Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sneak Peek At Sin City Art

Just a picture this week.

There may be some minor tweaks, but this is pretty close to final and you're the first to get a sneak peek.

There's a mini-Elvis in the story, so the Elvi in the art make me laugh (since the bottom one looks mini to me...even though I don't think that was intended).

Like the one-armed bandit? Cha-ching!

Enjoy your holiday tomorrow!


42 comments:

gabrielle said...

That's looks super cool! :)

Kylie said...

A sneak preview! I love it! And I love the Elvis! Now I can't wait to find out What this is about!

Have fun over the holiday! I am stuck doing mucho homework! No fun at all. But only two more weeks of school!

~Kylie~

Yusa said...

It's so cool! Can't wait until it comes out. When does it come out anyways?...

Yeah not much school left, but i have final tests coming up and like two more projects!
-Yusayera

Ryan said...

Is Elvi really the plural of Elvis? =)

I think I like it!

-- Ryan

Yusa said...

I just had a party in my house and i opened the drawer in which i keep the envelope in which i got the book. My friend asked "What's that?"
I was like, "Oh, nothing... Fine if you really want to know..." Then i just ranted on and on about it :) Can't help but show it to EVERYONE...

Sammy looks... interesting in this cover. Can't wait to find out what trouble she gets into in this book - and who her father is!

--Yusayera

Nicole said...

I remember, years ago, thinking "wow I'm going to be in my 20's and still reading these Sammy books", and what do you know...I'm 21 and just as excited as ever to see new cover-art :)
Literally grown up with this girl and her adventures, thank you so much!

-Nicole

Jessica said...

I know you can't say (heck, I don't even want you to say), but is the car on the cover Jester? I know it's the wrong color, but then again, so is Sammy...

Ever since I heard this title, I've assumed that it has something to do with Marissa's dad, but I'm still curious how Sammy ends up in Sin City, with whom, and why. Neither she nor Marissa has enough cash to get them anywhere, and Holly wouldn't recommend sneaking onto a bus... so I suppose this time they just might be accompanied by grown-ups.

I hope it's not a Vegas elopement! (Lady Lana, just... don't you dare! But... if that were Jester, then it would kind of make sense that Hudson would offer to take Grams and Sammy... and Lana has to be part of this one if we're to find out about Sammy's dad...) Arrgh! Imagination running wild...

Okay, time to forget about Sin City since it'll be months and months before I can even read this one. (But thanks for sharing the cover art! It's very exciting.)

Steph said...

Saw the synopsis on Amazon, it sounds awesome, and the cover looks great! :)

gabrielle said...

Just went to amazon and it sounds awsome!!! Even though I haven't even read justice jack I'm already getting excited about the own after it. And I can't wait until we can finally get to know who Sammy's dad is!!! :D

AbaGayleb said...

Wow! Looks awesome!

Yusa said...

I just checked Amazon and it sounds so good!
Army of Elvis? So cool!

--Yusayera

Jessica said...

Oops. I didn't realize the synopsis was already up. I guess my post above just shows how much info the cover conveys! I do love the SK covers because they give little hints at the plot without giving too much away.

Sammy's dad... has he ever appeared in a book before (and I mean, even in just a description/occupation/passing-motorist-who-almost-hit-jaywalking-Sammy kind of way)? She has his softball glove, and the mayor is soooo nuts over softball... but I really hope it's not him. Whoever it is, does he even know Sammy exists?

Okay, really must stop thinking about this now... January is so far away (okay, not really, and I know you've been writing your butt off, Wendelin, working on several books at once, but, but, but! this is the big mystery! finally gonna be solved!). Anyway, time to go run to the cemetery and pay my respects to a soldier, then pick some wild raspberries on the way home.

Ling said...

I cannot wait! Even though Justice Jack hasn't come out yet, I am so excited for this next book! I've always been looking forward to the mystery of who Sammy's dad is, and it's almost there!!! I started this series in elementary school, now I'm 20, and I am still so excited about new books coming out! I am a little sad that it's going to end soon, but I will have the complete set when that happens :D

gabrielle said...

I'm dying to know who Sammy's dad is!! I mean there could be so many possibilities,like he could of been in one of the books,but he could have not been in any of the books. He could be some rich guy or some phycho. I doubt he is a phycho though. I just wanna know! Just 8 months to go. But that's so far away!

Optimistic4ever said...

OMGOMGOMG! I cannot wait! And somebody put Justice Jack on hold in the library before me! HOWWWW??? WHO IS THIS MYSTERIOUSLY AMAZING PERSON THAT LOVES SAMMY KEYES SO MUCH AND ALWAYS PUTS THEM ON HOLD BEFORE MEEEE?

Anywhoo, awesome cover!

gabrielle said...

Optimistic4ever,why don't you buy justice jack?

Yusa said...

I don't buy books either. Eventually one day i will buy the whole sammy set, but i always get it from the library.

Yusa said...

oh, Steph, did your blog disappear?

bookworm said...

So exciting!!!!! But January is so far away........ :(

Optimistic4ever said...

My parents and I made a deal and I get to buy the series after everything comes out if I still like the series (I cannot believe they think I will move on!)

