A Merry Indie-pendence Day to You, Too

Should I feel guilty for taking “Independence” – (an actual word) – and “Indie” – (an accepted abbreviation for that word) – and mangling them together in this wise?

Possibly.

But I’ll save my shame for the end of the post. Because before then, I plan to be all kinds of shameless. Promote while the promotions are going on, I always* say.

*(Never before. Never again.)

For real though, it seems like just about everything promo-worthy is happening at once. Such as…

1 – #IndiePrideDay

That was the hashtag going around Twitter, Saturday past. And so I, being the occasional opportunist I am, whipped up a couple of promotional images to share, and spent some time browsing to see what other indie authors had to say for themselves/their work, despite my unfortunate allergy to community.

Also, as of Saturday…

2 – “The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale” is Half-Price!

…On Smashwords, as part of their Summer/Winter Sale (through July 31st). I should maybe come up with a special promo image for that, too? We’ll see if I bother. In the meantime, if any of you guys or people you know like e-book bargains, check out the whole catalog … or go straight to nabbing your copy of “Ballad”.

And hey, let me know if you pick up any good titles, over there. I’m terrible about actually reading the e-books I’ve already got on my Kindle app (because not even sorry, I’m a hard copy girl), but that probably won’t stop me buying more, if the price is right and the premise intriguing.

Speaking of discounted prices: According to a little notice in my inbox…

3 – Society6 is Hosting a 4th of July Sale!

Society6 Merch

Pictured here, my own personal “Without a Minstrel” mug and “I See You” pillow

Today and tomorrow, everything is 20% off – plus free shipping! So if you fancy any of the merch in my shop, now’s a fine time to get yourself a little something.

And since we’ve got something like an Independence Day theme going, let’s wrap things up with a 4th (of July? Get it? Yeahhhh) and final item. Don’t forget:

4 – Outlaws 2.5 is Available for Pre-Order!

Just a bit over a week ‘til “Truly Great Words Never Die” releases onto Kindles everywhere.

…provided that those Kindles’ owners did right by themselves and purchased a copy.
Truly Great Words promo 04

It’s only 99 cents, and more than worth every penny. So order yours today! Or, I dunno, at least tell somebody else that the book exists, maybe? I’m not feeling the shame yet, but I tell ya, self-promotion is a lot less fun than that holy grail of indie artistry:

Word of mouth.

Stay independent, y’all,

~ Danielle

 

 

 

 

“First” vs. “Second”

Which is scarier: Releasing your very “preceding all others in time, order, or importance” book, or releasing your “next to the first in place or time”?

On the one hand, Book One of the Wilderhark Tales was my chance to make a smashing first impression. Most of my intended audience had little to no idea who I was, or didn’t know much about my writing style beyond what they’d read in Ever On Word blog posts or the odd short story here and there. Essentially, “The Swan Prince” was my big “HERE I AM” to the world, and set up a precedent for what people could expect, both from my authorial style, and from the Wilderhark series in particular.

To my continual glee, my self-publishing debut was very well received! We got some nice buzz going during the launch week, I’ve accumulated a treasured number of flattering reviews, apparently sales aren’t straight-up dismal, I was able to talk my local library into purchasing a copy (if you happy to be anywhere near Waukegan Public Library, run in there and demand to borrow it!), and – glory of glories – it even won the Reader’s Choice Award during July’s Blogger Book Fair! The Wilderhark Tales were off to a great start!

Then it came time to follow up with Book Two.

I was a little bit nervous going into the publication process for “The Stone Kingdom”. It wasn’t only a matter of putting out a great book anymore; now, there were expectations to live up to.

As I hope should go without saying, “Stone Kingdom” isn’t simply a clone of its predecessor. There are some notable similarities within the storyline, we do see some familiar faces from “Swan Prince”, and there is consistency within the narrative voice. But apart from that (and, of course, the well-known fairytale references), everything’s all new.

What if readers didn’t connect with the new protagonists?

What if they felt the story was somehow a letdown?

What if they thought it was too X or not Y enough or what in the Z was the author thinking?!

