Cover Reveal: Ten After Closing by Jessica Bayliss

Hi, friends! Welcome back for the fourth (and final) day of Cover Reveal Week here on Pop! Goes The Reader! Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside our control, Kristin Reynolds and I will have to postpone the reveal of her cover for her middle grade debut, The Land Of Yesterday, which was originally scheduled for Friday, until next week. That said, we still have one more exciting cover to reveal today, so let’s get to it! Coming to a bookstore and library near you June 5th 2018 from Sky Pony Press, Ten After Closing is told from the alternating perspectives of Winny and Scott, two teens who become hostages and unlikely allies during the holdup of a local café. The cover of Ten After Closing was designed by Kate Gartner with accompanying illustrations by Ulla Puggard. Please read on to learn more about Jessica Bayliss’ forthcoming release, including the exclusive cover reveal, complete synopsis and a special note from the author about the novel’s origins and inspiration!

Ten After Closing was a book of firsts for me. My first YA. My first thriller. My first time playing with structure (TAC is told from the middle out in diverging timelines). It was the fifth book I wrote, but when I entered it into a writing competition, it earned me my first ever chance to be mentored. And, the best moment of all, when I sent it out to the agents who requested it, Ten After Closing became the first book to result in an agent voice mail on my phone.

Firsts is a great way to think about Winny’s and Scott’s stories in this book. They’re two soon-to-be graduates who are facing the new in life and aren’t quite sure how they feel about that. Even before armed gunmen change everything for them when they enter Café Flores at ten minutes after closing, Winny and Scott are people taking first steps toward becoming different people.

Sometimes it takes the unimaginable to learn who we really are.

But, don’t go away from this note thinking TAC is only about their personal journeys; this book is a strap-in and hold-on-for-the-ride kind of read. From the moment I began plotting Ten After Closing, I had two big things on my author checklist: deliciously tense life-or-death moments and lots of swoony romance. Mission accomplished.

As my debut novel, Ten After Closing still has plenty of first-moments in store for me. Like Scott and Winny, I’m now facing the new and taking my own unimaginable ride. Unlike my characters, though, I know exactly how I feel about it — I’m loving every single minute.

About Jessica Bayliss

Jessica Bayliss is a clinical psychologist by day and a writer all the time. She has been a lover of thrillers, ghost tales, and horror since her days scanning VHS rental shelves—admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers. She also loves to eat, cook, and exercise — in that order — and is a firm believer that coffee makes the world a better place.

Her YA horror novella, Broken Chords (Leap Books), is hot off the presses! Look for her upcoming release, Ten After Closing (Sky Pony Press, spring 2018). For more information about Jessica and about PsychWRITE, her series of courses and workshops for writers, visit:

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Title Ten After Closing
Author Jessica Bayliss
Pages N/A
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
To Be Published June 5th 2018 by Sky Pony Press
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10PM: Closing time at Café Flores. The door should be locked, but it isn’t, Scott Bradley and Winsome Sommervil are about to become hostages.

TEN MINUTES BEFORE CLOSING: Scott’s girlfriend breaks up with him over the phone while he’s in the café’s basement storeroom because he’s late picking her up for the big end-of-the-year party. Now he can’t got to the party, but he can’t go home, either — not knowing his dad will still be in a drunken rage. Meanwhile, Winny wanted one night to let loose, away from her mother’s crushing expectations. Instead, she’s stranded at the café after her best friend ditches her in a misguided attempt at matchmaking.

TEN MINUTES AFTER CLOSING: The first gunshot is fired. Someone’s dead. And if Winny, Scott, and the rest of the hostages don’t come up with a plan soon, they may not live to see morning.

Told from both Winny and Scott’s perspectives, and alternating between the events leading up to and following the hold-up, Ten After Closing is an explosive story of teens wrestling with their own challenges, thrown into circumstances that will test their very limits.

