Friday, August 30, 2013

"Sleepless Beauty" -- a SNEAK PEEK!

Please enjoy the opening paragraphs for my upcoming publication, "Sleepless Beauty" to be found in the "One More Day" anthology compiled by J. Taylor Publishing!


I didn’t realize anything was wrong until I found the princess out cold on the floor.

“Shoot.” I knelt at her side, nudging back her extravagant lace sleeve to check her pulse. Her heartbeat pattered under my fingertips.

Not caring if I soiled my gown, I crawled around to her head. As a palace servant, dirt always clung to me—something Princess Clarissa never failed to note. If conscious, she’d say something like, ‘Are you cleaning the floor, Aesira, or is the floor cleaning you?’

A fair question but one I despised none-the-less.

I pushed Clarissa’s long blonde hair off her face, half amazed the weight of her luscious locks hadn’t suffocated her. Fingers pressed against her forehead, I found no fever. I lifted one eyelid, staring into the hollow blue orb before waving my hand in front of it. No reaction. Her lid sprang back into place as I let go.

A soft blush crept over her cheeks while plush lips puckered as if expecting a kiss in her sleep.

“Shoot.” I sat up straight, my long brown braid slapping my back. “Please tell me you weren’t that stupid.”

I raised her hand. On her index finger glistened a bead of ruby blood. Reaching for her other arm, I tugged the hem of her sleeve back to reveal the spindle she held.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Sleeping Beauties" - a Character Chat

And now, presenting a sneak peak at the world within and behind and around and basically, here's a character interview in regards to "The Stone Kingdom" !!!!!!! Clarissa of my upcoming short story "Sleepless Beauty" meets with Danielle's characters, Rosalba and Edgwyn from "The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of the Wilderhark Tales)."

To quote Danielle, "C'mon! Let's evesdrop!"


Clarissa steps forward. “Well it's simply charming to meet the pair of you!”

“The pleasure is ours,” says Rosalba, clasping Clarissa’s hand in greeting.

Clarissa smiles warmly, noting with appreciation the well dressed, proper pair standing before her.

“And partly yours,” Edgwyn adds, bowing to Clarissa with a twinkle-eyed smile. “Because we’re a pleasure, that way.”

Clarissa giggles as she takes a seat, motioning for her guests to do the same. “I must say, Rosalba, I was a huge fan of the adventures your parents had in ‘The Swan Prince.’ ‘The Stone Kingdom’ was just as brilliant, if not better! But then again, I might be biased since our stories have a flair of similarity in them. I mean, the whole 'Cursed for a hundred years', thing, and 'destined to find true love' and all that.”

Rosalba’s brows arch over her sage-green eyes. “One would like to think such storylines are less than common! But I suppose that’s just the sort of risk you run, in a fairytale world.”

Stroking a golden curl, Clarssia smiles. "Oh what with evil witches running about, you'd think they'd get more creative, wouldn't you? Regardless," She tosses the curl over her shoulder where it bounces on the sleeve of her pale pink gown. “Being personally under a curse in which, should I succumb to pricking my finger on a spindle, I will sleep for a hundred years, I know there's a lot of pressure involved in a 'since birth bewitchment'." She offers a coy smile. "Personally, I enjoy the sense of power that comes with knowing that I could prick my finger at any moment I want. How did you feel, Rosalba, about your similar responsibilities?”

“Well, the witch at my christening wasn’t terribly explicit. I had no idea what form the curse would take until it happened, which made for a largely stressful fifteen years. Had I known the details regarding the trigger and consequences, as it seems you did, it would have been a different game entirely. As it was,” she says, her long golden-brown braid swinging with the shake of her head, “I was granted little sense of power until after the curse had sprung. So as awful as the curse was, at least I was finally able to take charge of the situation!”

Clarissa purses her lips. "I'll admit I don't begrudge you that part. For me, I take a nap, and someone else goes through the trouble of waking me." Her blue eyes glow. “It's funny how many curses require true love to break them, don't you think? A kiss of true love, a declaration of true love--honestly, I could go on and on.”

Edgwyn laughs. “Witchcraft must attract the sentimental type.”

Clarissa laughs with him. "It's true, I suppose. Ironic that those heartless witches have such a streak of romance. How do you feel, Rosalba, about being required to find true love to break a spell? Do you think it fair?”