Well, it was simply a risk I had to take. I’d written the book. I’d promised the book. By jolly, I was going to deliver the book, and Z take the consequences! (I’m really starting to take a shine to “Z” as an expletive…)

And— say what? How now? Egad, my advance readers gave a really positive response!

Wry wit, clever twists, and, of course, dashing love interests,” they said!

Not only fun and funny, but relevant and wise,” they said!

Even, “I will go as far as to say that this one was better than the first.” (“Eeeeee-wow!!!” I said.)

And Edgwyn has to deal with the fact that everybody loves him. (“‘Nyeh, nyeh,’ she said,” he grumbles lightly.)

Looks like ya done good, “Stone Kingdom”! I am very proud of you.*

*I’ve actually been proud of the book for years before its publication. It’s one of my favorite Wilderhark Tales. ^.^

Books One and Two of  The Wilderhark Tales, as photographed by happy reader Steven Bourelle.

Books One and Two of The Wilderhark Tales, as photographed by happy reader Steven Bourelle.

Hu-u-uge thanks – thanks THIS BIG – to everyone who’s already purchased/read/told me they love “The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales)” so far. (Please don’t forget to tell the retail sites, too, with an honest review! …or a lying review, if that’s how you roll, but I think most of us would much prefer your honesty.) And if you – yes, you; don’t pretend to look innocent, you know I mean you – haven’t experienced the book yet, wait no longer! Nab a paperback via Amazon or CreateSpace, or an e-book for your Kindle or Nook! The people have spoken: The read’s “well worth Wyle”. ;D

“Batch 3” or “Grand Prize Day!”

This is it, guys: Time to announce the final “quantity (as of persons or things) considered as a group” of winners in my “Stone Kingdom” Launch Week Giveaway! And those three winners are… *drumroll, nail-biting suspense*…

Brittany S.!

Alyson Grauer!

And Aisazia! … and Erika Beebe!

(‘Cause I’m sleep-deprived and don’t even know what was going on while I was picking names, so whatever, we’ll have an extra winner.)

Holy cow, you three four, do you know what you’ve got coming to you?! Anything you want! That’s right – you get your pick of any 2 previous prizes offered during this giveaway! Song lyric word art, mystery illustrations, commentaries – you name it! (Full list of available prizes here.) And on top of that, one of you is getting an autographed paperback of “The Stone Kingdom”. Biggest congratulations of all go to…

Aisazia!

Hooray for you all! Contact me within the next week with the address to which I should ship the prize (unless you’ve already done so previously, in which case you’re covered), and it’s all yours!

**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.**

So ends the Launch Week of “The Stone Kingdom (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”. (…of which people have said:

“A charming and excellent read.”

“Wry wit, clever twists, and, of course, dashing love interests.”

“Not only fun and funny, but relevant and wise.”

“A highly vivid, carefully formulated story … [Shipley] has a style all her own, and it’s lovely.”)

My sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the celebration in any way, great or small, to the fun-loving spirits who played with me during our rounds of scavenger hunting, to those who have already purchased the book, and to those who haven’t yet gotten around to it but totally plan to soon. The paperback’s available on Amazon and CreateSpace, and e-books await your Nook and/or Kindle. Once you’ve had a chance to fly through the story, I’d super appreciate it if you posted a review on the retail sites, pretty please and thank you. (:

I’d also like to take a moment to extend extra thanks to everyone who’s already posted a review or a book release spotlight on their blogs (too many to list here, though everyone who I knew about ahead of time got a place on “The Stone Kingdom”s acknowledgements page!), and to Tonja Drecker and Marissa Halvorson for granting me guest post space on their blogs this past week.

Well, I think that’s all the “i”s dotted and “t”s crossed. Time for this blog to start working its way back to normal! …after one last reminder of what this week’s been all about.

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Stone Kingdom Cover, front

Love and prince,

Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;

For blood begins,

But naught can be put right by blood alone.

One thoughtless act is all it takes to bring the curse threatened on Rosalba’s christening day to pass. Now the princess must combine her desperate determination with the service of benevolent tailor Edgwyn Wyle to find the second half of the key to her kingdom’s restoration.

The Stone Kingdom

Book Two 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.

“Batch 2” or “Winners 4 Through 6, Come On Do-o-own!”

