Wednesday, August 10, 2011

And Now I Present to You...IN HONOR!!!

So I have a little something to show you...  

Actually, it's not little.  It's a big thing.  A thing I've been waiting not-so-patiently to share.  It's also a thing I've been wondering about and trying to picture since I started my second novel, IN HONOR.  And now it's real.  It has a blurb, and a release date, and...

A COVER!!!  


And it's a cover that couldn't be any more perfect for this story.  Krista Vossen, designer extraordinaire at Simon and Schuster, is my new hero.  Not only did she manage to visually capture the feel of the story.  She included the one thing I was REALLY hoping for.  Honor's red boots.  They're even on the spine!  Did I mention I have a new hero?

I've mentioned in a few places that this is a road trip book.  It's also a book about love and loss and sacrifice.  And a letter.  And a pair of concert tickets.  And two unlikely travel companions.  And...well here's the official Goodreads blurb:



Honor receives her brother's last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn's celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.

Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn's last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn's best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn't seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn. . . and ruggedly good looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn't. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn--but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?
IN HONOR will be released in May 2012

And just for fun, here's a Road Trip Wednesday post I did a few weeks back, all about the visual inspirations for the book.  It's a sneak peek into soe of Honor and Rusty's experiences along the way!