PITY ISN’T AN OPTION by Jessica Brooks – Cover Reveal and Giveaway

You may or may not have noticed – I’ve started designing book covers. And Jessica Brooks just happens to be my first client (read: victim). It was a bit of a challenge – it couldn’t be too ‘girly’, because it’s a dual POV, and it couldn’t be too bright, because it’s set in a hopeless dystopian-ish world. Anyway, here’s the synopsis. Scroll down to check out the cover (and let me know what you think!) and enter to win a copy of her debut – open internationally!

Seventeen year-old Jonas Norton is trying to come to terms with what his blood disorder has robbed from him, including his two most favorite things: basketball, and competing in Hatchet Racket, Wanless’ annual hatchet-throwing contest. The facts that his father works constantly to pay for his blood tests and Jonas can actually see the disappointment in his eyes for being such a failure only make matters worse. And even worse than all of that? Jonas’ own twin brother, Micah, is perfectly healthy and becoming quite the basketball player. Also, Hattie, the girl Jonas has loved for forever? She has no idea how he feels.

Sixteen year-old Hattie Akerman lives down the hill from Jonas. Though her father, Heath, tries to hide his lack of mental clarity behind the bottle and she’s pretty much given up on having any kind of relationship with him, she would still rather her younger sister, Lucy, not have to deal with the consequences of his behavior. Hattie helps her mother by baking food to sell at Market and looking out for Lucy. No matter what the rest of the town says about her crazy father, Jonas sticks up for them. He is, by far, her very best friend.

As if things aren’t complicated enough already, Heath and Micah are unexpectedly drafted into President Kendrick’s army (an army from which no one ever returns) just days before Thanksgiving. When Heath disappears instead of arriving at the Meeting Place to check in, Hattie and Jonas decide they’ve had enough, and take matters into their own hands. And though nothing could have prepared them for what happens next, Hattie and Jonas learn that hope can be seen in every situation. You just have to know where to look

Jessica Brooks

Jessica resides with her husband of over fifteen years, three awesome daughters, and a plethora of pets in Central California, where fog, frost, triple-digit heat and various items of produce arrive bountifully, depending on the season. She has an affinity for both coffee and owls, and loves to connect with fellow readers and writers on most social networks like Goodreads, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also connect with her on her blog, My Thoughts Exactly.

Jessica writes both young adult and adult fiction. PITY ISN’T AN OPTION is her debut novel.

And now for the cover! What do you think?

Here are Jessica’s thoughts on the cover:
This cover represents the book so well–more than Hafsah even realized when she designed it!

The overall theme of Pity Isn’t An Option is just that–when you’re trying to deal with what you’ve got to survive, it isn’t an option. So the color scheme matches how I saw Jonas and Hattie’s town of Wanless perfectly; it’s dry and dull and lacking color (but still beautiful!).

Both the wheat and bird are appropriate for a few different reasons:

First, Jonas has a dream about being in a field of wheat. The wheat whips at him, cutting his skin, and eventually turns into words representing all the things he wants to control but is unable to. In fact, at the end of the dream, he sees the resolution to his current problem, but isn’t yet at a place where he “gets it”.

Second, in part two of the book, Hattie and Jonas embark on a journey to find her father. Being as the setting is in the Central Valley of California, this is something they would definitely see while walking from town to town (as well as the occasional trees you see in the background). Near the beginning of their journey they are met by a flock of crows and, unbeknownst to them, the crows are actually an omen of things about to happen.

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And now for the giveaway! Jessica was kind enough to donate a copy of PITY ISN’T AN OPTION to two lucky winners – one international and one US/Canada resident! 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.



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    March 6, 2013

    From reading the synopsis, I think you did a fabulous job!!

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    Becky B. (Bibliognome)

    March 6, 2013

    Awesome job on the cover, it looks really good. :)

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    March 6, 2013

    I like the cover. The barren, dirt road fits the dystopian novel so well and yet the cover feels like it could be about almost anything.

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    March 6, 2013

    Awesome job Hafsah :) I already knew you had a big talent for designing.. everything.

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    Leigh Ann

    March 6, 2013

    LOOOOOOOVE IT!!! Hafsah, what an incredible job! It really is the perfect balance of desolation and hope, and that font treatment looks sooooo menacing! Great work, and congratulations Jessica! Can't wait to read this one!

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    Lisa B.

    March 6, 2013

    This cover is beautiful! And the book sounds fantastic!

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    ᘛ ᗰᗩᎶᎥᘓ ᘚ

    March 6, 2013

    Beautiful cover!!

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    March 6, 2013

    Nice job, Hafsah! I love the font treatments. Congrats to both of you!

