Almost there…. (and cover release 2.0)

Hey friends!

That’s a GIF of me, in my Editing X-Wing, with my sights set on the ARC release date for Happily. We’re almost there.

Hopefully everything goes smoothly and I don’t get shot down my Darth Vader or anything (spoiler alert!).

The release date for the ARC is still the same, as is the official publication date. However, something that has changed is the cover art!

I got a bit excited with the last cover, and sent it out into the world before it was ready. Part of the problem is that Happily is a bit of a new genre for me, and while the story came off smoothly, I was having a rough time coming up with cover art that suited it well, and looked good. The end result (my previous cover art), accomplished neither of those objectives. It wasn’t dreadful, I suppose, but it wasn’t right, either.

After quite a bit of brainstorming, drafting, editing, and several other verbs, I’m pleased to finally present to you the actual cover for Happily. Please enjoy responsibly.

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, 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.

Happily

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. 😉


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, titled 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. 🙂
  • I just finished reading and put up a review for The Making of Jurassic Park. 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.