Wintry with a High Chance of a Teaser

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And now onto our regularly scheduled blog post.

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Only 2 weeks and a day (can you believe it?!) until the launch of “The Story’s End (Book Seven of The Wilderhark Tales)”. To mark* the occasion (*you’ll see in half-a-sec what I did, there), have a look at this gorgeous piece of work from my treasured Wilderhark Artist, Yana Naumova!

Aquinore, color final, gallery size

That chill in the air isn’t just October breathing down our necks. It’s Aquinore, Wind of the North, standing proud on one of three new bookmark designs made just for “Story’s End” – which you can bet will feature in a giveaway during the online Launch Party, coming soon to Facebook. (Drop in! Invite your friends! We’ll party like it’s #WilderharkTales7, up in here!)

Just what role will the Sky’s icy wind have to play in the Wilderhark Tales’ final chapter? That, I’m hardly about to tell you. But if we’re talking of chapters, how’s this for a tease: A peek at the lineup of chapter titles for “The Story’s End”!

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~ A Ballad of Life and Death ~

~ Winter and Spring ~

~ Gant Expectations ~

~ Sky on Earth, Earth in Sky ~

~ The Silencing of Song ~

~ A Lost Lullaby ~

~ The Bard and His Boy ~

~ No Kind of Home ~

~ Whispers in the Night ~

~ Tales of Time Gone By ~

~ Old Friends with New Faces ~

~ The Gant Commission ~

~ The Dark Divide ~

~ Spinning a Long-Ago Spell ~

~ Last Light of the Moon ~

~ The Way through the Window ~

~ A Gathering Storm ~

~ Song’s Finale ~

~ Epilogue: …All the Rest of Their Days ~

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Story's End Cover, gallery size

For Gant-o’-the-Lute, “ever after” has been less than happy. With the last of Carillon’s charm over him gone, the minstrel-king puts royalty behind him in pursuit of the music he once knew and the lifelong dream he let slip through his fingers. But dark whispers on the wind warn that time is running out – not only for Lute and the apprentice in his shadow, but the whole of earth and Sky.

The Story’s End (Book Seven of The Wilderhark Tales”, coming October 13, 2015; now available to add to your Goodreads “To Read” shelf.

“Winner 7+” or “Grand Prize a-Winning!”

And now, the epic day a week in the making. 3 names have been selected, their bearers winning the right to choose any one of the prizes given out so far. Those three names are:

Miranda McNeff … Chelsea de la Cruz … and Matthew Thomason!

Congratulations, you guys! Message me with your pick of any of the following:

A signed print of “Swan Prince”-related flash fiction word art

A signed print of two Danielle E. Shipley-original Sigmund drawings

A signed print of two Danielle E. Shipley-original Sula drawings

A signed print of two Danielle E. Shipley-original Villem drawnings

Seven selected chapters of “The Swan Prince” with author commentary

Seven selected chapters of “The Swan Prince” with character commentary

But WAIT! There’s MORE!

Out of these three winners, one has been chosen to receive an autographed copy of “The Swan Prince! And that one is…

* * * Chelsea de la Cruz! * * *

Ya-a-ay, Chelsea! And thank you SO MUCH to everyone helped me celebrate the launch week of my first ever self-published novella, “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”. It’s been a crazy ride … which I’ll get to do all over again when Book Two releases in the fall! I know, so near, so far away… Take the edge off of your impatient longing by immersing yourself in Book One, why don’t you. (:

Coming next week to Ever On Word: Something closer to regular blogging again, at long last!

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Swan Prince Cover, E-book

Catching her leg in a bear trap proves the least of Sula’s worries.

Haunted by an enchanted monster from a past she dare not reveal,

and hounded by the perilously perceptive young village doctor, Villem Deere,

the headstrong girl of the woods gambles with fate by binding hers to that of Sigmund, the captivating orphan boy with mysterious nightly business of his own.

The Swan Prince: Book One of The Wilderhark Tales

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An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast;

A princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell;

Bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk –

All within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

You’ve heard the stories –

of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel;

of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball;

of frog princes, and swan princes,

and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea.

Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s.

