Tuesday, January 25, 2011

COVER COVER COVER



You can click on it to make it bigger. Also the tagline is obviously a placeholder. My editor is funny.

And here's some bullshit blurb that I wrote to give you some idea of what it's about:

Craig, for the first time in nearly a year, wakes up in Silver Spring, Maryland on October 2nd, 2002 to a house devoid of chirping, barking, and mewing. Between twilight and daylight, somehow his entire menagerie escaped. All the animals that he'd collected since his old boyfriend was dragged away to the psych ward. Gone.

Lio, the post-cancer kid transfer student from New York City, doesn't like to talk. But he does like Craig. His new therapist says he's "a little fucked up." Craig just says, if he has the time, could he help him put up posters?

At 5:20 PM, when their stack of posters is about halfway out and Lio surprises Craig with a kiss, the sniper shootings begin.

Ten people died in the D.C. sniper shootings. This is the story of two of the boys who didn't.

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I love this cover. Do you love this cover? Do you hate this cover? TELL ME TELL ME NOW.

60 comments:

KT said...

I am telling you that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cover!! Pure awesome. The blurb too :)

Wen Baragrey said...

Love, Love, Love this cover! Perfect!

DJ's Life in Fiction said...

That is a stunning cover! I CANNOT wait to read this!! Excuse me while I go freak out some more...

BrittLit said...

! I love that cover, and the title is fantastic too! Thanks for sharing!

♥Iffath said...

*I* LOVE this cover!! <3

Annerb said...

I love it. But I still have absolutely no idea what the story is from that blurb. I'll be excited when the tagline is more permanent. Although it's quite amusing.

Francis said...

THANK GOD! Nice photography, nice design. Marvelous cover. Thank the fucking gods of design. I envy the YA genre for their covers. Truly.

I don't feel too bad dissing covers I don't like since, as we're told so often in #QueryChat or #AskAgent sessions, author has about 0 say on covers.

90% of SF/F and romance covers are horrible times 100. I'm seriously sick to death of seeing bare chested guys with their pack of six abs lighted à la butterfly (think Twilight) with the shot stopping at the neck, sexy ladies in leather with edge weapons or some Hollywood looking hunk/chick TRYING to look badass (the key word here is trying). Burn them. Burn them all.

A cover should make you wonder, make you curious. Not look away in disgust. You've either had a lot of luck or the gods of design are on your side, H, because so far, all three of your covers were either original or tastefully simple.

Like it. Plenty!

maine character said...

Awesome cover. Reminds me of "Hoosiers."

And this was your project originally named after the song "The Day the Animals Were Gone," right? Now I understand why.

CharmedLassie said...

It's excellent. No question.

Emilia Plater said...

IT'S AWESOME!!! Congrats! I want to pick those sneakers up and wear them. :D :D

maine character said...

Yeah, here you go.

http://www.impawards.com/1986/posters/hoosiers.jpg

Not as foreboding as yours, but then, they didn't have snipers in Indiana.

Casey McCormick said...

LOVE IT!

Tracey Neithercott said...

I LOVE this!! Congrats. You got a great cover!

Kirsten Hubbard said...

it's fantastic, hannah. so creepy and intriguing.

Horserider said...

Absolutely beautiful. :D I think it's PERFECT. Can't wait to have it on my shelf! I also love the temporary tagline LOL.

Erin said...

I LOVE the cover! And I think you should leave the tagline exactly how it is.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

How did I not know what this book was about? I think I jumped on your bandwagon too late, but I'm happy I'm here now. This story sounds awesome and that tagline, it rivals all taglines.a

Oh, the cover's pretty bomb too.

Phoebe said...

Oh yeah, LOVE the font choices here. And the cons!

Icy Roses said...

This sounds amazing. I'm really excited to pick it up when it's released!

Girlinbetween said...

OMG! I LOVE THIS COVER

Jess said...

I don't know how to feel about it. I think it's probably good for the book but you know....

Jen Daiker said...

GORGEOUS!!!! I'm a huge fan!

ashelynn sanford said...

loooooooove!!! <33 very nice cover, hannah. :)

prplbookworm said...

