In Which “The Seventh Spell” Goes Out Into the World! (Launch Week, Day 1)

The day long-awaited is at hand! “The Seventh Spell (Book Three of The Wilderhark Tales)” has launched!

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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 – $2.99 on its own, or (thanks to the Kindle Matchbook deal) only 99 cents if purchased along with the paperback!

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

Facebook about it! Tweet about it! Blog about! Leave cryptic messages about it for clever spy-types to uncover – or, if you’re more into the obvious, put on a stage show about it! (Hint, hint for your next Interactive Theatre skit, Will Scarlet…)

And let the world know that NOW is the best time to buy, because each purchase earns up to 7 chances to win exclusive prizes in my “Seventh Spell” Launch Week Giveaway! Details below:

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 (You can do this multiple times daily. Feel free to go nuts!)

An addition of “The Seventh Spell” to your Goodreads “To Read” shelf = +1 (If you’ve already read and rated/reviewed on Goodreads, you’re covered. ^-^)

Every comment on a “Seventh Spell” Launch Week post = +3 (Launch Week means new posts almost every day, so you can really rack up the points here!)

Every purchase of an e-book copy of “The Seventh Spell” = +3

Every purchase of a paperback copy of “The Seventh Spell” = +7

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!

The Prizes

#1 = Our first winner will receive an autographed print of a portrait (drawn by me) of Millyanna (as briefly introduced on last Monday’s post).

#2 = The second winner will get an autographed print of a portrait (drawn by me) of Viralei (also introduced last Monday).

#3 = Winner number three gets an autographed print of a “Seventh Spell” scene illustration, once again drawn by me. Which scene? The winner will just have to wait and see!

#4 = Another autographed print of another “Seventh Spell” scene illustration, also drawn by me, and also a surprise. (Oh, the mystery!)

#5 = The first of the most-anticipated prizes: Seven selected chapters of the “The Seventh Spell” … with author commentary! It’s just like watching a movie with the director talking over it, except it’s to read! 😀

#6 = The most coveted prize of them all: Seven selected chapters of the “The Seventh Spell”… with CHARACTER commentary! Book One’s commentary featured Villem and Sula, Book Two’s showed off Edgwyn and Rosalba; for Book Three’s commentary, the winner gets to hear from all four. Ohhh, yes, let the fireworks fly!

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You want proof? I’ll give you proof!

And then, of course, there’s #7 = The Epic Win of the giveaway. For the grand finale, I’ll draw three names from my designated raffle shoebox, and each of these three winners will have their pick of any one previous prize. AND, one of those three will also be selected to receive the Grand Prize Bonus – my very first paperback proof copy of “The Seventh Spell”, autographed. This is a first, guys: I’ve never parted with a proof copy of any of my Wilderhark Tales before. Hitherto, sentimentality wouldn’t allow it. But now, here it is, one-of-a-kind early uncorrected typos and half-done acknowledgments page and the Plan A back cover color choices and all. Congratulations, somebody!

Just leave a comment below letting me know which entries you’ve earned, and into the raffle your name goes. (Links providing evidence of your actions, where applicable, are not mandatory.) And once you’ve finished your read-through of the new Wilderhark 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 when the Launch Week fun continues with a post from a special guest all the way from Denebdeor. ^-^ ‘Til then, toodle-pip, and thanks for supporting “The Seventh Spell (Book Three of The Wilderhark Tales)”!

“Wish” or “[Three Wishes Blog Blitz]”

Today I’m participating in the Three Wishes Blog Blitz, hosted by author Juliet Madison! From the 2nd to 6th of September you’ll have the chance to win some awesome prizes at all the blogs participating in the blitz, including mine. All you have to do is follow my instructions at the end of the post for winning the prize I have on offer, and then you can click over to Juliet’s blog to enter her prize draw, and see the list of all other blogs taking part and enter their giveaways as well. How cool is that?

Why is it called the Three Wishes Blog Blitz? Juliet’s new romantic comedy release, “I Dream of Johnny”, is about three wishes, a high-tech genie in a lamp, and one very unfortunate typo that proves magic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

In honor of the three wishes theme and my fairytale novella, “The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales)” (coming on September 20th!), I’ve taken a scene from the book and thrown in a major plot detour. See what happens when Princess Rosalba and tailor Edgwyn Wyle come across an unexpected bit of magic on their adventure to find Rosalba’s spell-breaking true love!

