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I know I can’t be the only one who believes that a lot of YA covers are really subliminal marketing messages for products put out there for market research…right? Because if they are — marketing people, YOU ARE BRILLIANT. Below are a few covers I’ve pulled from my cover stash that I feel may be … Continue reading »

If you’re a regular reader of this here li’l blog, you’ve probably noticed I’ve been absent as of late. Between coming back from Haiti, the holidays, and y’know, life in general, it’s been a bit busy. For example, this is where I am right now: (That’s Japan.) Just wanted to let you know I haven’t … Continue reading »


It’s difficult for me to point at one specific aspect of a cover and say, “That is what makes it outstanding.” There are so many artistic elements working together, even in the most simplistic of covers. It’s not every day that I step back from a novel’s face and say, “This cover only works because … Continue reading »


Last month, literary agent Janet Reid held a title poetry contest, inspired by author Tahereh Mafi. I decided to enter, so I thought I’d share it with you, too: (No, I didn’t win, as there were approximately 4.5 bajillion entries that were far better than mine.) But I love a good title on a novel. Whether … Continue reading »


Sometimes it’s hard for me to see past a cover’s artwork, to see the potential of a story within its pages. Sometimes I can’t help but think, “No, I’m pretty sure this is what the story is about.” And when I have these moments, sometimes I just can’t help myself. But to be fair (and for … Continue reading »

You may have noticed a little love lately in the YA blogosphere surrounding the upcoming release of Antony John’s Five Flavors of Dumb to paperback next Thursday. Well, I’m happy to join in that chorus of singing Dumb’s praises, too. Back when I was still in my very early stages of blogging, Dumb was the very first … Continue reading »

It’s been an incredibly humbling year. Thanks to those who have encouraged me from the very start (Adele). Thanks to Hubs who understands that every now and then I get caught up staring at my computer screen for hours and getting excited over cover art and books. Thanks to my Twitter contacts that quickly turned … Continue reading »

As I always say…better late (like, almost 5 months late) than never! Here’s a brief little re-cap of my trip to Houston earlier this year, where I hopped on a plane and finally got to meet Ginger, Lindsi, and Tara for the first time, ever.


When I first saw the cover for Tempest, I wasn’t quite sure what to think about the cover art as a whole. It’s an incredibly striking image, that’s for sure. And I knew I wanted to know what the story was about (a guy who time travels!!!). Lounging next to my husband, I leaned over … Continue reading »

Guess what?! The lovely Linds over at Bibliophile Brouhaha is hosting an awesome cover contest! If you haven’t been carrying on a normal busy life living under a rock, you probably heard that everyone’s favorite rapper who likes to Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is coming out with a YA debut early next year. If … Continue reading »

Bryan Williams