Ballad of Dreams, a new novel with music written by Allyson Hernandez, is now available from New Degree Press. Initially written as a musical pre-pandemic, the debut novel features the lyrics from the original music embedded in the book similarly to a musical libretto. Ballad of Dreams  is about friendship, dreams, love, loss, and everything in between, and is available for purchase at

Audrey and Rose are cousins and best friends in 1940s New York City whose trajectories, choices, sacrifices, and life experiences are drastically different, but their friendship remains constant.  What greater love story is there than the one between two friends? They each journey in discovering their own identities and independence as women in a time where society tried to define that for them. Ballad of Dreams combines the richness and drama of musical theater with historical fiction.