Fire the confetti canons! It’s cover reveal day for I Heart Robot! And we now have a release date! Mark your calendars for March 31st!!
Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
I HEART ROBOT
presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
Here’s a little back story about the cover…
I’m not the most artistically inclined. While I do love art and have been known to bust out the pencils and paints myself, it’s not an area where I’d consider myself particularly talented. In short, I knew that cover design was something best left to the professional and I had every confidence in Month9Books.
I am so grateful to Georgia McBride for allowing me to have the amount of input I did when it came to cover creation for I Heart Robot. This is a novel that is as much about a civil rights struggle in a futuristic, post-war city as it is about romance, and we wanted a cover that reflected both elements. Finding the right balance between romance and science fiction was a tall order, but Month9Books delivered in spades by presenting me with two stylistically different covers. I loved elements of both, and by working closely with the cover artist and with Georgia we managed to combine all the best parts of both original covers into what we have today: a cover that reflects the gritty world my characters live in while emphasizing the fact that this is above all, a love story.
On the surface Fleur Marceaux has it all—if only the façade matched reality. With one year left at the International School in London, Fleur’s struggling to graduate, her love life is a mess, and she can’t stop thinking about Max, her ex-boyfriend’s best friend. But all of that pales compared to the blackmailer determined to destroy her.
There’s a social hierarchy at the International School, and Max Tucker is outside the velvet ropes. After watching Fleur break his friend’s heart, Max knows to stay away from trouble—despite the crush he’s had on her since freshman year. But when they’re partnered on a project, Max learns there’s more to Fleur than meets the eye, and she just might be worth the wild ride.
The more time they spend together, the further Max falls. And when a kiss awakens a passion Fleur never imagined, she’s unable to resist Max, who she thought was wrong for her, but might be the only thing that’s right.
But will he stand by her when her secrets are revealed?
Don’t miss the final book in the International School series. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 17 and up.
Anaiah Press is proud to present the cover reveal for YA novel HUNTER by Renee Donne.
Moving across the country isn’t Hunter’s ideal start to her Junior year of high school. She has no friends to hang out with, no beaches to lounge on, and she’s living just a few miles from the secluded hiking trail where her father died when she was a baby.
Living in Wyoming isn’t all bad, though, thanks to Logan, the handsome veterinary assistant at the animal clinic where she lands an after school job. And he seems just as interested in her as she is in him.
As Hunter begins to settle into her new home, she learns more about the circumstances surrounding her father’s tragic death, and it may not have been the accident everyone believes. Something dangerous lurks in the woods, and Hunter might be the next victim.
Renee Donne is a native Floridian with a penchant for writing books with a western theme. In her head she’s a world traveler and an amateur chef. In real life, she’s a hometown girl with an affinity for fine wine and good friends. Her favorite place to write is sitting on her veranda, overlooking the beach.
Today I’m delighted to welcome my fellow Month9Books author, Vicki L. Weavil, to Off the Page and guess what? CROWN OF ICE releases today!!
Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.
Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.
A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.
CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who is Vicki L. Weavil?
I’m a librarian who has never worn a cardigan or put her hair in a bun. I grew up in a very rural area, have lived in NYC as well as several smaller cities, and now live back in the country.
I’ve always been a voracious reader. When I was a child, my teachers questioned my need to check out seven books per week from the library, but soon learned I could read them all and remember details from each one.
Before I went to graduate school for my Masters in Library Science, I worked as a costume designer, picture framer, and various other things. When I was younger, I studied voice and could sing some opera, but now stick with folk music and standards. I have one son, who just graduated from high school, a husband who’s my biggest fan, and three very spoiled cats.
You grew up in a farming community, what affect do you think this has had on your writing, if any?
It actually has a significant impact. CROWN OF ICE, while a fantasy, is set is a pseudo-nineteenth century Scandinavian world. My experience with farms and rural living definitely helped with descriptions of a pre-industrial world, especially in terms of tending to crops and animals. It isn’t something I actually think about that much. because it’s so engrained in my memory. I also rode horses, so describing riding and the care of horses is second nature to me. That’s a benefit when you write pre-industrial world fantasy.
How has your experience in theater affected or shaped your writing?
