Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cover Reveal + Contest: Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Today, I've got a seriously awesome cover to share with you guys... one for a book that I have been drooling over since I first heard about it, and definitely one that is at the very top of my 2012 Holy Crap WANT list.

But this isn't just any reveal. Nope. We've got some awesome stuff mixed in for you guys, like an ARC giveaway and a chance to win a super special, contents top secret Grab Bag! But since I know you want the cover, at least before you actually read any of this.....

Well, I'm giving you the synopsis first, because honestly, you'll appreciate the cover SO much  more if you look it right after reading it.


Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that's not the problem. 

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it's not a fiery inferno, it's certainly no heaven. It's gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn't leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what's really on her mind. 

Bonesaw. 

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she's figured out just how to do it. She'll haunt him for the rest of his days. It'll be brutal . . . and awesome. 

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen's obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she's willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker. 

Velveteen can't help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.


And NOW for the seriously awesome cover that I freaking love:


Seriously. Is that not AWESOME? Dark and twisty but a little soft, and very fierce? I mean, okay, so the characters look a little, well, weird... but they are dead. You can't hold that against them. But frankly, I think that girl looks like someone who will kick some serious butt.


And now that we have that amazingness out of the way, I promised you guys a contest, didn't I?

Daniel is not only giving away not just one, but THREE chances to win an ARC of this book, he's also throwing in something special. So here's the details:

Enter here by filling out THIS form, and then hit up The Mod Podge Bookshelf and Novel Thoughts for a chance to win there (Novel Thoughts has the International contest, btw!).

You must comment on the blog you're entering from, so comment and enter on all three for three chances to win. MY Contest is US only, and ALL contests end February 21.


But there's more!

Daniel has given Delacorte three different authors photos of himself. The truth of which one they are using is still a secret, so he's given each of the three blogs one of the photos.

So that extra surprise I mentioned? One winner will be chosen from the blog with the REAL photo to win a Grab Bag. What's in it? I have no clue. But here's a picture, in case you have special powers to figure it out:


So here is my (potentially fake) bio and author photo for you guys:



When DANIEL MARKS isn't attempting to frighten bored puppies, he's writing dark and morbidly comic young adult novels for the bitter and jaded youth of the world (as well as the young at heart). His youtube channel is a front for a slapdash money laundering scheme that has yet to see a dime, so if you've got some dirty bills please send them. He's currently on an expedition to the Arctic as part of a long-standing and completely unhealthy obsession with toy-making elves.


So what do you guys think? Make sure to leave a comment, telling us your thoughts on not only the cover, but the author photo as well. Frankly, I love it. Also... what do YOU think is in The Grab Bag?


And also, CONGRATS to Daniel... now to figure out how to get *my* hands on this book.... since it doesn't actually come out until October 9...

In the mean time, you can also Add it to your Goodreads, Pre-order at Powell's Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or for pre-orders outside the U.S., The Book Depository.

And find Daniel all over: YouTube, Website, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

131 comments:

  1. I LOVE the cover, and I not-so-secretly wish that this is the real author picture. It is epic! :-D

    As for the grab bag, there is really no telling.

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  2. Squee! I cannot wait for this book! The cover is fabulous <3

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  3. I love the cover. Like I've told others, it reminds me a lot of the CW tv show posters.

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  4. This book sounds awesome! Something I definitely would love to read and the cover rocks!

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  5. This sounds really great!!! :-)

    Entered under Jessica Dunlow

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  6. LOVE this cover! It's kind of creepy, but also really awesome! That author photo is hilarious. Who wouldn't want to read a book by an author with such a wicked sense of humor! They should really just pick that photo for the win :0)

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  7. I can't wait for this book! But I don't really like the cover :( HOWEVER, this should be his author photo lol. It is basically awesome.

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  8. So excited to read Velveteen!! Your cover rocks, Danny!!

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  9. I adore this cover- can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the book! :D I'm voting for this author photo, too. The other two are great, but this one is supremely excellent. hehe.