Plus, I really like the paperback art :)

Yeah, Steph's gone :'(

gabrielle said...

Yeah,I usually don't buy books. But I can't wait until justice jack comes out in the library! And I only have one of the Sammy Keyes books.

Yusa said...

I have 8 but i didn't buy any of them. 7 of them, my librarian didn't need or want or it was in bad condition so she was throwing it away, and the last is JJ that i won.

Steph said...

I own them all but it was a rough time tracking them all down. :/
And uh yes I'm not quite up for blogging anymore or any social networking that is, but I do happen to tweet so tweet me up ya sammiacs<3 if you have one that is twitter,com/stephxhall
Ps I just dont get how she's gonna solve her Paternal Problemo, Lana+Warren Eloping-Or-Whatever Thing, AND Heather's Metaphorical Hole In The Heart or Something ALL from Vegas. Its a real myyysterry whhhooo
Vegas baby

gabrielle said...

Maybe her dad lives in Vegas....? And maybe if Lana and Warren get married they're going to Vegas....? And the Heather thing,from Vegas,have know idea......? And like you said steph, it's a real mystery.......

Yusa said...

http://www.google.com/imgres?start=212&num=10&um=1&hl=en&biw=1366&bih=667&addh=36&tbm=isch&tbnid=OnuOnKx2kwaKlM:&imgrefurl=http://www.fanpop.com/spots/emo/images/2186130/title/lonely&docid=MFc_JHZg5X2dbM&imgurl=http://images1.fanpop.com/images/photos/2100000/lonely-emo-2186130-500-375.jpg&w=500&h=375&ei=4MfGT9HnE6fu0gG_ydi6Cw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=965&vpy=358&dur=4113&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=186&ty=69&sig=117428502972900670210&page=10&tbnh=141&tbnw=185&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:10,s:212,i:81


Wow that is long. This reminded me of Cammy...

Optimistic4ever said...

@Yusa it does! :D Cammy4evah!

@Steph: Will do

Kylie said...

Hey Yusa, I don't know if you ever have seen my blog but at the bottom is a picture and it reminds me of them. And yours did too!

Yusa said...

Yeah, yours does!
This one too... sorry i just found a couple of good ones.
http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1366&bih=667&tbm=isch&tbnid=kowSl8CF22Ca_M:&imgrefurl=http://www.everybodyloveskiss.com/2006/09/&docid=MX6eHr_eNS4kkM&imgurl=http://static.flickr.com/105/252347423_6d2fb62247.jpg&w=500&h=375&ei=MxXIT9zpC6Go2wWGuJDEDQ&zoom=1

Kylie said...

Oh my she is wearing orange converse! Like mine!

Ky

Yusa said...

Cool!
I don't have converse cuz my parents won't buy them for me... yet.
I just wear comfortable sneakers though. Like running shoes.

Steph said...

WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN, MY FAVORITE AUTHOR.
Newfound respect. Like add that ON TOP of the respect I have for you already. I mean, I once did a biography thing on you in middle school and learned that you sent in Hotel Thief like a million times and started writing Skeleton Man before HT was even signed, or something along those lines, right?
I now have a newfound respect for authors and trust me, I already had TONS respect before.
I feel like I am STALKING this one literary agent. I'm planning on sending my work into her soon (after my 100000th revision *cries inside*) and I've seriously read ALL her Tweets about #agentnight and #querytime and etc, and ALL her blog posts from like 5 years about queries, prologues, revisions, this and that... And this whole time I kept thinking of you (my ahem, FAVORITE author, that's why, derrr) and I was like, "This is so hard!"
It took me February and March to complete 75,000 and then March to now to keep re-editing and spending my summer days with this huge 200 pages on my lap and Coldplay's "The Scientist" and also "Mambo No. 5" on repeat, editing (because I can't focus editing online, I print it...I literally killed like 20 trees re-printing my manuscript over and over again these months).
All I'm saying is, I wrote 75,000 words and am going insane editing...and I think I have a right to feel sad about waiting until January for Showdown in Sin City?
NEVER WILL I COMPLAIN AGAIN.
Authors are miracle workers. And 16 Sammy Keyes books (I'm guesstimating around 65,000 words generally give-or-take?) in like 14 years (plus other books in between), WOW. WOW.
Respect-Level Just Went Up 300%. Please, take your time, I would be devastated if you self-combusted like I am about to (but you won't, because you have experience obviously).
Now. Off to go stalk this agent some more. I feel like my query is too robotic. #QUERYDONT: Saying "I stalked your Twitter so please read my novel!" to an agent. HA. At least I learned something from reading EVERYTHING she writes.
:)
Steph

Yusa said...

Good luck Steph...
No wonder you don't have time to blog. You're so busy!
I could never write a book right now...

Kylie said...

Oh good luck Steph! I read it an it was amazing! I loved the whole concept behind it all! Good luck with the publishing it!

gabrielle said...

Yeah,good luck steph

gabrielle said...

Yeah,good luck steph

Steph said...

