Thursday, May 12, 2011

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey : Cover Talk & Giveaway


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.

Mary: Yippee!

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! 

Giveaway:

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:

M

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

So what are your thoughts? Isn't the cover just gorgeous?


9 comments:

  1. A pink or blue background with a shattered mirror and an origami rose doesn't sound bad, but I'm in love with this cover. All you have to do is take away the writing and/or change it into a oil painting and it's a piece of art, not just a book cover.

    I think authors should have more of a say on what their cover will be, but I don't think anybody could complain with this cover. Glad it worked itself out :-)

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  2. yes, very much so, the cover is VERY gorgeous!! and it does taunt the reader to "buy me" =)
    Mary's explanation on the cover reads off the page as if she's still ecstatic about it and cant contain it lol
    very cool indeed...

    Thanks for the great interview!!

    -SpadesHighReads

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  3. yes. i absolutely love it. i pick up books just for the cover sometimes, and this is one i would totally pick up.

    americangirlie1991 AT yahoo DOT com

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  4. Great post. The cover is amazing!!!

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  5. I love the cover! Even though I shouldn't, my first impression of a book is always from the cover. I so want to read this book and the cover is to blame! :)

    StuckInBooks.com

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  6. A pink or blue background with a shattered mirror and an origami rose sounds good, but this cover is beautiful. I think authors should have more of a say on their covers. I'm glad things worked out for the best :-)

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  7. love this cover! i wouldnt change a thing!

    americangirlie1991 AT yahoo DOT com

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  8. The cover is gorgeous !! I am a cover love kinda gal !! But saying that I agree we should never judge a book by its cover !! it just helps when you walk in look at the cover !! it tickles your reading bug !! you read the excerpt and think this is for me !! and even better when its a great read !! I look forward to reading Shattered Souls !! and cant wait for Wolfbayne !! Cover love is def a bad addiction but when the end result is bingo ! its a win win !!

    kat
    kittee_cat@bigpond.com

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  9. I love the cover as well. It's lovely. I love the way she explained every detail about the cover. I hope the story also as great as the jacket :)

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