Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cover Reveal: BRUISED

I'm proud and excited to reveal the cover for BRUISED, my contemporary YA novel coming March 2013 from Amulet Books!

Art design by Maria T. Middleton. Click to enlarge.

16-year-old Imogen Malley has spent most of her life in the shadow of her popular older brother, but there is one area in which she excels: martial arts.

As the youngest black belt at her dojang, Imogen loves assistant teaching more than anything in the world, and she plans to open her own martial arts studio one day. Per the Tae Kwon Do student creed, she's come to think of herself as a potential hero, a defender of the weak, and a champion of justice.

Her confidence disappears when she freezes up at an armed robbery that leaves someone dead. Guilt-stricken and numb, Imogen is left to wonder if martial arts failed her, or she failed it.

Estranged from her family and friends, who don't understand why she's still beating herself up for failing to act, she struggles to get by on her own, and decides to prove herself by teaching another student how to fight –- no holds barred, no protective gear, no rules.

When the image you have of yourself is shattered, how do you make it whole again?

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35 comments:

  1. Love it, Sarah, and the book sounds aces too.

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  2. Sarah, it's gorgeous! I love the blue and the gold. Can't WAIT to read it.

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  3. I love it, Sarah! The colors are gorgeous, and the shattered trophy ROX.

    Congrats girl! I'll tweet you up...

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  4. So awesome, Sarah! The blue background is new, right? I love how it compliments the gold in the statue. The tagline is fantastic too. I can't wait to buy a copy!

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  5. Fantastic cover! Definitely eye-catching :)

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  6. Awesome cover. Love the set up. Nice work. Congratulations!

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  7. Love it! Can't wait for the book.

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  9. Found this via a tweet from Lenore. Congrats on your cover!! Such an exciting time.

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  10. I've been waiting for the world to find out about BRUISED! Love this cover, Sarah.

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  11. I love this cover, Sarah! Maria is such a design genius. I also really enjoyed getting a look at your full synopsis. The book sounds gripping! I'm so proud and thrilled to be one of your Amulet Books Spring 2013 siblings!!!

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  12. Sarah, this cover is really going to stand out on book store shelves. So thrilled for you!

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  13. Love the cover...can't wait to read it'

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  14. Wow awesome. Congrats. It's a fantastic cover

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  15. Congrats, Sarah! I am SO EXCITED to read BRUISED.

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  16. I am loving this cover! Congrats :0)

    I can't wait to read BRUISED! I love that Imogen is a martial arts expert, that is so very cool!

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  17. Love the cover! Totally inventive and clever. Kudos!

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  18. LOVE! Can't wait to hold a copy in my hands :) (make that a SIGNED copy)

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  20. Sarah, the colors are stunning. I love the cover and can't wait read it. So exciting!!

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  21. Thanks a million for the kind words and support, everyone. It means a lot to me, and I'm so happy that people like the cover!

    Natalie, there were a few variations with different color schemes, and I'm thrilled it ended up with this combination. I think it works really well :)

    Thanks again for the comments!

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  23. This is really exciting! I can't wait to read it and give it to the YA's in my life. -Stepf

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  24. Yay!! What an intriguing synopsis- I can't wait to read this!

    Congrats : )

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  25. Congrats! Interesting hook! Gonna have to check it out. I love a good YA novel even though I'm so not YA:)

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  26. Stepf, Garviegirl, Paula, and Bayley, thanks so much for your kind comments. I hope you enjoy the book!

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  27. Wow this seems like a fantastic book! It's so refreshing to finally find a YA book about martial arts. I was an assistant instructor when I was 16, but I was a brown belt. I didn't get my black belt until I was almost 20. I have never been attacked, but I feel like in some ways your main character and I have the same ~spirit. I definitely can't wait for this one now! :)

    What inspired you to write about martial arts? Did you teach when you were a teen? I'm so curious now! I didn't know very many girls when I was practicing and I was the only one from my original class that made it all the way to black belt.

    Thanks again for writing this! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan. I took Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do lessons in high school, and taught at summer camp when I was 19. Congrats on your black belt at 20! That's a huge achievement.

      I sent you an email with more info on the book's inspiration :) Thanks again for your interest in BRUISED! I hope you enjoy it.

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  28. I love the cover. Your book sounds so good, and I can't wait to buy myself a copy. March 2013 is too far away.

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  29. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. I can't wait for you to autograph my copy.

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