Cover Reveal: Your Destination Is On The Left by Lauren Spieller

Day three of Cover Reveal Week continues on Pop! Goes The Reader today as I welcome literary agent and author, Lauren Spieller, to the blog in order to reveal the cover of her forthcoming 2018 young adult debut, Your Destination Is On The Left! As regular readers are no doubt aware, I have a particular weakness for road-trip stories (In Honor!, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour!), and have been counting the days until the release of Lauren’s, specifically, ever since I first learned of it. Coming to a bookstore and library near you June 2018 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Your Destination Is On The Left tells the story of Dessa Rhodes, a girl whose path has always been shaped by the freedom of the open road, and whose future opens up in new and unexpected ways when her life doesn’t go exactly as planned. The cover of Your Destination Is On The Left was designed by Krista Vossen with accompanying illustrations by Rebecca Elfast. Please read on to learn more about Lauren Spieller’s exciting debut, including the exclusive cover reveal, complete synopsis and a special note from the author about the novel’s origins and inspiration!

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be revealing the cover of my debut YA contemporary today on Pop! Goes The Reader! Here’s a bit about the book and the inspiration behind it:

The idea for Your Destination Is On The Left came to me shortly after I moved to New York in 2014. My husband and I had just hauled a trailer full of our stuff (okay, 75% were my books) all the way from California, and we were reeling from the trip. I was no stranger to long drives — I’d driven from the Midwest to CA and back at least four times during college and grad school — but the trip to New York was by far the longest.

I started to think about how hard it would be to drive for more than a week, which made me think of what is arguably the Original Road Trip — The Odyssey. (Yes, I’m a nerd, why do you ask?). Suddenly my mind was spinning. What if I did a retelling of The Odyssey, but instead of it being about Odysseus, it was about a Greek-American teenager named Dessa? And instead of traveling home after the fall of Troy, she was a nomad, living in an RV caravan, traveling the United States? And what if, instead of battling the monsters of mythology, she was forced to contend with her own personal demons? Before long I was rereading Homer’s epic and researching RV life, not to mention all the wonderful places along Route 66.

Three years later, the book has changed a lot — it’s really more inspired by The Odyssey than it is a retelling — but Homer’s story will always hold a special place in my heart!

After two years of working on Destination, I had no idea what to expect when it came to a book cover. Luckily Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers has an incredible design team, and with the help of my wonderful editor, Catherine Laudone, they came up with a cover I am absolutely IN LOVE with. What you see is East San Francisco Street, which runs alongside the Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico (where my story is set). The street is lined with artist booths, which is a scene taken directly from my book! In fact, I was recently in Santa Fe, and when we turned onto San Francisco Street and I saw the beautiful Cathedral at the end of the street, I burst into happy tears. It was my cover in real life!

About Lauren Spieller

Lauren Spieller is a literary agent who lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she can be found drinking lattes, pining for every dog she sees, or visiting her native California. Your Destination Is On The Left is her debut novel.

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Title Your Destination Is On The Left
Author Lauren Spieller
Pages N/A
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
To Be Published June 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Dessa Rhodes is a modern-day nomad. Her family travels in an RV, their lives defined by state lines, exit signs, and the small communal caravan they call home. Among them is Cyrus, her best friend and long-time crush, whom she knows she can never be with. When your families are perpetually linked, it’s too dangerous to take a risk on romance. Instead, Dessa looks to the future. She wants to be a real artist and going to art school is her ticket to success and a new life. There’s just one problem: she hasn’t been accepted…anywhere. Suddenly her future is wide open, and it looks like she’s going to be stuck traveling forever.

Then an unexpected opportunity presents itself: an internship working with a local artist in Santa Fe. Dessa struggles to prove to her boss — and herself — that she belongs there, but just as she finally hits her stride, her family suffers an unexpected blow. Faced with losing everything that she has worked for, Dessa has a difficult decision to make. Will she say goodbye to her nomadic lifestyle and the boy she loves? Or will she choose to never stop moving?

