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ORACLE Cover Reveal Mystery Tour: Amazon Voucher & Swag Up for Grabs!

Today’s the day! The day I reveal the official cover for Oracle, something I’ve been itching to do since the moment we finalised the design!

Permission to squee! :)

And true to the book’s genre, I’m holding a Mystery Tour to celebrate! Join in the sleuthing, and you’ll be in with the chance to win a $20 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

Imagine the books you can buy with this! Oracle, maybe? ;)

*EDIT: To sweeten the deal, I’m also giving away 5 additional prize bundles comprising Oracle swag: bookmarks, postcards and a magnet! (You may have to be patient in receiving these prizes as I’m still waiting for the printers to get them to me!)

But first, if I keep this to myself any longer I’m going to burst! So here it is, the official cover and blurb for Oracle, courtesy of the talented people at J. Taylor Publishing:

Isn't it purty? I've got cover envy! Oh, wait, that is my cover! :)


As the countdown begins, the body count rises.

With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets. They’ve got one anyway.

Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police are no closer to finding their latest murderer than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.

Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential next victims.

One of whom could be his own daughter.

Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.

Oracle will be available both in print and in e-book form on July 30th, 2012!

I’m so excited! :)

Now, this wouldn’t be a Mystery Tour without a mystery … and a tour. 14 of my wonderful blogger buddies from around the world have agreed to publicise my official cover release on their blogs:

John Ling (New Zealand)

Here comes the mystery bit: two of these bloggers have committed heinous literary crimes! <gasp!>


Don’t blame them! After all, I am the criminal mastermind here. ;) So what bookish travesties have they committed?

Mystery #1: The Case of the Doctored Cover

One blogger has posted a forged version of the book cover, which is ever so slightly different from the genuine one! Can you spot the forgery?

Mystery #2: The Case of Mistaken Identity

Another blogger has posted a counterfeit blurb, one where the name of my protagonist has been changed!

The big question, of course, is…

That, my dear readers, is a job for you! :)

Head on over to the blogs of my fellow Mystery Tour hosts, and once you find the culprits, close the case by filing your report with the Rafflecopter authorities below!

One lucky Sherlock will win an Amazon gift card worth $20!

The contest will run till Friday 27th January, and I will announce a winner on Saturday.

 So whaddaya waitin’ for? Get out that deerstalker hat, smoking pipe and magnifying glass, and start sleuthing!

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86 Responses to “ORACLE Cover Reveal Mystery Tour: Amazon Voucher & Swag Up for Grabs!”

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  2. Very nice! And here goes: SQUEEEEE!!!!

  3. Trisha says:

    Lovely cover, congrats J.C.!!!

  4. Melissa Bradley says:

    Wow, what a great cover! Congrats on the new release. I wish all you the best on it.

    I’ll be sure and keep an eye out for this. I love the blurb. :)

    • J.C. Martin says:

      Thank you, Melissa, I’m glad you liked the blurb. We worked hard on it. As for the cover, all credit goes to the talented designers at J. Taylor Publishing! :)

  5. Donna Hole says:

    I’ve only seen a couple posts so far. I guess I’ll have to see them all to figure out the clues :)


    • J.C. Martin says:

      The Mystery Tour hosts will be putting up their posts throughout the day, at different times to hit multiple tie zones. I suppose the best thing would be to pop back tomorrow when all the posts are up, and browse through them then.

  6. jabelfield says:

    Oooh, such fun, hehehehe. :) I’ve played. Couldn’t resist. Have got to pop back later and find that pesky dodgy cover, though.

    Loving the look of Oracle. It suits what’s inside it perfectly. SQUEEEEEE! Congrats, J.C. :)

  7. Lynda Young says:

    Yep, I’ve only seen a few posts so far. It’s very exciting.
    You may need to double check the link to Raine Thomas @ Write as Raine (USA) because I get an error (could just be me though hehe).

    The cover is awesome. :)

    • J.C. Martin says:

      Thank you! Don’t worry about Raine’s link. The post is scheduled, so once it’s up the URL should work!

      This revealing across time zones thing is making me itchy with impatience!

  8. Nas says:

    Beautiful cover, JC! Congrats!

  9. J.C. Martin says:

    Thank you, Nas!

  10. jabelfield says:

    I did comment earlier but for some reason it’s not showing up. Love the cover. It’s so apt for the story and the colours are awesome. Congrats, J.C. And great fun with the mystery hunt. :)

  11. ted mahsun says:

    I have to admit this is the most fun book contest I’ve taken part in!

    Good going, JC, and looking forward to reading the book.

    • J.C. Martin says:

      Thanks, Ted. I was hoping to create something a little different from the usual book tours, so I’m glad you liked it!

  12. Kelly Said says:

    Wow! That cover is amazing! I love the blurb too, the notion of the oak leaf left behind at every crime scene raised chill bumps on my arms. Congratulations, that idea for a mystery hunt sounds really cool, too! :D

  13. Elaine Stock says:

    J.C., I love, love, love you cover. It is so eye-catching, so intriguing. And to add another SO, I’m so thrilled for you.

  14. talei Loto says:

    Woo Hoo! So happy for you JC! This is AWESOME. After hearing about it, I knew you’d get it published no problem. Well done you! And I’m sorry I’ve not been able to pop over lately, the parallel universe has been keeping me extremely busy. Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely book covers about town! It is a great cover! xx

  15. Jake Henegan says:

    Congrats on the cover, J.C. (Looks great!)

    Also, the whole mystery contest thing is awesome. And I will be looking out for Oracle when it comes out.

