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

Hello lovelies! I’m back with another ProMo (Promotional Monday’s) post – and boy do I have a great sounding book for you today! 🙂

I often receive emails from authors asking me to review their books, and although their book does sound incredibly interesting I’m just too busy to read them at that moment. I always feel horrible when this happens because I love finding new books and authors and sharing my opinions with all of you. Fortunately, ProMo is a place where I get to share with you some of these books which I don’t have time to read but would still like to give a little spotlight on my blog incase you think it sounds good and would like to pick it up.


Ballad Cover, front 02Title: The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale (Outlaws of Avalon, #1)

Author: Danielle E. Shipley

Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Retelling

Published: 12th July 2016

Publisher: Ever On Word

Pages: 460

Find This Book On: GoodreadsAmazon UK or Amazon USA


Synopsis from Goodreads

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 (from Goodreads)

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.


Author Interview

Q1. Let’s get to know you better, what’s a random fact about yourself?

A. I’m pretty sure my minstrel characters chose me out of the authorial lineup because of my long and varied musical history. Twelve years of classical piano training, a few years of clarinet, brief affairs with tenor sax and guitar, and a semester of percussion, with a couple of orchestral experiences in between… None of which brings me up to my minstrels’ standards, of course, but it gave them a little something to work with.

Q2. What made you want to become a writer?

A. Oh, I’ve always been a writer. For as long as I could read stories, I’ve also been making up my own – though it wasn’t ‘til my latter teens that I started to believe my books were good enough for more than an audience of one. And while maybe that wasn’t quite true at the time – *looks back at early manuscripts* *cringing smile* – fortunately, practice makes betterness.

Q3. For all of us non-writers, where do you find your inspiration from?

A. My characters, mostly. I pluck bits of ideas from here and there to mix and match, but it’s not until an imaginary person steps up to turn my mess into their mess that I really feel I’ve got a story worth pursuing.

Q4. What’s the thing you most love and hate about writing?

A. The Great Unknown. Discovering a story one word at a time can be a varied experience – exciting, satisfying, even relaxing… Or frustrating, when I want to forge ahead, get to the good part – just have this book baby out of me, already! – but can’t because I haven’t found my way yet. Either way, it takes a measure of patience. For the sake of my character friends, I can usually find it.

Q5. Who is your all-time favourite author and why?

A. Of all time?! Hoo, that’s tough. But I’ve gotta give this one to Agatha Christie. Hard to beat her for prolificacy, for one thing; I feel like I spent all my teenage years reading her books, and still haven’t touched half of them! And if I never write a murder mystery, she’s not the one to blame, because just thinking about Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple makes me itch to drop a body in a library somewhere (…*cough* fictionally, of course).

Q6. How many books, novellas, short stories etc have you written? Tell us a little bit about them and where we can find them.

A. Limiting the list to the titles that theoretically earn me royalties?

In addition to “The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale”, there’s my debut novel, “Inspired”. “After an author’s sudden death, her surviving creations and brilliant muse seek a second chance at a literary future. But the story awaiting them just may turn out to be stranger than fiction…” A good read for aspiring writers, or anyone who has a heart for art, particularly of the bookish kind.

Novella-wise, there’s my Wilderhark Tales series (seven volumes, plus a short story collection). I like to think of it as the family saga that inspired everything from “Beauty and the Beast” to “Sleeping Beauty” to “The Pied Piper” and more. “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.

As for short stories, I’ve got a couple creepy paranormal works with sons of devils and library dragons, some heartstring-tugging fantasy that sneaks in a love note to London, a crack at a steampunk fairytale with a crossdressing assassin… Really, you’d do best just to check out the “My Books” page on my website – it’s all there!

Q7. What are you currently working on? What’s it about?

A. It’s actually a cousin to the Outlaws of Avalon. Whereas that trilogy focuses primarily on Robin Hood’s band, my work in progress puts the spotlight on that world’s Arthurian side. Basically, it’s an amnesiac King Arthur ‘n’ ‘em trying to cut through all the retellings of their legend in order to piece together the real story behind Camelot’s fall. But will learning the truth of the past help them move forward, or will it leave them in ruins that can never be rebuilt? Find out in… maybe 2019 or so.

Q8. And finally, what is your favourite genre to write about and why?

A. In a word, fantasy. In several more, anything that lets me mix ordinary life with extraordinary magic. It’s fun to play around in entirely made-up worlds, too, but it thrills me more deeply to think about how other worlds and ours can brush up against one another, or how what we think of as normal is just the top layer on a whole lot of weirdness too often dismissed as fiction. That’s pretty much “Inspired”, and the primary “what if?” behind “The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale”. You’ll get a lot of that in Danielle E. Shipley works to come. Stay tuned!


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Thanks for reading, guys! Let me know if you’re going to read/pick up this book when it comes out. Have a great week!
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