HALLIE EPHRON: Many people take one look at the cover of my forthcoming novel, You’ll Never Know, Dear, and say, “That is so creepy!” My very own daughter posted the cover with this advice to her Facebook friends: “Avoid nightmares by keeping its cover side down.”
I adore the cover. I call it arresting. I love those electric green eyes. I’m looking for someone who can turn the doll’s face into an animated gif that blinks (and clicks as it does so). That would be creepy. That would be great!
The book is about a doll—a porcelain portrait doll--and a little girl who disappeared with it. Forty years later, the doll comes back.
The main character is that little girl’s older sister, now in her forties, who still feels responsible (she was supposed to be watching her sister.) At long last she has a chance to find out what happened. Maybe even find her lost sister.
I promise you, the dolls in this book are not creepy. Well, maybe a little. And, okay, I admit, the doll parts are—legs, heads, eyeballs. A little.
Why do we find dolls so creepy? And why is it, the more realistic the doll, the creepier it is? I suppose it’s of a piece with masks and clowns and mannequins. Human but not. But why don’t robots engender the same response?
The official pub date for the book is June 6, 2017. These weeks in the run-up to that date are fraught. It’s excruciating… waiting for the first readers to weigh in, for the early reviews. Believe me when I say every insecurity an author has balloons.
Which reminds me: those Macy’s Thanksgiving Day blimps are also terrifying.
Giveaways and down-pricing
The good news is that my publisher is pulling out all the stops, down-pricing my earlier books and giving away advance reads copies of the new one.
YOU’LL NEVER KNOW, DEAR Win one of 10 advance copies
Deadline: May 5 12 PM EST! Enter for a chance to win!
NEVER TELL A LIE
Goodreads giveawayMy first standalone suspense. A young couple are about to have their first child. A woman from their past shows up at their yard sale, goes inside the house, and never comes out. A starred review in Publisher's Weekly called it a "deliciously creepy tale of obsession."
Enter by 4/27! We’re giving away 25 print copies!
Bargain priced! NEVER TELL A LIE e-book
Until April 24. Bargain priced ($1.99) and comes with a preview of You’ll Never Know, Dear
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Today's question: What were you afraid of? Dolls? Clowns? Mannequins? Or did your fears run more to amphibious creatures and bugs?
And one more giveaway! An advance readers copy of You'll Never Know Dear to one lucky commenter today!