Saturday 4 January 2014

The Clock Is Ticking… Cover Reveal for DARK DAYS by Kate Ormand!

You may have heard me mention my fab writing buddy Kate Ormand's forthcoming debut novel, DARK DAYS, a few times recently (OK, a lot of times). Well, the day has finally arrived when I can do more than just talk about it. Because Kate has had the go ahead to share the cover, and has asked me to do the big reveal!

Here's the blurb from Amazon (where you can also preorder it):

The future world has been divided into sectors—each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors’ thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what’s coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.

Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she’ll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.

Does that sound good or what? And here – drum roll please – is the cover! 

I am so excited about this book. It's out on 3rd June from Sky Pony Press, and if you're a fan of DIVERGENT and THE HUNGER GAMES, you will love it. 

About Kate Ormand

Kate Ormand is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. In her spare time, she loves long walks with Freddie, reading teen novels, and painting her nails. Kate is also a member of an online group of UK-based authors and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books as Kate Louise. DARK DAYS is her first novel. You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website ( or on Twitter (@kateormand).


  1. Looks fab! Can't wait to read it. Great author picture for Kate as well.

  2. I love it, Kate! Congratulations!!!

    Thanks for sharing the cover with all of us, Emma!