The publishing process is amazingly lengthy when it goes through an established publishing house. When people told me it would take at least a year to get the book out, they were right. Even though I had a completed manuscript, between rewrites and design elements and lead up promotion, this process will have taken 10 months when the book is released June 7, 2016. That's actually considered very fast.
Having a cover makes it feel much more real. Check out the links to pre-order the book on my "New Book" page.