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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Allow Me to Introduce — THE EIGHTH DAY!

Allow Me to Introduce — THE EIGHTH DAY!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally be able to share with you the cover of THE EIGHTH DAY, my debut MG fantasy! The book will soon be appearing in HarperCollins’s Summer 2014 catalog, and HarperCollins gave me the opportunity to scoop the catalog by revealing the cover here on my blog. That’s just a tiny bit of it right there … Jax’s bike, in fact … but before we get to the whole thing, how about the front cover flap copy?

When newly orphaned Jax Aubrey awakes to a world without people the day after his thirteenth birthday, he thinks it’s the apocalypse. But then the next day is a regular old Thursday. Has Jax gone crazy? What’s going on?
            Riley Pendare, Jax’s sort of clueless eighteen-year-old guardian, breaks the news: Jax just experienced the Eighth Day, an extra twenty-four-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday. Some people, like Jax and Riley, have the ability to live in all eight days. But others, like Evangeline, the teenage girl who’s been hiding in the house next door for years, exist only on this special day.
            At first it’s awesome to have a secret day. But as Jax gets to know the very guarded Evangeline, he discovers that she is the sought-after key to an ancient spell rooted in Arthurian legend. And Riley—who forgets to pay bills and buy groceries!—is sworn to keep her safe from those who want to use her to eliminate the seven-day world and all who live there.
            Jax tries to protect Evangeline, but with his new friend’s life on the line, as well as the threat of human destruction, he is faced with an impossible choice: trigger a real apocalypse or sacrifice Evangeline.
            With a whole extra day to figure things out, it couldn’t be too hard . . . right?

Okay, and now for the front cover …

Jacket art © 2014 by Mike Heath

Well, what do you think? I LOVE it, and so did all my students who had the scoop on you guys months ago. Would you believe HarperCollins sent me early versions of the cover specifically to share with my classes at the end of last school year, just so my students could experience that part of publication with me?

Have I mentioned that the HarperCollins team is amazing?

What do you think, friends?

28 Responses to Allow Me to Introduce — THE EIGHTH DAY!

  1. Coolest cover ever!! Congratulations, Dianne!

  2. Myrna Foster says:

    It’s a fantastic cover, and the premise sounds really interesting. I’m a sucker for Arthurian legend. Congrats!

  3. mshatch says:

    I think it’s awesome 🙂

  4. Marva Dasef says:

    Great premise. Sort of time travel, but different.

    The cover is definitely cool.

  5. J E Oneil says:

    Cool! It is like the inside cover after all. Except there’s a lot more going on, of course. They really did a great job with it. Very eye-catching.

  6. Wow to the cover, like seriously… Mike did an amazing job 🙂

    And huge congrats to you, Dianne, as you move forward to bigger and better things… wishing you all the success in the world 🙂

  7. So love the cover and the back cover. I’m DYING to read an ARC. So excited for you!

  8. What an AWESOME cover! I love it 🙂

  9. Sweet!!! How long has you been holding onto the cover, dying to show it (other than to your students)? 😀

  10. So cool Dianne! I love the cover and the premise and I can just imagine how exciting it’s been for your students to feel like they were part of the process.

  11. Chris Fries says:

    Congratulations, Dianne! I love the premise, and the cover is awesome.

    I wish you tremendous success with this book!!!!!

  12. So stinkin’ awesome! I LOVE it! (Along with your concept, which I’ve loved for a long time.) I can’t wait for this one, and I’m totally going to be reading it with the littles.

  13. Robin says:

    My first comment falls of the day of your BIG REVEAL. Your book sounds wonderful and the cover is exceptional. I love that your publisher allowed your students to participate in this journey with you.

  14. Tiana Smith says:

    GREAT cover 🙂 Totally intriguing and seems to depict the book well (from what I’ve heard of your novel). Can’t wait for it’s release!

  15. vbtremper says:

    Congrats, Dianne! This sounds amazing. My boys and I will LOVE reading this. How much longer do we have to wait? And the cover is really cool. All the best,


  16. LOVE this premise and the COVER!!!!

    I remember all the work you put into this novel, and I am so happy to see it come ALIVE.

    I am THRILLED for you, Dianne!

    I wish you ALL THE BEST…

    Let me know if you have any blog tour lined up.. I would be more than happy to do an intro for you. Just let me know….

  17. Julie Dao says:

    LOVE the color of the sky and how it’s reflected in the title! Just beautiful!

  18. Pk Hrezo says:

    I’m late to the party, but BIG CONGRATS!! It looks awesome!!

  19. LOVE the blurb. The cover totally rocks too, Dianne. Congrats!

  20. Lydia Kang says:

    That is a brilliant cover! I love it, it’s so clever!

  21. Jaime Loren says:

    Absolutely LOVE IT, Dianne! And that was super nice of HarperCollins!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this novel! 😀

  22. Absolutely love it! And the premise sounds unique and exciting! Congrats!

  23. It’s a really great cover! The title leaps off the page 🙂

  24. Lexa Cain says:

    OMG!!! Best. Cover. Ever. Wow, I’m so impressed. I love the SF feel this cover has. I so want this book (just like your others)! Huge congrats!! I wish you a ton of success with this awesome-sounding book! 🙂

  25. Mina Burrows says:

    The cover and synopsis is magnificent! Congratulations!!!

  26. Holy cow! I LOVE the cover, and the description sounds amazing!! I’m dying to read it and it doesn’t come out until 2014?!!!

  27. Linda G. says:

    WOO-HOO! Awesome cover! And the story sounds fantastic. Congrats! 😀