Book Spine Poetry Prophecy

Word on the ‘Net is April’s been National Poetry Month – i.e., the perfect excuse to finally get around to posting this book spine poem I composed back in February, inspired as I was by the Alexa Loves Books-hosted 2015 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon.

Some of you may recall the last time I shared such a poem (during the 2014 Love-a-Thon, as it happens.) Proud as I was of that piece of art, I do believe I like this one even better. Probably because it strikes me as sounding like some epic, ancient prophecy. Complete with rhymes. ^o^

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Spine Poetry Prophecy, Line 1

One more day on the Isle of Sound and Wonder inspired the Seventh Spell:

Spine Poetry Prophecy, Line 2

Transparent ink. The violet hour. The toll of another bell.

Spine Poetry Prophecy, Line 3

The Song Caster unhinged the door in the mountain; splintered the spirit war.

Spine Poetry Prophecy, Line 4

Vicious, marvelous spirit’s end – mistborn legends and lore.

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This lyrical omen brought to you by…

One More Day by L.S. Murphy and others (including yours truly) – available here

On the Isle of Sound and Wonder by Alyson Grauer – my review here

Inspired by Danielle E. Shipley – available here

The Seventh Spell (Book Three of The Wilderhark Tales) by Danielle E. Shipley – available here

Transparent by Natalie Whipple – my review here

Ink (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun – found here on Goodreads

The Violet Hour (The Violet Hour #1) by Whitney A. Miller – found here on Goodreads

The Toll of Another Bell: A Fantasy Anthology by yours truly and others – available here

The Song Caster (Book Four of The Wilderhark Tales) by Danielle E. Shipley – available here

Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard – my review here

The Door in the Mountain by Caitlin Sweet – my review here

Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard – my review here

The Spirit War (Eli Monpress #4) by Rachel Aaron – my review here

Vicious by V.E. Schwab – my review here

Marvelous (The Books of Marvella #1) by Travis Thrasher – found here on Goodreads

Spirit’s End (Eli Monpress #5) by Rachel Aaron – my review here

Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – found here on Goodreads

Legends and Lore: An Anthology of Mythic Proportions by yours truly and others – available here

Got any cool book spine poems of your own – oracular or otherwise? I do hope you’ll share!

In Which I Achieve Web Wizardry

Once upon a time, there was an author who suffered from a terrible curse.

To wit, her dread archfoe, the Technology Fiend, despised her with all passion. He got his kicks by tainting anything she touched requiring a battery, plug, or modem, and was particularly tickled by thwarting her attempts to become computer savvy.

Our poor author grew understandably fearful of treading in enemy territory. Every click of a button authorizing yet another account or threatening one more upgrade sent spasms of anticipatory horror through her heart. But much as she would have liked to stay far, far away from all terrors technological, she was, as I said, an author – and a self-publishing author, at that. In this day and age, an author is expected to blog, have a website, show her face on social media. And a mostly self-pubbing author with no other employment doesn’t have enough cash to hire someone else to do all the scary Internet stuff for her.

So when the day came that our author – who also happened to be something of a perfectionist – looked upon the “My Books” page of her website and thought, “I suppose this serves its purpose well enough, but it’s not all that I want it to be,” she had no recourse but to suck up her anxiety and figure out how to work a little web sorcery.

And that author… *solemn nods* …was me.

Time to put on my big girl wizard robe and get ‘er done.
Time to put on my big girl wizard robe and get ‘er done.

Opinions will vary on what’s needed to make a website look “professional” (which I feel is a kind of snotty term, in general, since when you’re good at what you do, you can do it your own way and make it amazing, never mind some arbitrary standard clung to by the masses. But I digress into artistic anarchy…). My personal minimum requirements/preferences are that it be clean (because I don’t deal well with clutter) and simple to navigate (because isn’t the whole point that visitors be able to find the information they’re looking for?).

