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Cover Reveal; THE WISHING HEART by J. C. Welker

YA Highway is taking a break from cover reveals, at least for a few months, and J. C. Welker's THE WISHING HEART is our final farewell. This YA fantasy debut is coming in 2017 from Entangled Publishing, described as "a unique new f/f fantasy about an unloved girl looking for it through stories and magic."

Here's more about the story:
With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel's been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.

But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni's vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for themselves.

Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.

But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline's freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel's heart...

And here are the author's thoughts on the design:
This book is extremely personal to me so seeing it finally come alive is a dream come true. In its simplest form, the story came about with the premise of a girl looking for love and healing through stories and magic. In many ways it is a metaphor of my own experiences growing up, at a time where I felt invisible, depressed, hiding who I was, and like the character, I looked to stories to fill that hole.

And the book’s cover nicely hints at Rebel discovering that beyond the world she knows there is a hidden one. A magical one of dread and wonder, where she realizes all the mythical beings in stories she’s collected, from magicians to werewolves, just may be more real than not. The cover designer did a beautiful job using the light and dark contrast to allude to the theme of magic within the story and the consequences of it. It reflects our inner battles. That one can either let the world’s darkness swallow them, or they can feed the light. In the story the characters learn the one you feed is the one that thrives. The one that can heal. It’s about hope and searching for that healing, for the magical, and for ultimately love.

If I had books like this when I was younger it might have made life more bearable, so I hope this one reaches the hearts who need it, showing them they matter, and their love matters.

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*Paper back versions will be available for pre-order two weeks prior to release date of May 1, 2017


J.C. Welker is a YA author who's been, among other things, a fashion designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously). Her short documentaries, which focused on homeless Iraq veterans and LGBTQ+ issues in the military have been featured on CURRENT TV, and her novel has placed first in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards. She continues to work towards giving a voice to stories that are needed, while facing magic and monsters along the way.

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Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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Item Reviewed: Cover Reveal; THE WISHING HEART by J. C. Welker Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kate Hart