Thursday, February 12, 2015

That Time I Got All Sappy And THIS MUCH SPACE Had A Gorgeous Cover

HI FOLKS.
I know, I know. I haven't posted in a million years. (Okay, a couple of months.) I shall endeavor to fix that ASAP and HEY! I DID because I'm blogging now. *pats self on the back*

GUYS TODAY IS COVER REVEAL DAY I AM SO EXCITED AND ALSO SLIGHTLY TERRIFIED.

Emotional Backstory:
One of the many reasons I wrote THIS MUCH SPACE was because I was sick and tired of having fat heroines who were A. not actually fat, B. hated themselves, or C. didn't get the guy until they lost all the weight. PFFFFTTTT. It's almost like people think that fat, fabulous, confident girls don't end up getting the guy. Which annoyed me to no end, because it happens. It most definitely happens. 
Olivia may be my favorite character I've ever written, and her and Thierry together make me squee. When it came to designing the cover, I wanted the girl on the cover to be an accurate reflection of what Olivia looks like. Trying to find that on stock photo websites was harder than finding a unicorn. (I'm pretty sure I spotted one or two actual unicorns in my search.) I was getting a little (read, a lot) nervous, when I had an epiphany.
I followed Becca on Tumblr!
Becca, for those of you who don't follow her on Tumblr, is a fabulous fat fashion blogger. Her outfits are amazing, her hair is gorgeous, and she's an absolute doll. 
And so I thought super happy thoughts and sent her an email asking her if she wanted to be the cover model for THIS MUCH SPACE.
And she said yes. And it's possible I screamed so loud I scared the neighbors.

When we picked the final image for the cover, it all finally hit me. There's a fat girl on the cover of my book. A gorgeous, kick ass, wonderful fat girl, who loves herself and loves her body and gets the HEA that she (and everyone else) deserves. And I cried, because teenaged KK would have given just about anything to pick up a book with a cover like this. I'm crying a little bit now, writing about this.

While I love all my book covers, this one holds a special place in my heart. It's a lot of years of work, a lot of years of unlearning how to hate my body, of years and years until I realized that I'm exactly who I need to be now, looks included.

That I take up this much space, and that's more than okay.


And so, on that sappy note, kindly join me in squeeing about the absolute gorgeousness that is the cover of THIS MUCH SPACE, coming to ebook retailers near you March 16th. (Then, go tell Hafsah that she's a genius. Because she is.)




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BOOK BLURB:

Olivia is Anna Wintour’s worst nightmare, and she doesn’t give a shit. She’s wanted to go into fashion design her whole life, and nothing is going to stop her fabulous plus sized self. Not even her boss from hell, or the fact that she’s the fat Cinderella of the most exclusive lingerie store in Bushwick, Ohio. She’s sworn off dating, because she is focused, dammit, and will not get distracted by anyone in college. She has shit to do and places to go, be it on her own with the clothing she makes, or with the girls in Twelve Beats In A Bar, the all-female a cappella group she’s part of. 

 Why do group projects always have to ruin everything? 

 Thierry Acosta has it all. Shortstop on Bushwick University’s baseball team, amazing grades in college, everything he could want. When he gets paired with Olivia for a group project, things are only getting better. And then his dad loses his job, and Thierry’s life falls apart. He can’t manage to get himself to practice, to class… anywhere. He’s got the scars on his wrists to prove that this has happened before, but he thought he was better. He thought he could deal with something like this. The cuts on his thighs say otherwise.

Before they know it, Olivia and Thierry’s relationship has gone from casual project partners to not-so-casual more-than-friends. But when things take a turn for the worse, can they face the growing reality of a relationship that’s become much serious than either of them expected - or wanted?


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And as with CBTT and ADKOF, I'm going to be donating money to a charity based on the number of Goodreads adds.

(The official) AUTHOR NOTE:

 Authors have a funny relationship with their characters. We spend so many hours inside their heads, so many hours just thinking about the characters we write. We do hours of research to make sure the characters we write are honest and correctly portray the kind of person we want them to.

After spending hours and hours with my characters, and doing research about people going through the same situations as they are, I'm always left wanting to do something. Writing the book is a way to bring attention to different issues, but it never feels like enough for me.

While writing THIS MUCH SPACE, I spent a lot of time researching depression and self-harm, and while I will always and forever link to organizations that can help people struggling, and will offer whatever emotional support I can....I wanted to do more.

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery. You can find out more about them at twloha.com. I am thrilled to announce that for every Goodreads add of THIS MUCH SPACE, I will donate money to TWLOHA.

I hope that THIS MUCH SPACE will help you look at those who are suffering with compassion and love, and I'm so excited for you to meet Olivia and Thierry.

Much Love,

KK



 
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About the Author (spoiler: it's me):

KK Hendin’s real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she’ll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate. She’s the author of the NA contemporaries HEART BREATHS and ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG. THIS MUCH SPACE is the second book in her new series, TWELVE BEATS IN A BAR. KK spends way too much time on Twitter (where she can be found as @kkhendin), and rambles on occasion over at www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com.

AUTHOR LINKS: 

Site - www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/kkhendin 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kk.hendin 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7231267.K_K_Hendin