The Author, the Prince, and the Wind

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Once upon a time, an author looked up to discover that, high goodness, it was that time of year already: The annual, magical Fairy Tale Fortnight was once again come to its host blogs, The Book Rat and A Backwards Story.

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Speaking of glass slippers… Image via (and the original watercolor created by / up for grabs courtesy of) Misty from The Book Rat.

Enamored with fairytales as she was, the author simply had to get in on the event. And as aforesaid event happened to fall right around the time she released the latest in her series of fairytale mash-up novellas, it was clear as a glass slipper what the author should do: Offer a pair of fun author/character chat vignettes and a giveaway tied-in to her new book!

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

And that book is, of course, “The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)”.

Surrogate Sea cover, front

With a little cooperation from my South Wind and the Crown Prince of Denebdeor, I put together a couple of “Inspired”-style interview posts for the entertainment of the fairytale-loving community. You’ll find them here and here, along with a giveaway offering one lucky winner a set of signed bookmarks + a limited-edition “Surrogate Sea Word-Sketch Book” + a paperback copy of “The Surrogate Sea”! You’ve got ‘til the 22nd to enter. Enjoy, and good luck!

And for those of you in a fairytale mood, I hope you’ll check out/subscribe to the new series I’ve begun on Channillo.com, The Wilderhark Talettes! The first of my monthly short stories is up now (all new, and all about a young Edgwyn Wyle, squee!), with the next story comin’ atcha two weeks from today. ^_^

The Storm of the South (“Surrogate Sea” Bookmark Giveaway)

One week* ‘til the launch of “The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)”!

*(Though, WHEE! You can totally order it early! Like, NOW! Pre-order the Kindle e-book here! Or the paperback here or here! Or the Nook e-book here!)

Also known as, a perfect day to show off a little Wilderhark swag, a quickie peek at a related snippet from the book, and – oh, yeah – let you know that, this week only, in honor of the upcoming release of Book Six, you can get the Kindle e-book of Book Five for just 99 cents!

That’s right – “The Sun’s Rival” Kindle e-book can be yours (or your friends’, or their friends’…!) at a delightfully discounted $0.99. Because while Book Six can absolutely be enjoyed on its own, the series is best experienced from start to end. ^_^ Spread the word!

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And now, brought to you by the talented hand of Wilderhark Artist Yana Naumova, here’s the bringer of rain and master of guile, Austeryn, Wind of the South!

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The expression on Austeryn’s face was impossible to read. “My daughter has fallen in love with Ionquin Wyle?”

“Yes, after she saved him from her storm, the other day.”

“So you have taken her place…”

“That’s right,” Liliavaine said, bracing herself as the wind drew forward, in case he intended another wrathful attack.

But on the contrary, Austeryn only clasped his liquid-and-air hands to her shoulders, his lips stretched into a seemingly delighted smile. “Thank you, Liliavaine. You have done both Muirigan and me a great service.”

Liliavaine ducked her head. “I am pleased to hear it, though I confess I agreed to my part in this with little thought to charity. I only wished to be the Sea that I might…” Shyness tinged her cheeks pink before she finished, “That I might seek a love.”

“Seek a love?” Austeryn chuckled. “That would be an awkward thing. You’re already married.”

Liliavaine’s head jerked up, her eyes round with shock and brows knitted in confusion. “Married?! No I’m not! To whom??”

Ticking off the points on his fingers, Austeryn replied, “Item one, yes, married. Item two, yes you are. Item three…” He smiled. “To me.”

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“The Surrogate Sea” in its entirety officially launches Tuesday, March 24. In the meantime, who’d like to win a bookmark with the Austeryn portrait shown here? There are five ways to enter the giveaway:

1) Order your copy of “The Surrogate Sea” via any of the links shared at the beginning of this post, and comment here with the word, “Ordered!”

2) Add “The Surrogate Sea” to your Goodreads shelf and comment here with the word, “Added!”

3) Order your 99-cent Kindle e-copy of “The Sun’s Rival” (or, if you already own the e-book, gift one to somebody! Or both! Still just 99 cents!), and comment here with, “Just bought Book 5!”

4) Comment here with your answer to the question, “What is your favorite kind of weather and why?”

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And/or 5) Incidentally, it’s the 1-year anniversary of INSPIRED! ^o^ So, leave your favorite quote from the book below, and it’s a giveaway entry, yo!

One winner will be selected at random and contacted over the weekend. Best of luck to all entrants!

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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.

The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)

“The Surrogate Sea, more than any other Wilderhark tale to date, takes the heartstrings and pulls them out from under you. There is fury, ecstasy, heartache, and resignation to be found within these pages beautifully bound up in true love and tragedy as only Ms. Shipley can.” – early praise from reader Chelsea de la Cruz

The Princess and the Sea (“Surrogate Sea” Bookmark Giveaway)

Two weeks* ‘til the launch of “The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)”!

*(Though, WHEE! The Kindle e-book is available for pre-order NOW!)

Also known as, a perfect day to show off a little Wilderhark swag and a quickie peek at a related snippet from the book. ;D Brought to you by the talented hand of Wilderhark Artist Yana Naumova, here are (left to right) Muirigan, daughter of wind and water, and Princess Liliavaine of Denebdeor!

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Muirigan shook her head sorrowfully. I cannot survive beyond the reach of my greater self.

I cannot leave.

Unless… Muirigan turned to Liliavaine, her eyes alight with some new hope.

