Sarah Billington - The Kiss Off
• Pub Date: May 7, 2012
• Publisher: CreateSpace
• Format: Paperback/Ebook, 260 pages
• Age Range: Young Adult (14+)
When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global.
A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts. Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn’t as easy as she had hoped.
Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty laundry private, she learns that the truth can be hard to find when your life is in the headlines.
Top Ten Book Covers
by Sarah Billington
I love book covers. Don’t you? I know we’re told not to judge a book by its cover (in life and in book purchases) but sometimes you can’t help it. Some book covers just appeal to something inside you and make you need to put that book on your To-Be-Read pile because you have to keep looking at it.
In no particular order, here are ten of my fave covers right now.
The Mockingbirds by Daisy WhitneyI love the muted tones with two bright feature colours, it really stands out.
I love the New York skyline, and there’s something kind of old school about what’s been done with the colouring. It’s reminiscent of a mystery, which is exactly what Dead is the New Black is – though a very fashionable mystery.
I would actually buy this book cover as a print, frame it, and put it on my wall. I really love that illustration style and the colouring and movement. It’s right in the middle of what looks to be a pretty important, action-packed scene and I want to read what’s happening there.
For a contemporary book, this cover just looks modern, light and fun. Totally works for me.
Those are three very different, very bad-ass looking heroines on the cover there, each with something different to offer to the book.
Completely atmospheric and creepy, yes? It sets the tone for what I expect will be inside and when I’m in the mood for something creepy that cover springs to mind.
How intricately done is this cover? It hints at something dark and mysterious and fantastical, and has appeal to boys as well as girls. Excellent.
The curly iron typeface that looks like street signage, the wispy, ghostly smoke, chasing after a ghost down the cobblestoned street in York, England... I have been to York and went on a ghost tour and into a haunted house there so it’s not only the cover that appeals to me, but it sure caught my attention.
Considering touching her kills you, I love the awkward posing of the model on the front. She looks so uncomfortable, which makes me a bit uncomfortable. That seems right to me.
The Promise by Jessica Sorensen
The lighting is so well done here, and I love the glowing parts on the title. It looks romantic, but dark and sinister.
I love book cover art.
Thanks for having me today!
These are some of my faves, what are some of yours?
Sarah Billington is an Australian writer and editor who likes to write stories with love, laughs, suspense and zombies. Sometimes all in the same story.
She writes predominantly light Young Adult fiction under her name, Sarah Billington, but if you're interested in something a bit darker and scarier you could try out her other persona, Edwina Ray's writing. Edwina Ray is an Amazon best selling author. This makes Sarah Billington very jealous.
Sarah loves a variety of random things, which include Swing Dancing, Ice Hockey, Roller Derby and is a bit obsessive about paranormal investigation shows and channel E!. She has also become known as "the zombie girl" because of her fascination with all things zombie. She doesn't quite know how that happened, but she's going with it.
The money's in! Poppy's royalties for penning the accidental hit song
The Kiss Off that shot her boyfriend's band to super-stardom are in
and she knows EXACTLY what she's doing with it.
“See that?” I said, pointing at the feature band name on the flyer.
“Academy of Lies are headlining Bay Fest over in Tallulah Shores.”
“They’re headlining? Are you serious?” Mads said.
I grinned. “Pack your bags, baby.”
“Two words: road trip,” I said. “One word: camping.”
“Five wor — is it five? Yeah — five words: One week by the sea.”
“Four more words-”
“Enough with the words already.”
“I’m nearly done,” I said, “four final words: you, me and Van.”
She bit her bottom lip, staring at me when her hands started wringing
in front of her again. And she started bouncing.
“No,” I said, “no, no. You shut up. You start screaming again and
you’re not coming.”
Instead, Mads squeezed me in a bear hug and planted a kiss on my
cheek. “I’m going to Babe Fest. I’m going to Babe Fest!”
Bay Music Festival. Of all the nicknames in the world, it could have
been a lot worse.
THE KISS OFF 2 will include:
A road trip with an unexpected passenger.
The realization too late that they don't actually like camping.
Accidental topless swimming.
Paparazzi punch ups.
A news-worthy (yet totally false) love triangle.
Obsessed fan girls.
And an overwhelming request from someone super-famous.