Monthly Marvels: Judge a Book by the Cover

Between Halloween and the subsequent feast days up through Oscar night, I watched the icicle cage breed around my house and did little more than bake, bake, bake, eat, eat, eat, and read, read, read.Viv

It’s only fitting, then, that the marvel of the book run for me was Viv Albertine’s Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. Not only does Miss Albertine offer a distinct slice of musical history, she is unflinching in exposing her own truths and vulnerabilites. This is a book that stays with the reader for days, whispering, growing, and inspiring. A strong woman, Miss Albertine reminds us that we are all strong women.

wonderThere were other marvels found in this dark season, marvels other than the incessant making and eating of scones, oatcakes, beef stews, brown breads, mud cakes, raviolis, bacon skins and crabmeat canapés.

For one, my scale broke.

Another is my son is in third grade and the reading list has improved. If you have not read R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, do. Right now. This one is a world changer.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society charmed, while Rain Reign by Ann Martin touched. There was also the month long Downton Abbey marathon and I now want an Isis of my own. isis


Somewhere in there, I watched American Horror Story Coven and rediscovered the magical delights of Stevie Nicks, the woman, along with my mother, who saw me through middle school when all we had was Madonna for inspiration. So Stevie’s song, “Storms,” is the music marvel of my season, even if it is almost forty years old.
But the best marvel of all, one that never disappoints, is my cover artist, Ravven. While Kicking Sideways, spin-off to Charlesgate, is off visiting my editor, Ravven is patient as usual as we work through its cover. You’ll see that later this year.

Ravven is so good that I am always tempted to buy a book just for her cover. One book I could not resist was Kate Sparkes’s Bound. That cover! And a heroine who shares my daughter’s name. I had no chance. Bound, by the way, is on sale through March 2. See? bound sale 1

Now you can’t resist either.

The good news is that the book is worthy of the cover, and I have the honor of sharing Kate’s cover reveal for Torn, the second book in this series, right here at this very post.

And, hello hotness!

I keep hoping this cover will spring to life in my living room, but I have a feeling Rowan from Bound will fight for him. Here’s the cover, followed by its synopsis and Kate’s contact info. You can pre-order Torn here.

torn_fullAren Tiernal knows that safety is an illusion, that his cruel and powerful brother will never forgive his betrayal. Still, returning to Tyrea to challenge Severn for the throne would be suicide. It’s not until Severn himself comes to collect what’s owed to him that Aren decides to risk everything in an attempt to bring down the most powerful Sorcerer Tyrea has ever known. The mission seems doomed to fail, but it’s Aren’s only chance to save himself, his country, and the woman who thawed his heart.

Rowan Greenwood has troubles of her own. Though she should be a great Sorceress, years of being closed off from her magic have left her unable to control her incredible power. When a pair of ominous letters arrive from her home country, Rowan has to choose between her new life and a chance at saving her family—and just maybe changing an entire country’s beliefs about the evils of magic.

Torn apart by separate quests, Rowan and Aren will have to discover untapped strengths and confront their darkest fears in order to overthrow a ruler determined to destroy them both.


Release date: March 31, 2015

Limited time launch price: $2.99

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