What nagged at me about my site’s original “My Books” page is that it wasn’t immediate enough. You started at the top with the cover and info for my first published book (“The Swan Prince”), then scrolled down to get to my next book, and the next, and so on chronologically, through the whole of my Wilderhark Tales (to date), my first professional anthology (“One More Day”), and my debut novel (“Inspired”), until you reached the current position on my publishing road and the page’s end simultaneously. All very well, but why couldn’t I have that deal where the covers of all the available books are presented at once in a neat little gallery, and clicking on one will take you to another page dedicated to that one book (or perchance the whole of its series) only?

Because I didn’t know how to make it happen, that’s why. And I was scared to try to learn. But if being scared were enough to stop me from doing things, I wouldn’t have any published books to show off on a website in the first place.

So I went to my site’s dashboard thing. And I stared at it, looking for some kind of hint or guidepost. I’d seen other Weebly-powered sites pull the trick I wanted, so there had to be a way…

Website Dashboard
What am I even looking at, right now?…

Aha! Down there, what’d that say? “Tip: Drag pages up/down to reorder and left/right to create subpages.

Subpages! That sounded like exactly what I wanted!

Now came the true test of courage: Sacrificing the sure thing I had in order to reach for what I knew, if gained, would be better.

There’s a great, honking life metaphor, for you.

After much stressful experimentation, uploading pics, copy/pasting text, fiddling with format, and careful linkage, I had a brand new at-a-glance “My Books” page, complete with subpages for each and every title. Like. A. Boss.

It’s… *sniff* …beautiful.
It’s… *sniff* …beautiful.

Sure, I screwed up a bunch of times. Yes, I crashed the browser once. Never mind how many hours later it pushed my already ridiculously late breakfast. I got my heart set on a goal, put my mind to the task and came out with one more tally mark next to my name on the Danielle vs. Tech Fiend scoreboard.

And oh, hey, would you look at that: My new page’s gallery of covers includes the face of “Legends and Lore: An Anthology of Mythic Proportions” – the Xchyler Publishing paranormal collection set to release on Wednesday (party over here!). If I do say so myself, it does look mighty fine. ^_^

“A Morrow More” … or its Author Interviewing Herself

My series of interviews with the authors of the “One More Day” anthology are coming to an end. (Fortunately, this does not signal the end of the book’s availability! You can still get them through the following links.)

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At the end of the post, I’ll announce the seven winners of my clock charm bookmark giveaway, ooh-ah! But first, a brief Q&A with the author of the anthology’s closing piece, “A Morrow More”. You’ve seen her around here plenty of times before; something about this being her blog. X) Take it away, Danielle E. Shipley, a.k.a. me!

How did you hear about the “One More Day” anthology contest, and what prompted you to submit?

Danielle: Somebody, somewhere, mentioned it in a blog. (I wish I could remember who and where!) The premise sounded workable – (Time stands still, eh?, I thought. That could go in any number of interesting directions…) – and I didn’t happen to be in the middle of any big, time-consuming projects on a looming deadline, so I started fiddling with ideas, and “A Morrow More” was born.

Is this your first published story? (If not, what was?)

Danielle: I believe my first publication happy dance accompanied the inclusion of my “The Swan Prince” companion flash piece “Still Broken” in online women’s speculative fiction magazine Luna Station Quarterly. It didn’t come with monetary compensation (though I believe LSQ has subsequently begun a fund for its contributors), but that first taste of authorial legitimacy is priceless all by itself. If we’re talking non-self-published works with royalties, though, then yep, this is my first. (:

A Morrow More graphic, Erika Beebe
Custom “A Morrow More” graphic created by fellow “One More Day” author Erika Beebe!

Which of the characters in your story was your favorite? Who was the easiest to write? What about the hardest?

Danielle: For favorite, probably Lorrel, part-Inkborn son of the king. I enjoyed working with the narrator, Raeve, but, well, she’s not a rather attractive prince, is she? She also might qualify as the hardest to write, if only because she had to do most of the story’s talking. As for the easiest to write, that honor may go to the great Morrow More for whom the tale is titled.

If you’d been in the place of your story’s main character, how do you suppose you would have handled their situation?

