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Cover Reveal for “The Sky-Child and Other Stories” (Danielle E Shipley)

Today is the cover reveal for The Sky Child and Other Stories by Danielle E. Shipley. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Sky-Child CoverThe Sky-Child and Other Stories (The Wilderhark Tales #6.5)
By Danielle E. Shipley
Genre: Fairytale Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: July 7, 2015

Blurb:
Born into a world his heart knows as beneath him, an extraordinary boy becomes a man of music, hopeful that someday he’ll find a way higher.

As the first day dawns, a world comes awake, order and disorder striking a dangerous balance.

Under the stars, a princess and tailor trade age-old lore, little dreaming of the future that could trap them in the past.

All of it in, around, and far above the timeless trees of Wilderhark, the forest whose secrets reveal themselves slowly, if ever at all.

Tales of beginnings. Tales of quests for belonging. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew something of Wilderhark’s tales. Now for the stories that fall in between.

The Sky-Child and Other Stories
A Wilderhark Tales Collection

You can find The Sky-Child and Other Stories on Goodreads

About the Author:
Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing, publishing, and all that authorial jazz, she’s probably blogging about it.

Writing credits include: “Inspired” (a novel); short stories in paranormal, fantasy, and Steampunk anthologies via Xchyler Publishing; and, of course, her series of fairytale retelling mash-ups, “The Wilderhark Tales”.

You can find and contact Danielle here:
Website
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Facebook
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Blog Tour Time! Author Interview with K.L. Schwengel

As I so expertly teased in yesterday’s post, today is my turn for Kathi Schwengel’s First of Her Kind blog tour. On a totally related note, Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Ooooooh shiny. Right. Moving on.

So I have the pleasure of presenting to you today an author interview with Kathi, talking about her new self-published novel First of Her Kind. You probably want to know what the heck it is. Hang on …

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Everyone, it seems, wants to dictate what Ciara does with her life: Serve the Goddess, destroy the Goddess, do as you promised your aunt. All Ciara wants is to keep the two magics she possesses from ripping her apart. And that won’t be easy.

Not only are they in complete opposition to each other, blood ties pull her in divergent directions as well. And then there’s Bolin, the man sworn to protect her. There’s no denying the growing attraction between them, but is it Ciara he wants? Or her power?

None of which will matter if Ciara can’t overcome her fear and learn to use her gifts. No one knows the depths of the ancient power she possesses, or what will happen if it manages to escape her control. Will she lose herself entirely? Or be forever trapped between darkness & light?

I’ve only read the first couple of chapters from the Amazon.com sneak preview thingy, but I definitely enjoy what I read. Thus, without further ado, I present to you my Unbelievably Awesome Author Interview with Miss Kathi Schwengel:

 

What up, KLS. We shall begin, as most things do, at the beginning. How did you come up with the idea for First of Her Kind?

 It all started with the line: “There was nothing for it, in another turn of the glass Meriol would be dead.” I had nothing else to go on. I took that line and ran with it. Characters introduced themselves, and away we went.

Considering the line produced an entire book, you must have run far indeed. Would you consider yourself a casual sprinter, or more a marathon runner? No, that’s a silly question. Let’s stay on topic, shall we? Honestly. So let’s talk about your protagonist, the delightfully fiery and strong-willed Ciara. Did you base her off of anyone in particular?

No one in particular. She’s probably a blend of a lot of women.

Fair enough. Most women are. Well, no, actually, women aren’t usually a blend of other women … not unless they’re the bride of Frakenstein!!! Is Ciara the bride of Frankenstein? No response? Highly suspicious. Moving on. What was your favourite scene to write?

Honestly, the last scene where Haracht (the torturer) and Bolin are together. I can’t say too much about it, don’t want to give any spoilers, but there were a lot of little elements that all came together in that one.

Hmm … the torturer and the strong, silent protector, together at last? Talk about an unconventional love story. Although now it occurs to me that you simply meant they were together in the same location, not together emotionally. Sigh. All right. So, if you could visit one location in your novel, which would you choose?

 I would visit Donovan’s fortress. It is a fascinating place, built long before he took it over. 

