Monday, October 6, 2014

Krista's cover! ...and Gymnastics News

Last week, my good buddy Krista revealed the cover for her gorgeous MG debut, THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING. 

I am in love with this cover! What do you think? I'm so excited for this book to come out. I got to read an early version, but I know Krista has worked on it a ton since then.

Here's the blurb from Goodreads:

Twelve-year-old Ella Mae Higbee is a sensible girl. She eats her vegetables and wants to be just like Sergeant Friday, her favorite character on Dragnet. So when her auntie Mildred starts spouting nonsense about a scientist who can bring her cousin back to life from blood on his dog tags, Ella Mae is skeptical—until he steps out of a bio-pod right before her eyes.

But the boy is not her cousin—he’s Japanese. And in California in the wake of World War II, the Japanese are still feared and despised. When her aunt refuses to take responsibility, Ella Mae and her Mama take him home instead. Determined to do what’s right by her new friend, Ella Mae teaches Takuma English and defends him from the reverend’s talk of H-E-double-toothpicks. But when his memories start to resurface, Ella Mae learns some shocking truths about her own family and more importantly, what it means to love. 

THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING will be out in May of next year. In the meantime, you can pre-order wherever books are sold.  


In other news, I leave with my daughter Anna for Texas on Friday so she can participate in National Gymnastics Testing at the Olympic Training Center. Exciting times! Please pray for us, that we have peace and safety in our journey, and that Anna stays healthy and uninjured for testing. THANK YOU!

Anna and her teammates. She's far right. 


  1. The book and cover sound wonderful and I'm praying for a safe and wonderful competition/testing.

  2. Krista's book sounds amazing! I need to read it. And prayers coming your way! Best of luck to Anna. What an exciting thing!!

  3. That book sounds fantastic...such n an incredibly interesting story! Wow to your journey!!!! Just wow, how exciting and nerve wracking and hand of luck!!!

  4. Lovely. Is this middle grade fiction? it seems to be the day for cover reveals - I revealed mine for my novel over on my blog too! :o)

  5. The cover is lovely - congratulations to Krista!

    Best wishes for your exciting journey - I know you will have an amazing time! Please pass along hugs and love to Marta and Bela - HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!?!?!? lol Enjoy!

  6. Okay, now that is an intriguing cover. Just love it! Congratulations to Krista!

    The Olympic Training Center ... how exciting! Take loads of pictures.

  7. Cool cover! CONGRATS to your daughter and her teammates!

  8. Hi Amy .. good luck to Christa - fun cover; while many congratulations to your daughter for getting to Texas for the Olympic Training Centre - good luck all round .. cheers Hilary

  9. Thanks for sharing the cover, Amy! I love how it turned out.

    How did Anna's testing go?!