Sunday, 12:01 a.m. EST.
Several months ago I was sitting in my office writing the first few chapters to Losing Hope. At the time, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted it to be a book. I knew there was a whole side to Holder we never got to see in Hopeless, but I wasn’t sure if it was best just to leave that side unseen. I was typing this exact sentence in Losing Hope when I got the first text of many that night.
“That’s the last thing Grayson says to me. My fist meets his jaw twice before he hits the floor.”
As soon as I finished typing that sentence, my phone received several texts all at the same time. The first one I read was from my friend Crystal. ”Turn it on American Idol! There is a guy about to sing that looks JUST LIKE HOLDER!”
I was curious because, at the time, I didn’t even know what Holder looked like. Sure, Sky describes him a little bit in Hopeless, but not much. I tend to leave detailed physical descriptions out because when I write, I don’t necessarily see the face of the characters in my head. I like to leave that up to the preference of the reader.
So, I go and flip on American Idol. I had been recording it, so I skipped to the part she was talking about. A guy named Griffin Peterson was singing and I didn’t even have to question Crystal to see if this was the guy she was talking about. Because she was right…he looked just like how I’d imagined Holder. I texted her back and said, “OMG! You’re right. He looks just like Holder.”
It was weird, because lots of people send me their thoughts on who looks like Dean Holder and Will Cooper, but no one has 100% matched up yet to the faceless Will in my head. But this guy really did match up to Holder perfectly. You can watch his American Idol audition here and see. Did I mention he’s incredibly talented, too?
But that’s not the crazy part. The crazy part came a few minutes later when I grabbed my laptop and logged onto facebook. I lost count of how many messages I had that said something along the lines of, “There’s a guy on American Idol that looks like Holder!” And tweets! Oh, lord, the tweets. I swear, almost everyone who read HOPELESS who were watching American Idol all thought the same thing.
So of course a few days later when I wrote a little more of the book and decided to go forward with it, I also realized I needed a cover for Losing Hope.
Who else could I have asked to grace it other than Griffin Peterson? I mean, you guys pretty much declared who should be on the cover with the incredible response to him on Idol.
But just because y’all thought he resembled Holder and I agreed that he definitely would be a great cover for Losing Hope, didn’t mean that he would actually AGREE to something that INSANE. I mean…he’s on American Freaking Idol! And he’s good! And he’s probably got a million better things to do than respond to a psycho email from some chick who wrote a random book and thinks he looks like a character, right?
But he DID respond. And the best part is… he’s so NICE! And humble. And he actually took time out of his crazy, hectic recording schedule to do a photo shoot for Losing Hope! And now, thanks to Griffin, we have this incredible cover that I’ve been DYING to share for weeks now.
Isn’t it just…perfect?
Here it is even bigger.
And here’s a close-up.
And an even closer close-up.
Go ahead. Stare for a while. :)
Here’s my only concern. I’m afraid that everyone in America is going to need a copy of this paperback. Or two or three. Or one for every room of their house. We might run out of all the ink on earth because of all the people that absolutely need a copy of this cover.
So if you think you need a paperback, go HERE to pre-order it while it’s on sale before the world runs out of ink. And if you think you might need Losing Hope for your kindle, go HERE to pre-order it, because the cover is the same for the ebook.
And if you want to win a copy of the cover photo, signed by Griffin Peterson and myself, then just share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter and comment back here with where you shared it. Did you hear that? The cover photo!! Signed by the guy on the cover!!! The guy who is so incredibly talented (just watch the music videos on his facebook page) that he is more than likely going to become even more super duper famous the second his album releases. And you could have his signature on a photo! So share this link, people!
And then save this picture to your screensaver and your phone and maybe even have a mural painted on your wall of it so you will have something to stare at until July 9th gets here and we can read all about Holder in Losing Hope.
And if you want to tell Griffin thank you for the awesome cover, or if you want to check out the EP he will be releasing soon, go
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