What an interesting question! Let me think. Well, my theatre background included reading and studying a lot of plays, and I think this assists my plotting. Plays tend to have a definite structure that is more clear-cut than many novels. Also, I’m always aware of the concept of “Chekhov’s gun.” (The brilliant playwright, Anton Chekhov, stated: “Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.”) I do keep this in mind and think about foreshadowing as I develop my plots.
Crown of Ice is a fairy-tale retelling, what drew you to this fairy-tale in particular?
“The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen is one of my favorite fairy-tales and has always resonated with me in a special way. I didn’t really understand why until I was older, but let’s just say that there are aspects of the story that relate to my own life experiences—the battle of intellect and emotion being one.
I love the cover for Crown of Ice, can you give us a little background info on the design?
Month9Books has the most gorgeous covers, don’t you think? I believe part of the reason for their success is that they actually engage the author in the process. The original concept for the cover was not something that I, my agent, or even Month9Books were really excited about. At that point I had the opportunity to talk directly with Georgia McBride, the founder and head of the Georgia McBride Media Group, of which Month9Books is one imprint. We discussed various options, and settled on the image that was used to create the final cover. The designer then did a superb job of integrating the image and the text, and another gorgeous Month9Books cover was born.
Can you tell us about any new works or works-in-progress we can look forward to?
I have pending news about my completed Young Adult science fiction novel. (Book one in a trilogy). I will be announcing any news on my website, Twitter, and my other social media sites, so stay tuned!
Right now I am working on a Young Adult novel that is basically a contemporary with a paranormal twist. I have several other books outlined, so I am set for future writing projects!
Quick, it’s the zombie apocalypse! If you could choose any author to be your survival buddy, who would you choose and why?
Stephen King, because he’s already worked through all this horror stuff, and would know what to do!
You can only choose one! (Now, since I am a fantasy and science fiction writer, I claim the right to an alternate universe answer as well!)
Science fiction or fantasy?
Fantasy (Alt-U : Science Fiction)
YA or Adult?
YA (Alt-U: Adult)
Magic or Advanced Technology?
Magic (Alt-U: Advanced Technology)
Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter (Alt-U: still Twitter)
And most importantly…
Reading or Writing?
Writing (Alt-U: Reading, and you realize this question is like asking me to choose between breathing or eating, right?)
For the past two years I have been working and struggling with a manuscript. The story idea was born after a conversation I had with my mom on Skype where she threw out this random sentence that I thought would make a fantastic title for a book. Ironically, despite the entire story being inspired by what I thought was the ideal title, the title has since changed for said manuscript. Continue reading →
Where did August go? This month was crazy awesome – not only did I go to my first ever WorldCon in London where I met some fabulous authors and industry peeps, but I almost managed to get a fair bit of writing done despite going back to teaching as well. This is my level of productivity when all my favourite TV shows are on summer break and I’m left with only Extant, Defiance and Under the Dome to entertain me. Okay, fine, I’m also watching Outlander but that happens on Sunday mornings while I’m still in bed.
On the same day she turns twelve years old, Savannah moves away from everything she’s known in sweet, sunny Georgia to preppy Washington D.C. Not only will she miss her best friends Katie and Tessa, Savannah will start a new school. She soon discovers that her schoolmates love to brag—about their clothes, their parents’ governmental connections, and even who has the in with the school authorities.
Unhappy and lonely, Savannah decides if she can’t make life better, she can at least make it sound that way. Soon she is living in the childhood home of George Washington, riding in the limo of the vice president’s daughter, and even moving into the former Luxembourg embassy.
All is well until she learns that her true friends from Georgia are coming for a visit. Now Savannah must create the life she’s been talking about in her letters—and fast! Will Savannah find herself or lose her friends?
Emily Ungar is a graduate of Indiana University, where she majored in journalism. After living in seven different U.S. states by the time she finished college, she now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband and very curious twin toddlers. When she isn’t chasing after her twin boys, Emily loves to curl up in a chaise lounge with a book in one hand and a lemon cupcake in the other. Emily loves connecting with her readers, so she welcomes you to say hi on her blog at emilyungar.com.
This summer I had the privilege of attending two amazing science fiction and fantasy conventions, not only as a fan, but as a panelist. The first was FinnCon held in June in my university town of Jyväskylä. The second was WorldCon held in London just last week. Both cons were great in different ways and here’s why… Continue reading →
It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.
Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.
Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her brokenhearted once again?
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