Cover Love (Why you love the cover)
The Edge Rules is the third book in my YA sports romance series, and I absolutely love all three covers. I’m fortunate that I’m not only a writer, I’m also a designer, so I’ve not only written my books, I’ve designed all the covers. My first series is magical realism, so the Rules Series had to be completely different.
Insert cutesy couples, heart-tugging fonts, and a splash of Colorado nature to tell the reader exactly what waits for them on the pages inside. Each book has a different main character, as well as a different outdoor sport, so I knew the covers had to be complementary while also standing alone.
Covers are a marketing tool—their main purpose is to entice readers to pick up the book or click to see more—so it’s not crucial that they reflect the story 100%, as long as they convey the right feeling. (Oddly enough, I didn’t realize that all three of my main characters were blond until I put the covers side by side. At least the love interests have diversity!)
Xavier, the love interest in The Edge Rules, is probably the biggest stretch from how I describe him and how he looks on the cover, and that’s why his face is the most hidden. Mica, on The Trail Rules, looks a bit older on the cover than I imagine him in the book, but Blake from The Slope Rules is EXACTLY how I imagined him. When I found the picture that’s on the cover, I actually gasped because that’s how I envisioned them.
The graphic elements of the covers—the trails and snowy mountains and the different typefaces—capture the heart of each story and set the stage for what’s to come in the book. I hope readers agree!
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Being a bully isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Sixteen-year old Brianna had everything she wanted: money to ski all over the world, underlings to do her bidding, and parents who gave her every freedom—as long as she played by their rules. But when she’s busted shoplifting and assigned to the Chain Gang, she ditches her shallow ways and realizes being herself is easier than manipulating people.
Forced to partner with kids she’d never dream of befriending, including Xavier, a boy who makes her pulse go into hyperdrive, Brianna vows to be a better person. Breaking Old Brianna’s habits isn’t easy, but her infatuation with Xavier—someone her parents would never approve of—motivates her to keep trying.
Even when he convinces her to trade her swanky skis for a beat-up snowboard.
Brianna lets go of her need to control everything and finally starts to feel free—until her past threatens to jeopardize her first real chance at love. She discovers balancing on the edge is as challenging in life as it is in snowboarding, and when a new friend is in trouble, Brianna must decide between the superficial things that used to be her world and putting her friend’s safety before herself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.