Cover Reveal: The Artisans by Julie Reece

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The Artisans
by Julie Reece
May 2015 by Month9Books, LLC
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The Artisans

They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old RAVEN WEATHERSBY gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?

The Artisans is a delectably rich, layered and dark YA Southern Gothic inspired by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont's classic Beauty and the Beast.

"The Artisans has all the elements I love - spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored." ~ Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.

About the Author

Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.
I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

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29 comments

  1. I'm not a fan of the new cover. The model looks so fake.. I don't know why they changed it, the first one if perfect. I absolutely love this book, it's my favorite one from the series. Her romance with Beast is so beautiful and pure :)

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  2. I like this cover, it's different from the norm!! It's simplicity is striking :)

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  3. marypreston8/29/14, 4:25 PM

    The cover certainly doesn't give anything away.

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  4. Cali Willette8/29/14, 5:03 PM

    I haven't seen the new cover. I think I like the old one better though. Great review!!

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  5. Beast! He is one of my all-time favorite characters. And him and Sybella together were so.... imperfectly perfect. This story is incredible and beautiful. I am so looking forward to Mortal Heart, and getting to know Annith even better!!!

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  6. This sounds like a book right up my alley :)

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  7. Great covers. I love the cover for The Kiss of Deception, it's beautiful - just a shame I didn't really enjoy the book. I also love the cover for Strange and Ever After, that whole series has beautiful covers. Lets Get Lost just keeps growing on me the more I see it.

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  8. marypreston8/30/14, 3:56 PM

    There are some gorgeous covers around. Good thing too, because I do tend to judge.

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  9. Cali Willette8/30/14, 5:45 PM

    Nice covers. I here Let's Get Lost is a very popular book right now.

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  10. They are all awesome covers, but I have to say that Fiendish, Midnight Thief, Kiss of Deception and One Past Midnight are my favorites!

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  11. I love this book!Both the characters had so much depth that it was impossible not to fall in love with them.Duval will always be my favourite,but still Beast is such a special character who holds a special place in my heart.
    I hate this new cover.It looks like a bad photoshop experiment gone wrong.

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  12. It is really simple. I'm always curious why they decide to go with a specific cover.

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  13. Lol! No, it definitely doesn't.

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  14. It does to me too. Added it to my tbr.

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  15. I'm sorry you didn't like The Kiss of Deception, but I think that series will get better as it goes - at least that is my hope. I feel the same as you about the other two too. :)

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  16. It's on my tbr, so I hope I like it when I read it.

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  17. Those all have some mystery to them, don't they. I do love them! :)

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  18. I so agree! I also love the romance with Beast - definitely the best part of the story. I just could not stand her dad. At all.

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  19. I've read the first chapter of Mortal Heart and it starts off really good! I can't wait to get it finished. I put it off a little since its release date is so far away, but I think I'm just going to read it and then schedule my review for later. :)

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  20. Lol! I'm glad you agree. :)

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  21. I enjoyed this series, but Grave Mercy is still my favorite. I loved all of the politics, and I thought the characters were well fleshed out. For some reason, I didn't love the romance, though. I actually thought it was a bit insta-lovey. They've barely had any conversations, but they're in love? I don't know, I just wasn't feeling it. But I still really liked it. Great review! ~Pam

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  22. Your the first one I think that said they still liked Grave Mercy better. I liked it better than this one as well. I think some of that is I can only stomach so much and I liked how Grave Mercy developed, in plot and in the romance, much more than this one. Thanks for stopping by, Pam!

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  23. I love the great covers. Sometimes that is all it takes for me to want to read a book.

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  24. I have it, too! I am trying so hard to hold off on it, but I am pretty sure that I am going to fail. I am just too excited about it!

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  25. They do! That will always get me intrigued!

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  26. Glad I'm not the only one to feel that way. :)

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