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Severed Heads, Broken Hearts Cover Reveal Contest

I am so super excited to be a part of the announcement for this amazing “design your own cover” contest for author Robyn Schneider’s SEVERED HEADS, BROKEN HEARTS. Because not only is this contest awesome, with a seriously amazing prize, but I get to be a judge!

Yes, I am one of six judges who gets to choose a favorite cover that will be sent on to the publisher for final selection. And the winner gets a signed ARC of the book ages before it gets published.

But I’m getting way ahead of myself…. Let me try this again.


Author Robyn Schneider has written a book entitled SEVERED HEADS, BROKEN HEARTS which is due out on June 4, 2013 from Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of HarperCollins). A book that I very much want to read right now and which one winner will have the chance to read really soon.

In conjunction with the cover reveal, which happens a week from today, the author and publisher are having a contest which invites readers, bloggers, artists… everyone… to design their own version of the cover. Six judges will pick their favorites which get sent to the publisher who will make the final decision. And that winner gets that awesome prize.

This book sounds absolutely amazing, so I can only imagine that designing the cover will be crazy fun. And with a title like SEVERED HEADS, BROKEN HEARTS I’m certain there will be a ton of super creative covers. Which means that choosing just one is going to be impossible. Yikes!

The contest rules are simple. But before I get to those, here’s some information about the book to spark your creativity, channel your inner designer or just get you excited for this upcoming title.

And no, that’s not the cover, it’s just a placeholder. But if you click the image it will take you to Goodreads so you can add SEVERED HEADS, BROKEN HEARTS to your TBR pile.

About the Book

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Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: In one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met—achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent.

Together, Ezra and Cassidy discover flash mobs, buried treasure, and a poodle that might just be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby. But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: If one’s singular tragedy has already hit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?

Robyn Schneider’s Severed Heads, Broken Hearts is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.




Sounds gorgeous, right? Inspires you to design a cover for it, doesn’t it? Makes you want to read it right now?

Well, if you answered “yes” to any or all of those questions and you just so happen to win this contest you won’t have much longer to wait before you can read it!

Anyway… so that you can enter the contest, here are the rules….

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The Rules:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to design your own cover for my contemporary YA novel SEVERED HEADS, BROKEN HEARTS, out June 4 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.

Please post your cover on tumblr or twitter with the tag #severedheadsbrokenheartscovers before Friday, Oct. 26.

You can enter as many times as you’d like, and this contest is open internationally.

Six Blogger Judges will each select their favorite cover, and these favorites will be sent to editor Katherine Tegen who will choose a winning entry.

The winner will receive a signed advance reader edition of the book months before it is published.

You can check out http://severedheadsbrokenhearts.tumblr.com to find some images that reflect the book if you’d like. You can use editing software or draw, paint, or collage your cover.

Some great free online image editing programs include: http://fotoflexer.com/ and http://www.picmonkey.com/.

I’ll be re-blogging covers on my tumblr, http://realrobynschneider.tumblr.com. I’m so excited to see what you come up with!


See? It’s super easy to join in. You don’t have to have a blog. And you have just under a week to come up with as many cover options as you’d like! Which should be more than enough time to come up with something amazing.


If you’d like to check out the author’s post for more details about the contest, CLICK HERE.

And be sure to check out this video of author Robyn Schneider talking book covers, the SEVERED HEADS, BROKEN HEARTS book cover and sharing the deets about this awesome contest! Make sure you watch to the end to see a super cute photo of some baby hedgehogs, too!


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And while I have included the author’s envy-inducing bio with places to find and follow her online and a list of the judges, each of whom will be choosing their favorite next week, you can stop reading right now if you’d like and begin designing.

Because this contest officially starts… NOW! So good luck to you! I cannot wait to see what wicked cool covers you come up with!


About the Author

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Robyn Schneider is a  25-year-old author, videoblogger and social media personality. Robyn:

– has appeared in the LA Times, The Today Show DigitalLife, Vogue.com, Elle Japan, Time Out New York, NY Magazine, the Philadelphia Daily News, Mashable.com, as well as on TimesCast, MTV, Showtime, RTE2, BBC and at the New York Improv, Comix, Laugh Factory and others.

– Is the writer, producer and host of Doctor Who Reviewed, a web series of episode recaps for Doctor Who Online.

– Is the author of four books for teens and tweens: The Secret Prince (Aladdin Books 2011), Knightley Academy (Aladdin Books 2010), The Social Climber’s Guide to High School (Simon Pulse 2007) and Better Than Yesterday (Delacorte 2007).

– Has appeared as a keynote speaker and panelist at many conferences on social media, YouTube, science fiction, fantasy, and publishing including New York Comic Con, Playlist Live, Gallifrey One, Aeternitas and Book Expo America.

– Graduated from Columbia University in 2009 and is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Medical Ethics (School of Medicine).

– Created the “At Your 10 Year High School Reunion” meme, which received over 10 million hits and is considered one of the top 20 most popular internet quizzes of all time.




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One Response to “Severed Heads, Broken Hearts Cover Reveal Contest”

  1. I’m not even attempting to participate hahaha.
    Though this definitely sounds like fun 😛

    #1stalker-who-doesn’t-deserve-to-be-called-that-anymore T____________T

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