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!! I WANT IT NOW! it sounds so original and just wow wow wow I can't wait!

hannah said...

Haha, Jess, I'm actually not sure what you mean, but I'm curious!

Katy said...

I love it. Judging by your blurb, it seems to perfectly fit the tone of the book. And that tag line... you might have something there. :)

Heather Hellmann said...

I love the cover!

The Celebrated Author said...

I LOVE THE COVER.

hannah said...

maine character--it used to be called THE ANIMALS WERE GONE, which is a song by Damien Rice. I still stuck the phrase in the book.

Annerb--yeah, that's just a thing I threw together a while ago. It's essentially a m/m romance set over the D.C. sniper shootings in 2002.

Thank you so much, everybody. I'm so glad I could share it today. I've been bursting to show it off since I got it!

Amparo Ortiz said...

MEGA COVER LOVE!!!

Me wants it. Like, now.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Very nice!

I lived in Fairfax County, VA during the sniper shootings and made my husband gas up the car those weeks Malvo was out there. It was weird/scary to see people bob around while gassing up, figuring they'd be safer that way.

Kate Larkindale said...

Very nice Hannah!

You must be thrilled.

Anna said...

Fantastic cover! Can't wait to see it in stores!

Heather Howland said...

Loving the cover. Also, loving the premise! Can't wait to read it...

hannah said...

Caroline--that very thing comes up in the book. I was in Silver Spring, MD and it was...well, I guess you can say it was a time that stuck in my mind, ha.

Becca C. said...

I literally gasped when the page loaded. Hannah, it's gorgeous!!!! I seriously can't stop staring at it. If I saw this cover in a book store I would sooo snatch it up and run to the cashier.

laraehrlich.com said...

Beautiful! Haunting and subtle. Congratulations :-)

Molly said...

SO, SO, SO, (See what I did there?) beautiful. I love it, as well as the story. I CAN'T WAIT!!

Shari Green said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT!! :D

Kara Mustafa said...

Okay I love the cover but the description gives me chills. Literally, goosebumps.

Weronika Janczuk said...

I am in love.

And I can't wait to read it.

Go you!

Sarah Goldberg said...

YAAAAAAY!

Elissa J. Hoole said...

love it! <3

Liz Czukas said...

Love love love!

No lie--Converse are the sexiest shoes on the planet. Looking at pictures of them is like porn to me.

Is that weird?

- Liz

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Awesome cover! Love, love, love. And the blurb made me chuckle. I'm still dying to read Break! Oh look at that- it fits so nicely into my amazon shopping cart.

Congrats on the new book!

Nathan Bransford said...

Really, really, really great cover!

hannah said...

Thank you, Nathan! (And everybody :D)

Rigby said...

Dude, I LOVE this cover. I freakin' adore it! It's so simple, but you get so much out of it. And the title and the cover fit perfectly!

Definitely my favorite out of all your covers thus far.

And the blurb sounds awesome!

Lydia Sharp said...

Something about me you probably don't wanna know, but it's relevant: I have a foot fetish when it comes to book covers (just on book covers, not in real life, feet are gross). Pretty much all of my most favorite of my favorites include either feet or shoes or both. Which is why I am so undeniably in LOVE with this cover.

There. Now you know.

Also, you rock at writing blurbs. And books.

Melissa Dominic said...

this is FANTASTIC

hannah said...

Lydia, I adore you.

Thank you, Melissa!!

houndrat said...

AWESOME COVER, HANNAH! And love the blurbage!

Now, get on that tagline, damn you! =D

Annie said...

I like it! :)

val said...

Nice, nice, nice! Your covers, covers, covers are always lovely in their simplicity. :) And now I shall stop, stop, stop.

hellis72 said...

Love it.

I prefer covers that encourage you to ask questions as opposed to giving you answers.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

I think it is perfect for you and your book - absobloominglutely perfect!

Robby said...

SO good. I cannot wait for this.

Liana said...

love. it.

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Deniz Bevan said...

Love the cover, love the blurb - congratulations!