Cover Reveal: Ambriehl Khalil – Coins In The Coffee Cup

Happy Funday Friday! What a FUN day it is today. What are your big plans for the weekend? Are you reading, writing, playing in the snow or making everyone in the snow get jealous as you lounge on a beach?

Today we’re revealing the cover for Australian debut author, Ambriehl Khalil and her LGBTQ YA novel, Coins In The Coffee Cup.

You can catch up with Ambriehl on twitter – @ambriehlkhalil

Since her title is YA, we wanted something youthful and had inspiration from a variety of YA novels that took the world by storm in the last ten years.

Here are the covers we didn’t choose:

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There was one more, but it wasn’t pretty. We’re just going to act like it didn’t exist.

Don’t forget that launching soon is our Author Services Department at French Press Bookworks. If you like one of these covers, let us know and we’ll reserve it for you. Otherwise, you can shop our Covers That Weren’t for a banging cover on a budget!

Now, for the cover that will be….ready?

Coins In The Coffee Cup: Final Cover    Author Ambriehl Khalil Publisher French Press Bookworks - www.frenchpressbookworks.com

This cover features artwork from AlexVector. At first we submitted a brighter yellow green, and while we didn’t love it, we loved how the two boys look like coins.

Ambriehl loved it as well and knew this was going to be her cover, we just needed some font changes and to get rid of that shocking green. Let’s admit it, it probably wouldn’t look good in print anyway.

So chat with us, which one is your favoriteand what do you think of the final selection? Leave your thoughts in the comments for a chance to win an ARC of Ambriehl’s book when it releases!

Funday Friday: Cover Reveal – The Before Now and After Then (again)

We heard you, we heard you!

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You didn’t like the cover for The Before Now and After Then.  You got it, but you didn’t like it.

We know.  We got it, and well, we knew something had to be done to it.  I could try to explain that cover but….is it even possible?  Let’s try. Music is a central piece to the book, which has actually been the subject of debate.  However, Danny’s parents are aging punk-rockers, he grows up on certain music, he exchanges the infamous mix tape (To the boy with the cool hair…) with Rusty, and they have the adorable date in the record store.  It shows their youth, it symoblizes many important moments and the generation gap between Danny and his parents that doesn’t stand in their way.   Even Danny’s best friend, Cher, is named after a musician and has lyrics painted on her floor.

The green is the color of Rusty’s backpack, and some of you loved it, some of you hated it.

All in all, we’ve gone through around 30+ cover comps.  WHAT!?  30?! Yeah.  Why?  Because our authors mean the world to us and so does their satisfaction.  We want to give them what they want and sometimes, we don’t really know what we want.  There were a few covers we all liked, we slept on it, and all woke up in the morning not being satisfied and knowing more had to be done.

For fun, we want to show you some of the covers that didn’t make it next Monday and open up a discussion about cover design.  It IS important, it DOES matter, and boy oh boy did we get that first cover wrong!

In the mean time, feast your eyes on the new cover of The Before Now and After Then and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Much love,

The Pen Name Publishing Crew

We love teasers on launch day!

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Growing up is terrible, isn’t it?

How many of us have had this exact same thought – why did I ever want to grow up?

Peter’s book is now available in 170 countries in digital and hardback.  Wherever you buy your books, if you don’t see it in the available shelves, ask the awesome manager to order it for you and they can accomplish this with a few swift clicks in their database.

 

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It’s a Teaser!

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Do you remember the exact moment you first saw your first crush?

That heart pounding, butterfly inducing, blushing feeling that overtook every ounce of your will to act normal?

Danny plays it cool, much cooler than we could have, but boy oh boy, did he fall hard.

Can you blame him?

Peter’s book is now available in 170 countries in digital and hardback.  Wherever you buy your books, if you don’t see it in the available shelves, ask the awesome manager to order it for you and they can accomplish this with a few swift clicks in their database.

 

Or, if you’re in to instant gratification, here are a few links for you:

Amazon.com

Barnes And Noble

Kobo

iTunes