Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Sempre: Redemption by J.M. Darhower

November 1, 2013 Book News, Cover Reveal, Giveaway 44

by J.M. Darhower

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Today I get to share something that I've personally been dying to see, the cover to Sempre: Redemption by J.M. Darhower! Sempre: Redemption is the sequel to Sempre, a book I've read and loved! But more on that in a minute, let's get right down to the cover reveal!


Isn't it gorgeous?! Sempre's cover got a little bit of a makeover as well, just a month or so ago. Let's take a look at the two side by side, shall we?

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Absolutely love them together too! Perfect and fitting.

Want to know about about Sempre: Redemption? Check out the synopsis!

In this thrilling and sexy follow-up to Sempre, two young lovers struggle to keep their relationship intact after they become deeply enmeshed in the dangerous mafia-run crime ring they once tried to overthrow.

Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco have been through a lot. Haven was taken in by Carmine’s father, and with his family’s help, she escaped a gruesome fate. However, saving Haven from the dark intentions of a mafia family cost Carmine a steep price: he was forced to swear loyalty to them.

Now, still passionately in love, Carmine and Haven must face the fall-out of Carmine’s forced service, as Haven discovers terrifying secrets about the family that enslaved both her and her mother—and why she matters so much in this intricate web of lies.
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The rights to both Sempre and now the sequel have been bought by Simon & Schuster. Sempre will be re-released on November 25th and just in time for Sempre: Redemption on December 23rd!

Sempre: Redemption Pre-order links: S& | Kindle | Nook | iBookstore

Back in June I revealed the title with a little help from one of the characters, Dr. Vincenzo DeMarco, and shared an excerpt from Sempre: Redemption, but I thought I'd share with you again, ICYMI.


The black Mazda RX-8 sped along the worn gravel road, twisting and turning as it penetrated deeper into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Haven clutched onto the passenger seat as the car haphazardly weaved through the dense forest.

“Are we lost?” she asked hesitantly as she stared at her boyfriend. Carmine was slouched in the driver’s seat, fiddling with the radio. Sunglasses shielded his eyes from her, so she couldn’t tell if he was paying any attention to the road.


Haven glanced out the windshield, squinting from the early morning sunshine. Things looked the same in every direction-nothing but endless trees surrounding them. How could he know? “Are you sure?”


Stubborn. “Where are we going?”

“You’ll see.”

Shaking her head, Haven surveyed the area. At first it appeared to be nothing unusual, a small gap in the trees with a cabin set a few yards away, until she spotted the faded white sign in the distance. Landell Christmas Tree Farm, it said in green hand-painted letters.

Although it felt as if time had stopped for the two of them, the calendar told a different story. It was the 23rd of December already, a month since they’d returned to the small North Carolina town of Durante in an attempt to get back to their lives… in an attempt to regain a bit of normalcy and piece together their relationship. It had been a struggle, dealing with the fallout of her kidnapping, but they took it day-by-day.

Together, the two of them set out through the tree farm.

“How about this one?” she asked after a while, stopping in front of a tree a few inches taller than her. “Do you like it?”

Carmine hardly even looked. “It’s too bare.”

Haven’s brow furrowed, unsure as to what he was talking about. The branches appeared full to her. “So finicky.”

“Whatever,” he muttered. “Do you see any others?”

“Uh…” She glanced around, randomly motioning toward another tree a few feet away. “What about that one?”

Carmine scanned it. “Perfect.”

Letting go of her hand, Carmine studied the tree, deciding how to go about taking it down. Haven watched him for a moment and burst into laughter when he took his first swing. It barely even sliced the thick bark.

Carmine groaned. “What’s so funny?”

“This is going to take you all day,” she said. “We should’ve just picked one that was already chopped down.”

“That’s cheating,” he said. “Just because it’s the easy way doesn’t mean it’s the best way. Sometimes it’s better to put in the work.”

He whacked the trunk repeatedly, the blade eventually cutting through the wood. Despite the cold temperatures, by the time the tree tilted, Carmine was huffing and drenched with sweat. It gathered along his forehead, running down the side of his face and dripping from his chiseled jaw. Haven watched him struggle in silence, a familiar pang of guilt deep down inside of her gut as she was reminded of what he’d done.

This boy-this stubborn, selfless, stupid boy-had given himself to the Mafia. He’d handed control of his future over to the men they hated most in exchange for her life. For her safety. And he’d done it so easily, so quickly, like there wasn’t even a choice at all… like making this sacrifice for her came just as naturally as breathing.

The act had left him fractured, and Haven was still trying to come to grips with the fact that it may be a long time before he was whole again. She was grateful to be alive, picking out a Christmas tree with the boy she loved, but she was also angry. Not at him-not anymore. That anger had been unfounded. She was mad at herself now, and at the universe, because no matter what she did, she couldn’t help Carmine.

