Cover Reveal & Giveaway for Queen of Shifting Sands


I am DELIGHTED to share this cover reveal with you! We are proud to bring you this romantic fantasy debut from Kaitlyn Carter Brown! The gorgeous cover was designed by Salome Totladze.

Queen of Shifting Sands will be released on March 12, 2024 and is now available for preorder HERE in my shop! It’s available in paperback, hardback, and jacked exclusive editions. The first 80 orders will receive, for free, all the preorder incentive goodies you see pictured below (two art print postcards, one double-sided bookmark, and a signed bookplate). This book is also available for preorder as the kindle version on Amazon. (Please note: preorder goodies are not included with purchases through Amazon). The preorder postcards feature artwork of Lystra and Elerek (the book’s two POV’s) and were created by Hannah Rogers.

The Whimsical Exclusive edition will include a bonus scene, interior illustrations, and a hidden cover with artwork by Kateryna Vitkovska! This edition is only available from our website! You can’t get this one anywhere else!

Here’s my review of QOSS:

A young woman beloved by her people, a Prince cursed to the shadows, and a fantastical desert kingdom that everyone wants to rule. Queen of Shifting Sands is the perfect blend of epic fantasy and romance. A true romantasy at heart. The dual POV, the sweet mutual pining, the romantic angst, the high stakes, and the whodunnit elements will all have you glued to the pages. This clean, slow burn is a tale you should not miss!


A crownless queen. A cursed prince. One summer to live.

The stars have aligned in the kingdom of Instanolde, or so Lystra believes as she eagerly awaits her wedding day. Her beloved, the king, is everything her heart desires, but when a brutal attack leaves her betrothed dead and Instanolde on the cusp of collapse, she finds her future in ruins, and the throne beyond her reach. With invasion looming across the desert, Lystra refuses to let grief keep her from defending her kingdom—even if that means forging a marriage alliance with Elerek, the brother of her lost love, a prince shrouded in secrets.

Elerek, now heir to the throne, has spent his life waiting to die. An untouchable curse lurks beneath his skin, and though he aches to see its suffocating hold severed, he’s long given up hope. When his brother’s death drags him from the shadows, Elerek must find the strength to shoulder the crown’s burdens and secure a queen—a wife to protect his kingdom after the curse claims him. With the adoration of the people already in the palm of her hands, Lystra is the ideal candidate. But even if she doesn’t spurn him for his ruinous curse, he’ll need to protect her from its dangers—and his heart as he finds himself steadily drawn to the girl’s unbreakable spirit. With death on the horizon, Elerek must become the king he never planned to be and save Instanolde before his time runs out.

Lystra and Elerek only have one summer to prepare their kingdom for invasion, but more than one threat prowls their desert, and the cost of survival might just destroy them all.

Queen of Shifting Sands is a fantastical romance adventure where duty and endurance grapple amid the sands of chaos. Lovers of intrigue, high stakes, and slow-burn romance will fall in love with this escape into a rich, immersive fantasy world.

Want to be one of the first to read and review QOSS to help get the word out about its release?

Request an ARC of Queen of Shifting Sands

We also have a very unique opportunity to WIN a paperback ARC! CLICK HERE for all the details and to find out how to enter!

Who’s ready for the next Whimsical exclusive classic?

Whimsical’s Classic Editions: Emma

Whimsical Publishing is delighted to bring you the next book in our Classics Collection – Emma by Jane Austen!

Both the dust jacket and hard case feature stunning artwork by Hillary Bardin and I created the graphic design of the cover. All preorders will include a complimentary bookmark.

Jane Austen’s Emma is set in early 19th-century England and centers on Emma Woodhouse, whose vanity and social status seem to make her believe herself worthy of meddling in the affairs of others. Her misplaced confidence in her ability to serve as matchmaker leads to romantic misadventures in this comical, witty classic novel.

This 5.5” X 8.5” high-quality hardcover, full-length novel has a wrap-around dust jacket, art cover on the inside hardback, interior illustrations & ornamentals, and a complimentary bookmark. PLEASE NOTE: This is a preorder item and will not be shipping until February 14, 2024. Click HERE to preorder!

Which classic novel should we include as the next in our series? Let us know and you could WIN your copy of Emma! 

A Crownless Queen. A Cursed Prince. One Summer to Live.

Also as a bonus for my newsletter Whimsies, here’s a little sneak peek from our newest fantasy romance – Queen of Shifting Sands by Kaitlyn Carter Brown.

“Something in the desert, in the stillness of its deadly beauty, far from the confines and demands of the kingdom, undid him. Burdens lifted from his shoulders. If the cardant beneath him bore wings, he was sure he would take to the skies until he could see nothing but stars.”

Our cover reveal will be a smidgen delayed from our original target date but never fear! It’s definitely worth the wait!  In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of the two main characters – Elerek and Lystra – illustrated by Hannah Rogers.

