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[CLOSED] Enter for a Chance to Win John Wiswell's Someone You Can Build a Nest In

Five winners will receive a copy of the book, and one grand-prize winner will receive a few bonus goodies.

The cover of someone you can build a nest in depicts a russian nesting doll in black and red with chains and fire

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John Wiswell's Someone You Can Build a Nest In follows Shesheshen, a shapeshifter who has committed the cardinal sin of all monsters: She's fallen in love in love with a human. What's worse is the human has come to hunt a shapeshifter that just happens to match Shesheshen's description…

To celebrate the book's release on April 2, The Portalist is giving away a copy of the book to five lucky winners, as well as a grand prize that includes a bear trap coaster and a bone pen. Enter now to get your hands on this novel by a Nebula Award-winning debut author, which Arkady Martine calls "surprisingly sweet, unsurprisingly horrific, and entirely humane."

The giveaway runs through March 25.

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About the Book

Someone You Can Build a Nest In

Someone You Can Build a Nest In

By John Wiswell

Shesheshen is a shapeshifter, who happily resides as an amorphous lump at the bottom of a ruined manor. When her rest is interrupted by hunters intent on murdering her, she constructs a body from the remains of past meals: a metal chain for a backbone, borrowed bones for limbs, and a bear trap as an extra mouth.  

However, the hunters chase Shesheshen out of her home and off a cliff. Badly hurt, she’s found and nursed back to health by Homily, a warm-hearted human, who has mistaken Shesheshen as a fellow human. Homily is kind and nurturing and would make an excellent co-parent: an ideal place to lay Shesheshen’s eggs so their young could devour Homily from the inside out. But as they grow close, she realizes humans don’t think about love that way.

Shesheshen hates keeping her identity secret from Homily, but just as she’s about to confess, Homily reveals why she’s in the area: she’s hunting a shapeshifting monster that supposedly cursed her family. Has Shesheshen seen it anywhere?

Eating her girlfriend isn’t an option. Shesheshen didn’t curse anyone, but to give herself and Homily a chance at happiness, she has to figure out why Homily’s twisted family thinks she did. As the hunt for the monster becomes increasingly deadly, Shesheshen must unearth the truth quickly, or soon both of their lives will be at risk.

And the bigger challenge remains: surviving her toxic in-laws long enough to learn to build a life with, rather than in, the love of her life.

Additional Goodies for the Grand Prize

The bone pen and bear trap coaster included in the grand prize
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  • One grand prize winner will also receive this bear trap coaster and a bone pen in addition to John Wiswell's debut novel.

For full details, see official rules.

Note: The sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, DC who are 18 years of age and older by March 25, 2024.