I can’t believe this day has crept up on me! Almost every month this year I have a secret manuscript slotted to read, but they aren’t to review. No, these darlings are for upcoming books slotted to publish this coming year, and I get the privilege of Cover Designing for them. There’s just something so special and rewarding, working with my Authors.
And since I designed this cover it also means I get to take you on another Behind the Design!!!
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Publisher: Filles Vertes Publishing
Book Title: Dreamwalkers
Author: Leslie Rush
Cover Design: Jena R. Collins/ JRC Designs/FVP Artist & Cover Designer
Genre: YA Speculative & Magical Realism
Between working in her mom’s Tarot shop and trying to graduate before her nine-year-old genius brother beats her to it, Vivian Night Hawk has only one escape from her tiny New Mexico town: the ability to control her dreams, a gift she inherited from her Apache father. But lately that control is slipping, stranding her in a nightmare that seems to follow her even when she’s awake.
When she finds a jacket she suspects belonged to her dead father, Vivi steps beyond her usual lucid dreaming and discovers the electrifying secret of Dreamwalking—the power to control the dreams of others. But with it comes a deadly menace: a top-secret CIA plot that threatens her brother, Brian.
Sought out by fellow-dreamwalker Lucas, who is convinced their fathers are still alive, Vivi ventures deep into Dreamland to find a way to protect Brian. As the bond between Vivi and Lucas ignites, the conspiracy linking them together closes in, and Vivi must unlock the darkest power of all–a power that begins with her father’s quiet words:
Walk with me.
Y’all here’s a special excerpt from Chapter 1!
clever disguise. The magic was hidden, but I would find it.
shakes his head.
“That dream again?”
this one coming until it’s too late.
plops onto a chair to dig into the cereal.
with high school before he’s twelve.
Brian spies my paint box. “Are you finishing the sign today?”
my dreams. No math required.
menace in the New Mexico desert.
“You can’t wear that shirt.” Brian’s eyes narrow.
“Yes, mother.” I check my backpack for gum.
“She’ll make you cha-ange,” Brian sings through another crunchy mouthful.
“Bet she doesn’t—and you don’t have any money anyway.”
“Bet you five Macaroonies she does.”
attack in stick form. Yum.
more of these cat tails?”
Remember the Spaceman Sticks?”
and vitamin-chocked taste was too gross even for the eight-year-olds.
“Okay,” he sighs, putting the cat tail back in my bag. Just in time.
inappropriate at 7:00 a.m. without even using her magic powers.
to work there a few days a week instead of just Saturdays.
be coming today. Jewelry and probably clothes from Santa Fe.”
outside pocket. As I pass Brian, I flick my finger on the back of his head in farewell.
“See ya, Brainiac.”
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