Cover Reveal for Windows Into Hell

I get to release the cover art for Windows into Hell today! Thanks so much to Eugene Teplitsky with the Curiosity Quills team for making this beautiful cover for us. I’m so excited to share it with the world!

Check it out–and pre-order your copy today on Amazon through this link:


Here’s what the anthology is all about:

Mankind has speculated through the ages that a few righteous or lucky people go straight to heaven. Or so we’ve come to believe. Good or bad, our journey doesn’t end at death. For most of us, the afterlife begins in an office where an overworked and underappreciated demon decides our long term fate. Life is messy, it’s easy to miss one of the crucial lessons. In order to accommodate our unique shortcomings, a myriad of custom fitted Hells wait with open arms to teach us. No cliché fire and brimstone here, except as decorations. Besides, that would be the easy way out. Yes, there is a way out. All you have to do is learn one simple lesson. That shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Windows into Hell explores what awaits a few people when their life inevitably comes to an end. Featuring bestselling and award winning authors, these stories delve into humanity’s greatest fears- death and the fate of our immortal souls.

Cover Reveal: The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale by Danielle E. Shipley

Cover and Spine

Danielle E. Shipley and I are both in a couple of Xchyler anthologies together, and I’m excited to take part in the cover reveal for her independent novel The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale coming out in July. Check out the book’s details below, along with the Author’s thoughts on her cover and an excerpt from the story.

Novel Summary

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.

About the Author

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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.

The Author’s Thoughts on the Cover

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.


Allyn would have known Will Scarlet for a relation of Robin Hood’s even had he not been introduced as his cousin. Though clean-shaven, younger, and framed by thick locks of gold tinged with the color of his name, Will’s face was patently similar to Robin’s, with the same blue eyes that sparkled cheerily at Allyn when the two were presented to each other.

“And where’d you pick this fellow up, then, Robin?” he asked blithely.

“In my tent,” replied Robin, “with Marion.”

Will’s brows leapt toward his crimson cap’s pointed brim. “Wish I were Allyn!”


“Joking, joking,” Will waved aside Marion’s halfhearted rebuke. He coughed. “…Mostly. So, Allyn-a-Dale — looking to join the Merry Men, are you?”

“I don’t really know,” Allyn said doubtfully. “What are the Merry Men?”

To Allyn’s heart-thudding dismay, Will answered, “We’re an infamous band of outlaws.”

“Not really,” Marion hastened to jump in.

“Not anymore,” Little John amended.

“It’s complicated,” said Robin. “But we’re really not at liberty to tell you much more about it until we’ve spoken to Merlin.”

“That would be King Arthur’s chief counselor and illustrious wizard,” Will said in answer to Allyn’s questioning expression. “He literally runs the show around here, so—”

“No,” said Little John, his gaze a grim weight on Will Scarlet.

“Oh, would you chillax, you pedant?” Will huffed, facial muscles ticking with minor irritation. “I know you think the Outsiders have been using the word with nary a care to its meaning, of late, but I know what ‘literally’ means, and in this case, I literally meant ‘literally’!”

The marginal lowering of Little John’s brow silently warned what he would literally do to Will if he said that word but once more.

“And they’re off,” said Robin, shaking his head. “Don’t worry, Allyn, they only bicker like this when they’re both breathing.”

Allyn’s lips twitched toward the beginnings of a smile, but froze halfway, his mind only just now becoming fully conscious of what he’d heard. “Robin,” he said, fighting a sudden swell of anxiety. “Did Will just say we’re off to see a wizard?”


To follow Danielle and learn more about this book, see the full details here:

Novel Title: The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale
Series Title, Number: The Outlaws of Avalon, Book One
Author: Danielle E. Shipley
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy / Young Adult
Novel Release Date: July 12, 2016
Goodreads Link:
Author Website:
Cover Artwork by: Lars van de Goor ( ) and Milan van de Goor ( ).

Beyond the Wail Cover Reveal

The next paranormal anthology coming out from Xchyler Publishing has a fabulous mix of new and returning authors. It also has a gorgeous cover and promotional book trailer, which I’m pleased to share with you. Help support my fellow authors by checking out this exciting new collection of short stories. Beyond the Wail: 12 Grave Tales of Love an Loss will be released October 10th.


Legends and Lore Anthology Cover Reveal

Magic, and mischief, and trouble abound
When one cunning jinn seeks destruction and love.

#NationalPoetryDay #XchylerPublishing

In celebration of National Poetry Day yesterday, I present to you the above original, rhythmically aesthetic, but non-rhyming verse about my upcoming short story, “Peradventure,” appearing in Legends and Lore, an Anthology of Mythic Proportions on October 22nd, 2014.

The poem is just for fun, but this anthology is seriously awesome!

Now, behold the lovely cover art for Legends and Lore! (Do click to see the larger image)


But Sarah, you haven’t told us anything about your story “Peradventure,” I hear you say. Come, and read the little blurb I have made for you!

Fate has been cruel to Delilah of Sorek. Scorned by her husband, she survives on the city streets any way she can. When a devious jinni named Samson comes one night, declaring his love, Delilah becomes tangled in a plot with his enemies to rob him of his magic powers.

It’s A Party!

There will be a Facebook release party on the date of publication (October 22nd) from 4:00-8:00 PM, PDT. You’re all invited! The release party takes place on Facebook on an event page that will be easy to find via the Xchyler Publishing page. There will be fun games featuring each author and their stories in the anthology, and cool prizes for fans who participate.

A blog tour will run from October 14th through the 22nd that will feature the various authors whose stories appear in Legends and Lore in more depth.

A book trailer is also coming! I will share it when I see it.

Next week, I hope to have more info for you about the release party and blog tour scheduling.

Congratulations to my fellow anthologists: R. M. Ridley, Alyson Graur, Sarah Hunter Hyatt, Lance Schonberg, M. K. Wiseman, Danielle E. Shipley, A. F. Stewart, and Emma Michaels! And many thanks to Penny Freeman and the et. al. of Xchyler for a truly wonderful editorial and publication experience. We’ve all worked hard to make these nine stories of mythical mayhem the best shiny things they can be, and we’re excited to share them with you.

Keep being awesome readers and writers out there, and I look forward to meeting your virtual acquaintances very soon at the Legends and Lore release!