We’ve got our second “quantity (as of persons or things) considered as a group” of winners in my “Stone Kingdom” Launch Week Giveaway! Our Day Four winner is… *drumroll, nail-biting suspense*…

Steven Bourelle!

Ya-a-ay, Steven! You’ve won an autographed print of an illustration (drawn by me) of one of my favorite “Stone Kingdom” moments. Which moment is that? Not the same one that Day Three’s winner got. Apart from that, I shall tell you nothing. You’ll find out when your package arrives!

Day Five’s winner is… Aisazia!

Huzzah, Aisa! You’ve won seven selected chapters of “The Stone Kingdom”… with Author Commentary! You shall be privy to all my top secret thoughts on my beloved second volume of the Wilderhark Tales. …And when I say “top secret”, I mean I’d be plenty happy to tell just about anybody interested in listening, but because I rarely say anything the exact same way twice, your official Author Commentary experience will be one-of-a-kind.

And last until Friday, Day Six’s winner… Miranda McNeff!

Lucky you, Miranda! You’ve won those same seven selected chapters of “The Stone Kingdom”… with Character Commentary! Never mind my thoughts, you’ll get to listen in while MCs Rosalba and Edgwyn trade opinions on their newly-publicized adventure – another one-of-a-kind experience that I would totally envy, if I hadn’t had the privilege of transcribing their dialogue myself. (:

Congratulations to our second three winners! 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 Stone Kingdom (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”! (…of which people have said:

“A charming and excellent read.”

“Wry wit, clever twists, and, of course, dashing love interests.”

“Not only fun and funny, but relevant and wise.”

“A highly vivid, carefully formulated story … [Shipley] has a style all her own, and it’s lovely.”)

As for the rest of the world, never despair! There’s still three names left to draw on Grand Prize Day! So Facebook/Tweet/Blog about this giveaway! Buy the book on Amazon or CreateSpace, or e-books for your Nook or Kindle! Don’t forget, I’ve got a Special Launch Week Promotional Offer going on: Buy One “Stone Kingdom” Paperback, Get One “Stone Kingdom” e-book for Kindle for just 99 cents, brought to you by Amazon’s new Kindle Matchbook bundle deal! (And after you’ve had a chance to fly through the story, I’d super appreciate it if you posted a review!)

And now, it’s time for a “Stone Kingdom” Scavenger Hunt Question!

In my “Stone Kingdom”-inspired “Three Wishes Blog Blitz” scene, what does Rosalba suggest Edgwyn could fashion into dancing slippers? (This way to the scene and the answer therein.)

First person to answer correctly in the comments below gets an extra spot in the raffle pool. Good luck, you guys, and I’ll see you all here on Friday for our final batch of prize-winners! (:

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Recap of the “Stone Kingdom” Launch Week Giveaway!

[Action] = [Chances to Win]

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

An addition of “The Stone Kingdom” to your Goodreads “To Read” shelf= 1 (Find “The Stone Kingdom” 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 Stone Kingdom” = 3

Every purchase of a paperback copy of “The Stone Kingdom” = 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 the lyrics to a Danielle E. Shipley-original Stone Kingdom”-inspired song! (Congrats to Chelsea de la Cruz!)

Day Two = A signed print of a Danielle E. Shipley-original dual portrait of Rosalba and Edgwyn! (Congrats to Chelsea de la Cruz AND Tonja Drecker!)

Day Three = A signed mystery print of a Danielle E. Shipley-original Stone Kingdom” scene illustration! (Congrats to Emerald Barnes!)

Day Four = A different signed mystery print of a Danielle E. Shipley-original Stone Kingdom” scene illustration! (Congrats to Steven Bourelle!)

Day Five = Seven selected chapters of “The Stone Kingdom” with author commentary! (Congrats to Aisazia!)

Day Six = Seven selected chapters of “The Stone Kingdom” with character commentary! (Congrats to Miranda McNeff!)

Day Seven (Grand Prize Day!) = 3 Winners each get to select any 2 previous prizes, and one of the three gets a free, autographed paperback copy of “The Stone Kingdom.

