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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hi. My Name is Shelley and This is the Cover of My New Book.



Okay, so a picture sometimes really is worth a thousand words.  And this picture says SO much!!

However, here is a blurb for THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET, in case you were interested.

Left with nothing but a tattered map, a boy who tends pigs, and the storyteller's blood that thrums through her veins, eleven year-old Trinket's very survival depends upon her ability to capture a good tale and retell it well.  If she is lucky enough to find seven tales, well, wouldn't she be the fortunate lass?  Then she would have enough stories to star in one place for a week, trading tales for food, shelter, and maybe coin.

But stories can be wily an many like to keep their secrets.

As Trinket follows in what she believe to be her father's footsteps, she travels from one adventure to the next, and closer to a truth she might not be ready for.  From an exotic gypsy camp, the the island of the seal people, to the ruins of a banshee's tower, Trinket gathers her stories and writes her poetry, as a good bard should.  But when her journey takes her past the wall between the living and the dead, a dark encounter with a mysterious ghost threatens to destroy the one story Trinket is most anxious to discover:  What really happened to her father?


(This is not the official blurb--this is just part of my query to Jo, but I think it captures the tale very nicely.)

September 4 is the big release day (I think).

The cover art is by Dan Craig (not Dan Craig the actor...though that would be cool, too, just not as cool as the stuff on this link.)

I just love it and I hope you do, too! (I am putting something in parentheses here just because I did on the earlier lines and I didn't want this one to feel left out.)

hrh

35 comments:

Julie Hedlund said...

Shelley,

The cover is absolutely stunning! You must be ecstatic.

Will be sure to buy this for my 9 year-old daughter when September rolls around!

Stephanie Thornton said...

WOW!

That cover is gorgeous! It reminds me of Paul O. Zelinsky's Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin--my daughter loves those pictures.

Congrats!

Lisa and Laura said...

OMG OMG OMG - It's GORGEOUS! Counting down the days until September 4th!!! Congratulations, my friend. Your sacrifices to the cover gods must have been well received.

Myrna Foster said...

I didn't think I could be any more excited to read this book, but I am. Love the cover! Love the blurb! :o)

Shelby Bach said...

AWESOME!! I really REALLY can't wait to read it now! I especially love the way the objects frame the girl - it draws you straight in.

SQUEE!! :-D :-D :-D

Rebecca said...

Nice! It has kind of a renaissance feel to it!

Katie Anderson said...

This. Is. Incredible. I LOVE it!!! And the blurb is amazing!!

Renee Taprell said...

Your cover and story sounds incredibly intriguing.
Congratulations! I can't wait to buy your book!

storyqueen said...

Julie--thank you! I am very pleased with it. (What I am not pleased about is that I've yet to fulfill my 12 x 12 obligation for January, yet. It wil be a busy weekend!)

Stephanie--Yes! It does have a Zelinsky feel to it!

L and L- Thank you! I am counting down days as well...

Myrna-Thank you. I was so nervous to open the file....

Shelby- My darling Agent-Sister! Thank you!

Rebecca-Yes, it reminds me a bit of a Catherine Called Birdy type of cover (which I loved!)

Katie-Thank you! (But that is not the official blurb...I don't know what that looks like yet...)

Renee-Thank you! And thank you for stopping by the blog!!

Sarah said...

The cover is BEAUTIFUL :) And the blurb! Congratulations--I'm looking forward to September :)

Elana Johnson said...

I LOVE IT!!! Congrats so much on everything! I can't wait to get my hands on this.

Lydia Kang said...

This looks FANTASTIC! So psyched to get a copy of this in the fall!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Love the cover, though it would have been super cool if Daniel Craig the actor had created it. :D

LOL on LiLa's comment. What exactly did you have to sacrifice?

Christina Lee said...

OMG--it's REALLY PRETTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I look forward to owning it! xoxo

Kelly Polark said...

Lovely. Beautiful. Gorg.

Congrats, Shelley!!!!

Laura Pauling said...

Lovely cover! And I love the blurb. Sounds like a classic! yay!

Corey Schwartz said...

OMG, I CANNOT WAIT!!!! Sorry, for screaming, but I am THAT excited!

storyqueen said...

Sarah-I am looking forward to September, too...nervously.

Elana-Thanks! And I just saw your new covers...WOW!

Lydia-And it won't be long after that until The Fountain comes out!!

Stina-Well, now that you mention it, I did have a chuckle to myself about that when Beth first told me that Dan Craig was going to do my cover. (And in my mind, since I've never met him in person, he looks like Daniel Craig.) *sigh*

Christina-Oh, thank you! I might have to commission you to make some trinkets in honor of Trinket!

Kelly-Gorg! Ha! I love it.

Laura-That is so nice of you to say!

Corey-Shout it from the rooftops, baby!

JoSVolpe said...

There's our Trinket.

Get ready to shed some tears, guys! This story is so beautiful. It tends to do that sometimes, but in a very good way.

Renee Collins said...

Wow! What a beautiful cover! I love how it has a kind of classical art look to it.

Congrats!!

Hardygirl said...

How gorgeous is that cover!!!??!

And I'm dying to read this book--are you kidding me? "the island of seal people"?? swoon!!!!

sf

storyqueen said...

Jo-Maybe I should have some special tissues made as swag....

Renee-My daughter (the anthropology major) said is was reminiscent of a Byzantine Holy Child Painting :) <3

SF-And an especially lovely comment coming from an illustrator! How long until PbP comes out???

Dawn Simon said...

The cover is gorgeous, and the story sounds intriguing! I can't wait to read it!

Congratulations, Shelley!

Sarah Allen said...

Wow, that is beautiful! I absolutely love love love her hair.

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Susanne Drazic said...

Wow, what a beautiful cover!

Nikki said...

Wow, what a lovely and intriguing cover! This book sounds amazing, too. Yay, you!

Aylee said...

Beautiful!! Congratulations :)

Catherine Denton said...

This is A-MAZ-ING!! I looohuve the cover (and the blurb)! Shelley, this is fantastic and my kind of story (I love a good adventure). Trinket is a fabulous name for her (having a bit of name-envy). And your last line in this post--hilarious (so I followed your lead).
Catherine Denton

Catherine Denton said...

P.S. Would love to have you for an author interview on my blog when it comes out, or whenever, actually.

Margo Berendsen said...

Oh I love this!!! You had me at the moment you said "tattered map" (I'm a map fiend). But island of sea people? ruined banshee tower? Oh my. Love. Love the cover!

Joanne Fritz said...

Wow! That is one impressive cover! And one intriguing blurb. Can't wait to read this book. Congrats, Shelley!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

love it!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I can't believe this happened when I was offline! Woo-hoo! Yay! Huzzah! I'm late but so happy and excited for you, Shelley. I love the cover and can't wait to read Trinket's tales.

Jessie Oliveros said...

I thought I commented on your cover already! It reminds me of the first Ella Enchanted cover. Anyway, I'm excited for your book. I told myself to read more MG since I'm writing one, so yours better hurry up and be published. (Come on, hurry!)

Julie Dao said...

Your cover is EXQUISITE! Congrats! I can't wait to read this!