The Year of Lightning Cover Reveal!

This is a happy day! I'm so pleased and stoked to present the sizzling cover (pun intended!!) of my friend Ryan Dalton's YA sci fi, THE YEAR OF THE LIGHTNING. It's the first book in the Time Shift Trilogy, coming December 8, 2015, through Jolly Fish Press.

I've read this book, you guys. Ryan is incredibly talented at characterization--I LOVE the characters in this story! They're so intelligent and their dialogue is quick-witted. (Which is no wonder because Ryan is brilliant. Follow him on social media, and you'll know what I mean.) The concept and mystery of the lightning is really fascinating, the whole story is AMAZING.

Plus, the first time I met this guy was at the SCBWI LA conference several years ago, and he was such a stud. I was five months pregnant and still had a tendency to get sick. He got me water during one of the workshops, just to be nice, and he even brought me some chips to help me from getting sick during the dance/party the final evening. Can we get this pregnant lady some FOOD? Lol, but seriously, he's the sweetest and coolest guy and for that reason alone you all should READ HIS BOOK.

Ryan has written a guest post, so I'll turn the time over to him!!! Take it away, Ryan!

Hey, book fans! Dont you hate it when you move to a new town and discover its being destroyed by freak lightning storms? Let me tell you, that makes for a tough year.

That, and much more, is all in my debut YA novel THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING. I am completely in love with this cover and so excited to share it with you. After you drink in its awesomeness, keep scrolling down for a brief synopsis, plus a giveaway contest that you can participate in right here in the comments.

So, without further ado, here it is! Enjoy :)

The house has no doors. Its been abandoned for decades. Yet one night, Malcolm sees a face in the window. Thirteen-year-old twins, Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert, never imagined an old house across the street could be so much trouble, but a secret machine inside has woken up, and its power is growing.

Meanwhile, lightning storms are breaking out all over town. Theyre getting worse every week and seem to enjoy striking kids who just want to pass science class and mind their own business.

Lightning, however, is rarely cooperativeand when Malcolm and Valentine discover a connection between the house and the storms, their situation goes from mysterious to crazy stupid dangerous. As they hunt a powerful enemy, theyll realize that lightning is only the beginning. Their towns very existence hangs in the balance, and the only clues are written in the sky.

One huge way you can support authors is by pre-ordering their books. So if THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING sounds like fun to you, here's the preorder link:

Now, onto the giveaway contest!

How would you fight a lightning storm? In one paragraph, tell us exactly how youd do it, and dont hold back! Get as crazy/silly/stupid/super-tough as you want - the sky is literally the limit. Well pick a winner from each participating blog, and I will send the winners a package containing an awesome secret clue to the central mystery in THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see the cover!

Ryan Dalton

Here's a little more about Ryan and where you can find him. And seriously, his posts are hilarious, so follow him!!!

RYAN DALTON either wears a cape and fights crime abroad, or he writes about it from his red captain’s chair at home. Perhaps he’s a superhero that’s trained with the world’s finest heroes, or he’s a lifelong geek who sings well and makes a decent dish of spaghetti. It’s also plausible that he’s been plotting to take over the world since he was ten, or that he’s since been writing novels to stir the heart and spark the imagination. Either way he lives in an invisible spaceship that’s currently hovering above Phoenix, Arizona.



Unknown said...

LOVE the cover, so edgy. The story sounds incredible too, can't wait to check it out! Ryan seems hilarious...heading over to his blog now. Thanks for sharing, Cortney!

Ryan Dalton said...

Thanks so much for the all the kind words, Cortney!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Love the cover... I'm thinking that's smoke rather than a dark spiraling cloud. I would surround the house with tires, building a wall as high and as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, "seeding" the clouds with some substance to reduce the lightening's return path to the ground. Might be helpful to get lots of lightening rods to place along the street, where the house exists. Oh well, what do I know? Wear snickers and sleep in your car!

Good luck Ryan! Very, very, interesting story.

Morgan said...

Yaaaaaay Ryan!!!!!

So stoked.

And that conference was the best. You poor thing, Cort. I don't know how you did it!!!!

Ryan Dalton said...

We had SO much fun at that conference :)

Emily R. King said...

Love that cover! Ryan is a nice guy. :)

Kristin Smith said...

Haha, I love Ryan's bio! So unique and I can see why he's such a fun guy! The premise for his novel sounds very interesting!! All the best to him!

Carrie Butler said...

Oo, I love the cover! :)

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