Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author


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The Weird Wild West is an anthology of fantastic stories of the Wild West as it never was—and in all the weirdest ways that can be imagined, featuring some of the best writers in the speculative fiction world. All the strangeness history left out of the books…it’s here, waiting for you, pilgrim.

With an initial line-up of stories by R S Belcher, Tonia Brown, Diana Pharaoh Francis, John Hartness, Jonathan Maberry, Gail Martin, Lisa Mantchev, Misty Massey, and James Tuck, and three slots for open submissions.

As we hit the appropriate stretch goals we will add stories by Robert E. Waters and David Sherman and more slots for open submissions.

If this project does as well as we anticipate it doing, there will be a second volume with stories by: Faith Hunter, Barb Hendee, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Devon Monk, Charles E. Gannon, and more.

Artists on the project are Mike McPhail and Bryan Prindiville.

We think the talent and the concept involved in this project have a lot to offer to our supporters and the reading world at large. We want to see this project happen. Will you help us achieve that goal?

To learn more about the project please visit: http://kck.st/1udizgM

Thank you!

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author


Happy Black Friday! (This is going to be LONG)

For everyone looking for those holiday deals, this one is a steal! For as little as a $5 pledge you will get:


- The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson anthology edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Greg Schauer, with works by Jean Rabe,James Chambers, Jeff Young, Patrick Thomas, Leona Wisoker, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, David Boop, Robert M. Price, John L. French, and CJ himself.

- A print copy of The Sleep that Rescues by CJ Henderson (only 39 left)

- A digital download of Worms by JE Mooney

- A digital download of Dance Like a Monkey edited by Jean Rabe, with stories by Gene Wolfe, Joe Haldeman, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, KT Pinto, Alma Alexander, Maggie Masetti (Allen), Davey Beauchamp, Donald J. Bingle, Dylan Birtolo, M David Blake, James Chambers, Alan M. Clark, David B. Coe, Jack Dann, Keith DeCandido, Bill Fawcett, John L. French, Tera Fulbright,Ed Greenwood, John Hartness, Nancy and Belle Holder, Stuart Jaffe, Rick Leider, Randall Lemon,Jonathan Maberry, Gail Martin, Jody Lynn Nye, Angela Pritchett, Mike Resnick, Jean Rabe, Aaron Rosenberg, Janine Spendlove,Vicki Steger, Anton Strout, Kelly Swails, Robert E. Vardeman, Elizabeth A Vaughn,Michael A Ventrella, Cynthia Ward, Jean Marie Ward, Bryan Young, and Timothy Zahn. (Yes, the book is THAT big!)

- a digital download of Choices of Damnation by John L. French

- a digital download of Within the Branches of Alternity by Jeff Young.

- a digital download of Flash in the Can, an audiobook by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, voiced by the author

- a digital download of Local Catch by John L. French

Can you imagine…ALL of that for a pledge of as little as $5! You could take care of a good chunk of your holiday gift list with no more than a fiver! And we aren’t done yet!

Here are the next goals coming up:

- a digital download of Soul Seduction by Patrick Thomas.
- a digital download of CJ Henderson himself reading one of his stories in its entirety (a 20 minute video)
- a digital download of When Dragons Fly by Vicki Johnson-Steiger
- a digital download of Ratfish by Buck Hanno
- a digital download of Fezig’s Fortune by Jean Rabe
- a digital download of Elfhunter by C.S. Marks.

Again I ask, can you imagine getting all of that for as little as $5?! It could happen!

If you want to check it out and maybe help us help CJ’s family with his medical and funeral costs, you can visit our Kickstarter page athttp://kck.st/1xu1DH9 This is a for-the-love anthology with all profits going to the family.

And the best thing is…no long lines, and the deal is good for another 28 days! Can you help us spread the word, please?

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

GAIL Z. MARTIN GUEST BLOG - Full of Sound and Fury

Full of Sound and Fury

By Gail Z. Martin

Airships, inventions, secret government agencies, and trips around the world to acquire rare objects for wealthy and sometimes supernatural patrons. It’s all just another day for Jake Desmet, Rick Brand, and Nicki LeClercq as they outwit assassins and foil murderous plots in Iron and Blood, the new steampunk series I’m co-writing with my husband, Larry N. Martin.

