and finally–the cover for Dissonance–a project 5 years in the making

So happy to be sharing this with you! I think I might cry!! I haven’t got a set release date, but it’s coming soon. By soon, I mean in a few days. ;)

Dissonance Cover Img Front


Fifteen-year-old Allie Grant lives crippled by her illness. Though kept in isolation, she’s never alone: A spirit named Song lurks in the silence of her bedroom.

When Song reveals its dark nature on the night of her recital, the show ends in tragedy. Verging on death, Allie’s taken in by an uncle she’s never met.

Julian claims to be a Muse with power over music and answers that’ll heal her. The cure she needs is rare, requiring of him a difficult sacrifice. Allie soon suspects her uncle has a secret that’ll turn her world around.

But with days left to live, she might fade without learning the truth…like the finishing chord of a song.

I know I’ve been talking about Dissonance and publishing it–forever. But now it’s really happening, guys! I have a book cover, designed by the lovely Syd. I want to share with you the full cover because the whole thing is beautiful! Check the featured image!

PLEASEBEDONEEEEI spent hours awake designing the interior file for a print book. I figured out how to make fancy chapter pages. Now I’ve only got to write the Acknowledgements, and there will be so many people to thank…I’m afraid many won’t make it into the book, but let me use this moment to say thank you.

Some people have read through all five drafts of the book. Some came along as it was near completion. At one point in 2014 I sent the first five chapters to an agent–who in the end told me it sounded too much like a romance novel, even though it’s YA–but that’s when Heather became my beta and wound up helping shape the whole thing.

There are the inkies who’ve stayed with me, and the GTW people, and everyone in my street team. The new friends I met in Brett’s beta chatroom. (He’s been pretty cool, letting me sabotage his team like that. :D)

There’s Syd and Kristia and Gabrielle. Phil, Rachel Lynn, Jennifer Cahill, Kelly. Kate Sparkes, who helped me understand what I’m doing!

Finally, my family–mom, dad, Christian–who’ve been there for everything, even the Carpal Tunnel surgeries. Who’ve hugged me when I felt discouraged and reminded me that no matter what, they’d be there. They’ve been waiting for me to publish the book for a long time, so it feels nice to finally show them a cover!

There are so many people who’ve helped keep me sane that I need to sit down and take note of all of you. If I haven’t mentioned you here, it’s because I don’t want the post to get too long. There’ll be another post for that!

A cover reveal is not the final chapter, but the beginning of a new book, so I have a lot to say. Let me sum it up for now: Thank you. 

Check back in the next few days. I might accidentally drop an Amazon link!

7 thoughts on “and finally–the cover for Dissonance–a project 5 years in the making

  1. oh, Mariella, I’m so excited for you on this! I know you’ve been working on this so long and I can’t wait to read it when it comes out! Hope you’ve been well!

    1. I’m so excited too. Jittery, nervous, almost-crying excited. I hope you enjoy it! And thanks for the comment! I’ve been well :) hope you have been, too!

  2. It’s so exciting to see Dissonance come out at last! I’m really excited to see what others think of it, but more than that, excited to see you achieve your goals and let your story shine. :) I can’t wait!

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