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“A great reason to get excited over good, old-fashioned storytelling”

“A beautifully-crafted tale”

“A swift read with a captivating cast”

“Shipley writes with a witty voice, twining traditional beauty and modern storytelling as intimately as the enchanted destinies in her masterful debut novella”

“Winner 6” or “Sixth Swan a-Winning”

We’ve got our sixth “one that gains in or as if in battle or contest [or Seven Swans a-Winning Giveaway]”! Congratulations to… *drumroll, nail-biting suspense*…

Rob Lopez of Forsaken Stars!

Ya-a-ay, Rob! You’ve won seven selected chapters of “The Swan Prince” with character commentary! Contact me within the next week with the address to which I should ship the prize, and it’s all yours! Thank you so much for your participation in the launch week of “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”!

As for the rest of the world, never despair! There’s still 1 day left in the giveaway – the great granddaddy of all Seven Swans a-Winning days! So Facebook/Tweet/Blog about this giveaway! Buy the book on Amazon or CreateSpace, or ebooks for your Nook or Kindle! (And after you’ve had a chance to fly through it, I’d super appreciate it if you posted a review!) I’ll see you all here tomorrow for the winner of Day 7. (:

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Recap of the Seven Swans a-Winning Giveaway!

[Action] = [Chances to Win]

Every mention/link to the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or blog = 1

An addition of “The Swan Prince” to your Goodreads “To Read” shelf= 1 (Find “The Swan Prince” on Goodreads here!)

Schedule a day with me to host me on your blog for an author interview, character interview, or guest post = 3 (Message me through my contact page here!)

Every purchase of an e-book copy of “The Swan Prince” = 3

Every purchase of a paperback copy of “The Swan Prince” = 7

Your chances to win will accumulate over the seven days of the giveaway (didn’t win on Day One? You’ve still got your rollover entries for the days to come, and you can continue earning more), so the sooner you jump on board, the better your odds of winning!

The prizes:

Day One = A signed print of “Swan Prince”-related flash fiction word art! (Congrats to Jillian Cottle!)

Day Two = A signed print of two Danielle E. Shipley-original Sigmund drawings! (Congrats to Eric Wilder!)

Day Three = A signed print of two Danielle E. Shipley-original Sula drawings! (Congrats to Chelsea de la Cruz!)

Day Four = A signed print of two Danielle E. Shipley-original Villem drawnings! (Congrats to Miranda McNeff!)

Day Five = Seven selected chapters of “The Swan Prince” with author commentary! (Congrats to Eric Wilder AND Kimberly Kay!)

Day Six = Seven selected chapters of “The Swan Prince” with character commentary! (Congrats to Rob Lopez!)

Day Seven (Grand Prize Day!) = 3 Winners each get to select any 1 previous prize, and one of the three gets a free, autographed paperback copy of “The Swan Prince”.

**Note to all winners: If I don’t hear back from you within 7 days after your name is announced, I go back in the pool to pick a new victor. Prizes feel sad when no one comes to claim them. Of course, I’m sure you’ll all be far too eager to lay hands on your winnings for this defaulting rule to come into play; still, figured I’d best give you fair warning.**

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Swan Prince Cover, E-book

Catching her leg in a bear trap proves the least of Sula’s worries.

Haunted by an enchanted monster from a past she dare not reveal,

and hounded by the perilously perceptive young village doctor, Villem Deere,

the headstrong girl of the woods gambles with fate by binding hers to that of Sigmund, the captivating orphan boy with mysterious nightly business of his own.

The Swan Prince: Book One of The Wilderhark Tales

<> ~ <> ~ <>

An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast;

A princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell;

Bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk –

All within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

You’ve heard the stories –

of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel;

of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball;

of frog princes, and swan princes,

and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea.

Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s.

<> ~ <> ~ <>

“A great reason to get excited over good, old-fashioned storytelling”

“A beautifully-crafted tale”

“A swift read with a captivating cast”

“Shipley writes with a witty voice, twining traditional beauty and modern storytelling as intimately as the enchanted destinies in her masterful debut novella”

“Winner 5” or “Fifth Swan a-Winning!”