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  10. Love the cover, and LOVE the author pic. I vote for THIS author photo. :)

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  11. I am totally seeing some classic side eye from the puppy in there. Not to mention a WTF look on his little puppy face. Also my favorite of the author photos.

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    1. ROFLMAO @ "I am totally seeing some classic side eye from the puppy.."

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    2. You called it, Joe. We know who is really the boss in that house.

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  12. This sound great! I love the cover and the author photo... is hilarious! Perfect! As for the grab bag... some swag maybe? I don't think Daniel would fit in it but hey, maybe he has the "Honey I Shrunk The Kids" machine. :)

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  13. That cover is freaking awesome! No way this is the actual author photo and bio, though they would be totally hilarious!

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  14. Amazing cover and great story plot.

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  15. I RT'd via my twitter. Can't figure out how to link that...

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  16. The cover looks awesome! can't wait to read it!!!

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  17. Freaking amazing, and I'm revealing a secret that this guy is not the love interest. LOL. I have kept my eye hooked on the book since forever. love the cover and story

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  18. AH! Ze cover it is gorgeous.

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  19. I can't wait for this to come out! And the cover is gorgeous.

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  20. That is an awesome cover! I can't wait to read it. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  21. Love the cover and the book sounds amazing. Loving the bio pic as well!!

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  22. I love this bio-photo combo! It made me laugh. I also can't wait for Velveteen to come out... in the fall. Such a long wait!

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  23. What a cool premise. This does sound good!

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  24. This book sounds fantastic. I can't wait until it's out.

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  25. Gah, it finally has a COVER!!! <3

    peachandblue2(at)aol.com

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  26. I also think the characters are very deathly looking, I'm actually surprised to see models on it, I was expecting just..something else I guess, but it still appeals to me, I'd buy it in a second.
    Not sure how I feel about the photo, but true to danny's form it makes me laugh, and the bio is so true! gotta love him, and his personality

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  27. I think the cover looks great and sort of draw you in, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing this.

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  28. I LOVE this cover! I'm so excited to read this book! Also, this picture cracks me up!

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  29. Mark Henry/ Daniel Marks is a fantastic Author and I'm sure Velveteen with be a huge hit! I love his Amanda Feral Series. I always post reviews on my blog, Goodreads and Amazon ;) The cover is awesome!

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  30. Oh my! The cover gives me tingles all over!!!!!! Hoping to win!!!!

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  31. LOL I love the author's picture!And the bio! It's hilarious. I'm loving this author already :). I've been drooling over this book even before the cover was revealed and the cover is pretty. It has this dark yet sweet feel. Oh and the contest ends March 21st right?(:P)

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  32. The cover looks great! tWarner419@aol.com

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  33. YAY!!! i've been waiting forever for the cover reveal and I Love it, your right velveteen looks like she could kick some serious ass!!! Congrats Danny!!!

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  34. I really hope this is the real author photo. Loling forever

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  35. I love this cover and can't wait to read the book!

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  36. I like that he's trying to eat the puppy

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  38. I think the author photo is hilarious. Clearly, that's one tasty dog. Maybe the grab bag includes some dog-meat jerky. Also, I really hope that is not the case. haha!

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  39. So fracking excited... can't wait... don't wanna wait... must have... drooling... :o)

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  40. I am drooling! This is awesome!! It is right up Danny's style and I am happy that he got a great cover.

    I am hoping this is Danny's real pic for the jacket. It sounds like something he would do but would it be one his publishers would allow him to go with...hmm not sure.

    I have no idea what is in the Grab bag but maybe some swag or something completely off the wall and scary. Both are very possible from his crazy self!

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  41. In the grab bag, it's probably something off the wall, knowing Daniel Marks!

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  42. Finally glad to see the cover been a long time waiting for this. I can so see danny using that picture for his book. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this.

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  43. I LOVE the cover, but I do not think that this is the real bio picture :]

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  44. The cover is awesome. I really want to read this book.

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  45. I really really like the cover. Can't say exactly the same of the author photo...It kind of scares me.

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  46. The cover is amazing. Can't wait till this one comes out.

