The Cover Justifies the Means

So, the second of this month’s Firmament surprises? What could it be? Well, I guess the title of this post kindof gave it away. Today is the beginning of the cover reveal for Firmament: Machiavellian! Why just the beginning? Well, you don’t get to just look here and see it. It’s not quite that easy. Instead, we’re going to give you the pieces, and you put them together. Literally!

Over the next three days, myself and Vaguely Circular and Homeschool Authors are going to be tweeting and Facebooking the nine pieces of the front cover. We will each post one piece a day for three days, so you’ll have to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts to find them all. But what do you do with these pieces? Simple! Just put them together, like a puzzle, and email the completed image to theauthor (AT) jgracepennington (DOT) com. If you don’t have easy access to photo editing software, you can use pizap.com, an easy collage-making website, to stick the pieces in place.

Why would you do all this work? Well, besides the joy of seeing the gorgeous cover, each person who completes the challenge will be entered in a giveaway for the book itself! First prize will be a signed paperback, and second prize will be an ebook.

So, here are the accounts you’ll need to be watching:

J. Grace Pennington:


Vaguely Circular:


Homeschool Authors:


We’ll be using the hashtag #CoverJustifiesTheMeans, so you can also follow that. Following and liking the named accounts isn’t a requirement, but it’s certainly encouraged!

The challenge begins now, and ends 12:00 p.m. CST on Monday, October 13th. Happy puzzling!

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