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Friday, October 17, 2014

SUBLIME by Christina Lauren: Cover Scoop


From the minute I saw the cover of SUBLIME at the Simon & Schuster lunch at Book Expo America, I've been fascinated by it. I think they did such an incredible job! So when I was asked what I'd like the authors to write about, I immediately said, "I want to know about THE COVER!" Check out what Christina Lauren had to say about their cover experience! ~ Andye



On July 25, 2013 our YA editor, Zareen Jaffery, sent us an email: a portfolio that Lizzy Bromley had put together as the inspiration for the cover of Sublime. We’re huge fans of Lizzy's covers, and when we saw her name in that email we flipped.

The portfolio had concepts for each character, including costume, poses, even hair and makeup. Every detail was planned. It had phrases like “falling through blackness and reaching out to each other” and “....a few where there is a point of contact, and all of his color and warmth and life is seeping into her, and her white iciness is seeping into him.”

We definitely used our quota of exclamation points that day.


A few weeks later we got another email from Zareen, one with photos from the actual shoot. We definitely screamed. Not only were there photographs of the models and clothes, but taped to the wall were some of the images we had sent to include in the concept portfolio, including our biggest inspiration for Colin. We’ll see if you can tell which one it was. We were almost in tears. Even though we were on the other side of the country, in some way, it was like were were there for the shoot.



When we saw the actual cover, we could have died. There he was, Colin, shirtless and reaching out for his Lucy.


Now some of you may see the cover and realize that he’s not shirtless. If there’s anything that’s true in publishing it’s that nothing is final until it’s on the shelf, and even then it can change. A new cover was proposed a few months later as a better fit for the market. Our first instinct was BUT HE HAS PERFECT NIPPLES! But the more we thought about it and looked, the more we realized that this Colin--wearing an old t-shirt and with more of his face visible--was right. His face looks softer, younger, and there’s a yearning there that wasn’t present before. And did we mention the lip ring??



When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…
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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seven New York Times bestselling novels including Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Player and Sweet Filthy Boy. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)


Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.
Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.
You can follow their shenanigans at:
@lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peeks!

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