International Covers

It’s always fun to see foreign editions. Given that my covers are unique and don’t have a bunch of period appropriate pictures in the Harlequin database, the foreign covers often re-use the art from the US edition, but in the cases where they differ, it’s interesting to see how the stories are marketed to an international audience.

First, perhaps my favorite because of the resemblance to Amy Tan’s latest, The Valley of Amazement, here’s the Australian cover of The Lotus Palace side by side with the US cover. The US is on the left, Australian on the right.

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I also just caught a glimpse of the French cover for Butterfly Swords, re-titled as La Fille de  l’Empereur (The Emperor’s Daughter)

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The French seem to prefer a more mysterious look without a full view of the face. The cover for My Fair Concubine (aka Princesse Imperiale) had a very literary and exotic look. Despite the inaccurate clothing for the period, I thought it very appealing.

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 What do you think? Which covers do you prefer?

Cover Reveal: Wreckless by Bria Quinlan

This is the first cover reveal I’ve been involved with and I’m so thrilled to be able to introduce Bria Quinlan’s debut novel, Wreckless, a contemporary young adult novel that I had the pleasure and honor of reading in draft form. It’s amazing to see a book go through every stage of the process, from drafting and revisions to this final stage of marketing and packaging.

You should know something about Bria Quinlan. We go way back–we made a pact to bite the bullet and enter the RWA Golden Heart contest for the first time in 2008 and angsted over how to label the manuscript, header or no header, read each other’s entries, and then closed our eyes and shipped off the huge box.

Neither one of us finaled.

But we didn’t give up! We also started what has become probably the most important writing relationship I have to this day. Bria is one of two readers who has read every single one of my Tang Dynasty novels. She talks me off the ledge when I’m up there threatening to jump and never write another word again. She’s my voice of reason. She tells me when the writing lags or the characters don’t make sense or when I need to cut 20 pages out of the opening.

When I finaled in the GH in 2010, Bria was the first one I called. When Bria finaled in 2011, she did the same for me.

Bria Quinlan is my girl and this is her debut, which is an awesome story that’s honest and layered and real; it’s funny in parts and sad in others and full of teenage angst and hope.

 
Wreckless_iBooksWRECKLESS by Bria Quinlan
 

 

Wreckless…Where obsession and rebellion collide.

 

Bridget Larson’s never met a rule she didn’t like. Drawing inside the lines isn’t just a way of life – it’s the only way she can make it through the day. And through it all her BFF Leah has stood inside those lines and weathered the unspeakable with her. Then Bridget catches her boyfriend with Leah–and the last thing on her mind is staying safe.

 

Salvation… A bad boy and his jacked up pickup.
Jake Moore was everything she needed and nothing he claimed to be. With one night of freedom and a spontaneously scribbled Rebellion List, Jake leads Bridget down every path she thought was forbidden… And into the one place she’d thought was lost to her forever.

 


Add on Goodreads: Wreckless by Bria Quinlan
For more info: Visit Bria’s webpage

 
Pretty awesome, right?

Wreckless releases end of this week. Stay tuned!