**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.**

* * * * *

Stone Kingdom Cover, front

Love and prince,

Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;

For blood begins,

But naught can be put right by blood alone.

One thoughtless act is all it takes to bring the curse threatened on Rosalba’s christening day to pass. Now the princess must combine her desperate determination with the service of benevolent tailor Edgwyn Wyle to find the second half of the key to her kingdom’s restoration.

The Stone Kingdom

Book Two 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.

“Batch 1” or “Winning Times Three”

We’ve got our first “quantity (as of persons or things) considered as a group” of winners in my “Stone Kingdom” Launch Week Giveaway! Our Day One winner is… *drumroll, nail-biting suspense*…

Chelsea de la Cruz!

Ya-a-ay, Chelsea! You’ve won an autographed word-art print of the lyrics to an original, “Stone Kingdom”-inspired song!

Day Two’s winner is… Chelsea de la—

What? Again?? Well, that’s marvelous for her, but let’s give someone else a chance here, too. Day Two’s winner Part 2, then, is…

Tonja Drecker!

Huzzah, Chelsea and Tonja! You’ve both won an autographed print of a dual-portrait of “Stone Kingdom” main characters Princess Rosalba and Edgwyn Wyle (drawn by me)!

And last until Wednesday, Day Three’s winner… Emerald Barnes!

Lucky you, Emerald! You’ve won an autographed print of an illustration (drawn by me) of one of my favorite “Stone Kingdom” moments. Which moment is that? You’ll find out when your package arrives!

Congratulations to our first three winners! Contact me within the next week with the address to which I should ship the prize, and it’s all yours! (Unless I already know where you live. You know who you are.) Thank you so much for your participation in the launch week of “The Stone Kingdom (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”!

(…Of which people have said:

“A charming and excellent read.”

“Wry wit, clever twists, and, of course, dashing love interests.”

“Not only fun and funny, but relevant and wise.”

“A highly vivid, carefully formulated story … [Shipley] has a style all her own, and it’s lovely.”)

As for the rest of the world, never despair! There are still 4 days of prizes left to win! So Facebook/Tweet/Blog about this giveaway! Buy the book on Amazon or CreateSpace, or e-books for your Nook or Kindle! Don’t forget, I’ve got a Special Launch Week Promotional Offer going on: Buy One “Stone Kingdom” Paperback, Get One “Stone Kingdom”  e-book for Kindle for just 99 cents, brought to you by Amazon’s new Kindle Matchbook bundle deal! (And after you’ve had a chance to fly through the story, I’d super appreciate it if you posted a review!)

And now, it’s time for a “Stone Kingdom” Scavenger Hunt Question!

List three pieces of advice Edgwyn gives to those searching for true love. (Hint: Search for the answer in this character chat at The Flight Reflex, blog of Kimberly Kay!)

First person to answer correctly in the comments below gets an extra spot in the raffle pool. Good luck, you guys, and I’ll see you all here on Wednesday for our next batch of prize-winners! (:

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Recap of the “Stone Kingdom” Launch Week Giveaway!

[Action] = [Chances to Win]

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

An addition of “The Stone Kingdom” to your Goodreads “To Read” shelf= 1 (Find “The Stone Kingdom” 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 Stone Kingdom” = 3

Every purchase of a paperback copy of “The Stone Kingdom” = 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 the lyrics to a Danielle E. Shipley-original Stone Kingdom”-inspired song! (Congrats to Chelsea de la Cruz!)

Day Two = A signed print of a Danielle E. Shipley-original dual portrait of Rosalba and Edgwyn! (Congrats to Chelsea de la Cruz AND Tonja Drecker!)

Day Three = A signed mystery print of a Danielle E. Shipley-original Stone Kingdom” scene illustration! (Congrats to Emerald Barnes!)

Day Four = A different signed mystery print of a Danielle E. Shipley-original Stone Kingdom” scene illustration!

Day Five = Seven selected chapters of “The Stone Kingdom” with author commentary!

Day Six = Seven selected chapters of “The Stone Kingdom” with character commentary!

Day Seven (Grand Prize Day!) = 3 Winners each get to select any 2 previous prizes, and one of the three gets a free, autographed paperback copy of “The Stone Kingdom.

