Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cover Canary + Giveaway: The Obvious Game

Quoting from the Inkspell Publishing website, The Obvious Game is a "compelling tale of a young woman who is facing her first romance during a time of turmoil in her life as her mum battles cancer". 

“Everyone trusted me back then. Good old, dependable Diana. Which is why most people didn’t notice at first.”

Praise for The Obvious Game:

“I couldn’t put down The Obvious Game. Arens perfectly captures the hunger, pain and uncertainty of adolescence.” -- Ann Napolitano, author of A Good Hard Look and Within Arm's Reach

"THE OBVIOUS GAME is a fearless, honest, and intense look into the psychology of anorexia. The characters—especially Diana--are so natural and emotionally authentic that you’ll find yourself yelling at the page even as you’re compelled to turn it." -- Coert Voorhees, author of Lucky Fools and The Brothers Torres

"Let’s be clear about one thing: there’s nothing obvious about The Obvious Game. Arens has written a moving, sometimes heart-breaking story about one girl’s attempt to control the uncontrollable. You can’t help but relate to Diana and her struggles as you delve into this gem of a novel." -- Risa Green, author of The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball

Book Information:
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Release Date: Feb 7th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9856562-7-0 (ebook), 978-0-9856562-8-7 (Paperback)
Paperback Price: $13.99
Kindle: $4.99
To be available at all major online outlets: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository

Pre-order now at Inkspell Publishing Website at a special discount of 30% on both paperback and ebook!

About The Author:

Rita Arens is the author of The Obvious Game and the editor of the award-winning parenting anthology Sleep Is for the Weak. She writes the popular blog Surrender, Dorothy ( and lives in Kansas City with her husband and daughter. The Obvious Game is her first young adult novel. She is at work on a second.

She’s been quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek, The Associated Press, Forbes Woman, the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek and Businessweek Online and featured in Breathe magazine, Get Your Biz Savvy, The Kansas City Star (archived material available on request), Today Moms (Today Show blog) and Ink KC.


I'm not a big fan of the font on the cover, but I think the girl hugging herself against the wall conveys the frustration, loneliness and confusion of adolescence. 

What do you think?

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  1. I agree with what you said, the cover definitely makes you think of a lonely girl with a lot of things going on. Looks interesting though. Thanks for sharing! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    1. Yeah :D It does sound interesting! I was intrigued by the premise and wanted to see how the cover could express the novel's themes ;)

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