We’ve got our fifth “one that gains in or as if in battle or contest [or Seven Swans a-Winning Giveaway]”! Congratulations to… *drumroll, nail-biting suspense*…

Eric Wilder! … AND Kimberly Kay!

Say, wha—?!

That’s right. I drew Eric’s name again, making him a Day 2 and Day 5 winner! (See-e-e-e what can happen when you get your name in the raffle multiple times?) Far be it from me to deny him his rightful prize. But c’mon, someone else deserves a chance, too, right? So today, I double-dipped, and our winner 5.2 was drawn!

Ya-a-ay, Eric and Kimberly! You’ve each won seven selected chapters of “The Swan Prince” with author commentary! Contact me within the next week with the address to which I should ship the prize, and it’s all yours! (You’re already covered there, Eric. And Kimberly, I look forward to your exclamations of ecstasy. I know you were hoping for a commentary prize!) Thank you both so much for your participation in the launch week of “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”!

As for the rest of the world, never despair! There are still 2 days of prizes left to win! So Facebook/Tweet/Blog about this giveaway! Buy the book on Amazon or CreateSpace, or ebooks for your Nook or Kindle! (And after you’ve had a chance to fly through it, I’d super appreciate it if you posted a review!) I’ll see you all here tomorrow for the winner of Day 6. (:

* * * * *

Recap of the Seven Swans a-Winning Giveaway!

[Action] = [Chances to Win]

Every mention/link to the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or blog = 1

An addition of “The Swan Prince” to your Goodreads “To Read” shelf= 1 (Find “The Swan Prince” on Goodreads here!)

Schedule a day with me to host me on your blog for an author interview, character interview, or guest post = 3 (Message me through my contact page here!)

Every purchase of an e-book copy of “The Swan Prince” = 3

Every purchase of a paperback copy of “The Swan Prince” = 7

Your chances to win will accumulate over the seven days of the giveaway (didn’t win on Day One? You’ve still got your rollover entries for the days to come, and you can continue earning more), so the sooner you jump on board, the better your odds of winning!

The prizes:

Day One = A signed print of “Swan Prince”-related flash fiction word art! (Congrats to Jillian Cottle!)

Day Two = A signed print of two Danielle E. Shipley-original Sigmund drawings! (Congrats to Eric Wilder!)

Day Three = A signed print of two Danielle E. Shipley-original Sula drawings! (Congrats to Chelsea de la Cruz!)

Day Four = A signed print of two Danielle E. Shipley-original Villem drawnings! (Congrats to Miranda McNeff!)

Day Five = Seven selected chapters of “The Swan Prince” with author commentary! (Congrats to Eric Wilder AND Kimberly Kay!)

Day Six = Seven selected chapters of “The Swan Prince” with character commentary!

Day Seven (Grand Prize Day!) = 3 Winners each get to select any 1 previous prize, and one of the three gets a free, autographed paperback copy of “The Swan Prince”.

**Note to all winners: If I don’t hear back from you within 7 days after your name is announced, I go back in the pool to pick a new victor. Prizes feel sad when no one comes to claim them. Of course, I’m sure you’ll all be far too eager to lay hands on your winnings for this defaulting rule to come into play; still, figured I’d best give you fair warning.**

* * * * *

Swan Prince Cover, E-book

Catching her leg in a bear trap proves the least of Sula’s worries.

Haunted by an enchanted monster from a past she dare not reveal,

and hounded by the perilously perceptive young village doctor, Villem Deere,

the headstrong girl of the woods gambles with fate by binding hers to that of Sigmund, the captivating orphan boy with mysterious nightly business of his own.

The Swan Prince: Book One of The Wilderhark Tales

<> ~ <> ~ <>

An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast;

A princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell;

Bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk –

All within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

You’ve heard the stories –

of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel;

of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball;

of frog princes, and swan princes,

and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea.

Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s.

<> ~ <> ~ <>

“A great reason to get excited over good, old-fashioned storytelling”

“A beautifully-crafted tale”

“A swift read with a captivating cast”

“Shipley writes with a witty voice, twining traditional beauty and modern storytelling as intimately as the enchanted destinies in her masterful debut novella”