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They rode at a swift pace for the rest of the morning and well into the afternoon, away from the town, over the border of Peasequay, and into the uninhabited western hills. With no signs of civilization as far as the eye could see, Rosalba assumed they would have to keep going for some while, perhaps even until a little after dark. But to her surprise, Edgwyn slowed them to a stop early in the evening, by a stream in the middle of nowhere.

“Is there an invisible inn here of which I know naught?” she asked, bemused.

“Yes,” Edgwyn chuckled, handing her to the ground. “The only one in all the Great Land to accept nonexistent coins as payment. I’m afraid inns are not in the budget for this trip, Princess. I bartered away nearly all I had – money, wares, hat, the lot – for more necessary things.”

“Such as what?”

“Such as— oh!” Edgwyn paused rummaging within one of his sacks, his expression askew in puzzlement. “Such as this, apparently,” he said, withdrawing his hand and, held inside it, what looked to Rosalba like a short, slender, brazen teapot.

“What exactly is that?” she asked.

Edgwyn studied the object. “I’ve not glimpsed many of them, so I can’t be sure, but it looks like it may be a lamp of the sort they use in the Far Eastern Isles. I have no idea how it ended up in my bag, and there’s no time to go back to the Faire and see it returned – not if we’re to get you to Walzscoria in time.” He sighed. “Oh, well. Since we’ve got it, surprise!” He held his hand out toward her. “I got you a lamp!”

“Just what I need for the royal ball,” said Rosalba, accepting the strange gift with an ironic shake of the head. “If only you’d accidentally made off with a pair, you might have fashioned them into dancing slippers.”

Edgwyn laughed. “You’re confusing tailors with cobblers, and cobblers with coppersmiths,” he said, staking his horse’s tether to the ground so she could graze without wandering off. “Very fashion-forward thinking of you, though. Next you’ll be commissioning slippers of glass.”

“That hardly sounds— goodness!” Rosalba broke off, letting fall the lamp as violet smoke began pouring out of the spout.

While she and Edgwyn looked on with wide eyes, the smoke billowed into the air and took on the hazy shape of a human figure, its dark form crackling with lines of light like a thundercloud.

“Thrice touched, I awaken,” the smoke creature said, its voice like tinkling bells in a whirlwind. “Three wishes I grant you. Choose swiftly, for in three minutes, I go.”

“Three threes,” said Edgwyn, raising his eyebrows at Rosalba. “It doesn’t get much more portentous than that! What will you wish for, Princess?”

“Well, now, just a moment,” she said, clamping down on her surge of excitement. “Let’s think things through.” She turned to the smoke creature. “If I wished for the immediate breakage of the spell on my kingdom, what would the consequences be?”

“No more nor less than what you wished,” the creature replied.

“Then that is my first wish – the removal of the curse on Denebdeor!”

The smoke flashed brighter. “It is done.”

“Oh, thank you, thank you!” Rosalba felt she could jump or laugh or cry for joy. “Now, what of you, Edgwyn?”

Edgwyn blinked in surprise. “What of me?”

“Come, now, you must have a wish, too. You’ve been such a great help!”

The tailor’s smile was rueful. “Not nearly as great a help as I could wish.”

“You wish to be a greater help?” the smoke creature asked.

“Careful what you say, Edgwyn,” Rosalba warned. “That would be an awfully vague wish to make.”

“Well… I don’t know.” Red and flustered, Edgwyn ran a hand through his hair. “To help you save your kingdom was my greatest wish, and now that’s done. But, oh! You still haven’t found your true love!”

Rosalba waved a hand. “No matter. I don’t need him anymore.”

“Not the same sort of need, perhaps,” said Edgwyn, “but if he is meant for you, then I would that you find each other and live happily ever after. So I wish that when you return home to Denebdeor, your true love will be there.”

Another flash. “It shall be done.”

Rosalba threw up her hands in exasperation. “You were supposed to wish for something for you!”

“I don’t want anything for me.”

“Horsefeathers! What about fame as the best tailor in the world? What about having someplace to sleep other than the grass tonight? What about your own true love – wouldn’t you like to find her?”

“Those all sound like very nice things,” Edgwyn said, nodding. “The first and third things I expect I can manage on my own, with time and effort. As for the second… well, there are worse beds than grass.”

“There is also far better,” said Rosalba, voice firm. “And if you won’t be selfish enough to wish for it, then I suppose I’ll have to be selfish on your behalf.”

Edgwyn cocked his head. “I’m not sure selfishness works that way.”

“Watch and learn,” Rosalba retorted. “I wish for you to be transported straightaway to my castle, where you shall be treated as an honored guest by my freshly disenchanted parents, with all the luxury our home has to offer, and you will enjoy yourself, Edgwyn Wyle, whether you like it or not!”

“It is done,” said the smoke creature, and with a final flash, it disappeared – and Edgwyn with it.

“Well, that’s that,” Rosalba said. She sighed. “‘That’ being what happens when you make a wish without thinking things through.”

The princess bent down to scoop up the lamp and turned to Edgwyn’s horse, who had been a remarkably calm spectator of the whole bizarre affair. “It looks like it’s just you and me for the night, Minnie. …and for however many days it takes to make it back to Denebdeor. I hope you remember the way,” she said, dropping her head into her hand, “or I’ll have just wished away the only one of us who did.”

The horse nickered and bumped Rosalba’s shoulder with her nose.

“I’ll try to take that as a reassurance,” she said, giving the horse a pat. In the next moment, she brightened. “At the very least, when I finally get there, my parents will be awaiting me – not to mention Edgwyn and my true love, whoever he’ll turn out to be! I wish… Well, never mind more wishes. I think we’ve had magic enough to last us the next hundred years, don’t you?”

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Know what I wish? That you’d enter my Three Wishes Blog Blitz giveaway! You may wish to, as well, since the delightful prizes are as follows:

One set of three signed “Stone Kingdom” bookmarks, as drawn by the lovely Yana Naumova!

One print of side-by-side portraits of Princess Rosalba and Edgwyn Wyle, as drawn by me!

One automatic entry into the raffle which shall accompany the launch of “The Stone Kingdom” on September 20th – meaning you’ll be eligible to win even more awesome stuff, including a signed paperback copy of the book!

Three sweet prizes for one lucky winner. Entry is easy – just leave a comment below! The raffle’s open internationally and closes to entry at 12pm (noon), Friday the 6th of September.

Once you’ve entered my giveaway, visit Juliet’s blog & enter her giveaway, too, and visit any or all of the other participating blogs to enter more prize draws. You could potentially win a whole heap of prizes! Good luck! Visit the official Blog Blitz post here.

*** FYI Edit: I’ll announce the prizewinner on Saturday, September 7th. (: ***

“BBF Post, Day 5” or “Famous Last Words, Part 2”

You guys, you guys, you wonderful guys! “The Swan Prince” has won a Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Award!

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For the full list of winners (which includes my name, ohmygosh!) click here! We all get lovely badges to proudly display on our blogs, and long-term linkage to our books on Amazon via the Blogger Book Fair site, and, of course, bragging rights!

But I’ll crow from a rooftop later. First, it’s time to announce the two winners of my BBF raffle! From among the legion of much-appreciated friends, fans, and strangers (I can dream) who voted me to victory, those winners are… *drumroll* *dramatic suspense* *due delay*

Alyssa Burno and Tegan Lyndsey!

Ya-a-a-ay, ladies! Each of you shall receive a signed paperback of my award-winning (!!!) novella, “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, a set of “Swan Prince” bookmarks (as designed by the insanely-talented Yana Naumova), and you shall also be the first to lay hands on the bookmark set for the upcoming Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales, “The Stone Kingdom”!

Congratulations, Alyssa and Tegan! And a big, bold, italicized, underlined, all-caps

THANK YOU

to everyone who supported me during this Blogger Book Fair week. Thanks also to Eliza Tilton, Megan S. Johnston, Aisazia, and Liss Thomas for the time and web space they shared with me during the event.

That’s all from me, folks, but the Blogger Book Fair still has the rest of the day; feel free to browse around, and everybody have a wonderful weekend!

“BBF Post, Day 5” or “Famous Last Words, Part 1”

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Dear Readers of the Near Future,

It is I, Danielle of the Recent Past. …I mean, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the present, but by the time I post this, it will be my tomorrow and your today – Friday, July 26th, fifth and final day of the Blogger Book Fair.

Since I had the good sense not to over commit myself (for a change), I’m all out of BBF-assigned swaps to share. However, thanks to idle hands being the workaholic’s playground, I couldn’t help spending a portion of the time I saved maneuvering myself onto the blog of author/editorial intern/submissions intern Rachel Russell to talk about myself (which I do when I must) and “The Swan Prince” (which I do when anyone appears even half-interested in hearing about). So I encourage you to check that out at your earliest convenience, and show Rachel just how appreciative you are of her hosting me. (:

Speaking of “The Swan Prince”, Near-Future Readers (since I predict you will appear half-interested), I’m currently awaiting tomorrow/today’s announcement of the winners of this summer’s Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards. When last I looked, I had an incredible lead. Seriously, almost “too extraordinary and improbable to be believed”. I lay in bed Monday night in distress, sure that I could never coax enough people to get me to the front of the pack, never mind crack 100 votes. Yet here we are – today for me, yesterday for you – and I actually believe that I may win this thing. It’s not over ‘til it’s over, of course. …but it’s pretty close to over! ^^

Once I’ve gotten official wind of the outcome, we’ll know whether I have one raffle winner to fill with the joy that only a “Swan Prince” paperback and two sets of Wilderhark Tales bookmarks can bring, or twice that many. Which will it be?? We’ll all just have to wait for Part Two – coming to a future nearer you than me.

“BBF Post, Day 4” or “A Hollywood Lineup with Liss Thomas!”

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It’s the penultimate day of the Blogger Book Fair!

For my final blog swap, I’ve gotten together with author Liss Thomas! To check out my interview – shared with the main characters from my novella, “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”! – hop on over to Liss’s blog. But first (or second, whichever you’d rather; I’m easy), read on below to see the dream cast of Liss’s YA fantasy novel, FINDING MONSTERS.

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Hollywood is buzzing with the blockbuster premier of Finding Monsters, starring young Elle Fanning as Missy and Ben Barnes as Charlie. If any of you have read the book you know we’re in for an action packed adventure on the big screen!

The A-List cast are lining up on the red carpet as we speak. Film Director, James Cameron has created an incredible cast to head line his next blockbuster hit.

Elle Fanning as Missy: Species – Human. Missy is a young teenage girl whose battle with cancer is running its course. Only a miracle can save her life.

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Ben Barnes as Charlie: Species – Monster of the Bullclan. Charlie’s the monster under Missy’s bed. He’s called to her several times and this time she answers him. She might be ready to face her mortality, but he will not. Their lives forever connected, they find themselves in his world, a realm of monsters.

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Vincent D’onofrio as Vrag the Devil: Species – Monster. Vrag teaches Missy a valuable lesson. You can’t win against the creatures of this world, unless one of them teaches you how to fight. Reluctantly, Vrag will become her instructor and eventually a friend.

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Tyrese Gibson as Saal: Species – Jackal from the monster realm. A ruthless jackal sent to hunt Missy down. As she quest to become a monster, her strength and power increase. He must decide which side he’s on before time runs out.

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Juaquin Phoenix as Anukhan, King of the Jackals: Species – Jackal from the monster realm. He is ruthless in his pursuit of the blue light of a select few monsters. As Missy gets closer to achieving the light, Anukhan gets closer to his devious plans. Both men and monsters will fear him.

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Liss Thomas, Author of Finding Monsters 

Liss Thomas

Liss Thomas currently lives in sunny Florida when tornados and water spouts are not popping up in her backyard. She loves Young Adult Fiction and writes fantasy in that genre. She released her debut novel Finding Monsters in October of 2012 and is planning to release the sequel, Becoming Monsters in October 2013. She also plans to release a novella from the same universe entitled, Hidden Monsters sometime this year.

Get to know her characters and her style at www.lissthomas.com

FINDING MONSTERS OPENS SOON AT AN IMAX NEAR YOU!

However, if you can’t find the movie…. which is understandable since I made it up…. You can always read the book!

Liss Thomas, Finding Monsters

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Learn more about Finding Monsters and Liss Thomas

Connect with the author below

FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/lissthomasauthor

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WEBSITE:  http://lissthomas.com/

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MY ONLINE SERIALS

HIDDEN MONSTERS:  http://lissthomas.com/serial-novels/hidden-monsters/

BEYOND PACIFICA:  http://lissthomas.com/serial-novels/beyond-pacifica/

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Thanks, Liss! Leave a comment here and/or at my guest spot on Liss’s blog for entry into my Blogger Book Fair Raffle! One lucky-duck winner will receive a free paperback copy of my fairytale novellaThe Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, a set of “Swan Prince” bookmarks, AND the bookmark set for the upcoming Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales, “The Stone Kingdom”! Today is the last day to enter! Winner announced: Tomorrow, July 26th!

