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Shiny New Cover Reveal & Giveaway – THE ONE THING

We at the BookYArd are super excited today to reveal the gorgeous new cover for the 2015 debut THE ONE THING by Marci Lyn Curtis.

Voila!

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Beautiful, right? And while we’re at it, take a look at these little beauties, which Marci is giving to some lucky soul! Click here to enter the giveaway.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

A soaring tale of life and love, of sacrifice and renewal, and learning to see people as they really are.

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won’t invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie’s rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn’t interested in rehabilitation, not when she’s still mourning the loss of her professional soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

When Maggie first meets Ben, she thinks she can add crazy to her list of problems. But the precocious ten-year-old isn’t a hallucination. Maggie can actually see him. She immediately befriends the kid, desperate for any chance to see again.

It turns out Ben’s older brother is Mason Milton, the ridiculously hot lead singer of Maggie’s new favorite band. Music is the first thing that has made Maggie feel alive since losing her sight. But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future…before she loses everything she has grown to love.

ABOUT MARCI

Marci Lyn Curtis author photoMarci Curtis grew up in Northern California, where she went to college and met an amazing guy in a military uniform. Two college-aged kids and one dachshund later, she lives in Maryland, where she laughs too loudly and eats peanut butter off spoons. Her YA contemporary debut, The One Thing, comes out September 8th, 2015 via Disney-Hyperion.
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Cover reveal for The Way of the Wombat

It’s live! Here’s the cover for THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT: QUEST FOR GRAY IRONBARK! Follow the link to the original post over at Me, My Shelf and I to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book (when available Feb. 2nd) and a WhomBat Thorn (a really cool foam sword)!

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Which Way would you follow?
When Laz, a young wombat, goes from playing a game with his friend Kita in their idyllic tribal village to witnessing the nightmare of a Tasmanian devil attack, he reacts in the only way he can: he fights back. He accidentally kills a devil while trying to save his sister, but his sister is still taken captive. To make matters worse, the tribal elders banish Laz, Kita and Zeeg—the three youths who fought back—for failing to follow the way of the wombat.
Frustrated and adrift, the three friends embark on a quest through red rocky deserts and deep eucalyptus jungles to discover their own way. With a cheerful koala warrior as a guide and a wise platypus as their trainer, they hope to survive long enough to find a legendary weapon that could save their tribe and Laz’s sister from the devils. But danger lurks around every tree…
Find your own Way at WhomBatz.com!

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What do you think?! Hope you like it as much as I do. Happy Holidays, everyone!

adriannestricklandAdriAnne shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, but has spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can’t seem to stop. Her YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, launched August 8th, 2014 from Flux Books. You can follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.

WORDLESS Giveaways Galore and LIFELESS Cover Reveal!

Hey all! It’s been an exciting week for me with the release of my debut YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS! With all of this excitement comes a lot of giveaways, so I’ll give you the lowdown!

First off, my blog tour with Me, My Shelf and I went swimmingly! Even better, there’s still time to enter the giveaway. Grand prize is a signed copy of WORDLESS + swag, plus a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. TWO runner ups will receive signed copies of WORDLESS + swag. So go check it out and enter!

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There’s less time for this one, but on my own blog, you can enter the WORDLESS Guess-the-Character Giveaway (before midnight, tonight). Corinne Duyvis drew amazing portraits for the five main characters of WORDLESS, and a blog post featuring each “mystery character” also has a Rafflecopter to guess who they are. Check them out, and click on the portraits if you have a guess! You could win one of FIVE cool WORDLESS-themed prizes (that include a journal, a Sigg water bottle, chocolate, etc….) plus a poster of all the characters!

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Also, the wonderful MG Buehrlen interviewed me for her YA Authors as YAs series over at her blog. Not only can you learn all sorts of geeky factoids about me as a teen, but you can enter her giveaway for a signed copy of WORDLESS + swag!

