Dude. You guys. I know I've been quiet for a while, but man, do I have news today!
I HAVE THE OFFICIAL COVER FOR HEARTLESS!! Yes, my first YA horror novel, aka the re-package/re-vamp of my old, dear friend JO, officially has its cover! I'm so excited to share it with you!
But first, I have to say some amazing things about both my publisher and the incredible artist behind this cover. So...to get to the actual cover, you can scroll down, but really, I'd love it if you read what I'm going to say.
First. My publisher. When Jason Pinter at Polis Books told me he wanted to publish HEARTLESS, I was so thrilled. To take a chance on me, when he's publishing amazing books from incredible authors around the world? Could it really be true?
And then, when he told me he wanted custom art work for the hardback cover? Yeah. I almost died. I probably cried. This opportunity is perhaps the most exciting thing to ever happen to me (marriage and child aside, of course), and I'd be completely remiss if I didn't express my gratitude at least a hundred more times.
I. Am. So. Grateful.
Thank you, Jason!
Now. For the cover art. That custom cover designed by a renowned tattoo artist because super cool aesthetics. Yeah. That one.
For a long time I didn't know the name of my cover artist. I only saw drafts, sketches, of a human heart made of nuts and bolts and stitched together with long and winding thread. It was cool. Steampunk.
Perfect for my Frankenstein-girl, Jolene Hall.
Future drafts that included color blew me away. Seriously. Though they were top secret, I'd sneakily show them to my husband, my parents, my child. We all agreed - they were amazing!!! So from there, it was only tweaks, minor changes...and we wound up with...
Well, first I have to tell you who the artist is, of course!! I only found out today! She's a tattoo artist, painter, and muralist based in Staten Island named Magie Serpica. Her studio is Milk & Honey Tattoo Parlour, and if you're in the area, you should definitely give her your business. Trust me. Next time I'm in NJ, I'm taking a pilgrimage across the river to meet Magie, and to get this heart tattooed on me somewhere! Because I HAVE TO!
Okay. Are you ready to see it? I know I'm ready to show you!
HERE IT IS! THE COVER OF HEARTLESS!!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?????
Sorry for the all caps. I'm SUPER pumped right now, in case you couldn't tell. I never in my life dreamed of having a cover like this!! It's gorgeous! Magie, I can't thank YOU enough, either! Whew! This is incredible!
If the cover has you convinced, check out the link on Amazon, where HEARTLESS is available to pre-order! The release date is May 10, 2016, in ebook and hard cover. WHAT??????
Seriously, you guys. I can't wait to hold this book in my hands!! I hope you feel the same! And tell me what you think of the cover! I'm dying to hear!!!!!!