Monday, 3 November 2014

An incredible writer. An incredible person. An incredible book. This deserves some incredible support, dontchya think?!

Today, I'm really excited. Why? Because an incredible friend of mine (and partner in crime at Vine Leaves Literary Journal), Dawn Ius, is revealing the cover of her debut YA novel, Anne & Henry!

This has been in the making for a long time and I'm so thrilled for Dawn that the day has finally arrived so she can flaunt her astounding storytelling talent. She is an AMAZING writer, and I can't wait for everyone to experience what I have been experiencing for the last (almost) five years when beta-reading her work ... extremely severe writing envy!!! Oh, and of course, a bloody excellent ride in a world outside our reality. :-)

Without further ado ... here it is! (And please scroll down to the bottom to enter to be in the running to win an ARC which will be available in January, 2015.)


A love worth losing your head over

Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching

Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

Apart they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

HENRY TUDOR’S LIFE HAS BEEN mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s.

But ever since the death of Henry’s brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who’s not Tudor-approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash, and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, ANNE & HENRY reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.

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About the Author

DAWN IUS is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is an active member of the International Thriller Writers association, co-founder and senior editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and the author of nine educational graphic novels published by the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. When she’s not slaying fictional monsters, she’s geeking out over fairy tales, Jack Bauer, Halloween, sports cars, and all things that go bump in the night. Dawn lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff, and their giant English Mastiff, Roarke.

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  1. The two on the cover make a handsome couple. I love it.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this. Love you BIGGERESTER <3

  3. Hi Jess - what a great shout out for Dawn ... the combination of the two characters taking on their 500 year old alter egos ... interesting .. and good luck and it's great that the two of you are working together again .. cheers Hilary

    1. Jessica is kind of hard to stay away from, Hilary — she's like a magnet. I'm lucky she took me back :-D

  4. A modern King Henry the VIII, how intriguing.

  5. That's pretty hot. Congrats, Dawn!


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