Launch Week? Pfft, no. That’s so Wilderhark Tales. I’ve been waiting on this book’s release since NaNoWriMo 2010. This volume’s the first act in the trilogy of my heart. No way is this Launch Week.
It’s Launch Week+!
A solid month of all things “The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale”! …Which you can at long last purchase in paperback via Amazon and CreateSpace! E-books available via Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive, and I’m pretty sure it’s on iBooks, too, but I don’t have the app, so I can’t tell. If any of you happen to purchase “Ballad” through Apple, feel free to flash me the high sign.
In honor of “Ballad”s release, e-copies of its prequel series, The Wilderhark Tales, are price-dropped on Amazon to just 99 cents each, now through July 31! If you haven’t yet, now’s the perfect time to stock your Kindle / e-reader with the collection of stories from Allyn’s pre-Avalon world. Start here with Book One!
And because I’ve yet to have a Launch Anything without a giveaway, naturally I wanna make it rain with prizes, including:
– A Map of Avalon Faire – Merry Men-signed! (5 winners)
– A Tote Bag from the Ever On Word shop on Society6 – winner gets their pick of any in-store design! (1 winner)
– A paperback copy of “Grace the Mace” by Tirzah Duncan – because she’s my BFF and I support her art (1 winner)
– A custom “Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale” bookmark created by Chelsea de la Cruz – because she’s another BFF and she supports my art with her art! (1 winner)
To get in on the giveaway, you can hop over to the Rafflecopter and rack up entry points by… buying “Ballad”! Reviewing “Ballad”! Adding “Ballad” to your Goodreads shelf! Leaving blog post comments! Following me on Twitter! Et cetera. You’ve got options, is what I’m sayin’.
And speaking of blog posts: Here, for your convenience, is a look at Ever On Word’s schedule for “Ballad”-related fun (complete with placeholder titles which may or may not give you much idea about the content to come).
Tuesday, July 12 = Introductory Post (you are here)
Thursday, July 14 = An Illustrated Summary of “Ballad”, as told by [wait and see!]
Saturday, July 16 = Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell Interview #1
Monday, July 18 = Shooting Hood in the Wood
Wednesday, July 20 = “Ballad” Blackout Poetry
Friday, July 22 = Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell Interview #2
Monday, July 25 = Diversity and Stuff
Wednesday, July 27 = The Many Faces of Will ‘n’ Allyn
Friday, July 29 = Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell Interview #3
Tuesday, August 2 = The Songs of “Ballad”, as performed by me
Friday, August 5 = Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell Interview #4
Tuesday, August 9 = The Bloopers of Allyn-a-Dale
Friday, August 12 = Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell #5, and Giveaway Winners Announced
Also, every post (minus the Kiss & Tell interviews, ‘cause I’m arbitrary like that) is going to end with a bonus treat: A selection from a little giggle project I call #HypotheticalFAQs! (Because until “Ballad” starts pulling in some actual frequently asked questions, Will Scarlet and I are not above making them up.)
Anyone else hyped yet? ‘Cause I’m darn hyped, and super looking forward to sharing all this stuff with you – most especially, the book. ❤
Welcome to Avalon, a Renaissance Faire where heroes of legend never die. Where the Robin Hood walking the streets is truly the noble outlaw himself. Where the knightly and wizardly players of King Arthur’s court are in fact who they profess to be. Where the sense of enchantment in the air is not mere feeling, but the Fey magic of a paradise hidden in plain sight.
Enter Allyn-a-Dale. The grief of his father’s death still fresh and the doom of his own world looming, swirling realities leave the young minstrel marooned in an immortal Sherwood Forest, where he is recruited as a member of Robin Hood’s infamous outlaw band. But Allyn’s new life may reach its end before it’s scarcely begun. Their existence under threat, the Merry Men are called upon to embark on a journey to the dangerous world Outside – ours – on a quest which must be achieved without delay, or eternity in Avalon will not amount to very long at all.
For each of the Merry Men: What’s one weird thing people don’t know about you?
Robin Hood: “I seriously thought I was going to grow up to be a priest or something.”
Marion Hood: “My eye color. My author’s never been able to decide whether it’s brown or green-hazel or what.”
Will Scarlet: “I am unaccountably fascinated by chickens.”
Little John: “I’m fluent in six languages.”
Allyn-a-Dale: “I would quite honestly rather die than give up a private truth on the Internet.”