Danielle: Not nearly as bravely, I don’t think. I mean, I might have ended up performing more or less the same actions as Raeve, but I’d have been a wreck at least for the first while, as my overactive imagination dreamed up reasons for time’s freeze, each explanation more terrifying than the last. I expect the encounter on the mountaintop would have gone differently, since I understand the Morrow More’s way of thinking better than Raeve did. As for the ending… yeah, I don’t know how Raeve stays so even-keeled. I predict further wreckhood on my part.

Besides your own, which of the anthology stories is your personal favorite, and why?

Danielle: Although it’s a tight race between my ultimate pick and L.S. Murphy’s “The Thirteenth Month”, I’ve got to go with Kimberly Kay’s “Sleepless Beauty”. I don’t know if you could tell by my Wilderhark Tales, but I’m a total sucker for a sweet and humorous fairy tale.

If you could read only One More Book before some tragic turn of events prevented your ability to ever read another word, which book would you choose, and why?

Danielle: Um, first of all, this is a special level of cruel. Like, for real. I’ve clearly got a black and twisted mind to have even concocted such a question. Second of all, I would probably end up choosing my second favorite Robin Hood retelling of all time, Robin McKinley’s “The Outlaws of Sherwood”. (Why not read my first favorite? Because I wrote it, and so am a mite closer to knowing the tale word for word.)

If you could listen to only one piece of music for a year (though at least you’re allowed to replay it as many times as you like), which song would you pick?

Danielle: Let’s go with the original Broadway cast recording of “Dancing Through Life” from “Wicked”. It makes me happy, and gosh knows I’ll need that, since I won’t have access to any of my other favorite songs for a year.

You’ve got One More Chance to say anything you like to the good folks reading this interview before its end. What’ll it be?

Danielle: I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to read a little more about the assemblage of authors behind the “One More Day” anthology. If you haven’t read the book itself yet, I’ll be candid: I would like you to. And with such a variety of voices inside, the chances of your enjoying it are high. (:

Now then, onto the winners of bookmarks! A round of congratulatory applause to the following:

Aisazia

Steven Bourelle

Susan Francino

Mere Joyce

Kim Matura

Jamie Ayres

Eric Wilder

Way to go, you guys! I’ll be in touch if I need your shipping information. Thank you for taking part in the “One More Day” blog tour; your lovely prizes will be heading your way soon!

“Stage Fright” … or an Interview with its Author, Anyway!

The “One More Day” blog tour has come to an end, but the fun’s not over yet! For one thing, the anthology is still totally available. ;D (Have you bought yourself a copy yet? ^^)

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And for another, my series of interviews with each of the authors who contributed a tale to the book continues! Let’s hear it today for Erika Beebe, scribe of the anthology’s sixth story, “Stage Fright”.

Hello, Erika! Tell us: How did you hear about the “One More Day” anthology contest, and what prompted you to submit?

Erika: J. Keller Ford and I met through various blog hopping. She’s been a beta reader to my YA novel I’ve had in the works for some time. She pointed me to the contest and encouraged me to try even though I was knee deep in my novel. I didn’t think I could switch characters. It’s difficult enough to track one in your head at a time, but I let go of my doubts and set my novel aside. I analyzed J. Taylor’s theme and thought about all the moments in my life where time could have potentially stopped. I had never scored the lead in a musical or a play in high school, but I did remember reciting a giant passage from Romeo and Juliet my freshman year in front of the entire class. I got lost in the words and the feelings, trying to experience Juliet’s emotion. I also tried to make it my own. The problem? I remember the teacher smiling at me, pulling me aside after class and telling me if I remembered hugging myself and rocking myself through the whole dialogue. 🙂

Is this your first published story? (If not, what was?)

Erika: Yes, it is, and I’m hoping it won’t be the last. 🙂

Which of the characters in your story was your favorite? Who was the easiest to write? What about the hardest?

Erika: Hannah is definitely my favorite. I poured some of my own hopes and dreams into her internal chaos. I don’t think any of my characters were difficult to write. Sometimes the feel of the dialogue can be a bit of a challenge, but music helps me differentiate thought and feeling between the characters.