But while Jake, Rick, and Nicki are the main characters in the Iron and Blood novel that debuts July, 2015, two agents for the Department of Supernatural Investigation are in the limelight in several new steampunk short stories related to the Iron and Blood world.

Mitch Storm, a former Army sharpshooter, and his investigative partner Jacob Drangosavich, are agents for the Department of Supernatural Investigation, a secret government agency that looks into crimes involving supernatural or paranormal elements. DSI doesn’t doubt the existence of magic, witches, vampires, and monsters. They just step in ahead of local law enforcement to make sure problems are dealt with quietly so that regular people can go about their business without worrying about things that go bump in the night.

Mitch and Jacob are DSI’s problem children. Mitch tends to favor solutions that are bold, innovative, and use lots of explosives. Jacob has a knack for finding information and slipping unnoticed into places he shouldn’t be, to get things he shouldn’t have. That’s why their boss calls them the ‘Sturm und Drang’ boys, Sound and Fury. Both Mitch and Jacob have a penchant for ending up on suspension, but they’re too damn good at what they do for DSI to do without them for long.

In Airship Down, our story in Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens for Zombies Need Brains Publishing, Mitch and Jacob are sent to find out what’s behind mysterious lights in the sky over New Pittsburgh and the unusual energy drains happening all over the city. Mitch and Jacob investigate with their usual fondness for dynamite and a bevy of top-secret gadgets, trying to shut down the invaders and discover whether the strangers are European spies or visitors from much, much farther away.

Resurrection Day, in Dreams of Steel 5 for Dark Oak Press, pits Mitch and Jacob against two mad doctors bent on discovering the secret to creating clockwork men out of human corpses. Missing bodies, stolen inventions, and a Jack the Ripper suspect on the loose means time is running out for Mitch and Jacob to get to the bottom of things before dead men walk and social niceties get severely strained.

While we’ve been inventing and exploring the whole steampunk world of Iron and Blood and New Pittsburgh, it’s been fun to do stories that are related to the book and main characters but deal with two secondary characters who really get their chance to shine. And while we’re not ruling out the possibility of writing stories about Jake, Rick and Nicki in the future, these anthologies came up early in the series development, so focusing on Mitch and Jacob gave us a little more wiggle room as we got to know our protagonists better.

After the success of the Deadly Curiosities novella (The Final Death) that I wrote for Wattpad last year, we’re seriously considering writing a Sound and Fury Adventures novella in the spring. I’ve discovered that creating short stories in the worlds of my fictional series lets me get to know the characters even better, and helps me flesh out background and world building as I tell extra tales, all of which makes the main books richer and more believable. And, it brings new adventures to readers more quickly, helping them feel like they are part of an ongoing, exciting new fictional world.

After having lived in the real Pittsburgh for a decade, it’s so much fun writing a book and short story series set in an alternative history New Pittsburgh filled with steampunk gadgets, Victorian villains and supernatural surprises. Stay tuned—there’s a lot of Sound and Fury yet to come!

My Days of the Dead blog tour runs through October 31 with never-before-seen cover art, brand new excerpts from upcoming books and recent short stories, interviews, guest blog posts, giveaways and more! Plus, I’ll be including extra excerpt links for stories and books by author friends of mine. And, a special 50% off discount from Double-Dragon ebooks! You’ve got to visit the participating sites to get the goodies, just like Trick or Treat! Details here: www. AscendantKingdoms.com

Trick or Treat: Enjoy an excerpt from Airship Down, my steampunk short story in Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens here:


And a bonus excerpt from The Final Death, my Deadly Curiosities novella here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/15334006-the-final-death

And a second bonus excerpt from my friend Michael Ventrella’s novel Axes of Evil here: http://michaelaventrella.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/theaxesofevilsample.pdf

