Friday, June 27, 2014

And the winner is... (Plus Free Book)

I recently attended UtopYA 2014 and attended to awards ceremony.  There were lots and lots of awards but only two caught my eye.  I'm sharing one of those with you today.

This award was for Best Cover Model.  I'm sure you can see why THAT one caught my eye.  Hehe.

Let me introduce you to Jesse Daniels, computer nerd turned cover model.

I'm sure you can see why he's a cover model easily enough, but I can tell you that he is super nice.  All of the models were walking around with us at UtopYA.  I admit to be way to overwhelmed to even talk to any of them.  But when I finally did talk to Jesse, he was so really nice.  He told me about being a computer nerd and I told him about teaching game design to my middle school students.  He willing posed for a picture with me.

More pics of Jesse

You should like his facebook page to keep up with him!  I'm sure this won't be the last we see of him.

Having all the models around really did liven up the place.  Friday night at the karaoke event, the guys just randomly took their shirts off!

You might hear some more about Josh McCann from me later.  He's the other one in jeans besides Jesse. (THAT boy loves attention)

Here are the covers that Jesse has been on and I'm really hoping he makes his way on to a lot more of them.

(Click covers for goodreads links)

About the author:

R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to "share the love of reading one book at a time." An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home in the Southern U.S. with her husband, her three daughters, a rescue dog named Oscar the Grouch, A Shitzsu named Tinkerbell, an OCD cat, and a coffee pot she honestly couldn't live without. Should she ever become the owner of a fire-breathing dragon (tame of course), her life would be complete.

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  1. Holy hell...... I want one!! Lol He is yummy! No wonder you like him!! He deserves loads of awards!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  2. It looks like you had such a great time! I love when you post about all of the different bookish events that you attend! Wow! Jesse Daniels sure has my blood pumping! LOL I love that his good-looking, as well as intelligent! Great pics! Thanks for sharing Val :)