And last but not least… the cover reveal for LIFELESS, the sequel to WORDLESS, over at Icey Books! Check it out below, but be sure to head to Icey Books to enter to enter the giveaway for yet another signed copy of WORDLESS + swag!

What do you think? Well, that about wraps it up, folks. Good luck!

-Adri out

adriannestricklandAdriAnne shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, but has spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can’t seem to stop. Her YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, debuted August 8th, 2014 from Flux Books. You can follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.

 

A Conversation with My Cover Designer

On Tuesday, I had the fantastic experience of revealing the cover for FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS, which comes out October 21, 2014. I have been so excited about FMTD cover for almost a year now (yes, that long) so wanted to tailgate my reveal (and feed my excitement) by having a conversation with my amazingly sweet and talented cover designer (who also moonlights as a book blogger and author) Hafsah Laziaf of IceyBooks and IceyDesign. 

Danielle: Hi, Hafsah! *smotherhugs* Thank you for joining me here today! I know that you’re insanely busy. Do you see that pretty thing up there? You made that for me!! You’re so creative.  How did you get started in cover design?

Hafsah: I had been wanting to dip my feet in cover design for a long time, but never knew where to start, or how it worked. When Britta Gigliotti and Taryn Albright pointed me to Spencer Hill Press’s call for cover designers last year, I jumped on the chance. I had zero cover designs to share in my portfolio, so I quickly put together a few samples.  Note: I don’t own any of these images, they were simply taken off the internet for sample design, not commercial use.

    

Danielle : I remember us looking at those and loving them immediately. They were so pretty.  🙂 I can’t imagine making visual art; you’ve seen my “art” and I can barely draw a stick figure. What’s the part you love about designing covers?  What’s the hardest part? 

Hafsah: I love every aspect of cover designing, but the part I love the most is hearing (or reading) an author’s excitement when they first glance at the cover.  Sure, there are always revisions, but the author’s initial excitement plops me on cloud nine.

The hardest part would be finding the right models/scenes to go with the cover. I first thought cover designers simply purchased stock imagery and that was it, but in reality, it’s much more difficult than that.

Danielle: Ah, yes, the revision process. We, luckily, didn’t have many on FTMD, which was a mind-boggling thing in itself. You got my cover immediately. What is your typical process with a cover?

Hafsah: When I first get a cover inquiry, I ask for a few things: a scene from the book that the author/publisher might like to portray, the theme/emotion of the book, it’s synopsis, tagline, cover, and author name as well as any other text to include on the front.

My next step would be gathering ideas, hunting through stock images, or sketching my own ideas. Font treatments are my favorite, because you can’t purchase them online. To me, a title’s treatment needs to match the story, and blending/styling it to match the cover design is my favorite part.

I’ll let the cover sit for a bit, then come back and look at it once more, tweak it, and send it to my client. Then the revisions begin!

Danielle: You nailed almost everything on my first design comp. If I remember correctly, I think the only things we really changed were the models in the moon, the design of the moon, the water had some tweaks, and the color of my name at the bottom.  When I came to you with my book cover, I didn’t really know what I wanted on the cover, but I knew what I wanted the book to feel like. That feeling was really important to me, that a reader saw the cover and immediately felt the tone of the book.

I sent you three of my favorite covers (THE SHADOW SOCIETY, BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY, NOT A DROP TO DRINK) and a few pictures before you started anything.  I loved the feelings they invoked, and still do. A feeling I wanted to capture the cover, vs. an image or an accuracy that some covers have.   How did you go about creating my cover? If you can remember, what was the process of FTMD for you?

Hafsah: I rarely read a book before designing a cover, because I’m usually pressed for time. For FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS, however, I was able to read the story. I wanted to portray a symbol, and while it wasn’t where the story takes place, the beach stood out to me as a symbol of hope in Neely’s eyes. But because a beach is something we see on a lot of covers, I wanted to add another symbol. What looks like a moon at first glance, is actually two halves of a circle, one depicting Neely, and the other depicting Thorne. (Once you read the book, you’ll see that it also represents an important aspect of the Boundless trilogy.)

