Recent 2017 Cover Reveals (I’m Squealing)

(Basically me)

There was a recent slew of cover reveals across the internet and they have put my brain into a tizzy. I WANT THEM ALL! What self-respecting book dragon wouldn’t see a pretty book and spaz? I’d be lying if I said I’ve never judged a book by its cover — because I judge so hard. Even if I love the book, sometimes I know the covers are atrocious. What’s better than a fantastic read? A FANTASTIC BOOK WITH AN EQUALLY GORGEOUS COVER.

Check out some of the covers that tickled my fancy…. that’s putting it lightly. I’m not even interested in reading some of these, but I want them anyways. High five cover designers!

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Cover Reveal: Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

TODAY IS A GLORIOUS DAY! If you’ve read the title of my post, you’ll have a clue as to why today is one of the best days of all time. I WAS CHOSEN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COVER REVEAL FOR KATIE MCGARRY’S NEXT BOOK!! Squee!

I love Katie McGarry. Love, love, love, love her – have been ever sense Pushing the Limits. I am equally obsessed with her Thunder Road series. Which, I am pleased to say, is fan-freaking-tastic. I come to you today bearing a wondrous gift: the cover of Thunder Road # 3, Long Way Home.

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Cover Reveal and Author Interview: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

So, I have to start this post by saying that when Olivia Rivers contacted me to do this reveal, I screamed in the middle of class and fangirled so hard that my professor asked if I was okay.

So, yea, that happened.

Alright, so before I get into the fun stuff, here is some basic info about Tone Deaf (Which I am growing more and more excited to read the more I write for this post).

Title: Tone Deaf
Author: Olivia Rivers
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: May 3, 2016

Summary:

For child prodigy Ali Collins, music was life. All that changes when a brain tumor lands her in a silent nightmare, controlled by her physically abusive father and the deafness she’ll never get used to. When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she reluctantly accepts the prize, only to be kicked out. Jace Beckett, the lead singer of the pop-punk band, refuses to even speak to Ali because she is deaf.
Ali threatens to report Jace’s discrimination, but ends up agreeing to keep quiet in exchange for money. With a bit of cash, she can escape to New York and get away from her father. Then Jace notices her fresh bruises and changes the offer, claiming he’ll use his influence and connections to help Ali escape. But even when Jace reveals a baffling fluency in American Sign Language, she can’t bring herself to trust him.
When Ali’s dad crosses a new line, she’s driven to accept Jace’s offer despite her fears. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nation-wide tour. As weeks pass, the members of Tone Deaf start to resemble a quirky little family. Then there’s Jace. Ali can’t figure out his mood swings, but she knows she’s falling for the passionate and secretive musician. Jace’s hardened attitude melts away more with every mile they travel, and Ali finds herself ever closer to understanding his attitude towards the deaf. But when tragedy strikes, Ali must decide between walking away from Tone Deaf, or sacrificing her freedom to save Jace and his band.

Doesn’t this sound amazing!?! Okay, I have to admit – part of my excitement stems from the fact that the love interest’s name is Jace. Plus, the entire idea is awesome XD. Deaf girl and musician romance? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued by the idea of a deaf main character, I can’t wait to see how the narrative is written!

Here is some info about the wonderful author, Olivia Rivers:

Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author of Young Adult fiction. Her works include the independently published “Tortured Elements” and “Duplicity” series, along with the traditionally published novel “Tone Deaf” (Skyhorse 2016.) As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received over 1,000,000 hits on Wattpad.com. When Olivia isn’t working as a writer, she’s a typical teen attending college in Northern California. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and nothing thrills her more than hearing from readers.

And now, for the beautiful lady herself, please welcome the wonderful creator of this book for an interview! *squeals uncontrollably*

1. What inspired you to write this book?
“Tone Deaf” was inspired by a lot of little ideas slowly mushing together. For one, I wanted to see more disabled characters represented in YA books, so writing a medically deaf character really appealed to me. But I was also interested in doing a story about music, since the world of bands is so unique and crazy. Then one day, I was jokingly brainstorming terrible band names with a friend, and “Tone Deaf” was one I came up with. It led to a light-bulb moment—what if I combined a music story with the story of a girl who loses her hearing?
2. What made you decide to write from a deaf narrator’s point of view? Is this connected to your title, Tone Deaf?
The idea for “Tone Deaf” just sort of sprang up, and as soon as I realized it would require a deaf narrator, I was really excited about the prospect. As for the title, it’s the name of the band in the book, and the reason for that name plays a part in the plot!
3. Did you do any research on being deaf and Sign Language before writing your book?
Yes, there was actually a bunch of research that went into “Tone Deaf.” Researching medical deafness, Deaf culture, and American Sign Language was actually one of the best parts of writing this book—they’re such fascinating topics to learn about! Since my main character loses her hearing to a medical issue, a lot of my research was done by reading medical articles and books. But I also got some amazing help from Deaf readers I connected with online, and I had a professor from Gallaudet University (which is the nation’s leading college for the Deaf) also offer some great feedback.
4. What is your favorite book? Did it inspire you in any way to become an author?
Oh, this is such a tough question! “Redwall” by Brian Jacques is a book that I both love and find hugely inspiring. It’s an adorable Middle Grade Fantasy, and it made me fall in love with reading as a kid.
5. Who is your role model when it comes to writing?
I have so many authors I consider role models, but Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorites. Not only is her writing drop-dead gorgeous, but she’s also such a humble woman who works so hard to help at-risk teens.
6. What advice would you have for aspiring authors?
Write! It sounds overly simplistic, but finding the motivation to sit down and write is the biggest obstacle for most authors. Everything else in life will try so, so hard to distract you from your writing, but you’ve just got to buckle down and get it done.

