Hello and happy Thursday (only one day until the weekend, hurrah!) my muffins. Today I have many delights to share, so buckle yourself in and ready the smelling salts.
First of all, I've just had permission from the lovely folk at Candlewick Press to share the cover art for the US hardback of DARKNESS HIDDEN, which will be coming out over there in November of this year. So here it is:
And here again next to THE NAME OF THE BLADE for comparison:
The NAME OF THE BLADE logo-thingie at the top there is pretty darn cool, right? I've never had a logo of my very own before!
A lot of thought went into this, right down to the blood-red colour (you can probably guess why that is) and the background pattern, which is meant to evoke the pattern of eyes on the Shikome's deadly wings. As with the first cover, it's startlingly different not only from the UK covers but also any other cover art I've ever had, and it will have all kinds of awesome effects in the flesh, including metallic silver foil for the title (drooling slightly at the thought of that, not gonna lie).
What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments!
Along with permission to share the art I also received something that might be even more exciting for US Dear Readers - a package of Advanced Readers Copies of DARKNESS HIDDEN and free reign to do whatever I want with them! Considering that, as I mentioned above, the book's not out in the US for over eight months I thought that definitely called for a giveaway. And it's been a while since I gave away my own books, so why not make it a big giveaway? A veritable #Zolahpalooza of a giveaway? No reason at all, I tell you!
*Mwaha ha ha ha ha ha!*
Here's what I'm going to do. I've got three bumper prize packs to offer up to Dear Readers. Two of these are specifically for US Dear Readers - but one is international and can go anywhere, which means you can still enter no matter where you are. If you little anglerfish at the bottom of the Marianna Trench were feeling left out, or you snow leopards up there on the highest peak of the Himalayas were worriedly chewing your claws, worry no longer - all are welcome! Enter the giveaway and I will make sure that the prize packs end up going to the correct places.
The two US packs will contain US hardbacks of THE NAME OF THE BLADE and the US ARCS of DARKNESS HIDDEN. These will, of course, be signed - and dedicated, if you want. You'll also get signed bookplates and other mysterious goodies. The international prize pack will have UK paperbacks of both books, also signed and dedicated if you want, as well as the bookplates and swag.
When posting about the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook, please do use the hashtag #Zolahpalooza - mostly because it amuses me - but also for all the other reasons that hashtags are good. Because this is such a big giveaway it seems a shame not to let as many people as possible enter for the chance to win, so I'll be leaving this open for two weeks and will announce the lucky three on Thursday the 12th of March.
All this could be yours!
Good luck, my preciousnesses (esessesess?).
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