Friday, June 6, 2014


I'm having a party!
*throws sparkles*

It's a cover reveal party for my debut middle grade verse novel, RED BUTTERFLY!

Here's a short synopsis so you'll know what the book's about:

Kara never met her birth mother. Abandoned as an infant, she was taken in by an elderly American woman living in China. Now eleven, Kara spends most of her time in their apartment, wondering why she and Mama cannot leave the city of Tianjin and go live with Daddy in Montana. Mama tells Kara to be content with what she has … but what if Kara secretly wants more? 

Told in lyrical, moving verse, Kara’s story is one of a girl learning to trust her own voice, discovering that love and family are limitless, and finding the wings she needs to reach new heights. 

And now that you're prepared ... are you curious? 

Is your interest piqued? 

Do you want to see the cover? 

Do you want to meet Kara? 

Here she is!

This piece of amazingness was designed by Laurent Linn (Twitter: @LaurentLinn) at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. The art was done by the incomparable Amy June Bates. Her illustrations for the interior are absolutely gorgeous. Every time I look at her work I think that, if I could draw well, I would want to draw exactly like Amy June Bates. She captured Kara perfectly. I can't wait for you to see the book, to see what a piece of art the team at S&S BFYR made it!

If you're curious about the cover design process, please head over to my friend Krista Van Dolzer's blog (@KristaVanDolzer). She interviewed RED BUTTERFLY's designer, Laurent Linn, and it's an extremely interesting interview (if I don't say so myself). Plus, she's giving away an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of RED BUTTERFLY.

I have other friends helping me celebrate, too! Thank you, Janet Sumner Johnson (@MsVerbose), Melissa Sarno (@MelissaSarno), Myrna Foster (@MyrnaFoster), Vijaya Bodach, Julie Deguia (@JulieDeGuia) and Faith Elizabeth Hough for your enthusiasm and for showing off the cover with me! (I've heard rumors that Janet Johnson might be giving away a pre-order? You may want to scamper over there and check!)

It's a good day for thankfulness! I'm thankful to Kate Testerman (@DaphneUn), my amazing agent, for snatching RED BUTTERFLY out of the fire (I was on the verge of shelving her (the book, not the agent) forever ... but that's another story) and to Christian Trimmer (@MisterTrimmer), my editor, for loving Kara and overseeing this whole process so she could shine. 

Last, but not least, thank you to you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for stopping by to admire my little book's cover! I hope you get to read it and tell me what you think.

One more time, because I love her...

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  1. Beautiful.

    Added it to my Goodreads list. Can't wait to read it!

  2. I just love this cover! I think Amy June Bates captured Kara, too. LOVE her artwork. And CONGRATULATIONS, Amy!! So excited for you. :D

  3. Congrats on the lovely cover! And what an amazing story of how the design came to be (great interview at Krista's blog!). SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! ONE STEP CLOSER TO SHELVES!!!

  4. Oh she's beautiful!!! So excited for you and I can't wait to read it!!!

  5. I already loved it! And now it's official! And I still love it! Plus the book is amazing. : )

  6. I can't wait to see the finished product! The cover is lovely, a perfect match for your writing. :o)

  7. Beautiful, Amy! I can't wait to read it!

  8. It's really lovely. Such an evocative scene and expression of longing on the girl's face. Congrats!

  9. It's such an amazing cover! I love how Kara's in the window, the birdcage in the shadows, and the bright yellow of the wall. Huge congrats!

  10. Amy, it is such a joy and honor to celebrate Red Butterfly with you!!! She's beautiful.

  11. so exciting! can't wait to read it.

  12. Congratulations, Amy! What a gorgeous cover! I'm so happy for you, and I can't wait to read the book!

  13. Lovely. Such wistful hopefulness on her face. Congratulations.

  14. I absolutely love this beautiful cover. I'll be looking for it! Congratulations!