Now, without further ado, here it is – the amazing cover of Tone Deaf.

Look at it…. looooooookkkk. Isn’t beautiful? LOOK AT ALL THE PRETTY RAINBOW LIGHTS!!! Aghhh 😄 Okay, I might be dying a little inside. Excuse me while I scream uncontrollably and salivate till next May. (Why is it so far away? DX)

You guys can find Tone Deaf here:

Goodreads

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

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Cover Reveal: True Born by L.E Sterling

True
Born
Release
Date: 05/03/16
Entangled
Teen
304
pages
Summary
from Goodreads:
Welcome to Dominion City.
After the
great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…an
d their genetics damaged
beyond repair.
The
Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destr
uct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments
that might prolong their life. The plague
-resistant True Borns are as
mysterious as they are feared…
And then
there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot.
After endless tests, no one wants to
reveal what they are.
When Margot disappears,
a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in th
e True Borns, led by the charismatic
Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As
Lucy and the True Borns set out to
rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy
stretching from Dominion’s street
preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fo
x sisters?
As they say in
Dominion, it’s in the blood.

About the Author
L.E. Sterling
had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and roman
ce to which she remained faithful even
through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in Englis
h Literature – where she completed a
thesis on magical representation. She is the author of
two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A
novel The Originals (under pen name L.E.
Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in
the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urba
n fantasy Pluto’s Gate.
Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent
most of her summers roaming across
Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her
brothers and an occasional stray mutt –
inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toron
to, Ontario.


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Cover Reveal: The Starriest Summer by Adelle Yeung


The Starriest Summer (The Cycle of the Six Moons
#1)
Release Date: December 20th 2015
Summary from Goodreads:

Fifteen-year-old Michelle saves the world on
a daily basis…with her trusty video game controller
, of course! Naturally, she jumps at the chance to
play an experimental virtual reality game. 


The beautiful fantasy world of Starrs? Check.
The power to mold matter? Check. No reset button? W
ait, she didn’t sign up for
this! 


Turns out Starrs is really real, and to make
matters worse, Michelle’s interference awakens the
Cycle of the Six Moons, a series of devastating tri
als
that will devour the universe. 


Fighting the apocalypse was way easier
when danger stayed on the other side of the screen,
but Michelle finds a secret weapon in her new-
found powers. She uses them to rescue the crown pri
nce of a powerful magic kingdom from their sworn
enemies, a technologically-advanced cult that striv
es to eradicate magical
blood. 


Michelle starts to fall for Prince Jayse, the
only one who believes Michelle to be a savior rathe
r than a curse. But not even video games could
prepare her for what the cult has in store for them

About the Author
Adelle Yeung is the author of The Cy
cle of the Six Moons trilogy, a young adult fantasy
adventure.




She is also a voice-over artist who
can’t go a day without a cup of tea. When she’s not
writing or recording, she enjoys sewing costumes, b
aking sweets, and escaping on video game
adventures. She lives in California with a cat that
dreams of eating the pet bird.




She has provided script supervision
for the independent animation, Shattered Heaven,
and is head script editor and one of the co-writers
for the upcoming game Fiona Frightening and the
Wicked Wardrobe.


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Cover Reveal: Illusion by Lea Nolan

It’s cover reveal day for Illusion by Lea Nolan. This is the third book in the Hoodoo Trilogy, and I am so excited because all three books are getting gorgeous new covers! Check it out!

 

Title: Illusion

Author Name: Lea Nolan

Release Day: October 5th

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

 

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About Illusion:

New school. Cross-country move. Broken heart. If only these were Emma Guthrie’s worst problems as the first day of her sophomore year dawns. Instead, she must battle a trio of enemies—human and spectral—who may or may not have joined forces against her. All while pretending to be over Cooper Beaumont, her ex-boyfriend and true love, to shield him from her arch-nemesis’s revenge.

