Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ballad

Today, we have a rare Tuesday post as we welcome author Danielle E. Shipley to My Pet Blog. She's here to tell us about and share with us the pretty, pretty cover for her newest release, Ballad

Take it away, Danielle!

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The Outlaws of Avalon trilogy is my baby, so I knew its faces had to blow me away. For Book One’s cover, there were a couple elements I for sure wanted to highlight: 1, the forest (because SHERWOOD), and 2, the lute (because Allyn-a-Dale). The rest, I mostly left up to my designers—photographer Lars van de Goor, and his son, Milan.

A couple drafts later, this was the gorgeous result. The elegant swirls! The delightful rosette on the spine! Of all the darling touches – a ROBIN perched over “Ballad”s second A! And, of course, the must-have lute sitting sedately amongst the trees.The minstrel blue, the greenwood green, the magical splash of sunlight… This cover doesn’t just say “The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale”: It sings it.

Check it out:


Welcome to Avalon, a Renaissance Faire where heroes of legend never die. Where the Robin Hood walking the streets is truly the noble outlaw himself. Where the knightly and wizardly players of King Arthur’s court are in fact who they profess to be. Where the sense of enchantment in the air is not mere feeling, but the Fey magic of a paradise hidden in plain sight.

Enter Allyn-a-Dale. The grief of his father’s death still fresh and the doom of his own world looming, swirling realities leave the young minstrel marooned in an immortal Sherwood Forest, where he is recruited as a member of Robin Hood’s infamous outlaw band. But Allyn’s new life may reach its end before it’s scarcely begun. Their existence under threat, the Merry Men are called upon to embark on a journey to the dangerous world Outside – ours – on a quest which must be achieved without delay, or eternity in Avalon will not amount to very long at all.


Available on July 12, 2016

Title: The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale
Series Title, Number: The Outlaws of Avalon, Book One
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/ Young Adult

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About The Author:

Danielle E. Shipley is the author of the Wilderhark Tales novellas, the novel Inspired, and several other expressions of wishful thinking. She has spent most of her life in the Chicago area and increasing amounts of time in Germany. She hopes to ultimately retire to a private immortal forest. But first, there are stories to make.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful cover! Congrats to Danielle!

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  2. That cover turned out wonderfully.

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  3. What a pretty cover! The forest looks inviting. Congrats, Danielle!

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  4. Sounds cool! I've always loved Allen-a-Dale as a character.

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  5. I love the idea of this story. Awesome cover too. :-)

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