Ooooh, a fortress. Is that like a castle? Castles are awesome. Except they’re often haunted, so watch out for wee ghosties. Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. How did you find the self-publishing process? Any horror stories? Any lessons learned?

For me, the process wasn’t as bad as I’d heard it could be. I think part of that has to do with me being a control freak and loving having my fingers in every bit of it. That’s not for everyone, so I know for some authors, it’s very scary. Formatting for Kindle. *shudder* That would be the worst part. MS Word is a great program, but it apparently likes to hide little gremlins everywhere that only come out when you hit that ‘publish’ button. Then it’s back to trying to eradicate the little buggers and resubmitting. Lesson learned? Have a very clean file, then clean it again, then proofread it line by line in excruciating detail on a hard copy, then clean it again. The one thing I would do different next time (which will likely be for book two) is to offer some ARCs for review before the release. 

That sounds like a painful and bloody process, especially with the little bugger eradication. But hey, it’s published now! All the trials and turmoil were worth it in the end. And now that it’s published, you’re probably clavicle-deep in marketing. How has the book marketing gone thus far? What are you marketing plans for the future?

Marketing is a crazy beast that demands feeding every day. Lots of Blog stops, lots of tweets and FB postings to remind people the book is out there — without beating them over the head with it. It really does take a chunk of time that, unfortunately, takes away from writing time.

Yeah, beating potential customers over the head probably isn’t the best way to drum up business. Especially since head injuries and prolonged periods of reading don’t usually work well together. Well, best of luck with the marketing! And speaking of … not marketing … it’s Valentine’s Day! If you could go on a date with one character from your novel, who would you choose, and why?

 Definitely Bolin. Hands down. Okay, so he can come off a bit cold, a bit of an arrogant ass at times, but he’s a hotty. And he has an awesome horse. There is nothing in this world like a good looking man who knows how to sit an equally good looking horse. A Valentine’s Day ride with him would be awesome. *sigh*

So you must have a crush on that guy from the Old Spice commercial. No response again??? Your silence is telling, madam.

 

That concludes the author interview portion of today’s post. Give Kathi’s blog a look-see, or check out her website, where there are links to preview/purchase First of Her Kind.

Thanks for stopping by, Kathi!!!

 

Unrelated image of the day:

Courtesy of my friend Rhiannon, here is super cool image of her cat, Sirius. And yes, I am aware that Sirius the cat was named after Sirius Black, the dog animagus.

20130207_141Is he a fluffy cat? Is he a very small tiger? We’ll never know!!!!!!!

 

Unrelated note of the day:

I’m officially off on my vacation starting tomorrow. So adios, farewell, and see y’all in ten days!

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Book prep for my upcoming Caribbean Cruise!

Book prep for a cruise, you ask? What exactly am I prepping? Am I booking something, or am I prepping a book? Ahhhh!

Okay. First of all, calm down. You really need to stop panicking every time you read a blog post.

Secondly, I am, of course, talking about prepping a book to bring along on my Super Special Awesome Caribbean Cruise. I’m going with my mother and brother, starting in New Orleans, headed down the coast of Mexico to Cozumel, Belize City, etc. It’s going to be epic. But I digress.

When we booked the cruise back in January, my master plan was to have the sequel to Imminent Danger — whimsically entitled Chasing Nonconformity — finished and printed for mother to peruse at her leisure on our relaxing jaunt around the Caribbean. As of today, I still have the second half of the story to re-write. So that’s not going to work.

So instead I said to myself: “Michelle,” I said, “Why not print out another book you’ve written and make your mother read that instead? Surely she has nothing better to do on her vacation than read your latest questionable attempt at literature.”

Und hence, I present to you photographs of the printed-out version of The Elemental Guard, the YA fantasy novel (think Harry Potter meets Avatar the Last Airbender) I wrote a year or two ago. You will notice that the manuscript is stupidly thick. This is because I checked the single-sided box instead of the double-sided box on the Staples website, and they obliged me accordingly. Observe:

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Front view of the massive manuscript, complete with inscription to my mother. I dread getting the manuscript back. I hate editing. Sigh.

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Side view of the manuscript. It’s about 2 inches thick. Yikes.

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Jedi Armen guards / sits on the manuscript. Rawr!

