Cross-posted at The Bradford Bunch

Good morning!

I’m so excited–yesterday, I received the advance reading copies of The Ghost and the Goth, Book Two: Queen of the Dead!

For whatever reason, a book just never feels quite real to me until I see it in this form. Writing this book, in particular, was a bit tricky, as it involved revising and rewriting while I was on tour this summer for the first book. In fact, I have very fond memories of squeezing in a paragraph or two, here and there, in various airports, hotels, planes and trains across the country. This was a very well-traveled work in progress.

So, I’m thrilled to see it in book-shape, in the form of the ARC. And I love the diner background for the cover–it’s just beautiful. Alona’s expression is just perfect too–she’s up to mischief and she knows it.

Some interesting (I hope!) facts about the cover:
–It’s not quite final, so there may be some additional tweaks.

–The models for Will and Alona (both of whom I LOVE) are the same as on the first cover. The photos for both covers were shot at the same time. And I believe there are photos for the third cover from that shoot as well. Yea! I think these models are perfect as Will and Alona and I’m thrilled to have the consistency of them on all three books!

–Will is a busboy in the second book; hence, his apron. In the earliest draft of the book, we spent much more time in the diner. But as I was revising, I cut out most of the diner-based material, and then–yikes–learned the cover was going to be set as a diner. But, with that in mind, a perfect opportunity for a new diner scene in the book came up, and it all worked out beautifully.

–I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but the gym uniform Alona is wearing is based on my high school’s required gym uniform. So I just love that they put her on the cover in that outfit–it looks so familiar (and right) to me because of my own high school experience!

Here are a few pictures:

The front cover:

The back cover (I love how the diner scene wraps around to the back with the stools and counter):

A close-up (relatively speaking) of Will and Alona:

Queen of the Dead comes out on June 7, 2011! That sounds so very far away, but it’ll be here before you know it…and hopefully not too quickly as I’m still writing the third (and final) book in the trilogy!

22 comments to “Queen of the Dead is here! :)”

  1. Nina
    · October 28th, 2010 at 1:28 am · Link

    It still looks beautiful. I really love the models for Will and Alona (especially Alona. She’s just perfect) and it’s great that they’re going to be on all three covers.
    Easy for you to say that June 7 will be here before we know it… πŸ˜‰

    And I’m so glad we never had PE uniforms over here and could just wear whatever we wanted πŸ˜‰

  2. Magan Vernon
    · October 28th, 2010 at 4:54 pm · Link

    OMG, I love how it wraps around to the back! The stools on the back at the bottom just made me squeal. June can’t come soon enough, so I’ll just start praying for an ARC and then start my soundtrack for book two! Can’t wait Stacey!

    • Rachelle Hayes
      · October 30th, 2010 at 7:46 pm · Link

      I love everything about it! Except I can’t quite tell if Will is sitting on the stool or leaning on the counter? Oh well, its awesome!

      • Stacey Kade
        · November 4th, 2010 at 12:36 pm · Link

        I think he’s half-sitting/half-leaning against the stool. Definitely not the counter. That’s up higher–where the cake is. I love that detail! πŸ™‚

  3. Dwayne
    · November 4th, 2010 at 12:17 pm · Link

    I love it! I am superr excited for QOTD! Are you going to give us some ‘deleted scenes’ extras after (perhaps not before, right?) the release date? OMG OMG you made my day:D

    • Stacey Kade
      · November 4th, 2010 at 12:43 pm · Link

      Yea! So glad you like it! πŸ™‚

      There are plenty of deleted scenes from this book in my original file. Not sure, though, if they’d really make sense in the context of what turned out to be the final story (which is much, much better than the earlier draft). But I might be able to find one or two that would be share-able! πŸ™‚

  4. Natalie
    · November 10th, 2010 at 1:30 am · Link

    Eek! I’m so excited! Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Aunt Carol Ann & Grandma
    · November 10th, 2010 at 5:53 pm · Link