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  47. These author bios are hilarious!

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  48. i love him!

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  49. It's bloody brilliant! I need this.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  50. I love the cover, although it kinda creeps out. This book sounds so good!!!

    tirachii(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  51. Elegantly GRUESOME cover! Strange combination, but it works! I love it! Can't wait for OCTOBER!

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  52. Creepy cover and love the author pic!

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  53. Awesome! So dark, yet elegant. Can't wait to read :)

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  54. This cover is so amazing! I can't wait to read it.

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  56. would love to win the awesome looking book

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  57. love it. am also crazy excited for this release!

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  58. Well what can I say...the cover, the description ...wow...cant wait to read it

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  59. This is one awesome sounding book

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  60. First: Her co-worker is OFF LIMITS AND HOT?! Umm... i want to meet him like yesterday! UNFF! Also, i love how the ground they're laying on is a grey and crumbly just like in the synopsis. PLUS. They totally do look like death. WIN!! AND THE PINK!! THE TITLE IS MY FAVORITE PART! I LOVE HOW IT POPS AND THE SCRIPT AND JUST....I WANT TO JUST....I HAVE TO... *LICKS* This one sounds totally fricken awesome! I'm so glad darker YAs are finally getting a bit of the spotlight! And Danny is funny as fuck so i can't wait to dive into this one! I'm sure it'll be brilliant--sure sounds like it is!! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

    P dot s- Does that cute pup come in the grab bag?! B/c then i totally wants!! :P

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  61. Absolutely love the cover. The photo is very creepy and as for the bag...actually I'm not even going to attempt to guess Danny's mind!

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  62. I like the poses on the cover, it is very different. Also black and pink are my favorite color combination. I wonder how it will look in person . . .

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  63. Can't wait for the book! And I love the cover!!

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  64. If that summary and cover wasn't enough, the picture and bio made me say "GIMME!" Daniel sounds awesome. :)

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  65. That is one freaking awesome cover! I'm glad that it finally has one at all, lol. I've been following Daniel on youtube for a while, so it's nice to know that his book is finally approaching its release date. :)

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  66. I LOVE THE COVER! I think it fits well. And his picture is epic and amazing and should definitely be in the book. I think it sums him up well. =D

    Hmm, maybe swag? Or random stuff that has meanings to him :P

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  67. Whahaha! the search for the real photo of the author is on! :D The cover is darkly gorgeous. It's striking. :D

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  68. I think I'm in love with this guy and I've never even met him. ha

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  69. I really like the cover! It's simple but fun, just like the summary. Also, I think that this is the real author photo.

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  70. I totally just drooled on my keyboard. That cover is GORGEOUS!
    And, truthfully, Daniel is so weird that, really, anything could be in that bag. There's no telling!
    I think that's one of the two fake author photos.

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  71. hells yeah that cover is amazzzing. very excited about this one!!!

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  72. The cover is pretty creepy. I love it! Also, I love the author photo because I have a Maltese and she looks just like the dog in the photo.

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  73. I LOVE the cover! So gothic and dark but also haunted with potential that the two characters will literally jump off the page and do something incredible!

    Love the author photo with the dog!

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  74. The cover's stunning! Thanks for sharing :D

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  75. I love this cover. I looks dark and mysterious and it has me really curious on what's in the inside of the book.

    I am also curious on what's inside the bag!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    emiliasherman@hotmail(dot)com

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  76. Danny is hilarious. I love watching the videos. It's a very enjoyable part of watching YouTube during the week. So if you aren't subscribed to him there yet, you should be.

    And also can't wait to read the book. The premise is intense! Love it.

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  77. Not enough cursing to actually be DM's bio. Or coffee stains on the photo.

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  78. I love the cover and cant wait to read this book

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  79. I love the cover! It's gorgeous, completely different that what I was seeing for it but way better! Just super excited for this book. I love the pic and hope it's the one on the book. It's so Danny!

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  80. Aw! The poor puppy lol! This is an epic author pic fake or not.

