Katja Millay’s Sea of Tranquility Cover Reveal and BIG NEWS!!

by Maryse on November 7, 2012 · 62 comments

in News

Congratulations to Katja Millay!! Her absolutely captivating book, The Sea of Tranquility, caught the attention of Atria (Simon & Schuster). They loved it as much as we did! And guess what? They are publishing it! *squeeeeeeee*!!! It will be released from Atria Books on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012, with a paperback edition to come in June 2013.

I have been bestowed the honor of revealing the new cover (eeeeeeeep I’m so excited!!!). I was thrilled to be given this opportunity, but when I saw what was in the top left corner of the book cover…


To have had the opportunity to read and review this absolute wonder of a book, then to be asked to announce this amazing news, reveal the cover, and realize that I’m on there too? My whole year has been made! Next year too! I’m grinning so hard my cheeks hurt and I think I distressed a few eardrums with my squeeing. *sorrrrrry* ;)

I really want to thank Katja and Atria for allowing me to do this. I am so grateful.

For those of you who haven’t read this book yet, it is an absolute MUST read, and when I read it back in September, I knew this was going to be something BIG! An extremely touching, yet somewhat dark and very emotional read, but interspersed with moments of light, love and hope. Beautiful. My heart was beaming. I gave it 5 stars and it will be VERY high (and I mean all the way up there) on my best of 2012 list. You can check out my review, and I’m certain you’ll agree, once you’ve read this book too.

So without further ado…. here it is! (and ohhhh wow, this cover holds so much meaning. Knowing what the book is about, this is perfect!)

About the book:

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

All Josh Bennett wants is to be left alone, and everyone allows it because they all know his story: each person he loved was taken from his life until at seventeen years old there was no one left. When your name is synonymous with death, people tend to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a new girl in town who won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

I. Am. BEAMING!!!!

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{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica November 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

This. Is. Awesome!!!!! :)

Maryse November 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I know Erica!!! Fantastic news all around! :)

Britton Epps November 7, 2012 at 9:08 AM

One of my favorite books ever!! Glad we can get a hard copy now!!

Jennifer C November 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Yep. High on my list too!!!

LucyLou November 7, 2012 at 9:35 AM

So proud for you Maryse! The book cover is great! I haven’t read the book yet, but it is on my loooong TBR list. I’ll have to move it up on the list. :)

Sandy November 7, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Awesome! Just like you Maryse!

Sonia November 7, 2012 at 9:40 AM

That is awsome! So happy for you! I have told you more than once how much I love your blog. I have not read this book yet but it is on my TBR list.

Starflashj November 7, 2012 at 9:41 AM

What grrat news! Congratulations. This was an absolutely amazing story. It should be pushed to the top of all TBR lists!!!

DeeDee November 7, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Yay Maryse! I’ve read so many wonderful books because of your reviews. You deserve all the wonderful kudos!

I read Sea of Tranquility and I couldn’t put it down!

tai November 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM

This is amazing… the book and blog! Congrats to Katja and Maryse!!! The best book I’ve read this year!

Maryse November 7, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Thanks guys!! Your comments and the fact that we’re reading together means the world to me. *big group hug*

Katja Millay November 7, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Thanks so much Maryse!!!!!

Petra November 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I need to buy this ebook before the price goes up to like ten dollars.

Erin G November 7, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Congrats to you Maryse… this book is definitely one of my all-time favorites!

Christy November 7, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Absolutely loved this book! What a great cover & congrats Maryse!

Nicoleta Dumbrava November 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Congrats, Katja!!! xoxo

Nicoleta D.

Jeannie Smith November 7, 2012 at 10:41 AM

How exciting for you and for Katja Millay! I LOVED LOVED this book!! I think the entire book was quotable – Ms. Millay is a very talented author. If you haven’t read it yet, you are in for a real treat.

Maryse November 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

*hug* to Katja!! And thank you for writing a story with such depth. I can’t wait to read more from you. Beautiful writer!

Bobbie Desmond November 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Congrats!!! Well deserved!! Have on Kindle. Will be moving this one up on my TBR list.

Nikki A. November 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Congrats Katja and Maryse! I loved this book! And of course I read because it was recommended by you Maryse! It is definitely towards the top of my top ten reads for this year.

Lauren November 7, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Wow amazing :) Def one of my favourite books this year…Congrats Katja and Maryse x

Tina @ BookCrack November 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Beautiful cover, great news, and congrats Katjia and Maryse! xo Thanks as always for the awesome recs. Reading this one now thanks to you!
-Tina & the BC Gals.

Maryse November 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Please let me know what you guys think (everyone who will be reading this one soon). I can’t wait to hear (and share in) your reactions!

Maryse November 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

We even have an active discussion forum for it —> http://talk.maryse.net/threads/the-sea-of-tranquility-by-katja-millay.315/

Christina November 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

So cool!!

Claudia November 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

One of my favorite books !! Loved the cover ..congrats Maryse and Katja <3

Lori R November 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I loved this book! It’s one of my favorites! Love the cover also!

Lise November 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Wonderful news! Feels like we were just discovering this beautiful book the other day and discussing what we thought of this amazing story. I also feel like a proud Mama over your acknowledgement on the book cover **grins with pride**

Amy Matayo November 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Loved, loved, loved everything about this book!!

