Back in January, I decided to go all in and self publish my debut novel this summer. I worked with a cover designer, booked an editor for April and arranged to have the interior formatted beautifully, and started looking into the pros and cons of Amazon and Ingram Spark.
Then the pandemic hit.
I’m lucky that the virus hasn’t impacted my plans to publish The Fair Queen. I know lots of book releases have been postponed until 2021, and lots of debuts have been launched into the world with more of a quiet cheer than the planned explosion of confetti. It’s not the ideal time to be launching a publishing career, but right now we need stories more than ever. People are reading more, not less, looking for an escape, some adventure, romance, and most importantly, hope.
The Fair Queen is available to preorder on Amazon Kindle now, and will be released on 31 August 2020.
I do hope to have a small launch party at a local cafe, but if that isn’t possible then it won’t be the end of the world. I’ll have a little celebration at home with cake and champagne, and maybe move the launch party onto Instagram Live.
Anyway! You’re here to see the absolutely stunning cover Natalie at Original Book Cover Designs created for me and read the blurb for TFQ, so here you go…
The trees in Hartwood forest are hiding an ancient secret, a door into a magical realm where fairy princes and monsters are one and the same.
Seventeen-year-old Aria is bored of her small town and dreams of a life filled with excitement and adventure. She’s about to learn the meaning of “be careful what you wish for”.
After a chilling encounter at the local summer fair, Aria is ripped from her normal life and dragged through the Veil into the Fair Realm by a strange, silver-eyed boy and his band of fairy soldiers. They believe she is the legendary Fair Queen, the subject of a prophecy that promises to unite the war-ravaged realm and bring an end to the centuries-long conflict between the Five Kingdoms.
But it can’t be true. Can it?
Beset by terrifying creatures at every turn, and hunted by a tyrannical king who will stop at nothing to prevent the prophecy from coming true, Aria will have to rely on her wits if she’s to escape the Fair Realm with her life.
I can highly recommend Natalie’s work if you’re looking for a cover designer, whether you want a custom design or are looking for a more affordable option like a premade cover. Check out some of her available designs on her Instagram, @originalbookcoverdesigns.
I’ve also had a book trailer made by my amazing friend Esmée (@esmeeanjou on Instagram) which you can see on my Instagram, along with lots of character and story aesthetics, the opening of the novel and loads of other fun stuff, like my preorder giveaway!
Buy the ebook on Amazon now and you could get a signed copy of the paperback, a bookmark with custom character art by Lina Amarego (@silver_wheel_press_designs) and an unpublished prologue not found anywhere else! You just need to screenshot your proof of purchase and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for all your support so far, I hope you enjoy the book if you read it. And, as you know, reviews are so important for authors so I’d love if you’d leave a comment on Goodreads or Amazon if you do read it. Good or bad! 🙂
Book two, The Solitary King, is well under way and hopefully coming out in 2021!