Exiled and Shift by M.R. Merrick: Cover Battle Royal of Epicness

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So for the last stop on the tour, Ashley and I wanted to put something epic together. I mean really, this much awesomeness all in one spot, it should be spectacular right? Well, instead of the incredible and unforgettable vLog that I had planned, where I take my shirt off and dance (sorry ladies), we came together to do something totally even more badass.

To close of the Shift blog tour, we’re having a cover art battle royal.

Old school VS. New School.

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Ashley and I decided to throw a wrench in things and really mix them up. We came together, and have worked our asses off to make a brand new set of covers I think we both love. We should, we made the!. We made something totally different from the original art and we want you, the best readers ever, to vote on them.

So how’s it work and what’s in it for you? Well here it is:

Well here it is:
Pick a team.
Team Old School is routing for the original cover art.
Team New School is routing for the new cover art.


What’s at stake? At the end of the contest, whatever team has the most votes’ wins. From the winning team, we’ll randomly pick 3 winners, and they’ll receive a wicked prize pack with:

  • 1x signed paperback copy of Exiled
  • 1x signed paperback copy of Shift
  • 2x signed 12” x 18” photos of their teams covers that look like this:

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Just a heads up that the paperbacks are not going to be ready until late March, so the prize packs won’t be shipped until then. 

In the words of Survivors, Jeff Probst: “Sound like something worth playing for?”



Right??? Okay, so here’s a BIG view of the NEW covers in all their glory:

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I know dude.


To Enter:

VOTE for the covers you like best!
Team Old School = The original covers
Team New School = The NEW covers


Fill out the corresponding form!

US & Canada only!




Vote for Team New School

(if you can’t see the Rafflecopter, hit the ‘read more’)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Vote for Team Old School

(if you can’t see the Rafflecopter, hit the ‘read more’)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

…and lastly (I know right? Is this post long enough???) Show you support and make sure your team wins!!!


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<div align="center"><a href="http://www.bookish-brunette.com/2012/02/exiled-and-shift-by-m-r-merrick-cover-battle-royal-of-epicness.html" title="Bookish Brunette"><img src="http://www.bookish-brunette.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/TeamNewSchool-e1328739951250.png" alt="Bookish Brunette" style="border:none;" width="200" /></a></div>


→ Read my CROWNED review of Exiled
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62 Responses to Exiled and Shift by M.R. Merrick: Cover Battle Royal of Epicness

  1. Seriously? You are gonna make me pick? *bites nails* But both sets are amazing!! Seriously!

    Life is so unfair. Okay, I think I’m gonna go with Team Old School!!! Yeah baby! Old School in da house. :)

  2. Rachel says:

    I am so team old school. That cover for Exiled is why I bought the book in the first place. While the new covers are cool, they would not have made me buy them solely for cover love.

    Am not entering the contest but am so going to sport your Team Old School buttons on one of my blogs.

    Dude, that original cover for Exiled just can’t be beat!

  3. SupaGurl says:

    OMG! I do love the old school covers but WOW the New ones are HAWT! I love them :)


  4. Well, since the books aren’t paranormal romance, I’m voting for the old covers. Since I don’t read PNR, I wouldn’t pay attention to the books if they had the new covers. The old cover of Exiled really peaked my interest.

    I think the new covers work well for a PNR series though. Very beautiful.

  5. Team old school! I just like the older covers way better than the new ones. *shrugs* Thanks for the chance to win! DeAnna S.

  6. Kerry Amburgy-Dickson says:

    I like them both.

  7. TEAM OLD SCHOOL ALL THE WAY! Though I love the fire/water elements on the new covers. :)

  8. Emily Drake says:

    I hate to do it, but I had to go old school. Sorry!

  9. I picked team new school, but it was tough. I really like them both. It was the Shift cover that sold me because of the water element. ;)

  10. I think I am going to have to say I am team Old School!! The New School covers are great too, but the Old School covers go with the story better I think. That is really what makes my decision for me, because I think both are really great. And the New School cover for Exiled! HAWT!!!

