Friday, May 17, 2019

The Bone Charmer Blog Tour: The Story Behind the Cover and a Book Giveaway

The Bone Charmer
by Breeana Shields
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: May 21st 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.

On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.

Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both.

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The Story Behind the Cover
by Breeana Shields

One of the most exciting days in the life of book is when the author gets to see the cover for the first time. Covers are hugely important for selling books, but the author isn’t generally involved in the process at all, so waiting to catch a peek is a time of high anxiety—will it be what I imagined? Will I like it? Will it feel like it fits the book?

I’m happy to say that the first time I saw the cover for The Bone Charmer, it took my breath away. The cover was designed by Kylie Alexander and illustrated by Mina Price, and I have to say, these women are enormously talented. They gave me a cover that was not only gorgeous, but also manages to capture the tone and theme of the book beautifully. It’s a work of art, and the more I stare at it, the more I fall in love. I adore everything about it from the colors, to the two portraits that represent the dual timelines, to the delicate rendering of the locations in the book. And I especially love the bone frames around the portraits—it was such clever, unique idea and so well executed!

Someday I’m going to take Kylie and Mina to lunch and beg them to tell me all about their process for designing and illustrating this beautiful cover. But for now, I’m just so thrilled that Saskia’s journey is swathed in gorgeous art. It makes me smile every time I see it.

About the Author
Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens, including THE BONE CHARMER, POISON'S KISS, and POISON'S CAGE. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English.

When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, and two adorable but spoiled dogs.

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  1. My daughter loves fictional paranormal romance series like the Twilight series.


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