**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.**

* * * * *

Stone Kingdom Cover, front

Love and prince,

Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;

For blood begins,

But naught can be put right by blood alone.

 

One thoughtless act is all it takes to bring the curse threatened on Rosalba’s christening day to pass. Now the princess must combine her desperate determination with the service of benevolent tailor Edgwyn Wyle to find the second half of the key to her kingdom’s restoration.

The Stone Kingdom

Book Two 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.

“MC” or “The Official Debut of ‘The Stone Kingdom’!”

Ladies and gentlemen, royals and commoners, friends and strangers we’ll assume to be friends pending strong evidence to the contrary, welcome to Launch Day of my author’s newest novella, The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales)!

For those of you without a clue as to who is speaking to you right now, I’m Edgwyn Wyle, co-MC (that’s “main character”, you know) of “The Stone Kingdom”, as well as the one chosen to act as MC (meaning “master of ceremonies”, this time) for this announcement post, because Danielle likes to watch me do… just about anything, really.

But never mind about me – let me show you where to get the brand new book!

*clears throat and launches into the largely scripted spiel*

Get the beautiful paperback HERE and/or HERE, with a list price of just $7.99!

Get the Epub for your Nook HERE, only $2.99!

Get the Mobi for your Kindle HERE, also $2.99! OR – (are you ready for this? Because it’s very exciting) – as a Special Launch Week Promotional Offer, get the paperback and Kindle file together, and we’ll chop two dollars off the price! …Well, I mean, we won’t. I have nothing to do with it. Danielle, on the other hand, is giving Amazon’s new Kindle Matchbook bundle deal a try, which means a chance for you to Buy One, Get One for a mere 99 cents!

Didn’t I tell you? Isn’t that thrilling? So what are you waiting for?

Buy copies for you, for your fairytale-loving friends, to donate to your local libraries!

Facebook about it! Tweet about it! Blog about! Phone a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while and catch up with each other, maybe plan to go out together for coffee or something… oh, and mention the book!

And let the world know that NOW is the best time to buy, because in addition to that Special Launch Week Promotional Offer I mentioned, each purchase earns up to 7 chances to win exclusive prizes in Danielle’s “Stone Kingdom” Launch Week Giveaway! Just leave a comment below stating how you’ve participated in all the “Stone Kingdom” ballyhoo (else Danielle might not know of your contribution and would therefore be unable to extend proper thanks, which would be sad), and into the raffle your name goes! (A recap of the giveaway rules and prizes here. Links providing evidence of your actions are not mandatory, but appreciated. We’re fond of the honor system).

Let’s see… I’ve not forgotten anything, have I? Apart from a “please” or two to go with all the ordering about you’ve been most gracious to put up with? X) …Ah, here we are – just a couple of ending notes:

Once you’ve finished your read-through of the tale, do please be so kind as to leave reviews all over the place (Goodreads, Amazon and B&N.com, your blog, if you’ve got one…) letting the world know how much you liked it. Come back here tomorrow for the start of another Launch Week treat – a “Stone Kingdom” Scavenger Hunt! – and on Monday, when Danielle will announce the first three giveaway winners!

There. *pockets script* That’s all she wrote.

That, and an enchanting novella. 😉

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Stone Kingdom Cover, front

Love and prince,

Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;

For blood begins,

But naught can be put right by blood alone.

 

One thoughtless act is all it takes to bring the curse threatened on Rosalba’s christening day to pass. Now the princess must combine her desperate determination with the service of benevolent tailor Edgwyn Wyle to find the second half of the key to her kingdom’s restoration.

The Stone Kingdom

Book Two 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 charming and excellent read.” 

“Wry wit, clever twists, and, of course, dashing love interests.”

“Not only fun and funny, but relevant and wise.”

“A highly vivid, carefully formulated story … [Shipley] has a style all her own, and it’s lovely.”

“Two” or “‘Stone Kingdom’ Giveaway Tease”

Only ONE DAY left ‘til the release of my second fairytale novella, “The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales)”! And what’s a super-exciting launch day without a mega-fantastic giveaway?!