The final part was the font treatment. The covers you sent me as examples all featured font-driven designs, and I wanted that, too. I love font-driven covers and I was glad you had the same idea. I wanted a font that depicted a sense of sorrow, a dystopian-feel, and one that stood out. I think the one we used included all three!

Danielle: *beams* Even now, I read your answer and just sigh because it’s exactly what mattered most to me! When people ask, I say that you gave me the  cover I imagined and didn’t know I always wanted. It’s above and beyond and perfect. What do you think makes FMTD stand out from other covers?

Hafsah:  I think the FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS cover stands out from most covers because it combines both elements—a font-driven cover, and one with symbols. Dark covers are seen pretty much all throughout YA, but I like that this has something that makes you go “ah-hah!” once you’ve read the book.

Danielle: I love the “ah-hah!” There are definitely a lot of them here, which is surprising because it seems such a simple cover, but you really tied in so many elements of the story. Is any part of the cover your favorite? 

Hafsah: Can I say I love every part of it? The moon/half circles, the beach, and the font!

Danielle: You can, because I do too! But maybe I’m biased. I will say that I’ve had this cover for almost a year, and I still never, ever get tired of looking at it. It’s hard to believe it’s mine! You’re such a talented designer. Once people see this I’m sure you’re going to be so unavailable! Do you have other things coming up that we can look forward to?

Hafsah: I’ve designed the covers for all three books in the Boundless trilogy, and can’t wait to share the other two.

Danielle: Someday…

Hafsah: I’m also designing another cover for Spencer Hill Press, that I’m equally excited to share in the coming weeks. And since we’re talking design, I’m also working on a new website design for IceyDesigns, along with a new project I can’t wait to share!

Danielle: And I thought I was busy.

One last question from me! What’s one thing you want people to know about cover design that they may not know?

Hafsah: That it’s not as easy as it may look. Sometimes, it looks like a designer has thrown text on top of a stock image/photograph, but in reality, it’s much harder than that! Unless of course, the designer has just thrown text on top of a stock image, which I have seen  before… *shudders*

Danielle: That’s always a sad day. Books need confidence outside to represent the inside, just like people do. Hafsah, thank you so much for helping out with this and sharing some insight into the process.

Hafsah: Thank you for having me!

And to all of you reading this, if you need a GREAT designer — for book covers or websites or anything!! — check out IceyDesigns. And if you’re looking for an addictive read with some really beautiful prose, you should read Hafsah’s book UNBREATHABLE. 

If anyone needs me, I’ll be over here  finishing prep for the NoVa TEEN Book Festival and counting down the days until/obsessing over Veronica Mars: The Movie while staring at the pretty that is my book cover.  Cheers!

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63306_595695634866_1242484003_nDanielle Ellison is not here right now. She should be writing, but she’s probably drinking coffee, fighting her nomadic urges, planning events, working at one of her many jobs, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. Her first novel SALT came out in January and the first book in the Boundless Trilogy, FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS, releases October 21, 2014. You can find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites. 

The Anatomy of a Book Cover – dissecting THE GIRL FROM THE WELL

January 2014 is a big thing for a lot of us here at the BookYArds – what better way to start out the year with a sudden influx of happy, pretty, sparkly book covers for our debuts? But what most people don’t know are the things that goes on behind the scenes. How are book covers born? What kind of planning is involved, from initial conception down to the final reveal?

I can’t speak for every author who’s had a book out, but here’s been my experience so far with my debut, THE GIRL FROM THE WELL.

