Drum Roll! Cover Reveal: The Reluctant Jillaroo! Prizes to be Won!

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Well, I’ve been waiting and waiting… Waiting to get the Hi-Res final copy of my cover so I could show you. And finally I’ve chased it down!  Do you know, have any idea, how hard it’s been to sit on this!!

My agent, Jacinta di Mase, summed it up when she said this cover is ‘simply delicious’. And she’s right. It just draws me back and back to it. So pretty. And it’s got horses inside! Well, not pictures, but the story certainly features horses. I hope you love it as much as we do.

Expect to see it around because – why not? It’s so gorgeous, I may not be able to stop myself flaunting it.

And so, without further ado…


What do you think? I’d love to know.

My publisher, Allen & Unwin, intro:

Surf-loving Heidi impersonates her horse-mad twin to help Harper get a scholarship to attend the much sought-after agricultural school in this rural romance from Australia’s queen of teen, Kaz Delaney. Suitable for teen readers of Rachael Treasure.

The Blurb:

Harper Gage has won the opportunity of a lifetime – ten days at Winmaroo Jillaroo and Jackaroo school. The camp could give her the recommendation she needs to go to the exclusive Agricoll for years 11 and 12. But when an accident leaves Harper hospitalised, her twin sister, Heidi, goes in her place. The only problem is that Heidi is not much of a country girl – not like her sister. And to make life even more complicated, her sister’s biggest rival Trent is going to be there. Will she be able to fool him?

And then the reality of the school hits Heidi hard. It’s all dust, snakes and heat – a million miles away from the surf she loves. When she meets the fun and handsome Chaz, life at the school suddenly doesn’t seem so bad, although with Trent acting up and trouble brewing with the other students, Heidi’s not sure how long she can keep her identity secret. And if her secret is revealed, will Chaz ever be able to trust her again?

 To help me celebrate, I’m giving away two randomly drawn prizes. All you have to do to be one of those two winners is to comment – even just a couple of words –  on this particular blog over the next week or so. Okay, we’ll make it by the 23rd October.

The prize? A delicious Book Pack featuring mostly YA books by Aussie writers, plus a couple of books for younger readers and even the adult readers won’t be forgotten! And because it’s me – there HAS to be something sparkly in the mix, right? Such fun!  

So, come on in! Don’t be shy! Celebrate with me. It’s not much fun celebrating alone.

See you soon!

Big Smooches,



49 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh, I love, love love this cover! And the book sounds fantastic! Congrats, Kaz!

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Thank you gorgeous Alli! It IS such a cute cover. Fingers crosse3d it works! xx

  2. Kerry says:

    Bootilicious Kaz Bootilicious!!!!

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Love, love that comment. ha! XXX

  3. Kylie says:

    Beautiful cover art, Kaz! It sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic read.

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Thanks Kylie. I do have to admit I LOVE this book. xxx

  4. Kim Ross says:

    Kaz, the cover is very pretty. I particularly love the pink tulle skirt teamed with boots and a touch of romance … a pretty good indication of what readers can expect of Heidi And I don’t think it’ll be just your everyday fish out of water tale, and more of a true surfie chick floundering way out of her comfort zone.

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Fabulous assessment Kim! Thank you!!! XXX

  5. Sam Eeles says:

    Can’t wait to read this, Kaz – even if I have to fight Clare for it! Are you having a launch up here?

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Hi Sam – thank you as always for your fantabulous support. Hugs to Clare. I’d LOVE to do a launch up there – just need a venue and a supporting bookshop. With Black Cat gone, I’m a bit lost. If you have any ideas, let me know. Let’s see what we can plan? xxx.

      1. Sam Eeles says:

        Avid Reader now has a fantastic kids’ book store called “Where the Wild Things are” – went to Jennifer Loakes launch for “Mate and Me” a few weeks ago and it was wonderful.

  6. Selena says:

    Congratulations on your cover its amazing and will have everyone buying it, I would love to read it 🙂

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      What a lovely comment – thank you Selena. Fingers crossed you’re right! 🙂 I have to admit I LOVE this story; it’s just one of those that felt ‘right’ from the start. Thank you for dropping in! xx

  7. helensibbritt says:

    Woohoo Kaz congrats and I do so love that cover 🙂

    Have Fun

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Ahhh lovely Helen! Thank you, thank you. I intend to have loads of fun! 😉 xxx

  8. Suzie Dob says:

    Love it Kaz, can’t wait to read it. Congrats

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Thanks Suz. I don’t actually want to wish the year away as I have a LOT to do, but I admit I can’t wait to get my hands on it as well! LOL. xxx

  9. Paula Beavan says:

    Reblogged this on paulabeavan and commented:
    Check out this awesome sounding read by Kaz Delaney.

