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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Contest: Re-imagining the cover of Random Magic (Prize Pack w/ a YA ARC of Trapped by Michael Northrop included!)

Random Magic Tour: Winterlong
Tour organization: Lyrika Publicis
Tour prize coordinator: @LaFemmeReaders
Contact the tour: @RandomMagicTour
(Look at the tour schedule here)

Welcome everyone to my tour stop for the Random Magic Tour: Winterlong! In the past, reader's have responded to the cover by saying, "is that Nicole Kidman?" or "it doesn't seem to fit the summary." Well, now it's time to make a cover that you feel best suits Sasha's story line!

Like all my other cover contests, you don't have to be an expert. As long as you bring your imagination, Sasha and I will appreciate all your ideas and hard work. Please look below for details on all the prizes and contest details...

::Winner's Prize Pack::

  • Beautiful art journal - The Spirit of Flight
    This enchanting journal design is a based on a detail from the painting The Spirit of Flight by fantasy artist Josephine Wall. The force that powers wind, air and inspiration, the spirit of flight is personified as a luminous goddess surrounded by dynamic elements from nature. Writing or sketching journal is embossed and enhanced with gold-colored foil. 192 creamy-smooth, lightly-lined pages hold ink beautifully.
* Size: 9.00" x 7.25" x 1.00"
* Binding: Hardcover
* Page Count: 192
* Lined pages
* Oversized (9in. x 7.25in. or 22.9cm x 18.4cm)
* Sturdy and attractive journal
* Beautiful and inspiring image on front cover

  • 2011 YA ARC of Trapped by Michael Northrop (published by Scholastic, Inc.)
    Much-anticipated second release by author M. Northrop, this winter-themed book is a chilly thriller taking place on a snowy day. Win it here, first.
(Summary: The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive.... Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision....)

  • This Book Belongs To art pack for book lovers
    With more than 70 bookplates and labels in a variety of designs, three tear-out bookmarks, and a book borrower log, this handy pad by artist Grady McFerrin is a loving gift for bookworms. Personalize and keep track of your wonderful book collection.
:: Cover Details ::

-Participants will re-create The Random Magic cover. The character appearances, summary and book trailer are there for inspiration.

Summary: When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world vanishes. Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan. Such as it is. Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen, whatwolves, pirates, Struths, and fluttersmoths, Priscilla and Charybdis, obnoxiously cheerful vampires, Baron Samedi, a nine-dimensional cat, and one perpetually inebriated Muse to rescue Alice and save the world by tea time.

Character Appearances:
-Winnie (book quote): "A girl. Rather an interesting girl, with big green eyes and dark hair in messy pigtails spilling over her shoulders. Her dusty patchwork tunic was torn."
More details: Dark hair, green eyes, pointy chin, wearing red. Strong character, spirited and determined, older than her years.

-Henry (book quote): "Black Jack stared in disgust at what the crew of King of the Storm had managed to dredge up; a gangly blond with enormous blue eyes, who looked like a puff of wind would knock him over..."
More details: Dark blonde hair, blue eyes, wearing blue.

-Callie (book quote): "Her gold-woven drape was a sodden mess, she’d lost a jeweled sandal and her hair streamed limply over the porcelain, like dark red seaweed. But she’d managed to hang on to her sombrero."
More details: Muse of Writing. Golden or shimmering dress in ancient style, vivid red hair, hazel eyes, dazzling smile and sparkle in her eyes, hair is ankle-length and floats all around her.

-Professor Random (book quote): "In a cobwebbery corner of the room was a man who looked a bit like Einstein, only with less fashion sense. He’d forgotten what he was doing there.
More details: Vague, rumpled.

-Count De Morgue (book quote): "The count smiled, his heavy-lidded hazel eyes gleaming with the prospect of unexpected diversion…Fresh blood was exactly what they required..."
More details: Topaz or hazel eyes, dark hair (casual, long or styled in old-fashioned style), wearing dark brown, elegant smoking jacket.

Countess De Morgue (book quote): "Like a set of matching funereal angels, Lady De Morgue was as beautiful to look at as the count, and doubly gloomy."
More details: Pale, chic, wearing green velvet gown. Delicate features. Romantic and dreamy.

The Red Queen (book quote): "Her dark red hair snaked into a twisted coil of interwoven links, and cut through the air like a pair of horns. The snowflakes falling gently onto her hair sizzled as they landed."
More details: Dark red hair, angular face, bold and fiery energy, on borderline of rage. Fur accents on dress, likely wearing red or battle armor.

Book Trailer:

My Cover Creation Example:

I also wanted to unofficially participate by exemplifying my own cover idea. I mainly focused on the character Winnie as my muse.

:: Contest Details :

-One winner will win everything included in the prize pack above.
-Contest is open to U.S. + Canada residents only.
-Anyone can join in, you don't need a blog to enter.
-All cover entries MUST be linked below or else you haven't entered properly.
(Press 'Click here to enter' to add your link to Linky Tools.)
-If you can't post your entry anywhere, please feel free to e-mail me at with your attached cover.
-The deadline to enter your cover link will be on December 17, 2010 at midnight EST time.
-Starting on December 18, 2010 voting rounds will begin for TWO days only (so once you see that post up, please show your support and vote on your favorite cover creation.)
-The winner will be revealed on December 20, 2010.


Yiota said...

My bro actually actually made The Spirit of Flight 2000 pieces puzzle when he was about 12 and now we have it in our living room. It's such a wonderful piece!

A damn i can't take part at this one!

Marathon said...

@La Femme Readers (Eleni),
Wow, what a great cover you made! I'm not exactly sure I understand the contest, but that could simply because my brain is mush right now and I'm not comprehending it like I should...I guess I'll revisit this post later when my brain really kicks in...Still, that cover is soo pretty!
~Asher K.

Wrighty said...

What a great cover!! I like it so much more than the real cover! For some reason the original has always bothered me and is such a turn off every time I see it. I think they should use your version! :)

Lace Escapades said...

My entry is in! :) Good luck to everyone!


BLHmistress said...

Really nice cover , definitely better than the orginal

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