I’ve been very happy to have the awesome people over at Sourcebooks helming my book – I’ve never seen an ugly Sourcebooks cover, and their final treatment of mine was practically perfect, in my opinion.  Here’s the step-by-step process:

1. I knew early on that I won’t have as much say on the book cover at the start, though I was definitely invited to offer my own input if I didn’t like how it looked, or offer suggestions that would be taken into account, but would have no real guarantee  on the final product. This is pretty normal, as most authors signed onto traditional publishing would tell you.

However, if a book cover makes you feel like you want to go out and punch a tree, then you can be very vocal about your dislike, and they will listen.  I’ve known writers who’d been violently opposed to their book covers because of a lot of misleading information it depicts (wrong model for their MC, supporting characters emphasized over MCs, just plain horrible graphics, and more)

2. This is the first book cover treatment I’d ever received for my debut:

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Pros: That background! Those birds!

Cons: I wasn’t feeling that font, and not liking the font made the cover look off somehow – like it’s getting there, but there’s something   completely incomplete about the whole look. I was told at this stage that they weren’t satisfied with how my name was featured in, as well.

I’d told my editor and agent at this point that something felt odd about the cover. I was hoping for more subtlety, and I was very thrilled that the designer didn’t choose to go for the girl-looking-mysterious-or-beautifully-dead route, because there were a lot of those  kinds of covers already out on the market that didn’t actually have dead girls in their novels, and I was worried it would no longer stand out. (Also: my protagonist is dead, but not beautifully so.)

3. The second treatment for my cover:

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As soon as I saw that beautiful typeface, I knew this was it. See what a difference the right kind of font makes? I was thrilled, my agent was thrilled, and everyone was thrilled that we were thrilled.

4. The final cover:

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Some very minor tweaks, and here’s the result!

I think I’ve been lucky in a lot of ways. A lot of other authors have to go through a lot more revisions with their respective publishers before settling on the one they really like, but I was rather pleased with mine!

Cover Reveal for YA Psychological Horror CREED

CREED

November, 2014 from Flux

About the Authors:

author pic 1 Trisha Leaver resides on Cape Cod with her husband, three children and one rather excitable black lab. She spent most of her childhood living inside her own mind, creating characters and stories that only a child’s imagination could dream up. She now spends her days breathing life into those characters, writing realistic fiction for young adults. Today, Trisha is a free-lance editor and a proud member of the SCBWI, YA Scream Queens, The Horror Writers Association, TheBookYards, and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts upcoming in 2014. More information about her solo and co-authored projects can be found at the links below.

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Lindsay Currie lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam. She graduated from Knox College in the heart of the Midwest and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She is a freelance editor for young adult, new adult and middle grade fiction, and is a proud member of SCBWI, The Horror Writers Association, The YA Scream Queens, The BookYard and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts upcoming in 2014.

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BLURB: 

Dee Langley is seventeen and mere months away from total freedom and a life where state social workers, counselors, and foster parents don’t dictate her every move. She has spent years trying to eke out a normal existence, hiding from her past and walking the tenuous line between denial and self-preservation. A weekend away with her boyfriend, Luke, and his brother, Mike, seems like the perfect opportunity to forget and start over. Little does Dee know that she’s just trading one hell for another.

When an unexpected storm and a lack of gas force their car off the road, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves with no other choice but to wander into the nearby town of Purity Springs for help. But it’s not good Samaritans they find, but rather complete and utter silence, every store and every house abandoned. Forced to seek shelter in one of the deserted homes, they uncover a disturbing book with explicit instructions on how to correctly rear a child, complete with a hand written record of its use. It’s not until the next morning, however, that they discover the alarming truth – the town isn’t abandoned; it is populated by a deadly cult, and the leader, Elijah Hawkins, has plans for the three of them. The group’s only hope for survival lies in the hands of Elijah’s son, Joseph. But is Joseph really their ticket to freedom or is his game just as deadly as his father’s?

Pre-order on Amazon                                                                                                        ISBN-13: 978-0738740805

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AND NOW…THE COVER!!!!!!!!!!!

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