If you’d been in the place of your story’s main character, how do you suppose you would have handled their situation?

Erika: I am hoping the same way as Hannah did. 🙂 Try to make friends until it’s impossible. Then face the truth. Realize you only do your best and be you.

Besides your own, which of the anthology stories is your personal favorite, and why?

Erika: Anna Simpson’s Time Piece. I like the pace and I love the plot. Anna can craft a mean plot and I couldn’t put the book down.

If you could read only One More Book before some tragic turn of events prevented your ability to ever read another word, which book would you choose, and why?

Erika: This is a hard question to ask as I gravitate to many different books for different reasons. I suppose I would pick the second book in the Angel Burn series, Angel Fire, by L.A. Weatherly. I’d accidentally checked it out from the library thinking it was the first book in the series, but I became involved so quickly and wrapped up in the worlds of her different characters, I read it cover to cover. I love angel stories. I loved the complicated twist in Weatherly’s depiction of angels. She is also a great writer of hope, and I hung on, because her characters refused to give up.

If you could listen to only one piece of music for a year (though at least you’re allowed to replay it as many times as you like), which song would you pick?

Erika: Tricky question as my songs vary with my mood. I will pick the song I listened to nonstop while writing Stage Fright to capture my character’s emotion: Kelly Clarkson’s, Catch My Breath.

You’ve got One More Chance to say anything you like to the good folks reading this interview before its end. What’ll it be?

Erika: It’s been a privilege to visit Danielle’s blog. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and be a part of our exciting anthology, One More Day.

Erika Beebe

About Erika Beebe:

Inspired by her first grade teacher’s belief in her imagination from the first story she ever wrote, Erika has been a storyteller ever since. A dreamer and an experiencer, she envisions the possibilities in life and writes to bring hope when sometimes the moment doesn’t always feel that way.

Working in the field of public relations and communications for more than ten years, she has always been involved with writing, editing, and engaging others in public speaking.

Her two young children help keep her creativity alive and the feeling of play in the forefront of her mind.

Giveaway going strong! To enter to win my personal raffle for a beautiful clock charm bookmark (as seen below), leave a comment for Erika (and/or for me)! (And if that comment should happen to mention that you’ve just purchased a copy or two of the “One More Day” anthology, firstly, thank you!, and secondly, extra raffle point for you. ^.^)

I’ll announce the giveaway’s seven winners during my interview series’ final post next Monday! Good luck to all entrants! Stay tuned!

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“Happy” or “A Year of Delights”

New Years Jar

Back around the end of 2012, I came across an online picture suggesting that people spend the coming year making note of their happy experiences and saving them in a jar, so they could look back at year’s end and be reminded of the good times.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m far more inclined to focus on and remember the bad/sad/angry/irritating times than the good ones. From my vantage point here at the beginning of a new year, I emotionally remember 2013 as, on the whole, a really rough, painful, depressing twelve months. So I’m glad I was inspired to keep my “happy things” jar. Even taking into consideration that I know I only recorded a small percentage of every single thing that brought a genuine smile out of me, it serves as evidence that the year’s valleys of despair weren’t entirely out of balance with victories both big and small.

New Years Jar, mine
My second happy note read, “[Mom] went + found a jar for these notes, and volunteered to wash it out for me.”
I won’t subject you to each and every one of the just shy of 100 little memos I kept in the jar. The following sampling will give you a pretty good idea of the kind of things that goes into the good side of the life of the wild Deshipley.

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“Greeted Mom in the morning. She was excited, and we hugged.” – Jan. 1

(The very first happy note of the year.)

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“Was brave and got a controversial thought out on an FB status.” – Jan. 2

(Dealing with the backlash wasn’t necessarily happy, but yay for courageous honesty.)

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“Mom says we have mango.” – Jan. 3

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“Got to talk w/ Tirzah for hours and share intense character emotions. Made me weep and everything.” – Jan. 3

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“THEY ACCEPTED ‘A MORROW MORE’!!!!!!!” – Feb. 5

(“They”, of course, being J. Taylor Publishing, and “A Morrow More” being my short story in our newly-released YA anthology, “One More Day”.)