 

In unrelated news …

I will be hosting an author interview with Kathi Schwengel tomorrow (Valentine’s Day!), as part of her blog hop for her new book, First of Her Kind. Stay tuned for that!

And then I’m gone on my cruise until next Sunday, so that’s why you won’t be hearing from me. Frantic calls to the police regarding my disappearance from the blogosphere are therefore appreciated, but unnecessary.

 

Unrelated video of the day:

Hugh Grant’s finest moment in film history:

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Michelle’s Magical Mini Weekend Blog Tour — Stop #2!

michelles magical mini weekend blog tour

Having finally awoken after a very late night of the Game of Thrones board game and a tad too many cookies for my poor stomach to handle, I am now pleased to announce that Day 2 of my magical mini weekend blog tour is officially under way! My wonderful and artistic friend Celeste DeWolfe has conducted and posted an author interview with me (featuring different questions from yesterday’s interview, so stop panicking!).

Click here to soak in the majesty of the interview! (or just read it – your choice)

Theatrics aside, thank you again to both lovely ladies who participated in my impromptu and slightly disorganized blog tour. Virtual cupcakes all around!

Unrelated link of the day:

Theories about popular shows, movies, and games

Unrelated image of the day:

 

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Michelle’s Magical Mini Weekend Blog Tour — Stop #1!

michelles magical mini weekend blog tour

What up, my home-skillets! Sorry, I get rather gangster on the weekends. Anyway, just popping in to remind you that today is Day #1 of MMMWBT! (Terrible name!)

Today’s stop belongs to the incomparable J.R. Wolfe. She has very kindly posted a review of Imminent Danger, as well as hosted an author interview with me in which I divulge the sordid details of how I played Donkey Kong Country in Astronomy class instead of listening to my professor. Gasp!

Check it out the review/interview here!!!

Thanks again to J.R. Wolfe for participating in/inspiring/forcefully starting this mini blog tour!

Unrelated media of the day:

For all you Game of Thrones fans out there, here is a musical recap of Daenerys Targaryen’s adventures in Season 2:

Secondly, for all you Next Gen/X-Men fans, Patrick Stewart displays his finest acting skills:

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Oh snap! I’m in a Blog Tour!

So fellow author and blogger Tania L Ramos has cordially invited me to participate in her upcoming blog tour. Woot!

The blog tour is to promote her recently self-published novel Be Still, which you can find out more about via her website. Here’s the lovely image of her cover:

I read it, and despite it being the polar opposite of the genres I usually read, I really enjoyed it. It’s a modern, romantic adult drama about a man slowly dying who wants to join his wife and daughter in the afterlife, but can’t die peacefully until he’s resolved his issues with his living son.

For people who don’t know, a blog tour is basically the internet version of a book tour. Instead of flying all around the country doing interviews and promoting their book, the author does it online instead. So at each of the stops along the blog tour, Tania will be doing an interview, or the blog’s author will post their review of the book (which is what I will likely be doing), or there might be an “interview” with one of the book’s characters, etc. Sounds cool, right?

Oh, and did I mention there will be a free giveaway of the book at each stop on the blog tour? Now you’re interested! Mwahaha. Seriously though, it’s worth stopping by just to enter into the contest. Who doesn’t love a free book? Nobody, that’s who.

Anyway, here’s the schedule for the blog tour:

July 19 – http://katherinenader.tumblr.com

July 20 – http://nerdybookreviews.wordpresscom

July 21 – http://freebies4myfamily.blogspot.com/

July 22 – http://davidmcgowanauthor.com/

July 23 – https://michelleproulx.wordpress.com/ ((ME!))

July 24 – http://www.youtube.com/user/tramossnvvc/videos ((video blog))

Tania is also holding a sweepstakes right now, which can be viewed on her Facebook page. Basically, for every 100 books she sells by August 30th, she will donate a copy of her book to a high school of the winner’s choice. It only works for U.S. schools (something about foreign policy), and she promises to donate a book even if she doesn’t hit the 100 books sold mark. And if you’re poor like me and don’t want to buy a copy, you can still go to the Sweepstakes tab on the Facebook page and enter anyway.

Here’s some cute to get you through Monday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-CkMBr4Ga0

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