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: 

~ Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE, HarperTeen)




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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).


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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30 thoughts on “It’s live!! Cover Reveal: Sword And Verse by Kathy MacMillan + Giveaway (US Only)”


  2. Danielle D. says:

    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! 😀

  3. Alyssa Susanna says:

    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

  4. Caroline says:

    Sounds awesome!

  5. Looks amazing!!! Can’t wait to read!

  6. Dianne Barahona says:

    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.

  7. Megan Elaine Flanagan says:

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

  8. Lillian says:

    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.

  9. Cindy says:

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

  10. lauren says:

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

  11. Hannah says:

    The cover is amazing and the synopsis blew me away

  12. Brooke says:

    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.

  13. Sui Generis says:

    I love both! They look pretty interesting and wonderful!

  14. Skylee says:

    I definitely want to read this, it looks wonderful!

  15. Brittany T says:

    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!!

  16. bn100 says:

    both interesting

  17. Cassie H says:

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

  18. Daniela says:

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

  19. Shannon Mizikoski says:

    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!

  20. Devin Murphy says:

    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).

  21. Jamie Welch says:

    Such a beautiful cover!! I can’t wait to read this!!

  22. Crystal says:

    So excited for this one! The cover and synopsis are just amazing!

  23. Agustina Gonzalez says:

    I’m loving the cover! I cannot wait for the release of this book! Its something I WOULD SO BE INTERESTED 😀

  24. Stacy says:

    I like the cover, but it is really the synopsis that has me wanting to read. I love fantasy and strong female characters.

  25. Erin Arkin says:

    This book sounds amazing and the cover is gorgeous!!!

  26. Aila Jiang says:

    The cover is awesome for a fantasy!! Also, star crossed lovers are definitely a fave of mine. Can’t wait for this book!

  27. Skylar says:

    The cover is absolutely beautiful!!!

  28. Kelsey says:

    This sounds like an exciting adventure story! I also adore the cover. I love that, at first glance, it looks like the sword is coming up out of the sand, but upon closer inspection you can see that it’s piercing a piece of parchment with writing on it. Super cool.

  29. Jaime from Two Chicks On Books says:

    I love it! Can’t wait to read!!!!

  30. Lynette Floyd says:

    This cover is one of the best covers that I’ve seen so far!! I also like the synopsis, definitely a TBR book.

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