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Alyssa has it all figured out. She has a job she loves working as Cinderella at her local theme park, a fantastic group of friends, and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance since he's agreed to work as an EMT at the park with her for the summer. Everything is going to be perfect.
But as the summer progresses and Jake becomes more distant, Alyssa finds support and comfort in her friend Miller. Does being happy mean staying the course or will she rewrite her happily ever after?
I sleep with all my bedroom windows open as habit, so I’m roused from my sleep by the repetitive shrieking of a great blue heron that must be nesting near the manmade lake in the center of the apartment complex. Where are my soft spoken finches and friendly bluebirds? I wonder with a dreamy smile. Not in Tallahassee, apparently.
The heron is loud and insistent, refusing to be ignored. I need to get out of bed anyway—a long, busy day awaits. I picture Jake’s face—that bemused close-lipped smile, those gentle blue eyes—and memories of last summer flood my mind and my heart. I throw back my covers in a burst of anticipation. A long, busy, fabulous day awaits.
"A great, fun read that you’ll find hard to put down. Although it doesn’t shy away from some difficult topics, generally speaking, it’s a really cute story that will have you smiling (okay, and probably crying at times too). This will make a perfect summer read!" —Kourtni Reads
"This story had a great fairy tale ending that was so cute but also very believable as well. We got our fairy tale ending without it being ridiculous and too over the top. . . I would definitely recommend this to all my friends who love a good contemporary romance with a little real life magic." —geekXpop
"A thoughtful, engaging look at what it means to examine your inner values, after surprising life changes take place. . . Highly recommend, full stop." —The Reading Nook Reviews
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall:
"I have read a lot of good books lately and I am not easy to please, but this book was simply fantastic. If you want a cute, emotional, romantic read with some great character development, you’ve found it." —Kookie Krysp Reads
"Five stars, easily. This is how a Young Adult novel is done. From the writing to the characterization to the plot to the pacing to the message—I recommend it to any teen or anyone with a teen daughter. Just excellent." —Teamskelley, Goodreads Reviewer
How to Say I Love You Out Loud:
"A budding romance with family drama and a feel-good ending.” —School Library Journal
"A book of acceptance, bravery, and most of all, love. It’s a book that will touch everyone’s hearts.” —Bibliophile Soprano
I had my very first release event and signing back in August 2015 when How to Say I Love You Out Loud debuted. I wore a crisp white button down and midi navy blue skirt and found a babysitter. “I mean, this is a professional event,” I told my husband. “Luxie and Christian cannot be roaming about, screaming.” Two books ...read moreevent, release, The Truth About Happily Ever After, support, party, Swoon Reads, launch, Pub Day, pub, Karole Cozzo, day, family, author
Ever since way back when, Swoon Reads has promised to “pull back the curtain” on the publishing industry, and in keeping with that vow, I’m sharing an actual super-not-so-secret text exchange between me and my Swoon Sib, Melinda Grace. See, editing is this magically wonderful process that you enter feeling like the somewhat sluggish, terrified-yet-optimistic caterpillar building the chrysalis ...read moreadvice, writing, wisdom, experience, Swoon Reads, The Truth About Happily Ever After, publishing, Karole Cozzo, editing, motivation, inspiration, author, tips
Break out the sparkling cider, because Pub Day has finally arrived for The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo and No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista! We are so excited and proud to see these books take their rightful places on the shelves. If you're looking for some sweet, heartfelt contemporary romance to kick off your summer ...read moreDodge Cove trilogy, Cinderella, NA, new adult, teen, author, announcement, book, young adult, romance, YA, love, No Second Chances, The Truth About Happily Ever After, day, new, release, story, contemporary, Swoon Reads, Pub Day, pub, news, Karole Cozzo, issue
Coincidentally, it seems my weekly August blog posts have been alternating between serious and deep… and a bit lighter. Which means—yay!—it’s time for a fun post! My books always have a mental soundtrack. And my books always have a mental aesthetic. Sometimes I even bring these images/concepts to life because 1.) us creative types are usually ...read moremusic, writing, books, Swoon Reads, How to Say I Love You Out Loud, The Truth About Happily Ever After, How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, Karole Cozzo, soundtrack, author