HOHENSTEIN Blog Tour – Q&A with Didi Lawson

Ever On Word hereby presents my stop on the blog tour for Xchyler Publishing’s new historical romance, HOHENSTEIN by Didi Lawson!

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How super pretty is that cover?! *ogles work of art* But of course the importance of a book’s outside has nothing on its insides. Let’s not overlook what the novel’s about:

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As a special treat for you, readers o’ mine – (and, y’know, since I advertised it in this post’s title, and all) – here’s a quick Q&A with author Didi Lawson.

Please provide some insight, a secret or two about your book / story.

I almost tossed the manuscript out when I moved from Tucson to Chandler, AZ, but decided what the heck, I’ll just pack it up and take it with me. One night I woke up with the distinct feeling to work on this Hohenstein manuscript. And I did.

If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

1. Have enough money to travel anywhere in the world, 2. Have all of my family around me, 3. Live in my dreams.

Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?

A chalet in the woods on a balcony overlooking the tree tops.

Where do you actually write?

In my kitchen. I have my desk in front of a window that looks out over the pasture (no animals, though).

How long does it normally take you to write a novel?

That depends. I could have a novel done in 6 months, rough draft that is.

What inspires you to write?

Good question. It’s like a power that pushes me to write.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I have been writing ever since I learned how to write, and I always wanted to get published, but most of the time didn’t take myself serious.

What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?

The hardest part of writing for me is when I have writer’s block, when I don’t know exactly how to go on, to go from point A to point B. The best way to overcome that is to just sit down and write. You may have to delete everything you wrote, but at least you put words on paper and oftentimes, the ideas come.

What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult?

My sense of duty or sense of responsibility.

How did you come up with the title?

I once worked for a man who had bought the title von Hohenstein. And I named the castle Hohenstein for lack of a better title. I thought that I’d come up with something better eventually, but I didn’t. And I like the title.

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You can snatch up your copy of HOHENSTEIN today, and/or enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to take your pick of some Xchyler Pub goodies.

Lastly, I leave you with the novel’s trailer – which, between the visuals and the music, is just an all-around lovely experience.

Shooting the Breeze (Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell)

“From the stage that brought you Will & Allyn’s Interactive Theatre,” Allyn-a-Dale proclaims before the curtain, “here’s Ever On Word’s original talk show, Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell.”

Danielle whipped up a logo for me, because she is awesome first class.

The curtain rises, the studio audience applauds, and Will Scarlet himself walks smiling and waving onto the bright, cozy set.

“Hullo, everyone! Let’s jump right into it, shall we?” Leading by example, he hops into his armchair. “Allyn, who is our guest character today?”

As the guest enters from the other side of the stage, Allyn says, “Our author describes her thus:

The youngest and fairest of the four winds of Welken. While her brothers are known for their stormy strength and cruelty, Vesparya employs a lighter touch – though perhaps one no less powerful. While winds can take any physical form they wish, that of the West will most often appear as a tall, voluptuous young woman, auburn hair breezing all around her, eyes a mesmerizing golden-green.

“Welcome, Vesparya!” Will greets the figure floating above the chair across from his own. “So glad you could join me. First things first – I think I’m in love with you.”

Allyn coughs off-camera. “That wasn’t a question, Will.”

Vesparya’s laugh trills ‘round the stage. “Of course you’re in love with me. I’m the West Wind! You’d need to have no heart to avoid me stealing it – if you can call it stealing when a thing throws itself willingly into your hand.”

A question, Will,” Allyn reminds him, when the host does nothing but smile dizzily.

“Hmm? Yes. A question. Will you marry me?”

Allyn groans.

“Marriage,” Vesparya says contemplatively, drifting side to side over the seat cushion. “That’s not the sort of thing a wind will often do. Austeryn – the South Wind, you know – he’s the only one of us who’s yet bothered with such a long-term commitment. And even in his case, it’s not with a human. He would consider that beneath him.”

Will looks stricken. “Do you share that outlook?”

“Oh, heavens, no,” she says, her smile summer-sky bright. “I love humans! You’re so… well, the first word that comes to mind is ‘easy’.”

“Some more than others,” Allyn mutters, scarcely louder than Will Scarlet’s panting.