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“Found ‘Aladdin’ episode on YouTube that I’ve been wanting to see for ages.” – Feb. 8

(I had vague childhood recollections of this particular episode in need of resolution. That ghost of a memory can now rest in peace.)

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“Legendary evidence of a Robin Hood in SCARLET came to light!” – Mar. 2

(That is to say, I read an article that said some old accounts made mention of a scarlet-wearing Robin Hood. As you might imagine, most of the excitement at this bit of trivia was Will Scarlet’s.)

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The pile of goodness dumped from the jar on New Year's Eve.
The pile of goodness dumped from the jar on New Year’s Eve.

“Saw Yana’s first Villem sketch. It looks GRAND!” – Mar. 12

(Sooo much gratitude to Yana Naumova for helping to bring my Wilderhark Tales to life!)

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“JTP asks for longer work!!! THEY CAME TO MEEEEEEE!” – Mar. 15

(So I sent them “Inspired”. The rest shall be history.)

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“They said they’re gonna bring ROBIN HOOD to [ABC’s] ‘Once Upon a Time’!!!” – Mar. 24

(You might or might not be surprised at how many of the happy notes in the jar were in some way related to Robin Hood.)

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“Many ‘lost’ files discovered on backup book thingy! Thank you, God and Daddy!” – May 17

(We won’t dwell on the traumatic laptop crash that led to this. Focus on the positive, focus on the positive…)

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“Saw ‘WICKED’ w/ Daddy!” – Jun. 12

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“Met a guy who worked on ‘LOTR’!!!” – July 7

(You never know who you’ll bump into at a Renaissance Faire. Amirite, my Outlaws of Avalon?)

Cataloging the happy notes in my journal for posterity.
Cataloging the happy notes in my journal for posterity.

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“Died laughing w/ Jeannie about how rabid hot Edgwyn is. XD” – wee hours of Sept. 24

(That would be Jeannie of Edgwyn Pony fame. Hahaha, we can make Edgwyn so uncomfortable when we’re sleep-deprived…)

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“Did I mention I found my [missing] mp3 player? ‘Cause I did.” – ~Oct. 20

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“Driving in my car – beep, beep! – / Obeying the law sure is neat.

Hope no one wrecks into me!

Oh, wait a minute, here comes a car! / It’s my lucky day.

Plenty of time to get out of his way!” – Oct. 24

(This thing, guys. XD)

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“Birthday surprises (hoodie, character greeting in bathroom, ocarina!) and shawarma. :D” – Oct. 30

(Because once you’ve seen the super-very-after-all-the-credits end of Marvel’s “Avengers”, there is no cooler birthday dinner than shawarma.)

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How about you guys? What made you smile in 2013? And what do you anticipate you’ll have to smile about in the year to come? ^^

“Sleepless Beauty” … or an Interview with its Author, Anyway!

The “One More Day” blog tour marches on! Have you bought yourself a copy of the anthology yet? ^^ How about copies for your friends and family? And you know, I bet your local library would love one, too. ;D

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Continuing my series of interviews with each of the authors who contributed a tale to the book, today I joyfully present to you my pal Kimberly Kay, scribe of the anthology’s fifth story, “Sleepless Beauty”.

Hello, Kimberly! Tell us: How did you hear about the “One More Day” anthology contest, and what prompted you to submit?

Kimberly: I subscribe to a weekly newsletter by Duotrope.com. They compile all sorts of information on what publishers actively seek and when the deadlines are. I try to keep an eye out for anything that I can do a fairytale spin off of, and once I realized a sleeping beauty tale fit snugly into a time themed anthology, I wrote up “Sleepless Beauty” and sent it to my critique group (shout out to Ashley, Sarah, and Miranda!) for review. With their aid, I edited it nice and neat. Deciding to actually submit it was the hard part, though. I’m sure I’m not the only writer who second guesses their skills—especially with the submission period being amongst finals when I was fully frazzled. However, on the last night of the contest, I tackled my nerves, and borrowed a computer from my coworker to submit “Sleepless Beauty” just minutes before the deadline closed. I don’t recommend that kind of procrastination.

Is this your first published story? (If not, what was?)

Kimberly: Are we ignoring the embarrassing attempts at poetry published in school anthologies? I’ll assume so. My first published story was called “Pegasus Flight.” The Yahoo group I subscribe to advertised that “Stories for Children Magazine” was hosting a “Wacky Dreams Story Contest”. I wrote up a loose, lighthearted piece about a little girl who had to help a lost Pegasus find its parents. The entry ended up winning third place, and was rewarded with publication. Aaand I got a snazzy iTunes gift card out of it. All in all, not a bad deal!

Which of the characters in your story was your favorite? Who was the easiest to write? What about the hardest?

Kimberly: I’m not sure it’s legal to pick favorite characters. I mean, they all have their strengths and weaknesses. However… *Glances slyly over shoulder* I will have to admit that I found a favorite in Prince Edwin because he is just SO over the top—which, consequently made him the easiest to imagine, and the easiest to write. As for the hardest, I’ll go with Ben. I always get tense when I have to write any sort of love interest, because, you know, the whole story sort of falls flat if you don’t get the part of the dreamy guy done right.

If you’d been in the place of your story’s main character, how do you suppose you would have handled their situation?

Kimberly: You mean what would I have done if I were the servant of Sleeping Beauty and realized she’d just pricked her finger, and we were all doomed to fall into a curse by sunset *GASP* unless Miss Beauty’s true love could be found to wake her and prevent us all becoming living statues for one hundred years? Weeell, like Aesira my first thought would have been to try Miss Beauty’s last love interest. Also like Aesira, I’d steal a horse, but instead of fearing it, I’d relish the moment—as I adore horses, unlike my heroine. Tragically, I likely wouldn’t have had a love interest of my own to keep my temper in check around (Besides being taller than Ben, I think I’d be too much for him to put up with), and would thus have ended up smacking Prince Edwin, and consequently sucking him into the curse with the rest of us, and ruining any sort of chance of a happily ever after. Dang. Good thing I wasn’t in Aesira’s place.

Besides your own, which of the anthology stories is your personal favorite, and why?

Kimberly: Ooo, that’s a tough one. It’s definitely between “A Morrow More” by Ms. Danielle E. Shipley (why does that name sound so familiar?) and “Stage Fright” by Ms. Erika Beebe. “A Morrow More” I loved because the original set up of the world is engaging, and the humor makes me smile every time I think about it! “Stage Fright” has such beautiful, thoughtful character creation that gives me chills. Both humor and deep characters are something I value when I read, so I’ll decisively be indecisive and say both!

If you could read only One More Book before some tragic turn of events prevented your ability to ever read another word, which book would you choose, and why?

Kimberly: Probably “Entwined” by Heather Dixon. For one, it’s my all time favorite fairytale retelling (ironic, because I didn’t even know “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” was a fairytale until after reading this book). This was the story that really got me engaged in other people’s retellings (something I’d neglected to do, entranced as I was with writing my own). In “Entwined” the characters are funny and engaging, with all sorts of interesting twists and turns, not to mention creative characters, engaging love interests, and the most attractive, terrifying villain I’ve ever read. I’d put him on my wall of villainy right next to Loki, of The Avengers. #nerd

If you could listen to only one piece of music for a year (though at least you’re allowed to replay it as many times as you like), which song would you pick?

Kimberly: Wow, and I thought picking a favorite character was hard! While I had only a handful of characters to choose from, I’ve got hundreds of songs in my iTunes library to sift through. *Dwells on it for a ridiculous amount of time.* In the end, I’d probably pick “Something Beautiful” by The Outsiders. It’s a lovely, upbeat song based off the Biblical story of Joshua and Moses, and it explores Joshua’s emotions after finding out he’d succeed Moses in leading a nation, and basically his plea to become part of “something beautiful” rather than fall flat on his face. While being spiritually inspiring and uplifting, this song also reminds me of the main character of one of my latest projects who, after having an unexpected mantel thrust upon him, must learn how to turn the poor situations to his advantage and become part of “something beautiful”. Because of the multiple ways to interpret this song, I never grow tired of it!

