Hello-o-o, Love-a-Thon 2016!

LoveAThon 2016

It’s Love-a-Thon time! Brought to us by our happenin’ hosts, Alexa (Alexa Loves Books), Cee (The Novel Hermit), Hazel (Stay Bookish), and Mel (The Daily Prophecy), we’ve got a weekend of book love all throughout the blogosphere.

There are a ton of activities planned over the next two days, and Lord only knows how many I’ll have the time and social energy to participate in (probably not a ton). But I for sure wanted to get in on the fun some way, so let’s start out with… *roll of drums* …the introductory questionnaire!

What’s your name?

The name’s Danielle E. Shipley – or Deshipley, for short. I will also answer to “The Cool One”, once we’ve all had a good laugh.

Where in the world are you blogging from?

Just north of Chicago, currently, though I’ll be headed back up to room with my BFF in Germany, soon. Chicagoland’s my birth place and lifelong residence so far, but Europe feels closer to home.

How did you get into blogging in the first place?

Aforementioned BFF talked me into it, saying it would be of some benefit to me as an author, and possibly even fun. She wasn’t entirely wrong.

How did you come up with your blog name?

Brainstorming with BFF and my character friends, we happened upon and liked the double entendre of Ever On Word. 1, the play on “ever onward”, which is kind of like an unofficial motto of mine. 2, the fact that I’ve pretty much always got at least one MS Word document open – usually two to five. And probably at least half-a-dozen Internet tabs. I’m a multitasking mess.

What types of posts do you do on your blog?

It’s varied, through the 5-ish years I’ve been online. At the beginning, I just selected a word I thought could inspire a few hundred more, and cheerily babbled about it. Once I started publishing stories – as a part of assorted anthologies, or in my own self-published books – it’s been tempting to talk about them ALL THE TIME, but I make sure to mix it up. I’ve also done shout-outs for other people’s publications and reviews of books I’ve read (when I can organize my impressions enough to write ‘em), shared original flash fiction and poetry, and for a while, my character/muse/BFF #2 Will Scarlet liked to take over with a screwball stage show and character interviews. So a little bit of everything, or a lot of nothing, depending whether it’s me or Will in charge.

Best blogging experience so far?

Probably gotta give this one to Save-a-Word Saturday, a retired meme from The Feather and the Rose. I had a great time discovering archaic words and incorporating them into fun little vignettes. I miss the weekly challenge, but it’s not the end of the road for my micro-fiction. One of these days, they’ll be a book. Stay tuned.


Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!

Three jump readily to mind!

1 – “The Raven King” by Maggie Stiefvater. I love the Raven Cycle series, and I’m sad for it to end, but that doesn’t make me want the fourth and final book in my hands any less urgently!


2 – “This Savage Song” by Victoria Schwab. It’s about music and monsters and by V.E. Schwab. I’m in.

3 – “The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale” by Danielle E. Shipley. Seriously. It’s Book One of the Outlaws of Avalon trilogy – aka, the writing project dearest to my heart. Minstrelsy, magic, mayhem … and best of all, Merry Men! I Robin-Hood-fangirled my way through this thing, and I’m SO BEYOND EAGER to finally share it with readers! (And I’m totally offering eARCs in exchange for honest reviews. Hit me up if you’re interested!)


4 – okay, this where it gets tougher. Let’s go with… “Hamilton: The Revolution” by Lin-Manuel Miranda / Jeremy McCarter. Don’t know whether I’ll ever get to see the musical onstage, but I’ve been sucked down the “Hamilton” hole via the soundtrack, and I love behind-the-scenes stuff for movies ‘n’ musicals, so I’d eat this book up.

Some Kind of Happiness

5 – …what else is even happening this year? *skims to-read list* Oh, okay, how about “Some Kind of Happiness” by Claire Legrand. It’s got a fantasy forest and a protagonist who shares my depression struggle. I’m bound to get something out of it.

Sigil of the Wyrm

What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?

I’ll bet you anything that not enough people are reading “Sigil of the Wyrm”. Go read “Sigil of the Wyrm”.

Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?

Pretty sure my Will Scarlet has totally claimed that spot.

Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Kelsier from Brandon Sanderson’s “Mistborn”, please!

What would your dream library look like?

Spiral Staircase

It’s in a castle. (Books.)

In a forest far, far away. (Books.)

The room is drenched in sunlight. (So many books.)

Cozy window nooks in blue and gray, with an ever-changing view of a lake. (Beautiful books.)

Everything is wood. (Books, books, books.)

Except the spiral staircase (wrought iron, probably ) going up to the balcony (of EVEN MORE BOOKS).

Those rolling shelf ladder things are up there (‘cause what better way to reach ALL THE BOOKS?).

Throw in a piano and invisible servants to bring me tea, and I’ll probably never leave this room. (Home is where the books are.)

That’s it for my intro post. Looking forward to hopping around the other participating blogs to see what all the awesome kids are up to. ;D I’ll probably have at least one more Love-a-Thon post up later today, so stay tuned!

15 thoughts on “Hello-o-o, Love-a-Thon 2016!

  1. I’m so excited to hear about The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale! I’m a HUGE Robin Hood nut and am always on the lookout for new books about him and his band of merry men. Have you read The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley and Green Wode / Shire Wode by J. Tullos Hennig? If not I definitely recommend them!

    • McKinley’s “Outlaws of Sherwood” is my FAVORITE! Pretty sure that’s where I came down with Merry Men fever. Have not yet encountered those Hennig works, though. I shall have to look them up!

  2. i have yet to read the raven boys, but i have a feeling i’m going to like it! so hopefully once i read the series, i can add raven king to my most anticipated books! plus, the cover is beautiful!

    • I had the glorious [mis]fortune to get into the series rather soon after Book 2, so I had to endure this agonizing wait for Book 3, and now all over again for Book 4. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE. XD

    • The “Shiver” series? I have yet to look into that. My first Stiefvater experience was her “Books of Faerie” duology, “Lament” and “Ballad”. I thought they were okay, but they didn’t blow me away. Then friends talked me into trying her “Scorpio Races”, which I ended up loving. That’s when I decided to give “The Raven Boys” a try, and I’ve never looked back. So, goes to show.

      A Happy Love-a-Thon to you, too!

  3. Oh I’ve never been to Germany! I’d love to go though! I miss traveling around Europe. I definitely hope to get back across the pond someday! I’m really looking forward to Victoria’s new one and omg I need to read Mistborn!!!!

  4. Danielle! Victoria Schwab is such a wordsmith, and I’m so excited to get This Savage Song. It promises so much awesome, and no doubt Victoria will be able to deliver.

    I SO WANT THAT HAMILTON BOOK. The musical is everythinnnng to me, so to see the behind the scenes would be super awesome.

    Claire Legrand writes the best books ever, so I’m very happy that we get a new book from her (two new MGs this year. Eeeeep!).

    • Schwab can do some darn fancy things with words, and no mistake. Much like Lin-Manual Miranda, in that regard. (Seriously. “Hamilton” is ALL. KINDS. OF GENIUS. WHAAAAAAT) I haven’t experienced much of Legrand’s work yet, but from what I’ve seen of her on Twitter — and based on this upcoming book’s premise — I’ve got expectations!

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