I'm excited to kick off 2015 with a cover reveal of fellow VCFA writer Ingrid Sundberg's debut novel, All We Left Behind! It'll be coming out in December (boo, so far away, I know), so maybe you haven't heard too much about it yet, but it better be on your wishlist! Here's what it's all about:
When shy bookworm Marion Taylor meets sexy soccer captain Kurt Medford at a party, what seems like a sure thing turns into a total mess. One minute they’re alone in the middle of the lake, igniting sparks of electricity. And the next they’re on dry land, pretending they don’t even know each other. But rather than the end, that night is the beginning of something. Something real and terrifying and unforgettable.
As Marion and Kurt struggle to build the fragile pieces of a relationship, every kiss uncovers memories both of them would rather stay buried. Marion desperately wants to trust him, to share the one secret she’s never told anyone – but some truths aren’t meant to be spoken aloud. While Kurt is still haunted by his mother’s death, by the people he hurt, and by the mistakes he can never take back.
Explosive together and hollow apart, Marion and Kurt may be totally wrong for each other – or more right than they ever thought possible.All right, here it is!
All We Left Behind...
I love the deep blues of this cover, and when I read the description "explosive together and hollow apart" about Kurt and Marion, I can't help but think that this cover really captures the electricity of those words.
Ingrid was kind enough to share an exclusive excerpt of the novel to celebrate the cover reveal!
Halfway down the corridor I see Marion. Button down shirt. Blond hair. My feet slow to watch her pile her books up one by one, and it strikes me that she’s not the kind of girl I would ever pay attention to. She’s good looking, sure, but smart. The kind of smart that outweighs the good-looking part. I have to resist the urge to lean against her locker and mention how I couldn’t stop thinking about her wet, dripping body. I’d love to watch her face if I said that. That would get the smart to quiver right on out of her. Not that it’s the smart that scares me. Not that she’s the type of girl who could scare me at all.
Kurt Medford: Soccer captain. Gorgeous. Out of my league. He’s the kind of guy you watch from afar, tawny haired, beautiful; he’s not someone you actually speak to. There’s something intangible about him. He has that ability to slip in and out of the light, like a mirage you aren’t sure is real. But when he’s there in front of you, he’s there – sturdy and brilliant. It’s his grace, startling and unexpected, that steals the air out from under your feet. It’s as if you never really see Kurt, until he chooses to be seen.
Ingrid Sundberg holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman University. She grew up in Maine, but now lives in sunny California, where she misses the colors of autumn. She loves polka dots, baking, and dying her hair every color of the rainbow. All We Left Behind is her first novel. Find her online at: www.ingridsnotes.wordpress.com (and coming soon: www.ingridsundberg.com).
If you want to read more about All We Left Behind, check out Melanie Fishbane's blog for another excerpt, and of course, Ingrid's website to keep up to date on the book and Ingrid's writing!