Mystery Project Title and Cover Reveal!
I’m so excited to finally bring you the title, cover, and synopsis reveal for that Mystery Project I’ve been nattering on about for the past few weeks!
(Seriously—I’m electric with excitement. Nervous, but in a good way. I think I understand that whole “my book is my baby” thing that other authors always talk about. I never felt that way with my other books. Not once. I only felt tongue-numbing fear!)
I’m currently on vacation out in Seattle, visiting my boyfriend’s family—so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. During the next few weeks I’ll be talking more about my inspiration for this book/series. Since the front cover is finalized (work on the spine and back cover is ongoing), I can also confirm that the ebook release date will be:
October 28th, 2014
My goal is to release the physical copy on the same date, but that’s still open to the vagaries of fate.
So, without further ado… the stunning cover!
Isn’t she pretty? I have Stella Price to thank for the artwork and title lettering (ahh it’s so perfect thank you Stella thank you) and my Boyfriend to thank for the other fonts and effects. I think it captures the first book in the series so beautifully!
Here’s a bit more about the book world and series:
“A ‘50s-inspired Halloween-esque county linked to Pennsylvania, filled with small towns where witches and warlocks live in safety. A teenage witch with a beast as her familiar. An isolated world threatened by exposure. A young woman who finds her voice. A warlock who finds his soul.” – My very first notes.
Inspired in equal parts by my own clingy black cat and my lifelong love of 50s fashion and music, All Hollows is a place I created in order to escape my own daily grind. It’s a pocket universe tucked away inside the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania, “somewhere between the Allegheny River and Route 666.” Populated solely by witches and warlocks, it’s a precious bubble, isolated by time, that I hope to write many stories about.
The synopsis for book one:
Sixteen-year-old witch Everrose Morgantwill isn’t sure which monster is causing her more trouble—the ten-foot-tall wildcat she’s attracted as her familiar, or her emotionally unstable boyfriend.
Half her spells go nowhere, and people always have trouble remembering her name, but even so—Everrose’s life is idyllic. Born and raised in All Hollows County, a secretive world created by powerful witches and warlocks for the protection of the magically inclined, she’s never had to fear persecution. In All Hollows, magic is used openly. A great spell known as the Nestle Ward isolates and protects it, though there is one odd little side effect.
In our world, it’s 2015. In All Hollows, it’s 1958.
Between sewing the perfect high school wardrobe, experimenting with red lipstick and cake mascara, and dreaming about prom, Everrose has a lot on her mind. When her steady boyfriend returns from a trip to “the Layside” a changed warlock, however—she notices. Handsome Vincent Olwen was affectionate and self-effacing when he left, but he’s come back acting sullen and withdrawn. Everrose is lost for an explanation—and lost for what to do.
Troubled by the changes she sees in Vincent, Everrose tries to distract herself by searching for her first familiar—a rite of passage for sixteen-year-olds in All Hollows. But when she does make the Connexion, it’s with the last animal she would’ve ever expected—a massive, terrifying wildeor called a trothenbeast. Only powerful witches and warlocks attract wildeors as familiars. Yet, when it comes to magic, Everrose is completely inept. It makes no sense. Weirder still, the beast fails to alert Everrose to the presence of magic, and refuses to shadow her. In short, he doesn’t act like a protecting, guiding familiar animal at all.
Faced with all of this, Everrose is just about ready to throw in the towel. Before she can, though, she learns that the trothenbeast has been cursed by an evil witch named Ebonella Rosu—and that Ebonella wants him back.
Everrose must contend with a witch who wants her dead, a familiar who needs her protection, and a boyfriend who’s changing before her eyes. When she finally reaches out for help, she finds it from an unlikely source—her boyfriend’s moody, somewhat mysterious father, the mayor of her little town. What secrets does Roderick Olwen harbor? And what do they have to do with Everrose herself?
Familiar Things is the first book in the Nestle Ward series–which may be a trilogy or somewhat longer, depending on my personal inclination and reader reception. The Nestle Ward series will follow a teenage witch, Everrose Morgantwill, as she discovers who she is, what she is, and how only she can stop the sky from caving in on her beloved home.
I’ll be spending the next few days adding Familiar Things to Goodreads and fleshing out the Books section of this site. I’ll be posting information for bloggers, soon–so stay tuned for that!