Happy Thanksgiving to all you (and us) American Wrimos. While we’re stuffing our faces with mashed potatoes and gravy, Christine Mau has designed today’s cover!
The Clock Master’s Danceby Heather Wintle
After a severe accident left her crippled and destroyed her dreams of being a ballet dancer, Sonya St. Eaton returns to Mitterdorf, the town where she grew up and ran away from three years before. What she doesn’t expect is that life there has continued without her, and as she watches everyone else’s lives moving forward when hers has stopped, Sonya tries unsuccessfully to find something to fulfill her like dancing once could.
Then, her wish comes true, and through various magical occurrences, whenever her family’s grandfather clock strikes midnight, Sonya is taken to a land called Wintheure. This wondrous place, she discovers, is filled with glittering snowflakes, waltzing fairies, and a living, breathing version of the Nutcracker she was given as a child. Most of all, though, it is here that Sonya has the opportunity to dance again.
But all is not peaceful in this enchanted land. War is stirring, and Sonya begins to sense that something isn’t quite right in Wintheure. The Nutcracker is charming and handsome, yet darkness lurks in his mind, and the evil Rat King isn’t what he appears, either. And while she loves being able to move her damaged leg once more, the dance is becoming obsessive, overwhelming and corrupting her.
As troubles pile up in both Mitterdorf and Wintheure, Sonya realizes that something is linking the two, and it isn’t her. To get to the bottom of what’s causing the disturbance, she enlists the help of the boy whose heart she once broke, and together, they must hurry to put both worlds to rights. Because the longer she’s torn between them, the more Sonya forgets her dreams and desires, questioning which world she truly belongs to.
In her day job, Christine Mau leads Global Design for the Kleenex® brand at Kimberly-Clark. She is a trend forecasting panelist for Global Color Research, a frequent lecturer at The School of visual Arts and active AIGA presenter. On the weekends, she designs, paints and works with steel to satisfy her creative muse. Christine’s work has been recognized by the National Parenting Publications, Wisconsin Library Association, AIGA, I.D., Pentawards and The DieLine.