“Fair?” Rosalba’s head tilts to a contemplative angle. “I don’t know that I ever thought about whether it was fair. Certainly, I don’t expect fairness from the sort of person to threaten a baby with wicked enchantments. Perhaps the spell’s requirement was not fair, but it's not nearly so terrible as it might have been. After all, I would have eventually wanted to marry my true love anyway; the curse simply added a bit of urgency to the search.”

"Ah yes, curses do have a way of bringing people together." Clarissa's eyes flicker to the other in the room. “And I haven't forgotten you, Edgwyn. Forgive me, but it's fascinating for me to meet another cursed princess.”

“Oh, perfectly understandable,” he says, with a smile for each of the young ladies. “Cursed princesses fascinate me, too. Who would have thought I’d be so lucky as to sit down with a pair of them at once? This is turning out to be a good week for meeting enchanted beauties!”

Clarissa blushes at the compliment. “I'm amazed you are still single, sir!

It is now Edgwyn's turn to blush.“Yes, well... I look forward to remedying that, eventually.”

"With a tongue as clever as yours, what would you say, Edgwyn, to those searching for true love?”

“First? Probably, ‘Oh, goody!’ or ‘How sweet!’ Then I would ask if there’s any way I could help. If they’re after advice… hmm…” His finger taps his lips, his dusky green eyes scrunched with deep thought. “I would remind them to be patient and to try not to get discouraged, because sometimes love-finding is slow. And I would tell them not to settle for less than they need – which isn’t quite the same as what they may want or deserve, but, well, true love really isn’t about what you want for yourself, and once you’ve found the one you love, you’ll never feel you truly deserve them! ‘Be strong,’ I would tell them, because if there’s one thing true love isn’t, it’s for the faint of heart. And, ‘Please, don’t give up,’ because it’s all so worth it!”

Clarissa's gaze drifts to the window, as though remembering someone. Blinking quickly, she shakes her golden head and flashes another smile as she returns her attention to her guests. “Forgive me, I'm easily distracted. I've just remembered, my author wanted me to ask the following: Comparing yourself to Disney's Princesses, Rosalba, who do you feel you are most like? And I don't mean in story relation, but in personality." She glances to the tailor, enjoying, for a moment, the brightness of his hat as she says, "Edgwyn, you can pick any of the Disney characters.”

Rosalba smiles in amusement. “Don’t tell me your author’s a Disney fanatic, too? No wonder Danielle and Kimberly get on so well. Let’s see, who am I most like?... I suppose I can identify a bit with how Jasmine felt, prior to meeting Aladdin. After all those years of waiting around in a castle for some unnamed horror to happen to me, I would have welcomed a friend swooping in on a magic carpet to show me a good time. And I’m afraid I could all too easily see myself sneaking out in disguise to wander around the marketplace – though hopefully I wouldn’t nearly get my hand chopped off.”

Clarissa claps her hands. "Sounds exciting!"

“Well, so long as it’s only ‘nearly’…” Edgwyn chuckles. “Hmm, who would I be? Possibly Prince Phillip. He talks to his horse, too! And if ever I came across a lovely girl singing and dancing with my cape in the woods, I would absolutely join in. So, him. Or Pacha from ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’,” he recalls. “Big, charitable, good with children… just don’t make me wear that thing he calls a hat.”

Clarrissa laughs as her eyes return to his cap. “Edgwyn, I simply love your outfit. Can you tell us how you first got interested in being a tailor?”

At the mention of one of his favorite topics, Edgwyn’s eyes light up. “Ooh, yes! I’ve always loved the feel of nice fabric and the sight of complimentary colors and all, but I wasn’t particularly interested in clothes until I reached my teens and gradually began to take notice of those strange and wonderful creatures known as girls. And girls, as a general rule, seemed to put a great deal of importance on their appearances. I had no idea why. Still don’t. What I did know is that they appeared so much happier and more confident when they were feeling pretty, and few things made them feel prettier than wearing comfortable clothes that disguised perceived flaws and played up their assets."

With a slight smile, Clarissa daintily flicks some imagined dust from the pale pink sleeve of her gown.

