Thursday, September 27, 2012

The IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS Cover Reveal & Giveaway!!!!

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

Coming April 2013 from Amulet Books/Abrams.
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I'm trembling with excitement as I type up this post to reveal the hauntingly beautiful cover for In the Shadow of Blackbirds and to finally share an official synopsis for the novel. The cover was designed by the talented Maria T. Middleton, and the photography is by Symon Chow.  The lovely cover model is portraying a scene in which my protagonist, Mary Shelley Black, begrudgingly poses for a photographer who claims to capture the spirits of lost loved ones with his camera.

In celebration of the cover reveal, I'm giving away an In the Shadow of Blackbirds prize package. I don't have advance copies of the book available yet—those will wait for a future giveaway. But I do have some pre-Halloween treats involving creepy dark birds, which play a major role in my novel:

If you enter my giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below, you'll have a chance to win a copy of Kristen Lawrence's Poe-inspired CD, The Raven, four vintage-style crow bookmarks, and a signed bookplate featuring a line spoken by my In the Shadow of Blackbirds spirit photographer character during the scene pictured on the book cover. I'll run the giveaway until Thursday, October 4. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

28 comments:

Emma Pass said...

Cat, it's fabulous! I am SO excited to read your book! :D

T. Drecker said...

I'm so glad I stopped by! This sounds great and the cover is wonderful. Congratulations!

vanessanorthwrites said...

What a very cool cover! Sounds like a fascinating book. I'll put it on my to be read list for sure! :)

Elisabeth Dahl said...

Love, love, love!

Kit Grindstaff said...

Oh wow - and the swag is phenomenal too! Beautiful, Cat.

Jana said...

I love this cover! Especially the mood and tone and the scary ghost next to her! :) Beautiful!

Anita Grace Howard said...

Cat, it's SO PERFECT! I can't wait to read this! :)

Claire M. Caterer said...

What a gorgeous, spooky, spine-tingling cover! I'm so excited to read the book!

Shelley Coriell said...

So atmospheric. So haunting. So, so wonderful! Can't wait to read!!!!

Emily @ Falling For YA said...

I love that cover just the right amount of creepy and cute!

Gina said...

I can already tell this book is going to freak me out. Pictures do me in! (Can't wait though.) =]

J.R. Johansson said...

It is so eerily lovely. Congrats, Cat! I think it's fantastic! :)

Alex Villasante said...

This looks so amazing and more than just lovely, it's intriguing - the photograph tells a story without a word!

Loraine Mintzer said...

.....looking forward to reading

Caterina Torres said...

I want to read it! Now! Yesterday!

Brandy Colbert said...

I would be drawn to this cover IMMEDIATELY if I saw it on a shelf, Cat. Love!

Cat Winters said...

Thank you so much for all the continued cover love! I can't wait to share this book with everyone. Amulet Books is doing such a fabulous job with it.

Anna said...

LOVE it! <3 Can I have a copy like...now? okay.

Petra @ Safari Poet said...

I love the scene set and the eerie vibe it gives off. Great cover!

Sarah Skilton said...

Congratulations on your cover, Cat. It's breathtaking, and I love that it ties in so specifically with a scene from your novel. Very excited to read your story. It sounds like a real page-turner for late at night (cue spooky music...) :)

Cat Winters said...

Thanks so much! I'm thrilled the cover is already evoking emotions. I get to take a peek at the interior design in the coming weeks and can't wait to see what the designer is creating between the covers.

Jennifer McGowan said...

So gorgeous! Eerie and Haunting and UNFORGETTABLE. Lovely!!

evanroskos said...

wow -- that;'s a really great cover!!

Book Whales said...

Lovely cover!! Such an eye candy. Want to read your book :D

Cat Winters said...

Thanks so much!

Gaby Pendragon said...

It's a really intriguing cover, not something you fins everyday.
I really like it.

Caryn Caldwell said...

Wow! That IS hauntingly beautiful! Congratulations on scoring such a gorgeous cover, and good luck with your book launch!

Cat Winters said...

Thanks, Gaby and Caryn! I feel like I really struck gold with the team that's helping me bring this book into the world.

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