As many of you may recall, I celebrated the launch of “The Stone Kingdom”s predecessor, “The Swan Prince”, with a weeklong extravaganza known as the Seven Swans a-Winning Giveaway. It was hecka fun, and it almost killed me. Keeping up that level of enthusiasm every day for a full week straight proved to be a bit more than I could healthfully handle. So, in the spirit of living and learning (emphasis on living), we’re going to try things just a smidge differently, this time around. But fear not! All the best parts of the giveaway will remain the same. (:

There will still be seven days to enter – Friday, September 20th (launch day!) though Thursday, September 26th. On the in-between Monday and Wednesday and the following Friday, I will announce the latest winners of the fantabulous prizes.

How to Enter

Everyone will be given oodles of chances to win those aforementioned, exclusive, custom-made (by moi!), totally-boss-sauce prizes by engaging in any or all of the following activities:

[Action] = [Chances to Win]

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

An addition of “The Stone Kingdom” to your Goodreads “To Read” shelf * = 1

Schedule a day with me to host me on your blog for an author interview, character interview, or guest post ** = 3

Every purchase of an e-book copy of “The Stone Kingdom” = 3

Every purchase of a paperback copy of “The Stone Kingdom” = 7

* This is something you can do right now! Just let me know in the comments below that you’ve done it, and that’s one instance of your name in the prize pool already!

** You can get an early start with this one, too! Send me a message through my contact page, and we’ll settle on a date (which, by the way, does not have to be during the giveaway week, if that timeframe isn’t convenient for you; any time’s good). Provide the interview questions and/or topic you’d like me (or Rosalba or Edgwyn!) to guest blog about, I’ll type like a maniac, and wha-bam – you’re part of the “Wilderhark Tales” phenomenon. (: (And if an advance review and/or interview has already appeared on your blog, don’t worry, you’re covered. Automatic name in hat for you. ^-^)

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

Winning what?” I’m very glad you asked.

The Prizes

#1 = Our first winner will receive an autographed print of word art, the words being the lyrics to “Both True”, an original song (composed by me) inspired by “The Stone Kingdom”.

#2 = The second winner will get an autographed print of dual portraits (drawn by me) of the book’s main characters, Princess Rosalba and Edgwyn Wyle.

#3 = Winner number three gets an autographed print of a picture (drawn by me) depicting one of my favorite moments in “The Stone Kingdom”. That’s all that I’ll tell you; just know that it’s awesome.

#4 = Another autographed print of another “Stone Kingdom” moment, also drawn by me, and also a surprise. (Oh, the mystery!)

They’re calling to you. “Win me… Wi-i-in me-e-e…”

They’re calling to you. “Win me… Wi-i-in me-e-e…”

#5 = These were a hit last launch, so I’m bringing them back. Our fifth prize will be seven selected chapters of the “The Stone Kingdom” … with author commentary! One lucky winner will get an exclusive look at what went into the making of the story, including inspiration for names, reflection on early plot/character concepts, references to movies you may or may not have seen, and more!

#6 = The most coveted prize of them all: Seven selected chapters of the “The Stone Kingdom”… with CHARACTER commentary! Pretty much any verbal exchange between Edgwyn and Rosalba is entertainment worth the price of admission, so yeah, I’m really looking forward to getting this hot little number into somebody’s hands.

And then, of course, there’s #7 = The Epic Win of the giveaway. For the raffle’s grand finale, I’ll draw three names from the hat (or the shoebox, if we’re going for absolute accuracy), and each of these three winners will have their pick of any one previous prize.

Actually, you know what? This is the giveaway for Book Two, y’all. Let’s crank this party up a notch: Each of these three winners will have their pick of any TWO previous prizes. Yes. I’m serious. Any two prizes they most desire. AND, one of those three will also be selected to receive the Grand Prize Bonus – an autographed paperback of “The Stone Kingdom.

If this is madness, I don’t want to be sane.

So, I’ll see you all back here tomorrow for the big release of “The Stone Kingdom”, yeah? Good deal. Tell your friends! (Or forever receive dirty looks from them, the pain in their eyes saying, “Why didn’t you let me in on this awesome book and giveaway? What the heck, man? I thought we were friends! It’s like I don’t even know you! #Betrayed!”)

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