Publishing News: Cover Reveal

27 Mar

Website Update: 11 p.m.: Honorable mention, Cameron Rogers, now has his website linked. 

The day has come, and I am so proud, happy, excited, and–well–overwhelmed towards the final steps of publishing Minutes Before Sunset. I’ve received the ISBN #978-0-615-78812-8, and my copyright certification is in the mail. But seeing a completed cover was an emotional achievement for me, because I wanted to collaborate with another person who’s following their dreams, and I got the opportunity to do so! (I’ve also created an event on Goodreads that you can join here.) I’ve also changed my email to 

Honorable mentions go to:

1. Cameron Rogers

2.  Gerik Yann (no website)

3. Ky Grabowski–her author website (she’s great by the way!) can be found here.

The winner of the cover contest is none other than Autumn Fog Photography, done by photographer, Grace Griffin. You may recognize her name, because I interviewed her on my October 8th post: Inspiration Meet: Grace Griffin. Her photography company, Autumn Fog Photography, also did my photo for my website. (She’s truly talented; check out her photography page here.) Congrats to Grace Griffin! Thank you for your dedication, passion, and hard work. You truly are an inspiration. And I feel so lucky to be able to work with her. Her art, as I feel, represents Minutes Before Sunset in ways I couldn’t imagine. Special thanks to the beautiful Audrey Yazel for modeling. So…here it is with the synopsis:


She was undoubtedly a shade, but I didn’t know her.

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

He had gotten so close to me—and I couldn’t move—I couldn’t get away.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

 I have updated my Author Facebook Page as well–representing this upcoming release–so check it out here. And, as always, there will be the latest information (even extras) on those pages.

This is what the book jacket looks like. Back cover and all.

This is what the book jacket looks like. Back cover and all.


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42 Responses to “Publishing News: Cover Reveal”

  1. lpaigewrites March 27, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

    • Ky Grabowski March 27, 2013 at 12:45 am #

      Completely agree it looks so fantastic! I love this! 😀

      And your a sweetheart Shannon 🙂

    • Shannon Thompson March 27, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

      Thank you!

  2. Piscis March 27, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    Looks great! I really like the back.

  3. elizjamison March 27, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    This is fantastic! I will be buying this book as well. I’m going to have a Shannon Thompson signed (you will sign them all right) collection so when you’re the next Stephen King, I can say that I got your very first books.

    • Shannon Thompson March 27, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      haha. I will sign them. This made me giggle. (Therefore, smile.) Thanks for the complement, and I hope you enjoy them.

  4. Stan R. Mitchell March 27, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    That’s a great looking cover, and I love the color contrast! Congrats on it!

    • Shannon Thompson March 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

      I love the contrast Grace incorporated. I thought it represented the Dark & Light.

  5. acflory March 27, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    Great cover Shannon! You really are just a whisper away. Go girl!

    • Shannon Thompson March 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

      “a whisper away”
      I love it.
      Beautiful word choice. It resonates like a poem.

      • acflory March 28, 2013 at 12:11 am #

        -blush- Thank you but I’m no poet! My friend Courtney at Bluebird Blvd is a real poet. Her imagery is like chocolate for the soul.

      • Shannon Thompson March 28, 2013 at 12:36 am #

        I’ll have to check her out. (But it sounds like you should try poetry! Really. I, personally, dreaded trying it, but I’m glad KU required it for my degree, because I love it now. It’s not my forte, but it still enhances my prose while allowing me to have a genre for the soul.)

      • acflory March 28, 2013 at 12:47 am #

        Since chatting to Bluebird I’ve found it easier to tap into the lyrical side of prose but it will always be a struggle I think.

  6. jdtharp March 27, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    Well done! It looks very good.

  7. Charles Yallowitz March 27, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    Congrats. Great looking cover.

  8. ahamin March 27, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    Looking good… 🙂

  9. Emma March 27, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Love it.
    Congrats, Shannon.

  10. Kristy March 27, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Congrats! Love the cover and can’t wait to read your book!

  11. The Animation Commendation March 27, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Looking forward to read it! You make me want to write and publish a novel now, lol! How much does it cost to get a book published?

    • Shannon Thompson March 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

      Depends on how you go about it. There are a lot of options out there. It’s a matter of researching them and figuring out what is right for you. :]

  12. Patrick Jones March 27, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Fantastic cover! Congratulations!

  13. booklover217 March 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    What a great cover! The different types of fonts make a great contrast with the variety of colors! 🙂

    • Shannon Thompson March 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      I thought so too. Grace did a lovely job with the contrast. And she used purple and blue, because the colors hold significance to the piece. Loved how detailed she was in connection with the overall work.

  14. Teryn O'Brien March 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Thanks for the follow! I write YA fantasy, so I’m excited to connect with someone else who does, too. Good luck on all your writing endeavors! It’s hard to make it in the writing world, so it’s encouraging to see those who do (and are younger, too!). 🙂

    • Teryn O'Brien March 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      I meant YA, not YA fantasy. But you get the point. 🙂

    • Shannon Thompson March 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

      Gotcha! It’s always great to connect with fellow writers.

  15. europasicewolf March 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Congratulations, and I love the cover! 🙂

  16. Tuan Ho March 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Good choice. That’s a really nice cover!

  17. L. Marie March 28, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Congratulations, Shannon! So happy for you! Great cover by the way.

  18. Tina Williams March 28, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    I love the cover and the book blurb too. It sounds a bit ‘dark’ in places, which I like! Good luck with its release. 🙂

  19. writerlyderv March 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Isn’t it great to be able to control your cover? Well done.

  20. Mike Grant March 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Wow! Grabber cover!!!

  21. Christina March 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Congrats:) Love your blog, btw!

  22. lnahay March 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I am thoroughly enjoying yours. I just found you, yet I’m so thrilled for you and your upcoming book. It sounds great, and the cover is beautiful. I’m making my way to this point, and am thrilled to be finding similar people.

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