Cover Reveal: Letting Go Of Gravity by Meg Leder

Hi, friends! Cover Reveal Week on Pop! Goes The Reader continues today as I have the immense pleasure of welcoming my friend, Meg Leder, to the blog in order to reveal the cover of her sophomore young adult novel, Letting Go Of Gravity! I was fortunate enough to read Meg’s debut, The Museum Of Heartbreak, last year and I fell in love with the subtle, insightful, heartfelt story I discovered within its pages. I’ve been looking forward to Meg’s next book ever since and I’m so honoured I’ve been given the opportunity to share a little about it with you today! Coming to a bookstore and library near you July 17th 2018 by Simon Pulse, Letting Go Of Gravity tells the story of twins Parker and Charlie, two individuals whose lives are paradoxically as intertwined, and as different, as two people’s can be. The cover of Letting Go Of Gravity was designed by Russell Gordon and Maggie Edkins. Please read on to learn more about Meg Leder’s forthcoming young adult contemporary novel, 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 Letting Go Of Gravity!

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Staying in the same place for most of your life has its benefits – I knew my hometown like the back of my hand, I was close to my family, and I had a wonderful group of friends I’d cultivated through the years. The downside, however, is that it’s very hard to let yourself be someone else when you’ve lived in the same place your whole life. 

Like my main character Parker, I was always an overachiever: a straight-A student and class valedictorian who got a full scholarship to my university. I expected my time at college to follow suit: everything according to plan. But when I got there, I went through a major bout of depression. Despite having a wonderful roommate, I was lonely, homesick, and filled with a constant sense of dread at having to be in a place that just felt wrong. I felt wrong. 

Ten miserable weeks later, I made the decision to drop out, give up my scholarship, and move home. At the time, I felt like a complete failure. I wasn’t always the bright, shining valedictorian everyone thought I was. I wasn’t the person I thought I was. 

Now, years later, I can see dropping out was absolutely the best thing for me to do. Not only did it eventually lead me to a school that was a better emotional match, it was the first time I made a decision that was mine and mine alone. It can be really hard to forge an unexpected path, to be someone different than everyone around you expects you to be, but it’s also really brave, and making those decisions – the ones that are true to you – can be one of the first steps in really growing up and becoming a person of your own.  

In Letting Go of Gravity, I wanted to look at the ways we let the world define us, and how that can hold us back. And I wanted to explore what happens when you let go of all of that – when you release all your notions about the person you think you are, and start to let yourself wonder about the person you really want to be. 

About Meg Leder

A former bookseller and teacher, Meg Leder currently works as a book editor in New York City. She is the author of The Museum of Heartbreak, the co-author of The Happy Book, and spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Title Letting Go of Gravity
Author Meg Leder
Pages 288 Pages
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
To Be Published July 17th 2018 by Simon Pulse
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Twins Parker and Charlie are polar opposites.

Where Charlie is fearless, Parker is careful.

Charlie is confident while Parker aims to please.

Charlie is outgoing and outspoken; Parker is introverted and reserved.

And of course, there’s the one other major difference: Charlie got leukemia. Parker didn’t.

But now that Charlie is officially in remission, life couldn’t be going better for Parker. She’s landed a prestigious summer internship at the hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology — which is why the panic she’s felt since her Harvard acceptance is so unsettling. And it doesn’t help that her relationship with Charlie has been on the rocks since his diagnosis. 

Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time. 

That she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself.

