Coming October 13, 2015

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For Gant-o’-the-Lute, “ever after” has been less than happy. With the last of Carillon’s charm over him gone, the minstrel-king puts royalty behind him in pursuit of the music he once knew and the lifelong dream he let slip through his fingers. But dark whispers on the wind warn that time is running out – not only for Lute and the apprentice in his shadow, but the whole of earth and Sky.

The Story’s End
Book Seven of The Wilderhark Tales


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An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast; a princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell; bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk – all within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

You’ve heard the stories – of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel; of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball; of frog princes, and swan princes, and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea. Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s.

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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 at www.EverOnWord.wordpress.com.

Find Danielle on line: Web, Blog, Facebook, Twitter

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Available to add to your Goodreads shelf = https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25958863-the-story-s-end
Future availability = Paperback (Amazon and CreateSpace) and e-Book (Kindle and Nook)

 

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Sigil of the Wyrm

You can’t get your hands on this book just yet but you can admire the incredible art!

(However, the ebook is already available for preorder – hint, hint)

The release date is August 25th.

 

The release date is August 25th but you can preorder your copy Today!

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Book Release – Forte

Posted: July 30, 2015 in Book Release
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Spero’s debut novel, Catcher’s Keeper,
was chosen as a Finalist in the 2014 Indie Excellence Book Awards
 

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Johannah Davies (JD) Spero was born near a pristine lake in the Adirondacks and has lived in various cities such as St. Petersburg (Russia), Indianapolis, Dallas, and Boston. She has pursued her love of narrative through degrees in English, Russian, and teaching—and has worked as an actress, a yoga instructor, a web design entrepreneur, freelance writer, and a high school English teacher. She lives in the Northeast with her husband and three young sons.

 Drawing on her experience as a high school teacher—this time with a social concern, Spero infuses the rites of passage for the teenager—cliques, first kisses, peer pressure, and bullying—with magic. This stresses how tenuous and critical this time is for young people in a new, fascinating way. Written from Sami’s point of view, Spero’s narrative puts the reader into the mind of a fifteen-year-old who must navigate the tumultuous waters of being the new girl—the underdog who starts to win and is intoxicated by it. Truly a page-turner, this action-packed story will have readers of all ages eager to see what happens next.

Spero’s debut novel, Catcher’s Keeper, was chosen as a Finalist in the 2014 Indie Excellence Book Awards contest and also made the top 5% out of 10,000 entries in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

 

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Quote: My favorite quote is also my protagonist’s. “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into

the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou

TV show: Seinfeld for making me laugh. Friday Night Lights for making me cry.

Comic book character: Wonder Woman

Movie: Billy Elliot

Candy bar: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!

Junk food: Doritos! (original nacho cheese, of course)

Place you visited: Our honeymoon destination was the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Can’t beat that. Ever.

Restaurant: One of my old favorite stand-bys when I lived downtown: The Parrish Café on Boylston

Street in Boston

Island:  My parents have a cozy, rustic cabin on Elizabeth Island on Lake George, New York. It’s one

of my favorite places on the planet.

 

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All Alone-ish

Posted: July 28, 2015 in MIscellaneous

Tonight my wife leaves me.

At least she gave me warning – I suppose that was nice of her.

On the other hand, she sort of had to since I’m the one driving her into the city – how else would she catch her flight?

She’s off to Virginia to visit her father for just over a week. Leaving me all alone … with the dog, cats, and fowl. With the sheep now gone, there is little work involved with maintaining the homestead. I don’t even really need to get up early – sure the swam of feathers will be cross with me if they don’t get feed at the usual time, but they will live.

So what will I do with myself during this time? I will do what I have been doing for the past week – work on getting a number of projects done. I have made the rams horn into an instrument – but I still have to finish making it pretty. I have a ring that needs finishing up, and I have a number of tokens to complete. I also have to put together a class on how to make a pennebular brooch from twisted copper wire. Those are just the projects with a deadline – there are a number more waiting.

I will also spend time watching Netflix shows and movies, just not with my wife beside me on the couch. The puppy will need a bit more attention – she always does when one of us is away but I can live with that burden.

The time will both crawl and fly, like a wounded wyvern. I’m trying to look at it as a time to buckle down and get serious amounts of work done, altering my schedule some to get more hours of work in. If I fail, well it’s really no big deal. This is my time schedule, my projects, I owe nobody nothing but my own desire to see things accomplished.

I’m going to try and enjoy the time, and try not to miss my wife too much – there is no way to not miss her, but I might be able to limit it by keeping busy.

So today is the second day of owning my new vehicle. I can say, without hesitation, that I am a very happy camper… as is my better half.

VanthusWe now own a 2014 Dodge Caravan Crew. It has many whistles and a number of bells. It is also still under warranty. I had to look up the meaning of that word, as we’ve never owned a vehicle with such a thing. In fact, as my wife likes to point out, this is the first time since we have been together, that we own a vehicle newer than our marriage.

This is the exact same vehicle as I borrowed from my parents to go on the camping trip, and I do mean exact – even the exterior and interior colour is the same. The only way to tell them apart would be that ours will be covered in dust from the county roads.

I’m sad to no longer be driving my big beauty. But with the sheep gone and now playing in the SCA once more, the f250 was no longer the optimum vehicle for our lifestyle.

Getting over the guilt of abandoning my truck is helped by the fact that, the van is a dream to drive, and the gas mileage is – well, frankly, quite astounding. We learned that from borrowing the van, as well as how immense the cargo capacity truly is. So we are quickly falling head over heels for this new means of transportation.

My wife was scanning the users guide book this morning while I drank my coffee, and she said she wanted to drive somewhere just to have a chance to play with the stereo set up. So I came up with the very valid, and not in any way spur of the moment, decision that I needed to go see if there were any great deals on fruit brushes and also check the pricing on getting floor mats for the van.

So now one of our favourite CD’s is downloaded into the stereo systems memory, my wife’s phone is blue tooth synced with the van, and I’m rather certain she did something else she’s not admitting to.

I didn’t get any fruit bushes.