Dec 16, 2015

Guest Post & Giveaway: From Shattered Pieces by Traci Jo Stotts


About Traci Jo Stotts


I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Always one to daydream, I’m often teased for the many bits and pieces of paper with notes and ideas for different books littering my desk. After spending most of my life in rural Nevada, I’ve recently moved to Washington. 

To my husband and sons…I finished!




Why book covers are so important

I really didn’t have any visions of what the cover for From Shattered Pieces would look like. I purposely ignored that part of the process. I filled out the cover worksheet and daydreamed about how I was going to feel when I saw it. Once I knew it was on its way, I was giddy with excitement. 

The e-mail came with cover art in the subject line. I knew this was too important to open on my phone so I powered up my laptop and sat, anxiously waiting. I clicked the attachment and that feeling I was anticipating wasn’t there. The cover was beautiful. I loved the font and the shattered pieces flying this way and that. The model on the cover just didn’t reflect the story. Ian, the main character in FSP, is a tomboy and the model was pretty glamorous. It was almost too beautiful.

This being my first experience, I wasn’t sure how to voice my concerns. The artists have a worksheet with limited information to go by. I am sure it’s not a dig at the artist’s work to say it’s too beautiful, but it was hard to speak up nevertheless. 

I asked for something a little different (with not a moment to spare), and was lucky enough to be able to look for an image that better reflected the overall feel of Ian’s story. 

Again, I pushed away any images that tried to creep into my mind. I knew the cover artist was more than capable of delivering a fabulous cover, and boy, did she ever! The moment I opened the second attachment, I felt it. “THIS IS IT! THIS IS HER! THIS IS IAN’S STORY!” I couldn’t stop staring at it! 

I’m in love with the artwork for From Shattered Pieces and I’m so thankful to have worked with such an amazing artist! It was important for me to love the cover. It’s the first connection reader’s have with the story. So, I disagree with the old saying Don’t judge a book by its cover. For me, it’s the first impression and when I look at the cover of From Shattered Pieces… I’m impressed! 

Blurb

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Ian had no intention of running away. She lived with her abusive parents for sixteen years, so surely she could endure two more. But something changed the night she fought back.

Leaving home was one thing but being on the streets of Reno brings scary to a whole new level. A chance run-in with Jubal proves to be both a blessing and a curse.

Now, Ian must come to terms with who she is and what she must do to survive.

Giveaway

One very lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Good luck!

50 comments:

  1. Good luck with the release!

    --Trix

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  2. I have to agree on the importance of a good book cover. Let's face it, it's the first thing that draws us in and you could have written the most amazing novel, if the wrapping is badly designed, chances are it simply won't get the attention it deserves. In your case, Traci, I can't say anything about the content as I haven't read it (yet), but the cover sure rocks!

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  3. The story sounds interesting, but scary for the character.

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  4. I love the cover. I think covers are a big part of whether or not I decide to read a book, they need to catch the reader's eye and draw them in.

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  5. I'm on the hunt for a particular book at the moment which is published by several different publishing houses so has various cover photos. I'll pick the one that I think suits the book, the writing style and will also look good on my (heaving) bookshelves.

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  6. I love the book cover, and the story seem very interesting.

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  7. Oh looks like an interesting story line. And I loved this post about the artwork.

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  8. The cover is quite good. The blurb is mind catching which increases my curiousity.

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  9. That's nice to hear, I'm always intrigued by the cover selecting process. I'm curious to know what happens when you don't like a cover that is made for your book, do you still have to use it?

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  10. From Shattered Pieces is something that I feel like will shatter my heart. I'm reading the Amazon preview right now.

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  11. What is the hardest thing about writing this book?

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    1. Writing FSP wasn't hard but typing THE END was painful. These characters are a part of me - I didn't want to leave them.

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  12. Looks like a fab story, where did you come up with the plot, and was it an ongoing process of change and alteration?

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    1. Once the scenes are in my head it rolls right along. Not many changes to the storyline but lots of editing! =]

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    1. It brought tears to my eyes. I am in love with the cover!!

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  14. Sounds great! I love the desription of the story and that it is YA read.

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  15. Really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me but I would love to learn more! Thank you for the reveal!

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  16. Really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me but I would love to learn more! Thank you for the reveal!

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  17. Ian (for a girl) & Jubal are unusual names - what inspired them?

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    1. Ian is short for Vivian. I heard the name Jubal on the radio and I loved it for this character.
      Thanks for the question =D

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  18. I was wondering how long it took to write FROM SHATTERED PIECES?
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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    1. Maybe seven months. I didn't write consistently.

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  19. I think covers can make or break a person looking at a book. I have read books and looked at the cover and it didn't even come close to the story. I joke I am a cover-girl, if it grabs me, I will then read the blurb.

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  20. Congratulations on your new release! I like to see the cover actually match what the character is supposed to look like. Sadly I've read books where the cover has nothing to do with the book.

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  21. Wow that book sounds powerful and emotional! I can wait to read it!

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  22. Book seems amazing would love to read it.

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  23. Sounds like a great book. I really like the cover. I am drawn to a book by the cover at times. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  24. I enjoyed the post and like the book cover.

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  25. I love the cover, goes perfect with what the review says about the book.

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  26. Sounds awesome, thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. This one sounds pretty bleak, but at the same time hopeful--a great read :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  28. Thanks so much for sharing this book. It sounds so good!

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  29. I am definitely adding this book to my TBR pile. Thanks so much Suzanne for sharing this awesome book with us!

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  30. sounds very gritty realistic and close to home for me I ran away at 14 not a good thing for a young person Interesting sounding plot will check it out :)

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  31. The cover is really attention-grabbing!

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