“Unless what?”

Unless I were not the Great Sea, she wrote.

Unless someone else were the Sea.

Someone like you.

“Me?” The human princess gaped. “But that’s absurd. One does not simply wake up one morning and decide to become the sea!”

True, Muirigan agreed.

But the Sea can decide to pass her greater self onto another.

That is how I became the Great Sea, and how Mother became the Great Sea before me.

Everything must die, but there must always be a Sea.

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“The Surrogate Sea” in its entirety launches Tuesday, March 24. In the meantime, who’d like to win a bookmark with the portrait of Muirigan and Liliavaine shown here? There are two ways to enter the giveaway:

1) Pre-order your Kindle e-copy of “The Surrogate Sea” and comment here with the word, “Pre-ordered!”

2) Add “The Surrogate Sea” to your Goodreads shelf and comment here with the word, “Added!”

And/or 3) Comment here with your answer to the question, “If you could wake up as anyone different, just for a day or three, who would you choose and why?”

One winner will be selected at random and contacted over the weekend. Best of luck to all entrants!

Book Banner, Surrogate Sea

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.

The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)

“Seriously. These books just keep getting better and better! Danielle Shipley has…written a book that totally tugged at my heartstrings and made me love her characters more and more!” – early praise from reader Emerald Barnes

The Prince and the Forest (“Surrogate Sea” Bookmark Giveaway)

Three weeks ‘til the launch of “The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)”! Also known as, a perfect day to show off a little Wilderhark swag, a quickie peek at a related snippet from the book, and – oh, yeah – let you know that, this week only, in honor of the upcoming release of Book Six, you can get the Kindle e-book of Book Three for just 99 cents!

That’s right – “The Seventh Spell” Kindle e-book can be yours (or your friends’, or their friends’…!) at a delightfully discounted $0.99. Because while Book Six can absolutely be enjoyed on its own, the series is best experienced from start to end. ^_^ Spread the word!

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And now, brought to you by the talented hand of Wilderhark Artist Yana Naumova, here’s the dreamy Crown Prince of Denebdeor, Ionquin Wyle!

Ionquin, art gallery size

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The sky was still the pearly gray of predawn when the prince stepped beneath the canopy of leaves. Almost at once, a sense of calm began to settle over him, the undercurrent of unrest carried within him for what felt like a lifetime now melting into the shadows. After a period of unhurried walking, Ionquin simply stood, head tipped back and eyes closed, content to breathe in the air saturated with quiet and stillness and that near-inexpressible essence of the woods – what he’d come to refer to as “the time of the trees”.

When his eyes opened, they were met by those of an even deeper, greener hue than their own, gazing from a face which seemed somehow both older and younger than it looked. Ionquin recognized the man right away – if a man he could rightly be called – and greeted him politely. “A good morning to you, Wilderhark.”

“And to you, Prince Ionquin,” the forest replied, his voice like the rustle of the leaves inside of him. He stepped closer, towering a full head taller than Ionquin (who was by no means short), those ancient eyes scrutinizing the young man’s face. “What unhappiness brings you here?”

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“The Surrogate Sea” in its entirety launches Tuesday, March 24. In the meantime, who’d like to win a bookmark with the Ionquin portrait shown here? There are three ways to enter the giveaway:

1) Add “The Surrogate Sea” to your Goodreads shelf and comment here with the word, “Added!”

And/or 2) Order your 99-cent Kindle e-copy of “The Seventh Spell” (or, if you already own the e-book, gift one to somebody! Or both! Still just 99 cents!), and comment here with, “Just bought Book 3!”

And/or 3) Comment here with your answer to the question, “Where is your happy place?”

One winner will be selected at random and contacted over the weekend. Best of luck to all entrants!

Book Banner, Surrogate Sea

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.

The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)

“As usual, Ms. Shipley has spun a tale that kept me riveted and on the edge of my seat. … If you haven’t read this spectacular series, I suggest you start from the beginning and give yourself the gift of [the] Wilderhark Tales.” – early praise from reader Kim Matura

From Sea to Surrogate Sea

Ladies and gentlemen,

fairytale fans of all ages,

it is with great pride and pleasure that I now reveal to you

the cover of the sixth installment of The Wilderhark Tales.

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.

The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)coming Tuesday, March 24, 2015!

(Now on Goodreads, for your “want to read” shelf-building pleasure.)

My dear readers, I almost wept when first my eyes beheld the cover artwork for this book. Yana Naumova has outdone herself, and is even now hard at work on the art for the remainder of the series. My darling novellas wouldn’t the same without her. I am all gratitude.

As stated, “The Surrogate Sea” releases on March 24, kick-off day for the now-traditional Launch Week celebration. Several good buddies have already signed on for the blog tour (Tuesday 24 – Monday 30), but there’s always room for more! So if anyone reading this wants in, give me a poke in the comments or via my contact page, and I’ll get the materials to you in good order. The same goes for anyone game for an advance read ‘n’ review of the book; hit me up!

And This Week Only…

..In honor of the upcoming release of Book 6, you can get the Kindle e-book of Book One for just 99 cents!

That’s right – “The Swan Prince” Kindle e-book can be yours (or your friends’, or their friends’…!) at a delightfully discounted $0.99. Because while Book Six can absolutely be enjoyed on its own, the series is best experienced from start to end. ^_^

Which of the Wilderhark Tales covers have been your favorites so far? ^^ Sound off below!

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