  11. Team Old School.

    The Team New School covers are clearly awesome, but not books I would ever read.

  12. Felicia the Geeky Blogger says:

    Team Old School all the way!

    Go Team Old School!

  13. I really like the new covers, the water on Shift is awesome! BUT- the original covers rock my socks!! I’ve been staring at Shift at every tour stop! I just <3 them so much!!

  14. Tiffany Mahaffy says:

    This was very hard on me!! I was super torn because the New School covers are so pretty but I had to go with Old School!! The cover of Exiled and Shift are just so different you can’t help but want to pick them up!! I also would love to win the 12×18 because they are kickass!!

  15. Shelagh says:

    You guys have done an amazing job on the new covers, but I have to say that I am still Team Old School. It’s a bit like a cover version of a favourite song that is awesome, but just not the same as the classic you love.

    Mad skillz people. Mad skillz.

  16. Kristin says:

    Team Old School all the way. The original covers are gorgeous.

  17. I love love love, the NEW covers! :)

    The old ones are awesome too, but the new ones just rocked my socks off! :)

    Tabby@ @Insightful Minds

  18. Steven Luna says:

    Old school, without a doubt…the stories are gritty and rough-textured, and the original covers represent the fantasy nature of them better than the new.

  19. Jen Smith says:

    Love the new covers, but I had to go Old School…

    Great contest and really great post!

    Thanks so much :D

  20. Just Jenn says:

    I am all for new school! Great covers!!

  21. Jenny says:

    Wow, amazing job on the new covers you guys! Love the dirty/distressed typefaces you chose, I enjoy them more than the fonts on the originals. I do love the imagery on the original covers though, super haunting and visually interesting. In a rather epic show of indecisiveness I’m going to go with both:)

  22. Ah,I gotta go with Old School!

  23. I absolutely LOVE the new covers :) Swoon is right! hehe. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  24. I like them both, but they give off very different vibes. I like the grittiness of the old ones and the hotness of the new ones. *sigh*

    Old school. That’s just how I roll. lol

  25. Megan says:

    Both sets are great, but I’m going to have to go with Team Old School!

  26. Ok, when I *FIRST* spotted the cover for Exiled, I though…. “What is the world is with the tree?”.. But, then after reading the book I thought that it fit the book very well. Same with the cover for Shift. Even though the covers are fitting, and I really do love them, I like seeing the new ones!
    I love love love the new covers. They say so much about the book, in just the little bit that is on them. The fire, the water. Just love them! So, I had to vote New School. Although OLD SCHOOL will always have a special spot in my heart *snickers*! I love them Ashley & Matt. You have rocked my face off.

  27. Jen D. says:

    Team Old School all the way! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The originals are certainly not broken. =) Thanks for hosting this amazing contest!

  28. Diayll Sales says:

    I voted for Team Old School! However I am a dork and filled out the wrong widget…haha….but seriously, I love them both!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  29. Gloria says:

    I have to vote Old School. I just feel the originals better reflect the images the stories created in my mind as I read them. Now if MR Merrick would make the stories a little more saucey I could vote for the new covers ;)

  30. Touya says:

    Team Old School all the way!

    I really dislike remaking covers. >_< It means having to buy them all over again if you want all your books to match. It's so unfair.

  31. Sariah says:

    I like the old covers but I really like the new ones.

  32. I voted for Team New School! :-) Change is good!

  33. Vivien says:

    I can’t choose!! I love them both. I went with the new ones for a change :)

  34. Chelsea Fine says:

    Um…best cover showdown EVAH! :) Team Old School for me…but they both rock!

  35. ShawnaLeAnn says:

    I LOVE the new covers so I am so for #TeamNewSchool!! Great giveaway. [:

  36. JLynn says:

    This was a really hard choice!!! I really liked the original covers but the new are very cool!! Either way, the books are awesome!!

