Cover Reveal: Things Jolie Needs To Do Before She Bites It by Kerry Winfrey

Happy Monday, everyone! Well, October has certainly been a month of cover reveals here on Pop! Goes The Reader, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have been given the opportunity to share one, final reveal with you this October. Coming to a bookstore and library near you July 10th 2018 from Feiwel & Friends, Things Jolie Needs To Do Before She Bites It is the sophomore release of Kerry Winfrey, a HelloGiggles contributor and the author of the 2015 YA contemporary, Love and Other Alien Experiences, which was recently selected as a Junior Library Guild Fall 2017 selection. Kerry’s latest novel tells the story of Jolie, a teen who is set to undergo a procedure to correct her mandibular prognathism (underbite) but, afraid she might die during the procedure, creates and subsequently attempts to complete a list of things she would like to do if/before she “bites it”. As regular readers of the blog may already be aware, I’m a huge fan of Kerry’s work, from her charming former project, A Year of Romantic Comedies, to her debut novel, Love and Other Alien Experiences, which I have both reviewed and created wallpapers for in the past, both of which can be seen here. I’ve been looking forward to her next book ever since finishing her first, and I’m so honoured I was asked to help with today’s reveal. The cover of Things Jolie Needs To Do Before She Bites It was designed by April Ward with accompanying art by Victor Bregante.


About Kerry Winfrey

Kerry Winfrey grew up in Bellville, Ohio, where she spent most of her time reading inappropriate books at the library. Not much has changed. She is the author of Love and Other Alien Experiences and the forthcoming Things Jolie Needs To Do Before She Bites It. Kerry has written for HelloGiggles and many other websites. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, their son, and their dog, Merlin. When she isn’t writing she can be found watching romantic comedies and making way too many baked goods.

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When I was in high school, I had an underbite. It meant years of braces and orthodontist/oral surgeon appointments and truly awful palate expanders (if you’ve had one, YOU KNOW). But mostly it meant a profound sense of discomfort with my appearance. I couldn’t wait for a surgery that would “fix” me, because I saw my underbite as an imperfection that was stopping me from being lovable, beautiful, and normal.

I’ve wanted to explore the whole experience in fiction for a long time. Jolie isn’t me, but she’s a lot like me. She’s confident that surgery will make everything better…and also like me, she’s afraid she’s going to die while under the knife.

But unlike Jolie, I didn’t create an elaborate plan to kiss my crush before I went into surgery. Instead, I spent the night before my surgery going to a Ben Folds concert and eating at Arby’s, which is…let’s just say NOT the stuff of compelling fiction.

Things Jolie Needs To Do Before She Bites It is about best friends, sisters, amateur low-budget musicals, the ridiculousness of beauty standards, terrible movies, podcasts, attending childbirth classes when you’re not the one having a baby, and those TV shows where surgeries go wrong. Oh, and Applebee’s. And some kissing (duh).

I’m very grateful for the amazing cover from art director April Ward and artist Victor Bregante. Those neon colors really pop, don’t they?



Title Things Jolie Needs To Do Before She Bites It
Author Kerry Winfrey
Pages 256 Pages
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
To Be Published July 10th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
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Jolie’s a lot of things, but she knows that pretty isn’t one of them. She has mandibular prognathism, which is the medical term for underbite. Chewing is a pain, headaches are a common occurrence, and she’s never been kissed. She’s months out from having a procedure to correct her underbite, and she cannot wait to be fixed.

Jolie becomes paralyzed with the fear that she could die under the knife. She and her best friends Evelyn and Derek decide to make a THINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT (WHICH IS SUPER UNLIKELY BUT STILL IT COULD HAPPEN) list. Things like: eat every appetizer on the Applebee’s menu and kiss her crush Noah Reed.

Their plan helps Jolie discover what beauty truly means to her.

Kerry Winfrey’s heartfelt and humorous novel takes a real look at how we perceive beauty.

Cover Reveal: The Land Of Yesterday by K. A. Reynolds

Hi everyone! Today is a very special day here on Pop! Goes The Reader. I’ve been working behind the scenes for a couple of weeks now with author Kristin Reynolds on the cover reveal for her 2018 middle grade debut, The Land of Yesterday, and I think I can speak for both of us when I say we’re extremely excited to finally be able to share it exclusively with you here today! Coming to a bookstore and library near you July 31st 2018 from HarperCollins, The Land of Yesterday tells the story of Cecelia Dahl, whose entire family is devastated in the wake of her brother’s death, and who must venture into the Land of Yesterday in order confront the ghosts of their collective past in an attempt to help her family better navigate their grief. The cover of The Land of Yesterday was designed by Helen Musslewhite. Please read on to learn more about this heartfelt and touching middle grade debut, including the exclusive cover reveal, complete synopsis, a special note from the author about the novel’s origins and inspiration and a chance to win a signed, advance reader copy of The Land of Yesterday from the author!


About K. A. Reynolds

K. A. Reynolds is a poet and writer from Winnipeg Canada currently residing in the wilds of Maine. Her superpowers include: Monty Python references, risqué madlibs, and saving spiders from certain peril. When not madly typing, daydreaming, or caring for the elderly, she enjoys laughing, smiling, apologizing (and other favorite Canadian pastimes), swapping bad jokes with her numerous offspring, herding various furry beasts, and reading strange and colorful tales expertly crafted by other imagination astronauts in love with words.

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The first thing I remember writing was my new name at six years old. My mother had recently married my step-father. We’d just moved. I was lying on my stomach in the basement of our new house, one province away from family, friends, and home. I have such a clear memory of putting pencil to paper, of trying his last name on for size and really wanting to get it right. He wasn’t a good man, my step-father. And I didn’t want his name. But my mother was right there beside me, helping me spell my new title and navigate my new life. So, even though things were scary, everything was still okay. Because I still had her.

The next thing I remember writing was when I was seven. It was a letter I wrote to my mother on the floor of that same basement after she died. Her death was sudden. Tragic. My step-father’s fault. I wrote her to ask why she left me and if she would please come back from heaven. I made an envelope for my letter and threw it to the ceiling of the basement hoping she’d catch it. I completely believed she’d catch it. But she didn’t of course, and that letter went answered.

I remember crying so hard with my face in the hideous red carpet — sobbing and shaking for so long, wishing my tears would wash me away. I wanted to be where my mother was, not left alone inside a real-life nightmare with the man who became my monster. And though I don’t remember what happened to that letter, I’d like to think it found its way into my heart for safe-keeping. For the day I was finally ready to sit down and write this book.

Those first pieces of writing were the truest things I’d ever written until I wrote The Land of Yesterday. Not only does this story hold my heart, but the dark and magical desert of ghosts I’d been searching for since writing my mother that note all those years ago. I am forever indebted to The Land of Yesterday‘s heroine, Cecelia Andromeda Dahl, for finding me at just the right time: on my knees, ready to give up writing forever. When I handed her my mother’s letter, she knew just what to do with it.

I’d also like to thank everyone reading this small story of myself now. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Now, without further ado, I’m thrilled to present the cover for The Land of Yesterday! It was created by the brilliant and otherworldly, Helen Musslewhite, paper artist extraordinaire. I’d been dreaming of this book cover for so long, in my mind, I knew just how it should look. And I swear to you, I couldn’t have imagined anything more perfect than this. Thank you, Helen, for bringing Cecelia and a bit of her world to life. I couldn’t be happier with all you’ve done!

Ahhh, I’m so excited! Okay, here it is…



Title The Land of Yesterday
Author K. A. Reynolds
Pages N/A
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
To Be Published July 31st 2018 by HarperCollins
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After Cecelia Dahl’s little brother, Celadon, dies tragically, his soul goes where all souls go: The Land of Yesterday. And Cecelia is left behind in a fractured world without him. Her beloved house’s spirit is crumbling beyond repair, her father is imprisoned by sorrow, and worst of all, her grief-stricken mother abandons the land of the living to follow Celadon into Yesterday.

It’s up to Cecelia to put her family back together, even if that means venturing into the dark and forbidden Land of Yesterday on her own. But as Cecilia braves a hot air balloon commanded by two gnomes, a sea of daisies, and the Planet of Nightmares, it’s clear that even if she finds her family, she might not be able to save them. And if she’s not careful, she might just become a lost soul herself, trapped forever in Yesterday.

As an extra, exciting bonus, Kristin has been kind enough to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win an advance reader copy of The Land of Yesterday! The prize will be distributed once ARCs become available. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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The Writing’s On The Wall: Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Writing’s On The Wall is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I create desktop wallpapers inspired by some of my favourite novels, authors, and literary quotes.

Title Beasts Made of Night
Author Tochi Onyebuchi
Pages 304 Pages
Target Audience Young Adult
Genre & Keywords Fantasy
Publication Date October 31st 2017 by Razorbill
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Debut author Tochi Onyebuchi delivers an unforgettable fantasy adventure that powerfully explores the true meaning of justice and guilt. Packed with dark magic and thrilling action, Beasts Made of Night is a gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and Nnedi Okorafor. In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts — lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a member of the royal family, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves — and his own life.

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I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Vintage Voyage Design Co., GK Vector and Connary Fagen Type Design whose clipart and/or fonts I purchased, edited and used in the creation of this wallpaper!

