Monday, March 17, 2014

Cover Buzz: Catherine by April Lindner

Hi guys! Kyendwarrior here:)

I'm super excited to help spread the word for the new paperback cover of Catherine by April Lindner which will come out this August!  Both covers are pretty sweet! The one on the left is the hardback edition and the one on the right is the paperback one. :)

 I'm actually really taking a liking to the paperback edition one.  It's very sweet, and I think couple covers are really cute. :) ( Judging from the summary, however, I don't think this is a cutesy book. lol)  BUT I still do think the first one is pretty great because of that unstoppable confidence the girl radiates and that fog xD.  It's fun to really stare at a cover with fog in the background and find little bits of clues to the book on them. :)

I'm also super thrilled to welcome April Lindner to the blog with a post discussing them both!:) 
Plus, there's a giveaway for an Amazon eGift card! Just scroll to the bottom of this post for details and to enter. :) 

I haven't read this book yet, but it's been on my to-read list since forever! I'm trying to crack down on the amount of books I add to my tbr list, but judging from the 1000 something (and counting) amount of books, I haven't exactly been successful LOL. 

So which one's your favorite ;)?

Info about the book:
Author: April Lindner
Publisher: Poppy
Release date: January 1, 2013 | August 19, 2014 (paperback)
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook


Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad's famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?

Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years -- a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn't die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her -- starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.

Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine delivers a fresh retelling of the Emily Brontë classic Wuthering Heights, interweaving a timeless forbidden romance with a captivating modern mystery.

About the Author

April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, due out in January, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

The Guest Post:

Promises, Promises: Judging a Book by Its Cover
By April Lindner

We’ve all been told that you can’t judge a book by its cover. And yet some of us book lovers can’t help ourselves; there’s nothing like a gorgeous cover to lure us in. More often than not, an enticing cover is the main thing that moves me to pick up a book I’ve never heard of, to start paging through it, giving the first few paragraphs a chance to seal the deal—or not.

So for me the most exciting moment in the whole bookmaking occurs when a book’s future cover appears in my inbox. I click on the thumbnail, and wait breathlessly as the image blooms onto my computer screen. Only then can I imagine my manuscript as a book—on a shelf, or, better still, in the hands of a reader. I know the cover will set the book’s tone. And it will make promises—hopefully the right ones.

All of this explains why I’m so thrilled by the new cover of Catherine’s paperback edition, due out in August. Don’t get me wrong: I love the original Catherine cover. Lush and dramatic, it makes certain promises—ones I believe the book keeps. The elegant model in her kickass stance promises a strong female protagonist. (Actually, the book has two alternating strong female narrators—Catherine and her daughter Chelsea.) And the background, with the iconic Flatiron Building rising up through the mist, promises the book’s Lower Manhattan setting will be as important as its characters. The title typeface—bold and purple—promises a confident, free-spirited heroine—exactly how I see Catherine herself.

But the new paperback cover—already available to readers who download the Ebook-- makes a different set of promises. On it, a boy and a girl hold each other in the shadows of a graffiti-covered underpass. They gaze at each other in rapt wonder, their shoulders, neck and heads echoing the shape of a heart. Secret romance, this cover says. It promises love against the odds. The scene is gritty—less glamorous than the cityscape on the original—but this grittiness befits the book’s main setting, a post punk night club on the Bowery. The title’s typeface is still bold, but its peachy color underscores the sweet and optimistic innocence of this couple’s embrace.

Inspired by the classic romance Wuthering Heights, Catherine is a story of star-crossed love interwoven with mystery. Its soundtrack is the post-punk music played by Catherine’s boyfriend, Hence. And the new paperback cover captures that complex mood exactly, I think. In fact, when it popped up on my computer screen for the first time, I almost swooned. There it was, in front of me: almost exactly the picture I saw in my imagination as I wrote the book.
An author can hope for nothing more than that.

The Giveaway

A $15 Amazon eGift Card to ONE winner.
Ends March 25th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


*Thank you so much to Rock Star Book Tours and April Lindner for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Cover Buzz!:)*


~Jennifer~ said...

I like both covers, but I favor the hardcover more. I like Catherine standing alone - her stance is powerful and confident, and I really like that. The buildings in the background look cool behind her, too.

I'm a new follower - I found your blog through the Sidekick Showcase feature. Nice to meet you! :)

Kyendwarrior said...

That's cool!:)
And hi there!!:) Nice to meet you as well!:)
Thanks for following/stopping by! :)

Kyendwarrior said...

I can't comment on your blog (:() but I want to say I love your pink hair!! It's so pretty, and it looks fabulous on you! ^.^

~Jennifer~ said...

Thank you! I wonder why my blog isn't letting you comment? I might install comment luv soon. I keep saying that - I think I'm afraid of switching, lol.

Kyendwarrior said...

It's not you... it's me LOL
For some reason for the longest time I couldn't comment on blogs hosted on Blogger that used the default comment settings. I don't know what I pressed today, but it got fixed! So I won't be silently stalking people's blogs anymore lol xD