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It's live!! Cover Reveal: Essence by Lisa Ann O'Kane + Giveaway (US only)

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We have a new cover reveal for you today, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for ESSENCE by Lisa Ann O'Kane releasing June 3, 2014 from Strange Chemistry. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Lisa:


Hi YABC, and thank you so much for hosting the cover reveal for my debut YA near-future thriller, ESSENCE! This novel was inspired by the summer I spent living and working in Yosemite National Park, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the sense of place my finished artwork conveys.
When I first signed my contract with Strange Chemistry, Amanda Rutter and her team graciously asked me what I would like to see on ESSENCE’s cover. I started throwing out random ideas, never dreaming anyone was actually listening. My fabulous cover artist, Rebecca Lown, surprised me by fulfilling—and improving—every single request. To say this is the cover of my dreams would be a huge understatement, so MANY thanks to my team for making this happen. I hope you guys like the cover as much as I do!
~ Lisa Ann O'Kane (ESSENCE, Strange Chemistry)



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Here it is!


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by Lisa Ann O'Kane
Release date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
ISBN-13: 9781783450114 (US Paperback), 9781783450107 (UK Paperback), 9781783450121 (E-Book)


About the Book

Neutrality is the key to longevity.
This motto has governed 17-year-old Autumn’s life in the mid-21st-century Centrist cult, which believes that expressing emotions leads to Essence drain and premature death.
But Autumn’s younger brother’s death casts her faith into question. While sprinting through a park in violation of Centrist teachings, she encounters Ryder Stone, an Outsider who claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic. She agrees to join his Community, a utopia of adrenaline junkies living in the abandoned remains of Yosemite National Park.
Autumn learns about sex, drugs, and living life to the fullest. But as she discovers dark secrets beneath the Community’s perfect exterior, she realizes that this illusion of paradise could be shattered…

b2ap3_thumbnail_LisaAnnOKane.jpgAbout the Author

Lisa Ann O’Kane is a wildlife educator and former vagabond who once camped out in Yosemite National Park for an entire summer, an experience that inspired her debut novel ESSENCE.

She currently resides in Florida, and she is now a huge fan of shooting stars, indoor plumbing and keeping both her feet planted firmly on the trail.




Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed ARC of ESSENCE (when available), a handmade Yosemite National Park vintage map pendant (circa 1942), and a commemorative Yosemite button

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?


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  • Guest
    Sarah Ahiers Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Woo! I cannot wait to get my copy of this book! And i love the cover, especially the mountain in the background

  • Guest
    Amy Thursday, 13 March 2014

    The cover is gorgeous! I love the synopsis , I've never read a cult book before.

  • Guest
    C Thursday, 13 March 2014

    ADORE this cover.
    Makes me nervous just looking at it!!

  • Molly
    Molly Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Seems cool!

  • Amber
    Amber Thursday, 13 March 2014

    I absolutely love the cover art and the synopsis, I can't wait to read this book!

  • Lisa Ann O'Kane
    Lisa Ann O'Kane Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Thank you so much for hosting this reveal, YABC! I am so excited to get this cover out into the world, and I am honored to be included in your community! A fabulous day, for sure! :)

  • Guest
    Judy Bordignon Thursday, 13 March 2014

    well done...the first of many for Lisa O'Kane :)

  • Cindy Harmon
    Cindy Harmon Thursday, 13 March 2014

    I love the cover and the summary!

  • Carole Adamczyk
    Carole Adamczyk Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Great cover!!!

  • Guest
    rene zimbelman Thursday, 13 March 2014

    compelling cover! can't wait to read!!

  • Guest
    Beth Christopher Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Simply gorgeous cover! What a stunner. I love the tagline, too. So excited!

  • Guest
    Tammy O'Kane Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Loved the cover of this book!!! So proud of this book!!

  • Donna Perugini
    Donna Perugini Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Cover art draws you in and gives you an idea of how the heroine walks a small thin rope over a vast canyon of harm. Well done.

  • Guest
    alexis radovich Thursday, 13 March 2014

    So excited for this book to come out. I love the cover art

  • Guest
    Shallee Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Love it, love it, love it! Yay, Lisa!

  • Guest
    Shana Laflin Thursday, 13 March 2014

    So excited that this book is finally being released!!

  • Guest
    Sherrill Thursday, 13 March 2014

    I would LOVE to read this book!! And the COVER is spectacular!

  • Rachel Patrick
    Rachel Patrick Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Ahhh, I'm so excited for this! I haven't read many cult-esque books, but I want to, and this one sounds great! And I'm totally digging the cover! Congrats, Lisa! Also, I have a thing for maps, and I reaaally want that map pendant!

  • Vivien
    Vivien Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Oh I adore the cover! Sounds fabulous.

  • Guest
    A.G. Howard Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Adore this cover, love this author, and can't wait to read the book!

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