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A Dawn Most Wicked cover! And some musical stuffs…

So I don’t have a whole lot to say. The Frenchman and I are packing yet again to move into a new house. Our current home is a jungle of boxes and packing paper. Hopefully this next home, though, will be the final home. At least for a few years. (I am so sick of moving! This will be our third move in just over a year!)

But you don’t care about that. You’re here to see the cover for A Dawn Most Wicked–and I can’t blame you.

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A Darkness Strange and Lovely Cover Reveal!

Well, this was supposed to go up TOMORROW, but as always seems to happen with me, the cover somehow leaked early onto Goodreads. O_O

So, I’ll just move my own cover reveal back a day–HUZZAH! In your face Twists of Fate!

And now, it is with great pride that I introduce to you the cover for the second book in the Something Strange and Deadly series! ♥ (Read more…)

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Gosh, I love Middle Grade Covers…

…much more than YA covers, I have to say. I agree with the people out there–the ones who say the trend of a girl in a dress (::coughmycovercough::) is misleading. Plus, what with the frequent whitewashing on YA covers, there’s just no way to know what you’re really buying. You pick up  a book because it looks like a paranormal romance or a high fantasy or a fluffy contemporary…but then the book isn’t that at all. Or quite the opposite, you avoid a book because it looks like a horror or a paranormal or a sic-fi, but then you wind up missing a book you would have loved.

How can we know what story is inside if we don’t have at least a slightly accurate portrayal of that story on the cover? I know I am guilty of assuming the cover represents what’s inside–without even reading the blurb on the back! I do this every time I go to a bookstore or browse online or wander through the library. It’s just human nature, I fear.

Sadly, though, I don’t see YA covers moving in any other direction. Photography is still the primary medium, and more often than not, it’s a photograph of a girl. That’s life; that’s what must be working to sell the books; I bow to the marketing and design teams who know WAY more than me (because, quite frankly, they do know way more than me). (Read more…)

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COVER REVEAL, or Something Strange & Deadly gets a face

I am so, so, SO excited to finally share this with you all.

All you wonderful people who leave me comments and email me and put up with ramblings…all you amazing readers who make my heart melt everyday. TODAY I CAN FINALLY SHARE MY COVER.

I’ve had my cover since July, and the pretty model on it has been staring mournfully at me for months, whispering at me to share her with the world, begging me to put her up on Goodreads…

AND TODAY I FINALLY CAN.

I unveil to you, my dearest friends and readers, the cover for Something Strange and Deadly.

 

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Beautiful covers and judging books by them (+ giveaway winner!)

First up, I need to announce the contest winners from last week’s PARISIAN GIVEAWAY.

The lucky winner of Anna and the French Kiss and a small (don’t expect much!) Parisian souvenir is:

♥ Erica! ♥

Email me your snail-mail address, Madame, and I shall send you this petit gift right away! (My email is susan (at) susandennard (d0t) com)

And noooow, onto today’s post!

Judging Books By Their Covers

We all do it.

You know you do too.

I’m not talking about figurative judging–I mean literally evaluating if we want a book based on the cover art.

Yep, I TOTALLY judge a book by its cover. (Read more…)

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