• Where I’m At This Week!

    This week has been made of awesome!  I’ve been bouncing around the internet and doing some interviews, and I thought I’d share a few links!

    If you’re interested in seeing the cover reveal of THE STORYSPINNER, you can find it here on Mundie Moms

    If you want to see the cover and read my very first ever author Q&A, you can find it on Hypable!

    If you want read about the idea that sparked THE STORYSPINNER, you can find it on A Backwards Story.

    OR…if you don’t want to go anywhere, you can scroll down and see the beautiful work of art Simon & Schuster and designer Michael McCartney created for THE STORYSPINNER!

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     And next week, I’ll tell you all the secrets of this cover!  Lots of fun things to look forward to!


  • Cover Trends 2014: By GENRE!

    I’m throwing a little twist into this year’s Cover Trends post!  Instead of grouping them by type (ie BIG HEADS, BIG WORDS, SOMETHING GREEN), I’ve decided to sort them by genre.  Now you may disagree on how I’ve classified some of these books, but I’m doing my best. I’m by no means a genre-guessing guru (sorry, I couldn’t avoid that alliteration). A lot of these books could cross into multiple categories, but I hope you can see the trends I’m trying to point out.


    Text-y is Sexy

    I found more TITLE HEAVY covers in contemporary than any other category, but this type of cover is very, very prevalent across all genres. Here are just a few I discovered:

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    Couples are Cuter

    I mean, can you write contemporary without a romance element? (Hint: The answer is yes, but the abundance of teen twosomes on these covers makes it clear that it doesn’t happen often).

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    Barrens Abound

    I know, it’s dystopian, Becky.  The whole point of the genre is that the world is broken, and these covers make that pretty darn clear.

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    The Eyes Have It

    Do great big eyes give you the creeps?  Because they totally do it for me!

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    Pretty, Pretty, Princess

    I may be a little bit partial, but I have soft spot for fantasy covers.  Maybe it’s the colors, maybe it’s the girl main characters, maybe it’s the luscious wardrobe.  But obviously there is a trend for the genre: girls in great clothes holding an interesting item.

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     The Enigmatic Emblem

    These covers don’t tell you who the main character is, the time period the story may be set in, or the problem the people might be facing, but they draw you in with the question:  What in heavens name does that mean?  You want to know now, don’t you?  See.  Marketing at its finest.

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    Swirls and Girls

    This trend is much harder to spot — especially because this is the first time I’ve ever looked for books to drop into a purely historical category! Again, girls make up the subject matter, but there is one thing all these covers have in common.  Do you see it?  The authors names are in all caps while their titles feature some sort of script.  Okay, okay, I was stretching for that one.  I really just wanted an excuse to show that some historical novels are in the marketplace!!

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    Going Green

    I’m decorating my new home with fresh blues and greens.  It appears the publishing industry is doing the same, especially in the science fiction category!

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    Ode to Bond

    Or maybe it’s Charlie’s Angels?  Either way, the thriller category seems ripe with shadow girls with killer bodies.  Heh…Killer.

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    Other Random Things I Spotted


    Oh! Hello boy and girl divided by two different atmospheres!  I wonder if your stories have anything to do with this couple overcoming their environments in attempt to get together. Cause that’s what the covers are saying to me, but I could be totally wrong.


    Get Snaked

    Nasty, sneaky little creatures.  I’m guessing these novels have a wicked, sneaky character in common.


    People Where They Just Shouldn’t Be

    Turn your head to the side.  Nope. Still floating.



    Your Face is Red

    And slightly difficult to see.

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    Déjà vu

    I don’t know why, but we are seeing a recurrence of some pretty potent themes.  The original is on the left. The newer version is on the right.

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     And that, my friends, is a wrap.  Let me know if there is a category or trend I’m missing and I’ll add it!

     Oh! Oh! And if you haven’t entered yet, my CINDER, SCARLET, and CRESS Giveaway ends tomorrow.


  • CREED Cover Reveal!!

    For the past…three years…I’ve had the privilege of calling Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie my critique partners. It has been an amazing journey as we’ve drafted, revised, queried, submitted and received offers in step.  Today, I’m thrilled to be part of their cover reveal.  *wipes joyful tears* I hope you all find critique partners as talented and wonderful as mine.

    On to the reveal!!


    CREED – November, 2014 from Flux

    Three days.

    Three of us went in.

    Three of us came out.

    None of us even a shadow of who we once were.

    About the Authors:  

    author pic 1Trisha 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.

     Website Facebook Twitter Blog


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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 American Horror Writers Association, The YA Scream Queens and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts upcoming in 2014.


    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?

    Mark it to read on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17720829-creed

    Pre-order it an Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Creed-Trisha-Leaver/dp/0738740802/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390356461&sr=1-1&keywords=Trisha+Leaver

    Vote for it on the 2014 Debut Authors Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/47089.2014_Debut_Author_Challenge_YA_MG_NA_






    Creed final cover

    Doesn’t make you shiver?  The cold, snow-blasted landscape, the hunched shoulders of the characters, the two who are close and the third who is just a bit distant…it’s PERFECT for the story.

    And if the cover doesn’t give you the chills, the story is sure to do it!  Look for it November!

    Next week these ladies have agreed to be interviewed as part of Editor’s Note. Look for their lessons on Tuesday and Thursday!!