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Jun. 13th, 2014

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

NEW INTERVIEW

Happy Friday!
Day Al-Mohamed and I are featured in an interview over on the fabulous My World In Words and Pages blog. Co-interviewing is nearly as much fun as co-writing! Check it out:
And if you have a question we didn't answer in the interview, feel free to leave it for us in the comments section and we'll answer it there!

Also, if you have a blog, we would love to do a guest blog about our new novel, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale.

Best,

Danielle

May. 16th, 2014

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

PROMO: NEW INTERVIEW AND REVIEWS

It's been a while since I did an update of these. Sorry to have been lax. This time of year preparations for Balticon take over. More on that soon. In the meantime, here are some crow-worthy quotes :)

NEW INTERVIEW

Review with Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed, authors of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn



RECENT REVIEWS (Click on reviewer link for full review)

“If you want to craft a good story, one that will attract an audience, you’ll need some tools.
The Literary Handyman by Danielle Ackley-McPhail is a great place to start.” –Allie, The Geek Girl Project



“Editor Mike McPhail’s Dogs of War is brilliant military science fiction from start to finish.” –
Luke’s Reviews




“The adventure is wonderful, but the gritty seriousness of the internal struggles of the character is where Ackley-McPhail shines brightest.” –
Luke’s Reviews




“Beautifully evocative of the fairy tale tradition in parts that the modern, steampunk nature of the tale is completely encapsulated in a wonderful adventure.” —
Luke's Reviews

Apr. 25th, 2014

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY - BABA ALI AND THE CLOCKWORK DJINN

To celebrate the upcoming release of my newest novel, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, co-written with Day Al-Mohamed, we are holding a GoodReads Giveaway:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21531932-baba-ali-and-the-clockwork-djinn

Come, Best Beloved, and sit you by my feet. I shall tell you a tale such as sister Scheherazade could have scarce imagined.

In the Nejd there is nothing at all…except secrets. A band of thieves wish such secrets to remain hidden.

In England, far from his desert home, Ali bin-Massoud serves as apprentice to the famed Charles Babbage. One night a mysterious box is delivered by a clockwork falcon and Ali’s world is never the same again. Heartache, danger, and thieves mark his journey as Ali is summoned home at the death of his father.

It will take faith, knowledge, and yes, love to realize his destiny, and more than a little skill with steam-driven technology. Can he unravel the mystery of the puzzle box and the clockwork djinn before it is too late? An ancient legacy and Ali's very life depend on it.

Hear you the tale of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.

"Fantasy needs more heroes like Ali bin-Massoud, and more stories like Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn. This charming story deserves to be well read. Read it, let it sit with you a while, and then read it again." —Luke's Reviews

Apr. 18th, 2014

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

NEW RELEASE - TROUBLE ON THE WATER


A life on the water is a constant gamble. Whether a sailor pits himself against the forces of nature or finds himself at the mercy of man, odds are even how the encounter will turn out, depending whose side the luck rolls up on.

In Phoebe Wray's Sailor of Kannar, Darcy must take her chances in courts of intrigue to preserve her people's way of life among the marshes.

In Danielle Ackley-McPhail's Trouble on the Water, Rishima Blaque clings to faith and a rock in the middle of the sea in the hopes her husband will find her before the pirates do.

In David Sherman's Vest of the Pecos, Kitty Belle and Cheyenne Walker join forces once again to pit their wiles against the denizens of a paddleboat gaming salon, only to find themselves facing a gamble of another sort.

In Jeffrey Lyman's Unsinkable, Princess Cordolya bows to her father's dictates, setting sail for an alliance with a country across the sea, only to find herself beset by pirates, leviathans, and a mage-borne storm. Will luck be with the lady or will she make her own?

No Matter What, Trouble's Coming for Someone...
http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Water-Danielle-Ackley-McPhail/dp/1937051854/?tag=blissinsan-20

Mar. 27th, 2014

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn

Dark Quest Books and authors Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed are proud to announce the pending release of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale. The book will be produced under the Palomino Press imprint and is scheduled to release in September 2014, with a pre-release in May 2014. Baba Ali will have its premier at Balticon as a part of the annual Dark Quest Launch Party.

