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Thursday, July 9, 2015


Hello and welcome to today's exciting cover reveal. I'm so thrilled to team up with Spencer Hill Contemporary to help reveal the cover for their upcoming release, BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER by Isabel Bandeira. I seriously love this book's title. I would totally pick this book up on based on the title alone. I admit, I'd also pick the book up based on it's cover. 

Check out the cover below!

This is a cover that compliments it's book title perfectly. If it was any different cover, I don't think it would have the same feel it does. I love it. I totally want to know what book she's reading. Speaking of reading, keep reading this post to find out more about the book, read an excerpt and enter to WIN!


By: Isabel Bandeira
Published By: Spencer Hill Contemporary
To Be Released On: January 19, 2016
Series: Ever After Book #1
Pre-Order it from: Amazon | B&N
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In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably one filled with magic and a hot paranormal love interest, like the ones that she reads obsessively. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary, but at least she has her books.
Everything changes when Phoebe learns that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her. For advice on a personality overhaul, Phoebe turns to the heroines in her favorite books. Becoming as awesome as her book characters isn’t as easy as it sounds, and when another girl nets Dev for herself right from under Phoebe’s nose she’s crushed.
Then, to up the suckage even more, she gets assigned as his co-counselor at a sixth-grade camp where they are both volunteering and has to spend an entire week attached at the hip to the one guy on the planet she wants to avoid. Can she make it through the potential danger of romantic bonfires and nature walks without Dev figuring out she’s still not over him, or will her counseling career end in emotional disaster? Can she ever go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing? There isn’t a book on her shelf that covers that, and Phoebe will have to figure it out all by herself.  Will she end up in the friend zone, or will things work out…Bookishly Ever After?


Book Signing Excerpt (Chapter 7)
I loved new books. The crisp pages, the smell, the potential as I carefully broke in the spine, made getting them one of the best feelings in the world. Getting one at a book launch with the actual author—an even better feeling. Getting one at a book launch with the actual author when the author is a rock star flying around the country to release the third book in her four book series and has a crowd of fans sitting outside the bookstore and waiting for hours to meet her? Electric.
“The final battle outfit. Awesome,” someone said as they passed me. I proudly looked up from my page for a second to smile at the two girls who passed me on their way to the back of the line. They were wearing homemade t-shirts scrawled with all of the best Maeve quotes and clutching fresh copies of Gilded, the third book in the Golden series.
I tugged at the corset, readjusting the fake leather so it would stop digging in to my ribs. The costume might be perfect, but Trixie had built it for looks, not for waiting on line for hours at the mall. At least Maeve wore leggings when she fought. I couldn’t imagine sitting on this floor in a skirt. Semi-comfortable again, I dove back in to the book. If I read fast enough, I might get a third of the way through before the bookstore let us inside.
A pair of beat-up sneakers stopped right next to me, the sharpie doodles of skulls and crossbones playing in my peripheral vision. “Phoebe? What are you wearing?”
I groaned when I followed those sneakers up to find Dev looking down at me. Of course he’d pick the one day I was in costume to run in to me at the mall. I wanted to melt in to the concrete wall behind me. “I’m here for the launch party.” I followed his eyes back to the corset and puffy shirt I was wearing. “And there’s a costume contest.” Warmth crept over my cheeks and I tilted my head forward so my hair hid my face. Dressing up for a costumed dance was one thing, but I hadn’t expected anyone from school to be at the mall this early.
“You should have worn that green dress. It was pretty epic.”
A little part of me not killed by my mortification warmed at the thought that he remembered my homecoming dress. Why he hadn’t yet gone away, though, was totally beyond my understanding. “Wrong scene. I’m in Maeve’s battle outfit. You know, like on the cover?” I used my finger as a bookmark and gestured with my new book at the giant version of it on the banner above me.
“Oh. Right.” He shuffled his feet impatiently. “And you have your bow because…”
I protectively hugged my recurve with my free hand. “Because Maeve was the reason I became an archer. I want the author to sign it.” I dropped my eyes and added, “I know this all sounds incredibly stupid.”
“No, that’s actually really cool. I didn’t know you were an archer.” He poked at my bow. “I didn’t know anyone did that stuff outside of gym class.”
“Hello, it’s an international sport, you know. Not just a chance to almost shoot freshmen who run across our field during gym class.” I shrugged and added with more than a little bit of pride, “I placed second in States at my level. Coach Rentz thinks I’ll make it to Nationals next year. I wouldn’t have had that without Maeve. I really want Niamh—” at his look of confusion, I added, “the author—to know that.”
“Books are powerful things.” I tried raising one of my eyebrows, like Maeve would at a moment like this, but I had to settle for a twitch that probably made me look like I’d escaped from an insane asylum.
“I’ll take your word for it.” He started backing up and gestured with his thumb towards the escalator. “Uh, I’d love to stay and talk, but I’ve got to go take care of something.”
My heart sunk right into my knee-high boots, but I just flipped my book back open and tried not to let the disappointment show in my face. I couldn’t have expected him to wait on line with me. “Have fun.”
He stared at me a moment longer. “How long do you have to wait for this?” He wasn’t walking away.
The snarky side of me wanted to point at the poster again, but I didn’t. The girl behind me made an exasperated snorting sound and I saw her doing it for me. “It starts at one.”  
His eyes grew wide. “So you’re going to sit here for two hours?”
The girl behind me was practically going into apoplectic fits. Dev and I tried our best to ignore her. “Four hours. I’ve been on line since the bookstore opened.”
“Are you kidding? Who does that?” I gestured towards the people in front of us and then the line snaking along the mall wall behind me. “Okay, stupid question, what normal person does that?”
“What normal person breaks into a Bollywood flash mob at a school dance?”
“Point taken.” He ran his hand through his hair, leaving it standing in dark spikes. “I gotta go. Maybe I’ll swing by later.”
“And buy a book? It’ll be good for you.”
He flashed me a wide grin. “Sure, Dr. Phoebe. I’ll pick up two and call you in the morning?” I laughed and watched as he disappeared into the crowd. I could see what other girls saw in him, especially with the messy hair. That smile nearly killed me.
As I turned back to my book, the girl behind me poked me with her copy of Gilded. “Boyfriend isn’t much of a brain trust, is he?”