  37. Both sets of covers are SO SO gorgeous!! It was so hard to choose! Is it okay if I pick both? Or pick one from the original covers and one from the new ones? x) LOL I like how different they all are.. but I’d have to go with the new ones just because I LOVE the new cover for Shift! ;)

  38. Oh geez, this was a hard decision!!! I was torn because both sets of covers represent the book in a cool and creative way! BUT I had to go old school. (I let my 8 yr old daughter weigh in and she liked #TeamOldSchool for the record.) I agree with whoever said it up there ^^^ These books are more fantasy than PNR and the first set of covers fit that better. FUNNEST cover contest ever. Thanks guys =)

  39. Caitlin says:

    I am so totally Team Old School. I absolutely love the original covers and I don’t wan to see them replaced. The cover of Exiled is what drew me to the book in the first place. Both Exiled and Shift have such dramatic covers and they really portray what the book is about very well. I love all the elements in the covers and the colors make it all so gorgeous.

  40. Team Old school for sure. Those covers give me the chills and I like that. It makes me want to read them more. Too many models are on books covers now, I like the nature ones.

    I filled out the new school rafflecopter before I noticed there was a seperate one for old school. So i filled out both, but you can ignore my new school entries so I am not doubled. sorry.

  41. smiling_ina says:

    Most definitely #TeamOldSchool!!! Those covers just captivate and pull you right in.

    Your covers are really great too, but I absolutely love the originals.

    I’ll putting your button up on my blog too. :)

  42. Candace says:

    I totally suck at reading directions, lol. I just filled out the first one and didn’t even see there were two rafflecopters. That’s okay though. I’m definitely team old school. Love the original covers!

  43. Michael Cain says:

    I’m all out ‘Team Old School’!! Thank you so much putting together the giveaway and it’s a blast keeping up with you both via Twitter and here on the blog.

  44. Giselle says:

    I’m Team New School. Why? Because they’re beautiful fire and water? Elemental opposites much? I love it.

  45. Lauren says:

    I’m so team new school. The covers look AMAZING!

  46. Farin says:

    Seriously, that tree on the Exiled cover caught my eye and got the book on my TBR list. I love the font, the picture, the whole package. I don’t feel the new covers as much but they are also nice. Team Old School ALL the way

  47. Onge says:

    Both are pretty sweet, but the tree is what made me go old school. I just love it so much! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  48. Alexa says:

    Its always about Team Old School because the original covers are amazing!

    Darn too bad we didn’t get to see Matt in a vlog! I would have laughed my ass off for days!

  49. Jennifer Villanueva says:

    I like old school covers personally. They are a bit dark and reveal a bit more. The new covers just show chicks posing.

  50. I voted for the new covers! I love those muscles!! And the water cover is beautiful!! Go team new cover!!

  51. Kristie M says:

    I so vote Team Old School!! I love the looks of them compared to the new. The old Really draw you in more.

  52. MaryAnn says:

    I am Team New School all the way! Great job you guys :D I am seriously wanting to read this series!

    Chapter by Chapter

  53. Stella C says:

    The Old School version was much more mysterious and would have grabbed me right away. The new ones are too girly.

  54. Enna P. says:

    I’m team old school! The old covers have much more detail and even though I don’t judge a book by it’s cover, I think these covers are much more appealing!

  55. bn100 says:

    Team Old School because I like the covers.

  56. Kristin says:

    I like both of them so it’s kinda hard to choose, but the sword behind the back tipped it in Team New School’s favor.

  57. Christina Kit. says:

    Totally Team New School!

  58. Team old school all the way!

  59. Leslie D says:

    Team Old School!!!!

  60. Sherry says:

    I picked the Team old school. (Sorry I accidentally signed up for the new cover too)

  61. Rachel V says:

    I picked Team Old School. Sorry both covers are good but I really like the old ones the best.

    Rachel V

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