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Cover & Mini Discussion: Cheryl Rainfield’s Stained

I’m not a fan of cover reveal posts. I don’t see what they provide to readers and as such I’ve never considered doing one. However when Cheryl Rainfield emailed me to ask if I’d like to participate in the reveal for her next book I decided that this one time I would go for it.

Why was that? True, I had just reviewed her latest work, Parallel Visions, but it wasn’t that. Rainfield writes YA books, and her books include a message. But they aren’t your standard stories that are hard-hitting; the context of the stories, the real life experience Rainfield brings (albeit that this is of course unfortunate) make her books very important. She achieved a best-seller and book ban with Scars, a book about self-harm that took the blogging world by storm, and it was with all this in mind that I decided to drop my plans. I deemed it good enough a reason to post outside of schedule for the Tuesday that the reveal would be happening.

So here is Stained, which isn’t out until November (I haven’t noticed a cover being revealed so early before) and some information about the book that Rainfield sent me.

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“In this heart-wrenching and suspenseful teen thriller, sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for ‘normal’. Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that – or succumb to a killer.”

Of the book Rainfield says: “Like I did with Scars and Hunted, I drew on some of my own experiences of bullying, abuse, and trauma to write Stained and to give it greater emotional depth. Like Sarah in Stained, I experienced abduction, imprisonment, periods of forced starvation, mind control, and having my life threatened. And like Sarah, I tried hard to fight against my abuser, keep my own sense of self, and escape. I hope readers will see Sarah’s strength and courage, and appreciate her emotional growth as she reclaims herself.”

Release Date: November 19th 2013
Published By: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

One of the things I love most about blogging is the ability to “big-up” an author or book in a public setting, and I’d like to think that adding written content and reasoning to this post does that (as well as make this post more compelling).

What’s your opinion on cover reveals?


Cheryl Rainfield

January 29, 2013, 2:32 pm

Thank you so very much for taking part in the cover reveal for Stained, especially when you don’t like cover reveals! I am honored. And I so appreciate the things you said about my books, too. It’s important to me to break silences in my work and reach people, hopefully increase compassion even while entertaining… I hope to do that, too, with Stained. Thank you so very much, again!


January 29, 2013, 5:59 pm

I can’t say I have ever had the urge to do a cover reveal. I like my posts to be more personal and not sure how much conversation I could make over a cover. I also like to use my own photographs in my posts now. On the other hand though it can really help an indie author promote their work, if that’s something you’re interested in helping with.


February 3, 2013, 11:00 pm

Cheryl: You do it very well. Parallel Visions had a perfect mix of usual successful elements and the message you wished to impart.

Jessica: Yes, I think for me that’s it. I do have an urge to help indie authors. I’ve noticed you using your photos, it works well.



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