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Cover Reveal for EVERYTHING BREAKS Plus Exclusive Interview and Giveaway

Posted by on April 15, 2013

EVERYTHING BREAKS is Vicki Grove’s upcoming young adult novel – a haunting combination of reality and Greek mythology. I’m excited to be a host for the cover reveal, but I’m even more excited for the exclusive interview I’ve got to share with you all – along with a giveaway! But first, here’s a little bit about the book:

Tucker was supposed to be the designated driver. But there was something about the beauty of that last true summer night, that made him want to feel out-of-control just once. He drank so much and so quickly that he was instantly sick. That left Trey to drive. “I’ll catch up to you later,” were the last words Tucker would ever say to his friends as he heaved by the side of the road. It was the last time Tucker would ever see them alive.

Tucker’s grief and guilt are just about unbearable and he wonders how he can continue living himself. When he meets the Ferryman who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers that divide the world of the living from the world of the dead, Tucker gets a chance to decide: live or die. The temptation to join his three best friends on the other side may be too much for Tucker to overcome. A gripping, haunting and emotional read.

IceyBooks: Pitch EVERYTHING BREAKS.

Vicki Grove: You know, it would be difficult for me to come up with a better pitch than my editor Stacey Barney used in the book catalog. I loved it more than any book description I’ve ever had! Here it is, in her words:

Tucker was supposed to be the designated driver. But something about the beauty of that last true summer night made him want to feel out-of-control just once. He drank so much and so quickly that he was instantly sick. That left Trey to drive. “I’ll catch up to you later,” were the last words Tucker would ever say to his friends as he heaved by the side of the road. It was the last time Tucker would ever see them alive.

Tucker’s grief and guilt are just about unbearable and he wonders how he can continue living himself. When he meets the Ferryman who carries the souls of the newly deceased across the rivers that divide the world of the living from the world of the dead, Tucker gets a chance to decide: live or die. The temptation to join his three best friends on the other side may be too much for Tucker to overcome.

(Hafsah, she nailed it, Stacey did. I’d just add that there were ancient Greek myths involving heroes who tried to breach the dark walls of the Underworld to reach those they loved. Tucker’s an Oklahoma boy in their mold.)

IceyBooks: When you first set eyes on the cover of EVERYTHING BREAKS, what were your initial thoughts?

Vicki Grove: I immediately thought the spooky bluff road on the cover looked exactly like the spooky Ozark bluff road where I live. And I love the dog. Though he’s a monster, he’s also very doggish and reminds me of my dog, Imogene. That raised foot is great. This book is both realistic and spooky, in sort of a Twilight Zone-ish way. I think the cover evokes that and gives you a feeling of not being in Kansas any longer.

IceyBooks: Do you have a favorite line that was removed from the original draft of EVERYTHING BREAKS?

Vicki Grove: Boy, I do so many drafts before my books go to an editor that I can hardly remember how they start out! But I can’t remember an editor ever wanting a change in anything I was truly attached to, though my titles are often changed. This book, for instance, I called The Obolus. If you don’t know what an obolus is, that proves my editor’s point that the title was too obscure and should be changed. (It’s the coin the ancient Greeks put into the mouth of a dead person to pay the Ferryman who took souls across the River Acheron.)

IceyBooks: Give us the three:

-Items on your desk right now

Vicki Grove: On my desk right now is an Italian puppet my friend Cheryl Harness (who writes wonderful books) gave me for Christmas one year, my really disgustingly filthy coffee mug that’s due for a wash, and the weapon from my grandson’s Thor action figure. I use it to count manuscript lines for final pass galley revisions.

-Books you can’t wait to read:

Vicki Grove: I’m craving the last half of the coconut Easter egg my husband has hidden somewhere.

-Types of snacks you’re craving right now:

Vicki Grove: Books I can’t wait to read? Wow. There are so many, in so many genres, YA and adult. I’m usually dipping into three or four at a time. That way, I don’t have to remember where I left the book, just pick up the nearest one. I’m very partial to character-driven stories, I know that much.

Thanks so much, Hafsah, for your beautiful-looking blog and for fighting the good fight on behalf of all of us who live awash in the written word!

Vicki Grove - Cole Camp, MO

Vicki Grove has written a number of novels for young readers that revolve around life in the American Midwest, often in rural farming communities, but the conflicts her protagonists encounter strike a resonant note with adolescent readers everywhere. Grove’s teens struggle with sibling rivalry, peer pressure and, most often, economic hardship. As their stories progress, they realize that family, school, and the larger community have provided them with the morals to help them through their problems. Grove once commented, “I picture my reader as being a young person with an open heart, trying to find the way to live as a decent and compassionate human being in a complicated yet beautiful world.”

And now for the cover: 

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What do you think of the cover? Do you agree with Vicki? I, for one, am pretty excited to read the book!

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