Cover Reveal: YUSRA SWIMS Plus Giveaway

Book Birthday posts celebrate the birth of a new book…the day the book officially launches and is available in bookstores. But today, we have a COVER REVEAL post.

Cover Reveal posts are kind of like the ultrasound picture that proud parents frame – that tiny inkling of the awesomeness of what’s to come.

I’m so proud to share with all of you the cover for an upcoming picture book from my dear friend and critique buddy, Julie Abery. It’s nonfiction. It’s about a strong woman. It’s definitely Continue reading

Cover Reveal: Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

OH MY GOSH! A couple of days ago, I found out that my Ella Fitzgerald/Marilyn Monroe book had a definite launch date: January 14, 2020. So, I started thinking about who I should ask to do a cover reveal…I thought perhaps I should ask the editor if the cover image I had was the final one. And then, this morning, guess what I discovered?

MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE is available for preorder on Amazon. With the most glorious cover image I’ve ever seen!!!

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This was a manuscript that was very close to my heart. I’m a long-time admirer of the velvety tones of Ella Fitzgerald…and I always believed Marilyn Monroe was so much more than she was given credit for. But it wasn’t until I came across a picture of them at a nightclub that the idea for this story came to me back in 2014.

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And the more I researched, the more I came to admire both of these women…trailblazers in the fight for equality! Did you know that Marilyn Monroe was the first movie star to own her own production company? Or that in 1956, Ella Fitzgerald won a lawsuit against Pan Am for racial discrimination?

A few years ago, Bonnie Greer wrote a play about the nightclub incident and it was performed in London.

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I’m so grateful to Essie White, my incredible agent, who had faith in me and in this story. And to Little Bee editor, the fabulous Courtney Fahy, who fell in love with the manuscript and believed it should be a book. And to the talented Alleanna Harris whose illustrations have brought the story to life!

I am over the moon excited and just had to share with all of you, my dear friends! And to all my critique buddies whose feedback on dozens and dozens of revisions resulted in this stellar story – I thank you!!!

 

 

Cover Reveal: SUPERHEROES DON’T BABYSIT

Earlier this month I visited several elementary schools in the Chicagoland suburbs and one of the questions the kids asked me was: ARE YOU GOING TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT A SUPERHERO?

Well, I haven’t…but my dear friend, author Amber Hendriks, has! And it was a pure pleasure to be asked to do the COVER REVEAL!

So, without further ado…

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Cover for Superheroes dont babysit

SUPERHEROES DON’T BABYSIT

Written by Amber Hendricks

Illustrated by Kyle Reed

Published by Beaming Books – due out Spring 2020

Here are a couple of photos so when you run into these amazing creatives at a conference somewhere, you’ll know who they are and be able to go up and say hi!

updated authorBorn and raised in the Midwest, Amber Hendricks grew up reading everything she could get her hands on- including the morning cereal boxes. That passion melded into writing as well, and by the age of 11 she was writing and binding her own “books”. Amber has worn many hats in her career but she has always circled back to her first love of telling stories. Amber currently resides in Missouri with her husband and two children.

Kyle Reed illustrator SUPERHEROESKyle Reed is an illustrator whose work has appeared in children’s books, magazines, animation, and advertising. He lives in Ontario, Canada. To see more of his work visit cutdrawglue.com, and @cutdrawglue on instagram.

Oh my goodness…it’s going to be hard to wait till next Spring to get a copy of this book, don’t you think. Kids are going to LOVE it!