“Make it extremely squalid and moving,” she suggested.
“Are you at all acquainted with squalor?”
I said not exactly, but that I was getting better acquainted with it, in one form or another,
all the time.
-J.D. Salinger, “For Esmé – With Love and Squalor”
If you keep up with my blog, you know that I always have a lot of plans to expand what I write here, and to write more long-form features. You will also know that I am not always able to do as many of those things as I plan to… and today I am going to tell you why.
Over the past two years, I have been working hard on a brand new contemporary romance novel titled Love and Squalor. It is a story about a teacher who wants nothing more than to make a difference in the lives of the children in her care. This proves nearly impossible, though, as their city is full of crime, violence, and several lethal, warring gangs. Through no fault of her own, she is soon pulled into the bloody battle raging on, and the only light in the darkness turns out to be someone she never would have expected: one of the most notorious gang members in town.
This novel has been something I have been working on for a long time, and now, finally, it is almost ready to share with the world. I will announce the release date soon, but for now, I can share with you the full paperback cover:
(I am especially proud of this cover, because I designed and created it all myself. :))
Over the coming weeks I will be updating the website with more information about Love and Squalor, and perhaps even releasing a sample chapter or two. Stay tuned for more novel news, and let me know what you think about the cover in the comments!