The story is a retelling of the classic Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves set in the Victorian Era where Ali is an engineering apprentice to Charles Babbage. One night a mysterious box is delivered by a clockwork falcon and Ali's world is never the same again.

Heartache, danger, and thieves mark his journey as Ali is summoned home at the death of his father.

Can he unravel the mystery of the puzzle box and the clockwork djinn before it is too late? An ancient legacy and Ali's very life depend on it.

"Fantasy needs more heroes like Ali bin-Massoud, and more stories like Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn. This charming story deserves to be well read. Read it, let it sit with you a while, and then read it again." -Luke's Reviews - http://lukereviews.blogspot.com/2014/03/baba-ali-and-clockwork-djinn-by.html

Back Cover Copy:

Come, Best Beloved, and sit you by my feet. I shall tell you a tale such as sister Scheherazade could have scarce imagined. A tale of wonders, of deeds both great and grievous, of courage that defies description, and above all, Child of Adam, I shall tell you a tale of love.

The night is for the telling of tales to which the morning may bear Truth. In the oldest of days and ages and times, there was, and there was not, a great evil that reached across the desert and beyond…

In the Nejd there is nothing at all…except secrets. A band of thieves wish such secrets to remain hidden.

In England, far from his desert home, Ali bin-Massoud serves as apprentice to the famed Charles Babbage. One night a mysterious box is delivered by a clockwork falcon and Ali's world is never the same again. Heartache, danger, and thieves mark his journey as Ali is summoned home at the death of his father.

It will take faith, knowledge, and yes, love to realize his destiny, and more than a little skill with steam-driven technology. Can he unravel the mystery of the puzzle box and the clockwork djinn before it is too late? An ancient legacy and Ali's very life depend on it.

Hear you the tale of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.

Mar. 19th, 2014

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

DANCE LIKE A MONKEY FOR CJ HENDERSON

Folks,

We don’t just want to do something, we want to do the very best we can. Right now CJ is laying in a hospital bed while they pump poison into his veins for four straight days…96 hours. Can you imagine that? Forget about how utterly horrible it would make you feel to have that stuff entering your body. Forget about how uncomfortable it would be to stay in the same place for all that time wondering if this time it’s actually going to work. Just think about how expensive that must be to lay in that bed for four days constantly getting medication. My husband was in the hospital for just the weekend getting saline in his veins and that was over $25,000 for just two nights of basically salt water.

CJ doesn’t have a job that gives him medical leave, or disability, or even basic health care. If CJ can’t work, CJ doesn’t get paid. Can you imagine worrying about that while lying in that hospital bed? Worrying about your wife and daughter, your mother-in-law, all who depend on you to provide their basic needs? Heck, worrying about all the convention organizers and fans you are disappointing each time you have no choice but to cancel a show…that’s what CJ’s doing. I know because CJ is my friend and I hear these things.

Let me say it again, we DON’T just want to do something, we want to do the VERY BEST we can. That doesn’t just mean meeting our campaign goal. That doesn’t mean hitting a few stretch goals. That means blowing them all out of the water. We need your help for that. We are providing our time, effort, and talent for absolutely NO compensation beyond the satisfaction that we are doing everything we can to help our friend, a man who has given so much to the fannish community in time and enjoyment and brilliant writing. In answering the hopeful author’s questions and offering guidance to those just starting out. CJ doesn’t just look out for himself, he keeps an eye out for all of us and does a good turn where he can.

We aren’t asking much, just return the favor. Chip in a few bucks to get a fantastic anthology. Post or Like or Share our updates on what we are doing and why. Maybe even dance a little…for a good cause. All it takes is a click of a button. Maybe one day of bringing your lunch to work. The sacrifice of the smallest bit of your dignity. Not much. But together think what we can accomplish with those little efforts. Everyone who pledges even just $10 gets an anthology full of high-quality stories by authors at the top of the industry. If we hit stretch goals there are a ton of perks that come with it. Free ebooks. Free music. Free audiobooks. Extra stories. We take this high enough and you get more than one anthology and CJ gets just a little bit of breathing room.

