Cover Reveal

  • Cover Reveal and Giveaway! Check out SWEET MADNESS!!

    Hey y’all!  So excited to share the cover of my friends’ and critique partners’ newest novel, SWEET MADNESS!!  It’s creepy folks. If you like spine-chilling, then this is one for you!  And without spoiling anything, there are rusty saws and questionable dark spots in this book.  *shivers* You’ve been warned.

    Scroll down for a taste of the craziness and, of course, the cover!!!

    SWEET MADNESS, September 18 2015 from Merit Press

    Lizzie Borden took an axe

    And gave her mother forty whacks.

    When she saw what she had done,

    She gave her father forty one.

  • Do you like all things Creepy-tastic? Say hello to Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie!

    The prickle at the back of your neck when you know someone’s watching you…

    The clawing sense of panic when something isn’t right, but you can’t quite identify your fear…

    The strangling terror that freezes your scream in your throat…

    If you love being scared enough to sleep with a bat by your bed, then Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie are the authors for you.  AND, Trisha’s on my blog to tell you about a story that is sure to make you check over your shoulder when you’re home alone.

    Trisha:  With the release date of CREED rapidly approaching, Lindsay and I have been fielding questions about what our co-authored voice sounds like, how psychologically twisted our collective mind is, and do I need to read all of your co-authored pieces with the lights on?

    Rather than simply answer those questions, we thought we’d take it one step further and actually show you! We toyed with writing a prequel-type novella to set the stage for CREED, but you know us…why write a novella to CREED when you can give them entirely different book to enjoy!

    After much discussion with our agents and an enthusiastic ‘go for it’ from our publisher, we have decided to utilize Wattpad to give the world a sneak peek at what they can expect from our co-authored voice. So here it is, a new, psychologically twisted, co-authored YA Thriller.


    “The darkness would’ve scared me years ago, but not anymore—if you couldn’t see it, then you didn’t know it was there to be afraid of.”

    ~Jake Holloway, SILO


    Starting today, we will be sharing a chapter a week of our co-authored book, SILO, on Wattpad for the world to enjoy, hate, question our sanity, run screaming from… The last chapter of the book will drop the week of November 8th, the same week CREED releases!

    So, go forth and be appropriately frightened as you realize just what our twisted minds of capable of. Spread the word, leave a comment on Wattpad or simply enjoy the book in the dark confines of your own home.

    Link to SILO on Wattpad:

    author pic 1Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent dog. Her co-authored, YA Psychological Horror drops November 8, 2014 from FLUX. Her solo YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, releases April, 28th 2015 from FSG/ Macmillan





    lindsay author photo


    Lindsay 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.

    Today, Lindsay is an author, as well as a freelance editor for young adult, new adult and middle grade fiction.  She is a proud member of SCBWI, The YA Scream Queens and OneFourKidLit.






    By the way, did you enter to win an ARC of THE STORYSPINNER? Since you’re already here, you might as well! 🙂

  • THE STORYSPINNER’S Full Jacket Cover

    Please ignore the squeal-sniffling.  I got copies of my the dust jacket for THE STORYSPINNER in the mail.  Do you want to see?


    Is that too little?  Oh…and you might want to see the awesome back of the book.  Well the good news is that I have that too, and you can click on it to make it bigger.


    I wish you had your own copy to hold.  Then you could see the swirling sense of motion and the way the fletching on the feathers looks completely three-dimensional.  Not to mention the model’s eyes! And lips! She’s beautiful!

    Honestly, I’m so excited with how it turned out! Here’s a bit more if you can’t read exactly what it says.

    The Synopsis

    In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky.

    All Johanna Von Arlo wants to do is become a Storyspinner.  But her options are so limited that she is forced to work for the aggravating and handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva.  While in his employ, Johanna is exposed to a dangerous game of thrones, a game where she will discover that the magically inclined Keepers from her stories might be real after all.

    The Keepers are searching for an heir to a great power and the key to saving their land.  They aren’t alone in their hunt.  Girls matching the heir’s description are turning up dead all over the kingdom.  Girls who look exactly like Johanna.

    The Quote

    “As long as the throne is empty, peace will be uneasy.  Mark my words, this treaty will not last.”

    Other Bits of Awesome You Might Not Know

    1. My editor, Dani Young, asked me to send a collection of pictures of people, places, things and clothing that I felt were representative of my characters and settings.  She used what I sent her to set up the photo shoot for the cover.   You can see some of those things here.
    2. A few weeks later Dani sent me an email with some photos of a model attached.  Dani had recently returned from another photo shoot and felt like she’d seen the perfect Johanna!  She was right!  The model had the right look, but from the batch of photos I could also tell that she had the right personality. Forgive the Tyra Banks moment, but this model showed a lot of emotion through her eyes. Since Johanna is an actress and story teller, I felt like we needed a model who wouldn’t just take pretty pictures but could also convey a vibrant intensity.
    3. The color scheme–the dark but uneven green on the flaps–actually comes straight from the book!  When you read the book, you’ll understand what particular item it represents. But I think it also gives you a sense of the lush, green world.  Mango orchards and balsa trees anyone?
    4. The title font has a fade in-out quality that I think has to do with a trick that Johanna performs during one of her stories.  And if that wasn’t what the designer intended, it still looks pretty darn cool.

    And…I think that’s it!  I love it and am so grateful to Dani and the designer, Michael McCartney, for turning my story into such a beautiful book!