    AWESOME! Can’t wait to read it! See you Thanksgiving.
    Aunt Carol Ann

  6. Mercedes Wierzgac
    · November 16th, 2010 at 11:25 pm · Link

    Ohmigawd ^^ i can’t wait for this one ^^ i absolutely loved the first. Will was my favorite character, mostly because i can kinda relate to him (other then me being a girl and not a guy). Alona is great too she made me laugh a little. I’m going to be counting down the days until June 7! Thank you for writing such a great book ^^

  7. Small Review
    · November 17th, 2010 at 1:33 pm · Link

    I’m so excited for this book! I love that they used the same models for this cover.

    I’m so looking forward to this book that I featured it in my Waiting on Wednesday post this week:

    • Stacey Kade
      · November 17th, 2010 at 3:17 pm · Link

      Thank you so much for including QOTD in your Waiting on Wednesday! I appreciate it. πŸ™‚

  8. Laura
    · December 6th, 2010 at 8:41 pm · Link

    OMG you should have like a contest for the fans to win a copy of that book πŸ˜€ i just REALLY wanna read more of Alona and Will, i mean i finished the first book in a day and a half (i couldnt put the book down! not even at 3 am 0_0) anyway i hope you consider the idea. πŸ™‚ i think im so desperate for more of them that i might end up writing fanfiction for it LOL

    • Stacey Kade
      · December 7th, 2010 at 1:53 am · Link

      Ha, contest is coming soon, I promise! πŸ™‚

  9. Laura
    · December 6th, 2010 at 8:53 pm · Link

    um just ignore my last comment XD yeah just a silly idea :/

  10. ChibuezeC
    · December 28th, 2010 at 1:49 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for the next issue of this book. Just recently finished the first and it was wonderful! The next one I am hoping will equally be as good as the first.

  11. Elisa BedΓƒΒͺ
    · January 7th, 2011 at 1:40 pm · Link


    Here is Elisa, I am a brasilian reader and I really loved The Ghost and the Goth πŸ™‚ !
    I wanted to know if you could please send me an ARC copy from the book.. I could publish your book to more people (in my blog), and I am really excited to read the next one πŸ˜› !


    Elisa πŸ™‚

  12. Heather Botner
    · January 15th, 2011 at 2:25 am · Link

    Can I just say I’m really excited for this book? And comes out on my birthday, so I’m hoping someone will buy it for me, or I’ll have to buy it myself. The cover looks amazing! =) In the first book, Alona and Will are my favorite characters. I can’t wait for TQOD.

  13. Christina
    · March 2nd, 2011 at 11:54 pm · Link

    OH!! IM SO EXCITED!!!! im sure this book will be better than the 1st!!! which i absolutely loved!!!!! youre and incredible writer and i cant wait for the books!!! i have a copy of the 1st one and its my treasure!!!! lots of love from mexico xxx -Christina πŸ˜†

  14. sydra
    · July 23rd, 2011 at 3:04 pm · Link

    hey the ghost and the goth series is awsome cover are bonus cant wait for the next book. who are the models???

    • Stacey Kade
      · July 25th, 2011 at 9:57 am · Link

      Thanks, Sydra! πŸ™‚ Actually, I don’t know who the models are. They are in New York, but I don’t have their names unfortunately. I wish I did–I know lots of people are interested in learning more about them! πŸ™‚

  15. N
    · October 12th, 2011 at 8:38 pm · Link

    Hey please tell me the name of the model you used for Alona. I just love her and shes perfect for a character I need…thanks it would be a REALLY big help.
    I loved your 1st book btw & im on the second keep up the great work! πŸ˜›

    • Stacey Kade
      · October 12th, 2011 at 10:50 pm · Link

      Oh, I wish I knew her name. Unfortunately, we lost contact with both of the models after the photo shoot, so I don’t have any of her information. It’s a bummer because I would have loved to interview both of them for the blog!

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