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M9B Friday Reveal: Cover Reveal for Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson with Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals


Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!

This week, we are revealing the cover for

Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson

presented by Month9Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!


“Where shall I start?” asked Minotaur.

Ovid made an expansive gesture with both hands. “Where else but the beginning of course.”

Minotaur nodded his huge head. “Yes,” he said. “Yes,” his eyes already glazing over with the weight of thousand year old memories. And then he began.

So begins the story of Asterion, later known as Minotaur, the supposed half bull creature of Greek legend. Recorded by the famous Roman poet, Ovid, Asterion tells of his boyhood in Crete under the cruel hand of his stepfather Minos, his adventures with his friend, Theseus, and his growing love for the beautiful Phaedra.And of course what really happened in the labyrinth.

This is the true story of the Minotaur.

add to goodreadsMinotaur by Phillip W. Simpson
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Month9books



Phillip W Simpson

Phillip W. Simpson is the author of many novels, chapter books and other stories for children. His publishers include Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, Cengage, Raintree and Oxford University Press.
He received both his undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and his Masters (Hons) degree in Archaeology from the University of Auckland.
Before embarking on his writing career, he joined the army as an officer cadet, owned a comic shop and worked in recruitment in both the UK and Australia.
His first young adult novel, Rapture (Rapture Trilogy #1), was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for best Youth novel in 2012.

He is represented by Vicki Marsdon at Wordlink literary agency.

When not writing, he works as a school teacher.
Phillip lives and writes in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. He loves fishing, reading, movies, football (soccer) and single malt Whiskeys.

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Cover Reveal: The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

Hi guys!

Agency sister, Cassie Mae has a brand new book, THE REAL THING coming out August 19, 2014 by
Random House Flirt.

I will let her tell you about it all in her own delightful words. Take it away, Cassie!

So, this book… it’s about this girl.
And she loves her online time.
Her phone is her buddy.
And her favorite app is her Kindle, because she also LOVES to read.
Read a lot.
Then there’s this boy.
He’s best friends with this bookworm girl.
He sort of has a thing for her.
But, he’s also got major anxiety.
And isn’t sure how to make a move.
So when they end up rooming together for the summer, this guy tries to get this girl to put the screen away long enough for him to win her over.
But of course, it’s not easy to unplug. Especially for an internet junkie.
Hmm… that girl sounds pretty familiar 😉
And here’s the hawt cover for it!
And here’s the actual blurb, and not my picture version 🙂

Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.
When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.

About Cassie Mae 🙂
Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestsellers REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND and HOW TO DATE A NERD, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

Cover Reveal: Night and Day by Emi Gayle

Cover Reveal 

Night and Day by Emi Gayle

Check it out!

Emi Gayle has written a novella, a spin-off of her awesome YA trilogy, The 19th Year.


  Night and Day is due out February 14th!


Something is wrong with Suze. His memory, his magic, even his muscles have all gone mental. If he’s not careful, the underworld’s version of the loony bin may be his next stop.

Not ready to give up the goat yet—if he had one he didn’t eat that is—Suze sets out to stop the mystical mayhem. Unfortunately, this isn’t a fairy tale, and Suze isn’t Snow White felled by an apple waiting for a kiss. Nor is he Prince Charming.

Nope, he’s just Suze. A destroyer demon stuck without the one person who probably kept him sane for the last eighteen years. Mackenzie Thorne. Or, maybe, just maybe, Mac made him insane, and what was once wrong is now right.

The only thing Suze is sure of—maybe—is that he needs to find the cure. However, with boy wonder memory-less and Mac in California, he’s not even sure where to start.

Of course, once he does figure it out, everything will fall into place like a well designed set of dominoes. Where the path leads, though, is a place Suze never would have expected.


How cute is that cover?

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Jonathan Lister Crossroads Cover Reveal!

       Monday, April 22, 2013


A Demos City Novel by Jonathan Lister

Release Date: November 4, 2013

Target Reader: Adult, Thriller/SuspenseWerewolf

Back of the Book

Werewolf. Bar bouncer. Dad. Standard traits for any self-respecting, reformed criminal, living under the radar in Demos City. For Leon Gray, normal is what he wants—for himself and his not-yet-changed teenage daughter.

Playing bodyguard to crusading reporter David Hastings would totally ruin Leon’s peace, especially since Hastings has hired killers on his trail, pros who know how he takes his espresso in the morning, and where Leon lives.

The payoff, though, would fill up Shauna’s empty college fund, and in a battle between opportunity and ordinary, money wins. He just has to keep Hastings alive long enough to cash the check.

If only he didn’t have to save his daughter, too.

As a budding wolf, she’s piqued the interest of a local pack Alpha—one Leon knows will steal Shauna right out from under him the first chance he gets.

Leon isn’t about to give up on his daughter or Hastings, and will fight for both longer than it took Demos City to see werewolves as equals to humans.

He can only hope it doesn’t take a thousand years.

Jonathan Lister

Jonathan Lister is a full-time writer with work appearing in outlets of USA Today, The Houston Chronicle and many others. A graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, he’s waited an unspeakable amount of tables en route to having the career he wants, and the ability to the tell stories he loves. Crossroads is Jonathan’s first book-length work of fiction. He currently lives in the Philadelphia area and continues to drink too much coffee.





I can’t wait to check out this book! What about you?

*NOTE: This is an adult novel.

Picture Perfect

Today, I want to brag about friend and artist Francisco Etchart  the young man that did the cover for my debut novel Crux.