AND, ALSO, ADDITIONALLY, PLUS: Sheri of the Shut Up & Read blog is hosting the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards, in which “The Swan Prince” is entered in the Fantasy/Young Adult category! To win in my category, I NEED YOUR VOTES! Winning would mean an invaluable promotional opportunity for my book, so please, I ask you – all and individually – on my knees, with whipped cream and cherries or whatever tasty thing makes you happy: Go here and cast your vote for “The Swan Prince. (You’ll find it under “Fantasy-Young Adult (3)”!)

Let me know you did so, and I’ll throw in another 5 raffle entries for you. And if your votes end up carrying me to victory (which I’ll find out sometime tomorrow) … I’m doubling my BBF raffle prize! Two names drawn, two paperbacks, two sets of “Swan Prince” and “Stone Kingdom” bookmarks! (And yes, the rules totally allow shameless campaigning for support, so I will not be above begging for the entirety of BBF week, nor will I cry foul if any of you wish to campaign on my behalf. On the contrary, I may go teary-eyed with appreciation.)

That’s all for today, kids. Come back here tomorrow for the final day of the Blogger Book Fair!

“BBF Post, Day 2” or “A Spotlight on Megan S. Johnston!”

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It’s Day Two of the Blogger Book Fair!

Today I’m spotlighting author Megan S. Johnston, who has in turn posted a review of my book on her blog! For Megan’s thoughts on my novella “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, hop on over to her blog. But first (or second, whichever you’d rather; I’m easy), read on below for a description of Megan’s paranormal romance, TRANSITION.

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Transition, The Chimera Hunter Series

The Chimera a race so old, the humans relegated them as a myth. The Gods feared the Chimeras’ powers; they believed they were a deadly race, with physical abilities beyond belief. So, they split their race in half condemning them to wander the earth, searching for their other half to be complete. Without their sodalis, each was destined to live life without dreams, without love, without hope. The future rested on finding their one true mate for life.

SHELBY O’NEIL has led a solitary life with her parents. So when she goes to school at Washington State University, she believes her life has just begun. Now in her second year, the dreams begin. She dreams with the same man, night after night for months. When her dream world becomes her reality, and her life becomes a danger zone, she quickly learns to trust the one man who has thrown her into this new and dangerous world.

DEVELON COLE is Chimera and his race has been on earth as long as humans. His people are desperate to find their one true mate for life, and Develon has just found his, in the small college town of Pullman Washington. His goal is to protect her against the hunter’s and guide her into who she was always destined to be, his sodalis, his mate.

Megan S. Johnston

Author Bio

Megan S. Johnston is a freelance writer and entrepreneur living in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to writing fiction, she runs several family-owned and operated businesses, which she started over twenty years ago. She is an avid reader of paranormal romance and a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. She has four children and seven grandchildren and lives with her husband and two dogs in Woodinville, Washington. Transition is her début novel.

Social Media Links:

website: www.MeganSJohnston.com

blog: www.MeganSJohnston.wordpress.com

twitter: www.twitter.com/MeganSJohnston1

goodreads: www.goodreads.com/MeganSJohnston1

facebook: www.facebook.com/MeganSJohnston

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Thanks, Megan! Leave a comment here and/or at my guest spot on Megan’s blog for entry into my Blogger Book Fair Raffle! One lucky-duck winner will receive a free paperback copy of my fairytale novellaThe Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, a set of Swan Prince” bookmarks, AND the bookmark set for the upcoming Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales, “The Stone Kingdom”! Last day to enter: Thursday, July 25th. Winner announced: Friday, July 26th!

AND, ALSO, ADDITIONALLY, PLUS: Sheri of the Shut Up & Read blog is hosting the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards, in which “The Swan Prince” is entered in the Fantasy/Young Adult category! To win in my category, I NEED YOUR VOTES! Winning would mean an invaluable promotional opportunity for my book, so please, I ask you – all and individually – on my knees, with whipped cream and cherries or whatever tasty thing makes you happy: Go here and cast your vote for “The Swan Prince. (You’ll find it in the “Fantasy-Young Adult (3)” drop-down box.)

Let me know you did so, and I’ll throw in another 5 raffle entries for you. And if your votes end up carrying me to victory … I’m doubling my BBF raffle prize! Two names drawn, two paperbacks, two sets of “Swan Prince” and “Stone Kingdom” bookmarks! (And yes, the rules totally allow shameless campaigning for support, so I will not be above begging for the entirety of BBF week, nor will I cry foul if any of you wish to campaign on my behalf. On the contrary, I may go teary-eyed with appreciation.)

