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Happy Monday everybody! Today we have the fantastic Dahlia Adler here to reveal the cover of Under The Lights, book two in the Daylight Falls YA dramedy and companion novel to her debut: Behind The Scenes. Dahlia’s brought Maggie Hall with her and together they are going to give us some insight into their cover design process.


Dahlia:

I’m so, so excited to share this cover, which I am absolutely in love with, for several reasons. For one, duh – how freaking cute are those girls?? For another, it was created by one of the best, most talented people on the planet. A lot of people know Maggie Hall for being the author of the amazing upcoming international YA thriller THE CONSPIRACY OF US, but she also happens to be my CP, and a seriously talented designer.

Maggie’s actually done a bunch of things for me before, including graphics for two of my blog series and a logo for “Daylight Falls,” the teen dramedy featured in both BEHIND THE SCENES and UNDER THE LIGHTS.

Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Hi everyone! How’s your day? Mine is quite fantastic as we have Claire Legrand here to share an excerpt from her upcoming YA, Winterspell. I don’t know about you but I am super excited about this book. Inspired by The Nutcracker (a childhood super-fav), it’s been described as a “dark, timeless fairy tale” and I don’t really need to go on because I’m already so sold, I’ve been brought home, taken out of the packaging and shelved for perpetual display (this metaphor may have run away from me a bit).

Anyhoo, enough from me, I’ll leave Claire to seduce you with her words (I mean that literally, deliciously sexy USTing ahead).


Hi Cuddlebuggery—and Cuddlebuggery readers!

Thanks so much to Steph, Kat, and Meg for hosting me here on their fantastic blog today as part of the Winterspell blog tour. This is one of my absolute favorite book blogs, so I’m always honored when they agree to let me stop by!

Poisoned Apples

Christine Heppermann handles female issues in such a unique and interesting way in Poisoned Apples. Her poetic style is quirky, witty and deeply real, highlighting numerous problems with gender inequality girls face throughout their pubescent stage into adulthood. Keep in mind, however, that she also somehow manages to infuse these with classic fairy tales we grow up on. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and other themes like Prince Charming are merged with issues such as sex, eating disorders, body image, social pressures, sexism, abuse and more. And as an added bonus we’re treated to mesmerizing photographs like this:

For the most part, I really felt like I could identify with many of the poems in one way or another, especially the ones on body image and the society’s outrageous beauty standards for women through use of mainstream media. I love how she questions what beauty is and what it means to be a woman. 

The World of Weir Blog Tour

 

Hey guys! You may have noticed from our occasional twitter freak outs that Steph and I are HUUUGE Cinda Williams Chima fans.  As such, Cuddlebuggery is super excited to be a part of the World of Weir Blog Tour celebrating the up-coming release of the sure-to-be-epic conclusion to the Heir Chronicles: The Sorcerer Heir.

For our stop I’ve put together a Wizard playlist. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, the Wizard Guild gets a bit of a bad rap (to be fair, a lot of them have it coming). You know the whole power corrupts thing? Well the wizards are generally considered the most powerful of the guilds and let’s just say in many cases it’s taken its toll. The Wizard Heir tells another side of the story. It centers around Seph McCauley, an orphaned wizard boy who is just starting to learn about his powers and the possibilities and pitfalls they afford.

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If there’s one thing I love about authors, it’s their ability to make the characters they create feel so incredibly real and vivid. In I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson amazed me with the two very different point-of-views of Jude and Noah. As readers, multiple point-of-view stories can be tricky to follow along, as sometimes one character feels more realistic than the other. Even still, it’s even harder to imagine the supporting cast being just as fleshed out as the main characters. Yet, Nelson accomplishes all these things.

Have you ever wondered how she manages to pull this off? Do her characters feel just as real to her as they do to us? We are delighted to kick off this blog tour and welcome Jandy Nelson to Cuddlebuggery as she gives us a glimpse into her process for I’ll Give You the Sun!

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