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Cover Reveal: THIS ORDINARY LIFE by Jennifer Walkup

Today we are so pleased to share the cover reveal for Jennifer Walkup's forthcoming contemporary, THIS ORDINARY LIFE (Luminis, October 1, 2015).

Also, for readers and bloggers going to BEA: Jenn will be signing advanced copies of THIS ORDINARY LIFE on Friday, May 29 at 1:00 at Table 8 in the main signing area. Be sure to stop by!

And now, the cover....

Sometimes hope is the most extraordinary gift of all.

High-school radio host Jasmine Torres's life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around.

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her.           

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health -- not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

You can pre-order THIS ORDINARY LIFE today! 

Jenn's thoughts:

The cover process for THIS ORDINARY LIFE has been really fascinating. It was fun to see the different ideas presented, and hear the various feedback and wisdom that go into choosing a cover – from marketing and sales to focus groups and market research to publisher and bookseller feedback.

The final cover below is actually the second cover for THIS ORDINARY LIFE. (As a matter of fact, if you click the Amazon link above, the original cover may or may not still be the one that shows up).

I’m really excited about the final cover – not just because the artist did such a gorgeous job with it - but because it matches THIS ORDINARY LIFE so well. It captures Jasmine’s radio dj dream, but it also has grit and edge and attitude, which fits the story of her and her family perfectly. I really can’t wait to share this book with readers!:)

More about Jenn:

Jennifer Walkup is most often found writing, reading, and spending time with her husband and young sons.  A member of SCBWI and RWA, Jennifer also works as an editor and creative writing instructor, and is an advocate for Epilepsy awareness.  This Ordinary Life is her second novel. You can find her online at

Stephanie Kuehn

Stephanie is the William C. Morris award-winning author of Charm & Strange, Complicit, Delicate Monsters, and The Smaller Evil.

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