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The official blog for author Ashley Chappell. Check back every week for a few laughs at my expense or, if you know the love-hate process that is writing, commiseration.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Book Release Date, Pre-orders, and Cover Reveal!

And now for the announcement I promised in yesterday's blog post...  Alice Will, my debut novel, will be released  by Center One Publishing on November 13, 2012! I'd call that perfect time for stocking stuffers, wouldn't you?  For a special May Day treat you can head over to Center One's website and pre-order a copy now  :-)

Alice Will JacketThe cover art might change slightly between now and publishing, but I'm thrilled with the way it turned out! The publisher asked me in the beginning if I had any suggestions for the cover art and, knowing that I have NO talent for creative design at all, I turned it completely over to them. Now that I've seen their fabulous work I couldn't be more glad that I kept my hands out of it.

This is my first ever publishing experience and I have to say I have been very happy with it so far. I see horror stories from emerging authors on forums and other boards and I think I have to count myself very lucky. My experience has been positive, the publisher so responsive, and the quality top notch.

But nothing I ever imagined, no fantasies from childhood, no day dreams from when I first decided I wanted to become an author, could possibly match the elation I felt when I first laid my eyes on the cover art with my name on it. I did mental back flips and pirouettes when I received the contract offer and ran around the house squealing when I signed the contract itself. Seeing the artwork with my name on it made it seem so much more real, but I think my nuclear spastic crazy squealy celebration won't officially happen until I hold my book in my hands for the first time. That will be the day that I finally feel like I've reached the culmination of a near life-long dream!

Wait... culmination? Maybe that's the wrong word. Because this isn't the last stop on my authorial journey - my next goal is to do this over, and over, and over, and over, and over again :-)


  1. Congratulations! This is so exciting, and yes, that's perfect time for stocking stuffers! Awesome!

  2. Thank you so much, Kelly! :-)Now if only I can get my head back in the game to finish working on the next one in the series...

  3. OUTSTANDING !!!! I'll be 1st in line for an autograph !!

  4. Wow, congrats Ashley! :)

  5. I'm so excited for you!!! And the cover art is beautiful!! Let me know if the publisher wants to do a blog tour anytime soon. ;) You have a volunteer already!

  6. Thanks so much, guys! I REALLY appreciate the support - more than you know! :-)

  7. Yay! Congrats!! I can't imagine how excited you must be. I'm incredibly happy for you, and I can't wait to read your work. Sending many blessings and much success on your book. :)


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