Cover Reveal: A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley


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A Murder of Magpies
by Sarah Bromley
October 28th 2014 by Month9Books, LLC
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Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That's all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can't explain the hold she has on him--inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn't know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn't so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.

A Murder of Magpies Cover Art

Besides the dream of seeing your book in print, one thing so many authors daydream about is what the cover will look like. I come from an artistic background. My grandmother was a watercolorist, and I actually spent time in college as an art major before switching first to forensic pathology (don’t ask—it obviously didn’t last) and eventually English. As someone who’s visual, I was excited and, to be honest, nervous for what Month9Books would come up with as the design for the cover of A MURDER OF MAGPIES.

Georgia McBride asked for my input, which I know is rare because so often authors don’t get much say, if any, in their cover art, but I still didn’t know what to expect. Yet when I saw it, I adored my cover. How could there be any other cover for A MURDER OF MAGPIES? The design brings in details like the cobblestone roads of the book’s setting, Black Orchard, Wisconsin. I could imagine walking down that road in the fog and knowing someone was watching. The antique-style light plays off Vayda’s family’s business in the antiques trade as well as her ability to take emotion and turn it into electricity. Then the bird . . . I love the bird’s position as it is hunched over to peck at the ground as if uncovering a secret, and this is a story where everyone has secrets.

About the Author
Sarah Bromley
Sarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she's not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.


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  1. I love the cover, can't wait to read the book :D

  2. Isn't this one awesome!! I really like it too and it sounds really interesting!

  3. I completely agree with your review. The ending…perfect, but also bittersweet. And Mal…so many Mal-haters out there, but he was amazing in this book. I was excited to hear that her next book is set in the same world so yay…maybe we'll see some of the other characters! Great review, glad you loved it! ~Pam

  4. Creepy! I love the title design- it totally makes the cover, and the brown monochrome is the perfect offset for it.

  5. Love the cover and great giveaway! <3

  6. I completely agree with you! Awesome review! I LOVED this book :)

  7. I saw you posted a review. I've been meaning to get over there. I've missed a bunch of yours and many I want to read - just have been so busy. I would love more of Nikolai. He is probably one of my favorite characters ever! :) I'm not really ready to leave that world so I'm thrilled to hear that!

  8. So glad that I'm not alone. It was really, really, good!

  9. The cover is eerie...makes me think of Edgar Allen Poe!

  10. Love you review, I had past over these books before, but maybe I'll give them a try again

  11. You are so right! I still love it, even with all it's eerieness. :)

  12. I'm going to pretend I didn't hear that you passed these over... ;) I would definitely try them again. :)

  13. Great review! I'm glad to hear this is a good series. I have them; now to find time to read them!

  14. I hope you really like them, Melanie! I think the author did an excellent job of showing evil as tempting, but then also being honest in showing how terrible it is and then the fight against that.


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