Welcome to the Sparkle Party! This week marks the one year anniversary of my debut novel, The Dark Wife‘s publication. (If you’re just tuning in, The Dark Wife is a YA, lesbian retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth.) My life has changed drastically in one year, and I owe everything to the little novel that could, and to the incredible people who have supported it. This week is in celebration of that fact, and I thought we’d get the Sparkle Party started off with–well–SPARKLE!, by placing my next novel’s announcement (and cover reveal) on the very first day!
So, it is with a ton of excitement and MORE GLITTER than this world has ROOM for, that I announce The Bone Girl as my next YA novel. <3 Coming late June, it's a dark speculative fiction/dystopia about a girl made of bones and a band of misfits and freaks, and I'm deeply excited about it, and hope you will be, too~ <3 (It's a novel I've been working on for about five years now, so I'm ecstatic to be so close to releasing it!)
The cover was drawn by the supremely amazing and talented Laura Diemer, who also illustrated The Dark Wife‘s cover. <3
In a world where snow never falls and flowers never grow, the animals have learned to speak, and the people change their skins as easily as they change their clothes. But while Skin Peddlers sell fleshy wares in corner shops, the radical Church of the Skinned preaches against the impurity of selling one’s most precious possession.
One night, a greedy Skin Peddler steals the most beautiful skin he’s ever seen, leaving a girl of bones behind. Lutese wakes up skinless–and though other people would simply buy and slip into another skin, Lu refuses. As a bone girl, as a freak, she ventures into the wild, dying world to get her skin back.
Unbeknownst to Lu, there is a prophecy about a bone girl whispered among the animals. It foretells of an ending to the world, of an everlasting winter. As Lu draws closer to End City, the rumors grow stronger, following in her wake. But she doesn’t care about anything besides getting her skin back…
Until she falls in love with an outcast girl named Mara, one of the reviled Low. This simple act sets events into motion that could destroy the world…or save it.