One of the most exciting events during the road to publication for an author is the cover reveal. We’ve toiled over the words for what seems like half a lifetime, and it is finally time to put a face to our work. A graphical representation for the reader to convey a flavor of what will be found inside. It’s exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. Books are judged by their covers and the cover could mean the difference between a potential reader scooping it off the shelf (or clicking to read the sample) or leaving it behind to languish and gather dust.
Some authors have a say in the cover and others do not and it is the first measure of acceptance or rejection for the novel when the cover is revealed. So we are all nervous and excited when our baby is shown off to the public for the first time. Today I’m delighted to help Heather McCorkle share her fab cover for To Ride a Púca with the world. And I, for one, think the cover nails it… especially when you know a Púca is one of the most feared and mischievous of all the faeries in Ireland. It is a changeling who appears in many guises, the most common form is a sleek black horse…
So take it away, Heather!
Heather: I’m so excited to share the cover of my young adult historical fantasy novel, To Ride A Púca, with you. I’ve been waiting for so long to reveal the news and the cover that it’s been driving me crazy! This novel is special to me, as many of you know, because it felt like my heart and soul has gone into it. It isn’t a part of the channeler series, though it is a tie-in novel as it’s about one of Eren’s ancestors. This is a stand alone of a very different flavor and I hope you love it as much as I do.
Here is a bit about it:
Invaders are coming to take what isn’t theirs, again.
Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids, she may be standing alone.
Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but given up. Can the determination of a girl who has barely come into her power bring them together? Or, just when she finally finds her place among her kind, will they end up losing a homeland their very magic is tied to?
This novel is intended for mature teens and adults as it contains some difficult subject matter.
I had to throw that warning in because I had one person who was disturbed by some of the subject matter in The Secret Of Spruce Knoll. To Ride A Púca is a much darker novel than Spruce Knoll and will certainly not be appropriate for some readers. Slavery, oppression, and violent situations are within this novel. It certainly falls under the dark YA catagory. But it is also about hope, love, and belonging. It releases this May! To add this novel to your Goodreads lists click here. To pre-order a signed hardback (to ship at the end of May), click here.