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author


Woefully behind on a lot of things, but very pleased to announce my schedule for the upcoming Capclave...before Capclave is actually here :) In addition to the Dark Quest Launch party being held at 6pm on Saturday, featuring: The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel (L. Jagi Lamplighter), Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn (Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed), Trust and Treachery (edited by Day Al-Mohamed and Meriah Crawford), and With Great Power (edited by John L. French and Greg Schauer). The following is my schedule:

Friday 5:00 pm: Small Press Publishing (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke (M), Shahid Mahmud, Ian Randal Strock, Sean Wallace
Running a publishing company, publishing a magazine or semi-pro zine. What's worked for you? What hasn't? How do you handle the intellectual property rights? How do you publicize your product? How do you get it into stores? What should your website look like? If you're publishing books do you want to do print copy and e-books? Only e-books (and maybe some POD)?
Friday 9:00 pm: Meet the YA authors (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Annette Klause, L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Maxey, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron, Janine Spendlove, Michael A. Ventrella
Last year's meet and greet YA authors in a casual setting was such an awesome party that we decided to do it again this year!

Sponsored by MidAmericon II, the 2016 Worldcon.

Friday 10:00 pm: Meet the YA Authors (Continued) (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Paolo Bacigalupi, L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Maxey, Diana Peterfreund, Janine Spendlove, Michael A. Ventrella
The meet and greet continues, although some people will have to come and go for other programming.

Sponsored by MidAmericon II, the 2016 Worldcon.

Saturday 1:00 pm: Crowdfunding Dos and Don'ts (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Bill Campbell, Neil Clarke, Jonah Knight, Alex Shvartsman (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
So you have a fabulous idea or product and a shortage of funds - what do you do. Panelists will discuss successful and unsuccessful crowdfunding campaigns, either their own or those of other people. Topics include how to set reward levels, how to budget how much money you need and the merits of various crowd funding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Pozible.
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Sarah Avery, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Neil Clarke, Tom Doyle, Andy Duncan, Scott Edelman, Jim Freund, Charles E. Gannon, Max Gladstone, David G. Hartwell, Alma Katsu, Pamela K. Kinney, Barbara Krasnoff, Dina Leacock, James Maxey, Will McIntosh, Mike McPhail, Sunny Moraine, James Morrow, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer, Alex Shvartsman, Jon Skovron, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, Janine Spendlove, Genevieve Valentine, Michael A. Ventrella, Lawrence Watt-Evans
The Saturday evening mass autographing session.
Sunday 12:30 pm: Reading (Ackley McPhail) (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - The Big Fat Wonderful World of CJ Henderson

Call for submissions: The Big Fat Wonderful World of CJ Henderson


Important note: This is a for-the-love project. Any profits will be donated to CJ's family.

What we are looking for: 500 to 2000 word accounts of a moment in CJ Henderson’s life. This can be in the form of a story, poem, or essay. We want the width, breadth, and depth of this multi-leveled man. We want his youthful shenanigans and his more recent war stories. Tell us that memory that gets you in the gut. That makes you laugh every time you think of them, or that brings a tear to your eye in spite of yourself. Tell us about how he touched your life. Do not worry if you are not a natural-born writer. We will work with the contributors to polish all entries.

We don’t want dry facts or mournful reactions to his passing, there are enough of those already at hand. Let’s celebrate this bigger-than-life raconteur…Father…Friend…Mentor…All-around Great Guy.

This book is for him as much as it is for you so let’s make it great.

If you have photographs or other images we would love those as well, as long as you hold the rights to their use. Please, nothing that violates copyright or license. If you have done artwork for CJ based on his work, we would love to include examples in the book, along with an account of the project it was for or your experience working with him on it. If you run a con and had flyers or other con related items featuring CJ’s picture, those would be great too.

Accounts should be submitted by email to greenfirephoenix @ aol . com in .doc or .rtf format, photographs and images should be 300dpi.jpgs. Please include your full name, email address, and mailing address.

PLEASE NOTE: We need something more than “every time I walked into the dealers room…” stories or “he was my mentor…”. Those are good, but there are a LOT of them out there. Give us something no one else can tell. Give us those private moments around a table…gaming…eating…chatting….drinking. Give us an unexpected moment on a panel or better yet, something that didn’t take place at a con at all. Never met CJ in person? You can tell us about how his stories touched you, or how you interacted by email, or how he did you a good turn or gave you your big break.

