Introducing Strange and Ever After!

It’s heeeeeere! PLEASE don’t trample me into the ground as you stampede to check out this gorgeous new cover! Leave me alive and I promise you giveaways later! Be gentle! In fact, we’ll be giving away a copy of Something Strange and Deadly, a copy of A Darkness Strange and Lovely, and a copy of the e-novella A Dawn Most Wicked!

Today it is my absolute pleasure to reveal the title AND the cover of the book we’ve all been waiting for, the final volume of Sooz’s dark, dazzling and utterly intriguing Something Strange and Deadly trilogy…

Strange and Ever After

Isn’t it perfect? Doesn’t it give you shivers? If you think that’s good, though, check THIS out:

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I KNOW, RIGHT? Could it be more perfect? (Spoiler: No, no it could not.) From the luscious fabric of that dress to the utterly badass expression on Eleanor’s face, every inch of this thing is gorgeous. It’s got darkness, it’s got glamour, it’s got a backdrop that should have you asking plenty of questions about just what she and the Spirit Hunters will go through before this story’s over.

This series is so very near and dear to my heart, and I know so many of you feel the same way. Book one swept me away. I fell in love, I fell in swoon, and every so often even to this day, I’ll be somewhere quite serious and an image of Mrs. Fitt mouthing “The Grecian pooooooose!” will pop into my head and I’ll get inappropriate giggles. I cannot predict when this will happen. All you Something Strange and Deadly fans know what I’m talking about.

Then came A Darkness Strange and Lovely. I was lucky enough to critique this book for Sooz, and I’ll never forget the night I finished working on it. I was so unbelievably tense that I had to keep getting up and walking laps of my study to calm myself down enough to keep reading. She got that manuscript back with all caps comments all over it, and I wasn’t the only one to fall head over heels for Eleanor’s dark, consuming journey through Paris.

Book three… assuming my heart doesn’t explode somewhere in there, I can’t wait to see how it ends. And I mean I really can’t wait. I sat Sooz down to try and squeeze a few details out of her on your behalf, dear readers. Here’s what she had to say:

1. This stellar book 3 title–how did you come up with it?
As per usual with all this series’ titles, there was a ton of back and forth between my editor and me. And a ton of “name”-storming with my friends. This title was actually one I came up with pretty early on, and it kept surviving the rounds of elimination…Plus, the more I thought about it, the more Strange and Ever After just FIT with the message and finality of this last book in Eleanor’s saga.

And so, m’dears, a third title was born.

2. Clearly the Cover Gods love you. What do YOU think of your beautiful cover?
Um, it’s AMAZING. I saw it and screamed in my poor editor’s face. It’s the perfect color scheme to evoke the dry Egyptian desert, and the silhouette is in the style of the traditional, middle eastern windows. And ungh, could Eleanor look more fierce and glam???

3. How did you feel getting your final cover for the Something Strange and Deadly series?
Elated. Humbled. Sad. It’s just such a stunning cover–definitely my favorite so far–but it IS the last cover I’ll get in the series. That’s definitely bittersweet.

But dang, what a cover for Eleanor and the gang to go out on. 😉

4. In book 1, we saw Philadelphia of 1876, while book 2 led us through glamorous Paris. To what exotic locale will Strange and Ever After take us?
Egypt!! After Paris, Eleanor and the Spirit-Hunters head south through Marseille, then it’s across the Mediterranean to Egypt. Cairo, Giza, the Nile–Eleanor gets to see it all.

I won’t lie: researching 1876 Egypt was totally my favorite thus far. The late 1800s held that booming era of Egyptology–of discovery and mummy-hunting and full-on western intrusion in the middle east. There were so many cool resources I got to read, and now I can’t WAIT for all of you to read about the era as well!!

Now, the huuuuuge prize! Use the form below and you can enter to win a copy of Something Strange and Deadly, a copy of A Darkness Strange and Lovely, and a copy of the e-novella A Dawn Most Wicked! (US only.) Leave us a comment telling us how excited you are to read Strange and Ever After (be careful not to include any spoilers for new readers), and pick up some extra entries while you’re at it. Good luck!

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Susan DennardSUSAN DENNARD is a reader, writer, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. You can learn more about her on her blog or twitterHer debut Something Strange and Deadly is now available from HarperTeen–as is the prequel, A Dawn Most Wicked and the sequel, A Darkness Strange and Lovely.


