Guest Post/Virtual Tour with Giveaway ~ The Circle by Cindy Cipriano


Why Are Book Covers So Important? 

Book covers are the first connection your readers make with your story, especially middle grades and young adult readers.  It really is your first hook.  What creates interest in your story, what causes potential readers to go to that first page and give it a read.

Don't believe me?

Next time you're in a bookstore do a little people watching.  I've noticed buyers sliding a book away from the shelf just far enough to get a glimpse of the cover.  In those 2-3 seconds they decide if the book is worthy enough to remove it completely from the shelf and hopefully read the back of the cover.  And these are people who like to read, who are in physical bookstores, looking to buy a book.

Personally, I am thrilled with the cover for The Circle.  The artist, Paul Summerfield, did an amazing job and I am so thankful to my publisher, Michelle Lovi for finding the perfect artist for The Circle. 

You aren't finished with your story after you've written, edited, (wash, rinse, repeat).  Stay vested in your story and provide insight in the development of the cover.  After all, you know your story best, and you want others to come to know it as well.

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cindycCindy Cipriano lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and 27 pets. Okay, maybe not 27. More like three dogs, one cat, and many, many, fish. Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, writing, and the avoidance of cooking.


Cindy is a 2012 recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund PRISM award, and was named Outstanding Science Teacher in 2009 by the NC Science Teachers Association.


The Circle is Cindy’s first novel, and the first book in the Sidhe Series. The Circle is published by Odyssey Books.

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circlePublisher: Odyssey Books (June 1, 2013)
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
ISBN-10: 1922200042
Series: Sidhe Series, Book 1
Buy: Amazon, The Book Depository


Calum Ranson is sure of three things: his cousin Finley is alive, Calum will find him, and no one knows Calum and his family are Sidhe. No one until Laurel shows up at his mother's bookstore wearing a dark clan's mark.

When Calum learns the details surrounding the disappearance of Laurel's brother, he suspects the evil Hobayeth clan. Calum and Laurel work together in the Realm of Man and the Otherworld to rescue her brother – revealing a connection between Calum and Laurel that may cost Finley his life.

The Circle is the first is a series of seven books.

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Chapter Three

No Storm

~ p.29 ~

“Mrs. Ranson…” said Laurel.

“Call me Kenzie.”

“Okay.” Laurel smiled at her. “Kenzie, I saw some sticks in a

vase in the game room. Are they for Wrecks?”

Calum gave his mom a quick glance. He had forgotten to put

them away before Laurel arrived.

“No. Those are Particulars. They’re actually quite rare. That set

has been in our family for almost a hundred years,” said Kenzie.

“What are they for?” asked Laurel.

“They predict the future,” said Kenzie, matter-of-factly.

Gus coughed and looked at her in disbelief.

“Cool,” said Laurel. “How?”

“Go get ‘em and I’ll show you,” said Kenzie.

“Are you sure that’s a good idea?” Gus asked as soon as Laurel

was out of earshot.

“It’s fine,” said Kenzie. “She’ll think it’s a parlor game. Besides,

I’m curious about her.”

Laurel returned and set a green vase on the table. It was filled

with wooden twigs in varying lengths and colors. Some straight,

others twisted.

“Draw the one that calls to you,” said Kenzie.

Laurel examined the twigs and chose a honey-colored one

that was thinner than the rest.

“This makes sense,” said Kenzie. “Secrets. You’re going to tell

one and learn one.”

“So cool,” said Laurel. “Are the predictions always the same?”

“No,” said Kenzie. “It depends on a lot of things: the date, the

moon’s phase, who’s drawing the twig, and what’s in their heart.”

“You do it, Calum,” said Laurel.

Calum shrugged. He studied the twigs and drew a yellow

one decorated with golden circles. He handed it to Kenzie.

Her eyes met Calum’s as she said, “Rescue.”

Calum stared at the twig. Rescue? Finley?



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