Friday, August 23, 2013

Immagica COVER REVEAL + Giveaway

The clocks in the US are ticking past the midnight mark into August 23rd, and it's time to reveal the cover for my next book:


I'm really excited about this project. I wrote Immagica back in late 2011 and it was one of those stories that just flowed out of my fingers. It even got a full manuscript request from Random House, but they declined publication. I'm just as passionate about this story as I am about my angels and vampires, so earlier this year I pulled it out of the drawer, dusted it off, and gave it a face-lift.

I hope you like the cover as much as I do. I think I'm actually in love with it.


Immagica wouldn't look so awesome without the help of the most amazing illustrator on the planet, and possibly on every other planet that exists or has ever existed (and the ones that we don't know exist). Lawrence Mann is indescribably awesome. He went above and beyond what I expected, and the first time I saw Rosaline brought to life, I almost cried. I originally had a very different vision for this cover, but Lawrence was able to gently steer me in the right direction, and expertly pluck the right information from my brain. He is very patient, and extremely easy to work with. Lawrence gave me the feeling that he loves my book just as much as I do. Make sure you check out his other work, and if you need an illustration for you next project, I highly recommend him. You can stay up to date with what Lawrence is doing on Facebook and twitter.


Title: Immagica
Author: K. A. Last
Genre: YA Fantasy/Adventure
Expected Date of Publication: November 2013
Word Count: approximately 66,000
Cover Illustration: LawrenceMann.co.uk
Cover Designer: KILA Designs





Book Blurb:
Immagica…
Where anything is possible, but not always controllable.
Enter at your own risk.


The night before her fifteenth birthday, Rosaline Clayton receives an amulet from her deranged father. He tells her she must find the book, and begs her to save him. Rosaline is used to her father not making any sense, and she dismisses their conversation as another of his crazy rants.

Rosaline and her younger brother, Elliot, find the old, leather-bound book tucked away in their Nana’s attic, and it sucks them into its pages. They land in a magical world where anything is possible, but when Rosaline and Elliot are separated, the only thing Rosaline wants is to find her brother and go home.

The creatures of Immagica have other ideas. Rosaline befriends a black unicorn, two fairies, and a girl named Brynn, who are under threat from a menacing dragon. Rosaline discovers she is bound to Immagica in ways she doesn’t understand, and the fate of this magical world rests entirely on her shoulders.

Giveaway:
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Excerpt:
The book flew open and a gust of wind whipped my curls around my face. The pages riffled back and forth before coming to a halt, open at the first page. This was getting a little weird. I was about to slam the book shut when words began to appear of their own volition, right before our eyes.

“Um, Elliot. Can you see that? Or am I as crazy as Dad?”

“I can see it,” he whispered.

Immagica, the place where anything is possible,
but not always controllable.
 
Enter at your own risk.

“What a load of crap,” I said, picking the book up. The new line of text flickered gold and pulsed, on then off, then on again, like a flashing, neon sign. I gingerly picked up the corner of the page and peeked under it to the next, but it was blank.

“How do we enter?” Elliot asked, leaning into me and staring at the book.

“Why do you keep asking me all these questions? You’re here, you know as much as I do.”

“You’re older, and always acting so much smarter than me,” Elliot said. I poked my tongue out.

“That’s real mature.” He rolled his eyes.

“Oh, so you’re Mr Maturity now you’re a teenager.”

“Sometimes I’m more mature than you!”

While we argued, we were oblivious to what was happening. The book riffled its pages again, and another gust of wind hit our faces. Before we knew what was happening, the golden glow exploded from the book and sucked us in. That’s the best way I can describe it. One minute we were in my room, surrounded by my grandmother’s elegant interior decorating, and the next we were enveloped with gold light.

At first I felt Elliot beside me, but then he was gone. The light was warm, like a soft, fuzzy blanket. Then the ground hit me in the face. It was hard and rough. The force of my landing knocked the wind out of me, and I tumbled over myself before coming to a halt on my back. Above me was an azure sky dotted with fluffy, marshmallow clouds. I turned my head and spotted the book lying closed on the ground a few metres away. I tried to move to retrieve it, but it took a few moments before I could roll onto my side and get to my knees.

When I finally managed to stand, I took in my surroundings with wide eyes. The sky may have been blue, but the ground was dirty charcoal. Lumps of gravel mixed with sand and dead grass. It stretched on, and on, nothing but barren wasteland no matter which way I turned. The only break in the landscape was where the horizon met the sky.

A lump of fear rose in my throat. Where was Elliot?

I didn’t know where I was, and I was completely alone.

K x

4 comments:

  1. This is a great cover! The gold in it is very eye catching. Good luck with it!

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    1. Thanks Janeal, and thank you for stopping by :-)

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  2. Wow, that cover is amazing, so...alive! It's great you got a full manuscript request from Random House, even if it didn't bear fruit. You obviously loved writing this novel and that will show. Putting this on my to-be-read list!
    Alexandrina :)

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    1. Thanks Alexandrina :-) I do love this book, and I'm looking forward to getting it out into the world. Thanks for stopping by.

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