Monday, July 21, 2014

Death Knocks Cover and Trailer Reveal


Every October, I love to do a series of posts I call my Spooky Stories in celebration of Halloween. In 2010, I did some posts about the weird Urban Legend surrounding the Black-Eyed Kids. The stories about these weird children with black eyes span the globe, but they seem to all have started back here in the States back in 1996 when a journalist wrote about his weird encounter on a message board.

So, a fellow blogger and author, Miranda Hardy, became captivated with this paranormal topic. We exchanged emails and private messages, and it was obvious that we were brainstorming some ideas for a book. We decided to continue to work on this project via Google Docs, and more than three years later, we can finally reveal the cover to our new book, Death Knocks.

Collaborating with Miranda was actually pretty easy. Often, authors' egos and personalities clash, but this book is the result of a true partnership. I think what makes it work for us is that we seem to compliment each other very well. We would through suggestions out there, and didn't step all over each other to get this book as perfect as we could make it.

Who knew a knock at the door could rupture your entire world? They don’t demand money or possessions…they want much more than that, they want your life.
Maverick is preparing for senior year: he’s no longer stuck in the “friend-zone” with the girl of his dreams, he’s looking forward to choosing the right college and being on his own, and he plans to have a blast along the way.
But a knock on the door changes all of that forever.
Maverick begins a mind-altering, life-changing journey to discover the truth—a truth that certain individuals will do anything to keep hidden.

Death Knocks is a Young Adult paranormal thriller about the strange global phenomenon known as the Black-Eyed Kids. Take a creepy and exciting ride in a world where myth meets reality.
Death Knocks is scheduled for publication on September 26, 2014 by Quixotic Publishing.

What's extra special is that Miranda and I were both able to incorporate our children in the project. That's Miranda's daughter on the cover - and no, she doesn't usually sport black eyes. And my oldest son put the book trailer together using Adobe Premier Pro.

Check it out!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The story sounds awesome, Jay! That's cool you were able to work together to make it a reality.

Miranda Hardy said...

Yay! We exploit our children well. Love that we can share the cover finally.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congratulations to you and Miranda! It really does sound like you both worked well together.

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Wonderful cover - congrats to both of you.

DEZMOND said...

not at my door... mehopes....

Jay Noel said...

Alex: Thanks! Collaborating with another author might not be for everyone, but it worked out for us.

Miranda: Yes. Like I said, it's time they earned their keep.

Madeline: We do. And thanks

Diane: We appreciate it.

Dez: Me neither!

Lexa Cain said...

This book sounds creepy and exciting! Congrats to you and Miranda - I'm so excited for you! I'd be happy to do a promo when it releases in Sept. Have a great week! :)

Southpaw said...

That is very cool and perfect for Halloween.

Jay Noel said...

Lexa: Thanks for the help, Lexa!

Southpaw: Yes, just in time for the Spooky Season.

Ellie Garratt said...

Congratulations to you both! The cover and trailer are stunning. It's also my kind of read. Let me know if you need any help on publication day.

Ellie Garratt

Jay Noel said...

Ellie: You love the creepy-stuff! And thanks so much.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Terrific cover and trailer and I'm so impressed by the partnership. I think it would be so difficult but you make it sound easy. This will definitely be on my TBR pile.

Jay Noel said...

Susan: Logistics might have been our only real challenge. There were times when we were actually working on the manuscript at the same time. That was pretty cool. Yea for technology!

Cherie Reich said...

That is so awesome! Congrats to both of you!

Intangible Hearts said...

I've been working on a paranormal book for years but keep getting distracted with fun stuff. This sounds amazing. Congratulations.

Jay Noel said...

Cherie: Thanks! We're both so excited.

Eve: Lol. Paranormal was a fun trip. I'm thinking I might do another couple project in that realm. Thanks!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congratulations and way to go!!! Wow! Working with someone and having it work well is great! And way to celebrate your kids' talents too.

Kim Van Sickler said...