Keep those monkeys dancing and keep those nickels coming!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/monkeying-around-for-a-good-cause/x/6753223

Feb. 28th, 2014

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

GETTING SILLY TO HELP CJ HENDERSON

montage of CJ Henderson

Friend and fellow author CJ Henderson is battling lymphoma for the second time. We are asking everyone to sacrifice a small piece of their dignity both to raise awareness of our upcoming Kickstarter for an anthology to help with his medical costs and to cheer him up.
In homage to one of CJ's frequent sales pitches "I'll dance like a monkey for a nickel" we would like as many people as possible to record a 30-second clip of them or someone they know dancing like a monkey. This can be as simple or complex as you like, choreographed or on the fly.

In the description please put "I'll Dance Like a Monkey for a Nickel - in honor of CJ Henderson, who is battling Lymphoma, #CJHendersonKickstarter. Donate at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/society-for-the-preservation-of-cj-henderson/87881" and we ask that you send us a link to the video Danielle Ackley-McPhail at greenfirephoenix @ aol . com or Gail Z. Martin @ gail @ chroniclesofthenecromancer . com.

You can use any means you have for the recording and posting of the video, but if you don't know how to start, I am told Vine is an easy to use app. Here are links to that:

Thank you

Feb. 8th, 2014

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

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Dark Quest Books and Author Danielle Ackley-McPhail are proud to present her newest solo collection, Consigned to the Sea, stories of mystical, nautical fiction where our heroines pit themselves against pirates, witches, and the forces of nature. The book will officially launch at a Book Launch to be held at this year’s Lunacon (www.lunacon.org).

’Tis Said We All Return to Whence We Began…

Is it any wonder then why so many are drawn to the sea? Throughout the history of Man the crash of the waves has been a siren song…a promise…a curse. Above the waves is a challenge that makes or breaks many a man or woman. Below is another world both magical and menacing.

In Consigned to the Sea you will find the vast spectrum of what the oceans have to offer. The wonder of a mermaid yearning to reach the sky… The wrath of the selkie protecting its own… A dragon waging war against pirates…

Whether you root for the sailor or the sea, here is a collection you can treasure.

“Dripping with tension, Consigned to the Sea is a powerful tale with interesting twists toward the end and a strong lead. Recommended.”—Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Rise Reviews

102 pages | $9.95 | 978-1-937051-96-9

Jan. 20th, 2014

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

Bram Stoker Awards

Congrats go out to my friend and fellow writer, James Chambers. His book Three Chords of Chaos made it onto the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards!

Jan. 10th, 2014

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

THANK YOU and UPCOMING TITLES

Well...the insanity that is Kickstarter is done for me...for now anyway. A thanks go out to all the supporters of the Athena's Daughters Kickstarter I've been going on about for weeks. The fundraiser was a resounding success that managed to fully fund not only the original anthology we were going for, but also two other companion volumes. Two of the books are guaranteed to be in hardcover as well as paperback, and with original artwork created specifically for the project.

For those who were not able to contribute, thank you for your extreme patience during this time when Athena's Daughters was virtually all I talked about.

Now on to other news! This is going to be a very busy year for book releases. I don't have release dates or cover blurbs yet, but here is some of what you can expect later this year (in no particular order):

Hellfire Lounge 4 - anthology - Bold Venture Press

Bad-Ass Faeries: It's Elemental - anthology - Dark Quest Books

Consigned to the Sea - Solo pirate-themed fantasy collection - Dark Quest Books

Lucky 13 - anothology - Padwolf Publishing

Athena's Daughters - Silence in the Library Press

Trouble on the Water - nautical anthology - Dark Quest Books

Gaslight and Grimm - steampunk faerie tale anthology - Dark Quest Books

Ali Baba and the Clockwork Djinn - novel with Day Al-Mohamed - Dark Quest Books

More info to come as it is available.

Consigned to the Sea

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