Monday, August 4, 2014

COVER REVEAL - Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello

Title: The Empress Chronicles
Author: Suzy Vitello

When city girl Liz is banished to a rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control. She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval. The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons. But all of this changes in one historical instant.

One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own. Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love. But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.

When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria.

It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own...

Can you judge a book by it's cover?
by Suzy Vitello

Thanks for being part of my cover reveal party! I’m particularly excited about the cover for The Empress Chronicles (out September 4th! Pre-order now!) because it’s an excellent representation of the themes, tone and mood of the book. Plus, it’s beautiful, right?

I thought I might share three other covers of books in the contemporary YA lit genre that I find particularly amazing:
 Why? Look at the subtle asymmetries. The one green eye. Half the nose hidden by font. The color is eerie and mysterious, but stays true to the contemporary feel. The ice crystal overlay is incredible.
PRETTY AMY. Why? The prom dress juxtaposed with the graffiti/bricks. Perfect, don’t you agree? The image conveys: Prom night gone wrong, which is exactly what happens!

IF I STAY. Why? In this case, I think the book’s success is in part, due to the intriguing cover. It’s a girl who looks dead, but not dead. It’s such a question, isn’t it? How can you see this cover and NOT pick it up, right?


As a founding member of what the Oregonian has dubbed Portland’s “hottest writing group” (members include Chuck Palahniuk, Chelsea Cain, Lidia Yuknavitch, Monica Drake and Cheryl Strayed), Suzy’s name has graced the acknowledgement pages of many a book. Her own award-winning writing has appeared in a bunch of journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA from Antioch Los Angeles, and when she’s not writing novels, does freelance copywriting and editing. RAISING CHEER is her debut novel. Suzy lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Kirk, and son, Carson. Find out more on 

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