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


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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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.
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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.

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