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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin + Q/A + Giveaway

deathdateI’m thrilled to be giving you an exclusive first look at the cover for Lance Rubin’s upcoming debut Denton Little’s Deathdate, which will be published April 14, 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.

When asked about his cover, Rubin said, “I seriously love it. The font, the grass, the hearse heading down, down, down. It really captures the offbeat dark humor of the book.”

Compared to the likes of John Green, Matthew Quick, David Levithan, and more, this snarky and outrageous book will make you die laughing. To see what I mean, read the catalog summary below:

Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days-the day of his senior prom.

Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle-as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. (Though he’s not totally sure-see, first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

Debut author Lance Rubin takes us on a fast, furious, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager’s life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on. Read more

Cover Reveal: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

USA Today Book Buzz revealed a first look at the cover of Gayle Forman’s next teen book, I Was Here, this morning. The story is inspired by a non-fiction article that Gayle Forman wrote on teen suicide.

I Was Here is about a morbid online suicide support group that’s less than supportive.


From Book Buzz:

Aimed at readers 14 and older, it begins when a girl named Meg sends a time-delayed e-mail to her best friend before killing herself by drinking a bottle of industrial cleaner. The friend, Cody, ends up investigating Meg’s final days and how she was influenced by an online support group.

Forman says she was inspired by reporting she did for a 2008 article in Cosmopolitan magazine about three young women who had attempted or committed suicide: “One of the women, a 19-year-old named Suzy Gonzales, really stayed with me, in part because as I spoke to her friends and relatives what emerged was a picture of a bright, creative, charismatic non-conformist.”

Forman, who began her career writing for Seventeen, adds, “I kept having to remind myself I wasn’t profiling an up-and-coming actor or musician or writer. I was profiling someone I would never in fact meet.”

The real-life Suzy inspired the fictional Meg, who takes her own life in the opening pages of I Was Here.

To read an exclusive excerpt from I Was Here, head over to Book Buzz.

Cover Reveal: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red queen headerSo I know this news is now two days old but I wanted to share the cover for Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen, a book that I have been so excited for ever since her deal was announced over a year ago! Harper Teen is known for killing it on the YA front as of late and this one will be one of the best! Hollywood Reporter originally revealed the cover.

Check out the cover below and share your thoughts!

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a superhuman ability she didn’t know she had. 

Except . . . her blood is Red. 

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a budding Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.

Cover Reveal: The Maze Runner Movie Tie-In

From Random House press release:

Fans are eagerly awaiting the film adaptation of the first book in James Dashner’s action-packed series, hailed as “[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost” by Entertainment With 4 million copies of the series sold, James Dashner continues to grow his Dashner Army fan base every day, and both fans and newcomers to the books will be thrilled to see these movie-tie in editions (which they can read before they see the film.)

THE MAZE RUNNER movie tie-in edition of the New York Times bestseller The Maze Runner features an eight-page full-color insert with photos from the film and an exclusive fan sticker.

In INSIDE THE MAZE RUNNER: THE GUIDE TO THE GLADE, readers can explore the Glade and uncover the secrets to the Maze in the ultimate Maze Runner movie companion book. This action-packed volume features more than 100 thrilling full-color photographs, up-close profiles of the Gladers, and details about the Glade, the Maze, and more! A must-have for fans of the Maze Runner series, who’ll want to learn all they can before The Maze Runner movie hits theaters on September, 19, 2014.

Dylan O’Brien, star of THE MAZE RUNNER, revealed the movie tie-in edition via twitter last night, and James Dashner revealed the cover of INSIDE THE MAZE RUNNER this morning.

THE MAZE RUNNER movie tie-in editions (available both in hardcover and paperback) and the INSIDE THE MAZE RUNNER: THE GUIDE TO THE GLADE will all be on sale August 5th wherever books are sold.

What do you think of the movie covers?

Help Kickstart the Beyond Words 2016 Fantasy Author Calendar


For the second time in a row, I have the pleasure of being part of this amazing calendar with photographer Lauren Zurchin to help raise money for First Book and Worldbuilders. All proceeds from the calendar go straight to those two fantastic non-profits. Last year, I had the great honor of designing the full calendar spread to accentuate the gorgeous photos that Lauren had taken. I urge you to consider donating to this project and help us make it happen again! Below is the press release for this year’s project with links to the Kickstarter. I’d love it if you could check it out and consider donating!

The BEYOND WORDS 2016 Fantasy Author Calendar is Currently Being Kickstarted, with Lots of Exclusive Author Signature Rewards
By Lauren Zurchin

June 23, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA—Award-winning photographer Lauren Zurchin is currently running a Kickstarter to fund the creation of the 2016 BEYOND WORDS Fantasy Author Calendar, in which twelve New York Times bestselling fantasy authors will pose in custom costumes and fantasy-themed photographs for a 12-month calendar.

With the success of last year’s Kickstarter and subsequent calendar, she decided to continue the project with an all-new set of fantasy authors. The line-up includes:

  • Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Series)
  • Jim Butcher (The Harry Dresden Files, The Codex Alera)
  • Melissa de la Cruz (The Blue Bloods series, Witches of East End)
  • Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles,  The WondLa series)
  • Kami Garcia (The Beautiful Creatures novels, The Legion Series)
  • Lev Grossman (The Magicians series)
  • Robin Hobb (The Liveship Traders Trilogy, The Rain Wild Chronicles)
  • Tahereh Mafi (The Shatter Me Series)
  • Garth Nix (The Abhorsen Trilogy, The Keys to the Kingdom Series)
  • Ransom Riggs (The Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series)
  • Margaret Stohl (The Beautiful Creatures novels, The Icons Series)
  • Scott Westerfeld (The Leviathan Trilogy, The Uglies Series)

Zurchin is offering limited edition signature rewards on the Kickstarter, including bookplates, photos, and personalized packages. There are also higher end rewards like bookplate and photo combo packs, and photo shoots with the authors’ costumes and props.

Once the calendar is funded the current intent of the proceeds is to go to charity. The Kickstarter goal is $15,000, with a stretch goal of $20,000, at which point author Patrick Rothfuss will be added to the calendar.

The BEYOND WORDS Kickstarter is running through July 10th, 2014.

Link to the Kickstarter:

Link to Zurchin’s website where she talks about the charity aspect:

About the Photographer:
Lauren Zurchin been doing photography for over 15 years, founding her business in 2008. She has countless hours of experience photographing dozens of weddings, various types of portraits, and events. She was awarded a reader’s choice award in 2010.

In addition to photography Zurchin is the managing book editor at scifi/fantasy site, and has co-hosted the Inheritance Cycle Book Club Podcast.




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