Now it’s your turn! What would you like to see made into a desktop wallpaper next? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

Don’t forget to visit all the wonderful stops along Beasts Made of Night blog tour for a variety of reviews, interviews, and much, much more!

Week One:
October 23 – Pop! Goes the Reader (You are here – Hi!)
October 24 – Alexa Loves Books
October 25 – Boricuan Bookworms
October 26 – Afire Pages
October 27 – YA Wednesdays

Week Two:
October 30 – One Way or An Author
October 31 – YA Bibliophile
November 1 – Chasing Faerytales
November 2 – Icey Books
November 3 – Across The Words

Week Three:
November 6 – A Page With A View
November 7 – The Royal Polar Bear Reads
November 8 – Xpresso Reads
November 9 – YA and Wine
November 10 – Brittany’s Book Rambles

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on October 23, 2017 and 12:00 AM on November 13, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about November 15, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Cover Reveal: The Looking Glass by Janet McNally

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! Today I am absolutely thrilled to welcome someone I admire a great deal both personally and professionally, young adult author and my dear friend, Janet McNally! Janet is no stranger to Pop! Goes The Reader, having generously shared her writing on the blog before in events like Her Story 2016, ‘Tis The Season 2016 and Her Story 2017. Today, Janet and I are collaborating once again to share with you the cover of her sophomore 2018 young adult release, The Looking Glass! Coming to a bookstore and library near you August 14 2018 from HarperTeen, The Looking Glass tells the story of Sylvie Blake, who is left to uncover the truth behind her sister’s, Julia’s, sudden disappearance though she is left with little but inexplicable visions and strange, mysterious clues regarding her sister’s whereabouts to guide her. The cover of The Looking Glass was designed by Jenna Stempel with accompanying illustrations by Hsaio-Ron Cheng. Please read on to learn more about Janet’s mesmerizing sophomore release, including the exclusive cover reveal, complete synopsis, a special note from the author about the novel’s origins and inspiration and a chance to win a signed, advance reader copy of The Looking Glass from the author herself!

The Looking Glass includes many of my favorite things: dance, sister stories, road trips, and fairy tales. Plus quirky boys and Stevie Nicks, just for good measure. I feel a lot of kinship with my narrator Sylvie, and I wanted to explore what it feels like to love someone struggling with addiction, the way it can pull a family apart and put it back together differently.

There’s also the fact that I was a dancer for years, and I’ve always wanted to write a book about ballet. I knew this one wasn’t going to take place in the studio, though. I was willing, like Sylvie, to follow this story wherever it took me, rogue bluebirds, random princesses, sidewalk foxes, and the rest of it. I love the idea of a beloved book’s fairy tale magic (maybe) escaping into the real world. Actually, I love any story that lets us question what’s real.

This cover is as lovely as I had hoped (wait till you see the whole jacket!). It was designed by my favorite cover designer, Jenna Stempel, and illustrated by the fantastic artist Hsaio-Ron Cheng. You must check out the rest of their work. Pure magic.


About Janet McNally

Janet McNally is the author of the novel Girls in the Moon, as well as a prizewinning collection of poems, Some Girls. She has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and her stories and poems have been published widely in magazines. She has twice been a fiction fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts. Janet lives in Buffalo with her husband and three little girls, in a house full of records and books, and teaches creative writing at Canisius College.

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Title The Looking Glass
Author Janet McNally
Pages 288 Pages
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
To Be Published August 14th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Girls In Trouble.

That’s what Sylvie Blake’s older sister Julia renamed their favorite fairy tale book, way back when they were just girls themselves. Now, Julia has disappeared — and no one knows if she’s in trouble.

Sylvie is trying to carry on Julia’s impressive legacy at the prestigious National Ballet Theatre Academy, turning fouettes until the spinning in her head can be blamed on ballet alone. But Julia, ever the star of the show, can’t stay hidden forever. And when she sends Sylvie a copy of their old storybook with a mysterious list inside, Sylvie begins to see signs of her sister everywhere she goes.

She may be losing her grip on reality, but Sylvie has to find out if the strange, almost magical things she’s been seeing — a figure in a red cape walking a wolf; a silver shoe abandoned by a fleeing girl in blue — have anything to do with Julia’s whereabouts.

With the help of her best friend’s enigmatic brother and his beat-up car, Sylvie sets out to the beat of a Fleetwood Mac playlist, determined to return to New York with her sister in tow. But what Sylvie doesn’t expect to learn is that trouble comes in lots of forms — and that the damsel in distress is often the only one who can save herself.