And for fans of Into the Churn…

It’s true!!! Book two is coming!!! And we get to have MORE of Ezren Hart and Foster Sterling!!! WOOT WOOT! Hayley handed over the manuscript to me just the other day and development edits have begun! I’ve only just read the beginning of this new tale and I’m already swooning over this couple again! Eeeeekkkk! I can’t wait for you to all have this!!!

And guess what?!

We are doing a cover rebrand for both books and it’s gonna be sooooooooo AMAZING! We’ll hopefully reveal the cover artist to you soon! (Pssst… for those who love this original cover, don’t worry, there will be a cover for book two that matches this one as well—we’d never leave ya hanging like that.)

Stay tuned for more info soon!

I hope this email brought you a smile! Remember, you can always reply to share your thoughts or just say hi! I love hearing from you!

With love,

Sale + Giveaway!!

We’re having a Labor Day Sale!

Labor Day Weekend Sale!

Almost everything in the shop is 25% off! Use code LABOUR at checkout. Sale/Clearance & Preorder items are excluded from further discounts.

We are getting sooooo close to McKenzie’s goal!! We currently have less than 90 preorders left to go to reach her dream of 600 preorders, so PLEASE don’t stop sharing! You all are making this happen with each and every share! We’ve put together a landing page with all the info about McKenzie and AGOTG, including some new graphics to share! Check it all out HERE!

We’ve also partnered with the lovely Christina Doherty to bring you this collab giveaway seen above! Christina made a special, one-of-a-kind sparrow necklace and we want to give it to one of YOU! Click here for all the details and to enter!

Did you miss out on any of the 2023 Caraval bookmarks? This is the perfect opportunity to snag the full set of 6 at a discount but only while supplies last! Click here to add it to your cart!


Our free postcard for the month of September is the Mistress of Evil herself – Maleficent! Get this postcard for FREE when you place an order of at least $10 before shipping. Preorders excluded.




The ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION of We Could Be Villains is available for preorder right now! This edition releases on October 3rd and is loaded with exclusive extras, including:

  • Brand new interior illustrations
  • A bonus scene written exclusively for this edition
  • A new detailed dust jacket (wait until you see the back!)
  • An exclusive design on the hard case

PLUS, all preorders receive an exclusive bookmark of Sam – who gets quite the glow-up in book two! 😍 This bookmark is ONLY available for preordering. Once the book is released for general sale, the bookmark be discontinued! So hurry over to the shop and preorder now! Remember the shop is listed in Canadian dollars, so if you’re in the US or UK, you get a better deal after the exchange rate!

I know we’ve been coming at you relentlessly with AGOTG info and updates and I’m grateful to you all for sharing. It was McKenzie’s dream to reach 600 preorders and we are so close! With her illness, she will never get better – only worse. We will do everything we can to make that dream a reality. Thank you again my Whimsies!

Huge hugs,
Micheline Ryckman

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We are SOOOOOO excited to reveal the title and blurb for this upcoming romantic, sci-fi adventure by award winning author, Hayley Reese Chow!  Whimsical will be releasing this story on April 4th 2023!

Full cover reveal and preorder information will be coming within the next couple of months.


Earth was tame. Belethea is not.

Seventeen-year-old Ezren Hart interns in her mother’s terraforming lab, studying Belethea’s deadly storms with the dream of giving her backwater planet open teal skies. But when budget cuts threaten to shut down her mother’s lab, Ezren enters Belethea’s Race Royale, the system’s deadliest and most lucrative race. To win, she’ll have to run, drive, and fight her way across Belethea’s barren landscape while navigating its savage and volatile storms. With her planet’s future, and her family’s, on the line, she can’t afford to lose. But first, she’ll have to convince her handsome royale partner that their planet is worth saving.

Foster Sterling is a jaded ex-prodigy royaler still reeling from his partner’s death in a training accident. When Ezren Hart comes charging into his life, her passion reminds him of what he once loved about racing and his dream of returning pride to their planet. Still, no matter how fast they go, they can’t outrun the mysterious string of deadly accidents following them like a curse. As Foster falls harder for Ezren, he races to piece the clues together. But with time running out and their survival on the line, he’ll have to decide if their dreams are worth their lives.

Perfect for fans of underdog heroes, slow burn romance, and high stakes sci-fi, INTO THE CHURN races across a new planet of savage storms and dazzling tech. Fall in love with Ezren and Foster as they battle side-by-side to save their scrappy world on a ruthless interplanetary stage where appearances are everything, speed means survival, and the only thing deadlier than the storms are the other racers.

Author – Hayley Reese Chow is a PowerPoint ranger by day and writer by night, but the book that Whimsical will be publishing in 2023 is heavily influenced by her experiences as an All-American collegiate fencer and ultramarathoner. Her first self-published novel won the 2020 YA Florida Author Project and was the 5th place finalist in the 2021 Book Blogger Novel of the Year Awards. She currently dodges hurricanes in Florida with her two wild boys, her long-suffering husband, and a dog that thinks she’s a cat. Follow Hayley on her website or on Instagram @hayleyreesechow