“True,” the wind agrees with a sigh. “All too true. I don’t know what enchantment’s touched Denebdeor or whether there’s something in the water, but I’ll swear I’ve never met a heart sturdier than that of a Wyle. Not one of them has thrown themselves at me, and we’ve kept in contact for almost six years!” She blinks wide eyes. “If I knew no better, I’d fear I was losing my touch.”

“Why in the world is your touch so intoxicating?” Will asks, close to falling out of his seat as he drinks deep of Vesparya’s air.

She wafts in circles around her chair. “It’s just what I’m made of – who I am – same as any of the world’s elements are who they are. I really couldn’t help it if I wished to. And why would I? It’s a delight to delight! All power knows there are winds enough to bring unpleasantness into the world. I count it as bliss to counter that wherever I may.”

“That is so great,” Will says drunkenly. “So, hey. You wanna kiss me?”

Vesparya cocks her head. “Aren’t you supposed to ask me something about secrets?”

“Mm? Why? Have you got any?”

“Not really,” she says, shrugging. “That’s more Austeryn’s department, too.”

“Well, there you have it! No choice but to kiss! And to maybe have each other’s babies!”

Vesparya breaks into aerial loops of laughter. “Ah, Will Scarlet, you most amusing man! Here, funny thing – have your kiss.” With that, she places her lips to her palm, and blows a breath of perfumed air across the stage. His smile almost too big for his face, Will drops like a sack of bricks to the floor.

“Dear me,” says Vesparya. “There’s easy, and there’s an endangerment to one’s one health. Perhaps I’d best be off before he bursts something vital.”

“Good of you,” Allyn says appreciatively, crossing over to Will’s side. While the West Wind vanishes from visibility, nothing but the rippling of the stage’s curtain to mark her path off the set, Allyn gives Will’s cheeks a few gentle whacks. “Come now. Pull yourself together. We’ve got to wrap this thing up properly.”

Will mumbles something that we’ll choose to interpret as, “Quite right, Allyn. How ‘bout a quick word from our sponsor?”

Returning to his post, Allyn announces, “Today’s embarrassment— ahem, I mean Kiss & Tell segment, was brought to you by Danielle E. Shipley’s newly-released fairytale novella, ‘The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)’, the Launch Week celebration of which is detailed in this post.

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The Sea’s storm brought them together, and the Sea’s rules will keep them apart, unless the mute but melodious Muirigan can find another to take her place, freeing her to pursue the human man she loves. But when her plan collides with the schemes of the sly South Wind, a princess’s agenda to look for love in all the most fantastic places, and a prince whose head and heart have been long years at war, the result is a tragedy of errors from which the world might never recover.

“Thank you, Allyn,” Will says from the floor. “Thanks also to you, beautiful wind, wherever you’ve flown. And thank you, audience of mine. Remember, authors – if your characters would like to appear on the show, simply follow the guidelines provided in this post, and we’ll get them on the schedule. ‘Til next time, lovelies: Scarlet out!”

Wilderhark Six Launches Out to Sea

Happy book birthday to “The Surrogate Sea”!

We’ve got a big Launch Week ahead of us, thanks not least to the number of topnotch bloggers who’ve been so good as to volunteer as hosts for my virtual book tour. See the end of this post for the full schedule, and be sure to check out all the tour stops as they go live so you don’t miss out on any of the special features!

Where to Get the Book

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Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales novellas is available to purchase in both paperback (Amazon and CreateSpace) and e-book (Kindle and Nook). If you haven’t ordered your copy(ies) yet, now’s the perfect time – because, as always, you’ll not only get a fantastic story, but those purchases will get you raffle points in my weeklong giveaway!

What You Could Win

One set of all 3 “Surrogate Sea” portrait bookmarks (as designed by Wilderhark artist extraordinaire, Yana Naumova)

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One set of 6 Wilderhark banner bookmarks (as seen in descending order among my blog’s sidebar miscellany)

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One super-special, limited edition, behind-the-scenes “Surrogate Sea Word-Sketch Book”, featuring not only all of the cool content shared throughout the blog tour, but also artwork created by the one and only Tirzah Duncan and yours truly.