As an extra, exciting bonus, Meg has been kind enough to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win a signed, advance reader copy of Letting Go Of Gravity! 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: Margot and Mateo Save The World by Darcy Miller

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians, and happy Monday to all of my wonderful readers! As you may have seen me announce on Twitter last Thursday, this week is going to be a very fun and exciting one here on Pop! Goes The Reader as I’ll be hosting a week of cover reveals! Today, I’m so pleased to kick things off by hosting the exclusive cover reveal for Darcy Miller and her forthcoming sophomore publication and middle grade adventure, Margot and Mateo Save The World! I was fortunate enough to have been able to host Darcy’s previous cover reveal for her debut novel, Roll, and I’m endlessly excited that I get to welcome her back to the blog today! Coming to a bookstore and library near you July 3rd 2018 from HarperCollins, Margot and Mateo Save The World tells the story of sixth graders Margot Blumenthal and Mateo Flores, who suddenly find the weight of the world on their shoulders when they’re forced to juggle a looming geometry quiz, dress rehearsal for the school play, and an alien slug invasion! All in a day’s work, right? The cover of Margot and Mateo Save The World was designed by Katie Fitch with accompanying art by Aaron Blecha.

A few weeks before I started writing Margot and Mateo Save The World, my husband, Ben, and I had lunch together at a sushi restaurant. We ended up being seated next to a young girl and her mother. The girl, who was about nine years old, had blue-streaked hair, gold flash tattoos, and was ordering eel for lunch. I was completely in awe of her. This girl had more confidence in her little finger than I did in my entire body. And, suddenly, I knew who my next book was going to be about.

Like the girl from the sushi restaurant, Margot, the main character of Margot and Mateo, is utterly fearless. She’s strong, and curious, and brave, and determined. She can execute a near-perfect headlock, make an omelet in the traditional French style, and recite the alphabet backward. She’s the girl I wish I could have been when I was her age, and I’m so excited for readers to meet her and Mateo.

I’m also thrilled to finally be able to share the cover of Margot and Mateo with everyone! Aaron Blecha, the artist, did an incredible job of capturing Margot and Mateo, right down to the blue streaks in Margot’s hair and the vintage Ferrari sunglasses perched on Mateo’s head. I honestly could not love this cover more; everything about it is just so awesome and eye-catching and exciting. I’m pretty sure it’s the coolest cover in the world!

About Darcy Miller

Darcy Miller is the author of Roll. She lives in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, with her two children and librarian husband. Their cat, Jeffreys, deserves his own sentence. Their kitten, Stompy, does not.

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Title Margot and Mateo Save The World
Author Darcy Miller
Pages 224 Pages
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
To Be Published July 3rd 2018 by HarperCollins
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What would you do if one morning you discovered slug-like aliens had invaded your town and were infecting the townspeople one by one?

A) Suit up and take out the aliens myself, of course!
B) Tell the nearest adult right away.
C) Who has time for alien invasions? I have a geometry quiz to cram for!

Well, it doesn’t matter what you’d do, because this story isn’t about you. It’s about Margot Blumenthal and Mateo Flores, two 6th graders who — on the same day they’re supposed to make their stage debut in the school play — stumble upon a huge, massive, earth-shattering plot to take over the world.

Margot and Mateo have a choice to make: should they take their geometry quiz? Go to dress rehearsal? Or should they try as hard as they can, with the help of a visiting scientist, to…gulp…save the world?

Darcy Miller’s second novel is an exciting and incredibly funny tale that contains: action, adventure, an unlikely friendship, alien slime, and salt. Lots of salt.

The Writing’s On The Wall: Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

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 Everything Must Go
Author Jenny Fran Davis
Pages 416 Pages
Target Audience Young Adult
Genre & Keywords Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Published October 3rd 2017 by Wednesday Books
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Flora Goldwasser has fallen in love. She won’t admit it to anyone, but something about Elijah Huck has pulled her under. When he tells her about the hippie Quaker school he attended in the Hudson Valley called Quare Academy, where he’ll be teaching next year, Flora gives up her tony upper east side prep school for a life on a farm, hoping to woo him. A fish out of water, Flora stands out like a sore thumb in her vintage suits among the tattered tunics and ripped jeans of the rest of the student body. When Elijah doesn’t show up, Flora must make the most of the situation and will ultimately learn more about herself than she ever thought possible.

Told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Jenny Fran Davis’ Everything Must Go lays out Flora’s dramatic first year for all to see, embarrassing moments and all.

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I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Little Sisters Studio 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!