Thanks! And Kylie I changed a TON around. I sent in the query today #FirstTiming!!
But the main point was how I seriously did not comprehend how much work just the FIRST draft of a novel can be. Imagine the 2nd and 3rd etc. I never want to see my words again, I'm so sick of them, and it amazes me how authors are like "No biggie lemme just write a book every 6-7 months"...HOW!? Haha

gabrielle said...

Wow. It sounds like a ton of work to write a book. I mean I new it was a lot of work. But I guess I didn't realize that it was that much work.

Yusa said...

i really want to read it....

Optimistic4ever said...

Wow... Keep us updated through the comments section k?

Jessica said...

Steph, good luck! I hope all your hard work in writing, editing, and researching how to write a good query letter pays off quickly.

I finished Viral and Seizure. They were okay... though there were some parts that really bugged me, mostly a couple of plot holes and lack of research. I worked for 5 years in a viral research lab, and all I can say is parvovirus? Couldn't she have chosen a more believable virus family, such as herpesviridae or retroviridae (you know, viruses that actually interact with the host's DNA... or have large enough genomes to include "extra" DNA)? Still, I was able to put on my "suspension of belief" goggles.

And the Irish language thing... ugh! I appreciate the fact that she mentioned that Irish exists (and actually included some grammatically correct phrases), but she really did the language a disservice. First off, over 40% of people in Ireland *can* speak Irish, and 40% of those speak it at least once a week (even if it's only in the educational system for many of them). Ros na RĂșn is one of the most popular soaps in Ireland, and it's in Irish. The language is becoming more relevant in daily life through its flourishing pop culture, and several of the country's top high schools (in the poshest areas of Dublin) teach all in Irish. And yes, it's a bit tough to learn, but not really all that tough since I managed to teach myself... using textbooks, but also the copious materials on-line that she flat out says don't exist! Seriously, how did that get past a fact checker? She said there are no on-line translator programs, but this book allegedly takes place in 2009-10, and I know there were at least 4 very good free ones by then -- including Google Translate, for Pete's sake! And yes, speakers are "fairly rare" in the States, but we exist and have a pretty good network. There's a professor from the College of Charleston on the ACIS national prize committee for a book in the Irish language! Sorry, it just irks me when people talk about how "dead" Irish is when so many of us are working hard to preserve it and keep it relevant. Yes, it's endangered, but dead? No way.

Sorry, that got a lot longer than I meant, but there were several other inconsistencies and errors that pulled me right out of the books. And the mysteries weren't as tight as Sammy Keyes mysteries; I was able to guess whodunnit, but there wasn't enough evidence for me to be 100% certain (then again, I don't know of any other authors who write mysteries as tight as Wendelin does... if you know of any, please share). For all that, though, they were definitely riveting, and I devoured them. I'll probably continue to check out future books from the library (if I can remember to look for them once they're released). So thanks for the recommendation.

Steph said...

I guess I can't argue with the Irish language thing-- but then again, the books are 400-pages long and PACKED with action and the Temperance-translating-the-poem thing was just one tiny part of it. I can see how you're seeing the smaller picture, how some things might not make sense, but I like to see things with the bigger picture.
And okay, lets face it. EVERYTHING in Seizure, especially that underground dungeon thing--was very unrealistic. But I think the point isn't to BE 100% realistic. Think National Treasure. They're SO random.
"Oh the first letter of the Declaration of Independance is D, Washington DC has a "D" in it, Washington was the first president, the president lives in the White House IN CONCLUSION THE KEY TO THE DUNGEON IN MT. RUSHMORE IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE BEHIND THE PICTURE OF GOERGE WASHINGTON"
That never happened in the movies, but thats pretty much how ridiculous it is.
BUT as a whole, those movies are awesome. They have a LOT of flaws and holes but still.

Oh and Kathy Reichs is one of very few award-winning forensic anthropologists in the US and this WAS her first young adult novels so I'm not judging her smartness or anything.
And wow Jessica, you know your facts! I'm jealous, or maybe the correct term is owned. :) And its OK if you don't love them. Personally I loved them, but that's because I'm not a genius and didn't focus on those flaws as closely as you.:)
Steph

Jessica said...

Steph, I think they bugged me more because I know so much about virology and the Irish language... and like I said, her info wasn't even really that wrong, it's just something I'm passionate about, and I worried that it might discourage people from trying to learn Irish, which would be a real shame -- it's one of the most beautiful languages on earth. And you're right, they were both small parts of their respective books. I found the forensic anthropology stuff in the books really interesting, and I'm assuming it was all accurate since that's her specialty.

I do appreciate the recommendation, because I did gobble the books up fairly quickly, and wish there were more to read -- I'm interested to see how the pack develops further. And you were right, Shelton totally is Marissa!

I thought the underground stuff was cool! Very "Goonies." I grew up near the beach, and we learned about Blackbeard (didn't really cover any of the other pirates, since most didn't venture all the way to Virginia). My siblings and I used to dig in our backyard hoping to find treasure, though my dad would always find the holes, yell at us, and make us fill them back in before we really got anywhere. Had we ever heard rumors of a real-life treasure map, I'm sure we would have tried to sneak around solving it. And if I were a pirate, my treasure would definitely be protected with really dorky riddles and booby traps.