Monday, 27 October 2014

FRAIL MORTAL HEART COVER REVEAL

Hello, hello, hello, my lovelies! This post was originally supposed to be for yesterday, but I've been miserably ill since Saturday and today's the first day that I could be bothered to do more than tap out 140 characters on Twitter. However, I think the under-lying fabulosity of the post kinda makes up for the delay, so I'm just going to go ahead and call it even (especially since even now I know that 99% of you are busily scrolling past my words to get to the shiny shiny cover reveal below, you impatient heathens, you).

So, anyway: The Name of the Blade Book Three - FRAIL MORTAL HEART. It haz a cover and it is beautimous, and since it was shared with the lovely guests - hey guys, it was amazing to meet you! - at the blogger tea at Walker Books on Saturday (wherein I made my second flying visit to our country's fine capital in as many weeks and picked up this weird bug which may have been down to the salmon sandwich I ate on the train, and that's a lesson for you, my children - if they don't have ham then just say no to train sandwiches) and there are slightly blurry, not-really-forbidden glimpses of it circulating all over Twitter, I've now got permission to rip away the veil of secrecy officially.

And yes, that was the longest sentence that's ever been written on this blog. Yes, I am doing it on purpose to mess with you, oh patient and rare 1% who are actually wading through all this before getting to the image. I love you, my babies! Never change!

Fine, fine, I'll shut up. Here it is!


It's coming right up, right next!


Well, just a bit further down.


And a little more.


Leeetle more.


Just a bit


Tiny bit.


Now!


Um. Yeah. Do I even need to describe the amount of flailing, squeeing and unbearable smugness that is emanating from Marriott Towers right now? No? I thought not. As I said at the blogger tea - my cover has a dragon on it. LIVE ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED.

Also, this:

Click to embiggen. Do it. DOOOO IIIIITTT.
That is my trilogy guys. It's *this close* to finished. And actually being serious for half a second here - I am so, so proud of Walker Books for once again kicking #racefail and whitewashing in the soft dangly bits and giving my books cover art that not only accurately reflects the ethnicity of the characters within, but celebrates it with an airpunch and a HELL YEAH WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS BABY. At my publisher they not only acknowledge that they need diverse books, they really and truly want them, and treat them with the respect they deserve. How awesome is that?

Thank you to Annalie (Wonder Editor) and Maria (Delightful Designer) and also Larry Rostant, the photographer (who doesn't have a nickname because I haven't met him so it seems like it would be taking a liberty) for making my dream covers a reality. Wow, guys. Just. Wow.

OK, before I go, a final reminder that I, along with amazing fellow YA authors Emma Pass and Kerry Drewery, will be at the Lincoln High Street Waterstone's this Wednesday doing a panel event - Heroines of Teen Lit - with readings, a Q&A, signing, and super special swag (although I'm not bringing sweeties this time because... well, I've been too ill to go and buy any. Sorry *Sad face*). No need to book tickets or ring ahead - just turn up at 6:30 and we will be delighted to see you! 

13 comments:

Alex Mullarky said...

Gorgeous! Yay for #racesuccess? Did you enjoy YALC?

Zoë Marriott said...

I did, Alex, although it was completely exhausting - and I wished I'd had more time to hang out with the other panelists, who were ace.

Phoenixgirl said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Covers where you can tell the image is meant to be those specific characters instead of a stock photo are the best.

Genealogist said...

Wonderful cover! AND (excuse shouting) - the images actually look like the pictures in my head did when I first read "The Night Itself". That has never, ever happened before.

Zoë Marriott said...

Thank you Phoenix and Genie! And yes, it's the same with me - they're just how I imagined them. I got a bit teary the first time I saw them, not going to lie...

Rachel Balcombe said...

Oh my gosh! That is honestly one of the most stunning covers I have ever seen. I just can't express how much I /need/ this book, right now! And they all mirror each other but they're all very different and I just... I may need to go and lie down.

Kimberley Ford said...

There had to be a dragon there somewhere! Absolutely beautiful - love that it's all smoky and glow-y!

Zoë Marriott said...

Rachel: Honestly, that was my reaction too - and I won't get my hands on a real copy for months and months yet, either. *Shakes fist*

Kimberley: What's more it's the actual dragon FROM THE BOOK. But I shall say no more... *Zips lips*

Isabel said...

Loving the dragon and the red/orange! (Does Shinobu's presence mean I can assume he will be making a miraculous reappearance?!)

Zoë Marriott said...

I don't think you should assume anything, Isabel! After all, Mio is always with Shinobu in her heart and her dreams, sort of thing. I shall say no more.

Amy Elize Brown said...

Beautiful cover, Zoë! I LOVE the dragon, too! Definite life achievement unlocked! They all look so good together, the colour schemes are amazing! Congratulations :)

I confess I have yet to read Darkness Hidden, so I'll probably cheat & wait until I have all 3 then lock myself away for a readathon hehe!

Zoë Marriott said...

Amy: I don't blame you at all - I often do that with trilogies. I feel like, as long as I buy book two when it comes out, I'm still supporting the author (and book three won't get cancelled through lack of sales) and that way I not only have a really good, interrupted run of books to look forward to, I don't have to worry about cliff-hangers!

Lola R said...

I came across your blog because Oh The Books had included a link to one of your posts and I just wanted to say I seriously love these covers! I want to read these just because of their pretty covers. Okay I actually read the blurb of book 1 as well and it sounds great. Your cover designer really did a great job!

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