Interrupting your regularly scheduled “Things I Like Thursday” post for something special.
Some of you may remember that I’ve written a Sam novella called PHOENIX OVERTURE — due to come out September 3. (That’s one month and nine days from now!)
Yesterday, a glorious thing appeared in my inbox. The cover!
This breathtaking and lyrical novella captures a thrilling and momentous decision for a young man and the people he loves. Told from the perspective of Sam, the sensitive musician from Jodi Meadows’s Incarnate series, lifetimes before he meets Ana, Phoenix Overture is a story of love and loss, strength and courage, and facing the consequences of the hardest of decisions.
Phoenix Overture offers existing fans a deeper insight into a favorite character and the intriguing history of Heart, while new readers will find a stunning introduction to this rich world and the romantic, captivating fantasy of the Incarnate series.
In the wilds around the Community where Sam and his family have taken shelter, life is dangerous. Dragons, trolls, centaurs, and other monsters fill the world. The word comes from the council that everyone must leave and journey to rescue their leader, Janan, who has been abducted by a mysterious new enemy in the north. Faced with overwhelming threats that bring death and destruction, Sam and the others reach the northern Range and, reunited with Janan, are given an unimaginable opportunity. Although it would give them the privilege to live and learn and love without fear, the choice is not without its own dire consequences. And lives—though not theirs—are sure to be lost. Just how much are they willing to give up to save themselves?
HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.
I was wondering how the design team would match the beautiful jackets for the novels. Obviously an Ana face wouldn’t work on a Sam novella! Lots of ideas were thrown around, from pianos to forests to birds, but eventually it was decided that a Sam face was needed. (I may have squealed a little bit when I was informed of this development.)
Things I love about the cover:
1. SAM FACE.
2. The phoenix shadow turning into flames.
3. The color gradient on his face (and pretty hair).
4. His pretty hair.
5. He looks like his author kicked him, ruffled his hair, and then kicked him again.
6. The cover is different from the novel jackets, but it’s similar enough that it’s obviously part of the series.
Some questions you may have:
1. What is a novella?
A thing that’s longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. When Harper asked me to write PHOENIX OVERTURE, they said “between 20,000 and 30,000 words.”
2. How long is this one? Tell me in numbers.
PHOENIX OVERTURE is almost 30,000 words — that’s a third the size of ASUNDER (89,000 words), and more than a third the size of INCARNATE (82,000 words).
3. How much is it?
4. Will there be a paper copy of this? What happens if I don’t have an ereader?
Right now there are no plans for a physical version of the novella. (Sorry! I love paper books best of all, too.) Fortunately, you don’t need an ereader to read this. Kindle and Nook have free apps you can download to your computer or smartphone.
5. What else can I do with this novella thing?
You can add it to your Goodreads! You can stare at it. (What I do.) You can tell people about it.
6. Can we see all four covers lined up together?
You know how I feel about showing off my covers.