You’ve got One More Chance to say anything you like to the good folks reading this interview before its end. What’ll it be?

Kimberly: Wow, that’s a lot of pressure, huh? I think I’ll go with: Eat cookies. They are good for your soul. Especially chocolate chip.

Kimberly Kay

About Kimberly Kay:

When Kimberly was younger, she was incredibly timid. She didn’t talk much because she was afraid of what others would think of her. Instead, she expressed herself through drawing. Eventually, art alone wasn’t enough. There were some things she couldn’t express with pencils, so she began talking, and when she did, she realized she had something to say. Now no one can get her to shut up! Worse, she’s discovered she can put those words into writing to share what she has to say with even more people.

Kimberly writes short stories and novels—usually fantasy fairytale retellings. Scattered within her works are things she loves: horses, fencing, archery, and so much more. With her friends, she writes fun fan-fiction that expands her creativity, (and shows what a nerd she is).

Through writing, she has found confidence and freedom.

Also on the “One More Day” blog tour:

Emi Gayle

Mythical Books

And Over It

Lauren Scharharg

Don’t forget, we’ve got giveaways going on! This way to the Rafflecopter to enter to win a “One More Day” paperback, e-book, or some sweet swag. And to enter to win my personal raffle for a beautiful clock charm bookmark (as seen below), leave a comment down where comments go for Kimberly (and/or for me)! (And if that comment should happen to mention that you’ve just purchased a copy or two of the “One More Day” anthology, firstly, thank you!, and secondly, extra raffle point for you. ^.^)

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“The Thirteenth Month” … or an Interview with its Author, Anyway!

The “One More Day” blog tour marches on! Have you bought yourself a copy of the anthology yet? ^^ How about copies for your friends and family? You know Christmas is just around the corner. ;D

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Continuing my series of interviews with each of the authors who contributed a tale to the book, today we welcome L.S. Murphy, the anthology’s headliner and scribe of its center story, “The Thirteenth Month”.

Hello, Linda! Tell us: How did you hear about the “One More Day” anthology contest, and what prompted you to submit?

LSM: J. Taylor approached me and asked me to submit a story for it. It was such an honor, there was no way I was going pass up this great anthology.

Is this your first published story? (If not, what was?)

LSM: It’s been so long ago, I totally can’t remember. My first novel is Reaper, and it was released in January 2013.

Which of the characters in your story was your favorite? Who was the easiest to write? What about the hardest?

LSM: Nixon. He was also the easiest. His voice rang in my head. I can’t say what was the hardest. You’ll have to read “The 13th Month” to figure that out. 🙂

If you’d been in the place of your story’s main character, how do you suppose you would have handled their situation?

LSM: Oh, I would’ve totally FREAKED OUT.

Besides your own, which of the anthology stories is your personal favorite, and why?

LSM: That’s like asking me what my favorite book is! All of the stories stand on their own merit. It’s such a great, eclectic mix.

If you could read only One More Book before some tragic turn of events prevented your ability to ever read another word, which book would you choose, and why?

LSM: Anything Richelle Mead writes.

If you could listen to only one piece of music for a year (though at least you’re allowed to replay it as many times as you like), which song would you pick?

LSM: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

You’ve got One More Chance to say anything you like to the good folks reading this interview before its end. What’ll it be?

LSM: Thanks for reading ONE MORE DAY. 🙂

L.S. Murphy

About L.S. Murphy:

L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for teens and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to The Bean (aka her daughter), her husband and a menagerie of pets.

Also on the “One More Day” blog tour:

The Machenwood Chronicles and Other Tales

The Musings of a Fantasy Writer’s Life

My Withershins

Bookworm Lisa

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