You may or may not have seen the cover for Liz Czukas’s debut novel, ASK AGAIN LATER, over at YA Highway. I’m excited to have her cover here for a signal boost and an awesome giveaway for the gorgeous book!
Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.
Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?
Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?
Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…
Liz Czukas is a freelance writer living outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ask Again Later is her first novel. She collects college degrees she doesn’t use, types too loud, and always has a song stuck in her head. In high school, Liz did go to two proms, but not at the same time.
Here’s what Liz has to say:
“Why I Was OK Having No Say”
You hear it over and over again: authors don’t get any input into their covers. One of the main features that gets readers to pick up your book in the first place, and the person who knows the story best doesn’t get any say.
Guess what. It’s true sometimes. It was true in my case. I honestly didn’t know if I’d be asked for any input by the team at HarperTeen until the day the completed cover showed up in my inbox.
When I got the message my stomach clenched into the biggest knot. There was the file just waiting to be opened and reveal my fate. Knowing my book has a prom theme, all I could think was “It’s going to be a pretty girl in a pretty dress that doesn’t look anything like Heart.”
So, after a panicky email to my editor when the first file wouldn’t open, I got the darn thing open, and…I felt like I’d won the lottery.
It was bold. It was graphic. It was text-based. *faint*
I have always loved the simplest covers with large text, a single image or even none. I couldn’t believe it had fallen into my lap that way.
Are there things I could crab about? Sure. But they come down to personal taste for the most part, and I will be the first person to admit that the things I don’t know about selling books could fill a couple of oceans. So, I’m going with the experts on this one. Alison Carmichael and Michelle Taormina and the rest of the team at HarperTeen did me proud.
Would I have gone diva and complained if I didn’t get so lucky? The world may never know. I’m just glad I didn’t have to find out!
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And now for the giveaway! Liz has generously donated a copy of her debut, ASK AGAIN LATER, to one lucky winner. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Please note the prize will be shipped when available. Good luck!