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How to Enter

Buy a copy of “Surrogate Sea”, print or e-book = 10 raffle points

Buy a copy of any other Wilderhark Tale, print or e-book = 10 raffle points

Buy a copy of any other title with my name on it (Inspired, One More Day, Legends and Lore, Toll of Another Bell) = 10 raffle points

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– Review “Surrogate Sea” on Amazon / B&N / Goodreads / Your Blog = 7 points for each instance

– Change your social media profile pic to the “Surrogate Sea” cover for the week (Tuesday through Monday) = 7 points

– Share/Tweet about “Surrogate Sea”s launch = 1 point for each time

– Share/RT any “Surrogate Sea”-related post I tag with: *Share/RT for entry in #WilderharkTales6 giveaway!* = 1 for each time

*** And don’t forget to let me know – via Facebook, Twitter, or the comments below – when you’ve earned an entry, so I can make sure to keep all your points tallied! ***

Blog Tour Schedule

Follow along with these fine blogger friends!

Thursday, March 19th =

Jodi L. Milner, Author (Spotlight)

Tuesday, March 24th =

Book Marauder (Spotlight)

D. Lee Jortner (Author Interview)

The Flight Reflex (Guest Post)

Shout with Emaginette (Guest Post)

Wednesday, March 25th =

The Black Hound’s Daughter (Letter from Author to Character)

Laney McMann (Flash Fiction)

Thursday, March 26th =

A Drip of Truth (Flash Fiction)

Dreaming Awake (Character Profile)

The Ink Caster (Character Interview)

Rie Sheridan Rose – The Bardabee Poet (Letter from Character to Author)

Friday, March 27th =

Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Flash Fiction)

The Feather and the Rose (Author Interview)

Scribbler’s Sojourn (Poem)

Saturday, March 28th =

Flame Writer (Character Interview)

Four Thousand Words (Author Interview)

YA Chit Chat (Character Profile)

Sunday, March 29th =

Mere Joyce (Spotlight)

The Parasite Guy (Character Profile)

Monday, March 30th =

Julie Antonovich Reece (Flash Fiction)

OriginiquEquanimity (Guest Post)

Ravenhart (Guest Post, Author Interview)

Rewan Tremethick (Author Interview)

Reblogged from Andi’s ABCs – Character Edition!

As a belated hurrah for INSPIRED’s 1-year anniversary, Annabelle Gray and I had the honor of being the first to play with the Character Edition of a fellow blogger’s fun feature! What accessory, book, and clothing item would send Annabelle swooning and why? Read all about it in her custom-written journey entry on Andi’s ABCs!

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The Storm of the South (“Surrogate Sea” Bookmark Giveaway)

One week* ‘til the launch of “The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)”!

*(Though, WHEE! You can totally order it early! Like, NOW! Pre-order the Kindle e-book here! Or the paperback here or here! Or the Nook e-book here!)

Also known as, a perfect day to show off a little Wilderhark swag, a quickie peek at a related snippet from the book, and – oh, yeah – let you know that, this week only, in honor of the upcoming release of Book Six, you can get the Kindle e-book of Book Five for just 99 cents!

That’s right – “The Sun’s Rival” Kindle e-book can be yours (or your friends’, or their friends’…!) at a delightfully discounted $0.99. Because while Book Six can absolutely be enjoyed on its own, the series is best experienced from start to end. ^_^ Spread the word!

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And now, brought to you by the talented hand of Wilderhark Artist Yana Naumova, here’s the bringer of rain and master of guile, Austeryn, Wind of the South!

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The expression on Austeryn’s face was impossible to read. “My daughter has fallen in love with Ionquin Wyle?”

“Yes, after she saved him from her storm, the other day.”

“So you have taken her place…”

“That’s right,” Liliavaine said, bracing herself as the wind drew forward, in case he intended another wrathful attack.

But on the contrary, Austeryn only clasped his liquid-and-air hands to her shoulders, his lips stretched into a seemingly delighted smile. “Thank you, Liliavaine. You have done both Muirigan and me a great service.”

Liliavaine ducked her head. “I am pleased to hear it, though I confess I agreed to my part in this with little thought to charity. I only wished to be the Sea that I might…” Shyness tinged her cheeks pink before she finished, “That I might seek a love.”

“Seek a love?” Austeryn chuckled. “That would be an awkward thing. You’re already married.”

Liliavaine’s head jerked up, her eyes round with shock and brows knitted in confusion. “Married?! No I’m not! To whom??”

Ticking off the points on his fingers, Austeryn replied, “Item one, yes, married. Item two, yes you are. Item three…” He smiled. “To me.”

