Friday, June 6, 2014

Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

I'm excited to share a critique partner's middle-grade debut with you today. RED BUTTERFLY releases next February. Yay! :o)

So, here's Amy's official bio:

A.L. Sonnichsen grew up in Hong Kong and then spent eight years in China as adult. She now lives on the dry side of Washington State with her dashingly handsome sidekick, five talented children, and a luxury cat. Red Butterfly is her first novel. Learn more at

And this her debut:

Kara never met her birth mother. Abandoned as an infant, she was taken in by an elderly American woman living in China. Now eleven, Kara spends most of her time in their apartment, wondering why she and Mama cannot leave the city of Tianjin and go live with Daddy in Montana. Mama tells Kara to be content with what she has … but what if Kara secretly wants more? 

Told in lyrical, moving verse, Kara’s story is one of a girl learning to trust her own voice, discovering that love and family are limitless, and finding the wings she needs to reach new heights. 

Isn't that a beautiful cover? Laurent Linn designed it, and Amy June Bates illustrated it, as well as the inside of the book. I can't wait to see the rest of it.

I also can't wait to see what's become of the early draft I read that already had tremendous potential. It's had quite the journey. If you want to add the book on Goodreads, you can find it here. Krista Van Dolzer interviewed Laurent Linn about the love and detail that went into it here (Great interview!), and she's also giving away an ARC.

I'm giving away a pre-order. If you'd like to be entered, just let me know in the comments. The contest is also open to my international readers (as long as Book Depository delivers to your address) and will end on Friday, June 20, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Looks amazing! I want to participate :) thanks for the oportunity :D

  2. YAY.... can't wait! I'd love to enter... thanks a ton.

  3. I would love to win a copy! And yes, the interview with Laurent Linn is excellent.

  4. The cover is beautiful, and so is Amy's author photo! I'll check out the interview with Laurent now.

  5. I'd love to read this book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous!

  6. I love the cover and can't wait to read the book! Even better, my 7 year-old daughter's reading just took off and I know she would love this book!

  7. This book sounds so beautiful and unique. I would be so honored to win a copy of this book.

  8. Please enter me I would love a signed copy of Amy's book