Shattered Souls is a debut novel coming out in December from Philomel and I've had the extraordinary pleasure of reading it. It's good. Really good. Amazing good.
So when I was was asked to be part of this early blog tour, I jumped at the chance. Seriously, I love this book and I love the author just as much. We're super excited about this guest post with Mary Lindsey! Check it out below.
Mary: Cindy asked me to talk about my cover art today, which is one of my favorite topics.
BCM: Whenever I think about covers, I always remember the old saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover." But sometimes a reader will pick upa book off the store or library shelf based on the cover alone; so regardless of the saying, a cover is a big deal to an author.
I love the cover Penguin designed for Shattered Souls. Adore it, love it, am awed by it.
When my editor told me her initial idea for the cover, I was nervous. She described a pink or blue background with a shattered mirror and an origami rose. That could have been cool, but also could have been a hundred kinds of lame. Since Penguin has gorgeous YA covers, and I had no control over the outcome, I pushed aside my dread and refused to worry about it. I'm not much of a worrier anyway.
Then, out of the blue, she sent me the cover art.
I screamed. I danced, I screamed some more.
I called my agent, and my husband, and my kids, and my friends. I printed a copy and showed it to everyone including people I didn't know in the grocery store line. I'm not kidding. Total strangers.
The best part of the jacket art is not that it's drop-dead gorgeous, it's that it is perfect for the story. It was completely customized to fit the novel. The main character is a seventeen year-old ghost mediator with past-life amnesia. The model on the cover fits my image of her perfectly. More than that, her name in her past lives is Rose, hence the rose petals. The book is sort of spooky, but not scary, so the mood of the art fits as well. Shattering into rose petals--how cool is that?
I'm so grateful to Penguin for giving me such a spectacular cover. I felt like I'd won the lottery when I opened that email attachment from my editor. It made my debut novel experience even more amazing.
Thanks, Cindy, for having me on your blog today.
BCM: No -- THANK YOU!
NY Times Bestselling author, Andrea Cremer has blurbed Shattered Souls, and since we know you're dying to read it, we are offering you a chance to win a SIGNED ARC of Wolfsbane. Are you excited?
Here's how it works:
Each blog on this Shattered Souls tour will be posting a letter. You will need to collect all 7 letters and then unscramble them. Once you've done this, you can enter by submitting your answer at the final tour stop.
My letter is:
Blog Tour Schedule & Links:
Sunday, May 8: Mary’s blog
Monday, May 9: 365 Days of Reading
Tuesday, May 10: Reading Vacation
Wednesday, May 11: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Thursday, May 12: Books Complete Me
Friday, May 13: The Elliott Review
Saturday, May 14: A Good Addiction