PASSION BLUE Cover Reveal (Plus a Giveaway)

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The giveaway is closed. Congratulations to the winners: Catherine Stine of New York City, and Brian Bedard of Brockford, MA.

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I’m proud and thrilled to reveal the gorgeous final cover for Passion Blue! (Click on the image for a larger view. For info about the book, plus reviews and excerpts, click here.)

Passion Blue Cover

I’m incredibly pleased with the way it came out. Historical novels for teens often have bland, predicable covers that announce  “I’m a historical novel and I’m going to teach you something,” and I hate those interchangeable big-dress  covers you see so often in adult historical fiction, where the models have their backs turned or half their faces missing. But I think the designer, Sonia Chaghatzbanian, did a fabulous job of suggesting the period without pigeonholing the genre.

The photo model has a perfect face for Giulia, my heroine–not exactly pretty, but strong, striking, and determined. I love the way the frame and the brush stroke details reflect her talent for painting, and the stars in her hair reference the astrology theme that’s so important to the plot. And of course, the blue that saturates the image–Passion blue, the most beautiful and mysterious color in the world. I think Sonia came up with the perfect shade.

Here’s the full cover spread–also beautifully designed, with great details. I especially love the spine, which will be (literally) eye-catching if the book is shelved spine-out. (Again, click on the image to see it in its full glory–but be warned, it’s big file):

Passion Blue Cover Spread

To celebrate my beautiful cover, I’m conducting a giveaway! Email me your name and contact information, either at victoria [at] victoriastrauss [dot] com or via my contact form, between today and June 6, and I’ll pick two lucky winners to receive signed ARCs so they can read Passion Blue before (almost) anyone else.

US and Canada residents only, please. Your contact info won’t be stored or shared, and you won’t be added to any lists.

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