October 18, 2017

EXCLUSIVE Cover Reveal (+ Blurb): "The Art of Escaping" by Erin Callahan

Welcome to a very special cover + blurb reveal...

...Yes, I like to tease 😁

You know, as a rule, I don't do reveals. Well, I don't do mass reveals, or reveals for books that I'm not interested in. So, when I do one, you know there's a solid reason behind that. In this case, actually, three of them 😉.
Reason #1: Erin Callahan is one of the first authors I talked to when I started blogging. I only know her virtually, but I think it's safe to say she's a great human being, and I can testify she's a talented (and blogger friendly) author 👍.
Reason #2: I beta-read this book back when it didn't have a publishing house yet, and now that it's almost ready to go into the world, I'm so happy and proud of it as if I were its godmother (which, in a sense, I am. One of its godmothers/godfathers at least...).
Reason #3: it's a darn good book 😄.
So, here goes...

Out on June 19th, 2018
The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan

Title: The Art of Escaping

Series: None

Author: Erin Callahan

Genres: Contemporary

Age: 14+

Available from: June 19th, 2018

Add on Goodreads: The Art of Escaping

Cover artist: Faceout Studio

Read my WOW post about the book here

Amazon page coming later

I stripped down to my bathing suit and gripped the ladder to the top of the tank with my shaky fingers. A little voice hissed through my mind. You can’t do this. You’re out of your damn mind. Stop. Go back to your quiet little life. I swallowed the voice and started the climb.

Seventeen-year-old Mattie hides her obsession with Harry Houdini and Dorothy Dietrich from everyone she knows, even her best friend. Then her best friend takes off for summer boarding school and all of Mattie’s anxieties bubble to the surface, leaving her feeling adrift. To distract herself, she seeks out Miyu, the reclusive daughter of a world-renowned escape artist whose life and career were snuffed out by a tragic plane crash.

With Miyu’s help, Mattie secretly transforms herself into a burgeoning escapologist and performance artist. Away from the curious eyes of her peers, she thrives in her new world of lock picking, straitjackets, and aquarium escapes. But when Will, a popular varsity athlete, discovers her act at an underground venue, she fears that her double life will be exposed. Instead of outing her, Will tells Mattie something he’s never told anyone before. But not all secrets can remain secrets forever.

Told through multiple perspectives, this funny and fresh debut explores the power of stage personas and secret spaces, and speaks to the uncanny ways in which friendship transforms us.

About Erin Callahan:

Erin grew up by a small glacial lake in New Hampshire and, after brief stints in Colorado and Rhode Island, she settled back in the Granite State with her husband and daughter. As a small child, she told her mother she’d defaced a wall with crayons because she’d been possessed by an imp. She’s convinced that same imp drives her to write. When she’s not at her day job or cranking out novels on her laptop, you can find her soaking in the new golden era of television, stalking her favorite musicians on Twitter, and trying not to embarrass herself on the volleyball court. She loves giant squids and the color red, hates the phrase “no offense,” and thinks birds are creepy.
Once upon a time, she was a lawyer but found herself unemployed at the height of the recession. For her own sanity she started writing, and to make ends meet she took a job at a residential program for teens. The kids she met there will forever serve as a well of inspiration for the contemporary YA she writes.

Find Erin Callahan Online:


Since this post was written, changes have been made to the cover above. Some concern arose about the title potentially being a bit difficult to read, because of the scattered lettering. This is the new, definitive cover.

I have to say I liked the old one better, because it was more in tune with the book (you'll understand when you read it, if you do...I mean, you will, right? 😉), different and bold. But I understand where the publisher is coming from. Anyway, just my luck - my first REALLY EXCLUSIVE cover reveal, and the cover in question gets changed 😂.


  1. Very pretty cover!

    The synopsis has a very Jenn Bennet YA vibe - I love her quirky characters and this sounds right up my alley.

    For What It's Worth

    1. Yep, I think for once it is! 😉 This is the book I emailed you about a couple of years ago, when I was beta-reading it and it didn't have a publisher yet...

  2. Yeyyyyyy the cover is fabulous! Also ominous?

    I knew I signed up for the right thing. :D

    1. LOL, no, not ominous. Spoiler: nobody dies 😉. But I see your point...

      And yes, I'm convinced that you did 😊. Thank me later...😄

  3. Thank you again Roberta!! You should know I had a number of people tell me how much they loved the little intro you wrote at the beginning. And I think mayyyyyybe a few of my writer-friends are a little jealous that I have a blogger like you in my corner.

    You are the best and most definitely the godmother of my book baby!

    1. 358 hits. I'm dumbfounded. Of course there are your writer-friends (which have good taste, haha. I mean, thank you guys!), but I doubt you have 358 of them 😂. So...there must be more than a few people interested in your book, plus my usual silent readers of course.

      I like this corner. It's comfy and full of light. I will definitely stay here 😊.

      And thank you for this unique opportunity!

  4. This looks awesome! I do love a good magician-style story. (Also, weird as it is, the chance to read a book you beta-read is a huge draw? YOU INFLUENCED THIS BOOK! That's such a cool thing!)

    1. That's the most unique compliment anyone has ever paid me. Why didn't I meet you before? 😂 And maybe now I'll get random requests of beta-reading from authors who think I can actually "draw" people toward their books LOL.

      To tell the truth, I've beta-read 3 more books so far (one of them by the same author, which is going to be SO BIG, I swear), only they haven't been picked for publication yet...

    2. I was actually thinking about how weird it was that we became blog friends across totally different platforms. It can be so exclusive, and Tumblr especially isn't good at sharing content with anything except other Tumblrs (although I am trying to figure out how to work Disqus, which in theory would allow non-Tumblrs to leave comments! In practice it's thwarting me at every turn, but whatever lol). Thank goodness for Goodreads!

      LOL I hope you do! That's really exciting! Fingers crossed they get picked up soon. :]]

    3. Really weird! Especially since, as you said, Tumblr is not a friendly platform for anyone who isn't a member...at least on WP one can comment...And I've never really used GR as a social network either than when chatting with you, mainly because not many people pay attention to their notifications on there, so it's a bit difficult to communicate...and it's understandable, since GR sometimes doesn't make it easy for you to keep abreast of what's happening with your friends - especially when you have many. Anyway, I'm so glad we met 😊. And thank you!


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