So, I originally drafted this post with a lot of oohing and ahhing over the cover, the design and the colors (all for you to see at your leisure, if you scroll down right now and ignore my yammering on here) -
But you know what?
I'd like to devote a few moments to praising the person who celebrated this cover reveal, who has been looking forward to it first and foremost, and who is the force behind the words within the cover.
Let's talk about Ella.
I've known Ella as a friend for a few short months. We work on the same online YA newspaper. She is energetic, friendly and dedicated. I actually held onto the secret news about her book deal (which I've actually only just revealed now, since it's no longer been a secret for months) and it was so hard, because I knew that no one deserved it more than she did.
And just read about that concept.
A lot of Ella's heart has gone into this story. I've not been able to launch into my own ARC yet, for reasons, but I've spoken to her about it enough that I'm intrigued: it is a discussion of the issues young girls face, being tugged into abusive relationships or finding that they've made a misstep in their life's path and need support to raise themselves up and out.
I'm proud of her. I'm proud of the awareness she is trying to raise on this, and so many other issues. I am proud of her heart, her talent and her skill.
And I am proud to be part of her cover reveal.
Happily Ever After only happens with the right guy. It’s a tiny but important detail most fairy tales choose to leave out. But what happens when the princess rides off into the sunset with Prince Charming, only to discover he’s not so charming, after all?
Bianca Sullivan thinks she’s a pretty average girl. Sure, her brother may be the super-stud captain of the football team, but that’s her only claim to fame –- until her friends’ social experiment turns her into the new It girl of the Sophomore class, and she captures the attention of the most popular guy in her grade.
But no one’s ever told her what to do when her friends hate him and Prince Charming starts acting like a control-freaky misogynist.
Enjoy every moment of your epic journey, Ella. We can't wait to see this in actual print.
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Ella Martin is a prep school survivor and a Southern California native. She writes books about spunky teenagers who are way cooler than she ever was, and she totally believes in love and happy endings. She likes sunny places and is terrified of snowy winters, so she now lives in Florida with her husband and son.