We thought having Jane Nickerson visit us this week was the bee's knees (all puns intended) but it seems this week just got so much better!
For those of you who haven't visited Jane's board yet (and why not? If you haven't already), know that her book Strands of Bronze and Gold is actually part of a loose trilogy set in Antebellum Mississippi. Strands is Jane's first book and a retelling of the Bluebeard fairytale, and Jane hinted on her board that book two, The Mirk and Midnight Hour, set for March 2014, is a companion novel that takes place in the same county, but is based on the Scottish "Ballad of Tam Lin"!
And guess which book cover was revealed today! We're so excited! IT'S GORGEOUS!
Check out the cover for The Mirk and Midnight Hour!
Out March 2014!
We've crossposted Jane's Q&A with Bookish below so you can find out a little more about it!
Cover Reveal: 'The Mirk and Midnight Hour' by Jane Nickerson
by Margaret Bristol
Debut author Jane Nickerson's "Strands of Bronze and Gold" is on shelves today, taking its place in young adult lit with the suspenseful story of 17-year-old Sophia Petheram. The story is a splash of Southern gothic mixed into a retelling of the "Bluebeard" fairy tale.
Nickerson's second effort, "The Mirk and the Midnight Hour" also draws inspiration from a classic tale. Here's what the author has to say about her next book:
“Isn't the cover for 'The Mirk and the Midnight Hour' haunting and beautiful? I was nervous before I saw it that the designer wouldn’t get the feel of the book right, but they hit it spot on with the mystic forest and the girl about to discover who-knows-what just up ahead. The story is based on the Scottish 'Ballad of Tam Lin,' and is set in Mississippi during the Civil War. I shouldn’t have worried--they also did a perfect job with the gorgeous cover of "Strands of Bronze and Gold," which debuts today.”
"The Mirk and Midnight Hour" introduces Violet Dancey, a 17-year-old whose father has left to fight in the Civil War. But when Violet is forced to confront Thomas, a hurt Union solider near her home, she must decide how to approach the enemy--and how to deal with her growing attraction to him.
Readers will have to wait until March 2014 for "The Mirk and Midnight Hour"--just remember good things come to those who wait!
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We just have to say that Jane's trilogy is shaping up to be a very good looking family! Just imagine having the two books side by side on your bookshelf!
This could be your bookshelf.
Are you as excited as we are for Jane's second book, Buzzers? Why not chat with Jane about her amazing new cover on her board?
Tomorrow, keep an eye out on the blog as we'll be posting an Ambuzzador Review of Strands of Bronze and Gold!