That’s all for today, kids. Come back tomorrow for more Blogger Book Fair fun!

“BBF Post, Day 1” or “An Illustrated Excerpt with Eliza Tilton!”

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The Blogger Book Fair … has begun!

To kick things off, around here, I’ve partnered up with author Eliza Tilton to share a set of brief excerpts from our respective books, enhanced with a few thousand words’ worth of pictures! For my illustrated selection from “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, hop on over to Eliza’s blog. But first (or second, whichever you’d rather; I’m easy), read on below for a taste of Eliza’s YA fantasy through Curiosity Quills Press, BROKEN FOREST.

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Book Blurb:

Hopeless he’ll never be more than the boy who didn’t save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.

And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.

So many things inspired BROKEN FOREST, but there are a few specifics that sparked the creative setting.

About eight years ago, my husband went to Spain with his art class. When his camera broke, he decided to paint everything he saw in watercolor. When I saw one of his pieces, I fell in love. Unfortunately, we don’t have one handy, but here’s where HIS inspiration came from.

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This is Casa Batllo in Barcelona Spain, designed by the insanely talented Gaudi. I loved the architecture. It reminded me of gingerbread houses and I knew I had to use it for a setting in the book. Here’s an excerpt:

Derrick and I headed towards the crowded market. The air smelled of fresh bread, reminding me of home. Houses made of green and orange mosaics with curved archways and round windows loomed on each side of the cobblestone street. Roofs resembling dragon scales created a unique architecture.

While we walked, I rolled one of my marbles in my hand. I didn’t trust anyone and this place seemed so otherworldly. Every townsfolk seemed either strong and tall, or lithe and beautiful. Women dressed in bright colors, filled the street. I’d never seen so much color in one place. I caught the sight of a girl with mesmerizing green eyes. Derrick said something, but I was locked in her hypnotic gaze and voluptuous chest.

I’ve always loved masquerades. There’s something mysterious and exciting about wearing masks and dressing in beautiful gowns. If you’ve ever seen the movie Labyrinth (if not, you really should), you might recognize this scene. The masquerade ball in BROKEN FOREST was my favorite scene to write. Here’s an excerpt:

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In my silver shoes, I stepped on the sparkling marble and walked through the parted guests. At the end of the line, I saw Lucino. My heart fluttered. His pants and shirt were the color of midnight, and a long scarlet cape draped his back. He wore an ivory mask that covered almost every part of his face, except his mouth, eyes and left cheek. His sapphire eyes blazed from the two holes. No man could ever look as regal, as daring.

Avikar’s horse is named Brushfire. This picture is exactly how I imagined her. I’ll let the excerpt tell the rest.

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The wagons surrounded the site in a semi-circle. Sweat pooled in my palms. I had to take out the guards closest to that entrance. If I failed, so did the mission.

Get a grip.

I clenched the arrow in my right hand. Brushfire shifted nervously, sensing my fear. I rubbed her neck. I felt safer with her. She’d been with me since Jimri’s death. At night when the nightmares taunted me, I’d sneak out, riding until dawn forced us home. I’d rescued her from the burning woods, she’d rescued me from despair—Today, I prayed both of us would make it out alive.

Eliza Tilton

Eliza Tilton is the author of the YA Fantasy, BROKEN FOREST, published by Curiosity Quills Press. You can find her blogging about video games and writing on her blog and doing bi-weekly posts on author media over at YAStands.

She graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull. Twitter / Tumblr / Website  / Pinterest / Facebook

 

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Thank you, Eliza! Leave a comment here and/or at my guest spot on Eliza’s blog for entry into my Blogger Book Fair Raffle! One lucky-duck winner will receive a free paperback copy of my fairytale novellaThe Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, a set of “Swan Prince” bookmarks, AND the bookmark set for the upcoming Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales, “The Stone Kingdom”! Last day to enter: Thursday, July 25th. Winner announced: Friday, July 26th!

AND, ALSO, ADDITIONALLY, PLUS: Sheri of the Shut Up & Read blog is hosting the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards, in which “The Swan Prince” is entered in the Fantasy/Young Adult category! To win in my category, I NEED YOUR VOTES! Winning would mean an invaluable promotional opportunity for my book, so please, I ask you – all and individually – on my knees, with whipped cream and cherries or whatever tasty thing makes you happy: Go here and cast your vote for “The Swan Prince. You’ll find it under “Fantasy-Young Adult (3)”!