As an extra, exciting bonus, Janet has been kind enough to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win an advance reader copy of The Looking Glass! This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and the prize will be distributed once ARCs become available. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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Cover Reveal: Across The Dark Water by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Happy Monday, friends! As regular readers of Pop! Goes The Reader are no doubt aware, there are few things that bring me greater joy than the wonder and whimsy of a fun middle grade novel. You can therefore imagine my delight when I was recently contacted by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of the four book Guardian Herd middle grade series with HarperCollins, to ask if I could host the cover reveal for her next novel, Across The Dark Water. Coming to a bookstore and library near you May 1st 2018 from HarperCollins, Across The Dark Water is the first book in Jennifer’s new series, Riders Of The Realm, which can be seen as a continuation of or companion to Jennifer’s previous work. The book jacket of Across The Dark Water was designed by Erin Fitzsimmons and Catherine SanJuan with accompanying illustrations by Vivienne To. Please read on to learn more about this truly magical story, including the exclusive cover reveal, complete synopsis, a special note from the author about the novel’s origins and inspiration and a chance to win a signed, advance reader copy of Across The Dark Water from the author herself!

Hello everyone at Pop Goes The Reader! I’m thrilled to share the cover of my latest book with you today.

Riders of the Realm #1, Across The Dark Water, is inspired by my other middle-grade series called The Guardian Herd. While this series is complete at four books, I didn’t feel finished writing about my characters!

So, I decided to follow a small herd of pegasi who fly across the Dark Water Ocean to seek safer lands. But when they arrive on a new continent, they encounter humans (Landwalkers) and other dangerous creatures.

What I enjoyed about this book was adding a human point of view. 12 year-old Rahkki Stormrunner is so much fun — he’s thoughtful and clever, but he’s also being forced to grow up fast and this sometimes overwhelms him. His favorite animals are the tame pegasi of his clan. When his people capture two wild mares from the refugee herd, Rahkki wants to befriend them, especially the silver pegasus named Echofrost.

But Echofrost doesn’t want to be befriended or tamed! I enjoyed showing the clash of cultures between these two intelligent species. What the humans call “taming”, the wild pegasi call “enslavement”. And when Echofrost tries to explain to the clan’s domesticated pegasi that they are slaves, they are offended!

It was interesting for me to explore the complex relationships between humans and their animals, along with the differences between love and dependence. Toward that end, I threw in some major conflicts with the local giant hordes to encourage the humans and wild pegasi to consider working together — but by choice, not by force.

With one human and one pegasus point of view, readers will have a front row seat to understand both sides of the story!

My publisher asked for input on a cover concept, and I suggested the scene pictured, but that was months ago. Since then, I’ve sat back and waited, having no idea what the final product would look like. When my editor emailed it to me, I was stunned! I love the artistry, the color pallet, and the razor sharp lettering. I think this cover is a perfect representation of what readers will find inside the book: high fantasy, adventure, an exotic world, and flying horses, of course! I would like to thank the incredibly talented artist Vivienne To, and the book jacket designers, Erin Fitzsimmons and Catherine SanJuan.


About Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez received a degree in English literature from UC Berkeley. She is an active horsewoman, a volunteer for U.S. Pony Club, and a proud mother of three children. She’s also the author of the Guardian Herd series, fantasy novels starring wild pegasi. Jennifer draws on her lifelong love of animals when writing her books and when she’s not at her computer, Jennifer can be found riding her beloved mare Maddie. She lives on a small ranch in Northern California with her husband, children, and more than her fair share of pets. To learn more about Jennifer’s Winged Universe of novels, play herd games, and meet the pegasi, please visit: TheGuardianHerd.com

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Title Across The Dark Water (Book 1 in the Riders of the Realm series)
Author Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
Pages 448 Pages
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
To Be Published May 1st 2018 by HarperCollins
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A new and exciting fantasy novel — the first in a trilogy — from the imagination of Guardian Herd series author Jennifer Lynn Alvarez. Perfect for fans of Lisa McMann’s Going Wild, Brandon Mull’s Wild Born, or Erin Hunter’s Warriors series.

Deep in the jungles of the Realm, the Sandwen clan live amongst deadly spit dragons and hordes of warring giants. But with their winged battle horses, they manage to keep their people safe.

Twelve-year-old Rahkki is a stable groom for the Riders in the Sandwen army, taking care of his brother’s winged stallion. The Sandwens believe they have tamed all the wild pegasi in their land, and turned them into flying warhorses. But when a herd of wild steeds flies over their village, Rahkki and his clanmates are stunned.

Meanwhile, a small herd of pegasi have journeyed across a treacherous ocean to settle in a new, and free, land. Led by Echofrost and Hazelwind, the Storm Herd steeds are unaware of the Sandwens. But when the unthinkable happens, Echofrost and the rest of Storm Herd will have to come to trust the Sandwens, or both may not survive.

As an extra, exciting bonus, Jennifer has been kind enough to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win a signed, advance reader copy of Across The Dark Water! This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and the prize will be distributed once ARCs become available. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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