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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Cover Stories: Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala

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Our own Holly Cupala's debut novel, Tell Me a Secret, is out! Hooray! I've been thinking about this book since I first saw what I've come to call "The whisper cover." Very hot.

Here's Holly with the back story:

"I don't think I had a cover in mind as I was writing, though I did have a clear picture of what the characters looked like--especially the bad-girl older sister, Xanda, and what her younger sister might look like. And of course, the love interest (Kamran, a.k.a. the super hot sci-fi guy). So when my editor asked if I had any ideas in mind, I sent a bunch of pictures!

The bad-girl older sister, Xanda, kind of looked like Courtney Love, circa 1992 (left).

"I originally envisioned Miranda to have blond hair, but I think I took the hair color refs out so that any girl could imagine herself in Rand's shoes. I thought of her as having a kind of mysterious, haunted look--did you ever see The Virgin Suicides?
I always thought of the palette of my book as having that kind of aesthetic, kind of "good girl gone bad" in dreamy, washed-out tones (right)....

Read the rest of Holly's Cover Story at melissacwalker.com.

PS- Don't forget, Holly's virtual tour is EVERYWHERE. Here's the schedule (leave comments on each post for a chance to win prizes.)


Lorie Ann Grover said...

Here's to Holly's awesome cover! Woohoo!

holly cupala said...

Thanks for posting, Melissa! I do feel like I lucked out with the cover. They did a great job!

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