Let me know you did so, and I’ll throw in another 5 raffle entries for you. And if your votes end up carrying me to victory … I’m doubling my BBF raffle prize! Two names drawn, two paperbacks, two sets of “Swan Prince” and “Stone Kingdom” bookmarks! (And yes, the rules totally allow shameless campaigning for support, so I will not be above begging for the entirety of BBF week, nor will I cry foul if any of you wish to campaign on my behalf. On the contrary, I may go teary-eyed with appreciation.)

That’s all for today, kids. Come back tomorrow for the Blogger Book Fair, Day 2!

“Grand” or “Giveaway Tease, Part 3”

Only one more day until the release of my fairytale novella, “The Swan Prince (Book One of the Wilderhark Tales)”!!! And we’re going to celebrate with a week-long extravaganza!

Starting on launch day (TOMORROW, May 31st), I’m hosting a big ol’ raffle-type giveaway here on the Ever On Word blog. I call it “Seven Swans a-Winning”. (What can I say? “The 12 Days of Christmas” is one of my all-time favorite carols.)

Everyone will be given oodles of chances to win exclusive, custom-made (by moi!), totally-boss-sauce prizes – a different winner every day for seven days straight! – 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 Swan Prince” 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 Swan Prince” = 3

Every purchase of a paperback copy of “The Swan Prince” = 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). Provide the interview questions and/or topic you’d like me 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 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!

To recap the prizes for Days One through Six of the giveaway:

Day One = A signed print of “Swan Prince”-related flash fiction word art!

Day Two = A signed print of two Danielle E. Shipley-original Sigmund drawings!

Day Three = A signed print of two Danielle E. Shipley-original Sula drawings!

Day Four = A signed print of two Danielle E. Shipley-original Villem drawnings!

Day Five = Seven selected chapters of “The Swan Prince” with author commentary!

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

How in the world could I top any of that for Day Seven? This calls for a “higher in rank or importance” prize. It’s time to go all out.

This, with my name scrawled in it.
This, with my name scrawled in it.

On Day Seven, we’ll have three winners.

Yes. I totally typed it, and I totally mean it. Three winners, one day.

And each of these three winners will have their pick of any one of the previous prizes.

AND, one of those three – selected at random, just like I’ll have been selecting winners all along – will also get (ready for more one more instance of emboldened font?) a free, autographed paperback copy of “The Swan Prince.

How’s that for a grand prize?! 😀

It all starts tomorrow, people. May 31st. Release day for “The Swan Prince”.

Let’s blow the roof off this thing, what say?

And speaking of princes and release days… there’s a blog fest going on in celebration of author Rachel Morgan’s new book, THE FAERIE PRINCE (second novel in the Creepy Hollow series), which releases today! (More details on that at the end of this post.)

Faerie Prince blog fest button

How’s the fest work? Easy breezy: Any day between today and June 2nd (although today, as “The Faerie Prince”s release day, is best), display the snazzy button, join up on the list o’ links, and tell everyone who your favorite fairy tale prince/hero is and why.

No way I’m missing out on that action!

Frog Princess Cover

There are a heck-ton of beloved princes I could name (Aladdin! Allyn-a-Dale! Jonathan, son of Saul!), but I’m going to go with one of the first literary princes I ever truly adored, Prince Eadric from E.D. Baker’s “The Frog Princess.

He’s cute, funny, a sweet and supportive friend/more-than-friend to the heroine of the series, and I’m pretty sure he played a part in inspiring my favorite prince I ever wrote (coming not-nearly-soon-enough-to-suit-me to “The Wilderhark Tales”). So here’s to you, Eadric, and to all the awesome princes out there!

Check out the info below for more on Rachel Morgan’s newly-released book. And come back here tomorrow for the grand release of “THE SWAN PRINCE”!!!

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It’s release day for The Faerie Prince, the second novel in the Creepy Hollow series! Woohoo! If you’re keen to read it, you can find it at the following places online:

Guardian trainee Violet
Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of
her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human
into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate
if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything
would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend,
ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up
their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover
with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane
Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many
specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of
his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated
not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and
graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.

In celebration, The Faerie Guardian is on sale for a limited time!
**GIVEAWAY**

There will be a giveaway running from now until the end of the blog tour (Sun 9 June). A giveaway where FOUR people could win something! The prizes are a signed copy of The Faerie Prince (or The Faerie Guardian, should the winner prefer that), an Amazon gift card, a mini book pendant and necklace, and a Creepy Hollow pin badge. Check out the pic below!