    And this cover...wow. I'm in love with it! <3

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  81. Love the beautifully dark cover! Can't wait to read it. The author photo is too funny! I remember seeing his post some of these on twitter and they cracked me up then.

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  82. The cover is lovely. I adore the colors and the lighting.

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  83. I absolutely love the cover. Thanks for the contest!

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  84. Looking forward to this deliciously dark book! Also, kudos on one of the most startling and hilarious author pics ever!

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  85. OMG! What a hauntingly beautiful cover! I can't wait to read Velveteen!

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  86. Unless I misread it this was supposed to end Feb. 21? But since everyone else is commenting and I really want to read this commenting anyway :) I love the darkness of the cover.

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  87. I didn't think it would have people on it

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  88. Absolutely love the cover. It gives a nice creepy vibe. The author photo is hilarious! As for the grab bag, hmmmm don't know. I would love to say swag, but somehow I think it's something more entertaining.:)

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  89. That's a hilarious author photo. I have difficulty believing that the publisher would actually use it! (extemter at hotmail dot com)

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  90. Can't wait to read this. Love the cover!

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  91. I love the cover! When I read the little synopsis, I could hear Daniel in my head. I have a gut feeling that this book is going to be amazing.

    Olivia

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  92. I absolutely love the cover! It is so creepily beautiful!

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  93. Seriously, the cover gods totally sprinkled awesome dust all over this cover. Woot! WOOT! Congrats Mr. Marks.

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  94. This looks like an wesome book I can't wait to read it!

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  95. Love Love Love the cover! It pretty much rocks my socks. And makes me want to read the book!

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  96. love the cover and I can't wait to read this book!

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  97. I am in love with this cover! I love the mixture of the fierce and dark picture with the feminine and sassy title. Can't wait for the book. Also, I'm really hoping this is the author photo, it is very Danny.

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  98. Danny is such a great guy. Love his videos, and am dying to get my hands on Velveteen! And the cover is perfection.

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  99. This book looks fantastic! I cannot wait to read his book! Daniel Marks is a wonderful person so his book must be great. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  100. Can't wait to read Danny's new book!!! I'm subbed to his youtube channel and that is what brought me here, I'm so glad I did. Thank you for doing a giveaway :D

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  101. Cover caught me off guard. Excellent.

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  102. The cover is so pretty. I can't wait to read it.

    I love that there are different author photos out there. Daniel seems like a really goofy and fun guy.

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  103. U absolutely love that cover!!!!! it's definitely going to be part of my top Tuesday!!!

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  104. I've been a big of Danny's for a while now. Him as a person I mean, so I'm very excited that his first YA book is here. The Cover is pretty. The synopsis even better!! Since I think Danny is crazy I think you put a voodoo curse of some sort and a pile of dog poo in the bag. :)

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  105. Love the cover makes me want to read the book.

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  106. I love this cover, it is amazing! The description of the book sounds awesome as well! I adore Danny, he is hilarious and I am glad that his book is coming out soon!

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  107. I love this cover and can't wait to read Velveteen. I can't stop gushing over how the female model makes the cover! As for the author photo I love it too! I've watched Daniel's youtube videos forever and he is absolutely histerical!

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  108. I love this cover and the author photo is hilarious.

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  109. The cover is beautiful and really makes me excited to read this book!

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  110. Been looking forward to VELVETEEN for a while. I like the cover, yet I really want the pages.

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  111. The cover is a classic! Love it! I can't wait to read the book!

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  112. That cover is so creepy and gorgeous! :D

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  113. I loved the short story about Velvet in Kiss Me Deadly. I can't wait to read an entire novel about her!

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  114. At sixteen, Velveteen Monroe was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that's not the problem.
    The problem is she landed in the City of the Dead. And while it's not a fiery inferno, it's certainly no heaven either. Grey, ashen and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do there. Which doesn't leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.
    Bonesaw.
    Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment he deserves. And she's figured out just how to do it. She'll haunt him for the rest of his days.
    It'll be brutal...and awesome.
    But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting could actually crack the foundation of her new world, not to mention jeopardize her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.
    Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

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