It’s live!! Cover Reveal: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude + Giveaway (International)



Welcome to the second cover reveal of the day!

Today we’re super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS by Sarah Jude, releasing May 3, 2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Before we get to the cover, here’s a note from Sarah:

Hello YABC readers! I’m Sarah Jude, and I’m so thrilled to share with you the cover of my YA horror novel, THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS! The artwork is everything I could have hoped for. I’m a very visual person and spend a lot of my time when I’m not writing either drawing or painting, so cover art is one of my favorite things to imagine. For THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS, I had hopes of something eerie and nightmarish, something to capture the quiet isolation of the characters and their backwoods commune in the Missouri Ozarks. The image, which was taken by a Polish artist named Marcin Nagraba, evokes that kind of creepy, moody darkness that surrounds the main character Ivy as she uncovers secrets about everything and everyone she has ever known.
~ Sarah Jude (THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)




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by Sarah Jude
Release date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544640411
About the Book

Two girls: one with a secret, one with a promise that she’d uncover it.

Welcome to Rowan’s Glen—a place full of old fashioned superstition and secrets. Twenty-five years back, a teenage girl was murdered after being crowned queen at the Glen’s May Day celebration, and outsiders have regarded the isolated farming community with suspicion ever since.

But that was before Ivy Templeton was even born. She’s lived in Rowan’s Glen for all of her sixteen years, and feels safe there with the company of her free-spirited cousin Heather, and their friend, Rook, son of the sheriff.

Until . . . animals start showing up dead, clearly from unnatural means. Dark omens seem to appear everywhere Ivy goes. And Heather, who used to tell Ivy everything, is sneaking off after dark with a mysterious lover.

Ivy worries her cousin could be in danger—especially after Heather is elected queen of the May Day celebration. When Heather goes missing, Ivy must come to terms with the fact that she never knew her beloved cousin—or Rowan’s Glen—as well as she thought she did.

Readers looking for horror, romance, and suspense will find it all in this chilling tale that resonates with dark beauty.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Sarah-Jude-Author-photo.jpgAbout the Author

Sarah Jude lives by the woods and has an owl that lands on her chimney every night. She grew up believing you had to hold your breath whenever you passed a graveyard or a bridge spanning water. Now she writes about cemeteries, murder, and ghostly apparitions. She resides in Missouri with her husband, three children, and three dogs.

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Giveaway Details

One international winner will receive a prize pack that includes:

  • a signed ARC of THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS (when available in September)
  • swag
  • a handmade ivy leaf pendant

One US winner will receive a prize pack that includes:

  • a signed ARC of THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS (when available in September)
  • swag
  • a handmade ivy leaf pendant 
  • a custom herbal loose tea blend called Sleep-Away-Sorrow designed to promote relaxation
  • a sustainable, reusable muslin tea bag
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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66 thoughts on “It’s live!! Cover Reveal: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude + Giveaway (International)”

  1. Jolene Haley says:

    I love this cover! Thanks for hosting this and the giveaway.

    Seriously that cover is what dreams are made of. And that book sounds amazing.

  2. Brittani says:

    Ooh, the cover and synopsis are both delightfully creepy! Can’t wait to check this one out! 🙂

  3. Marcie Olson says:

    I LOVE this book cover!! Can’t wait to get to read this book. Just finished reading (for a 2nd time) A Murder of Magpies by this author, and am anxiously awaiting her new book!

  4. Devin says:

    Great cover! The book’s plot sounds interesting.

  5. Hauntingly beautiful! And the synopsis is intriguing!

  6. danielle hammelef says:

    The cover is scary, but definitely amazing.

  7. Patricia Walker says:

    I love the cover – it’s really atmospheric and draws a reader in. It sounds an amazing read too

  8. delfina says:

    WOW, that cover is beautiful. I love it! The book seems interesting, definitely something I’m going to read.

  9. delfina says:

    WOW, that cover is beautiful. I love it! The book seems interesting, definitely something I’m going to read.

  10. Jennifer T says:

    It’s a nice cover. I like how the water seems scary even if it’s calm.

  11. Tiffany L says:

    The cover is gorgeous. Can’t wait to read it!

  12. Francesca Nika says:

    I love the cover and the story seems really interesting 😀

  13. Roxanne says:

    The cover is beautiful but at the same time gives me the creeps. I think it’s perfect for the book after reading the synopsis

  14. The cover is gorgeous!! This book sounds so creepy, I want it!

  15. Susan T. says:

    I love creepy so this sounds perfect and the cover is beautiful but haunting too!