Buddy and talented writer J.A. Belfield  emailed me and suggested I blog about the road I traveled ( along with my publisher J Taylor)  to find the perfect cover for my book. Ha! Little did I know, Franciso had already put this collage together illustrating the steps we went through to get to the finished product.

And here it is!!!

Francisco Etchart    Artist | Professional | Digital Art     From:   Argentina

I wish I had kept every email. I didn’t, but I think you’ll get the idea. Fransico was so patient as we worked to get the cover right. Some of our emails went like this:


Hello Julie!

I know that you are in a hurry with the cover right now, so I will do my best.

Taking the sketch #3 as base I worked on a more elaborated sketch. Take a look
at the attached files. There you can see the original drawing, my idea for the
amulet and a sketch for the cover finished. I think that I could add some
celtic window/door in the background instead of the hero, don´t know if you
will like it. I like this idea because the background is really dark and I can
play with the contrasts. I would like to hear your opinion on this. Also, I
designed the amulet according to your instructions, but I don´t know if it is
really what you have in your mind. If you have more specific concepts, just
tell me. If you like it as it is, perfect! In the finished illustration, it
will be glowing between the blonde hair. What color do you have in mind for the magical stone? As details, I put a piercing/ring in the girl´s nose, probably
you like it 😉

That´s all for now. I hope you like it. Obviously the finished work will be
much more cool than these sketches.



Julie to J Taylor:

I like drawing # one.  Do you like these?

Regards, Julie


J Taylor to Julie Reece

I love picture 01 … but (there is always one, right?) Grey seems too ‘in focus’ if you know what I mean. I kinda expected him to be behind the windows because right now he’s like this thing in between Birdie and the Window which means he has no ‘purpose’. If he were behind the windows, then it would add mystery. As it is, he’s plunked in between.

It’s really hard for me to describe, but it has to do with depth and perception of depth. He’s perfect from a ‘Grey’ perspective, I just think his placement is off. Make sense??


Otherwise, I think we’re 99% there. 🙂 It’s great, really. We just need to properly position Grey. 🙂


Julie to Fransico:

Did you get the notes from my publisher about the book cover I sent? Sorry, we’d like to make some changes, but I just want you to know I love your work.  In the end, if my publisher won’t go for your drawings, I will still pay you and use the picture on my website. Hopefully they will like it fine now, maybe you have a better idea of what they want. Have a good day.

Regards, Julie



Francisco Etchart to Julie Reece

Hello Julie! Take a look to the new amulet and tell me if you like it. Of course that this is just a sketch. I tried to include all the elements you wanted: water, fire, wings and fangs.
I hope you like it.



Fransico to Julie:

Hello Julie!

First of all, did you like the girl and the amulet?

Second, I added more details to the sword, Grey´s head and hair and his right fist, so I hope you like it now.

As you recropped the image, the structure of the window is almost out, so I decided to do another version (number 05) where I nudged a little the window, maybe you like it.

When you have the final version of the cover with the text, I would like to see it.



J Taylor to Julie:


Grey looks wonderful. 🙂

Took me a while to see what he meant by ‘nudge’ the window. 😉 Looks like he scooted it down vertically. I prefer 04 in that case because we don’t want that frame to show at all.

If you’re happy with 04, I’m happy with 04 and we can call the imagery done. 🙂 We’ll work on the rest of the content very soon.

Can you get that release from him for version 04? 🙂


Fransico to Julie:

Hi again!

Well, I think it´s done. I added lots of little details to make it look real. I
really hope you like it. The whole picture is bigger than the front cover so
your designer will have to crop it. I did it on purpouse because the printer.

As you can see, I did different versions: “01” is warm colors (the
real ones), “02” is more blueish (just in case you like them) and
“03” is the cover how I would do it, cropped that way and with that
kind of letters, some spiky and rusty text. I know that your designer will do
it, but I just wanted to see how it would look.

You didn´t see any sketch about Grey so I hope you like how I made him in that
pose and with the sword. Personally I have to tell you that I love this
picture, the lights from behind through the celtic window, the little glowings
everywhere and especially the face of the girl.

I will wait for your comments and I hope you like it, and to your editor too 😉
and use it for the book, of course.


Fransico to Julie:

Hi Julie!

I have read all the notes and I guess I am going to have the full color version finished for tonight. Now, just for your eyes, I let you a preview from yesterday when I started with the colors. The current drawing is much more advanced and almost finished right now but I have to do some final touches tonight.

I hope you like it 😉



Julie to Fransico:


Picture is wonderful! Here is a copy of the release, please sign and return. Can you scan it or something to get it to me? Thanks!



Of course, when I put the artwork in my site I will link it to your site and Taylor Publishing. Thank you so much for chose me between so many artists in the net.

About the release, what is exactly to you the “release”? Sorry for my English, it´s not perfect and sometimes I don´t know some words or expressions. And “release” has many meanings. Just in case, I am sending again the contract (as an image and Word) and the final picture.


Note: Isn’t he so cute? I love the accent.

J Taylor:

Thoughts? I used the blue in the pendant for the title and your name because we need a color that is complementary (brown or yellow will not show well). 🙂


And that’s it! Some of the back and forth between artist, writer and publisher. This was so much fun to work together from concept to finished product and the beautiful result all lies on Fransico’s wonderful shoulders.

He is amazing! See more of his work here:



I love my cover. Everyone has different taste because covers are art. Which leads me to this question … what draws you to a book cover? Which are your favorites? Leave me a comment and tell me, I’m dying to know!