Giveaway is open internationally

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“Commentary” or “Giveaway Tease, Part 2”

Two days until the release of my fairytale novella, “The Swan Prince (Book One of the Wilderhark Tales)”!!! And we’re going to celebrate with a week-long extravaganza!

Starting on launch day (May 31st), I’m hosting a big ol’ raffle-type giveaway here on the Ever On Word blog. I call it “Seven Swans a-Winning”. (What can I say? “The 12 Days of Christmas” is one of my all-time favorite carols.)

Everyone will be given oodles of chances to win exclusive, custom-made (by moi!), totally-boss-sauce prizes – a different winner every day for seven days straight! – 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 Swan Prince” 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 Swan Prince” = 3

Every purchase of a paperback copy of “The Swan Prince” = 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). Provide the interview questions and/or topic you’d like me 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 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!

In yesterday’s post, I told you about the prizes that’ll go out to the winners of giveaway days 1 through 4. Today, we preview prizes 5 and 6.

Any movie-watchers out there enjoy a good director’s and/or actors’ commentary every now and again? I’ve certainly been known to. It’s fun to learn what all was going through the art-maker’s heads during the aforementioned making of aforesaid art.

Can you guess where I’m going with this?

That’s right: Day Five’s winner will receive an author “series of comments, explanations, or annotations”! Seven selected chapters from “The Swan Prince”, with my revealing innermost thoughts alongside them. Where did I come up with the names for people and places? Which scenes were late additions to the story, and which scenes never made it in? What in the world was I thinking when…? Most of the world may never know, but the owner of this special prize shall!

But hey – y’know what’s even cooler than notes from the person who wrote the book? How about a dialogue from the people who lived the book?

Made by hand with tender love and care. ^-^
Made by hand with tender love and care. ^-^

“*Gasp* You don’t mean…?!

I do indeed! The prize for Day Six is a CHARACTER commentary! Same seven selected “Swan Prince” chapters, now picked apart by a pair of the main characters looking back on the story from just beyond its end, taking the reader deeper into their not-so-private thoughts than ever before! (Heck, I learned new stuff just by transcribing the conversation, and I’m supposed to know virtually everything!) This is the kind of gem you normally have to be a part of my club of mostly imaginary friends to have access to, and I can’t wait to ship it into the hands of a very lucky someone!

Thus concludes today’s preview of the awesomeness to come. Tune in for another tease tomorrow, as we continue counting down until May 31st… RELEASE DAY!

“Prints” or “Giveaway Tease, Part 1”

Three days until the release of my fairytale novella, “The Swan Prince (Book One of the Wilderhark Tales)”!!! And we’re going to celebrate with a week-long extravaganza!

Starting on launch day (May 31st), I’m hosting a big ol’ raffle-type giveaway here on the Ever On Word blog. I call it “Seven Swans a-Winning”. (What can I say? “The 12 Days of Christmas” is one of my all-time favorite carols.)

Everyone will be given oodles of chances to win exclusive, custom-made (by moi!), totally-boss-sauce prizes – a different winner every day for seven days straight! – 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 Swan Prince” 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 Swan Prince” = 3

Every purchase of a paperback copy of “The Swan Prince” = 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). Provide the interview questions and/or topic you’d like me 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 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!

Winning what?” you ask. Well, for starters, I’ve got prints!

PRINCE?!” Alas, no, but let’s call it the next best thing – “designs or pictures printed from an engraved plate, wood block, or other medium”.

Day One’s winner will get an autographed print of word art, the words being a piece of “Swan Prince”-related flash fiction, done up all pretty and colorful and begging to framed on your wall.

The prints for the next three days will be practically twofer deals: Side-by-side, autographed images of character drawings in their original sketch and colored forms.

Oh, wow! You mean the artist who did your gorgeous book cover—?!

A tantalizing glimpse at what could be yours to own and show off to all your houseguests!
A tantalizing glimpse at what could be yours to own and show off to all your houseguests!

No, not art by Yana Naumova; art by Danielle E. Shipley! …which is not as spectacular as Yana’s work, I’m the first to admit, but c’mon, it’s the author’s characters as drawn by the author! That’s gotta count for at least a couple cool points, right?

Day Two’s winner gets the Sigmund print.

Day Three, the Sula print.

Day Four, the Villem print.

Thus concludes today’s preview of the awesomeness to come. Tune in for another tease tomorrow, as we continue counting down until May 31st… RELEASE DAY!