53 Responses to Introducing Strange and Ever After!

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    Jessica Ward Oct 14 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    I have been intrigued with this series for awhile but my TBR pile is so high that I haven’t gotten to it yet. The covers are absolutely stunning, including this one!

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    Rachel Patrick Oct 14 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    HELLO, PRETTY COVER. So, so pretty! I love it!

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    Fly to the Sky Oct 14 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    I am soooo excited!!!! And that cover is GORGEOUS!! I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT!!!! Thanks for the awesome reveal and giveaway!! 🙂

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    Danielle Nguyen Oct 14 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Gorgeous cover! She looks so fierce!

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    Peggy Eddleman Oct 14 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Oh my goodness! This cover is incredible!!! The cover gods have most definitely been smiling down on this series! I can’t wait to have all the pretties in a row, and get my hands on the finale!

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    Samantha R Oct 14 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    The cover is so pretty. I cannot wait for this book to be released!

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    Jessica Oct 14 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    I AM SO EXCITED! The cover is fantastic and amazing and everything! I can’t wait for 2014 so I can finally read this!

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    Adriana Oct 14 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    It is so gorgeous omg I just can’t. I can’t wait to have them all side by side on my bookshelf!

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    Brooke Oct 14 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Gorgeous cover! Can’t wait!

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    Biljana Oct 14 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    STUNNING cover!!! Can’t wait to have this on my shelf!!

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    Patchi Oct 14 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    This series is on my wish list. The covers are gorgeous and every post about the story gets me more excited to immerse myself in this world.

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    Kathy L. Oct 14 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    OMG IT’S SO PRETTY!!!! I’ve wanted to read this series for a while because they’re supposed to be really good and I’ll admit the covers do not make it hard to want to read these books I mean LOOK AT THAT DRESS! How do you not want to read the book behind that cover?!?! Like seriously HOW!!! Also I totally want that armband SOOOO BAD!

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    Lily Oct 14 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    It’s stunning! Congrats Susan!

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    Marie Lu Oct 14 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Oh my god, this is the most beautiful thing in the entire world! Just…..LOOK at that dress! Agh! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and I’m so very happy for you, Sooz, on reaching the finale of your trilogy! Congratulations, lady! <3

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    Amie Oct 14 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    One word: STUNNING. It’s such a beautiful cover. I want it so bad >.<

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    Catie Oct 14 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    o.o the cover is gorgeous! so excited for this book ^.^

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    Ashley Ferguson Oct 14 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    LOVE the cover and title! I can’t wait to read it and have it on my bookshelf!!

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    Angela C. Oct 14 2013 at 1:19 pm #


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    Jenny@Juliababyjen's Oct 14 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    SUPER EXCITED!!! LOVE that cover! I still need to read the second one, though, too!

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    Kim Oct 14 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    LOVE the cover and the title! Can’t wait to read it.

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    bethany Oct 14 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    BEAUTIFUL cover!

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    Meghan Jashinsky Oct 14 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    So so beautiful! I can’t take my eyes off of it, let alone wait to get my hands on it! 🙂

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    Erin Oct 14 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    It’s soooo pretty! I love this series and I can’t wait to dive into this one!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Jaime Oct 14 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    gorgeous cover and I’m so excited to read!!


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    Caitlin Vanasse Oct 14 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Sooz! It’s a beautiful cover. I have to admit I think I prefer the Parisian vibe of A Darkness Strange and Lovely BUt I am sure I’ll enjoy the ending of this one much more, right???

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    Kim Oct 14 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I already have all those books so I won’t be entering the giveaway BUUUUT OMG the cover! It’s so beautiful and the name does seem perfect!! And they’re going to Egypt? Philadelphia, Paris, and now Egypt? It’s like all my favorite places in one amazing series! I’m beyond excited. Why can’t the book be out now?

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    Joni Oct 14 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    These books are such an adventure, but in addition to the sweeping plot it has been so neat the way Susan has shared with us her journey. I don’t know what’s in store for Eleanor (*squeals and fidgets in seat*), but for Susan this first series was certainly a victory. Congrats! I can’t wait to read STRANGE AND EVER AFTER and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next! ^^

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    Ellie Oct 14 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    The cover gods truly love you Sooz!! Wow. I can’t even.