“Well, I didn’t feel I had any assets, and there’s no disguising a watermelon in a blueberry patch, but an insecure adolescent will try almost anything once, so I harassed my mother to make me just one really nice set of clothes. In hindsight, she would have been justified in flatly refusing to put the time and resources into what a boy my age could spurt up and outgrow practically overnight. Fortunately, I was the baby of the family, as well as the only boy after five girls, so my parents had a tendency to spoil me. I got my fancy clothes (or, at least, a good deal fancier than the usual work clothes seen around the family farm), and lo and behold, dressing well really did make for a boost in confidence! I loved that feeling! I wanted to feel it all the time, and for everybody else to feel it, too! Hence my decision to master the making of wonderful clothes.”

“And they are wonderful! The colors are the most vivid I've seen." The cap has once again captured her attention. Smiling and shaking her head quickly, Clarissa refocuses. "Edgwyn, you mentioned talking to your horse. I too, enjoy the company of equine. Can you tell me when you first fell in love with horses and why?”

“His other favorite topic,” says Rosalba, smilingly shaking her head. “Now you’ve done it, Clarissa. We’ll be here all day.”

Edgwyn ducks his head, his fall of dark hair partially obscuring the flush of pink in his cheeks. “It is a few pages’ worth of story. This I know for a fact, because Danielle’s got it all typed up somewhere. To put it in as few words as possible, though, I love horses because they seem less like animals, to me, and more like people. And I love people very much, so I can’t help loving horses, too.” He glances over at Rosalba. “Was that brief enough, Princess?”

“Yes, Edgwyn,” she says, with a reassuring pat on his hand. “You abbreviated very well.”

Clarissa adjusts her skirts and flounces her hair. "I'll admit, I've such a love of horses, I fear if I hadn't been put under a sleeping curse, I'd one day be cursed into a horse--though some would incorrectly say I'd be a mule." She pouts as if remembering a recent insult.

“You haven't struck me as terribly mule-like,” Edgwyn offers. "Perhaps more like a young cat."

She gives him a glowing smile. "Thank you, Edgwyn. Perhaps you could tell that to Prince Edwin next time he wanders this direction. Regardless, reflective of ‘The Swan Prince,' if you were transformed into an animal, what do you think it would be, and why?”

“Well, if it’s meant to be a bothersome curse,” says Rosalba, “I don’t expect it would be anything convenient. Still, I suppose it would have to somehow suit. ‘Opposites and exaggeration’, wasn’t that how they put it in ‘Swan Prince’?”

“I think you could be a bee,” Edgwyn suggests. “A bold little golden bee, who might perhaps wish very much to sting someone, but for wisdom’s sake, you won’t unless it’s absolutely necessary.”

“That would certainly meet the criterion of inconvenience,” Rosalba remarks. “Now, as you chose for me, Edgwyn, it’s only fair I choose for you. Were you an enchanted animal, you would be… a large, fluffy dog, going about with your tail wagging all over the place, in search of people you could in any way help, never mind your lack of human speech and hands and such.”

Edgwyn smiles. “That doesn’t sound like such an awful curse.”

“It’s a curse you’d be hard-pressed to break, with that attitude,” Rosalba retorts.

Clarissa laughs. “That reminds me! If you could wish for anything in the world, and be granted it no strings attached, what would you wish for?”

“I’m afraid we’re not at liberty to answer that, yet,” Rosalba says apologetically.

Edgwyn explains, “Danielle’s got a blog post planned for the top of September that centers around that very thing. There’s to be a Three Wishes Blog Blitz going on, you see [link: ], and she thought it would be fun to incorporate Rosalba and me, since of course we are such a great deal of fun. …You have been having fun, I hope, Clarissa? It’s not only been me?”

“Far too much fun! I suppose I'll have to drop by and see your wishes come September! Until then, thank you for taking the time to meet with me today! Rosalba, I certainly hope you find your true love!”

“To the first, you are quite welcome. To the second, that makes two of us,” Rosalba sighs. “Correction,” she says, gesturing to Edgwyn. “Three.”

Clarissa stands and nods to her guests. “Edgwyn, it was a pleasure to meet you. I'm sure you'll find a lovely maiden someday who appreciates your compliments and talents as much as we do. Speaking of which, perhaps you could design my next gown? All of my outfits seem frightfully out of season compared to the colors you've shown me today.”

Edgwyn claps his hands with excitement. “I would be delighted to, Your Highness! We’ll set an appointment for after I get Rosalba settled with her perfect prince, shall we? You’ll look divine! And I'll throw in a lady's version of my hat,” he says with a wink, "since you adore it so much."

Ducking her head with a pretty blush, Clarissa says, "That would be wonderful! Now I shan't keep you a moment longer from your quest! Farewell!"

With another hand clasp from Rosalba and the press of Edgwyn's lips to Clarissa's knuckles, the Wilderhark pair take their leave.


To see more of Danielle's characters, be sure to follow her blog HERE where she'll update you on the wonders of the Wilderhark tales. That, and catch "The Stone Kingdom" when it comes out SEPTEMBER 20th, 2013!

Clarissa's story shall be revealed in "Sleepless Beauty," part of the "One More Day" anthology to be released December 2, 2013! Make sure to catch Danielle's story, "A Morrow More" in the same anthology!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rocking with Danielle E. Shipley

Ha! Once again, I see what you did there!

I'm a sucker for an "almost clever" pun! Danielle! So pleased to have you return to my blog for another interview! Especially one that relates to “The Wilderhark Tales”!

Couldn’t be happier to be here, Kimberly! Few things delight me as you and Wilderhark-talk do. ^.^

I could say the same thing! Speaking of the Wilderharks, “The Stone Kingdom” is the second book in “The Wilderhark Tales” (“The Swan Prince” being the first). What was different about writing the second book as compared to the first?

I can’t speak for how other people’s brains work, but books and music come with colors, for me. Since “The Wilderhark Tales” are self-published, giving me madness-inducing amounts of control over the novellas’ appearances (bwa-hahaha, the power…),(lol) I was able to show those color schemes in my head to my readers via my wonderful cover artist. (Have I mentioned lately that I love you, Yana Naumova? Because I do.) “The Swan Prince” had a moodier, more mysterious tone – twilight blues, silver and gray. “The Stone Kingdom”, on the other hand, came a little bit brighter – the rose and gold of morning dawning.

Yes, the first thing I noticed about your new cover was how bright it is! I think you portrayed the moods in your works perfectly, and Yana Naumova has incredible talent! I love the intricate details that flow effortlessly through her work. Matches the way your work feels so smooth and fun to read!

Ooh-ee, I don’t know that I’ve heard my writing called “smooth” before! I love it – thank you! 

Everyone gets what they deserve ;)

Aw-w. ^.^ Back to the books, I enjoyed the tones of each in its own way, but I suppose “Stone Kingdom” made for the more effortlessly pleasant experience. I’d credit Edgwyn for that, but it’s a bit early in the interview to make him blush that hard, so I’ll leave it alone.

Edgwyn does have a way of brightening the world around him!

(A-a-and *cue* the blush! XD)

Lol! It's fascinating how the mood of the character has the power to effect the entire book--something visible in "The Swan Prince" as well. Speaking of which, several characters from “The Swan Prince” appear in “The Stone Kingdom”. Avoiding spoilers for either book, how have those characters grown and changed between the two novels?

I think the biggest change between then and now is that certain people have gotten a little better at showing their softer sides. …which is a very good thing, given the levels of emotional repression in Book One!

Certainly! Do you have any behind the scenes information on what happened during the passage of time between the books?

Political news, mostly. A long-lost prince returned to his kingdom and took the throne. A princess presumed dead reappeared in her own kingdom for a quick hi/bye before leaving again to marry into another territory. The anarchwitch struggle against the monarchy continues, though the movement appears to be on the wane. Other than that, same old, same old.

What more can you tell us of the "anarchwitch" movement. I hear rumor that these are magical beings that fight against unlawful power, while also teaching a powerful lesson. But where did they come from?

Oh, the power they fight against is perfectly lawful; at least, it’s the government, so interpret that any way you will. It all started long, long ago, at the formation of civilization in the Great Land (the continent where much of the Wilderhark Tales takes place). The chosen leaders made a magical pact with their people and their land, the main thrust of which being that so long as their dynasties ruled, the kingdoms would thrive. It was a good, well-intentioned arrangement, and largely successful; all-out war was nonexistent, since it was in no one’s best interest to take by force a land that would not serve any but the rightful rulers. The trouble was, as generations went by, the privilege of being born to power started going to some royals’ heads. Long story short, a number of witches got fed up with the superiority complex found in half the castles, so they banded together with the mission to humble the monarchy through magical harassment – hence the sorts of curses chronicled in “Swan Prince” and “Stone Kingdom”.

Curses that make for interesting books--yes, I follow. ;) "The Swan Prince" had Sula to fight against curses. In "The Stone Kingdom" Rosalba appears as the main character. What was different about writing her than writing Sula?

