Monday, 13 May 2013

Book Week: Cover Reveal + Giveaway



Hi Folks, Welcome to Book Week
Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Sign-Ups
Hosted by Renee at  http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com/
and  Katie at http://youthlitreviews.com/

We are so happy to be here.


For anyone who has been following my progress, in September 2012 I released my first independently published book on Amazon 



I have had so much fun promoting and interacting with people who have enjoyed my book so now and I am pee pants excited to tell the world, Da Da Dahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the sequel.

"Return To Cardamom"
Description:

Life is sweet for Caramel and things are finally getting back to normal. Well, as normal as it can be for a telepathic elf who can train trees and control computers, but she soon finds life on Cardamom is not all cupcakes and apple cider. A saboteur is hiding in the rainforest canopy, and the elves’ precious cardamom export has been wiped out. Caramel is certain it’s another trick of Alexander222 and her Aunt Isabel, but no one will believe her, and the clock is ticking. She must expose the saboteur in time to save the crop or the Elves of Cardamom will lose their livelihood.Caramel won’t rest until her theory is proven. While she is on the hunt, she makes a shocking discovery, one that will change everything. 

Now just before I reveal it to you, I think you should ponder on my complete and utter lack of talent in drawing, to understand the gravity of how great Dave Blackwell of http://drawshootmove.com  
is. I also told him, "Don't be afraid to make it SHIMMER". He was very afraid after that.

My Version:
Dave's Version:



So there it is folks. Which one do you prefer? LOL
I can't wait to release it so stay tuned and mark it in your diaries, lol  It will be available on Amazon in paperback and kindle edition on  
JULY 17 2013

And now for the Giveaway.
Click on the raffle copter and Enter to win either:
A copy of "Escape From The Forbidden Planet" (paperback or kindle)
An Advanced Review Copy of "Return To Cardamom" (paperback or kindle)
One $30 Amazon Gift card. 
Entries are open World Wide and don't forget to hop around the other links. There are some great giveaways on offer.



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59 comments:

  1. Wow! I totally love the cover Julie! You lucky girl :) It looks amazing! How could any kid resist seeing this on the shelf :) Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Kurt, it means a lot. Cheers Julie

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  2. I like the covers! Very creative!

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  3. Great cover Julie. Best of luck with the launch.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Steve and super excited for you too.

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  4. I love the cover, Julie - and frankly your sketch is a lot better than my original concept scrawl for the first Princelings cover! How about chapter illustrations next? ;)
    Good luck with the launch, and thanks for the Giveaway!

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    1. Aww thanks Jemima. Dave and I are cooking up some illustrations for my next book so stay tuned lol.

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  5. Well, Darling Daughter and I both like your drawing but we definitely see the merit in the awesome cover created by Dave. He did a fantastic job and we are glad the shimmer word didn't scare him completely off. :)

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    1. LOL thanks Cool Mom, can't wait for the next book Caramel #3, it's gonna shimmer lol thanks for stopping by.

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  6. I LOVE the cover! I think it is very eye-catching and would definitely be noticed on the shelf of my classroom library.

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    1. Thanks Karen, very encouraging feedback, cheers Julie

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  7. Hi Julie! Your drawing is at my skill level. It looks like the kids are hanging themselves. Hahaha! I was blown away at what your cover artist did with that sketch. So cool! And, a cool story requires a cool cover. :)
    Thanks for popping in and leaving a comment on Amanda's Books and More!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Christina, its a great hop and I am so glad you like the cover.

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  8. He did an awesome job transforming your sketch. Good luck with your launch! I'll have to check the first one out.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Melissa, we had so much fun with both, cheers Julie

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  9. The cover looks great! And your drawing talent might be better than mine. :)

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    1. LOL Wait till you see my next book ( different to Caramel series) It has chapter illustrations that Dave will have to decipher my stick figures again, lol.

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  10. Love the cover--it is like magic, what an artist can do with an idea (at least you have an idea, and could sketch it. I've been reduced to an inarticulate description of "something sorta like, well. . . ")!
    Rebecca

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    1. LOL I know what you mean and don't worry there was a lot of that which is why I resorted to the stick figure sketch of doom lol. Thanks for stopping by, cheers Julie

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  11. Well-done cover, fun and colorful.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Lisa

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  12. Quirky bookcover!! Love it!! Good Luck with the launch!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Catalina, so glad you like it, cheers Julie

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  13. LOL on the which do we prefer. Nice nice on that cover...and kudos to you for providing the inspiration. You know how to rock a stick figure!

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    1. Thanks Deb, I don't think I'll branch into illustrations just yet, maybe a few more lessons from my toddler first, lol, cheers Julie

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  14. These books look adorable. Perfect for my grandchildren. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Beverly, I hope they enjoy if they get the chance, cheers Julie

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  15. Hi Julie!
    Congratulations! The book looks amazing! How exciting for you. Thanks for taking part in the Children's Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Blog Hop! What fun.:)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Vivian. We are having a ball on the giveaway hop, cheers Julie

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  16. Trying to decide between your version or the artist's version. I'm sorry, hon, but you lose on the book cover design. Love your fun upbeat blog! Best wishes with your new release in July!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, we are just loving this giveaway hop. Hope you have a great book week.

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  17. Hi Julie! I love the new cover! I think your version is stellar :)

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    1. LOL thanks Dena, I do believe it shimmers, well in a monochromatic sort of way, but thankfully there are Dave's in this world.

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  18. What a wonderful children's book Julie Anne. The cover is superb. I love the idea of a telepathic elf who controls computers and trains trees. Kids are sure to love this book. Congratulations.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Wendy, I hope they do. Cheers Julie

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    1. Thanks Ashley, I am very happy with them, and can't wait to do more covers with Dave. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers Julie

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Claire and I hope you enjoy the hop, cheers Julie

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  21. What a superb cover, I am so impressed! You must be so happy with it.

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    1. Thanks Rebecca, Yes I am delighted with them and having a great Book week, I hope you are too, cheers Julie

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  22. Wow good for you! These look so fun! I would love to win! Also wanted to personally invite you to enter my children's book giveaway (I guess I just missed the cut off for this link up)... http://www.doodlesandjots.com/2013/05/14/pages-to-ponder/

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    1. Hi Anne, thanks for stopping by and don't worry, you can link your giveaway in at the kidlitbloghop, it is open all week till next Wednesday, cheers Julie

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  23. So sorry for inviting you since my giveaway is US only (boo!) Maybe some of your readers though.

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  24. I love the cover. It looks like a lot of fun. =) Thank you so much for the giveaway.

    Melissa C.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Melissa, I am glad you like it, cheers Julie

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  25. I love the covers. They look so fun. I understand not being able to draw but you are very good at explaining what you want to your cover artist because he did a wonderful job.

    Thank you for the chance to win.

    Melissa

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  26. I love the cover. It's magic, fun, cute, the colors are great - and the typefaces too.
    And I know what I'm saying, because I design books for a living ;-)

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    1. Thanks Renata, that is really encouraging feedback. Thanks so much for stopping by, cheers Julie

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Sheila. We hope you have a great book week. Cheers Julie

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  28. Cute cover! Looks like a fun adventure!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Pinky, great to connect with you. Cheers Julie

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Tiffany, have a great book week.

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  30. I love the cover! It will definitely stand out :)

    rafflecopter name nicole krutz

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  31. I love the cover, its very eye catching!

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  32. It's a cool cover. I like the artwork.

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