Monday, October 20, 2014

Legends and Lore Anthology tour with rafflecoper giveaway!

Delve into myth and legend, where the Fates force post-modern man into a world of the unknown—a world long since dismissed as ignorant superstition.

THE BROTHER--SISTER FABLE by Alyson Grauer: A young boy disappears into a realm where only his sister can follow.

FAELAD by Sarah Hunter Hyatt: Claire Whitaker didn’t even know she was Irish, let alone The Morrigan, the goddess of war.

BY SKYFALL by Emma Michaels: A mer-couple from Atlantis find themselves in the middle of a human murder investigation.

CHARON'S OBOL by. R. M. Ridley: Jonathan Alvey didn’t believe in gods, until he helps a lost child find her all-powerful parents.

PERADVENTURE by Sarah Seeley: A jinni must choose between the woman he loves and destroying the city that persecuted her.

NATURAL ORDER by Lance Schonberg: When Carlos Vasquez is kidnapped, he discovers powers within himself to change the world.

TWO SPOONS by Danielle E. Shipley: A little girl’s soul meets its match in the family diner’s most mysterious patron.

GRAIL DAYS by A. F. Stewart: Living forever has its drawbacks, especially when you spend it clearing away the messes of other immortals.

DOWNWARD MOBILITY by M. K. Wiseman: They say love conquers all, but can it save a Valkyrie when she breaks all the rules?

INTERVIEW WITH Danielle Shipley

How did the idea for this story come to you?
My best friend and I like to run our characters through what we call “hypotheticals” – random “what if?” scenarios that may or may not be anywhere near canon for the stories we’ve actually written them into and/or plan to. The quality of the improvised storylines will vary, but every now and then, an actual plot will emerge. Such was the case with the scenario behind “Two Spoons” – one that started out being about an oops of a pregnancy, only to evolve into a bizarre love story between the unexpected child and a black-hearted man.

What makes your main character unique?
Tidbit’s a kid who knows what she wants better than most people five or ten times her age, and she’s smart about how she goes after it. …Well, smart in a naïve, psychotic way. She’s a study in contrasts: Blatant and subtle, ingenuous and cunning… a fine compliment to the Black Man, who’s got his own set of contradictions.

Is this part of a series?
“Two Spoons” is a standalone, though I intend to someday share the book starring the character who inspired the Black Man. We’ll see where it ends up on my publishing to-do list.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed the act of writing and putting imaginary people through the emotional wringer, though it didn’t occur to me to make it my career until my late teens. Then I realized, hey, there’s nothing I’m more passionate about doing than writing, and I really want to share these characters with someone besides the friends who’ll humor me and the two little sisters who won’t. Thus did it begin!

What have you written?
Apart from thousands of pages of talented but unskilled claptrap that’s in no shape to see the light of day? There’s always my series of fairytale retelling mash-ups, the Wilderhark Tales novellas; I published the first in spring of 2013, with the fifth scheduled to release this December. Also on the market is “Inspired”, my semi-autobiographical novel about a girl trying to learn how to be a worthy author to the fictional friends who’ve taken up residence inside her head.

What are you working on?
I’ve got drafting and redrafting to do for Books Six, Seven, and a sort of Six-and-a-Half of the Wilderhark Tales. And there’s a paranormal YA novel full of dead people in need of revision; I mean to get started on that before the year’s out. Oh, and another short story of mine is contracted to feature in Xchyler Publishing’s fantasy anthology due out this winter. I like to keep sob-inducingly busy.

How do you write? Longhand, typewriter, laptop, tablet?
It’s me and my laptop, all day, every day. The poor thing gets as little sleep as I do.

What is your writing zone and how do you get there?
My zone is the story. Once I’m inside, I’ve found I’m best off just lining my brain up with my characters’ and letting them do their thing. Ideally, “their thing” will more or less follow the outline I put together in the pre-writing brainstorming phase. But if they want to dash off-course in the name of making the story that much deeper, richer, and/or cooler, I’ll do what I can to stay out of their way.

What’s the hardest thing about writing?
Growing little seeds of ideas into a full-fledged forest of plot. Creating actual adventures and escapades, instead of a book where nobody does anything but sit around and talk to each other about their feelings. Characters need to have things to do, and there has to be an overarching point to it all. Finding that point and getting in close to the action that leads to it is an uphill slog, for me.

What’s the easiest thing about writing?
The fact that it’s the opposite of not writing. My automatic response when I hear someone say writing is hard is, “Pfft, no, it’s not!” Except, it is; I just don’t think of it that way because it’s what I always want to be doing. Finding the right words? Hard. Getting a stubbornly private character to open up to me? Hard. Concentrating on the world inside me when the one around me is one big distraction? Hard. I guess I’m fortunate in that, for me, writing’s not always easy, but giving up on it is impossible!

What are you currently reading?
I’m finally getting around to cracking open “Fallen On Good Times”, the paranormal noir detective novel debut by Rewan Tremethick. I’ve known him online for a while, enjoying his way with words as displayed on his blog (and, y’know, the fact that he’s British), so I bought the book without hesitation. It’s just taken me forever to take a break from writing-related business and read it.

Do you prefer reading eBook or paperback?
Paperback, all the way. Physical books have never let me down the way technology tries to, every chance it gets.

What advice do you have for fellow writers?
Put in the time, put in the effort, put in your soul. And for pity’s sake, make more time for pleasure reading than I’ve done, lately; I’m a disgrace!

Here's a little bit about the author of TWO SPOONS:

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.Danielle blogs at

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Twitter: @DEShipley

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Here's the blog tour's schedule. Come and read a little bit more about some of the other authors in this amazing anthology! 

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