- ARC of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (with signed bookmark)
- Ebook of Solstice by PJ Hoover (with trading cards)
- Ebook of The Space Between by Alexandra Sokoloff
- Paperback copy of Perception by Heather Cashman
- Signed paperback ARC of Anathema by Kathleen Tucker
- Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Gift Set (Trade Paperback of Eighth Grade Bites, Vlad Journal, Minion Bling Buttons and Vlad Tote)
- Signed paperback copy of Between by Cyndi Tefft
- Signed hardcover of Clarity by Kim Harrington
- ARC of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
- Signed ARC of Fury by Elizabeth Miles
- Signed paperback of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
- ARC of Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
- Copy of The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
- Winner's choice of 5 ebooks from a list of indie authors
- Signed paperback of Sleepers by Megg Jensen
- Ebooks of Soul Quest and The Guardian of Souls by Amy Jones
- Kindle copy of Winnemucca by Laura Elliott (plus a guest post spot on her blog!)
- Paperback copy of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Interested yet? Great! It is really easy to win.
Instructions for the YA Scramble:
1) Visit the first blog (based on list below).
2) Read the guest post.
3) Identify the PURPLE word.
4) Pick out the 3rd letter from the purple word.
5) Go to the next blog.
6) Repeat #3, #4, and #5 until you visited all 14 sites.
7) At the end, take all 14 of the 3rd letters from the PURPLE words and figure out the message near and dear to our hearts.
8) You will enter that unscrambled message ONCE into this form as your official entry for a chance to win some great prizes from fantastic authors and bloggers.
Participating Blogs - all must be visited (but start with the first):
✯ Kaitlin Simpson
✯ PJ Hoover
✯ Cary Cummings
✯ Heather Cashman
✯ Kathleen Tucker
✯ Jennifer Morris
✯ Cyndi Tefft
✯ Irish/ Gail
✯ Danielle Bunner
✯ Melissa Layton
✯ T.R. Graves
✯ Megg Jensen
✯ Amy Jones
✯ Laura Elliott
For my part in the YA Scramble, I'm thrilled to offer up this guest post from Kaitlin Simpson!
Everybody likes covers, right? They can be these great, artistic representations of some of our favorite books. They draw our attention, appeal to the more creative, visual parts of our mind.
And, you know, they’re just downright cool.
Of course, people have different opinions on what they like visually. And some of the things I particularly have no taste for, others may like. But I’m going to go on and say what I feel works in YA covers.
A face/body shot can be done great, like with these:
WITHER by Lauren DeStefano - Really, everything about this cover is beautiful.
THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin – Another beautiful one. This body shot has so much mystery about it – no faces, two people, the water!
Covers that are simple (PRETTY!):
WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight – How can you NOT like this? It is gorgeous. Probably one of my favorite covers of all time. It’s simple, symbolic, and, dare I say it, sexy.
Landscapes can be symbolic and gorgeous, as well. But these are even trickier to pull off. Some pretty ones, though:
UNDER THE STARS by Rebecca Rogers – A gorgeous landscape. It works, especially with the title.
BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young – Another landscape that is so simple, BUT SO AWESOME LOOKING.
So, basically, for me, it comes down to the design and layout. There should always be a balance of the color used – if multiple colors are being used. I like to look for representative and symbolic colors – or what I think will be.
What about you? What are some of you favorites and least favorite covers? Would love to hear!
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