I ignored her and turned back to my book. A little bit of Maeve and Aedan would take my mind off of the past few minutes.

About The Author

Growing up, Isabel Bandeira split her time between summers surrounded by cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs in Portugal and the rest of the year hanging around the lakes and trees of Southern New Jersey, which only fed her fairy-tale and nature obsessions. In her day job, she’s a Mechanical Engineer and tones down her love of all things glittery while designing medical devices, but it all comes out in her writing. The rest of the time, you’ll find her reading, at the dance studio, or working on her jumps and spins at the ice rink.

Isabel lives in South Jersey with her little black cat, too much yarn, and a closetful of vintage hats. She is represented by Carrie Howland of Donadio and Olson, Inc.

Find Isabel Via:
Her Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Goodreads | Pinterest

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  1. Love the font! And the excerpt was so fun. I can't wait to read this one it sounds like it will be a fun summer, er I guess January read :-)

  2. This title is one of the 2016 releases I'm most excited for!

    If I were in a YA novel, it would probably be mainly about friendship and ambition, but I'd manage to win over a nice, cute boy with my perfect sense of humor.

  3. I absolutely adore the cover!! And reading the excerpt... I feel like I'd enjoy this one!

  4. It's beautiful!! I can't wait to get my hands on this one. Congrats, Isabel!

  5. Yay!! I love it!!

    If I were in a YA novel, it'd be practically a memoir, haha. About a girl author/history nerd who tries to work with the complicated social structure of the homeschool world.

  6. This sounds wonderful and special. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. This book looks adorable and I am so excited to read it!
    If I was in a YA novel, I would want it to be light and Stephanie-Perkins-esque, and I would attempt to win my love interest over with terrible jokes and Buffy references.

  8. This looks like a really cute book! Definitely want to read it!

    If I were in a YA novel it would probably be about crushing on someone at work because I never go out to meet new people and don't trust meeting people online. I'd win my love interest over by becoming good friends with them and let them see how amazing I was and what they were missing out on without me.

  9. I would have a best friend of the opposite sex and we learn that we are meant to be together.

  10. Tough question!! my book is about a girl who struggles to raise herself with degenerate parents (hopefully some hot fae will involved) I would simply be my charming self and that would do the trick lol.

  11. Wow! That is a gorgeous cover. I love the sort of take on the fairytale fallen asleep theme going on in it but being replaced with reading a book. Those designs are very nice as well.

    As for the question, hmm… My book would be one of those coming of age sort of stories, though I'm now 23, it would, hopefully, take place over one magical night.

    We would bond over music and have a lot of banter/snarky remarks to each other. I'd win him over with my music taste, sarcasm, but also my willingness to listen. There would be a lot of talking, good conversation and a genuine connection.

    I stole that last sentence from an episode of Boy Meets World I watched today. :)

  12. That is a beautiful cover!
    In the YA novel I would win over my boyfriend by having special powers that I would use for environmental and social justice causes.

  13. The cover is beautiful! I read the summary, I think I'm really going to like Phoebe!

  14. My book would be an epic fantasy! My bf would fall for my badassiry and smarts! ;D
    Mary G Loki