Happily – Cover Reveal and Publication Schedule

Hey everyone!

Some exciting news: I have an ARC release date set for my next novel, a publication date, and a cover that’s ready to be revealed!

But first, a little bit about the story.

My daughter is nearly 4. While I was working on my last book,ย Cleaving Souls, she would come to my desk and ask me to play with her. Sometimes I could. Other times I had to keep working.

One day, when she was sad that I couldn’t come and play with her, I asked her if she would like me to write her a story. “Yes!” she said. “A Cinderella story!”

Perfect. It’s only one of the most overdone stories I can imagine.

But I decided to take a whack at it and started plotting and drafting. Quite a few lengthy brainstorming sessions with my wife finally produced a good angle from which to tell the story. Now the novel is almost ready to be published, and I hope that some of you are nearly as excited as I am.


Planned ARC release date: February 3.
Planned publication date: April 3.

The prince had fallen in love with a girl whose name and face he didn’t even know, and then had lost her. Now a shoe was their best approach to finding her?
Bunch. Of. Idiots.

Laure is a teenage street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests, if she can only manage to hoodwink the royal family and survive to tell the tale.


I’m incredibly excited. This story took me into some new writing waters, but I’m very pleased with how things are coming together.

As always, I’ll be looking for some of you wonderful book bloggers to share Laure’s adventure with. If you’re interested, contact me, either here or in the comments below! Otherwise, I’ll probably come around your blog asking for a review in the next few weeks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In other news:

  • Fellow indie author Brent Jones is running a massive giveaway for three of his books. I’m currently reading one of them, titledย Fender, and his work is high quality.
  • I’m planning on hosting a reading challenge, creatively titled “Booklover February Reading Challenge.” It’s love themed, because of Valentine’s Day, and is really low-key. Should be fun, though. Watch for it. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • I just finished reading and put up a review for The Making of Jurassic Park.ย That movie has always been my favorite, so obviously I enjoyed the book. May have even done some fan-girling. Fan-boying? Fan-manning? Ah well.

29 thoughts on “Happily – Cover Reveal and Publication Schedule”

  1. How exciting!! It looks and sounds great! No matter what anyone says, I can never read too many Cinderella stories… actually, I could never read too many of any spin on a Fairy Tale!

    1. They do have a classic charm that’s difficult to beat! They’ve all grown in me immensely since becoming a parent.

        1. I’ve been getting great feedback from my alpha readers–both encouraging and constructive. I think you’ll be pretty pleased with the final result! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I’m excited for the book (even though I typically shy away from fairly tale re-tellings) if it’s you writing it, I’m in. Also: Love themed book challenge?!? Woohoo! Finally, I definitely vote for fan-manning.

    1. Good, good, and good!
      Yes, fan-manning. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was hoping it would get some appreciation. I happen to think myself terribly clever, but I worry sometimes that I’m the only one. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Oh my goodness! I love fairytale retellings and this sounds wonderful. What a change of pace from Cleaving Souls. Speaking of, I just finished it last night and Iโ€™m planning on posting my reviews in the next few days. Iโ€™m sorry Iโ€™ve been so slow. Migraines have been playing havoc with my reviews.

    1. It is quite a change of pace, isn’t it? I’m kind of exploring different genres right now, I suppose.
      Oh, awesome! I’m excited to see what you thought of it. And no need to apologies. When it comes to migraines, all apologies ought to be directed towards the person suffering from them. ๐Ÿ˜›

        1. You’re welcome! I just hope that you are feeling much better!
          I’ll make sure you get a copy as soon as it’s ready. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thanks! It went through quite a few rounds of brainstorming, drafting, and scrapping before we ended up with this. I think it’s pretty good, though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Congrats on completing another book! I love the story about how it came about. “Perfect. Itโ€™s only one of the most overdone stories I can imagine.” That cracked me up lol. But it sounds like you found a good way to twist it! And I’m sure your daughter will love it, especially when she gets older and realizes how awesome it is that you actually wrote a book for her ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you! I’m planning on doing a search and replace for all the potty words (just things like stupid and dumb) that are in the book, to make a special edition to read to her that says “silly” and “nincompoop” instead. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks! It was a lot of fun to write, and I think it turned out really well.
      I can’t settle on a cover though. I got feeling okay about this one and made this post, but I’ve already gone back to the drawing board. I’m 100 percent sure that it’ll have a different cover before this is all said and done. ๐Ÿ˜› I think I’m just accustomed to making covers for darker stories, so this one has really pushed me.

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