In 2012, my first published work since that fateful year came out - Jericho Rising. A year later, the sequel (Jericho's Redemption). Still, I refused to acknowledge Maiden. I was embarrassed by it.
I finally decided it was time to revisit Alex's piratical world. It was a good story. It just needed a little love - kind of like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. After my Lex Jensen novel was finished, it was time to bring Maiden back. I'm so glad I did it! Preliminary readers loved it, and insisted that it get published. The audience was there, and that fueled my determination. This time, though, I wanted to do it myself (hahaha...I'm funny!).
My dear editor and go-to gal, Melissa Zinn took the editing helm again. She's been with me through both Jericho books, as well as my Lex Jensen novel. She helped get Maiden ship-shape and ready for publication. My dear cousin Natalie Berger (an author in her own right) took control of the cover. Isn't it beautiful? Lastly, dear author friend and all around great guy, Michael Cieslak was enlisted to help me get Maiden published, because I didn't have the slightest clue and he'd already done it. A new title was chosen - The Maiden's Courage. You'll have to read the book to find out why that title is important. Michael's Dragon's Roost Press would be the publishing house.
Today, my little young adult novel about a girl posing as a cabin boy, gets to leave port and set sail. I couldn't be more proud. I hope people read it, enjoy it, and talk about it. It deserves to be noticed!
As an added bonus, here's the original cover for Secrets of the Maiden: