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Author: J.P. Barnaby
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Angsty G.
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction
Release Date: 03/15/2017
It’s amazing how a single word from a tiny girl can change your life.
Spencer Thomas’s life turns on edge when his beloved Aunt Nell dies leaving custody of her three-year-old daughter to him. Her “Spenna” came when Sophie needed him most, but his boyfriend Aaron can’t be a parent. He just can’t. Neither of them expected a baby to fall into the lives they’d finally just settled.
When Nell’s ex Jane comes to claim Sophie, Aaron needs to make a decision—man up, or walk away as Spencer faces the fight of his life.
If it takes a village to raise a child—then it takes an army to create a book.
I came up with the idea for Sophie after begging Rowan Speedwell to have Zach and David find a kid in an alley and take him home. It was perfect, and would spotlight Zach’s complete inability to be responsible for a kid. I even offered to guest write it! Alas, the idea didn’t fly. Then, I decided to repurpose it for my own needs. All I needed was a title and cover.
So…. What to call it?
The book is mostly about Aaron and Spencer—our last glimpse into their lives as they move on to their happily ever after. But, Aaron already has a book named after him and so does Spencer. Of course, each book is the name of the character in that book – I couldn’t duplicate. I wanted to conform to the standard. What’s a girl to do?
Then, my glorious roommate Shae Connor gave me the perfect solution – title the book “Sophie”. Of course, I’d have to hide the title until the cover reveal, because that would ruin the staggering impact of the book. That was a feat in and of itself. Then, Shae furiously searched stock sites and found the image that then became the cover. She found the adorable little girl to give a face to the name.
All that was left was to get it to Sam.
For those of you who don’t know my cover artist, AngstyG (my Sam)—she is one of the most talented artists I’ve ever seen. We originally met because we were both writing Twilight fanfiction (don’t judge). She not only wrote amazing stories, but also put together incredible banners for people to use to promote their work. She is a Goddess. When I decided to publish, and got permission from Dreamspinner to use my own artist, I begged her to design for me.
And look what she’s done.
Aaron wouldn’t be half as powerful without his stunning cover. You can’t look into his eyes and not empathize with what’s he’s been through. She designed the textures, found the perfect font, and brought the gorgeous men of the Aaron series to the forefront. Each cover is amazing, and Sophie is no exception.
So, to Shae Connor and my Angsty Sam – my deepest thanks for the gorgeous cover being revealed today. It’s been an honor working with you both.
About the Author
JP Barnaby, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over two dozen books, including Aaron and the Little Boy Lost Series. She recently moved from Chicago to Atlanta to appease her Camaro who didn’t like the blustery winters. JP specializes in recovery romance, but slips in a few erotic or comedic stories to spice things up. When she’s not hanging out with hot guys in leather, she binge watches superheroes and crime dramas on Netflix. A physics geek, she likes the science side of Sci-Fi, and wants to grow up to be Reed Richards.
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