New Release Coming! (It’s about time)

This afternoon I typed the two most beautiful words in the English language, “The End!” Currently, the manuscript stands at 77,202 words. Yay! I sent it off to have it edited and am hoping for a March 25th release (seven year anniverary since I first published A Father’s Sins).

The Journey Home is an idea I’ve had since I read my first real romance story back in the mid-1970’s. I told Jennifer several months ago that the books I love to read the most are 90% adventure and 10% character development. She quickly talked me down off of that ledge. This is all Darcy and Lizzy.

What happens now? My cover is done except for inserting the title. My blurb is done. My tagline is done. I’m hoping the editing is not too brutal. I need to schedule a blog tour and write my posts. I also need to design teasers for Facebook ads. I need to contract with a narrator for an audiobook.

Let’s see, what else? Oh yes, for the first time EVER in my writing career, I would love to send up to 10 readers an Advanced Review Copy (ARC) for Amazon reviews. (Goodreads reviews are completely lovely, but they do zero for Amazon algorithms.) If you are interested, please send me an email at: jdawnking@gmail.com. I will send you a copy through Book Funnel. My plan is to have them out by the 15th of March. Yes, that’s quick.

Are you wondering what the book is about? Because of theft, I’m not able to reveal the cover (because it tells much of the story) and the blurb until we are closer to publication. It’s sad that this is happening in JAFF. It’s the reason I did not publish this on fanfiction.net. However, when it is safe, I will reveal it here. Actually, I’ll shout it from the rooftops and reveal it everywhere.

I hope all of you are staying safe. Happy reading!


  • sheilalmajczan

    I am so excited for you and for a new story to read. I did send an e-mail so we’ll see if I was quick enough. Hope you and yours are safe and well. We still have snow on the ground but this week is supposed to have some 60 degrees or over days. Take care. Good luck with this new release.

  • sheilalmajczan

    I don’t see my first comment so am reposting. Good luck with this new release. I am very excited for you and definitely want to read this. I knew you were working on something great as Nicole told me. Take care, stay safe.

  • Glynis

    Wonderful news Joy! Is this going to be high angst? If so I’ll put it on my list for later as I’m really struggling to read angsty books at the moment and am rereading well loved stories until things improve.
    I know it will definitely have a happy ending but lots of misunderstandings and tension between ODC is too much, now if they are together and dealing with things as a loving couple? I can deal with that so fingers crossed!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      You will have no worries picking up this story, Glynis. I love forcing Darcy and Elizabeth together early so they work matters out quickly and get on with the rest of the story. This is very much one of those books. Uncross your fingers, dear lady. It’s hard to turn pages that way.

  • Carol

    So excited for a new book. Wish I had more time right now to read and get an Amazon review for you but I have too much going on right now with a home DIY project. Can’t wait to purchase!

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