It's live!! Cover Reveal: Color Song by Victoria Strauss + Giveaway (US/Canada)

It's live!! Cover Reveal: Color Song by Victoria Strauss + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

Happy July, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for COLOR SONG by Victoria Strauss, releasing September 16, 2014 from Skyscape. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Victoria:

 

Hello, YABC! I’m thrilled to be sharing the cover for my latest novel, COLOR SONG—a historical tale of art, intrigue, and romance, with a touch of fantasy, set in Renaissance Italy. It’s a followup to my previous novel, PASSION BLUE, though it can be read as a standalone.
 
I had the chance to see and give input on this cover all the way through the creation process, which was pretty exciting. We wanted something that would suggest the mystery and romance of 15th century Venice, where much of the book takes place, without being too literal. Getting the exact right shade of luminous blue was important too, since the secret formula for a mysterious blue paint plays a major part in the plot. I love the result—the saturated colors, the gorgeous title lettering, the dreamy images. Thanks to everyone at Skyscape for this beautiful cover!
 
~ Victoria Strauss (COLOR SONG, Skyscape)
 

 

 

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COLOR SONG

 

by Victoria Strauss
Release date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Skyscape
ISBN-13: 978-1477847787
 

About the Book

From the author of the acclaimed PASSION BLUE, a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012 and "a rare, rewarding, sumptuous exploration of artistic passion," comes a fascinating companion novel.
 
Artistically brilliant, Giulia is blessed—or cursed—with a spirit’s gift: she can hear the mysterious singing of the paints she creates in the convent workshop of Maestra Humilitá. It’s here that Giulia, forced into the convent against her will, has found unexpected happiness and rekindled her passion to become a painter—an impossible dream for any woman in 15th century Italy. 
 
But when a dying Humilitá bequeaths Giulia her most prized possession—the secret formula for the luminously beautiful paint called Passion blue—Giulia realizes she’s in danger from those who have long coveted the famous color for themselves. Faced with the prospect of a life in the convent barred from painting as punishment for keeping Humilitá’s secret, Giulia is struck by a desperate idea: What if she disguises herself as a boy? Could she make her way to Venice and find work as an artist’s apprentice?
 
Along with the truth of who she is, Giulia carries more dangerous secrets: the exquisite voices of her paint colors and the formula for Humilitá’s Passion blue. And Venice, with its graceful gondolas and twisting canals, its gilded palazzi and masked balls, has secrets of its own. Trapped in her false identity in this dream-like place where reality and reflection are easily confused, where art and ambition, love and deception hover like dense fog, can Giulia find her way?
 
This compelling novel explores timeless themes of love and illusion, gender and identity as it asks the question: what does it mean to risk everything to pursue your passion?
 

b2ap3_thumbnail_victoriaphoto.jpgAbout the Author

Victoria Strauss is the author of nine novels for adults and young adults, including the Stone duology (THE ARM OF THE STONE and THE GARDEN OF THE STONE), and PASSION BLUE, a companion novel to COLOR SONG that was chosen as one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Teen Books of 2012. She is also the co-founder of Writer Beware, a unique anti-scam resource that warns writers about literary fraud. She maintains the popular Writer Beware website (http://www.writerbeware.com) and blog (http://www.accrispin.blogspot.com), for which she was a 2012 winner of an Independent Book Blogger Award. Victoria lives in Amherst, MA, with her husband (who doesn't understand her need to write but fully supports it) and two rambunctious cats. Visit her at http://www.victoriastrauss.com. 

 
 

 

Giveaway Details

One grand prize winner will receive a Kindle Paperwhite, signed hardcovers of PASSION BLUE and COLOR SONG (when available), and assorted swag.

  • Two additional winners will receive signed hardcovers of PASSION BLUE and COLOR SONG (when available) plus assorted swag. 
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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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Allison Cosgrove (website) on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 12:46

I love love love the colour and am totally looking forward to reading this with my kids...

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I love love love the colour and am totally looking forward to reading this with my kids... :)
Vivien (website) on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 17:55

The cover is absolutely fabulous!!

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The cover is absolutely fabulous!!
Guest - JC Rosen (website) on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 11:36

My breath caught at the deep shade of blue on the cover. Oh, how I'd love to get that on my brushes! You did a fine job of capturing it and the spirit of the story in the synopsis as well. I'm eager to get my hands on it.

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My breath caught at the deep shade of blue on the cover. Oh, how I'd love to get that on my brushes! You did a fine job of capturing it and the spirit of the story in the synopsis as well. I'm eager to get my hands on it.
Susan T. (website) on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 22:13

I love historical fiction, especially about Venice so this sounds really great. I love that the focus is on art too and the cover reflects that!

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I love historical fiction, especially about Venice so this sounds really great. I love that the focus is on art too and the cover reflects that!
Rain Jeys (website) on Thursday, 03 July 2014 02:31

Ooh I'd never heard of these! They sound amazing! Thank yoU!

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Ooh I'd never heard of these! They sound amazing! Thank yoU!
Sarah Zane Kellar (website) on Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:02

The cover is really pretty. I haven't read many books about art, but I think I should start.

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The cover is really pretty. I haven't read many books about art, but I think I should start.
L (website) on Friday, 04 July 2014 00:02

Both interesting

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Both interesting
Hannah Moore (website) on Saturday, 05 July 2014 15:30

The cover reminds me a bit of Amish Romance Fictions. The synopsis sounds very interesting though and I'd definitely like to try the book!

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The cover reminds me a bit of Amish Romance Fictions. The synopsis sounds very interesting though and I'd definitely like to try the book!
Linda Canniff (website) on Monday, 07 July 2014 04:56

I love the color of the cover, which I assume is passion blue, and the style of the title script. Any story set in Venice is definitely something I am interested in.

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I love the color of the cover, which I assume is passion blue, and the style of the title script. Any story set in Venice is definitely something I am interested in.
Guest - Linda Canniff on Monday, 07 July 2014 04:59

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