A Spy Like Me sneak peek and cover reveal! And a giveaway!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Lots going on today.

So I finally picked a date! A Spy Like Me will be officially released on May 7th, 2012. Woo hoo!

Seventeen-year-old Savvy Bent expects magic on her first date with Malcolm – in Paris! Except over a picnic of sparkling cider and strawberry tarts, a sniper shoots at them. That’s only the beginning. From the top of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the catacombs, Savvy must sneak, deceive, and spy to save her family and friends and figure out whether Malcolm is the one of the bad guys before she completely falls for him. Or he tries to snuff her out.

Heather McCorkle of CP Designs helped me with it! Check her out.

Here’s the sneak peek of A Spy Like Me:

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Want to help out with the release of A Spy Like Me? And gain points for the giveaway too?

You can read a complimentary arc in exchange for an honest review or you can help on May 7th by posting the cover and blurb to your blog!


What? You want to know what I’m giving away? Secret stuff, my friends, but I think I can trust you.

Pre-order of Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig (Out March 15, 2012)

Ebook of Watched by Cindy M. Hogan

And here’s where to enter the giveaway! Open to the United States and Canada.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You lucked out. I was denied permission to send you on a top-secret spy mission for 100 points on Rafflecopter. Maybe next time.

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Thank you so much!

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40 Responses to A Spy Like Me sneak peek and cover reveal! And a giveaway!

  1. Lynda R Young March 5, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    I’m assuming I’m a little early to see the cover on YA Confidential…
    I’ll be away from a computer during the whole week of your launch otherwise I’d put it up on launch day and help you spread the joy. 🙁
    Oh and I’m an Aussie, so I’m out for the giveaway but I’m still happy to help out where I can.

    • Laura March 5, 2012 at 11:15 am #

      The cover should be up soon over there! Thanks, Lynda!

      • Lynda R Young March 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

        finally saw it! It looks great!

  2. Karen Hooper March 5, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    YAAAY!!! Happy release day! 🙂 🙂

    • Laura March 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

      Thanks so much for letting me reveal my cover at YA CONFIDENTIAL!!!

  3. theladyreads March 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    If I could go anywhere on a mission, it would be a remote island and the mission would be to live forever in happiness and marry a very hot man.

    (Talk about fiction!)

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! 🙂

  4. Ansha Kotyk March 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    I am super super excited! A date has been made! WOO HOO!!!

  5. Stina Lindenblatt March 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    I love Heather’s designs, so excellent choice, Laura (and that’s why your cover is so great!!!).

    I’m excited about your release date. 😀

  6. Susan Kaye Quinn March 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Yay, the cover is here!! And I somehow missed that Heather was doing the design, so double yay for that! I’ve signed up for your launch day (of course) and can’t wait!!

    • Laura March 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

      Thanks everyone! Your support means the world to me!

  7. Vera Soroka March 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Great cover! The books sounds fantastic!
    I would love to in Paris with the most handsome man and be swept away.

  8. Lydia K March 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    I just read the first few pages and you have me hooked already!!!

    • Laura March 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      Thank you!!!

  9. Carolina Valdez Miller March 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Laura, how exciting! The premise sounds very exciting. I’m thrilled for you! Gotta love a story set in Paris, one of my most favorite places on earth. Also, Heather is brilliant. She’s so talented.

  10. Leigh Moore March 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Why has your blog disappeared from my Reader roll? This is crazy! And very disappointing. Anyway, where’s the cover? I don’t see it here, and I’m so curious!

    Yay for you, and all the best of luck with this AWESOME story~ :o) <3 ((hugs))

    • Laura March 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      Hey Leigh,

      If you followed my blog through GFC then that’s why my blog is gone! you’ll have to follow through a reader! Now I just need to get rid of the GFC followers badge since it’s basically useless.

  11. Laurel Garver March 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Loved the excerpt! Congrats on your upcoming release. Looking forward to taking part in the blog tour.

  12. Lisa Green March 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Squeeeeeeeeeeeee! Sorry didn’t mean to hurt your ears. But I’m SO EXCITED!!! I LOVE the cover. Yes I checked it out immediately. And I already knew I loved the writing. I can’t wait for May!!

  13. Christina Kit. March 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I’d love an undercover mission in Brazil – with stolen jewels and artifacts and a really hot guy to work with:))

  14. Christina Kit. March 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Or maybe Spain! Spain would be gorgeous for being a spy in:) Same kind of mission (jewels, artifacts, a stolen painting!!) and again a totally hot guy

    I loved the cover!

    And it sounds awesome! Congrats!

  15. Christina Kit. March 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    I commented on and am a long-time follower of YA Confidential (GFC Christina Kit. comment Christina Kitroeff)

  16. alicia marie March 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    i think i’d want to go on a mission somewhere tropical but I have no idea what kind of missions I’d want. Maybe something having to do with jewels or something like that. My favorite spy books are the Gallagher Girls books by Ally Carter : )

  17. Alex J. Cavanaugh March 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Congratulations!! I’ll definitely do a shout-out for you. May 7 is the A to Z Reflections post, so if I can’t fit it in there, I’ll do one for you on May 9.

    • Laura March 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

      Thanks Alex! And May 9th is no problem! 🙂

  18. Stacy March 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Just saw the cover, Laura. Really like it, and loved the excerpt as well. I’m not a big YA readers, but I really like your writing style. As for doing an undercover mission, I’d have to say Paris or Rome. I might get lost basking in all the historical wonder, though.

    Congrats on the release date. Would love to have you back on the blog to help promote!

  19. Jenny Lundquist March 6, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    Congrats Laura! Heading over to check out the excerpt…

  20. Kelly Polark March 6, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    Congrats, Laura! Your story sounds exciting!! And set in Paris, how cool!
    I’m heading over to see the cover.

  21. Jennifer Shirk March 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Adorable cover!!! Love it!!

  22. Patti March 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Great cover. So exciting the closer you get.

  23. Angela Ackerman March 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm #


    *squeals again*

    I am so excited for you and this book Laura!


  24. Laura March 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Thank you so much, everyone! I appreciate the support!

  25. Peggy Eddleman March 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Congrats on picking a date! And I LOVE your cover!

  26. Ghenet Myrthil March 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Congratulations!! The cover looks great!

  27. Karen Strong March 7, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    Heather did a good job. Love the bullet hole effect, the Paris background, the pop of Savvy’s lipstick. 🙂

    Love Paris and it seems you have integrated lots of scenery into your plot.

    Congrats! May 7th will be here before you know it!

  28. Laura March 7, 2012 at 4:23 am #

    Thanks! I love the bullet hole too! My favorite part. 🙂 You guys are all too nice. But I appreciate it. 🙂

  29. Creepy Query Girl March 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    YAY Laura!!!! Congrats- that is awesome and sounds like such a fun read!!!

  30. Heather McCorkle March 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    It was such a pleasure working with you on this cover. And I’m touched that the response to it is so fantastic! It’s one of my favorite covers that I’ve designed. I can hardly wait to hold this one in my hands.

    • Laura March 8, 2012 at 3:55 am #

      Thanks Heather! You did a fantastic job!

  31. Debbie March 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    wow, you sure have been busy. Since I am your older sister…shouldn’t I get the book for free or something like that?? just kidding…I will be happy to buy a bunch! SO proud of you!!!!


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