It’s Cover Reveal Time: Black Iris by Leah Raeder

I’m so thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for Leah Raeder’s new novel, Black Iris. If you couldn’t tell from my post entitled “My Book Soul Mate: Unteachable,” I am very fond of Raeder’s first novel. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Black Iris! Here’s a description of the book, which releases on April 28, 2015:

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for. If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate. She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own. But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help. Which was the plan all along. Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true. She’s going to show them all.

And now, the part you’ve all been waiting for: the cover reveal!



Atria Books | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781476786421 | On sale: April 28, 2015 | List price: $15.00 | eBook ISBN: 9781476786438 | eBook list price: $5.99

Isn’t it gorgeous? So bold! I know I’d pick it up off the shelf based on just the cover alone. What do you think of the cover reveal? And I have one more surprise for you! Leah Raeder and the folks at Atria Books have decided to share an excerpt from the first chapter. Between this cover reveal and a sneak peak – I’ll be dreaming of this book until April 28th!

BLACK IRIS by Leah Raeder

April is the cruelest month, T.S. Eliot said, and that’s because it kills. It’s the month with the highest suicide rate. You’d think December, or even January—the holidays and all that forced cheer and agonized smiling pushing fragile people to the edge—but actually it’s spring, when the world wakes from frostbound sleep and something cruel and final stirs inside those of us who are broken. Like Eliot said: mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. In the deepest throes of depression, when sunlight is anguish and the sky throbs like one big raw migraine and you just want to sleep until you or everything else dies, you’re less likely to commit suicide than someone coming out of a depressive episode. Drug companies know this. That’s why antidepressants have to be marked with the warning MAY CAUSE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS.

Because what brings you back to life also gives you the means to destroy yourself.


Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago. Visit her at

(You can also follow Leah on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I do all of these things, because I am an unabashed fangirl.)

Has your curiosity been piqued? You can pre-order Black Iris at the following websites: AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-a-MillionIndieBoundUK LINKS: AmazonBarnes & NobleWaterstonesFoylesKoboAppleGoogleAUS LINKS: AppleAmazonGoogle. (Don’t worry… we have all you readers covered!)

Are you looking forward to reading Black Iris? I think it sounds like an incredibly unique addition to the new adult genre. I’d love to hear your thoughts below. I also want to give a huge thanks to the people at Atria Books for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of the cover reveal for one of my most anticipated books of 2015!


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