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“The Surrogate Sea” in its entirety officially launches Tuesday, March 24. In the meantime, who’d like to win a bookmark with the Austeryn portrait shown here? There are five ways to enter the giveaway:

1) Order your copy of “The Surrogate Sea” via any of the links shared at the beginning of this post, and comment here with the word, “Ordered!”

2) Add “The Surrogate Sea” to your Goodreads shelf and comment here with the word, “Added!”

3) Order your 99-cent Kindle e-copy of “The Sun’s Rival” (or, if you already own the e-book, gift one to somebody! Or both! Still just 99 cents!), and comment here with, “Just bought Book 5!”

4) Comment here with your answer to the question, “What is your favorite kind of weather and why?”

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And/or 5) Incidentally, it’s the 1-year anniversary of INSPIRED! ^o^ So, leave your favorite quote from the book below, and it’s a giveaway entry, yo!

One winner will be selected at random and contacted over the weekend. Best of luck to all entrants!

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The Sea’s storm brought them together, and the Sea’s rules will keep them apart, unless the mute but melodious Muirigan can find another to take her place, freeing her to pursue the human man she loves. But when her plan collides with the schemes of the sly South Wind, a princess’s agenda to look for love in all the most fantastic places, and a prince whose head and heart have been long years at war, the result is a tragedy of errors from which the world might never recover.

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“The Surrogate Sea, more than any other Wilderhark tale to date, takes the heartstrings and pulls them out from under you. There is fury, ecstasy, heartache, and resignation to be found within these pages beautifully bound up in true love and tragedy as only Ms. Shipley can.” – early praise from reader Chelsea de la Cruz

Letting Off Steam (Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell)

“From the stage that brought you Will & Allyn’s Interactive Theatre,” Allyn-a-Dale proclaims before the curtain, “here’s Ever On Word’s original talk show, Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell.”

Danielle whipped up a logo for me, because she is awesome first class.

The curtain rises, the studio audience applauds, and Will Scarlet himself walks smiling and waving onto the bright, cozy set.

“Hullo, everyone! Let’s jump right into it, shall we?” Leading by example, he hops into his armchair. “Allyn, who is our guest character today?”

As the guest enters from the other side of the stage, Allyn says, “The protagonist of author Neve Talbot’s ‘West End’ introduces himself thus:

Theodore ​Laurence. My friends call me Laurie. Strange, I know, but the lads were calling me Dora. Given the choice, Laurie is less objectionable. Jo calls me Teddy. Can’t seem to break her of the habit.

“Welcome, Laurie!” Will greets the young man now seated in the chair across from his own. “So glad you could join me. First things first – for the benefit of the vision-impaired members of our audience, won’t you describe in your own words the eye candy I’ve got the pleasure of looking upon right now?”

Laurie blushes, but complies. “Well . . . I’m tall—but not too tall. Not so tall as you, Will. Not so muscle-bound neither. Not that I’m scrawny, mind. I can hold my own in my weight class. Have you ever leg-wrestled?”

Will’s eyes brighten. “Oh, frequently! Good fun, that!”

“Greco-Roman wrestling, too,” Laurie adds. “I do that pretty well. Ivy-league stuff. Average looks, I guess. Beth calls me Adonis, but she likes to tease. Women don’t really think of me that way. Jo certainly doesn’t.”

“Thank heaven for Will Scarlet, then,” Allyn mutters off-camera.

“Ignore him,” Will advises Laurie. “You were saying?”

“My father’s family was originally British, but my mother was Italian. And I got her coloring: black, wavy hair, dark eyes, that sort of thing.” He shrugs. “I play the piano like her, too, but with the war and everything—I wanted to build something, after all the destruction. MIT suited. As for being a doctor . . . I’m fortunate to do what I love and still make a difference to people.”

“Difference-making and loving it is the best,” Will agrees. “Now, then. This Jo you’ve mentioned on multiple occasions… Jo March, I believe. Am I right in inferring that there is or was a little something going on between you? Or that you wish there were?”

“Jo—I didn’t fit in with her plans. I thought I did, but . . . Let’s just say, I had good motivations to bury myself in my studies, and leave it at that. I thought this was supposed to be entertainment?”

“All right, all right, doubling back to doctoring, then. What sort do you do, and what is it that attracts you to that particular niche?”

