Am I excited? Yes.
Am I nervous? Yes.
Is everything in me going everywhere all at the same time? Oh, yeah.
And... in preparation of that great event in NINE DAYS' TIME, I have the great privilege of sharing with you the anticipated cover.
But before I do that, let me tell you a little bit of how this little bit of graphic awesomeness came about.
Once upon a time, there lived a young girl who desperately wanted to become an author. That girl was me, but I prefer to talk about this in third person.
Anyway, this girl wrote a Beauty and the Beast story, and was hoping to get it published very soon. On August 1st of 2016, to be exact. But she had no cover to put on the book. She could format all the content, battle CreateSpace, struggle through all the tiny little details, but she couldn't do anything drawing/graphics/artsy to save her life.
So, she set out an SOS (or an SMB -- "save my book") to a good friend of hers. Now, this friend was very clever with things like cameras and films and graphics and images. If anyone could help her with this impossible cover problem, HE could. After all, he was Latitude 40 Photography.
Now this friend got right down to work when he got the SMB. He braved the dangers of the wilds, blew up bridges, fought off alligators, and crawled through the depths of Tartarus itself (maybe -- I'm actually a little fuzzy on these details, but it all sounds nice) to get the perfect picture.
But was the Latitude 40 man done there? Of course not. There was still much to do.
He edited the photo and sent it to the girl. She was so delighted with it, but she still wasn't sure what to do with it. She was so worried that she would mess it up and make it look like some cheap, self-published cover art. So, again, Latitude 40 jumped to the rescue. He did more editing, searched for all the perfect fonts, and sent back an absolute perfection of a photo for the book's cover.
And then she realized she'd sent him the wrong text for the cover. She was so upset with herself.
But he fixed it. And then it was even more amazing than ever.
So, that's more or less how it went. Maybe less than more, but anywhoz. It was my fault that the cover reveal was delayed like it was, but now we're all back on schedule. I am thoroughly indebted to Latitude 40 Photography (which you can "like" via this link to Facebook) and all the other friends who were so good to help me out with this.
And, without further adieu...
In a kingdom where fauna and flora are held in higher esteem than breakfast, Dmitri is a prince who yearns for change and plans it in a single daring act that will alter his life forever. However, when his demented mother accidentally causes the destruction of a prized garden of roses, Dmitri is horrified when she proposes his hand in marriage to make up for it. Not only will a wife hamper his glorious plans, he doesn't even want one.
Janelle has spent her whole life on her father's rose farm, tending the roses and staying simple. But she really yearns for something greater than the flower beds. But now there's a wrench thrown in the works – the crazy Queen Maeva wants her to marry the prince, and all for ruining her father's beloved roses.
This is Beauty and the Beast with a twist like you've never seen it before.
The Rose and the Balloon will be available on Amazon August 1st! Be sure to add it to your bookshelf on Goodreads or, if you feel so inclined, check out the Pinterest board!
Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who is trying to find the balance between being one of six kids, a church pianist, a college student, a movie buff, a disaster in the kitchen, and a writing INFP. If you know what the secret is to balancing all of that, she’d be grateful to hear from you. Otherwise, don’t contact her unless you want to send her homemade gingerbread. Or a new piano book. Or an autographed Charles Dickens novel. In the meantime, she’ll be somewhere under a maple tree – trying very hard to finish the seventeen and half other stories she unwisely started all at once.