Wanna know the second most exciting thing about having writer friends?
Well, the first most exciting is when their books release and you can read them in finished glory.
The second most exciting is getting to reveal the covers for their books! EEK!
I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by the cover, but when the cover is as beautiful as the one for Chanelle Gray’s debut YA novel, MY HEART BE DAMNED, it really represents what’s inside. Are you ready?
Isn’t it gorgeous? The graveyard is so creepy. The girl looks lovely in her dress, but she has obviously just performed an act of bad-assery since that knife is dripping blood down her skirts. And yet, there’s something in her facial expression that makes me think she may not be as tough on the inside as she has to pretend to be on the outside. I’m not sure, but I cannot wait to find out.
Here’s the blurb:
If you’re a Hunter, there are only three things you must know about the Damned. The Damned can’t lie, can’t live without a body, and can’t leave you alone.
Amerie Carter has the blood of a Hunter, unfortunately. She is one of a rare line of women who, upon her sixteenth birthday, will come into extraordinary powers used to hunt the Damned; escaped souls from Hell who take up residence in human bodies. It’s supposed to be her sweet sixteen, but Amerie has never dreaded a day more, and her worst fears are confirmed as the celebration turns tragic when her mother is killed.
Grief-stricken, Amerie vows to never hunt a day in her life. She’s determined to hide behind normalcy, attending school, hanging out with her friends and working an after-school job at The Hut. All Amerie wants is to be left alone. But try telling the Damned that. The harder Amerie tries to ignore her powers, the more the Damned come looking for her.
When an attack leaves one of Amerie’s friends in the hospital, and endangers the lives of her fellow students, she knows she has no choice: Hunt or Be Hunted. Thankfully, the gorgeous, secretive, and so-off-limits Marshall offers to train Amerie to take out her supernatural enemies. But training with Marshall means leading lying to her friends, her family, and confronting the mysterious circumstances surrounding her mother’s death.
Amerie soon discovers she’s not the only one with something to hide, Marshall’s secrets might kill her before the Damned get the chance.
Congrats, Chanelle. It’s sooooo pretty.
Isn’t it a bit like Christmas morning, though? You come downstairs, you see all those presents under the tree. The shiny wrapping paper. The promise of good things inside. And then your parents are all, “No opening until we wake up.” And it’s so, so, so hard to wait! Now that we see the shiny outside, we have to wait until July 15, 2012 for the official MY HEART BE DAMNED release.
Never to fear! Just like stockings on Christmas (which my parents let me open while I waited for present time), there are other MHBD treats in store. For one, you could go to Chanelle’s Goodreads Page to stay up-to-date on all the MHBD news. Next, hop on over to her blog where there are 32 CHANCES TO WIN PRIZES! 32!! That’s more than you can stuff into a stocking, for sure. So maybe this is even better than Christmas?
Some of the goodies up for grabs:
- Pre-orders of MY HEART BE DAMNED
- Chanelle’s super agent, Victoria Marini is giving away a three chapter critique
- Author Leigh Fallon is giving away a copy of her book, CARRIER OF THE MARK
- Author Gretchen McNeil is giving away swag from her book, POSSESS
- And lots more
Definitely worth a look. With that many prizes, one of you is bound to win*! The contest deadline is March 9, 2012.
Congrats again, Chanelle. I’m so excited for you! Thank you for letting me share your cover.
*No guarantees on the winning thing, of course. I mean, if I could predict that sort of thing I’d have predicted lottery numbers long ago and I’d be on a private island somewhere letting cabana boys feed me grapes and pina coladas. Also, I’d make them read me MY HEART BE DAMNED out loud. They’d have to do the voices too. You can’t read a book out loud if you don’t do the voices.