Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GEEKing out about Harry Potter and Wende Dikec's Starr Valentine Cover

Dear Alison, 

Thank you for my letter. I can't wait to read Nicola Yoon's Everything, Everything and Padma Venkatraman's A Time To Dance. I have to tell you your reviews were the most inspiring book reviews I've read in a LONG TIME. I like books I can read in a few short reading sessions. They help break up my addiction to series fiction.

Speaking of series fiction. Can I totally geek out on you and gush about J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Release date is July 31st, 2016--I plan to Pre-Order that book shortly. I'll probably read the entire Harry Potter series again prior to reading the Cursed Child because I'm mildly obsessive that way. 

Here's the teaser from Pottermore

Big things are coming this year from the Wizarding World, including the Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book of new stage play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II'.

And look at the cover: 

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There's a teeny-tiny blurb that states it may not be the actual cover, but WOW, the nest, the wings, the child...I NEED TO READ THAT BOOK!!!!

And speaking of covers, check out my fellow Inkspell-er Wende Dikec cover reveal for her YA, Starr Valentine

Isn't the cover GORGEOUS? It makes me want to find out more about the book--lucky for us, I also posted the book blurb.

Starr Valentine always gets what she wants, whether it’s being chosen as the youngest head cheerleader in school history or snagging a date with the coveted quarterback. Unlike her awkward older sister, Astra, life is pretty perfect for Starr, until the day she learns her parents are monarchs in exile from a far-away planet called Vega and her world crashes down around her. 
On the passenger ship carrying Vegonian refugees back to their home world, Starr connects with the very buff and adorable Adrian, and makes a friend named Maya, but otherwise feels out of place. No one is interested in talking to her the entire trip, which is a novelty, and things only get worse once they land. The food is weird. The fashions are hideous. A handsome duke, Julian, hates her on sight, and Adrian is far away in a completely different city and can’t even text. Worst of all, Starr has always been the beauty of the family, but now the entire planet is fawning over her chubby older sister, Astra. 
That is when she realizes the awful truth. Astra is now the pretty one, Miss Popular, and the perfect princess. And Starr Valentine, once voted the hottest girl in the entire school, is now the ugly duckling. The question is, will she be able to turn back into a swan, or is she doomed to be a loser forever?

 A little about the Author, Wende Dikec:
National award winning author Wende Dikec writes Young Adult speculative fiction with romantic and humorous elements. An avid traveller who spent many years abroad, she now lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband, three sons, a puppy named Capone, and a very well used espresso machine. 
She can be found on the web at

Can you believe she's another Pennsylvanian? There must be something magical in the water. Maybe Albus Dumbledore cast one last spell and shrouded our beloved Keystone state in Writerly Ever Afters...

Shhh..., we should probably keep that magic tidbit to ourselves. So tomorrow, we head off to the NY SCBWI Conference. I can't wait for Rainbow Rowell--I sense a serious fangirl episode coming on--I hope I make it through her session without **SQUEE-ing** And after our session with her, I can't wait to share the inside scope with all of our writer friends here at INK Sisters Write. 

The 2016 conference marks our 4 year anniversary as writer BFFs, and you can count on us celebrating that special date! 

So until New York,