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Win-It Wednesday: Just Like Fate (signed!)

just like fateThe lovely Cat Patrick and the glowing Suzanne Young have signed a copy of their collaborative novel, Just Like Fate, for one lucky blog reader! Yay! Here's the summary:

Caroline is at a crossroads.

Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline’s been at Gram’s bedside since the stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape—both her family and the reality of Gram’s failing health. So when Caroline’s best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: Stay by Gram’s side for what might be her final hours, or go to the party and live her life.

The consequences of this one decision will split Caroline’s fate into two separate paths—and she is about to live them both. And though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending…

I for one love the idea of certain events in our lives being fated... unchangeable and meant to be. To enter to win the book, just do the various tasks I've put forward below. I'll choose a winner at random next week!

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Cover Stories: A Need So Beautiful

Suzanne Young's new book, A Need So Beautiful, scored a star from Booklist, which deemed it "a clever and well-written fantasy." It's also got an absolutely glowing cover. She stopped by on her Girlfriends Cyber Circuit Tour to tell us about it:

"I had an idea for the cover, but ultimately it would have been too dark. The idea for this one was there from the start, and I think it really captures the warmth and essence of the book.

"When I first saw the image, I was stunned. I loved it. But it didn’t truly hit me how beautiful it was until I saw the entire jacket and back copy:

"Mostly just the colors changed a bit. I didn’t have anything that I wanted to change, so luckily I was pretty happy. It was very different from my first cover experience. [Read about Suzanne's Naughty List covers.]

"It was a photo shoot. I got to see the model they picked, and even got a behind the scenes photo during the shoot. It was very exciting."

Thanks, Suzanne! Check out the behind-the-scenes photo from the shoot (right)--love that fan hair-blowing effect. Like I said, I'm into the glow, and so much yellow! It stands out for me.

What do you guys think of this cover?

Oh, and here's the lovely trailer.

Cover Stories: The Naughty List by Suzanne Young

TheNaughtyList-hi cover.jpg Suzanne Young is one of the most fun authors around. Proof: She does a dance when she gets a new book contract... publicly! Her latest title is The Naughty List, and here's what it's about (summary from indiebound):

As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn't enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson's the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad-turned-spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn't be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

When Tessa's own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa's sneaky ways end in catastrophe?

And now, here's Suzanne with a little bit about the cover:

"I had a cover idea! I wanted a cheerleader peering over a fence. Or a cheer squad holding spy equipment behind their back. Instead, I got a sneak peek inside a window. It looks great for the entire series.

"Okay, truthfully, I laughed when I first saw the cover. It was way more scandalous than I envisioned. But I had a good friend that promised me it would be a popular cover. I hope he was right.

so many boys.jpg"It is a stock photo and then they really wanted to make something special to tie the series together--that's the window pane (I adore it). It also comes in red and purple!"

That photo is totally risquee -- I think it's the black bra that puts it over the top for me. And, I snooped around and found the cover for So Many Boys, #2 in The Naughty List series (out in June). It's great when a series has such a unifying icon, like the window pane, to ID it. What do you guys think?

PS-Update! Just found Cover #3 on Suzanne's blog: