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Today Danielle has returned with a few more words.
A Decade of Mostly Harmless Insanity
By Danielle Ackley-McPhail
a tale of music, myth, magic and ultimately, self-discovery, for both
myself and my poor, beleaguered heroine, Kara O'Keefe.
Now I'm sure you are asking yourself right now…what the heck does
this have to do with a final look at 2012? Well, let me tell you! Thanks
to the wonderful people at Dark Quest Books (Neal Levin, Jess Novesteras,
Elektra Hammond, Keith R.A. DeCandido, and Wrenn Simms) and my wonderful
beta readers (David Goldstein, Halla Fleischer, L. Jagi Lamplighter,
and Jeffrey Lyman) not only has Yesterday's Dreams grown up into a beauty of a book I am more than proud of, but the
trilogy it began is now complete. In 2012 all three books in the Eternal
Cycle trilogy--Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, and Today's Promise--were released by Dark Quest Books. To celebrate the release paranormal
folk musician Jonah Knight (www.jonahofthesea.com) composed and
performed three songs based on each book in the series. That was at
the Dark Quest Books Launch party at Balticon (www.balticon.org) which I consider
my home convention.
To tell you something about the books, think immortal elven warriors
fighting evil demigods…in New York City. Kara O'Keefe is a first-generation
Irish-American. She is also a prodigy on the violin and a dutiful daughter.
To safeguard her family's home she pawns her heirloom--and enchanted--violin
and in the process becomes the prize in a battle between ancient enemies,
the forces of good against the forces of evil. In the course of learning
she is magical and not altogether human, Kara must save the world. Can
she do it? You bet! After all, she is a New Yorker, but the journey
is in finding out how.
If that wasn't excitement enough for the first half of my year, I
look back and I am grateful for a number of releases including my work,
such as Spells
and Swashbucklers (Dragon Moon Press), Mermaid 13 (Padwolf Publishing), and Telling Tales of Terror (Damnation Books), not to mention my first ever solo collection, A Legacy of Stars (Dark Quest Books)
where my science fiction fans can find all of my sf short stories all
in one place. The collection includes introduction to each story by
such authors as Jack Campbell, Jody Lynn Nye, David Sherman, Jack McDevitt,
Michael Z. Williamson, Steve White, Bud Sparhawk and many more.
(You know, for someone who started off the
year recovering from major surgery, I seem to have managed to get an
awful lot done!)
And finally, an announcement that is both gratifying
and frustrating all at once…Our steampunk anthology, In an Iron Cage (Dark Quest Books), edited by myself, Elektra
Hammond, and Neal Levin, was selected as a finalist for the 2013 EPIC
Award for Best Anthology. That is the gratifying part. The frustration?
We don't find out who won until March!
As I wrap up my post and my year, I wanted
to thank The Blog Ring of Power and its readers s for letting me share
my news so many times over this year. Writers write, but the readers
make the magic each time they pick up our books and allow our worlds
to come alive for them. To give a little something back, myself and
Dark Quest Books are offering up a collection of PDF ebooks of each
Dark Quest title mentioned in this blog post to two lucky winners. Just
post your comments here for a chance to win.
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and receive a prize of our choice. We’ll do our best to give the print books
to those that don’t have an e-reader, but we can’t make any guarantees,
so please be aware when entering that you are most likely going to win
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