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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: INK AND ASHES by Valynne E. Maetani

Today we are so pleased to share with you the gorgeous cover for the forthcoming YA mystery-thriller INK AND ASHES (May 15, 2015, Lee and Low) by debut author Valynne E. Maetani. INK & ASHES was the winning title for Tu Books’ first ever New Visions Award. The New Visions Award is a prize for previously unpublished writers of color, which you can find out more about here.

There's also a giveaway for an ARC of INK AND ASHES, so be sure to enter the rafflecopter below!

The cover!

Claire Takata has never known much about her father, who passed away ten years ago. But on the anniversary of his death, she finds a letter from her deceased father to her stepfather. Before now, Claire never had a reason to believe they even knew each other.

Struggling to understand why her parents kept this surprising history hidden, Claire combs through anything that might give her information about her father . . . until she discovers that he was a member of the yakuza, a Japanese organized crime syndicate. The discovery opens a door that should have been left closed.

The race to outrun her father’s legacy reveals secrets of his past that cast ominous shadows, threatening Claire, her friends and family, her newfound love, and ultimately her life. Winner of Tu Books’ New Visions Award, Ink and Ashes is a fascinating debut novel packed with romance, intrigue, and heart-stopping action.
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About Valynne


Valynne E. Maetani grew up in Utah and obtained a Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In a former life, she was a project manager and developed educational software for children with learning disabilities. Currently, she is a part-time stage mom, part-time soccer mom, and full-time writer. Her debut novel, Ink and Ashes, is the winner of the New Visions Award 2013. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three girls, who are carbon copies of her. She’s discovered that living with herself isn't always a bowl of cherries. You can find Valynne on twitter: @valynnemaetani.

The Giveaway 


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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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