In which I come back with news.

Don’t even ask me about that unexplained hiatus.
I have no idea what happened. Or…wait, maybe I do. You know those days when things just start happening and happen so much they just can’t stop? Well, THAT happened. Life did. It turns out that I now find myself knee-deep in a thing I didn’t even see coming, with a Boy who wasn’t even on the List (you know, one that consists of Tom Felton and the Winchester brothers and all those pretty boys on tv) and well, it’s been craaazy. This would’ve kinda made for an interesting high school story, except for the fact that we are both in university. Teehee.

ANYWHO. Enough with the personal talk. Like I said, I have news. Tra-la.

Firstly, guys, guys, guys. Remember that cover contest all of you helped me with? The one where you helped me choose one among several covers I made for Holly Cupala’s Don’t Breathe A Word? Not once but TWICE? Guess what, all your amazing input went into making me win that contest. And this was my first cover contest in, like, ever. THANK YOU! I wish I could send you guys something, all of you, to show how grateful I am for all your help, but, alas, being a poor college student has it’s disadvantages. But, really, if it means anything at all, thank YOU.

So you wanna see what I got?

So that’s a copy of Don’t Breathe A Word and an audio book of Tell Me A Secret and bookmarks and a graphic novel excerpt and um, stickers? Because of you guys, I now own an audio book. My first one ever. I’m not even kidding.
The best part?

Yes, personally signed! Gotta love that. And Holly’s got such nice handwriting, hasn’t she? *cuddles book*

In other news, which you must all be aware of by now, unless you’ve been living under a rock, JK ROWLING HAS A NEW BOOK! (that’s just one of the many links Google will take you to if you simply type in ‘J.K. Rowling’). So we don’t know much about the book, but we know something. We know that:

  • it’s NOT Harry Potter
  • it’s an adult novel
  • it will be published by Little, Brown
  • more details will be revealed later in the year

godimsoexcitedidontevenknowwhattodorightnow*wringshands*itcrazyohmygodohmygodohmygodthequeenofmychildhoodiscomingbackinmyadulthood!

Also, Maureen Johnson (yes, our very own Maureen Johnson) wrote an amazing article in the guardian asking naysayers to dispose their doubts about THE bestselling children’s writer venturing into adult territory. I mean, c’mon, you can’t really expect another Harry Potter, but don’t put her down before you even know what she’s coming up with this time. OH GOD, I’M SO EXCITED. *does jagger dance* (don’t laugh, okay? i know you’re laughing. stop. STOP)

Moving on (ohmyfreakinggodrowlinghasanewnovel!).
*deep breath*
My friend from college, Paro has a new blog! I’ve known her for more than 3 years now and she’s a wonderful person, a lot of fun to talk to and by god, just look at Leafturner Tales! Isn’t it cute? She’s brand, brand new to the blogging world and she’s already gathered some followers (because she’s awesome that way), but it would be wicked cool of you guys to head that way and say ‘hi’. Show her how awesome and nice the blogosphere is 🙂

Random:

(so did the oscars go according to your prediction?)

Also, I came across this one on my aunt’s Facebook profile and it made me smile 😉

and, it’s 25 DAYS TILL THE HUNGER GAMES!
*hyperventilates*
ohgodohgodohgod

Cover Re-creation: Help Me? Round II

Okay, so this comes in quick succession, but I need your help again. To help me pick a cover. For the cover recreation contest at Confessions of a Bookaholic.

So, yesterday I posted 6 covers I re-made for Holly Cupala’s new book Don’t Breathe A Word. And I asked for your opinions regarding which you thought would make the best entry (for the contest, ie). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, refer here. Well, THANK YOU for your suggestions! I really appreciated it 🙂

Anyway, based on what you said, I narrowed it down to the top three. I reworked one, tweaked another and let one just be. And now I need you to tell me which ONE you think should be my contest entry, okay?
So, here’s the actual book cover:

In Holly’s own words, these are visual ideas from the book:

Streets, darkness, light (I love the bokeh lights in the final official cover!). Asher, the abusive boyfriend, is obsessed with crows, and Joy feels like she is trapped like one. He gives her a Tiffany I.D. bracelet with a crow dangling from the edge. At the beginning of the novel, Joy cuts off her long, dark hair and bleaches it to disguise herself on the streets. There is a romance, too, with Creed—a talented musician who is on the streets for reasons of his own. 

Taken from here.

And here are the ones that I made:

Cover#1

Cover #2

Cover #3

Please choose just ONE cover. It would make my job easier AND I will love you forever. For reals.

Help Me Pick A Cover?

So, Confessions of a Bookaholic is hosting a re-cover contest for Holly Cupala‘s upcoming 2012 release, Don’t Breathe A Word. Which obviously means, that it’s the fun fight over recreating the cover of Don’t Breathe A Word. Recreating THIS cover.

I really like this cover. There’s a certain subtle fierceness to the way the girl’s hair is whipping about her face. And I love the font used. Overall, I think it really captures the mood of the book, from what I get out of the summary. For those not in the know, this is what it’s about:

Joy Delamere is suffocating… 
From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out. 
Joy can take his words – tender words, cruel words – until the night they go too far. 
Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She will learn to survive. She will breathe… if only she can get to Creed before it’s too late. 
Set against the gritty backdrop of Seattle’s streets and a cast of characters with secrets of their own, Holly Cupala’s powerful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the meaning of love, and how far a girl will go to discover her own strength.

So, as you must have guessed by now (unless you’re skimming through this – which I can’t really blame you for. I ramble a lot), the Queen Procrastinator in me took over (as it does, most of the time) and *I* decided to participate. Of course there’s the added perk of winning a signed copy of Don’t Breathe A Word. I mean, who wouldn’t want that? I really, really liked Holly Cupala’s debut novel, Tell Me A Secret, so of course, I’d read every book she comes up with.  And, DUDE, this one’s a *signed* copy!
This happens to be the first time ever that I’m recreating a cover. Any cover, at all. It’s just that, I always knew I wanted to read this book, but there’s the matter of *when*. I need to be not-broke, like I perpetually am, so I can pre-order/buy it. And ever since I read an excerpt from the novel I was a goner. It was THAT good. Which brings me to this contest. With the recreation, I actually ended up creating several different covers for Don’t Breathe A Word. I’m obsessive like that. Sadly, it’s only one cover per person, so I need to choose. Which I can’t. So I need you. To choose for me. Can you do that? Please? I’ve told you what the book is about and I’ve showed you the original cover – well, my covers are waaay different from that, I think, but I need you to tell me which you think works best for the book. Okay?
Here goes.

Cover #1

Cover #2

Cover #3

Cover #4

The next two aren’t in book cover size only because it’s distorting the photograph. But don’t chuck them out because of that! 🙂
Cover #5

Cover #6

So, there.
Tell me which one you like best. Choose one to make it easier for me 😉
Tell me if you like something but think it could be better. I appreciate suggestions.
Tell me if you hate them all. Then I’ll think about reworking them.
Sound off in the comments!

See how much I want that book?