Cover Reveal: Danielle Shipley’s “The Story’s End”

It’s with great pleasure – and great sorrow – that I introduce the final cover image for Danielle Shipley’s Wilderhark Tales. I have been a huge fan of this series since The Story’s Beginning. (See what I did there?) That’s no secret, and you can search my blog for the reviews, etc that I’ve posted about each book.

So, when Danielle approached me about sharing the cover image for the seventh and final book in the series, I was totally all over it. I hope to have an ARC soon. *wink wink* (Update 8/4/2015 – Since I scheduled this, I have received the ARC, and I’m half way through it. It’s AMAZING!!))

Anyway, before I start crying, here it is, the cover for the final book in the Wilderhark Tales.

Story's End Cover, front

About The Story’s End

For Gant-o’-the-Lute, “ever after” has been less than happy. With the last of Carillon’s charm over him gone, the minstrel-king puts royalty behind him in pursuit of the music he once knew and the lifelong dream he let slip through his fingers. But dark whispers on the wind warn that time is running out – not only for Lute and the apprentice in his shadow, but the whole of earth and Sky.

The Story’s End

Book Seven of The Wilderhark Tales

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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.

Genre = fairytale novella

Release date = October 13, 2015

Available to add to your Goodreads shelf = https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25958863-the-story-s-end

Future availability = Paperback (Amazon and CreateSpace) and e-Book (Kindle and Nook)

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, publishing, and all that authorial jazz, she’s probably blogging about it at www.EverOnWord.wordpress.com.

A letter to my younger self

I was on Facebook the other day and saw this picture:

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People were saying things like, “Buy Apple Stock” “Graduate high school” “Respect Yourself”

All of those are great things! Especially the apple stock. ;) Just kidding! Maybe. But my answer was “Love Yourself,” but after thinking about it, I would probably write a longer letter to myself. Something I wish I had learned when I was sixteen, probably earlier. So, here it is, a letter to my younger self.

Dear younger me,

I know you’re probably crushing on some guy but think you don’t have a chance with them. Let me tell you something, don’t worry about those guys. If they can’t see you for how beautiful and awesome you really are, you don’t need them. Don’t laugh. I’m being serious. You don’t have to settle for someone because you’re afraid no one can love you for who you are. You’re beautiful, and you deserve a good man. Wait for him. It’s hard, but I know it’ll be worth it. (BTW, still waiting.)

Live life. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Don’t be afraid to love. Don’t be afraid of anything. God is for you, no one can be against you.

You’re meant for great things. You’ll struggle to find that greatness, but remember that God’s timing is always perfect. He knows what you need when you need it, don’t push Him.

You’ll make mistakes, but the lessons you learn from these mistakes are invaluable. They push you to be a better person, but don’t let them tear you down. Remember, if God can forgive you, you can forgive yourself. Just do it.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. You’re beautiful. You’ll learn this lesson, but until you do, try to see yourself as God sees you. It will be easier for you in the long run.

Everything happens for a reason. Don’t let it get you down. Just brush off the dust and keep going. You’ll be fine.

Life is hard. You’ll scream; you’ll cry; you’ll beg for help. But, you’ll laugh; you’ll smile; you’ll help others. What you’re going through will be fuel. You can change the world if only you believe in yourself.

You’re loved. You’re loved by your family and friends, and most importantly, by God. Now, you just have to love yourself.

Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. Shoot for the moon and reach for your dreams.

Life is too beautiful to hate. Live a beautiful life.

Sincerely,

Future Me

What would you say to your future self?