Cover Reveal: The Empress Chronicles

Displaying The Empress Chronicles_bannerad.jpgToday, I will be (along with others) revealing the cover for The Empress Chronicles. Here it is in it’s full glory:

The Empress ChroniclesImpressive? Now, let’s see what it is about!

When city girl Liz is banished to a rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control. She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval. The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons. But all of this changes in one historical instant.

One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own. Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love. But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.

When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria.
It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own…


Displaying Vitello is a proud founding member of a critique group recently dubbed The Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and prizes (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship).

Suzy’s debut novel, THE MOMENT BEFORE, was published by Diversion Books in January, 2014.

Okay, not done yet! Suzy has also agreed to share her top 10 favorite fantasy books (you know I love my lists 😉 ):

Thanks for inviting me to stop by on my Cover Reveal tour for The Empress Chronicles, which is a young adult book (September 4th is the release day! That’s ONE MONTH FROM TODAY!) The book is a blend of fantasy, contemporary and historical.

I thought it might be fun to list 10 fantasy genre examples, many of them classics that have stood the test of time—ones you might consider reading or re-reading!

  1. The Beatrix Potter collection. From Peter Rabbit to Squirrel Nutkin, these classic tales are visually iconic, but are also masterpieces in the way they slyly characterize their animal protagonists.
  2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and
  3. Through the Looking Glass, both by Lewis Carroll. The two most translated works of English literature (after the plays of Shakespeare), inaugurated modern children’s literature.
  4. Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is near and dear to my heart. Especially after learning that the author had a hard time getting the novel published. (She had somewhere between 26 and 40 rejections, depending on the source). Apparently, publishers in the early ‘60’s didn’t buy the concept of a female protagonist in a science fiction/fantasy book. Go figure.
  5. Speaking of time, I have to switch gears and include my favorite romcom of last year, About Time – the Richard Curtis flick (he’s the guy that brought us Four Weddings and a Funeral; Love, Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary). It’s a sort of British Groundhog’s Day (except the lead character has control over his forays into the past). It’s been called “soppy” and “sentimental” by critics, but I just adored it. So there.
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia. Yup. I’m a fan. I love the interplay between the children and the world they find behind the wall. C.S. Lewis was big into Christian allegory, but, like other myths and legends, the books satisfy our unquenchable desire for the epic good/evil battle.
  7. Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha books: Shadow & Bone,
  8. Seige & Storm, and
  9. Ruin & Rising are really great. The series heroine, Alina Starkov, is as badass as they come. Independent, stubborn, and utterly human (despite her waxing and waning powers).

The book sounds awesome! Do check it out! 🙂


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