Cover reveal & giveaway: House of Sand and Secrets by Cat Hellisen

Today I have the awesome honour of revealing the cover of the book that I’ve been looking forward to ever since I found out it was a sequel to my favourite South African fantasy novel, When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen (who might I add, is one of the most awesome authors I’ve ever known – both online and in real life)

Most of you should have read WTSIRR by now, but just in case you haven’t you can check out my review of the book to find out what it’s all about.

Be sure to add it to your Goodreads TBR too!

And while you’re at it, you should definitely go out and grab yourself a copy, because in today’s cover reveal post, I, with special thanks to Cat and Brianna (the cover designer for House of Sand and Secrets) are also giving you the chance to win 1 of 2 e=book copies of HOSAS.

And I would highly recommend that you do read When the Sea is Rising Red first.

So, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, are you ready to check out the cover of House of Sand and Secrets?

Check it out below. More information about the book and giveaway details will follow thereafter.

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s one of the most striking covers I’ve seen this year. I love the contrasting colours, the claw … and well, pretty much everything about it really.

Also, how refreshing is it from the standard pretty, thin (and mostly white) girl we so often see on covers?

About House of Sand and Secrets

"Cat Hellisen's fantasy novel House of Sand and Secrets follows the path of Felicita Pelimberg, the hero of When the Sea is Rising Red (FSG), when she discovers that sometimes, playing to lose is the only way to survive the game of Houses.

Trapped in a hasty marriage to lower-caste Jannik and trying to make the best of their exile, Felicita is immersed in the machinations of the powerful ruling families. MallenIve is worlds apart from Felicita’s native Pelimburg, and her family name and standing will not help her here.

Haunted by her past and those who died because of her, she attempts to regain her status as the scion of a once-great House, while confronting her true feelings for her distant husband.

If MallenIve’s leaders have their way, Jannik will soon have no more rights than an animal, and a union that once seemed to offer a solution to Felicita’s problems is now a dangerous liability.

Felicita’s feelings are conflicted and it is all too easy to fall into the prejudiced mindset of the higher castes … until faceless corpses begin turning up on the rubbish tips, and Felicita might be the only hope Jannik and his people have."

Add it to your TBR pile

More about Cat
Cat Hellisen is an author of fantasy for adults and young adults. Born in 1977 in Cape Town, South Africa, she has also lived in Johannesburg, Knysna, and Nottingham.

She originally studied graphic design at Technikon Witwatersrand, before realising that she had no interest at all in the world of advertising.

She began writing seriously at age twenty-five but it was not until 2010 that she sold her first full-length novel, When the Sea is Rising Red.

Her children’s book, Beastkeeper, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, is due out 2014
You can also find her on:

And now – giveaway time!
To celebrate the forthcoming release (the book will be available from Wednesday, 23 October), you can win 1 of 2 e-book copies of HOSAS. To enter, simply leave a comment telling me which book world you’d like to visit for day, along with a means to contact you.

Giveaway is open internationally and ends on Wednesday, 23 October.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed


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