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. rebecca says:

    this is honestly one of my favorites covers ever tbh:p:):D;)

  2. Deanna says:

    The cover is beautiful and the synopsis definitely sounds very interesting! 🙂

  3. Simran says:

    This book sounds amazing and the sypnosis really gets you excited to read it, the cover increases that excitement and it’s definitely the kind of book I’d like to have on my shelf!
    Really amazing!

  4. Raven says:

    Loooove the cover! Gives such an eerie feeling and I’m not sure why im obsessed with fonts but I love the font of the title, it just all goes together perfectly.
    And the synopsis is amazing! Sounds like my kind of book and I want to read it terribly!

  5. Kaitlyn A. says:

    I am obsessed with this cover and the synopsis! I can’t wait to read this one!

  6. Kara S says:

    This cover has tremendous visceral appeal. That wild inappropriately hot pink scrawled title catches my eye with a “pop” and draws me to discover all the *dark* places it can take my imagination — I’m caught hook, line & sinker. Thanks for this chance to read for free! Cheers, Kara S

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  8. Vivien Reis says:

    Definitely love the creepy girl coming out of the water! And that angled-with-large-brushstrokes font is the next big thing lately.

  9. Alice Wu says:

    The cover is beautiful! I’d really like to read this!!

  10. Roula says:

    The cover is really catchy and gives a glimpse to the potential eeriness of the novel. The title also gives an indication to the genre of the novel. Can’t wait to read!

  11. Annette says:

    Cover is eerie, definitely catches the eye!

  12. Kerstin Grey says:

    I love the plot and the image on the book cover is haunting; I love it!

  13. Jennifer Pugh says:

    I love the cover, and the synopsis made me really want to read it. And then tell people about it. And then read it again.

  14. Tasleema Begum says:

    This cover is freaking amazing. So creepy and mysterious. So excited to read! The story sounds so intriguing!

  15. Maya says:

    Cover+synopsis= awesomeness. I can’t wait

  16. Ayelén says:

    The cover is very interesting and the synopsis sounds real good! Thanks for the chance!

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