It's live!! Cover Reveal: Sword And Verse by Kathy MacMillan + Giveaway (US Only)

It's live!! Cover Reveal: Sword And Verse by Kathy MacMillan + Giveaway (US Only)

Hello, YABC!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan, releasing January 19, 2016 from HarperTeen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Kathy:

 
Hello, YA Books Central readers!  I am so excited to share with you the beautiful cover for my upcoming novel, SWORD AND VERSE.  Here are a few words from the artist behind it, Colin Anderson, about how the cover came together:
 
"This is one of my favorite covers I’ve done. Heather Daugherty, the senior designer at HarperCollins, provided me with a very comprehensive brief on her vision for the book. I wanted to create an epic feel for the cover. I initially presented 10 concepts. Some had swords, others had medallions or symbols. The challenge with creating this cover was getting all the important elements to work together. Heather had mentioned that she saw the background as an important element to bring the cover design together, she mentioned words like ancient, desert, warm, palace with secret corridors, etc. This gave me the color palette and mood for the cover. I think the sword shattering the earth creates such a powerful image, and with the symbol that Heather designed (based off the author's description), it all hints at mystery and secrets."
 
Colin Anderson is an extremely talented photographer and digital artist working out of Australia. You can find him here: www.andersonproductions.com.au 
 
~ Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE, HarperTeen)
 

 

 

Ready to see?

Scroll, YABCers! Scroll!

...

 

 

 

...

 

 

 

...

 

 

 

 

...

 

 

 

 

...

 

 

 

 

...

 

 

 

 

...

 

 

 

 

Here it is!

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_SwordVerse_cover-snap.jpg

*** If you choose to share this image elsewhere, please include a courtesy link back to this page so others can enter Kathy's giveaway. Thank you! ***

 

SWORD AND VERSE

by Kathy MacMillan
Release date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 0062324616
 
 
About the Book
 
Raisa was only a child when she was kidnapped and enslaved in Qilara. Forced to serve in the palace of the king, she’s endured hunger, abuse, and the harrowing fear of discovery: everyone knows she is Arnath, but not that Raisa is a Learned One, a part of an Arnath group educated in higher order symbols. In Qilara, this language is so fiercely protected that only the King, the Prince, and Tutors are allowed to know it. So when the current Tutor-in-training is executed for sharing the guarded language with slaves, and Raisa is chosen to replace her, Raisa knows that—although she may have a privileged position among slaves—any slip-up could mean death.
 
That would be challenging enough, but training alongside Prince Mati could be her real undoing. And when a romance blossoms between them, she’s suddenly filled with a dangerous hope for something she never before thought possible: more. Then she’s propositioned by the Resistance—an underground army of slaves—to help liberate the Arnath people.  Joining the rebellion could mean freeing her people…but she’d also be aiding in the war against her beloved—an honorable man that she knows wants to help the slaves.
 
Working against the one she loves—and a palace full of deadly political renegades—has some heady consequences. As Raisa struggles with what’s right, she unwittingly uncovers a secret that the Qilarites have long since buried…one that, unlocked, could bring the current world order to its knees.
 
And Raisa is the one holding the key.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Kathy-MacMillan-author-photo-r200x200dpi.jpgAbout the Author

Kathy MacMillan has been a librarian, American Sign Language interpreter, children’s performer, teacher, storyteller, and writer.  She lives in Owings Mills, MD, with her husband and son.
 

Twitter | Web | Goodreads | Facebook | Pinterest | Pre-order Amazon

 

Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed ARC of SWORD AND VERSE (when available). 

One winner will receive a custom-made SWORD AND VERSE necklace from Lady Twilight's Artistic Creations (pictured below).

b2ap3_thumbnail_necklace.jpg

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?

Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Rate this blog entry:
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl - Drive Through Mov...
Exclusive Sneak Peek at THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. R...

Related Posts

 

Comments 30

Guest - Frannie Panglossa on Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:31

OH MY GOD. LOVE THIS COVER. MY EYES. I CAN'T EVEN. *-*

0
OH MY GOD. LOVE THIS COVER. MY EYES. I CAN'T EVEN. *-*
Guest - Danielle D. on Thursday, 25 June 2015 18:10

Beautiful cover! I love the idea too, it kind of reminds me of a cross between The Winner's Curse and The Selection series! Can't wait to read!