Once again in her life, Haven felt powerless.

So she stood by silently, continuing to watch, terrified of looking him in the eyes one day and seeing regret. Frightened that someday, he’d turn to her, and she’d see her worst fear playing out in his face: that she hadn’t been worth it.

***Content may be altered or omitted from the final product***
So how about about a giveaway! One International winner will receive a pre-order of Sempre: Redemption in either Nook or Kindle form. BUT if you have not yet read the first book, Sempre, you may choose that instead. 🙂

Giveaway Rules:

1. Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.
2. Must be at least 16 years old to enter.
3. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.
4. I am not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.
5. Please follow the entry directions in the rafflecopter. (I do check and will delete entries that do not follow the directions. If you have any questions on how to enter, please ask!)

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Coming December 23rd!

About J.M. Darhower

J.M. Darhower is the USA Today Bestselling Author of paranormal/erotic/romantic suspense novels about the baddest bad boys and the ladies who love them. Fangirl at heart, J.M. is obsessed with books, music, and all things Marvel, especially the glorious Sebastian Stan. She spends her days in a tiny town in North Carolina, churning out words and chasing down Pokémon.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

44 Responses to “Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Sempre: Redemption by J.M. Darhower”

  1. Cheryl Sab

    The cover is GORGEOUS!! So excited for Redemption. Sempre is one of my most favorite books EVER!! So happy for J.M. Darhower and I wish her all the success she deserves.

  2. Rose

    I don’t think i’ve ever been more excited about the release of a book 🙂

  3. Stephanie

    The cover is absolutely gorgeous. I have not had a chance to read the first book yet, but I own a signed copy of it and will read it asap. I’d love the second:)

  4. Tasha

    Love the cover! Have been waiting which seems like forever for this book to have a release date.

  5. Bube

    The cover is gorgeous!
    I haven’t read Sempre,but I heard wonderful things about this book,I plan to read 🙂

    Thanks for the post 🙂

  6. Chanpreet

    I haven’t read Sempre. It came out and I heard all the hype about it and the next thing I knew it had been bought by a large publisher and it was off the market then. I am looking forward to it being released and getting a chance to read it. The cover is pretty intriguing. I love how the rose is the source of blood on the cover. Talk about a powerful image.

  7. Melissa

    I am so excited for the second book. I have had the first one for a while, but have been waiting on this one before reading.

  8. Meghan Stith

    I’ve heard great things about Sempre but haven’t read it because it’s not out yet! I don’t get it… was it a previous ebook and then a publisher picked it up or something?? I know that happened with Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren, too.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      Yes, it was out for awhile and then when the publisher picked it up it became unavailable until the new release. It does tend to happen when self-pubbed books get picked up. I remember it happened to The Sea of Tranquility too. Only a few weeks left though!

  9. candy sky

    I love Sempre! I love the cover for Sempre Redemption, I can wait for us to read it!!!

  10. Anne C

    The covers for book 1 and 2 fit perfectly together. Love them both!

  11. Kristia

    Love both covers! I haven’t read the first one yet. It sounds like a great series, added them on my tbr list 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway.

  12. Sierra McBride

    I’m pretty new to the book world. So no, I have no read this novel yet. But so many good things have been said and I can’t wait to get my hands on it !
    Thank you for the chance !!


  13. Claira Pam

    Wow, both of those covers look amazing!! They go so well together, too.

  14. Vitória

    we’ve waited so long,FINALLY! I love Sempre so much can’t wait for the new release and redemption. Gorgeous cover and I want to know de simbolism <3 thank you for the giveaway.

  15. Alejandra

    I looooooooveed Sempre and although I am nervous to read this one since I kinda know what’s gonna happen, I don’t think I’ll ever be ready for the pain I am a masochist and cannot wait to raed this book!

  16. Rachelle

    Omg I absolutely love love love Sempre I can’t wait for Redemption!!!
    This is my favorite book ever!!! Carmine is so funny I love Haven she’s such a beautiful person.
    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  17. Jessica

    I’m really looking forward to reading Sempre: Redemption! I love “Sempre” when I first read it as “Emancipation Proclamation” and again when I read it as a book almost two years ago. This is a book worthy of being made into a film! Thanks Khar for your amazing work!

  18. Eleanor

    I absolutely am in LOVE with the cover for Sempre: Redemption! I love the similarities between the covers (blood vs, petals, etc.). I’m excited to read the book!

  19. Ashfa

    I haven’t read it yet, sounds like a great series! Love the cover of Sempre.

  20. Amber

    The cover is pretty! Can’t wait to read more Haven and Carmine and all the drama that comes with living in the family that they do!