Cover Reveal & eARC Giveaway - Black City

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I am so excited to feature an incredible upcoming title from Penguin BYR, set to release on November 12, 2012. The novel in question? Black City by the incredible Elizabeth Richards. It's the perfectly blend of post-apocalyptic drama, romance and adventure. So, without further ado, the equally awesome cover!

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love.

Bonded by a mysterious connection, that causes Ash’s long dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong. When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist, Black City is her debut novel. Ms. Banks spent her early career writing for videogame publications such as CUBE, P2 and GamesTM and now works as a website editor. 

Previously, she ran a successful lifestyle website geared towards teenage girls. She won the Jane Hayward Young Journalist of the Year award for her feature on girls in the games industry, and was named 'Editor's Choice' in the industry trade magazine, MCV.

Elizabeth is also an incredibly talented artist, as you can see by her sketch below Illustrating her characters with a careful, beautiful eye, her work is stunning!

But first, a little the entire first chapter HERE!

Amazing...right?! And's your chance to win an eARC of Black City!

The rules are simple. As always, you do NOT have to be a follower, but it is always appreciated! This giveaway will end promptly at 7 AM EST on Wednesday, March 7, 2011 and is open internationally. Winners of the galleys will also be entered to win one of five portraits of Ash and Natalie (pictured above) and autographed by the author, herself. These winners will be chosen randomly by the author, and this is open internationally, as well.

Click HERE to enter!


  1. Love the cover, though I did roll my eyes a little at the synopsis (just because of the "darkling" aka vampire thing). HOWEVER, that first chapter--WOW! I'm totally captured.

  2. right there with you! I read that first lil' teaser, and I wasn't completely sold (especially because of vamps), but holy crap! that first chapter rocked it!

  3. Awesome cover! And I love that sample chapter, especially the intriguing ending :)

  4. The shattering effect seems to be making its rounds in the world of books, but I'm loving never gets old!

  5. That cover is amazing!
    Thanks a lot for the International giveaway :)

  6. A shattering effect is always so striking and eye-catching -- I can't think of a single cover that used it and didn't look amazing :)

  7. The cover is absolutely stunning!!! Thank you for taking the time to do this giveaway :)

  8. Of course! I'm super excited about this one, so I like to spread the word :)

  9. Thanks a lot for the International giveaway :)

  10. YES! So excited for this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. That cover is absolutely gorgeous. It's nice to see a cover sans girl. Not that I don't like those, but it's so nice to see something different for once!  How's wedding plans coming? Did you find a good buttercream? Made Red Velvet Cupcakes last night. Those things call for A TON of red dye. I'm rambling! LOL!

  12. Awesome cover. The books sounds great! Thanks for sharing :)

  13. It's a great cover. Can this come out now instead?!

  14. Totally in love with this cover. I love the bursting flower. It's defintely differently from other book covers. I am super excited for this one. Thanks for the giveaway!



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