Dealing with Rosalba was a lot more straightforward, since she’s more upfront and honest than Sula. They’re both proud and goal-oriented young ladies, but Rosalba’s more reasonable and personable, willing to reach out for necessary help and to let people in, whereas Sula’s mistrustful of people and doesn’t like to let them any closer than she absolutely has to in order to achieve her ends. Anything Sula does is predominantly Sula-centered, while Rosalba actually bothers to consider how her actions will affect others. It all makes for very different interactions between them and the characters they meet; if ever they were to take each other’s places in a story swap, the plot lines would go in completely divergent directions! I would consider Rosalba to be role model material. Sula? I’m probably too much like her as it is.

Lol! What about Edgwyn, the tailor that helps Rosalba in the quest to break the spell set on her kingdom? Are you much like him?

Oh, man, do I ever wish! But no, he’s the better human being by a mile. I haven’t found that we have much in common, save for that we both enjoy acting silly and adore babies.

Both excellent qualities! How do you feel about fabric? Edgwyn has a deep obsession with it. Is there a particular reason (aka what was the inspiration) for making him a tailor?

Back when I was in the early pre-planning stages of the book – when I had virtually nothing to go on but, “Second book. Something to do with Rapunzel and/or Sleeping Beauty. Her name’s Rosalba, and that guy’s name is, uh… Edgwyn. Sure; Edgwyn. Run with it.” – my first assumption was that he would be a prince. I mean, he finds an enchanted princess trapped in a tower; that’s usually a prince’s job, right? But then my mind heard echoes of their future dialogue from when they first meet – her asking him if he’s a prince, and him answering, with some amusement, that no, as a matter of fact, he isn’t. Well, all right, then, I thought. If he’s not a prince, what is he? I can’t remember any special reason why I settled on a tailor for his profession. I guess it was like his name: I simply knew it belonged to him.

Writing's enjoyable like that--wisps of inspiration, and boundless surprises. It's got to be one of my favorite parts of writing--that, and adding details. One of my favorite details in "The Stone Kingdom" was Edgwyn's horse with an attitude named Minnie. How did he come by her?

Yee-ha, more backstory I wondered when I’d ever get the chance to tell the public! Once upon a couple years before he shows up in the book, Edgwyn was taking in the sights at the Peasequay Summer’s End Faire, same as he does every year. He had been particularly fond of horses since his childhood, and thought it was about time he considered adopting one of his own. (Yes, “adopting”, not “buying”. Buying is what you do with things, and Edgwyn does not view horses as things, but rather as very strong people with extra legs and such.) So he browsed the Faire’s corral of horses for sale (erm, adoption), and the lively gray mare seemed to like him – which, according to the handler, was kind of a big deal, since she hadn’t been particularly friendly with anyone else who’d come to take a look at her. Taking it as a sign that they were rider-and-steed soul mates, Edgwyn chose the gray and named her Wilhelmina (Minnie for short), and the two have been happily together ever after. The End.

I'll admit that I love horses, so they appear often and abundantly in just about everything I write. Do you share Edgwyn's views of horses?

I was pretty into horses, as a kid; had a couple years of riding lessons, a bit of volunteer work at a stable, and a collection of horse figurines that I half-regret having given away. The interest never escalated into Edgwyn-level love, though. For that, show me a doggie!

Speaking of love and lovely things, say YOU were going to a fancy ball. What sort of dress would Edgwyn make for you?

Oh, he’d be so pleased! He thinks I should get out more and he hates my clothes. 


X) Let’s see… I love blue, but he might not think it’s my best color. Something in scarlet, perhaps; he knows I’d like that, since it would remind me of Will Scarlet from my to-be-published-after-Wilderhark-stuff “Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale” books.

Will those be self publications?

They shall indeed! Ooh, Edgwyn, could you make me something that screams “Robin Hood and his Merry Men”?!

“So loud it would drown out all but your squeals of joy,” he promises.

Huzzah! I don’t expect I’ll ever be able to picture it properly, though. I’m not very talented at visualizing outfits. Just one more reason I wish Edgwyn were real; I’d love to know what his wardrobe looks like!

True story. Some of the things he makes in the book, I wish I could see in real life. But I suppose that's the price we pay for writing spin-offs of traditional fairytales. Speaking of which, can you give us any hints as to what the next Wilderhark Tale will be based off?

