Friday, January 24, 2014

After the Storm Cover Reveal Sign-Ups

I haven't talked too much about this, so some of you may not know that during NaNoWriMo 2013 I started writing a companion novel to my 3rd novel, Waiting for the Storm. It's told from Charlotte's sister Ella's perspective, and picks up a couple weeks after where Charlotte's story left off. If you've read Waiting for the Storm, you'll know that Ella - or Gabriella as she preferred to be called - was pretty nasty. When the girls' mom was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, Ella fell apart, and made herself and everyone around her miserable.

Ella started to change near the end of Waiting for the Storm, and by the time I was done writing the book, she was whispering in my ear, telling me it was her turn to have a say. I know a lot of people hated her in Waiting for the Storm (with good reason), and part of me wondered if I could even write her story, but from the moment I started, I loved Ella, and I hope you guys will too.

I just finished writing the first draft a little over a week ago, and I'm already working on my next project, so it'll probably be April before the book comes out, but I finally have a synopsis (thanks to Molli Moran, who saved me from a frustration-fueled meltdown by helping me cobble together something I think sounds pretty great), and a cover.

Now this is where you guys come in. I'm planning a cover reveal for the week of February 10th-15th. If you'd like to help with the reveal, you can post any day in that timeframe that works for you. I'll email out the cover, synopsis, and Rafflecopter giveaway code (which will include a special entry just for cover reveal participants) on the 8th. You can check out all the covers I've designed here

For most people, starting senior year at a new high school would be a nightmare, but for Ella O’Dell it’s the new beginning she desperately needs. Two months after her mother’s death, she’s ready to leave behind the rebellious, unhappy person she became when she found out her mom was dying.

When Ella meets River Maracle and Sadie Fitzgerald, she begins to learn it’s okay to be herself, even if that means being different. River and Sadie aren’t ashamed of their misfit status—River grew up on a reservation, and his mother is the school counselor; Sadie stands out with her funky homemade clothes, and is a master at ignoring the whispered rumors that have plagued her since the beginning of high school.

Ella finds a kindred spirit in Sadie, and something more in River. After almost a year of pretending to be someone she’s not, she finally embraces life and allows herself to have fun without constant guilt. But despite her budding happiness, something is off with her new life. She doesn’t want to dwell on the past, but Angel Island is a small place, and she soon realizes her demons are harder to outrun than she thought…

Want to be part of the reveal? Sign up here

Thank you in advance to everyone who signs up for the reveal. I'm so grateful for your help!



  1. WOOT! Like I really need to sign up. ;) KIDDING. I'm signing up.

  2. Do I really need to tell you I want to sign up? Just send me the info already. ;)


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