Cover Reveal: Elected by Rori Shay

Happy November everyone!  I’m interrupting your Halloween candy hangover to bring you the cover of ELECTED, the debut novel by our regional member Rori Shay! Look for it on April 22, 2014 from Entranced Publishing.

Elected- large

In the year 2185, Aloy must masquerade as a boy to claim her country’s presidential role and save her people.

Aloy’s father is the current Elected, the leader of the country, just as her grandfather and great-grandfather were before. Her older brother should fulfill the role, but he disappeared eighteen years ago. Without an Elected, East Country would fall into civil war. With no one else to take his place, Aloy’s parents cut her hair and told her that she could never be a girl again. To assume the role, she must conceal her gender at all costs. If discovered, she risks execution.

In two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father’s place. She hopes to govern as he did, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is boldly stepping out of the shadows and, as turmoil grows within East Country, cryptic threats arrive from beyond their borders. After generations of isolation, Aloy knows nothing about their only neighbor, Mid Country. And, East Country doesn’t have the resources to defend itself.

As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, Vienne, but battles with feelings for Griffin, the boy who knows her secret – the boy who is somehow connected to East Country’s upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn’t know whom to trust.

Aloy knows leadership requires sacrifice. She just didn’t expect that the sacrifice might be her life.

“One blonde curl is wrapped lusciously around my pointer finger. I gaze down at it and then force my eyes upward to drink in the image of my face. Long blonde hair trails past my shoulders and onto my back. In the cracked mirror, my eyes squint, trying to capture this one fleeting picture of myself as a girl.

This is what I could look like if I weren’t forced to masquerade as a boy.”

Sounds fantastic! I’m definitely heading over to Goodreads and putting it on my “To Read” shelf!

Those of you who attended our Lucky 13 Conference may remember Rori Shay when she was on the Social Networking panel. I was fortunate enough to sit next to her and found her delightful!


Rori’s debut novel, ELECTED, is book one of a young adult sci-fi trilogy, which challenges the notion of duty above desire. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Rori lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and two proficient hair shedders: Misch the cat and Gerry the 90-lbs black lab. Rori studied public relations and marketing at the University of Maryland and received an MBA from George Washington University. She enjoys travelling, running, reading, pumpkin-picking and snow-shoeing!

You can learn more about Rori at her website: or on Twitter @RoriShayWrites

But wait, there’s more. Click on the click below to enter a Cover Reveal Giveaway and win a copy of ELECTED!

Congratulations Rori and major WOOHOO’S!!! All of us in the region are super excited for you!

Okay friends, gotta’ run! National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has officially begun and I’ve got 50K words to crank out. Look for more NaNo posts throughout the month!

Happy writing and illustrating!

About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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9 Responses to Cover Reveal: Elected by Rori Shay

  1. Wow, the cover is fantastic and the book sounds really intriguing.


  2. Sue Poduska says:

    Very nice, Rori. Congratulations!

  3. Rori Shay says:

    Thanks so much for posting this, Susan, Laura, Larissa, and Shelley! I’m so excited this day is finally here! I’m glad you like the cover. I think it looks mysterious and vibrant (yay for Susannah Safi, a cover artist at Entranced Publishing)!

    I can’t wait to see you all at the March MD/DE/VA SCBWI conference!

    • susanmannix says:

      It was our absolute pleasure! So good to see all your hard work pay off. Looking forward to seeing you in March too! 🙂

  4. Congratulations, Rori!

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