Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Valentine News and a COVER RAVE!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Tuesday SWEET SIX/Book Rave to bring you three very special Valentine News Bulletins!

Bulletin #1

Our own Paula Stokes announced her second contemporary YA novel with HarperTeen, LIARS, INC. Release date pending, but stay tuned to learn more about this nitty gritty contemporary gem!

Bulletin #2

The Top Secret Valentine has been REVEALED! Give a big Valentines' welcome to Sara B. Larson, whose YA fantasy DEFY comes out Spring 2014 from Scholastic! Head on over to our Books! page to check it out, and be sure to add it (as well as all the other *totally unbiased* fantastic Valentines books) on Goodreads!

Bulletin #3

Are you ready for this?

No, seriously. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?

We have THE FIRST official cover for a Valentines book! Some of you may have already seen its loveliness posted on the Books! page, but it is just so darn pretty, we decided it deserved its own announcement too. So I present for your proper oooing and ahhhing pleasure, the stunningly raw cover to A. Lynden Rolland's OF BREAKABLE THINGS!

Alex Ash always stands out in a crowd. Blame it on her quick tongue or her attraction to trouble, but Alex is willing to bet most people know her name because of her illness. Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is like living on death row, yet even as a prisoner in her own body, Alex is willing to fight for her diseased life as long it includes her best friend Chase and his rambunctious brothers. But when Chase’s entire family is tragically killed, suddenly her disease is a blessing in disguise. When death finally comes knocking, she is packed and ready to go- only to discover her life has just begun.

Eidolon is a secluded reservation which has existed for centuries as a safeguard and governing capital city for those spirits who are strong enough to linger once the body is gone. In a peculiar world where rooms can absorb emotions and secrets are buried six feet under, Alex finds herself to be the talk of the afterlife due to her infamous prophet of a mother who disappeared years ago. Suddenly standing out isn’t so great especially since the spirits who hunted her mother seem to have their sights set on Alex. Yet even amongst envious peers, daunting magic, and soulless banshees, the most difficult aspect of Alex’s afterlife is juggling between Chase and his reckless brother, neither of whom are willing to give up the girl they both love.

So much for resting in peace.


  1. Ahhhhhhh!! Sara R, thanks for the cover rave!!! I still sit and just stare at it. You make me smile :)

    Sara L, hooray!!! So glad the secret is out of the (very exciting) bag! DEFY will be epic!

    Paula, so exciting! LIARS, INC sounds amazing!

    ...and I am now competing for a title in your little exclamation point club, haha

  2. Squee!! Good news all around! Congrats, Paula! And Sara L, it's great that you are no longer our big secret!

    Oh, and this cover...this cover!! WOW! <3

  3. I truly think that cover is so, so arresting. You can't look away from it! It haunts your very sooouuullll!

    I can only hope my cover is half this good!

    Heading to Goodreads now to add Paula and Sara's books to my "I WILL BE BUYING THESE AND NO ONE BETTER GET IN MY WAY" list. I have trampled people in bookstores before and I'm not afraid to do it again.

    1. Omg, Kristen, I love you, haha. Of course, I'm enamored by the cover, but I'm only slightly biased.

  4. I LOVE this cover, I'm running off to GR to add this to my list.

    Congrats to Paula and Sara too :)

  5. Your cover is so creepy cool Amy! I bet you were thrilled to get that e-mail!

    And yay for Sara going public with her big news! And yay for Paula's new deal!

    1. Jro, I still open the original email to see the image of the cover attached just to feel a smidge of the overwhelming excitement it gave me that first time. I'm a bit jealous that everyone else still has that amazing moment to look forward to!!

  6. This cover is GORGEOUS! I cannot stop looking at it. So eye-catching. It will definitely attract readers.

    Big congrats to Sara for going public and to Paula for her new book deal!

  7. The cover is SO SO gorgeous!!! Can't wait for this book!

    And Congrats again Paula, the new book sounds SOOO good!

  8. So much sweet goodness I can hardly stand it!

    BRAVO, Paula, on the new book! You rock my socks!

    SARA, Hooray!! We can finally celebrate your awesomeness--publicly!!

    And lastly, my dear friend, AMY. After all this time that cover STILL takes my breath away!


  9. Congrats all around! And creepy cool cover! Or hot cool, as Kristen would say (I stole that). :)

  10. Wow--that's an AWESOME cover! Congrats to all! :)

  11. Amy, what a killer cover to kick off the Valentine goodness. I especially love the pop of color in her eye...and the proximity of the glass. *shudders* So creepy cool.

    Paul, congrats! WOOT! A second sale...that's HUGE.

    And Sara, yay! You're official! (Well, you always were . . . so now you're officially not a secret.) And that's officially awesome. :)

    1. Thank you, Lynne! I'm pretty much in love with it!

      And congrats to Paula and Sara again!!!

  12. Congrats Amy! This cover is beautiful and the synopsis really pops. Can't wait to read it! :D