'll tell you more, I want to show you this:

That's how the final book will look (UK version)!

Here's what you have to do to win the ARC:

Leave a comment with your email address.

To earn extra entries:

Follower + 1 entry (please let me know if you are one)

Tweet about giveaway + 2 entries (please leave a link)

Blog about giveaway or add it to your sidebar + 3 entries (please leave a link)

The giveaway is international and ends August 31st. I'll announce the winner on September 1st!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Look what came in the mail today:

I've never been so happy to see the mailman!

It took me at least a minute to tear apart the packaging!

Ahhhhh! ARCs of THE OTHER LIFE! (as you notice they don't have the final cover on them)
I want to cuddle them all day!

And look at the chapter headings! Barbwire!

Soon I'll have a giveaway on this blog! So stay tuned! Until then you can still win an ARC of THE OTHER LIFE on Lenore's blog!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Want to win an ARC of THE OTHER LIFE?

I'm giving away my first ARC of THE OTHER LIFE. But not on my blog.
Lenore Appelhans (author of upcoming LEVEL TWO) interviewed me on her awesome blog for Dystopian August and I'm giving away one ARC of THE OTHER LIFE there. And the giveaway is international! So read my interview and enter!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Cover reveal The Other Life!

The moment I’ve been anticipating for months has finally come!!

The cover of The Other Life:

And here’s the blurb from goodreads:

Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.

Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ - rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.

While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all

I couldn’t be happier. Usborne did a fabulous job. Isn’t the bleeding butterfly deliciously creepy???

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Other Life in The Bookseller!

The Bookseller selected The Other Life as books to watch in 2012!

Isn't that exciting?? I grinned like a maniac when I saw it!

Here's the scan of the Bookseller page!

And you can even catch a glimpse of the cover!!! (see it there beside Wither??)

The big reveal of the final cover will be soon! So stay tuned. I can't wait to show it to you!

And that red butterfly? Isn't it perfect for business cards and other earrings or, you know, a necklace?

Hehe. So you see. I simply had to browse the internet for jewelry with butterflies after I saw the first draft of the cover. I might even have bought blood-red nailpolish.

You know what all this means? We're getting closer to The Other Life's release and soon there'll be ARCs and that means contests in the near future!

So watch this blog if you want to win ARCs of The Other Life!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vacation Impressions!

Sunday my husband and I returned to Germany from our east coast trip. It was amazing!
And I met my lovely crit partners!
Here are a few pics:

My crit partner Tracy and I! We met at a baseball game. Tracy invited me! She's lovely like that!

From right to left: Shari ( my crit partner and fellow Apocalypsies member, her book Mystique hits the shelves next year ), Leanna Renee Hieber ( also an Apocalypsies member, her book Darker Still hits the shelves this November) and I. We met in New York during a Teen Author Reading.

I - looking at the breakfast menu of our hotel in Newport.

The beach in front of our hotel.

The bed in our hotel room.

My husband (he's sitting in that pic. He's usually more than a head taller than and I at the end of the baseball game. Orioles vs. Cardinals. That's Camden Yards in the background. The game was fun, though my husband and I don't know anything about baseball. I'm not even sure if it's being played in Germany.

Dinner with the White House in the background! (that illuminated little building in the background.)

Me again in Washington.

On top of the Empire State building!

I think you all know what that is behind me!

So much fun!!!