I made it back to Germany alive! …Which is mostly important because it means that my next novel – i.e. the first installment of my three-part love letter to the Robin Hood legend – is still on track to release on schedule.
Fact 1: One of the very many things that makes “The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale” a delight of a book is… it comes with a map.
That’s right. A professionally hand-drawn fantasy map, up at the front of the book. I’m told readers go nuts for that kind of thing, so when I rubbed elbows with a mapmaker at my home Renaissance Faire – (big thanks, Jesse Kennedy!) – you better believe I commissioned him to cartographize* the magical Avalon Faire, home to Camelot’s heroes and Sherwood’s most wanted.
*(Pretend“cartograph” has a verb form.)
But why stop at a map in a book when you can have, say, a print of a map on your wall, too?
Benevolent overlord author that I am, I would like to gift you this.
I would also like to sell a heck-ton of copies of “Ballad”.
I have hopefully thought up a way to achieve both.
Fact 2: E-books of “The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale” are **Now Available For Pre-Order**
…And those who pre-order said e-books will be rewarded.
Step 1: Hit up Amazon, Smashwords, and/or Barnes & Noble and make your early purchase of “Ballad” – yours to read the instant Release Day hits on July 12. (Also distributed through Kobo and Apple iBooks, if that’s your jam.)
Step 2: E-mail me at Danielle.E.Shipley@comcast.net with
2a) proof of your “Ballad” e-book purchase (a receipt or screenshot of such will suffice), and
2b) the address to which you would like me to mail your very own print of the Avalon Faire map.
Step 3: Reap your thank-you goodies.
*Offer good through July 5, 2016 (one week ‘til Release Day)*
Fact 3: You won’t get only a map…
Your prize map will be autographed by none other than Robin Hood and his merry band!
That is, it’s my hand doing the autographing, but I worked out with the band what each of their individual signatures would look like, so huzzah.
What’s more, the first 20 people to pre-order will receive a Smashwords coupon for a second “Ballad” e-book for a friend! Know somebody who you think could use more minstrelsy, magic, or Merry Men in their lives? Give them the coupon with my regards!
And if I reach 50 pre-orders? *wiggles brows* Everybody gets an additional mystery prize.
Whereas if I reach 100 pre-orders, I’ll probably ugly-cry with joy. But we’ll cross that bridge if and when we come to it.
What about the paperbacks?
I’d love to have those available for pre-order too, buuuuut I don’t know how to make that work. So you’ll have to wait ‘til closer to Release Day for a “Ballad” hard copy. And of course, Launch Week will come with its own giveaway prizes, so here’s looking forward to July!
In summary: Maps are awesome. I’ve got “Ballad” and maps. Tell your friends. 😀
Next Day Edit: Apparently I can’t type my own e-mail address. <_< That’s Danielle.E.Shipley@comcast.net, folks. Apologies to anyone who may have tried to contact me without that all-important second C.