I’m almost afraid to put any words together, lest I blurt out all the good stuff in my excitement! So I shall leave you with only this riddle of a rhyme plucked from the story’s pages (as seen in the Sneak Peek at the end of “The Stone Kingdom”!):

“The musical maiden, princes tied to water,
The hundred-year princess, the girl in the straw;
The monster at sunset, the prince long forgotten,
The minstrel, the tailor, and she of the ball:
When all of these mentioned meet north of the dawn,
All seven spells finish, for once and for all.”

The perfect note of mystery to end on, I'd say! Thank you for this lovely chat, Danielle. I expect we’ll be meeting up again soon, or rather our CHARACTERS will on this blog for their own interview in exactly one week!

Boo-yah! We’re all in for a treat! Thank you for having me, Kimberly. It was a pleasure, as always!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Guest Post at Flame Writer

For those of you keeping up with the story of Iris Clearwater at, skip on over to the Flame Writer's blog where Iris is interviewed by the Flame Writer's character, Fortune Treston!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Cover Reveal for "The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of the Wilderhark Tales)" By Danielle E. Shipley

I'm so excited to present to you the latest and greatest of the Wilderhark Tales, book two: "The Stone Kingdom" !!!

A brief reminder, to those who may have forgotten just what the Wilderhark Tales, by Danielle E. Shipley, are:

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.

 Not only am I about to be one of the first to share with you information on "The Stone Kingdom" but this is, as my title may have forewarned you, your chance to be one of the first to see the COVER of this book. 

And what, may you ask, is this book about?

Behold the Back of Book Blurb:

Love and prince,
Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;
For blood begins,
But naught can be put right by blood alone.”

One thoughtless act is all it takes to bring the curse threatened
on Rosalba’s christening day to pass. Now the princess must combine
her desperate determination with the service of benevolent tailor Edgwyn Wyle
to find the second half of the key to her kingdom’s restoration.

The Stone Kingdom
Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales

And now, the moment we've all been waiting for--drumroll please, *claps on legs*--the reveal of the cover for "The Stone Kingdom" !!!


Ah, Danielle is so lucky to have her story portrayed so marvelously. And speaking of Danielle:

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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 young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it at

Book Details:

Full Title: “The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales)
Genre: Young Adult Fairytale
Length: Novella (179 pages)
Release DateSeptember 20th, 2013
Future availability: Paperback ( and eBook (
Add “The Stone Kingdom” to your Goodreads shelf today!

And guess who had a chance to read this story PRE RELEASE?! That's right! Here's what I have to say about it:

The second installment of the Wilderhark Tales, "The Stone Kingdom," rocks! (Badum-tsh) This latest creative spin on the classic fairytales twists them together in magical, unexpected ways. As Rosalba journeys to find true love, readers will gallop through wry wit, clever twists, and, of course, dashing love interests. How can a cursed princess, a witty tailor, and an opinionated horse converge to save one cursed kingdom? Find out! I'm not just horsing around when I say this book is "well worth Wyle!"

Aaaand remember how LAST time I worked with Danielle we did an AUTHOR interview?! Well guess what's coming up next week? YOU GUESSED IT! ANOTHER author interview!! Meet mme back here on August 13th for some excellent BEHIND THE SCENES information about this glorious book!

Saturday, August 3, 2013


Presenting the winners of my FIRST EVER blog giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated. I enjoyed reading your answers--whether serious, or funny, I appreciate the thought you guys put into them!

And now, drumroll please...

Presenting, the 3rd place, randomly selected winner who shall receive a pack of Disney Princess stickers, along with "One More Day" bookmarks and a mini masterpiece by yours truely....

Joseph Ramirez

Joseph, I enjoyed your clever decision to save items with you that would be valuable when you woke. Congratulations on winning!

Presenting 2nd place, randomly selected winner of a lovely clock necklace, bookmarks, and a mini masterpiece....

Jon Seethaler

Jon, your "test your love" solution to getting out of your curse made me laugh. Congratulations!

And the GRAND PRIZE randomly selected winner of the Barns and Noble gift card (along with aforementioned bookmarks and mini masterpiece is...


Miam, I enjoyed the visual of everyone who entered the contest at a party together. Congratulations on winning!

Thanks again to everyone who participated! Winners, you have one week to contact me (most easily done via email, with where you would like me to send your winnings! Thanks again everyone!