First, my lovely friend Victoria Schwab FINALLY got permission to share her glorious cover for her upcoming debut The Near Witch. Check it out!
Isn't it gorgeous? The video doesn't do the cover justice, if you can believe it--I got a peak at the watermark-free Jpeg, and it's just beautiful. The image draws you in and completely disarms you, much like V's storytelling. Wearing my editorial assistant cap, I can also tell you that her flap/cover copy is top notch:
The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
There are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget
Today was interesting and actually really great. I'm convinced the quality of my day is tied to how cute I look/feel--today, for example, I was down in Rockefeller Center to mail back the skirt I bought for my Hermione costume** and three different people complimented me on my outfit. And it probably helped that today was a gorgeous autumn day--I called my mom on the walk back to the office and told her that she and my dad should only come to visit during early fall or early summer, which, I swear, are just magnificent here in the city.
** Right style, wrong size!
I've ALSO noticed that if I start off my day listening to upbeat songs, that generally translates into a happier commute. Like, yesterday? I was listening to the new Joshua Radin album, and I didn't even really care that some guy accidentally grabbed a fistful of my hair and yanked some of it out (In his defense, he was trying to catch the door and keep it from closing on us.... but, ouch!). Those FREAKING DRUMMERS AT THE 6TH AVE L STOP were out in full force, and all I had to do was crank up some Lissie.
Oh? You haven't heard of Lissie?
I hadn't heard of her until the other day, while I was watching Sons of Anarchy. The trailer for season 2 of Justified came on, using her song Little Lovin' which, um, is kind of amazing:
She's the love child of Stevie Nicks and Neko Case. In other words: awesome. Check out her covers of Bad Romance and Kid Cudi's Pursuit of Happiness.
Speaking of awesome music, I have to share this amazing mash up of RJD2's "A Beautiful Mine" (AKA the Mad Men theme song) and Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy," sung by Brian Williams' daughter Allison: