One for the Logophiles

Quick word from our sponsor (…so, basically me):

Surrogate Sea 99 Cents

For a limited time, the Kindle e-book for “The Surrogate Sea” is on sale for $0.99!

That’s right, because I want to make it easier on everyone to get all caught up on their Wilderhark Tales before Book 6.5 launches on July 7th (though it’s totally already available to order here, here, and here), Book Six can be on your e-reader for just 99 cents. Run, don’t walk! The deal only carries through Monday, July 6th. (Which, incidentally, is also the last day to enter my Goodreads giveaway for “The Sky-Child and Other Stories”.)

And speaking of “Surrogate Sea”… *segues into regularly scheduled blog post*


A short while back, I came across this BuzzFeed article full of “-phile” words (y’know, that suffix from the Greek, denoting the meaning “lover of”) quite fetchingly displayed on accompanying images.

Me being a logophile (i.e., a word lover – and heck yes, the BuzzFeed piece included that one), I naturally enjoyed scrolling through the article’s offerings. Me also being Danielle E. Shipley, the crazy cat character lady, I just as naturally thought about which of the words might apply to which people in my head. And once I started seeing them, I realized to my delight that connections to my most recently published Wilderhark Tale were everywhere!

So here now, for your visual and linguistic pleasure, are the words most befitting the cast of “The Surrogate Sea”!

Word Love, Thalassophile

With his passion for the Great Sea, “thalassaophile” most befits the Wind of South, Austeryn.

Word Love, Pluviophile

Of course, given that Austeryn is the Sky’s rain-bringer, the word “pluviophile” also applies.

While we’re on the topic of winds, behold those best suited to Aquinore, the chionophilic Wind of the North, and Euroval, ceraunophilic Wind of the East. Frigid cold and thunder/lightning storms, respectively, are what they love best of all.

Word Love, Chionophile

Word Love, Ceraunophile

Queen Laraspur and I share a trait in common: We are both selenophiles, infatuated with the magical Moon.

Word Love, Selenophile

The Moon himself, meanwhile, is the astrophilic keeper of the stars.

Word Love, Astrophile

But even more than moon- and starlight, Lumónd adores the night. Above all, the Moon is a nyctophile.

Word Love, Nyctophile

Unsurprisingly, this stands in stark contrast to his elder brother, for Raeóryn’s first love will ever be the light. The Sun = hardcore photophile.

Word Love, Photophile

Meanwhile, on the earth below, Ionquin Wyle reveals himself to have become deeply fond of passing time among the trees of Wilderhark Forest. Like me, then, the prince is a dendrophile.

Word Love, Dendrophile

And I couldn’t see this picture and not think of dear old Edgwyn Wyle. He’s been more or less a lifelong hippophile – as one might guess from his insistence on sharing his “Stone Kingdom” bookmark portrait with his horse. X)

Word Love, Hippophile

Surrogate Sea cover, front

For even more enchanting word pinups, check out the full BuzzFeed collection. And to be further enchanted by the newest Wilderhark Tale, make sure to get your paperbacks and/or 99-cent e-books of “The Surrogate Sea. Gotta be all caught up before Book 6.5 releases next week, right? ;D

More Wilderhark Launch News!

It’s the last day of Launch Week for “The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)”. (Have you bought your copy(ies) yet? All retail links conveniently grouped here.) That means one more day of fun new guest posts going live on my virtual book tour’s blog stops. (Full tour schedule to be found here.) It’s also the last day to enter my giveaway (details likewise found here), so rack up those raffle points while you can!

Surrogate Sea Launch Week Tour Pics, Novella

Now, hold onto your hats, ‘cause I’ve got an announcement for you. (Are you hat-holding? Don’t blame me if the winds blow them off. Those of you who’ve already devoured your copies of “The Surrogate Sea” know quite well what winds are like.)

I’ve mentioned here and there that the next, second-to-last book in the Wilderhark Tales series will be not a full novella, but a collection of shorter stories. Now I’m excited to tell you that there’s another source of Wilderhark short stories coming your way.

Launching today, it’s Channillo, a brand new digital publishing platform for series of short stories, essays, articles, book chapters, journals, poetry… and what shall hereby be known as The Wilderhark Talettes!

Think of Channillo like a magazine, except you get to pick and choose which regular features you want included in your subscription. Quoting Channillo:

[We are] a place for avid readers to enjoy high quality and original work on an ad-free platform … Membership plans start at just $2.59/month. Channillo pays each writer (or chosen charity) based on the number of members subscribed to their series. By subscribing to Channillo series you are directly supporting your favorite writers!

Wilderhark Talettes

So here’s the deal, y’all: Subscribe to my Wildehark Talettes series today, and it will not only get you a new short story based in the Wilderhark world once a month (how awesome is that?!), it’ll also earn you another 10 raffle points in the “Surrogate Sea” Launch Week Giveaway! **Just let me know with a declaration of “Subscribed!” in the comments below.** Feel free, of course, to browse Channillo to see what other series on offer strike your fancy. And fellow writer-types, if you’d like to start up a Channillo series of your own, you can apply just like I did, and if they approve your proposal, you’re in!

/End announcement. Thanks to everyone who’s so far made Launch Week for “The Surrogate Sea” such a grand one! And if/once you’ve had the chance to read the book, I’d super-duper-so-very-much appreciate it if you’d leave a review on the retail sites. ❤ in advance for taking the time.

Shooting the Breeze (Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell)

“From the stage that brought you Will & Allyn’s Interactive Theatre,” Allyn-a-Dale proclaims before the curtain, “here’s Ever On Word’s original talk show, Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell.”

Danielle whipped up a logo for me, because she is awesome first class.

The curtain rises, the studio audience applauds, and Will Scarlet himself walks smiling and waving onto the bright, cozy set.

“Hullo, everyone! Let’s jump right into it, shall we?” Leading by example, he hops into his armchair. “Allyn, who is our guest character today?”

As the guest enters from the other side of the stage, Allyn says, “Our author describes her thus:

The youngest and fairest of the four winds of Welken. While her brothers are known for their stormy strength and cruelty, Vesparya employs a lighter touch – though perhaps one no less powerful. While winds can take any physical form they wish, that of the West will most often appear as a tall, voluptuous young woman, auburn hair breezing all around her, eyes a mesmerizing golden-green.

“Welcome, Vesparya!” Will greets the figure floating above the chair across from his own. “So glad you could join me. First things first – I think I’m in love with you.”

Allyn coughs off-camera. “That wasn’t a question, Will.”

Vesparya’s laugh trills ‘round the stage. “Of course you’re in love with me. I’m the West Wind! You’d need to have no heart to avoid me stealing it – if you can call it stealing when a thing throws itself willingly into your hand.”

A question, Will,” Allyn reminds him, when the host does nothing but smile dizzily.

“Hmm? Yes. A question. Will you marry me?”

Allyn groans.

“Marriage,” Vesparya says contemplatively, drifting side to side over the seat cushion. “That’s not the sort of thing a wind will often do. Austeryn – the South Wind, you know – he’s the only one of us who’s yet bothered with such a long-term commitment. And even in his case, it’s not with a human. He would consider that beneath him.”

Will looks stricken. “Do you share that outlook?”

“Oh, heavens, no,” she says, her smile summer-sky bright. “I love humans! You’re so… well, the first word that comes to mind is ‘easy’.”

“Some more than others,” Allyn mutters, scarcely louder than Will Scarlet’s panting.

“True,” the wind agrees with a sigh. “All too true. I don’t know what enchantment’s touched Denebdeor or whether there’s something in the water, but I’ll swear I’ve never met a heart sturdier than that of a Wyle. Not one of them has thrown themselves at me, and we’ve kept in contact for almost six years!” She blinks wide eyes. “If I knew no better, I’d fear I was losing my touch.”

“Why in the world is your touch so intoxicating?” Will asks, close to falling out of his seat as he drinks deep of Vesparya’s air.

She wafts in circles around her chair. “It’s just what I’m made of – who I am – same as any of the world’s elements are who they are. I really couldn’t help it if I wished to. And why would I? It’s a delight to delight! All power knows there are winds enough to bring unpleasantness into the world. I count it as bliss to counter that wherever I may.”

“That is so great,” Will says drunkenly. “So, hey. You wanna kiss me?”

Vesparya cocks her head. “Aren’t you supposed to ask me something about secrets?”

“Mm? Why? Have you got any?”

“Not really,” she says, shrugging. “That’s more Austeryn’s department, too.”

“Well, there you have it! No choice but to kiss! And to maybe have each other’s babies!”

Vesparya breaks into aerial loops of laughter. “Ah, Will Scarlet, you most amusing man! Here, funny thing – have your kiss.” With that, she places her lips to her palm, and blows a breath of perfumed air across the stage. His smile almost too big for his face, Will drops like a sack of bricks to the floor.

“Dear me,” says Vesparya. “There’s easy, and there’s an endangerment to one’s one health. Perhaps I’d best be off before he bursts something vital.”

“Good of you,” Allyn says appreciatively, crossing over to Will’s side. While the West Wind vanishes from visibility, nothing but the rippling of the stage’s curtain to mark her path off the set, Allyn gives Will’s cheeks a few gentle whacks. “Come now. Pull yourself together. We’ve got to wrap this thing up properly.”

Will mumbles something that we’ll choose to interpret as, “Quite right, Allyn. How ‘bout a quick word from our sponsor?”

Returning to his post, Allyn announces, “Today’s embarrassment— ahem, I mean Kiss & Tell segment, was brought to you by Danielle E. Shipley’s newly-released fairytale novella, ‘The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)’, the Launch Week celebration of which is detailed in this post.

Surrogate Sea cover, front

The Sea’s storm brought them together, and the Sea’s rules will keep them apart, unless the mute but melodious Muirigan can find another to take her place, freeing her to pursue the human man she loves. But when her plan collides with the schemes of the sly South Wind, a princess’s agenda to look for love in all the most fantastic places, and a prince whose head and heart have been long years at war, the result is a tragedy of errors from which the world might never recover.

“Thank you, Allyn,” Will says from the floor. “Thanks also to you, beautiful wind, wherever you’ve flown. And thank you, audience of mine. Remember, authors – if your characters would like to appear on the show, simply follow the guidelines provided in this post, and we’ll get them on the schedule. ‘Til next time, lovelies: Scarlet out!”

Wilderhark Six Launches Out to Sea

Happy book birthday to “The Surrogate Sea”!

We’ve got a big Launch Week ahead of us, thanks not least to the number of topnotch bloggers who’ve been so good as to volunteer as hosts for my virtual book tour. See the end of this post for the full schedule, and be sure to check out all the tour stops as they go live so you don’t miss out on any of the special features!

Where to Get the Book

Surrogate Sea Launch Week Tour Pics, Novella

Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales novellas is available to purchase in both paperback (Amazon and CreateSpace) and e-book (Kindle and Nook). If you haven’t ordered your copy(ies) yet, now’s the perfect time – because, as always, you’ll not only get a fantastic story, but those purchases will get you raffle points in my weeklong giveaway!

What You Could Win

One set of all 3 “Surrogate Sea” portrait bookmarks (as designed by Wilderhark artist extraordinaire, Yana Naumova)


One set of 6 Wilderhark banner bookmarks (as seen in descending order among my blog’s sidebar miscellany)


One super-special, limited edition, behind-the-scenes “Surrogate Sea Word-Sketch Book”, featuring not only all of the cool content shared throughout the blog tour, but also artwork created by the one and only Tirzah Duncan and yours truly.

Surrogate Sea Launch Week Tour Pics, Giveaway

How to Enter

Buy a copy of “Surrogate Sea”, print or e-book = 10 raffle points

Buy a copy of any other Wilderhark Tale, print or e-book = 10 raffle points

Buy a copy of any other title with my name on it (Inspired, One More Day, Legends and Lore, Toll of Another Bell) = 10 raffle points

Surrogate Sea and Me 1

– Review “Surrogate Sea” on Amazon / B&N / Goodreads / Your Blog = 7 points for each instance

– Change your social media profile pic to the “Surrogate Sea” cover for the week (Tuesday through Monday) = 7 points

– Share/Tweet about “Surrogate Sea”s launch = 1 point for each time

– Share/RT any “Surrogate Sea”-related post I tag with: *Share/RT for entry in #WilderharkTales6 giveaway!* = 1 for each time

*** And don’t forget to let me know – via Facebook, Twitter, or the comments below – when you’ve earned an entry, so I can make sure to keep all your points tallied! ***

Blog Tour Schedule

Follow along with these fine blogger friends!

Thursday, March 19th =

Jodi L. Milner, Author (Spotlight)

Tuesday, March 24th =

Book Marauder (Spotlight)

D. Lee Jortner (Author Interview)

The Flight Reflex (Guest Post)

Shout with Emaginette (Guest Post)

Wednesday, March 25th =

The Black Hound’s Daughter (Letter from Author to Character)

Laney McMann (Flash Fiction)

Thursday, March 26th =

A Drip of Truth (Flash Fiction)

Dreaming Awake (Character Profile)

The Ink Caster (Character Interview)

Rie Sheridan Rose – The Bardabee Poet (Letter from Character to Author)

Friday, March 27th =

Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Flash Fiction)

The Feather and the Rose (Author Interview)

Scribbler’s Sojourn (Poem)

Saturday, March 28th =

Flame Writer (Character Interview)

Four Thousand Words (Author Interview)

YA Chit Chat (Character Profile)

Sunday, March 29th =

Mere Joyce (Spotlight)

The Parasite Guy (Character Profile)

Monday, March 30th =

Julie Antonovich Reece (Flash Fiction)

OriginiquEquanimity (Guest Post)

Ravenhart (Guest Post, Author Interview)

Rewan Tremethick (Author Interview)