Worse, when the fight escalates, Emma is tempted to use the black magic she’s always fought against, endangering her own soul. As her enemies close in, join forces, and fight with new and dark magic she’s never seen before, Emma must finally harness the power within her to fulfill an ancient prophecy, defeat a centuries-old evil, save her family, and reclaim the only boy she’s ever loved.

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CONJURE: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

CONJURE:
Be careful what you search for…Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.But when a strange girl bent on revenge appears, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before the last days of summer–and her friends–are lost forever.

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ALLURE: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

ALLURE:
Worst. Summer. Ever. Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries. Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Faced with the horror of a soul-eating boo hag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

Exclusive Excerpt:

A screech echoes through the woods. The sound is like a nail scraped against tin and raises the tiny hairs on the back of my neck. It’s the unmistakable caw of a crow. Spinning, I search the dimness for the source. Before my eyes can focus, a glossy black shadow bursts through a sheet of Spanish moss draped on a nearby live oak.

Shrieking, I cover my head with my hands and duck, then dart toward the path that brought me here. The bird pursues, flapping its large wings and gaining ground fast. With a whoosh, it swoops from the sky and slams into me, sinking its talons into my arm. I scream, then thrash around, trying to knock it loose. Its spiky nails clamp deeper into my flesh.

“Get off her!” Cooper’s voice booms.

Tears, the very best kind, surge. I’ve never been so happy to have him near. “Help!” I lamely shake my arm again, but the psychotic bird hangs on.

Cooper’s feet pound against the dirt as he races toward me and my winged assailant. As he draws close, the crow squawks, then jams its beak into my scalp, yanking out a clump of hair.

Pain, brilliant yellow and blinding, flashes across my vision. I wail, overcome.

“Emma, duck.”

I drop to my knees. Something hard thumps against the bird, launching it into the air like a golf ball from a tee. Its piercing caw bounces across the clearing. As the bird soars into the moonlit sky, it attempts to beat its wings, but something’s wrong. Only one of its feathered sides extends. Midair the shiny black crow stalls then careens back toward the earth. Just as I’m sure it’s headed straight for us, the lame wing unfolds then beats furiously to avoid what is sure to be a deadly collision. Veering off, it follows a wobbly flight path toward the shadowy forest.

Cooper tosses a long, heavy stick onto the ground, then reaches for my hand and pulls me to my feet. “Are you okay?” His wide hands clutch my arms as his eyes search mine.

“I—I think so.” My voice shakes as I work to process all that’s happened in the last few minutes. My temperature drops as shock sets in. Was it real, or just an immensely screwed-up dream? One glance at the slick streak of blood dripping down my skin confirms my new wound, though I can’t tell how bad it is until I see it in the light.

Grabbing me close, he wraps his strong arms around my back. The heady scent of his Cooperness swirls around me, filling me with familiar warmth that heads off my shock. My thoughts zoom to the red stain that has likely already smeared his polo. “I’m bleeding.” I try to pull away.

“I know.” He grips me close, like he’s fallen from a ship and I’m the only life preserver.

“But it’ll get it on your shirt.” A tear streams down the side of my face.

He pulls away, just enough to meet my gaze. “Who cares about my shirt? I thought I lost you, Emmaline.” Brushing his thumb against my cheek, he wipes away the salty liquid.

“But you didn’t. You saved me.”

“I was almost too late.” His voice is breathy and so full of despair it nearly breaks my heart.

 

About Lea Nolan:

Lea Nolan Bio Pic 6-2012Lea Nolan is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance and YA. Her books for young adults feature bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She also pens smart, witty contemporary stories for adults filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, she resides in Maryland where she scarfs down crab cakes whenever she gets the chance.

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Cover Reveal: Surge by Melissa West

Release Date:
04/05/16
Entangled
Teen
Summary from
Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old alien
Val Stone was born for one mission-kill teenage Rando
lf “Rolf” Cartier before he fulfills the
prophecy, becomes the future American president, and murdere
rs thousands of her
kind.



Val is ready to sacri
fice herself for the good of the prophecy.
She’s learned every detail of Rolf’s life. She knows
when he wakes, each step he takes
throughout his day, and the exact time when he falls asle
ep. She’s prepared to
strike.


But what she doesn’t know
is that Rolf’s been watching her,
too. Waiting for her. Ready to overpower her and save hi
mself. Only when the day arrives, doubt
overcomes purpose, and suddenly they discover the prophecy wa
s all a hoax.

Now they’re running against
the clock, desperate to reveal
who created the fake prophecy before the human killing spr
ee becomes the complete wipeout of
the human race.

Books in this series:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

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Links to Gravity (Book One):
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oodreads
AmazonB&NKobo Books
Links for Hover (Book Two):
Links for Collide (Book Three)

About the
Author
Melissa West lives in a
tiny suburb of Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughter. S
he pretends to like yoga, actually
likes to read, and could not live without coffee. She holds a
B.A. in Communication Studies and
an M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson U
niversity. Yeah, her blood runs
orange.

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