Monday, February 2, 2015
3:30 AM | Posted by Lola Sharp | | Edit Post
I am utterly elated to help share the cover for a book I love (THE ONE THING coming to a bookstore shelf near you in Sept.), written by a person I love: my dear friend Marci Lyn Curtis.
This book, y'all. This book.
Trust me, I predict VERY BIG THINGS for THE ONE THING (Disney-Hyperion, Sept. 8th 2015).
Before I say anything more (and, oh, I will say much more), let's give you the official blurb, shall we? ("blurb" is funny word!):
A soaring tale of life and love, of sacrifice and renewal, and learning to see people as they really are.
Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.
Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.
When Maggie first meets Ben, she thinks she can add crazy to her list of problems. But the precocious ten-year-old isn't a hallucination. Maggie can actually see him. She immediately befriends the kid, desperate for any chance to see again.
It turns out Ben's older brother is Mason Milton, the ridiculously hot lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band. Music is the first thing that has made Maggie feel alive since losing her sight. But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future...before she loses everything she has grown to love.
Okay. Now let me tell you more...
I could tell you how I've read several drafts of this book SEVERAL times and STILL laughed out loud and STILL wept real tears, AGAIN, even when I knew what was going to happen from prior readings.
I could tell you how when you hear publishing professionals use the term "voice", well, THE ONE THING is a dazzling example of a book brimming with voice.
I could tell you how 17-year-old Maggie has so much personality, she feels so real, so distinctly "Maggie", you could never confuse her for any other character in existence. She is riotously funny and flawed and layered and heartbreakingly full of heart.
I could tell you that there's a hot love interest, Mason, and some truly epic romance, because there is. Like, swoony romance that gives you goosebumps yet feels authentic.
But...Ben. Ben Ben Ben. Y'all. Ben has my heart. He's 10 and oozes charm and...we all need a Ben in our life. He feels so real to me, it's like I know him, like I should be able to drive to his house and game with him.
Which brings me to THE (not just one) THING that makes me love this book so deeply: the unlikely but heartwarming FRIENDSHIP between 17-year-old Maggie and 10-year-old Ben.
There's so much more to Maggie's story. This book is special.
But I guess you want to see the cover now, so let's get to it. It's chock full of symbolism...ready?...
I love this cover, a cover that will make so much sense once you read the book. It makes my heart sing because I 'get' all the symbolism and it's perfect. And I love the neon colors and graphic design.
(I can't wait for you to read this book I adore.)
I want you to hear more about the cover and the book right from the author herself, my friend who makes me laugh and eats cheese with me, Marci Lyn Curtis.
|this is Marci. she makes me laugh.|
AND SHE IS HAS AN AWESOME GIVEAWAY going on over there! Aren't these custom earrings fabulous?
Please, click here, and head over to visit Marci and tell her* I say hi (*and that I hope her dog hasn't eaten any unmentionables today) (seriously, tell her that)!
- Lola Sharp
- My name is Lola. (I'm not a showgirl) Yes, L-O-L-A Lola. It's the least of my worries. Let's move on, shall we? This blog is mostly about my misadventures on the journey to publication and beyond. My passion for lush prose, quirky characters, art, music, literature, performing arts and anything creative will be a major theme here. This journey of mine will not always be pretty. Much like rubbernecking a train wreck, I know sometimes you just can't help but look at the carnage that is often my life. So strap on your neck brace, helmet and 5-point harness and come along for the ride! Licentia poetica.
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