Oh, how proud I am of my dearest friend, Tiffany Trent!
Check out this fabulous description (!!!!):
In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.
As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.
When I saw that she'd dedicated the book to me, I cried. And I will cry again, with little doubt, when I hold the actual book in my hands. Tiffany was a true friend, a rock, during my cancer journey and I know it couldn't have been easy because I have a way of retreating into full hermit mode whenever things in my life get rocky. I have a difficult time talking about this chapter of my life so I will just share this:
There was a day when this story saved me. I had Tiffany's manuscript with me when I was in the hospital with stage 4 cancer and a serious infection from a failed skin graft. I was alone when I was told I needed to "put my affairs in order", to find a school for Olivia, because truth was they said, (believing the cancer was in my brain and bone and more than the part of the lungs we already knew about-we were at the time also waiting for scan results), I wouldn't be on this earth much more than a few months. I cried and cried some more. I wrote in my journal. I prayed. I got pissed. And then I did what I used to do as a child when I needed to escape-the one thing that never failed me-I read. Tiffany's story got me through that day and night. I will be forever grateful to Vespa Nyx and Syrus and of course, my soul sister, the talented and all-around awesome human, Tiffany Trent.
What joy to still be on this earth and see for myself this gorgeous cover, to celebrate with Tiffany all of her hard work coming to light! Go, Tiffany!!!! xo
The book is on shelves in August but until then, you can follow this link to Tif's blog where you can enter a contest to win lots of fun steampunky goodies!