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LARKSTORM Cover Reveal

“Larkstorm” by Dawn Rae Miller, cover art by Sarah Marino

You are now one of the first people on the planet to see the cover of Dawn Rae Miller’s debut young-adult novel “Larkstorm.” When the characters and epic love stories of this book are famous, you’ll be able to say you saw this glimpse of the cover first – yeah, that’s right, you saw it even before this hauntingly beautiful image hit the presses. Pretty rad, eh?

I don’t know about you, but I get so engrossed in novels and their worlds that I feel as though a loved one has just died the moment I reach the last page. I’ve found that if I don’t keep a new book lined up on my nightstand to take its place the moment a novel or (worse!) a whole series ends, I get consumed by a sea of mourning for the dear friends I’ve just left behind. This intangible gloominess brought on by the phantom limbs of book characters can last weeks or even months if I neglect to lose myself in a new world of fiction, but I’m pleased to say I’ll be getting lost in “Larkstorm” when it hits bookstores on December 27, 2011 (if you have a digital reader, you can score the e-book even earlier on December 6). What’s better, “Larkstorm” is a trilogy, so there will be two more novels for us to lose ourselves in come spring and fall of 2012. Here’s a little snippet of what to expect from the first book of the series…

“In the years following the destructive Long Winter, when half the world’s population perished, the State remains locked in battle against the Sensitives: humans born with extra abilities. As one of the last descendants of the State’s Founders, seventeen-year-old Lark Greene knows her place: study hard and be a model citizen so she can follow in her family’s footsteps. Her life’s been set since birth, and she’s looking forward to graduating and settling down with Beck, the boy she’s loved longer than she can remember. However, after Beck is accused of being Sensitive and organizing an attack against Lark, he disappears. Heartbroken and convinced the State made a mistake, Lark sets out to find him and clear his name. But what she discovers is more dangerous and frightening than Sensitives: She must kill the boy she loves, unless he kills her first.

Are you as excited as I am to read this series? What do you think of the cover? When reading a new novel, do you picture characters the way they look on their book covers, do you paint your own images of them in your mind, or do you envision the actors who will eventually play them in movies? Do you also feel an emotional attachment to the people and places of novels the way I do, and do you feel a sense of mourning when a good book ends? I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment.

Psst: You can learn more about “Larkstorm” on GoodReads, Dawn Rae Miller’s blog, or by following dawnraemiller on Twitter. You can also explore the artwork of Sarah Marino on her illustration-packed website. Don’t forget to spread the love and follow Coté Writes on Facebook and Twitter, my darlings!

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  • Reply ellie October 27, 2011 at 8:34 am

    How cool is that! The cover is beautiful, so cool to see it first! I know what you mean. At the end of a great book its almost like I’m losing a friend!

    Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂

  • Reply dawn October 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Thanks, Jennifer for hosting the reveal today! Great post!

  • Reply Meta Musings October 27, 2011 at 10:44 am

    what a beautiful illustration and cover!


  • Reply S October 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

    It seems so interesting, and the graphic on the cover is super cool!

  • Reply Jennifer R. Coté October 27, 2011 at 10:58 am

    So glad to hear you can relate to my crazy emotional attachment to book characters, Ellie. 🙂

    Dawn, thank *you* for letting me reveal the cover to the world here!

    Meta Musings and Miss S, I could not agree with you more about how fabulous the cover art is! The phrase that keeps coming to mind for me really is “hauntingly beautiful.” 🙂

  • Reply Maria @ Orchard Bloom October 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Jennifer!

    Thanks for tipping me off to your reveal. I love this cover design and the story sounds super interesting. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for it come December. I also go through the exact same mourning when I finish a book. If only book didn’t have to end 😉

  • Reply kristina@beancakes ★ October 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    hey cote ~ wow, this cover art is truly beautiful and looks very intriguing!! i will make a note of it for when it comes out!! {i’m currently looking for new reads} and yes, i am like you in that i do feel sad when i finish a book, and i think it is because i tend to lose myself in the story and hence feel like i know the characters. this is also true with movies, but more so with books. but i am so excited to read this jennifer!!! and how awesome that you got to post it!! {i feel special ;0}
    xx ~ kristina

  • Reply Jennifer R. Coté October 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I’m so happy that you like the cover design, Maria! I had a feeling you would. 😉 I’m with you 100% in wishing that certain books would never end, btw. 😉

    Kristina, I’m sure the cover artist would be so thrilled to know a talented graphic designer such as yourself is a fan of this book cover. 🙂 Like you, I seem to always be looking for new reads. (Sometimes I’m in the mood for certain types of books, so I always like having a few options on hand for when I finish up a novel or a series.) I also feel a much stronger emotional attachment to book characters than to movie characters. I think this is partially because we spend more time with book characters, but it’s also because novels really let us into characters’ internal worlds, whereas movies are all about the external stuff. Thank you so much for reading as always, my dear! 🙂

  • Reply letizia October 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

    the cover is beautiful ! If I see it here in Barcelona I will definitely buy it !

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté October 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

      I’m so glad to hear you like the cover, Letizia! Perhaps I will have to send you a copy when it comes out in the states. 😉 Hope you’re having a marvelous weekend!

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