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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD by Michelle Falkoff

Today we are excited to share the cover of Michelle Falkoff's contemporary debut PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD (January 27, 2015, HarperTeen), which sounds fabulous. Michelle is also giving away a signed ARC! See below for details!

The Cover:

The Book:
Here's what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you'll understand.

 As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it's only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.
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Michelle's thoughts:

When my editor told me she was about to send over a possible cover, I will admit to being a little bit terrified.  I had no idea what I wanted it to look like, but there were all sorts of things I didn’t want, though I knew that wasn’t the right mindset to have (pessimism is bad!).  But when she told me the company that designed the cover also makes concert posters for musicians, many of whom were featured in the book (like my all-time favorites, The Decemberists), I stopped worrying.  And when I finally clicked on the image, I was beyond thrilled.  I love that it’s simple and bold, and I’m a huge fan of the wordplay in the tagline (another reason my editor is amazing).  I couldn’t be happier with it.

The Giveaway:

Michelle is generously giving away a signed ARC of PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD (US and Canada only, please). Good luck!

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The Author:

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After living on both coasts, Michelle Falkoff has most recently traded Iowa winters for Chicago winters, which may not have been the most effective life strategy, though so far she’s been really happy in Chicago.  She recently heard an old friend describe her interests to a new friend as involving poker and beef jerky, which is not entirely inaccurate, though that list should also include chocolate.  She loves em dashes, semicolons, parentheticals, and the serial comma, but when she teaches writing to first-year law students (her day job) she often tells them that if they need more than one comma, their sentences are too long. Trying to stick to the word limits in Twitter is killing her, but she’s trying: @michellefalkoff.
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Stephanie is the William C. Morris award-winning author of Charm & Strange, Complicit, Delicate Monsters, and The Smaller Evil.

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  1. So excited for this book! And I love this question <3 I'd go with Simon & Garfunkel's "America" - that's the song they were playing in concert on one of my first dates with my husband, when I looked over at him during "We'll marry our fortunes together" and realized this was it for me.

  2. Definitely would have to go with lots of Florence + the Machine, Good Charlotte, My Chemical Romance, and Fall Out Boy!

  3. The Fitz and Tantrums - The Walker
    I have no idea. . . extreme emotions lately. Anyway, Super excited & hope to read this one. Really creative & makes the reader think.

  4. Definitely would add Pachuca Sunrise by Minus the Bear. Just a funky little song that puts me in a good mood whenever it comes on my shuffle.

  5. Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle. This is my Dad's song for me, and he sings it to me still even though I'm in my 20s.

    Thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds amazing!


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