“Of a ​truth, I hadn’t actually planned on becoming a doctor. I spent prep school in Switzerland, not far from where I was born in Italy. Then, I returned to Concord with the plan of starting Harvard when I was ready. Grandfather wanted me to join his banking firm. But . . .

Laurie backtracks, “They don’t have much steam technology in the Alps. They’ve cities enough, but it’s nothing like you see in England, where everything is steel and soot. But, that’s when I first met Edward Rochester, my grandfather’s friend. Surely you’ve heard of him, the famous inventor. You’ve never seen such a sight as his airship, Will. No one has! The Andromeda 2 is like nothing else on the planet. Crossing the Atlantic in the airship started me dreaming. I wanted to make things, so Grandfather allowed me to attend MIT instead of Harvard.”

His excitement sobers. “The United States was deep in a civil war when I came from Switzerland, although it never reached Massachusetts. They only stopped shooting because there weren’t enough people to make weapons any longer. There were no more soldiers to use them. They finally made peace and rejoined forces when they realized the British and French were just waiting to step in and pick over their bones.

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“People kept dying even after the armistice. Famine, disease, pestilence—it was a nightmare. They would have never recovered nor held off the invaders from Europe if it weren’t for Rochester. He meant his mechanical men for heavy labor, to remove the rubble, erect buildings, grow crops, bury the dead. He brought the first shipment of Mandroids to Concord just after I graduated MIT.

“I said that Massachusetts escaped the war, but I should say, the cities escaped the destruction. There was death enough, with all the soldiers that never came home. The people still knew plenty of privation, especially when the refugees from New York started flooding in. Then came the wounded. Too many had lost an arm, a leg, an eye or two, often times multiple amputations. They came streaming through Boston, Cambridge, Concord, and the residents did their best to offer relief, especially Mrs. March and the girls.

“I saw those broken soldiers and what passed for prosthetics, and knew I wanted to use what I’d learned at MIT to give them their lives back. After I graduated, I spent time in England learning from a brilliant metallurgist, then went on to medical school, and the rest is history.”

Will chuckles. “Well, so much for the short version.”

“Gosh. Sorry. I didn’t mean to rattle on, but you did ask. That’s a sore subject with me: war, weapons, mass destruction, wholesale murder.”

A still-chuckling Will holds up a lenient hand. “Hey, I banded with Robin Hood. I’m used to voluble passion on the subject of humanity – and inhumanity. How ‘bout a fresh topic to bring your blood down a few degrees? New England, Old England, Switzerland… Amazing all the geography you can cover, when you’re not stuck on an immortal Faerie island. Which of these places have you enjoyed most and why?”

“My parents lived a fairly Bohemian lifestyle when I was a child. They took me all over Europe, although our home was in the Alps above Milano. I had thought to share those warm memories with Jo. We would see the world together, but . . . but it’s just as well. One can’t very well study metallurgy and medicine and globe-trot both at once.

“I haven’t found a favorite place, but Jamaica just may be it. ​​My friends are there. I’ll begin my career there. And, it’s just different—peaceful. They don’t have coal, you see. Rochester’s inventions don’t use it. They harness the sun to create steam to power their technology. He has even installed electricity. Everything on Jamaica is still green and clean and unspoiled—Rochester’s personal Utopia.

“I am looking forward to an extended stay on the island. I’ll be leaving London soon to start my residency. I’m only doing this interview because a certain young lady coerced me into it.” The sound of giggles causes Laurie to glance over his shoulder into the wings and scowl. “I lost a bet.”

“Which brings us to the final question,” says Will, eyes twinkling, “where all bets are off. Tell me, Laurie, what is your author Neve’s biggest, deepest, darkest, most mortifying and/or hilarious secret?” He grins. “Or would you rather kiss me?”

More giggles from the wings. Laurie glances suspiciously from the source to the smirk on Will Scarlet’s face.​ A decided glint of mischief sparks in Laurie’s eyes. He relaxes into his chair, finally making himself at home on the set. “Well, Will, let me tell you, Neve Talbot is just about the most boring person on the planet. She has no deep, dark secrets, and certainly no hilarious ones. As for mortifying—let’s allow the woman some dignity, shall we? So, I’m afraid I can’t help you on that score. And, while I certainly don’t walk on that side of the street, you are a rather fine specimen of manhood.”