We won’t be able to use everything we receive, but we will do our best to use as much as we can.

We would like to produce the book in time for the anniversary of his passing so please send submissions by the end of December.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author


This is it, folks...we are in the home stretch.

Only 65 hours to go on the ‪#‎EternalWanderings‬ campaign. With three more dollars we unlock some pretty fantasic music by Jonah Knight based on the original Eternal Cycle novels.

With just $1003 more we score a print version of the book! In between there are free stories by L. Jagi Lamplighter and John L. French not to mention an original musical composition by Danny Birt based on Eternal Wanderings!!!

All of that in addition to any pledge rewards due and those stretch goals we have already unlocked: Janine Spendlove's War of Seasons: Human, Patrick Thomas's Fairy With a Gun, and Alma Alexander's story "Hourglass"!

A $5 pledge or more. That's all it takes to score every stretch goal we unlock. Three are already guaranteed, plus another 33 backers will get a backer bonus from me: Kara O'Keefe's origin story. If you've been meaning to pledge and just haven't gotten around to it, now's the time!

Will you help me bring back the magic?

Can you help me spread the word? Time is running out! http://kck.st/1tv0cq7

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author


Happy Labor Day!

To celebrate I'm going to get to work on Eternal Wanderings! I'm 500 words in and I can already feel the spirit in the piece. This is going to be a fun ride.

Well, since I don't expect much of anything to go on today I’ll leave you with a couple of opportunities to learn more about me.

First is a guest post on author Lawrence M. Schoen’s blog as a part of his EATING AUTHORS feature:


The second promo coming up on 9/4, starting at 3pm EST. Bitten By Books is hosting a guest blog and author chat with myself and Day Al-Mohamed, my co-author on my most recent novel Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn. If you RSVP in advance with the following link you will have 25 extra chances to win a $40 Amazon gift card: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=80052. You must be present at the chat and mention your RSVP to get the 25 chances.

For those not familiar with it, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn is a steampunk retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. You can learn more about it here: Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale

And don’t forget our Eternal Wanderings kickstarter. We’ve already funded, which makes this a sure-thing, and the more people who get on board, the more goodies for everyone!

Enjoy your day!

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

The Travails of Promoting

See....I've been trying to write this post ALL week. Unsuccessfully.

Here I am finally telling you all about my first ever Kickstarter, Eternal Wanderings - The Continuing Journey of Kara O'Keefe, and instead of timing my post with it's launch, I'm managing to tell you about it when we are nearly fully funded! Yes...nearly already there. Now, does this mean there in no reason to tell you about it? Why no! That's not what it means at all.

See...funding to the goal means a bare bones campaign. Goal achieved, but no bells-and-whistles for anyone. Me? I LOVE bells and whisles. I'd like there to be lots of them not just for myself, but my backers as well.

First, let me tell you what it's all about. We are trying to fund a novella that continues the tale of Kara O'Keefe, the heroine from my Eternal Cycle trilogy, urban fantasy novels based on Irish mythology. These were my first novels and will always be special to me, meldings of magic, music, and myth. They've gathered quite a following among my fans and I regularly get requests for more stories featuring these beloved characters. Well...now's the time to make it happen! Like I said, the campaign at only four days in is nearly funded, and we still have 26 days to go. You know what that means, right?

Stretch Goals! (and the crowd roars!)

We have some great ones coming up once we fund:

First 20 backers – ACHIEVED! Receive an electronic copy of "Birth of the Tuatha de Danaan" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, the Eternal Cycle’s origin story for the Celtic elves.

First 50 backers – Receive three bonus short stories: “Forever and A Day”, “Travellin’ Show”, and “The Devil’s Own Luck”. These are the seed stories that will eventually become the novel Forever and A Day, written in the far future of the Eternal Cycle universe.

$1200 - All backers at $5 or more will receive a DRM-Free copy of Janine K. Spendlove’s novel War of Seasons: Human.