0
Beautiful cover! I love the idea too, it kind of reminds me of a cross between The Winner's Curse and The Selection series! Can't wait to read! :D
Alyssa Susanna on Thursday, 25 June 2015 18:45

I absolutely LOVE this cover! I knew about this book before the cover reveal and can't wait to read it. Fantasy! Wants!

Thank you for the giveaway

0
I absolutely LOVE this cover! I knew about this book before the cover reveal and can't wait to read it. Fantasy! Wants! Thank you for the giveaway
Guest - Caroline on Friday, 26 June 2015 23:39

Sounds awesome!

0
Sounds awesome!
Guest - Ellie Moreton on Saturday, 27 June 2015 17:43

Looks amazing!!! Can't wait to read!

0
Looks amazing!!! Can't wait to read!
Guest - Dianne Barahona on Monday, 29 June 2015 06:55

I'm having all of these feels that I can't even begin to describe due to this cover being ridiculously amazing and beautiful. It is just downright breathtaking! THIS COVER IS GIVING ME SO MUCH LIFE RIGHT NOW! I JUST WANT THIS IN MY HANDS THIS VERY MOMENT! The synopsis has me so intrigued.

0
I'm having all of these feels that I can't even begin to describe due to this cover being ridiculously amazing and beautiful. It is just downright breathtaking! THIS COVER IS GIVING ME SO MUCH LIFE RIGHT NOW! I JUST WANT THIS IN MY HANDS THIS VERY MOMENT! The synopsis has me so intrigued.
Megan Elaine Schuyler on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:42

Gorgeous cover! Absolutely love the synopsis as well. Definitely will be added to my bookshelf regardless of whether or not I win the giveaway!

0
Gorgeous cover! Absolutely love the synopsis as well. Definitely will be added to my bookshelf regardless of whether or not I win the giveaway!
Guest - Lillian on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 12:57

The cover's gorgeous. All the different elements of the story portrayed in the cover are brought together so well it's incredible. The synopsis sounds really interesting and I can't wait to read it.

0
The cover's gorgeous. All the different elements of the story portrayed in the cover are brought together so well it's incredible. The synopsis sounds really interesting and I can't wait to read it.
Guest - Cindy on Thursday, 02 July 2015 23:04

I love all of the detail in the beautiful cover, and the synopsis sounds really interesting!

0
I love all of the detail in the beautiful cover, and the synopsis sounds really interesting!
Guest - lauren on Friday, 03 July 2015 13:23

love the cover and the synopsis grabs my attention to read this book

0
love the cover and the synopsis grabs my attention to read this book
Hannah on Sunday, 05 July 2015 11:48

The cover is amazing and the synopsis blew me away

0
The cover is amazing and the synopsis blew me away
Brooke on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 16:19

The cover is really, really cool looking and the synopsis sounds very interesting! It would be amazing to win this giveaway, but if I don't, I'll definitely still be picking up this book when it comes out.

0
The cover is really, really cool looking and the synopsis sounds very interesting! It would be amazing to win this giveaway, but if I don't, I'll definitely still be picking up this book when it comes out.
Sui Generis on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 22:58

I love both! They look pretty interesting and wonderful!

0
I love both! They look pretty interesting and wonderful!
Sky on Friday, 10 July 2015 02:13

I definitely want to read this, it looks wonderful!

0
I definitely want to read this, it looks wonderful!
Guest - Brittany T on Saturday, 11 July 2015 22:24

This is my top top tippy tip 3! i featured it as my wow a few weeks ago well once the cover came out. I CANNOT wait!! Damn you guys have the best freakin giveaways!! Praying to all the books gods!!

0
This is my top top tippy tip 3! i featured it as my wow a few weeks ago well once the cover came out. I CANNOT wait!! Damn you guys have the best freakin giveaways!! Praying to all the books gods!!
Guest - bn100 on Sunday, 12 July 2015 23:37

both interesting

0
both interesting
Guest - Cassie H on Monday, 13 July 2015 18:25

The cover is a work of art! I would really like to read this book based on the synopsis (and the alluring cover).

0
The cover is a work of art! I would really like to read this book based on the synopsis (and the alluring cover).
Daniela on Friday, 17 July 2015 02:09

i'm in love with this cover and the books sounds so good! i cannot wait for it to be release

0
i'm in love with this cover and the books sounds so good! i cannot wait for it to be release
Shannon Mizikoski on Friday, 17 July 2015 23:04

I mean the cover... it is so gorgeous I do not even have words. And the synopsis sounds really intense- like a LOT of things can go wrong. Definitely excited for this book!

