And now you get to see the totally awesome cover of Faking Normal:
Designed by Laura Lyn DiSiena
Three Reasons to LOVE the cover:
1. It’s beautiful.
2. It tells a story without words.
3. Have you seen the awesome paper cut trees???
Check out the summary for Faking Normal:
Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.I am loving the book more and more with that very intriguing summary! What do you guys think? Good huh? I think so too!
At school, nobody sees the scratches or her pain. The only person she connects with is the mysterious Captain Lyric, who writes song lyrics on her fourth-period desk for her to complete. With pencil marks and music, Alexi carves out a comfortable space for herself as she and the Captain finish each other’s songs – words on a desk feel safer than words spoken aloud.
But when Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend who understands her better than anyone. He has secrets of his own and knows all about suffering in silence. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally speak up.
With her powerful, moving debut novel, author Courtney C. Stevens emerges as an extraordinary new talent to watch.
Faking Normal will be released from HarperTeen on February 25, 2014. Yes, this is earlier than the date listed on Amazon.
About the author:
Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor and a former youth minister. Her other skills include playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and being an Olympic torch bearer. Faking Normal is her first novel.
Dearest readers and fellow bloggers and book readers, let's help spread the word on Faking Normal by placing it on the radar of readers, bloggers, reviewers, and you know … people who like to win stuff.
You stand to win some awesome stuff, trust me. Not convinced? Check out the list Courtney provided below.
The winner receives:
- A signed ARC of Faking Normal
- A hand-painted cover rock by Court
- Signed postcard
- Silicone “Channel Your Brave” bracelet
Since hand-painted cover rock isn’t usual book swag, a little background on it. In Courtney's little family, they paint rocks for significant events. She currently has three different book rocks that someone in her family made. One for when she got an agent, another for when she went out on submission, and finally one for when Courtney sold Faking Normal.
Courtney thought it would be cool if she shared the tradition with one lucky winner by making a cover-inspired rock.
|Oh my gosh it looks so pretty!|
(You might also be interested to know the bottom of the rock contains a spoiler: some of the first lyric quotes written by the main character and her Captain Lyric.)
Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter below.
(U.S. only. Giveaway ends July 8, 2013.)
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And Courtney and I would love if you would add Faking Normal to your Goodreads shelf and pre-order Faking Normal on Amazon.