Friday, February 3, 2012

Breathless by Cole Gibsen Cover Reveal

Today I have a special treat for you.  I get to reveal the cover for Apocalypsy Cole Gibsen's (Katana [March 8th]) second novel, Breathless.  It comes out in paperback and e-book on March 27th of this year.  Now, here is the beautiful cover and the synopsis, along with a short interview I did with the author about the cover!

Obituary-reading emo girl Edith Small is broken - the end result of forcing herself inside a mold that doesn't fit. All she wants is to conform to her strict sergeant stepfather's rules long enough to make it to graduation day.

But a boat accident threatens to unravel the life Edith has worked so hard to keep. After waking up in a hospital with a lacerated shoulder, Edith fakes amnesia. Because admitting she received her injuries from a blue-haired girl who breathes underwater is all the reason Sir needs to send Edith on the first bus to military school.

Safe at home, Edith struggles to put the nightmare behind her. But the mysterious creatures that live in the ocean aren't about to let her forget.

After meeting Bastin - a strange boy with silver hair and black eyes - on a secluded dock, Edith learns about the war raging undersea to end human existence. A war that Edith, unwittingly, has become the key to winning.

In a world where death is an ever-present shadow and motives are as dark as the bottom of the ocean, Edith must decide if her life is worth risking for a love that can't survive past the shore.

What is your favorite thing about the cover?

I love how the scene depicts the emotions of the book--the girl is looking skyward, but her body language shows reluctance to leave.

Do you think it conveys the right message?  Does it relate to the book or is it just another pretty cover?

What's so great about it is that it depicts the entire tone of the story. While I think the cover is gorgeous, it also shows a girl whose head is tilted for the sun. It's like she knows she can't survive underwater, yet her body shows no signs of swimming for the surface.

Who is it supposed to be on the cover?

That would be Edith. She's a seventeen year old girl who, after a boating accident, finds herself caught in the middle of a mermaid war.

Is there anything you would change about it? If so what?

The only thing I wanted to change, they did change. When CMP first showed me a draft of the cover, my name was spelled wrong. lol

What do you hope people take away from the cover?

I was suffering with a bought of depression when I wrote BREATHLESS. Because of that, BREATHLESS is the darkest novel I've written to date.  I think the cover depicts the darkness quite nicely.


  1. Wow that Is a gorgeous cover and I am going to have to add this book to my TBR pile , and when it comes out I will have to get my hands on it )

  2. Whoa. How in the world did I not know about this? Or this blog? Instant follow.

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! Can't wait till it comes out! :D

  4. What a gorgeous cover, Cole! I can't wait to read it when it comes out!

  5. OMG!
    I cannot look at it enough times!! I cannot wait to read it *-*!!!

    thanks for the interview AND the cover reveal!!!
    thank God they changed your misspelled name :D

  6. Great interview and slammin lovely cover!