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)
 

 

 

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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.
 

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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).

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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 (website) 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

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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!

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

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

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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.

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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 (website) 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!

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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.

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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!

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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

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

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