I KNOW, RIGHT??? When I first saw the design direction HarperTeen was planning for HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW, I about peed my pants from excitement like those little yippy dogs do every time they meet a stranger. The concept art was super rough, but the fact that they were going for an illustrated text cover was pretty much a dream come true. And then the colors! And the ivy! And my name is on it!
BACK COVER COPY TIME!
They say a witch lives in the old house under the bridge . . .
What the residents of Willow’s End don’t know is that there are two witches living in the crumbling old house draped in ivy. Ancient, toothless Dorothea Hemlock . . . and her seventeen-year-old granddaughter, Josephine.
Jo has always managed to keep her magical life separate from her normal one. But now the mysterious Curse that killed her mother—and so many Hemlock witches before her—has returned. Soon Jo realizes that the life she’s fought to keep hidden could destroy the one she’s worked so hard to protect.
So there it is! HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW—coming to you on April 15, 2014. Talk about the perfect tax day treat. And you won't even have to feel guilty because it's a paperback original so it'll be under $10! That is A LOT of pretty for a very reasonable price, just sayin'.
But in all seriousness, this book means a great deal to me. Though it may be about witches on the surface, the heart of this book is very personal stuff. The death of my grandmother when I was eight. How much I value true friendship. And some pretty strong feminist themes.
Also, pudding. And talking cats. And kissing.
What? You didn't think I'd go completely serious, did you? Psh.
Okay, on to the GIVEAWAY. Obviously, I don't have ARCs yet, but I'm giving away one of mine the second I get them—and it could be you that I send it to! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by June 24, 2013. Yup. Easy peasy. I'm old school like that. I'll announce a winner next Tuesday, and you'll get a HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW ARC just days after I get mine, which is pretty much as soon as you'll ever get them.
Now excuse me while I prance around like an idiot because I love this cover so much.