Cover Reveal | Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday by Nell Iris

Today, Nell Iris is joining us. Nell is a fellow JMS Books writer, and one of the lovely people showing up in my morning office every day – we write together every morning I’m not working. Today, we’re doing a show and tell, so I’ll step away and let Nell take it from here.

First, I’d like to thank my hostess, the lovely Ofelia Gränd, for having me on the blog today. I’m here today to reveal the cover of my upcoming holiday release, Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday. It’s a New Year’s Eve story, so it’s perfect if you like me (and Petter and Isak in my story) think that NYE is a stupid holiday that’s best spent in the comfort of your own home, with a good book and a glass of bubbly. Of course, that’s how I’d spend most of my holidays if I thought I could get away with it.

Anyway. Back to the reason I’m here. The cover. So get comfy, pop a bottle of bubbly for an extra festive effect…or you know, sparkling cider if it’s too early on a weekday for you to drink bubbly. Then take a deep breath and look at the beautiful cover. I love it so much I look like a heart-eye emoji every time I look at it.

Nell torn cover

It’s the perfect cover for the story: Isak and Petter meet by an ancient stone ship setting on New Year’s Eve when our history nerd Petter twists his ankle, and knight-in-shining-armor—eh, winter jacket, it’s mid-winter in the north after all—comes to his rescue. But before they return to civilization, the burn a few sparklers Petter brought, drink disgusting champagne that turns out to be non-alcoholic, and start falling in love. So this is Petter on the cover, wearing the sweater his grandmother knitted for him, making silly New Year’s resolutions while burning sparklers.

Nell RF cover

Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday is already available for pre-order on my publisher’s website. So why not head over there and pre-order this beauty? It will be available on December 30, so you’ll have it just in time for a quiet, bookish New Year’s Eve. I won’t even mind if you skip the champagne; Petter and Isak would have preferred hot chocolate and coffee anyway 😊

Nell text post


Two strangers, a twisted ankle, an ancient stone ship, and a New Year’s Eve they’ll never forget

Petter sneaks out of the New Year’s party he didn’t want to go to and treks to an old burial site he’s dying to see. Alone. Without telling anyone on a freezing December night. Without cell service…a huge problem when he twists his ankle.

Someone passes by Isak’s house on the path leasing to the stone ship. When the person never returns, Isak worries and sets off to investigate. What he finds is Petter, a pack of sparklers, and an instant connection.

Under a starry sky, they learn they have a lot in common. Will the attraction burn hot and fizzle out like the fireworks going off over their heads when they return to the real world? Or will it deepen, grow, and turn into something real? Something everlasting like the stone ship?

M/M Contemporary / 20851 words

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