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Cover Reveal: THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker

We are thrilled to feature debut author Shannon M. Parker's The Girl Who Fell, coming March 1, 2016 from Simon Pulse -- scroll down for the cover, an interview with the designer, AND a giveaway!

Here's a sneak peek of what's inside:
“He whispers to the deepest part of my heart, the part I didn’t even know was there until now. A secret even to me. I hold him there. In this place that is the beginning of everything.”

And check out this awesome cover:

More about the book:


Zephyr Doyle is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.

But love has a way of changing things.

Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and—most importantly—Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.
Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and . . .


But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty, or worse, ashamed.

So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.

If she waits any longer, it may be too late.

As a bonus, Shannon interviewed Simon & Schuster's Regina Flath, the cover's designer. Shannon says: "The gorgeous cover for THE GIRL WHO FELL would not live in the world without the creative genius of Regina Flath, Designer for Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Her design literally took my breath away. I gasped. Felt faint. Cried a bit. Then I plastered my house with the image, packed one into Hubby’s lunch, hung another in our chicken coop.

It was a surreal experience to see my story distilled down into this powerful illustration—one that works for this book on so many levels. I had a ton of questions about the design process and discovered most people do. So, who better to fill in some of those gaps then the artist herself!"

Shannon: How much information did you have about THE GIRL WHO FELL before you began the initial designs?

Regina: At the time of working on this project, I had a rough draft of the manuscript to read, as well as notes from the editor. I read through the book in its entirety and began brainstorming about mid-way through the read since I knew thematically what was going to happen.

Shannon: Once you knew about the story, did a design pop into your head fully formed or did it develop over time? 

Regina: The design for this book went through a few iterations. I did some stock photography research first, to see if a photographic direction would be the way to go. After hitting some dead ends with that idea, I began to think about a bigger idea of how to represent the exploration of sexuality for the main character. Without giving away any spoilers, I wanted to find a way to juxtapose the transformation Zephyr goes through at the end and where she starts as a character. Once I hit on the title-in-lips idea, I did a number of ink drawings that I pulled into Photoshop and manipulated into the final design.

Shannon: My absolute favorite element of this design is how you incorporated the title into the illustration. How did you come up with that idea? 

Regina: When concepting for the idea of juxtaposing where Zephyr starts in the story to where she ends up at the end, I loved the idea of the fresh pink kiss mark with the title evolving out of it. It made me feel like you could see Zephyr finding her voice.

Shannon: That is brilliant since a major theme in this story is Zephyr regaining her voice. Also, the book deals with control: how much we think we have versus how much we give over to other people. The way you’ve colored outside of the lines is a real nod to that theme and I suspect the color choices are as well. Can you talk a little bit about the colors you chose and why? And discuss your reasons for ‘coloring outside the lines’ where the lips are concerned?

Regina: I chose the dark purple texture as a way to show the darkness and depth of Zephyr’s journey as a background to her sexual awakening. The pink lip print felt like innocence and beginnings in a way that a darker lip color (red for example, which is what I think most people would automatically think of first when thinking about a lipstick print) might read more mature and confident. The ‘color outside the lines’ was a way to show the kind of frenzy and growth that Zephyr has to go through in order to be who she is by the end of the story, as well as add visual interest to the cover image.

Shannon: I couldn’t be happier with the design; it has surpassed my greatest expectations and I find myself scrambling for words to sufficiently thank you. All I can do is gush and gush (and gush some more). Thanks for sharing your process with The Girl Who Fell. Do you have any exciting projects coming up we should know about? 

Regina: There are a LOT of titles I’m excited about for Spring 2016 that I’ve worked on for Pulse! There’s Shades of Darkness by A. R. Kahler that I’m eagerly awaiting a cover reveal date for (I got to work with an artist for this book that I’ve loved since college). I also have the sequel to Hit by Delilah S. Dawson, called Strike, and also We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson, which should also be revealing soon and is an AMAZING read!

In the illustration realm, I recently got signed up with Magination Press to illustrate a picture book called Emily Grace and the What Ifs which will be out next year. I’m looking forward to doing that and hope people will check it out in a few months when I have things to share!

Shannon: Thank you, Regina! The STRIKE cover was awesome, the perfect follow-up to Delilah Dawson’s HIT. It has been an amazing experience to see my story translated into this one minimalist illustration that speaks deeply to the plot on so many levels. In my opinion, you are pure genius. 

Add THE GIRL WHO FELL to your TBR list on Goodreads!  
Learn more about Shannon and her debut at and @shannonmparker

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  1. I have been waiting to see this cover for such a long time!! Fantastic! Congratulations, Shannon!!!! Squeee...

  2. So, so, SO excited for Shannon and her amazing cover reveal of GIRL!!! I can't wait to get my paws on her book and celebrate 2016 in style, with our debuts. And a big kudos to YA Highway for the awesome reveal, too!

  3. I looooove it! A wonderful cover for a wonderful book. And I love the interview, too. It adds another layer of awesome. Congrats, Shannon!

  4. Shannon! Your cover is holding my breath hostage!!! It is SOOOOO gorgeous! Can't wait to hold your amazing book in my hot little hands. :) Wonderful interview!

  5. This is incredible! WHY DOES 2016 HAVE TO BE SO FAR AWAY?!?!

  6. LOVE IT!!! can't wait to get my very own copy!

  7. Absolutely beautiful! I can't believe I have to wait a year!!

  8. GORGEOUS cover. Can't wait to read this one!

  9. Cool interview. It's always so interesting to see what goes in to covers behind the scenes. And I LOVE this cover! A perfect reflection of the book, which sounds amazing.

  10. Love this cover! Great interview too! :) Can't wait to read this.


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