  16. Hayley says:


    the cover is incredibly pretty and also stands out so its good bc it grabs peoples attentions im assuming the lake/water whatever will make more sense once the plot is uncovered (im assuming a drowning?)

    the synopsis is intriguing i want to know the secret one keeps and how it will be uncovered
    i need this book like now

  17. Shannon Mizikoski says:

    I LOVE the cover!! The synopsis sounds SO intriguing and I want to know ALL the secrets!!

  18. Sarah Ahiers says:

    I love this cover so much!!! It has such a creepy ambiance about it. I would pick it up in a heartbeat

  19. Cindy says:

    I love how the title stands out from the cover. My only issue with the cover is that the pink seems a little too cheerful and fun for the dark synopsis. Other than that, the cover is gorgeous! The synopsis sounds mysterious… Love it! I can’t wait for this book to be released. 🙂

  20. Laura Marcela says:

    The cover is really beautiful and mysterious!

    It’ll catch eyes for sure.

  21. Lucy Magat says:

    The synopsis seriously got me. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this book! I love the cover. The cover is very peculiar and mysterious.

  22. Roxanne says:

    I love it! I can’t wait to read this one!

  23. Fantasy Angel says:

    The synopsis of this book seems pretty interesting but the cover doesn’t totally pull me in.

  24. Danielle D. says:

    I love the cover! This sounds super creepy and awesome too! Definitely adding to my TBR pile!

  25. D. says:

    The cover is beautiful, and it really catches the eyes. It fits the genre, and it sent chills up my spine.

  26. Kylene Liphart says:

    Love the cover and the synopsis! I cant wait to read this book!

  27. Melanie says:

    The cover is super creepy and the plot sounds creepy. I can’t wait to read it!!!

  28. Kristine Joyce Lopez says:

    The cover is creepy and the story is interesting. I would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance. x

  29. carla says:

    The cover is gorgeous and the sypnosis sounds amazing!! 🙂

  30. Katlin Collins says:

    The cover is gorgeous! I can’t wait to read it!

  31. BookPsycho says:

    the cover is absolutely stunning, very eye catching. the synopsis also draws the reader in very much i really cant wait for the book to come out so i can get it in case i dont win

  32. Jocelyne Saenz says:

    Oooh! The cover looks amazing! Very mysterious. I very good cover, in all honesty. After reading the synopsis, I just want to get my greedy hands on this book.

  33. Karissa E says:

    They were both brilliant and inviting, I’m really wanting to read this book!

  34. Janice Santillo says:

    Very interesting cover. Makes you want to read the book.

  35. Danielle W says:

    The cover makes this so intriguing! Hope I win 🙂

  36. Shannon says:

    An amazing cover that reflects the mystery, suspense and a little bit of creepiness thrown in 🙂

  37. Maxine Panganiban says:

    The cover is stunning and like what the author has mentioned, I feel like it captures the eerie feel of the book. The synopsis is intriguing, it makes me want to know more about the book.

  38. Pam says:

    Beautiful cover and I love how exciting the synposis is!

  39. Elin says:

    It´s a really beautiful cover. The synopsis sounds intriguing, can´t wait to read this book!

  40. Emily says:

    I love the contrast of the bright pink on the darker, more ominous background. Also, I can’t resist a good mystery.

  41. Emma says:

    The cover is nice and creepy 🙂 The summary is intriguing!

  42. Nicole says:

    The cover is just so beautiful and creepy and I love it! The synopsis definitive intrigues me and I hope to get my hands on it!

  43. Megan Elaine Flanagan says:

    Looks and sounds amazing. On my list!

  44. Sydney Springer says:

    So creepy and it sounds super cool and suspenseful!!

  45. Kyla Fontalva says:

    The cover is dark and beautiful! I’m in love with it. AND OH MY GOD, the synopsis! This is definitely one of the most intriguing novels I’ve ever encountered. I’ll be waiting for this! 😀

  46. Mara says:

    the cover is absolutely gorgeous! love the simplicity and the font choice, i think it blends well. a definite eye-catcher, this one. 🙂

  47. Madison says:

    I love the contrast of colors in the cover and the synopsis is so mysterious, I’m dying to get my hands on this!

  48. Jaime from Two Chicks On Books says:

    As Sarah’s publicist for her other book I just know this is going to be great! And the cover is so haunting!

  49. r says:

    I think the cover is haunting…and curious. I am wondering how the bright pink and the somber tone fit together. What was behind that decision? Perhaps reading the novel will help me answer that question.

  50. Jennifer says:

    The cover of this is gorgeous! And the book sounds amazing!

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