$1500 - All backers at $5 or more will receive a DRM-Free copy of Alma Alexander's story "Hourglass" featuring Aris the Gleeman.

$1800 - All backers at $5 or more will receive a digital download of Jonah Knight's Eternal Cycle songs, inspired by the novels.

$2100 - All backers at $5 or more will receive a DRM-free copy of L. Jagi Lamplighter's story Foot-Sore Angel

$2400 - All backers at $5 or more will receive a digital download of Danny Birt's original composition based on Eternal Wanderings

$2700 - To Be Announced

$3000 - A print version of Eternal Wanderings will be produced

And that's not all...these are just the confirmed goals. Those goals I'm confident we can reach. We are scheming for some other, really fantastic goals I'm still crossing my fingers on, like custom cover art and a possible audiobook version.

More on those later, though. Going to focus now on getting the deal in the bag, then I'll concentrate on sweetening it!

Keep dreaming!


Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author



Contact: Danielle McPhail

PO Box 493

Stratford, NJ 08084



HOWELL, NJ – Authors Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed are proud to announce that they have entered an agreement with international actress and voice talent Deepti Gupta for the production of the audiobook version of their new novel Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn. A preliminary excerpt of Ms. Gupta's reading can be heard at:


Praised by The New York Times for her performance in the feature film ‘Walkaway’, Deepti also stars in ‘Record/Play’ (a sci-fi love story) which was an official selection at SUNDANCE 2013.  Fluent in Hindi, Urdu and English, her career spans across India, Singapore, Pakistan and the United States.

With an MFA in Acting from the UT Austin, she’s lived in Delhi, Singapore, New York and now Los Angeles where she continues to build her career in acting and voice-overs.  In her six successful years in New York City she appeared in several plays including the Off-Broadway production of Chekhov’s ‘Ivanov’ produced by NAATCO and Mint Theatre for which she received glowing reviews.

She also works as a diversity consultant for corporate firms and aspires to be an educator through her one-woman show, Bodylogue. In Los Angeles she runs a monthly screenplay reading series to help fellow actors, writers work on new material and network in an informal setting. Last year she wrote and directed her first short film, 'Happy and You Know It', about a woman's journey to celebrating her pregnancy. As a new mom herself, Deepti is in constant awe of the challenges and surprises of motherhood.  For more visit www.DeeptiGupta.com.

Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn is a steampunk retelling of the classic “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”, from 1001 Arabian Nights. To learn more about the book, please visit:


The audiobook is scheduled for release in November.


If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Ms. Gupta or one of the authors, please contact Danielle McPhail at greenfirephoenix@aol.com.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Yesterday's Dreams, Author

On Heartache

Other than the initial announcement on Facebook I haven't written about the passing of my friend, CJ Henderson. He lost his battle with cancer on the 4th of July. If it had to be, then no better day than that to be liberated from his pain.

I have been sad and I have cried, no more so than on that day as I realized I missed my chance to see him one more time. I was supposed to go visit the very next day. I was making him soup at his special request. I made the soup anyway, but I didn't get to see my friend.

Why am I writing this now? So long after his passing?

Today I received this:

Last Time

His wife, Tin, sent me this picture from Balticon...the last time I ever saw him.

When someone passes you think that's it...they'll never touch my life again. There is a hole where they used to be.

No. CJ gave me his family and he gave me tasks to carry me through this difficult time. He gave me memories and motivation. He sparked enthusiasm. Even now he's pushing me to write great works. Opening the doors to opportunity. Inviting me into his world, even as he's had to step away from it.

I ache each time I think of him not there. I tear up when I come across an email from him still in my in box or open a folder to discover a photograph I wasn't expecting. I will always miss his voice, his hugs, his grand plans, even now still playing out.

See, the last time I saw CJ I surprised him with a party celebrating his 30th anniversary. I didn't realize it was a dress rehearsal.

His final request of me...to throw a party celebrating his life. It will be one heck of a party, larger than life, like CJ himself.

I hope you all can join us. It's called CJ-Con and it's being held in the absolute heart of his world...his home, among his family and all the memories he built up over his life. Here are the details:


Come help us celebrate.