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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Heart in a Box cover, launch party & preorder link

Hi peeps,
I am super-excited to show everyone the cover of my new YA contemporary romance Heart in a Box. I have an animated version, too. Also, the official blurb, a party invite to my Facebook launch event, plus, most exciting: the 1-click PREORDER is LIVE.

Here's the cover and the blurb...
Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.

Joss Olstad has finally talked her clingy, stoner mom into springing Joss from her stifling private school and into the labyrinth of a prestigious Brooklyn public high. Searching for “a way out, a way in, and something I can’t even put into words, yet” Joss longs to find missing pieces of herself she lost when the father she never met died on a faraway road in India. All she has of him is a painted box he made. Joss is also itching to escape the hippie hell of her mother’s bong shop, and the hypocrisy that is her life. With her honey skin, and long brown hair, she passes for white, even though she’s half Indian. This culturally diverse school will be her chance to find out who she really is.

Day one, and Joss is terrified by how different things are. Has she made a horrible mistake? Before long, she gets into the pace. Her sights are set on her own “Bobcat in black denim”, the tall, handsome Will Torres. She’s met Katya too, a popular glam queen, who’s a blast to hang out with. She’s even joined an Indian Culture Club, who invites her to live music clubs. Life is perfect!

Or is it? Her friend, Katya starts acting like a royal slut, her mom’s flinging insults and lies at her, and the Club girls are pressuring Joss to reveal her sketchy pedigree. Joss finds herself spinning stories about her past to fill in the holes. Even Will becomes leery of her. And the Personal Iconography class that Joss signed on for because kids claimed the teacher was “nuts in a good way” is the toughest class she’s ever taken. In it, Joss starts to make her own, heart-shaped boxes, with private messages in them. They help guide her forward. Not only is she forced to figure out who she is beyond the “nice girl” she always hid behind, her search leads her to the fringes of the outer boroughs, to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.

Preorder Heart in a Box here.
Put Heart in a Box on your Goodreads TBR list.

Come to my Heart in a Box Facebook launch party on Tuesday, December 8th (3:30 pm to 10:30 pm EST). We'll have tons of games, giveaways & guest authors, who write YA & sweet NA, both contemporary & fantasy. Join here.

Want to see the animated cover? Click here to view it.

20 comments:

  1. Cute cover! Remind me when it comes out so I can help spread the word.

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    1. Thanks, Alex, you're so generous about that. It launches on DEC 7.

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    1. Thanks, Crystal. It is rather mesmerizing to stare at. LOL.

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  3. Awesome cover! Congrats on the latest project! Well done, my friend. :)

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    1. Thanks. This novel was a loooooong time in the percolating & writing phase!

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  4. What a gorgeous cover! Congratulations! I marked it to read.

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  5. Your cover is stunning! Can't wait to read it!

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  6. I love the idea of someone who's coming to terms with who they are both externally and internally. Your book sounds smart and touching. Go you! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lexa. Yes, I'd like to think it's both spicy and fun, and pretty darn deep.

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  7. Love the animated cover! Looks like a great read. I have it on my Goodreads list. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Yay, I appreciate you putting it on your TBR list, and all bet for your own book launch!

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  8. I really love the animated cover! It's really cool. Congrats, Catherine, on your upcoming release!

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  9. The animated cover is really well done. :-D

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  10. Great cover, Catherine! Congrats on this one.

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  11. Happy Heart In A Box release day. Such a beautiful cover and I love the heart box. I really would love to read this.

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