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Thank you so, so much Paula! You’re a star. Huge hugs and love and I’ll be dropping by in a minute to say hi. xxx

  10. Paula Beavan says:

    This sounds like a fantastic story. I can’t wait to read it 🙂

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Thank you again – I hope you enjoy it as much as I have in creating it. Big love and thanks. xxx

      1. Paula Beavan says:

        I’m sure I will, I love the storyline.

    2. Libby says:

      Yeah, I’m probably going to have to go back to Caulkin too. But now that I know about Apex (which I&;v217#8e never seen before now) I can probably run it much more stable on there than I ever could Go Launcher.

  11. Danielle says:

    I loved the sound of this book ever since you talked about it at the retreat in May. Can’t wait to read it!

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Hi Danielle! Waving madly. Yay – and thank you for such great support. xxx

  12. Shelley Rusell Nolan says:

    Such a lovely cover. The book sounds great too.

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Hi Shelley – I wish I could tae some of the credit for the cover – it truly is a delight isn’t it? It could be my best cover yet – and that’s saying something as I’ve always felt pretty blessed cover-wise. Clever creators. And I so hope you enjoy the book when it gets here! xxx Thank you!

  13. Brenda says:

    Kaz, what a brilliant cover! No wonder you’re so thrilled with it 🙂 And it sounds fabulous to boot! It’ll be on my TBR very shortly 🙂 x

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      You’re a star, Brenda! Thank you so much for all your support. Big hugs – and maybe see you soon. xxx

  14. It’s well, perfect. A great combination of the story related through the front cover.

    I can’t wait to read it. As you know our family/friends book club read Dead Actually & we discussed it on the weekend. They totally loved it. They said they can’t wait to get their hands on more of your stories. Well, I will have to be sharing this one with them.

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy so I can devour it 🔆

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      ‘Perfect’? I LOVE your word choice gorgeous Chris. 😉 Please send hugs love to your Book Club with my sincere thanks – they are all stars. Did you get to read Almost Dead? Just quietly, I’ve always liked that one better… Just sayin… LOL. Huge thank you to you my dear friend. xxx

  15. I love it! What a fantastic cover – no wonder you want to flaunt it! 🙂

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Hey Sue-Ellen – thanks for dropping by from way up north. A-flaunting I shall go – and obviously with your blessing! I’ll tell everyone that Sue-Ellen said I could do it. Okay? 😉 Thank you!

  16. Dianne Bonshore says:

    Snakes alive! Can’t wait to read this adventure,cover looks great too.

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Snakes alive indeed, Big Sis and you know how much I HATE snakes! I terrified myself with one scene. Not that there’s much snake stuff in the story. Lots of fun though… Thank you. xxx

  17. Vanessa says:

    What a clever idea! That would make a fun movie, too.

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      From your lips to a producer’s ears, Vanessa! 🙂 Thank you – it is a very fun read – and very sweet. I cried a few times. Or may that was exhaustion. (Just kidding…) xx

  18. Sally says:

    Sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Congratulations!

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Thank you Sally – it’s great to have so many people drop by and I’m very grateful. And I’ll be looking up anybody I don’t know. You gotta share the love, right? Ity is a very cute story and I sincerely hope you enjoy. Roll on January! Thank you again. xxx

  19. Renea says:

    Love love LOVE this FRILLY Cover art! It screams a great read! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this and now that I’ve discovered you, some of your other hot titles aswell!

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Thank you Renea! I do think this cover is perfect for this story, and I’m so glad you love it as much as I do. Big hugs! xx

  20. Donna Bain says:

    Can’t wait to find it, hooked me in want it now

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Thank you Donna! What a lovely comment. This story hooked me from the moment I conceived the idea – and I hope it does you as well. Roll on January! xx

  21. This sounds fantastic! Love the cover and love the idea of the book.

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Thank you so much, Nikki! It’s a truly, lovely sweet story and I hope you get to enjoy reading it as much as I have loved creating it. Big hugs. xx

  22. Just fabulous. Love the juxtaposition of cover. I want to know how she’ll go!

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Thanks Alison. Ellie Exarchos is the cover designer. I’ve been blessed that she’s done all my covers and she has a wonderful eye and wonderful way of connecting the story. I know they’re ALL supposed to do that, but she seems to do it particularly well. Though, I think this is the best cover. xxx

  23. Yvonne Mes says:

    Gorgeous cover and sounds like a fun read! Can’t wait to read this. It is going to look fabulous on the bookshelves in shops and homes!

    1. Kerri/Kaz says:

      Oooh Yvonne – you are so precious. Thank you – and I agree. I think it’s going to look great on the bookshelves. let’s hope it looks so good that no one can resist it! 😉

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