First off, how fun collaborating on the book with another diehard fan of this spooky urban legend. And even more fun incorporating the kids in the project! I love a good horror story. This reminds me a little of the The Strangers, a movie about a couple vacationing in an out-of-the-way home that is terrorized by three sickos wearing masks. For no other reason than the strangers just happened to pick this house and the woman had to go and answer the door. Eeeeeeeerie! Wish you the best of luck. I've got my first novel coming out in a few weeks too. Here's hoping we both make lots of sales!

Cindy said...

Congrats on your new release. At least you don't have to worry about using the same stock art as several other authors.

Christine Rains said...

Woot! It's a super creepy cover. Can't wait to read the story! ... with the lights on.

Carol Kilgore said...

This is the kind of story that gives me nightmares. Great cover and trailer! Good luck!!!

G. B. Miller said...

Very cool cover and very well made trailer. Good luck on the book. Sounds like something my 13 year old daughter would be into (yes, she is a little like me, in that she reads at a level that most kids don't remotely touch nowadays).

Father Nature's Corner

J. A. Bennett said...

I had no idea you did that, so cool!!! See, this is the stuff I miss when I stop blogging. Sounds scary... Good luck!!!

Stephanie Faris said...

I actually wrote up my blog post on your cover reveal last night--it's posting tomorrow. I didn't know the story of the Black-Eyed Kids but it's fascinating. I had a lot of fun learning about it!

Robin said...

Congratulations. I plan to put this up later this week on my blog. Do you care if I attach that bit you wrote on science to go with it? I couldn't find it (yeah, I am super computer savvy) when I posted the reveal for Dragonfly Warrior. However, maybe that is for the best since this is more "sciencey" anyway. Send me an email if you don't want me to use it....

Loni Townsend said...

Grats on the cover reveal! It looks super creepy. *shiver* Delightful!

cleemckenzie said...

I've written this comment at several blogs today, but your cover jumps out and catches me every time I see it! Congratulations to you both.

Jay Noel said...

Tyrean: Celebrate...exploit...same thing!

Kim: Thanks! And best of luck with your debut.

Cindy: That's right! Good point.

Christine: I recommend that, especially if you scare easily.

Carol: I don't want to scare you THAT much. Maybe just one or two nights of nightmares is okay.

Jay Noel said...

G.B. Same boat here. My 13 year old loves this kind of stuff.

Jennie: So glad you're back!

Stephanie: Thanks so much. I will check it out.

Robin: We appreciate it! And yes, science is good.

Loni: Thank you!

C. Lee: Wanted something creepy, and I was shocked to learn that my writing partner's daughter is a black-eyed kid!!!

Denise Covey said...

Hey Jay, I just caught this at Joy's. I commented that I'd like to know more about the collaboration and here it is. Intriguing. I hope your book goes well.


Crystal Collier said...

That is SO cool. I love it when collaborations work out, and man does the book sound awesome. It's on my October reading list, and if all goes according to plan, I might even say something about it on the blog after I read it. =)

M Pax said...

Most awesome for you and Miranda! Keep me in the loop. I'd be happy to do a shoutout for you in early October.

Jay Noel said...

Denise: I will be doing a post on collaborative process. It was very fun, but there's a lot of dynamics involved

Crystal: Awesome! Thanks Crystal!

Mary: We appreciate it.

Jenna Howard said...

Very cool! And good job on the trailer. Creepy, creepy.

Robin said...

I saw a science bit in my downloads and thought, "This must have been from Jay." Turns out not. So, I am putting my own intro onto your cover reveal:)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

How awesome! I didn't know. I'll have to add that to next weeks Friday book shout out!

Morgan said...

What a great collaboration! How wonderful, Jay!!! Love!

Mr. Shife said...

Awesome and congratulations, Jay. You are kicking major butt this year.

Tara Tyler R said...

sounds so scary and suspenseful! how exciting for you and miranda! congrats!

(and thanks for commenting on my broken branch falls blog tour =)

Jay Noel said...

Thanks everybody!!!

Carrie Butler said...

1. Congratulations, Miranda!

2. Now I'm afraid to open my door...

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