May 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Impostor by Susanne Winnacker – Cover Design Spotlight and G1veaway

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Thanks for stopping by the blog for our Tour Stop for

Impostor (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker

presented by Mod Podge Blog Tours!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!



Can Tessa pose as Madison . . . and stop a killer before it’s too late? 

Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.

Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.

add to goodreadsImpostor (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker
Publication Date:  May 28, 2013
Publisher:  Razorbill

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Cover Design Spotlight


I absolutely love my cover. But it wasn’t the first cover that I was shown for Impostor. I got two other cover suggestions first. They were beautiful in their own ways, but not quite the perfect fit. On my own I probably would have been happy with both covers, and that’s exactly why I’m grateful that more people are involved in the process, people who know more about design and marketing than I do.

I asked my editor, the lovely Caroline Donofrio, to tell you a bit more about the process of creating a cover and here’s what she had to say:

IMPOSTOR is so many things – a mystery, a thriller, and even a bit of a romance. When trying to come up with any cover concept, you want to do the best possible job capturing the essence of the book, but also create a gorgeous package that will appeal to readers, stand out on a shelf, and of course, make the author happy. With some projects you land upon a perfect cover almost immediately, but more often it’s a process. Sometimes it can be kind of a long process… such was the case with Impostor.

Initially, we started out with a jacket that felt extremely sci-fi in nature. It was dark and glossy, ethereal and intriguing. Unfortunately though, it didn’t really capture the tone of the book. So we went back to the drawing board, discussing possible directions until we arrived at the concept you see today. The final cover felt perfect. It’s both beautiful and tough, and conveys a sense of action. The broken shards suggest fragility. It felt like the perfect layering of elements to symbolize our heroine, Tessa.

The jacket was designed by the incredibly talented Theresa Evangelista (, whose work you may recognize from Ally Condie’s MATCHED, REACHED and CROSSED, as well as from Gordon Dahlquist’s THE DIFFERENT GIRL.


About the Author:



Susanne Winnacker studied law before she became a full-time writer. She lives with her husband, a dog and three bunnies in Germany. She loves coffee (in every shape and form), traveling and animals.
When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her in the kitchen, experimenting with new vegan dishes.
Her YA thriller IMPOSTOR will be published on May 28, 2013. It has been optioned for TV by Warner Brothers!

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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  1. Gayatri

    If I had Tessa’s gift I’d like to be Miley Cyrus’s Imposter and go on a date with the one and only Liam Hemsworth!

  2. So, I can only pick one person to be. Awe! I think I would be a different person each day. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. I’m embarrassed to admit it but I do sometimes judge books by it’s cover. It really interests me how Authors or the cover designers come up with the covers as so many covers, especially now are just stunning!

    Great guest post!

  4. Jamie M

    I honestly have no idea whose imposter I’d be. I’m stumped.

  5. almendra

    mmmm i don´t know really .. maybe … taylor swift jiji

  6. Brooke

    oh gosh, I have no idea. I think I would want to be Cassandra Calre! I would love to be able to write books like her for sure!

  7. I think I’d like to be Jennifer Lawrence’s imposter. That would be interesting!

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