Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cover Reveal- WORTH THE EFFORT~ELLA'S STORY by Kai Strand

Today I'm super excited to be part of Kai Strand's cover reveal for Worth the Effort~Ella's Story. Welcome, Kai!

Hi everyone! My name is Kai Strand. I’m visiting Mary’s blog today to share the cover of my upcoming young adult contemporary romance novella, out next month. I’m super excited. After you read the blurb and excerpt, and see the great cover, I hope you will become excited too. Thanks for reading!

About the book:

Ella Jones is a coward. There is a teen boy living in the alley behind her work and she is terrified of him.

Desperate to leave behind the stereotypical and judgmental world she was raised in, Ella forces herself to make a true connection with seventeen-year-old Ayden Worth. As their friendship grows Ayden’s quiet, gentle ways teach her true courage.

But there’s more to Ayden’s story than Ella knows. When their worlds collide in the most unexpected place, Ella feels betrayed. Will she find the courage to learn who Ayden really is, or will she determine he’s not worth the effort?


“Here. Two sugars and a shake of cinnamon, just how you like it.”

Our fingers brush as he takes the cup. The warmth of his are like a concussion bomb and make me flop gracelessly into my chair.

“Thank you,” he says.

The simple delivery is more powerful than if he’d fallen to his knees to kiss my feet. Every inch of his being and every nuance of his voice are appreciative of anything I do for him. I’m not going to lie. It makes me want to do a lot of things for him.

Available May 6, 2014

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About the author:

When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website,

And now, for the cover reveal...

Doesn't that look and sound awesome??? Be sure to add this one to your TBR pile. And come back here on May 6th to read my review.


  1. Yay! So excited to see the cover. Finished my ARC yesterday and loved it! :)

    1. Isn't it fantastic- both the book and the cover??

      Can't wait for this to hit the shelves!!

    2. Katie, I thrilled to hear that! Yippee!!!! Thank you.

  2. Mary, thank you so much for helping me show off this gorgeous, emotional cover. And for ALL your support. You are amazing.

    1. You are so very welcome, Kai!! I've loved being a part of this process.

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    1. Be sure to stop by the other blogs to see more excerpts, Heather! They are fantastic!!

  4. Awesome Kai. The excerpt alone gave me two questions for when you join me on my blog next month.

    Hi Mary.

    1. Hey Eric!

      Thanks for dropping by! Hope all's well. Can't wait to see your questions for Kai!

    2. Awesome, Eric. I hope to have your eARC out to you by the end of this weekend. *Takes a deep breath and dives into the deep end*


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