Laurie rises from his chair and advances on Will, then turns back again, his brow furrowed as he considers the ramifications. He begins to pace. “How far does this broadcast reach? My grandfather is of a conservative bent, you see.” He pivots and paces as the off-stage giggling continues. “The man actually disinherited my father when he married my mother. I know Grandfather would be mortified if . . .” Giggle, giggle. Pivot, pace. “On the other hand, ‘Bohemian’ is putting it rather lightly when I describe my upbringing—hence the disinheriting—so, the idea isn’t so very shocking to me—”

Of a sudden, he lunges into the wings. A curious yelp is heard. Laurie again emerges onto the stage, propelling a beautiful young lady with corn-silk hair and blue eyes toward Will Scarlet.

“Perhaps a substitute? Miss Amy March, meet Will Scarlet, but I see you two have already met. I’m certain the Snow Maiden here will suit, and she is more than happy to oblige.”

Will laughs. “Ah, well, Amy, we nearly had him. What say you and I make good on the kiss while Allyn gives us a word from our sponsor?”

“Today’s Kiss & Tell segment,” says Allyn, as Will and Amy get busy, “was brought to you by Neve Talbot’s ‘West End’, a short story included in Mechanized Masterpieces 2: An American Anthology.

In this steampunked sequel to “Tropic of Cancer (Mechanized Masterpieces #1)”, it’s Jane Eyre meets Little Women, with a bit of intrigue and skullduggery thrown in to keep it interesting. Rejected by the love of his life, Theodore Laurence travels to England to continue his education, ultimately arriving in Jamaica for his residency as a doctor specializing in prosthetics. As the protégé of Edward Rochester, he achieves some sense of purpose healing the severely maimed, but finds himself thrown into the middle of an international plot to steal Rochester’s inventions for nefarious purposes.

“Thank you, Allyn,” says Will. “Thanks also to you, Laurie and Amy. And thank you, my beautiful audience. Remember, authors – if your characters would like to appear on the show, simply follow the guidelines provided in this post, and we’ll get them on the schedule. ‘Til next time, lovelies: Scarlet out!”

The Princess and the Sea (“Surrogate Sea” Bookmark Giveaway)

Two weeks* ‘til the launch of “The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)”!

*(Though, WHEE! The Kindle e-book is available for pre-order NOW!)

Also known as, a perfect day to show off a little Wilderhark swag and a quickie peek at a related snippet from the book. ;D Brought to you by the talented hand of Wilderhark Artist Yana Naumova, here are (left to right) Muirigan, daughter of wind and water, and Princess Liliavaine of Denebdeor!

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Muirigan shook her head sorrowfully. I cannot survive beyond the reach of my greater self.

I cannot leave.

Unless… Muirigan turned to Liliavaine, her eyes alight with some new hope.

“Unless what?”

Unless I were not the Great Sea, she wrote.

Unless someone else were the Sea.

Someone like you.

“Me?” The human princess gaped. “But that’s absurd. One does not simply wake up one morning and decide to become the sea!”

True, Muirigan agreed.

But the Sea can decide to pass her greater self onto another.

That is how I became the Great Sea, and how Mother became the Great Sea before me.

Everything must die, but there must always be a Sea.

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“The Surrogate Sea” in its entirety launches Tuesday, March 24. In the meantime, who’d like to win a bookmark with the portrait of Muirigan and Liliavaine shown here? There are two ways to enter the giveaway:

1) Pre-order your Kindle e-copy of “The Surrogate Sea” and comment here with the word, “Pre-ordered!”

2) Add “The Surrogate Sea” to your Goodreads shelf and comment here with the word, “Added!”

And/or 3) Comment here with your answer to the question, “If you could wake up as anyone different, just for a day or three, who would you choose and why?”

One winner will be selected at random and contacted over the weekend. Best of luck to all entrants!

Book Banner, Surrogate Sea

The Sea’s storm brought them together, and the Sea’s rules will keep them apart, unless the mute but melodious Muirigan can find another to take her place, freeing her to pursue the human man she loves. But when her plan collides with the schemes of the sly South Wind, a princess’s agenda to look for love in all the most fantastic places, and a prince whose head and heart have been long years at war, the result is a tragedy of errors from which the world might never recover.

The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)

“Seriously. These books just keep getting better and better! Danielle Shipley has…written a book that totally tugged at my heartstrings and made me love her characters more and more!” – early praise from reader Emerald Barnes