I have something to show you today.
So a while back, I wrote this book called Landry Park. And then I wrote a sequel to it called Jubilee Manor. Both are books set in a world where the wealthy live in massive estates fueled by nuclear power, and the main character, Madeline Landry, is poised to inherit one of the largest and wealthiest estates in the nation. Of course, nothing is ever that easy, so when unrest erupts among the lowest caste—the Rootless—and a boy who is strangely connected to it all moves to town, she is forced to choose between her destiny as a Landry and her conscience.
When my editor emailed me to show me the paperback cover for Landry Park, I was elated. For one thing, I think it's beautiful—you get to see some of Landry Park itself in the background. The new tagline is perfect. And that dress.
For another thing, and I have to be really honest here, pretty much my absolute favorite part of publishing a book is getting a cover. And I got to get two for Landry Park!
Now for the really good stuff. Because at the same time I got my gorgeous paperback cover, I got my even more gorgeous sequel cover! First, here's a little blurb about Jubilee Manor:
The thrilling conclusion to Landry Park is full of love, betrayal and murder--perfect for fans of Divergent, The Selection and Pride and Prejudice.
In Landry Park, Madeline turned her back on her family, friends and estate to help the Rootless. Now, she struggles to bring the gentry and the Rootless together, despite the prejudices that divide them. But when a gentry heir is slaughtered in the ballroom of Landry Park, even Madeline suspects a Rootless is behind it, putting her at odds with the boy she loves and the very people she's trying to lead.
As more heirs are murdered, Madeline searches desperately for the killer, all while trying to keep the explosive city away from war. Violence and tumult rock through the gentry and the Rootless as Madeline risks everything to find out the truth--even her life.
Jubilee Manor will release August 11, 2015.
And now, here is the cover:
What do you think? I can't stop bouncing happily in my chair as I look at it. The blue swirls remind me of the cherenkov lanterns that are so prevalent in the book, and the crisscrossing pattern makes me think of the atomic symbol and of electrons whizzing around a nucleus. And I love that you can see more of the estate in this picture and get a sense of its scale and grandeur.
And of course, that dress.