Big post today! I’ve got a title, cover, and flap copy to share, as well as some answers to questions I can already hear you thinking, and then a contest. So stay with me until the end . . . unless you just hate contests. But I don’t think you do.
Warning! The flap copy contains spoilers for INCARNATE. That’s probably obvious, since this is a second book, but . . . Okay. I will stop stalling.
HERE IS THE COVER.
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.
In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.
YAY!!! Amazing and gorgeous, right? So, before you ask questions, I thought I’d answer them for you.
1. What does “asunder” mean?
1. into separate parts; in or into pieces: Lightning split the old oak tree asunder.
2. apart or widely separated: as wide asunder as the polar regions.
2. That’s not a very comforting definition. Should I be worried?
3. Is that the same model from the INCARNATE cover?
Yes! When the photo shoot for the INCARNATE cover happened, they took enough photos for all three books. The same model will be on the cover of Incarnate 3 (aka Ana Notitle), as well.
4. Rose petals! Are rose petals important in ASUNDER, like the butterfly was in INCARNATE?
5. She’s wearing a mask! Will there be another masquerade?
No. No masquerade in ASUNDER. (I told you in INCARNATE that they’re rare.) The rose mask is more metaphorical. You might have noticed that Ana has a tendency to compare herself to things. She hasn’t given that up.
6. So, the rose petals have a purple-blue tint to them. Does that mean–
Yes. That means a certain someone shows up.
(Confused? (Re)Read the first chapter of INCARNATE.)
7. Are the roses purple or blue?
*shrug* What do you think?
8. What else can you tell us about the cover?
The mood, the model’s expression, the rose petals breaking off her mask — those are all important. One of the things that most impresses me about the KT Books art department is how well they capture the essence of my books. While the INCARNATE cover was light and innocent, the ASUNDER cover reflects the slightly darker tone of the second book, and Ana’s growing fierceness.
9. Did you know they were going to use roses for the ASUNDER cover?
Yep. Before the photo shoot, I told my editor the symbols for each book, so the photographer and art department were able to work together to take photos that would complement those symbols. Like the butterfly, the roses have been the plan from the beginning.
10. So you knew all the symbols in advance. That means you know what’s going to be on IN3’s cover! Will you tell us?
Hahahahahahahaha. It’s cute that you think I would tell you. I like you so much. But no. I’m not going to tell you. Feel free to guess, though!
11. When is the release date?
I don’t know. Probably Jan/Feb 2013, but I don’t have a firm date yet.
Now . . . a contest.
This is going to be easy. And what will you win? A pair of handspun, handknit mitts. Not only did I knit these mitts, but I spun the yarn, too. So these mitts are extra special to me, and you should know that very few people have handspun objects from me.
How to win:
1. Take a picture of your cold, mitt-less hands holding your copy of INCARNATE. It can be a hardcover or ebook copy. Just make sure I can see your hands + Ana’s face. If you want to take INCARNATE somewhere special for the picture, that’s fine too. I love seeing how creative you can be!
2. Post your picture somewhere online — Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, your blog — and link back to THIS blog post of mine, that way other people can see the ASUNDER cover and participate in the contest.
3. Come back here and leave your link in the form. You might notice there are four places to enter links. That means if you want to put your picture + link in four places, you may.
4. You have one week. I’ll close the form for new entries at 5pm Eastern on Monday, May 14.
If you don’t know how to get a link to your Twitter or FB post, it’s easy peasy. Just click the “details” button. On Facebook, click the timestamp. Use that link. And if the form isn’t working for you, you might have to come to my website to fill it out. I don’t think it works on other feeds.
Any questions? LET’S HEAR THEM! And if you love the ASUNDER cover (and you should), leave a comment so I can share your love with the designer!