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    Danielle D Oct 14 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I’ve just been reading this series and it’s phenomenal! I still need to read the e-book, but maybe I’ll have to wait a little longer to tide me over until Strange and Ever After! Best cover yet, though – hands down.

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    Isabel Oct 14 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    I am SO excited! I need this book now!

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    Katlin Collins Oct 14 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Gosh, the cover and the title is absolutely perfect. <3
    I don't know how I thought it couldn't get better than "A Darkness Strange and Lovely", but I thought that with "Something Strange and Deadly." A trend, right?

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    Olivia Oct 14 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    I cannot wait for this. I read the first one on a whim and it’s become one of my favorite series. It needs to be out now

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    Vivien Oct 14 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    I cannot bloody wait to read it!!! The cover is stunning 😀

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    Marlene Oct 14 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    HOLY!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL COVER! This cover is just as beautiful as the others! I love the purples of the first two, but the olive green and yellow tones of this last installment is just flat out GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to own the entire set. I love Eleanor. I love her story. I love these covers!

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    Chloe Lee Oct 14 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    I am super excited for this book, but with that beautiful cover how could I not be?!?!?

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    Kristi Oct 14 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    Soooooo excited!

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    Ashley B. Oct 14 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    I’m super excited to start and read this series. I love zombie books, so when I heard this series had zombies, I was sold. The covers are all very pretty too.

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    Anna J. Boll Oct 15 2013 at 8:31 am #

    What a beautiful cover! I have to say my interest is piqued. I’ve been elbows deep in my own revisions so my reading has been one-offs as I don’t want to get hooked on a series but I can see that the women of PubCrawl aren’t going to let me get away. Cheers.

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    Gina Rinelli Oct 15 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Her expression totally ROCKS that whole cover. She is not someone you want to mess with! And I *love* the lush green fabric.

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    Diane Eby Oct 15 2013 at 9:24 am #

    I am very intrigued by this series. I have yet to read it but it has definately been on my list to read and now that the series is complete, I can start it. I am on of those people who have to have the completed series. I can not wait in agony for the next book. But I am sure this would have been work the wait.

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    Jen S Oct 15 2013 at 10:01 am #

    OMG it’s amazing!!

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    Sammy Oct 15 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Sooz, this is BEAUTIFUL! I’m so excited for you!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on it.


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    Rebecca Oct 15 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    I can’t stop staring at this gorgeous cover! This is definitely my favorite cover of the series. I can’t wait to read it!

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    Alex Ray Oct 15 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Oh.My.GOD! SOOZ, I CANNOT WAIT! What a perfect cover for that perfect title!!!!!! I am currently making space for it on shelf even though the release is months away. THISTHISTHIS! Congrats a million! I am overjoyed for you. <3

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    Brandi Oct 16 2013 at 12:04 am #

    Have been wanting to read these books for awhile! The new cover is beautiful!!

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    Halley T. Oct 16 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Super excited! I got tired of waiting a year in between novels in a series and haven’t picked this one up yet. But that cover has just moved this series up on my TBR list!

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    Tiffany M. Oct 17 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    OMG!!!! That cover is STUNNING!!!!!! Like blow my mind amazing, stunning and gorgeous <3 I am BEYOND EXCITED to read it and hold its gloriousness in my hands… many many months from now 🙁

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    Michael R. Oct 18 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    This series has zombies and steampunk!?!?!?! Why have I not read it yet because I wanted to wait for all the books to come out so I did have to go through depression waiting for the next installment. The fact that the covers are so freaking awesome is a bonus

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    Elizabeth Oct 19 2013 at 1:31 am #

    Can not wait for this to come out!!

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    Faye M. Oct 24 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    I’m just so excited. Great giveaway!

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    kamreadsyabooks Oct 27 2013 at 1:23 am #

    I am super excoted about the release of Strange and Ever After!!! Love that title and cover!!!!!!! Now I just have to read the first two books…

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    Jessi Oct 27 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    What a gorgeous cover! So excited for the release and the giveaway!

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    Alexa Y. Nov 6 2013 at 3:49 am #

    I totally YELLED in excitement when I saw this post in my reader! I’ve been excited ever since I heard the title of this book, and to see such a gorgeous cover makes me even MORE excited to read it. I’m sure this book is going to blow me away — I’m dying to have it in my hands already!

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