Kirsten November 7, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I’m with Lise, so proud that Maryse is on the cover. Loved this book, and maybe being a Florida girl we can get Katja to do a book signing for us once it comes out. Katja? Maryse? Thoughts?

Hlee November 7, 2012 at 1:17 PM

This has been one of the best books I’ve read in such a long time! I LOVE this amazing book! Incredible story that tug at all of my emotions!

Maryse November 7, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Yep Lise, what a treasure find this was and I loved our somewhat frenzied chats about it!! *grins back*

Missy November 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

LOVED the Cover!!! LOVED the Book!!!! Can’t wait for another addition!

Maryse November 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Fantastic idea Kirsten!! She’s going to be so busy soon, but I’d LOVE an opportunity for a get together here in FL. *hint hint* ;) *squeeee* (yes, I’m pre-squeeing but I couldn’t help myself). (and thanks Kirsten!)

Sandra E. November 7, 2012 at 1:59 PM

I was looking at the new book cover and just noticed the man and women. COOL! I can’t wait for this to be in print.

Tracy November 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I read this book based on your recommendation…and WOW. One of my favorite books ever. Absolutely loved the book, love the new cover!

Paula Novack November 7, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Congrats to Katja. You deserve it, girl! Absolutely amazing book. Congrats to Maryse for making the cover!

Maryse November 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Kirsten & Lise… I’m hinting to Katja for a Florida signing on the blog Facebook page as we speak ;)

Kirsten November 7, 2012 at 3:31 PM

YEAH!!! I’ll beg her on Goodreads if it helps. ;)

Stephanie D November 7, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Congrats Katja and Maryse!!! I haven’t read the book yet, but will def be moving it up on my TBR list tonight! I just recently found this blog and have been trying to devour every book that Maryse writes about…. :)

Maryse November 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

How’s that going Stephanie? Any favorites to *squee* about?

Lise November 7, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Maryse-Yes… We are so close to Orlando. Kirsten are you in Tampa? Let’s go over and meet in person!

Maryse November 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

I’m SO there!

Catherine November 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM


sandy sciacca November 7, 2012 at 7:41 PM

loved the book and congrats to you!! how cool:)

sandy sciacca November 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

oh forgot to add i’m also in Florida, if you come this way would love to meet u:), I’m in Pensacola, but always up for a drive south

Celeste November 7, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Haha! Oh my gosh, that’s so awesome! Congrats to the author, of course, but congrats for your shout out, because let’s face it – if you hadn’t recommended it, there’s a whole lot of us who’d never have known to read it. :)

Stephanie D November 7, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Oh yes….many “squee”……Beautiful Disaster, Easy, Thoughtless, Effortless, Bared to You, Reflected in You, Down To You, Untouchable, Unforgivable, Untraceable, The Mating, The Finding, The Keeping. Well…let’s just say everything I’ve downloaded from your blog I have truly enjoyed reading and cannot get enough! I’ve told everyone to get me a B&N gift card for Christmas so I can purchase more books that you’ve suggested, not that I don’t have enough on my TBR list but I told my husband and friends…if Maryse loves it then I MUST get it! :) Now I think I’m going to start The Sea of Tranquility! Thanks again for all that you do :) :) I come to Florida every few months to visit my daughter and grand daughter so I’ll have to see if there’s any “book”events when I’m in town

Kathy November 7, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Congratulations, Katja and Maryse! Beautiful! I loved everything about this book, and it is definitely my favorite book of the year…if not of all time.

Linh November 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

LOVE this cover!

Emely November 7, 2012 at 9:55 PM

This book was amazing! It’s on the top of my list of books I suggest to my friends

Ashley November 7, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Without a doubt, one of my most favorite books ever. I was in this books fully. I read it straight through and I am about to start reading it again. How freaking exciting!

Angie H. November 8, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Whoa! This IS big news. Congratulations on becoming a “Cover Girl” Maryse! ;)

Kirsten November 8, 2012 at 9:56 AM

@Lise I’m outside of Orlando, but I’m willing to drive! This is going to be so much fun!

Kim Brown November 8, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Reading this book right now. Oh……is all I can say. Huge grin for you Maryse. That goodness you right your thoughts down on this blog for me to find these books. You think the same way I do. I thought about doing my own blog, but you speak my words, so why duplicate? ((((HUGS)))

Maryse November 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

*hugs* (thank you everyone!!)

Maryse November 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

YAY!! (to Kirsten and Lise)

Maryse November 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Thanks Angie. A “cover girl”!! *giggles*

Hellokittyblanca November 9, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Thank you so much for recommending this book. I had it on my TBR list for a bit and I am so glad I decided it was time to read. I kinda feel bad for whatever I read next because it won’t hold a candle to the greatness that is this book. The writing was incredible. The story is unforgettable. Thanks again!

Fritz November 10, 2012 at 2:55 AM

wow! congrats katja! & congrats to you too maryse. :)

sandy sciacca April 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM

congrats to you and the book, loved this book:).. one of my favs of all time:)

Heather June 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

I just read this book in two days. It was unbelievable!! I’m not sure I would have discovered it without your blog, so thank you!!!

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