  16. talei Loto says:

    Oh, I think my first comment got eaten! Trying again!

    So very excited for you JC! This is fab!!! Congrats on your wonderful cover and on getting your book published! Absolutely awesome!! xx

  17. tara tyler says:

    what a creative contest! love it!

  18. PK Hrezo says:

    Hey JC! Congrats on the big reveal!! I had mine scheduled at 9am but for some reason it didnt post. I’ve got it up now tho… sorry bout that. Maybe blogger is based on central US time.
    Anyway, it’s there!!

  19. Sqeeeeee for you! Cool cover! And SUPER cool contest!

  20. sue says:

    I get your post late – in my time zone – so I peeked early – very purdy cover indeed – will do my best to participate … thank you

  21. Aimee Laine says:

    Love the cover and even moreso … LOVE this contest! You are awesomely creative. I am now going to follow in your footsteps and go find the answers to the mystery!! :)

  22. Your cover is really nice – and currently all over the web!

  23. [...] In keeping with the book’s rather mysterious title and theme, Ms. Martin has creatively styled her cover release to involve a mystery blog tour. Participants who solve the “mystery” will be entered for the chance to win a $20 Amazon gift voucher! For more information, please visit Ms. Martin’s Mystery Tour Headquarters. [...]

  24. Cherie Reich says:

    Love the cover art! Can’t wait to read the book! :D

  25. Len Lambert says:

    Amazing cover, JC! Glad to be part of your tour :)

  26. CONGRATS J.C.!

    Awesome cover! What a fun MYSTERIOUS giveaway. I Love to sleuth…


    Good luck with the tour and book!

  27. J.C. You certainly show the rest of us how it is done to promote your novel. Great mystery hunt. Sherlock Holmes, where are you when I need you? LOL.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today, Roland

  28. Mary says:

    What a fun contest, JC. I’m glad to be participating.

  29. Carol Riggs says:

    Awesome! I like the cover, and your mystery tour sounds very fun. I’m off to hunt and sleuth! :)

  30. This is great! How did you know I like falling leaves so much? That alone sells me.

    You know, I remember a long time ago you mentioning something about a tour, but for some reason I never got back to you on it. How about I post about your cover this week? Sound good? :)

    • J.C. Martin says:

      David, glad you liked the cover! And thank you for the kind offer! I’d be flattered, and will of course help you publicise the post! :)

  31. The cover is fantastic, J.C.!!! So exciting! There’s nothing quite like seeing the cover with YOUR NAME on it, is there? :) What a great idea for a blog hunt! Looks like so much fun!

    • J.C. Martin says:

      Thank you, Susanna. Yes, with the official cover, my story no longer feels like just a manuscript, and is one step closer to becoming a real book! Hope you join in the blog hunt and have fun!

  32. I’m not sure if I’ll have time to check out those blogs. I’ll try. However, in the meantime, I definitely want to congratulate you, J.C. The cover looks great and the blurb sounds very intriguing. Well done!!


    • J.C. Martin says:

      You still get entries without participating in the mystery hunt. :) But thanks so much. I hope the story lives up to the cover!

  33. I’m happy for you, JC! I’m going to share on Facebook.

  34. Libby Heily says:

    That cover is awesome!!

  35. Hi JC … great blurb and cover. Look forward to the book.

    Great fun!

    • J.C. Martin says:

      Hi Florence, thanks for participating! But rather than posting the answers where everyone can see, you’re supposed to fill in the Rafflecopter form! :) No worries, have transferred your answers, and you’re now in the draw. Thanks for playing!

  36. Joshua says:

    Love the cover. Hints of a leafless tree and blood vessels.

    • J.C. Martin says:

      Thank you , Joshua. And thanks for pointing out that detail. Never noticed it till now, and it does add an extra dimension of creepiness to it all!

  37. Congratulations! I love the cover and am looking forward to buying the paper version in July. :)

  38. You are so cute. Love this post! And congrats on your cover! It’s gorgeous!

  39. DL Hammons says:

    Oh what fun! I’ll have to roll up my sleeves and get busy checking blogs tonight!

    And BTW….the cover is awesome!! :)

  40. talei Loto says:

    Congrats JC! I’m not sure why but I can’t seem to get my comments working here. Well done on the cover!! And all the best with the comp! ;-)

    • J.C. Martin says:

      Oops, sorry! Akismet has been eating some of my bona fide comments lately. Bad Akismet! *slaps wrist* Thank you for all three comments! I believe I’ve rescued them. :)

  41. Diana says:

    Congratulations! The cover is very beautiful and the Mystery Tour was amazing. I really enjoyed it.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  42. Rebecca Emin says:

    What a beautiful cover. You must be so happy with it.

  43. J.C. Martin says:

    I am! :) Been dying to share it since we finalised it over a month ago!

    Good luck with the release of NEW BEGINNINGS!

  44. Roh Morgon says:

    I missed the party!

    Bunches of stuff going on in my life, and I totally missed your cover release blog tour.

    What a gorgeous cover – it’s simple yet intriguing.


  45. Stellar cover, and good idea with the interactive mystery. I tracked down the culprits (one has the same name as my sister but I won’t say another word). Glad to support a fellow writer. When you get some time, I’d love to hear what you think of my walking tour of Malacca (on my blog).

  46. JC, hello. This is my first time on your blog. Stellar cover and a great idea to make an interactive game of it. I tracked down the culprits and one of them has the same name as my sister (I won’t say another word).
    Congrats and looking forward to the book. If you get a minute, I’d love to hear what you think of my walking tour of Malacca. Do you miss KL?

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