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    March 6, 2013

    FANTASTIC job on the cover! It looks great, and I think it matches the book's description quite well. :)

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    Nayeli Cervantes

    March 6, 2013

    I think you did a fabulous job on your first book cover and as well as many other covers.

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    Bookluvrs Haven

    March 6, 2013

    I love the cover! Simple and powerful, and I think that it goes really well with the synopsis of the story.

    Lily @ Bookluvrs Haven

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    March 6, 2013

    Gorgeous :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Jenna Christy Matalam

    March 6, 2013

    Gorgeous cover! You have a talent Hafsah! Well, of course you have! :)
    By the way, I'm scheduling a promo event for this book, anyone who wants to join, please email me at jenna_jcm@yahoo.com hehe

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    Alyssa Susanna

    March 6, 2013

    OH MY GOSH! THIS IS FANTASTIC! You are a genius, Hafsah, A GENIUS! I wish I had even an eighth of the talent that you have! Lucky Jessica! :)

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    Christina Fiorelli

    March 6, 2013

    Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! The colors, font and bird at the top are all perfect:)

    Thank you:)

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    Jenea Whittington

    March 6, 2013

    Love the cover. It is amazing. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Holly Letson

    March 7, 2013

    I like it, and it sounds like it suits it well.

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    Holly Bryan

    March 7, 2013

    WOW, you did such an incredible job!!! I'm glad you posted the cover first and then Jessica's comments, so we we're able to formulate our impressions before seeing what the author thought. Even before reading her note about the significance of the wheat and the crow, I thought it definitely had a dystopian/post-apocalyptic feel to it. I live the yellow-browns of the wheat field compared to the black of the crow, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the font, how it's so chunky yet tall and how it fades a bit toward the bottom of the letters. I think the main thing that clinched it for me, in the first 3 seconds of looking at it, was the symmetry. I'm a big fan of symmetry in many areas (books, art, pictures, lists, haircuts, clothes…I'd go on but then everyone would know what a freak I am), and i think it makes a strong statement here. Sooooo. Well. Done!!!!! Congratulations, you must be so proud!! And lest I forget, congrats to Jessica on her debut!! She chose an awesome designer!!!

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    Jessica Brooks (coffeelvnmom)

    March 7, 2013

    I'm so glad you love her work, guys–Hafsah is amazingly (I keep using that word) talented, and I am so blessed to be her first client! :) In fact, if you're thinking of using her, you should probably get in line quickly because I believe she's going to be booked FAST!

    Thanks for the shout out, Jenna! :D

    Can't wait to see who wins the books… I have a special bit of swag that has to do with Jonas and Hattie to send to the winners! :D

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    Von P.

    March 7, 2013

    It is perfect! The cover really suit the dystopian setting of the book. And I love the mysterious feeling given by the cover. Thus, piques my interest for the book!

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    March 7, 2013

    I really like it. I like the bird in the middle of this field. You wonder where it's going…
    Also, the first thing that comes to mind when looking at this cover is the ending scene in “Castaway” when Tom Hanks is trying decide which road to go down.

    mestith at gmail dot com

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    March 7, 2013

    Love the cover! Great job. I'm really impressed. I like the meaning behind it too. I've noticed birds have become a central theme in book covers lately and I've got to say I like it. Great premise. Definitely adding this to my TBR list.

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    March 7, 2013

    Love the design. It is eerie but not overpowering. If I saw it in a store, I would pick it up to read about it. First cover and you hit it out of the park!

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    March 8, 2013

    Wha? You made that cover?! Oh wow, I am so impressed. Seriously GREAT job, Hafsah!!

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    Mary Preston

    March 8, 2013

    I think you are clever. It looks fabulous.

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    March 10, 2013

    I think It's wonderful! I love the colours and the way they mix with the title. You are very talented :)

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    March 11, 2013


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    March 12, 2013

    Its awesome! :D I would def pick this up in a bookstore!

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    Callie Vamp

    March 17, 2013

    I love the field picture that was used for the back ground on this book cover. It's AWESOME!

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    Katrina L. Lantz

    March 18, 2013

    Love this so much! It's haunting, and that bird gives it a touch of hope, like it's a symbol of strength or endurance. That's how it makes me feel anyway. Looking forward to seeing more of your work, Hafsah! And looking forward to the read!

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    March 19, 2013

    I love the cover.. It is just the kind to make me want to see what a book is about. I am not much to look at the newer looking covers. I think the older looking ones are just awesome and yours is beautiful. I love the wheat fields and just everything about it. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    Kathryn Treat

    March 23, 2013

    I love the cover. I read a description of the book and like what you are writing about.

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    March 24, 2013

    I like it. It gives the connotation of freedom and a new beginning.