WINTER FALLS by Nicole Maggi Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Here at IceyBooks, our favorite genre is fantasy, without a doubt. We love magic, we love far away lands, and we love everything about it. So of course, we’re thrilled to host the reveal for Nicole Maggi’s debut, WINTER FALLS, because it’s right up our alley. Read on, because it sounds amazing, and we’re pretty sure you’ll be even more excited after you set eyes on that cover! Without further ado, here’s the synopsis! Then, check out the cover and enter to win a signed ARC!

Sixteen-year-old Alessia Jacobs is dying to get out of her small town of Twin Willows, Maine. Things start looking up when a new family comes to town—but when she falls for Jonah, their hot, mysterious son, her life turns upside down.
Weird visions of transforming into an otherworldly falcon are just the beginning. Soon she learns she’s part of the Benandanti, an ancient cult of warriors with the unique power to separate their souls from their bodies and take on the forms of magnificent animals.

Alessia never would’ve suspected it, but her boring town is the site of an epic struggle between the Benandanti and the Malandanti to control powerful magic in the surrounding forest.

As Alessia is drawn into the Benandanti’s mission, her relationship with Jonah intensifies. When her two worlds collide, Alessia’s forced to weigh choices a sixteen-year-old should never have to make.

Nicole was born in the suburbs of upstate New York, and began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age. She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare. After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their young daughter and two oddball cats. Her TWIN WILLOW TRILOGY launches this December from Medallion Press; the first book is WINTER FALLS. Her standalone novel HEARTLINES will be released in February 2015 from SourceBooks Fire.

And now for the cover! What do you think?

Winter Falls Cover H-R

Here’s what Nicole has to say about her fabulous cover:

I love this cover so much I just want to hug it close and cuddle with it. It was designed by Medallion cover artist Michal Wlos and I think he did such an amazing job. What I really love is the flow of the design. There is a waterfall that figures very prominently in the Twin Willows Trilogy and the design flows just like a waterfall. Also, the color palette echoes the blue and silver auras of the Benandanti and the Malandanti, respectively, in the story. And the way the falcon just stares out at you is mesmerizing. On the actual book cover, the title and my name will be treated with a soft gloss while the artwork will remain matte so they really stand out. There was a lot of thought and care that went into this cover, and I’m so grateful to Medallion for it.

Thanks to Nicole, I have one SIGNED ARC of WINTER FALLS for one lucky US winner (will be shipped when available)! 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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    Lisa Scott

    March 6, 2014

    Love it! It’s beautiful and so eye catching. Congrats!

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    March 6, 2014

    SOOOOOO excited for this!!! And the cover is amazing!!!

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    Jess @ Such A Novel Idea

    March 6, 2014

    That cover is seriously gorgeous!

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    C. M. Keller

    March 6, 2014

    Gorgeous cover art!! Congrats to Nicole!

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    Ginny C

    March 6, 2014

    The cover is great, really pretty. Congratulations!!

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    March 6, 2014

    Gorgeous cover – cannot wait to start the trilogy!!!

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    Monica A

    March 6, 2014

    So I absolutely love birds, so I neeeeed this cover with the rest of my books!

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    March 6, 2014

    The cover is gorgeous! I love the colors and the bird. I’m looking forward to reading this now!

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    March 6, 2014

    It does say winter

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    Kit Grindstaff

    March 6, 2014

    I love this cover! So atmospheric and dramatic, yet totally tasteful. Congrats, Nicole!

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    susan beamon

    March 6, 2014

    very interesting cover. I like it.

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    Samantha Wallace

    March 6, 2014

    I love the cover it’s BEAUTIFUL!!

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    March 6, 2014

    This is an awesome cover!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    March 6, 2014

    I love it! Birds are not usually the main focus of book covers, and since I love birds, this cover is pretty awesome. :)

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    Jennifer Essad

    March 6, 2014

    I love this cover – having moved to Florida we now have owls in our conservation area that I am amazed by-

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    Michelle Willms

    March 6, 2014

    This is definitely one of the year’s greatest covers. I’m looking forward to reading this book. It sounds truly fascinating with creative concepts and a great storyline.

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    March 7, 2014

    That cover is so cool! I love how it looks like the falcon is behind ice and the ice is covered with snow.

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    March 8, 2014

    Looks nice

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    Lori M. Lee

    March 9, 2014

    I love it! The white falcon is gorgeous.

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    Sarah K

    March 11, 2014

    The cover is pretty. I really loved that this book is supernatural, but not with the same things that they are always about. It uses a creature that was in Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers series.

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    Jacinta Corcoran

    March 12, 2014

    I absolutely love the cover and I love the idea of the story.

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    Rain Jeys

    March 17, 2014

    Winter plus beautiful birds = amazing. This looks great.

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    Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

    March 21, 2014

    Mmm, mysterious, intriguing, love the swirling colors and owl! It’s a really great cover :D Thank you!

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    Jaime Lester

    March 23, 2014

    I love Owls. And I love this cover. I bet it is going to be seriously beautiful in person. And the book itself sounds fantastic. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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    Kate I.

    March 27, 2014

    I appreciate Nicole’s insights into the haunting cover image. The use of the falcon makes me wonder which raptor behavioral traits Alessia possesses while in human form?