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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: BETWEEN THE NOTES by Sharon Roat

Today we are so excited to reveal the cover to Sharon Roat's debut contemporary BETWEEN THE NOTES (June 2015, HarperTeen) I love books about music and I really love this cover. I hope you do too! 

Also, Sharon is generously giving away a signed ARC of BETWEEN THE NOTES, so be sure to enter below!

Now....the cover!

The book:

When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.

And it isn’t pretty.

Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.

Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.



Sharon's thoughts on the cover:

When my editor told me they were working on cover designs and asked for my input, I was excited and terrified! (Pretty much describes my state of mind throughout the publishing process.) I spent several hours picking out examples of YA covers I loved. Until then, I wasn't entirely sure what I was looking for in a cover. But the collection I had curated made it pretty clear. Most of the covers I fall in love with are: 1) are either fully illustrated or combine illustration and photography; 2) have hand-lettered titles; 3) are colorful and light; and 4) give a visual hint of the main characters but leave their exact appearance to the imagination of the reader.

The only specific visual I mentioned in my cover ideas was Ivy’s little attic room at the top of her family's tall, skinny house.  I was therefore thrilled when I saw the first sketch for my cover. They nailed it—from the gorgeous colors to the silhouettes at the bottom and the little piano keys in the window. I can't wait to see it on bookshelves!


Sharon Huss Roat grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Delaware with her husband (who makes fonts), her son (who makes music), and her daughter (who makes believe!). She worked in public relations for twenty years before deciding what she really wanted to be when she grew up. Between the Notes is her debut novel. When she’s not writing (or reading) books for young adults, you might find her planting vegetables in her backyard garden or sewing costumes for a school musical. Visit her online at or on Twitter @sharonwrote.

ARC Giveaway!

Sharon is giving away a signed ARC of BETWEEN THE NOTES. Enter below for a chance to win (US/Canada only, please). Good luck!

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  1. Sounds like a great book - If I could play any instrument it would be the guitar.

    1. My next novel has a guitar-playing character ;-)

  2. Oh, and I would totally play the drums. Lots of stress relief there!
    -Tamara Girardi

  3. Piano key window!! Love this cover, Sharon! :)

  4. Yay! I had the pleasure of reading an early draft of this beautiful book and I can't wait to hold the finished book in my hands! I played flute for two years as a kid, and a little bit of piano lessons, but I really can't play either anymore. I'd love to play the piano, since I now own the piano my mother played as a child - but no one in our house plays it!

  5. I like to play the instrument of voice--only utter physical disaster or a bad cold can take it away.

  6. I'd go back to violin - played it in elementary as a requirement but gave it up. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Hi! I'd like to play the flute again, I used to play it in middle school and I loved it. Oh! Learning to play on the piano would be nice, too! :)

  8. I've played the violin since I was five.

  9. I'd love to play the theremin. My little 12-year-old brother living abroad with my aunt learns it and its so delightful watching him on Skype. It looks strange with a person waving his hands gently, or with breaks, over a little box but if you learn well, its actually pretty great to hear. Plus Sheldon played it on TBBT and its been cooler ever since. ;)
    I hope your book has massive success- it sounds like an amazing read. :D

  10. Thank you all for the kind words! You're making me want to learn a new instrument, too!

  11. I'd like to be able to play the piano. I regret not continuing the lessons I took as a child.


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