0
I mean the cover... it is so gorgeous I do not even have words. And the synopsis sounds really intense- like a LOT of things can go wrong. Definitely excited for this book!
Devin Murphy on Saturday, 18 July 2015 17:43

The cover is killer; it reminds me of a fancier version of a Song of Ice and Fire cover. I also enjoy the plot because it also reminds me of something that could happen in Westeros (in a way).

0
The cover is killer; it reminds me of a fancier version of a Song of Ice and Fire cover. I also enjoy the plot because it also reminds me of something that could happen in Westeros (in a way).

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Dear Martin
ustyce McAllister is top of his class and set for...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Come Home, Angus
Angus woke up mad and knew today was not his...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Rulers of the Playground
A stunning picture book about sharing, friendship, and kindness in...
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
June Sparrow and the Million Dollar Penny
June Sparrow and her best friend—a miniature pig named Indigo...
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
Story Sparks:  Finding Your Best Story Ideas & Turning Them into Compelling Fiction
Find rock-solid story ideas before you start writing ...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Girl in the Tower
A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Coming Up For Air
Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework....
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Landscape with Invisible Hand
National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson returns to future...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
26091228.jpg
Follow-up to the New York Times bestselling novel, Forget Tomorrow!...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Follow Me (Amateurs #2)
It was the perfect night for a party. That is,...
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Fireblood
Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost...
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
Nothing
From Annie Barrows, the acclaimed #1 New York Times–bestselling...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Welcome Home
Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short...
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
Even the Darkest Stars
The first in a sweeping and action-packed debut fantasy...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)
In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Dear Martin
 
5.0
"Justyce is at the top of his class, captain of the debate team, and on track to attend a prestigious..."
A Court of Wings and Ruin
 
5.0
"Alright warning time. As with most books that I read, this has been labeled problematic. Though this one is completely..."
Wintersong
 
1.0
"This is going to be more like a rant/review than just a review. I am honestly proud that I finished..."
Enshadowed (Nevermore #2)
 
5.0
"First off... that freaking cliffhanger!? I can't even... I could not imagine having read this the year it came out..."
Nevermore (Nevermore #1)
 
4.7
" It's great! What I love the most is how dark and gritty the world felt. It was so cool..."
House of Night: Hunted
 
3.3
"So the Nerd Herd is now underground and hiding away from Kalona. Aphrodite and Stevie-Rae have imprinted, Stark is an..."
House of Night: Untamed
 
3.3
"So this one picks up right where the other left off and don't worry if you haven't read the others..."
House of Night: Chosen
 
3.3
"Zoey now knows that her old mentor is not what she claims to be. She's hiding something and doing things..."
House of Night: Betrayed
 
3.3
"This one picks up not far where Marked left off. Zoey is now in charge of the Daughters of Darkness...."
Roar (Stormheart #1)
 
N/A
"DNF PAGE 133 - I hate DNFing a book. I hardly ever do it. I personally feel like I'm giving..."
Truthers
 
3.3
"So, I've said before that for some reason I love conspiracy theories. Do I believe any of them? No. I..."
Mask of Shadows
 
3.3
"Okay I loved the premise of this book and I love the fact that it features a Genderfluid MC but..."
Hunted
 
3.7
"What I love most about this book is the setting. Medieval Russia, like hell yeah sign me up! I love..."
Come Home, Angus
 
5.0
"Most of us have days when we just get mad. We don’t know why. We don’t know who is to..."
Rulers of the Playground
 
4.5
"Jonah wants to rule the playground. And he’s a good ruler. Except when he’s not. The problem is that Lennox..."
Plant the Tiny Seed
 
4.5
" This book relies on the interactive nature of read-alouds for young children. Beginning with a single zinnia seed, the..."
The Hanging Girl
 
4.0
"The Hanging Girl was a quick, suspenseful read. Author Eileen Cook has a great writing style. The story picked up..."
June Sparrow and the Million Dollar Penny
 
3.5
"In JUNE SPARROW AND THE MILLION DOLLAR PENNY, June Sparrow is a very rich pre-teen living in New York City..."
Princess Breeze
 
4.3
"This is the second book in a very adorable, fun series. This story starts with Breeze Brannigan's end of the..."
Story Sparks:  Finding Your Best Story Ideas & Turning Them into Compelling Fiction
 
4.0
"This is an easy to read reference book on how to take creative ideas and thoughts and turn them into..."