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The relationship between a cover and book summary can have more of an effect on a potential reader than a lot of people realize. Sure, they both have to be great in their own right. But their they also need to come together to create a cohesive theme or vibe, rather than contradict each other.

Melissa Eskisehir Ousley’s cover and summary of Pitcher Plant: A Pacific Northwest Suspense do a wonderful job of coming together to create that cohesive vibe. And it’s one that fits the book’s summary perfectly: downright creepy. Which makes me very happy to be helping to reveal the cover.


I’ll admit that, at first glance, I wasn’t quite sure what about this cover brought on that creeped-out sort of feeling. Then I looked a little closer, and I spotted the skulls. Then the flies, then what might be a splatter of blood. That’s when that intriguing, creepy little chill ran through me.

About the Book

When Tawny Ellis spots a run-down fixer-upper on the Oregon coast, she and her husband jump at the chance to own a cottage near the beach. But as the expensive repairs turn their dream home into a nightmare, their marriage unravels. And worse… something is lurking in the house’s dark past.

Tawny’s daughter has a new imaginary friend that bears a striking resemblance to a little girl who squatted in the house with her drug-addicted mother. These illegal tenants have been missing for years.

The house’s previous owner is enraged with Tawny, the same way he was with the squatters. As he stalks her family, Tawny suspects that she knows what happened to the last people who slept in the house. Her family might be next.

About the Author

Melissa Eskue Ousley is the award-winning author of The Solas Beir Trilogy, a young adult fantasy series. Her first book, Sign of the Throne, won a 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award and a 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award. Her third book, The Sower Comes, won a 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award. Her fourth book, Sunset Empire was released as a single book and is also included in the bestselling Secrets and Shadows box set, a young adult collection. Melissa lives on the Oregon coast with her family, a neurotic dog, and a piranha. When she’s not writing, she can be found walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.

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