I’ve been sitting here contemplating how I could make this great blog post with a huge giveaway to celebrate my new novella which will be releasing October 14th. I usually do a paperback giveaway, but since this is ebook only, there aren’t any paperbacks to give away. Then I thought about gifting a few copies of the actual e-book, but then I realized it wouldn’t be much of a gift since the ebook will already be free. And then it hit me. Duh! The release IS the giveaway. And not only am I not having to limit the winners, but EVERYONE wins this one. So yay! Congrats, everyone. You all won a free ebook! Everybody! Even you!
Well, I guess that depends on if you end up liking the novella. If you don’t like it, I guess you kind of lost.
Anyway, so here’s the story behind this little novella, Finding Cinderella. But first, let’s reveal the cover created by Sarah Hansen with Okay Creations.
If you’ve read Losing Hope, then you know who Daniel is. Dean Holder’s best friend who has a penchant for random nicknames and…he’s a tad bit crazy. But he’s a great friend to Holder. He’s funny, loyal and…kind of wishing he knew who the heck the girl was in the “closet.”
There’s a scene from Losing Hope where Daniel, Breckin and Holder are all discussing their best…ahem. Trying to be PC for the younger crowd, here. Anyway, Daniel’s best “time” just happens to be with a girl he didn’t even know. It was dark. It was in a maintenance closet and they never really caught each other’s names. So…he nicknamed her Cinderella since the whole thing seemed sort of surreal, like a fairytale. And because it was in a maintenance closet with mops and brooms and other things that remind him of Cinderella.
After I wrote the scene in Losing Hope where he describes his hour with Cinderella, I finished the book and never went into detail about who it was or if he ever found her. Mainly because the story wasn’t about him, it was about Holder. And also because I thought it would be a great short story to give away on my blog in the future as a thank you to my readers.
Well…it kind of surpassed the short story mark and turned into a novella. If you don’t know what a novella is, it’s longer than a short story but shorter than a full-length novel. And to be honest…this was the funnest I’ve had writing a book. Daniel and Six (Sky’s best friend from HOPELESS) are both fun characters to write, so putting them together in Finding Cinderella was a little too much fun. I don’t want to be done with them! Heck, maybe I won’t be. Maybe I can just put out a free novella every year to thank all of you for being so awesome.
I wish I could find a word I like more than awesome, because I say awesome an awful lot.
Anyway, so back to my story. My initial plan was to write a short story and have it available to my readers here on this website. I asked my editor with Atria Books if they would mind if I released it since I’m not sure what the details of my contract are. She got back to me and Atria Books actually offered to release the novella FOR me. Not only are they making sure the book is available for free on all the ebook channels, but they went as far as providing all their services they normally provide their authors for their traditionally published books. So I want to give them a huge thank you for being so supportive and willing to do last-minute things like this when I get these wild ideas. I have the best publishers I could ever ask for.
With that said, the book will soon be available through Amazon, itunes and B&N and as soon as I get the preorder links next week, I’ll post them here. Until then, here’s the blurb for Finding Cinderella. And I think I’ll throw in a couple of early, spoiler-free reviews down at the bottom.
I hope you all enjoy it and please know that if I didn’t have to feed my children and pay bills, I’d give more away for free than just this novella. Because honestly, it feels kind of strange that I get paid to write. It’s almost like getting paid to breathe.
A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.
When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.
One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.
Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.
And FYI. The book is considered a standalone and doesn’t have to be read in conjunction with the other books. You don’t have to read Hopeless or Losing Hope to get what’s going on in the storyline, but it sure helps. That way you know the backstory of Sky and Holder and you would appreciate their contribution to Finding Cinderella.
And here are a few early Goodreads reviews if you want to take a look-
And then, of course, I have bigger sisters response as she was reading FINDING CINDERELLA:
“I was so confused. I got through a lot of this thinking they were Eddie and Gavin from SLAMMED. But they’re from the Hopeless series. Makes SO much more sense now.”
Please don’t do that. lol.