First off, thank you SO MUCH for all the nice comments/blog mentions/emails about HEX HALL's cover! I'm so glad to see so many other people digging it as much as I do, and I really, really appreciate it! And now that it's finally out there in the world, I get to show y'all ANOTHER cover that also fills me with joy! Huzzah!
Little trivia fact about yours truly: I am a total Anglophile.
I regularly watch BBC America. I occasionally add extra "u"s to words (Flavour! Glamour!), and I almost always spell theater as "theatre." My concentration in college was British Lit, and consequently, about 85% of the books on my shelves are set in England or written by British authors. My laptop wallpaper is a picture of Big Ben. And, oh yeah, I set pretty much all of HEX HALL 2: HEXY TIMES (still not the real name) in England. London is without a doubt my favorite city on Earth (Although I will admit that when I visited, A) it was Christmas time, and therefore all "Love, Actually"-ed, and B)we were lucky enough to stay in a very nice section of London that probably in no way reflected the city as a whole.)
I'm sure that it's the books I read as a kid that started this obsession with All Things British. The Secret Garden, anything by Roald Dahl, the Narnia books... all HUGE parts of my childhood, and all so veddy, veddy British. And of course, nearly all of those Scandalous Romance Novels I read growing up were set in England, too, and then there were the Bronte sisters, and Austen, and Thomas Hardy, and...oh, forget it!
So you can imagine how psyched I was when the Hex Hall books sold in the UK last year! (I was also psyched because, as I have mentioned, my agent in the UK is named Caspian, and this makes me giggle every time I get emails from him.)
The UK version of HEX HALL has actually had a cover out there in Internetlandia for awhile, but I wanted to wait until the US one before I posted it here just to prevent any confusion. So here it is, in all its British-y Glory!
Isn't it fab?! It's very different from the US one- well, except for the schoolgirl uniform!-, but I love how it captures a whole other aspect of the book. HEX HALL is very much about Girls Who Are Awesome, and these ladies have that going on in SPADES! Also, I love that they gave "Jenna"- the blonde one- a pink streak in her bangs. That's a little character detail in the book, and it thrilled me to no end to see it on the cover!
If you're itching for even more UK Goodness, check out this post at The Book Smugglers by Simon & Schuster UK Publicity Diva, Kat McKenna. She talks about 6 books coming out in 2010 from S&SUK, including HEX HALL, and I have to say, every single one looks AMAZING! Also, you can enter to win stuff over there, and you know how I love Winning Stuff.
And when you're done over there, you can now become a fan of the Hex Hall books on Facebook! There's, um, not much there right now, but once January gets here, there will be all kinds of goodness happening, like giveaways, and t-shirts. So please go check that out!