Cover Reveal: THE KEY AND THE FLAME by Claire M. Caterer – Plus Giveaway!

Today I’m super excited to bring you the cover reveal for THE KEY AND THE FLAME – a fantasy for upper middle-grade readers by Claire M. Caterer (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2013). Scroll down to read the synopsis, check out the GORGEOUS cover, and enter to win an ARC from the author herself!

Eleven-year-old Holly Shepard wants nothing more than to seek adventure outside of her humdrum American life. She gets her chance at last when her family travels to England and Holly she receives an unusual gift: an iron key that unlocks a passage to the dangerous kingdom of Anglielle, where magic is outlawed and those who practice magic are hunted. When her friend Everett and brother Ben are captured by Anglielle’s ruthless king, Holly must rescue them. But that means finding—and using—the magic within herself and learning which magical allies she can trust. The Key & the Flame is the first in a brand-new fantasy adventure series for ages 8 and up.

Claire M. Caterer

Claire M. Caterer was born in the Motor City and raised in the suburbs of Kansas City with a large assortment of cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, mice, and other creatures. Her childhood was spent reading about and inventing imaginary worlds.

Claire holds a degree in French from the University of Kansas and spent several years working in publishing in New York City. Today she lives in the Kansas City metro area not far from where she grew up. She shares her home with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a host of imaginary friends. Because she never properly grew up, she spends her time writing the kinds of stories she loved as a child and still loves to this day.

And now for the cover! What do you think? Isn’t it incredible??

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And of course, a cover reveal isn’t complete without a giveaway! Claire was kind enough to donate an ARC of her debut (which I must say sounds pretty awesome) to one lucky winner! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

August 9, 2012



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    Amy Parker

    August 10, 2012

    The cover is so cool! My daughter is now dying to read! Congratulations, Claire!

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    Kit Grindstaff

    August 10, 2012

    Great, classic-looking cover! Can't wait to read this:)

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    August 10, 2012

    This book sounds great and I really like the cover!!

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    August 10, 2012

    Ooh, that cover is awesome!

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    Elsie Chapman

    August 10, 2012

    Claire, I LOVE your cover! It's timeless and fresh at the same time!

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    Holly Bryan

    August 10, 2012

    Oh wow, it IS gorgeous!! I got to your post via a tweet from Meagan Spooner, who said “Man, MG covers are the best. They make me feel all the best things about being a kid all over again.” What a perfect sentiment!! This is awesome and would have been something I'd immediately snatch up as a kid! (and, well, will probably also snatch up as an adult :))

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      Hafsah - IceyBooks

      August 10, 2012

      It IS! I love the font, and that key and well, everything! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

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    Claire M. Caterer

    August 10, 2012

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone! Holly, I feel the same way about MG covers. They make me want to crawl onto a windowseat with my chocolate bar and book and just read all day …

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    August 10, 2012

    I guess if I judged books by their covers, I'd judge this one to be pretty awesome. I love the art work. Can't wait to read it.

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    Deb Marshall

    August 10, 2012

    Very very nice cover…definitely one that will grab the reader!

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    Deb Marshall

    August 10, 2012

    AND–how great does that book sound? Pretty great!

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    August 10, 2012

    Love this cover, and the book sounds awesome!

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    Emma Pass

    August 10, 2012

    Claire, it's gorgeous! Congratulations!!

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    Kristen Kittscher

    August 10, 2012

    Stunning! Congratulations, Claire!

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    Hallie Sawyer

    August 11, 2012

    Congratulations, Claire! It looks awesome! I can't wait to pick it up and read it with my kids.

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    Claire M. Caterer

    August 11, 2012

    I'm so glad to hear that people love this cover! I think it really captures the tone of the book. The amazing cover artist is Karl Kwasny, and you can find more of his artwork at