At last, I can proudly share with you the beautiful cover for my debut novel, WAIT FOR ME, which will be published on January 31st by Harper Teen. A huge thanks goes to YA Books Central for helping me to unveil this gorgeous thing this morning, and for hosting the biggest giveaway I'v ever done.
So if you would like to win an advance copy of WAIT FOR ME, or some other amazing books, look for details of my giveaway down below!
... But first, a little about the cover ...
You might remember that WAIT FOR ME is set in the spring of 1945 – the last few weeks of World War Two – when Paul, a young German prisoner of war comes to work on a Scottish farm, where Lorna, the farmer’s teenage daughter, holds the fort while her older brothers are away at the war. I love the way that the Harper Collins team, and in particular, the cover’s designer, Aurora Parlagreco, caught the nostalgic romance of the story in this cover, taking you to a warm spring day walking through a field of long grass, though one that is tainted by the ever-present threat of war.
When my lovely Harper Teen editor, Alice Jerman, first sent me a draft of the cover early this year, I must admit, I had a tear or two. I really had no idea what to expect, so its atmospheric power really caught me by surprise. It was virtually perfect from the start, and with only a couple of tiny tweaks, it was done, and approved. And now it’s public!
So, if you are ready...
... Ta dah!
I really hope that you can hear this beautiful and evocative cover calling you to Scotland, in the same way it calls me home.
But wait, there's more...
Yes, there's a Giveaway!
To mark this next step on the path to publication for WAIT FOR ME, my friends at YA Books Central are hosting a fantastic giveaway for me, including an advanced copy of WAIT FOR ME! To win one of the three prizes, all you need to do is visit the cover reveal page.
The prizes are:
- One winner will receive a signed Advanced Reader Copy of WAIT FOR ME, along with an author-curated goody-bag of some of the best Scottish treats that were definitely not available under wartime rationing!
- A second winner will receive a trio of YA historical novels from Harper Collins along with some WAIT FOR ME swag.
- A third winner will receive a $30 Barnes & Noble gift card and some WAIT FOR ME swag.
(Sorry, this one is restricted just to the US and Canada, but I will do some international giveaways very soon!)