From prehistoric life to the Roman Empire, from Medieval times to the Renaissance and the industrial revolution, beyond two world wars, countless revolutions, and scores of natural disasters, the human race has carried on. We… More
It’s almost here, release date is FRIDAY! Only three more days left to preorder THE MAIDEN SHIP! Get your orders in quickly so that you don’t miss out on the FREE preorder art swag (pictured below)! You can also preorder TMS as an ebook on AMAZON as well (freebies are not included with the ebook ). Can’t wait for you all to set sail on this adventure!!!
Dain responded with equal passion, tangling his fingers through her hair. 💕 #themaidenship ⚓️
Two weeks left until the release! 😱⚓️😱
My family and I got all the international TMS preorders shipped in the mail yesterday!!! US & Canadian preorders will be shipped out beginning of next week! WOOT WOOT!!! 🙌
Also don’t forget, this leaves you only two weeks to preorder and receive the free goodies pictured below with your book!
Dain remained dumb as he watched the princess walk back through the moonslight toward the prow. He repeated her last words silently to himself. ‘Failure has a way of preparing us for victory.’
(Pssst… ‘moonslight’ is not a typo above, there are three moons in this world.) 🌙🌙🌙
THREE WEEKS LEFT until release day!!! WOOT WOOT! 🎉📚🎉 My arms were still not well enough to create a painting for today’s countdown quote, 😞(maybe next week), but I’d say these #princessileana cosplays from @macaylacarlene are a pretty AMAZING consolation prize! 😱😍🤤 Gah, she’s beautiful!!!
Still three weeks left to preorder the TMS paperback and receive free art goodies with your order! For those not ready for a physical book, #themaidenship ebook is available on Amazon! 😁
Dain hesitated, palms sweating again. What if he didn’t want to see what was inside?
🌊⚓️🌊 #themaidenship 🌊⚓️🌊
Only 4 weeks until release day!!! FEBRUARY 7th!!! 😱😆
Pssst… don’t forget that if you preorder the TMS paperback, it comes with FREE art goodies! 😁 These freebies won’t be available after the release date.
“Do you know why wildflowers are the most beautiful blossoms of all, my son?”Dain shook his little head.Soft waxen curls blew forward in the breeze as she lifted her storm-gray eyes to gaze out over the sea of petals. “Wildflowers are the loveliest of all because they grow in uncultivated soil, in those hard, rugged places where no one expects them to flourish. They are resilient in ways a garden bloom could never be. People are the same, son—the most exquisite souls are those who survive where others cannot.” ~The Maiden Ship by Micheline Ryckman
Just a quick note because the holiday season is so full, but be excited because there are SO many good Whimsical things coming in 2020!!! I want to wish all those who celebrate the MERRIEST CHRISTMAS EVER, and an exceedingly HAPPY New Year! I haven’t set any New Years resolutions yet, but I saw this quote the other day and had to share it with you.
“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~ Ellen Goodman
Psst… there are several holiday announcements coming up on social media in the next week – a boxing day sale and a fun giveaway – keep an eye on INSTAGRAM to stay up-to-date. 😀
So, I wrote.
Typing with my non-dominant hand took some getting used to. The process was arduous, and sometimes I used dictation when the pain was too severe. Yet, word by word, this book saved my life. This tale gave me a reason to wake up each day; it gave me a purpose. I am so thankful for this story.
I poured so much of my own personal life journey and lessons into this novel, and I’m hopeful that the premise and messages in this story will speak to the hearts of those who read it. <3
Micheline Ryckman’s debut YA fantasy adventure novel, The Maiden Ship, releases February 7, 2020, and is NOW available >>> Paperback is HERE for PRE-ORDER! And the ebook is on amazon.com for pre-preorder as well!
Dain Alloway was only nine years old when he began a new life with his father, sailing aboard The Maiden. Eight years later, the aristocratic city-boy turned merchant-sailor feels like he lives with one foot on land, and one foot in the sea. Life floats smoothly by until the night he wakes to find a mysterious woman in his cabin.
The events that unfold after her appearance transform Dain’s world. Now, hunted by empty-faced demons, he finds himself thrown into a dangerous web of intrigue and magic. As the crisis grows, the young sailor discovers powerful gifts buried deep within, talents that might shift the tide of a centuries-old war. Whether or not he’s ready, Dain will have to risk it all for the salvation and freedom of those he loves.
If you happen to follow along on my social media sites IG and Facebook you’ll know exactly what I’ve been up to lately. It’s been a busy fall season, but so many good things are coming! The most exciting news, however, is that on November 1st I’ll be posting the cover reveal and release date for THE MAIDEN SHIP! That’s right, my debut novel is finally complete, and I’m super excited about sharing this fantasy adventure with you all! (Pssst… The book will also be available for pre-order that day as well.)
So check back in on NOVEMBER 1st!!!
“After a few months of practice, David lamented to his teacher, “But I can hear the music so much better in my head than I can get it out of my fingers.”
To which the Master replied, “What makes you think that ever changes?” “ ~ Art & Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland
Yesterday I posted a portrait of my character, Sable, on IG and I hated it. I tried hard to convince myself to like it, but I couldn’t do it. She just did not look the same way she did in my head. It maddened me. I deleted it. And then today I started all over again. The portrait you see here is my fourth attempt at Sable. That’s right, yesterday was my third. She has been down right obstinate, and nearly impossible to capture.
If you are a creator, then I bet you too have faced this kind of frustration. Our vision rarely fits our execution. It’s like the image in our mind’s eye gets twisted, mucked up, and lost in translation. On rare occasions it manages to work out, but for the most part it’s much like Picasso said, “I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else.”
Now, we can do one of three things with this experience; we can simply give up, we can try again (and again, and again in my case), or we can just accept what Picasso calls “something else” and move onto the next creation. Nowadays, option two and three is where I usually land, but in the past I have given up. I don’t recommend it. It’s important to realize that our vision (the picture in our head) is, as the Master said to his student above, always going to exceed our abilities. And, in the end, this is NOT a bad thing. Without this vision we would never improve. The vision pushes us beyond ourselves. It asks greater things of us each time we create. While we strive to reach it, we grow. And growth is good.
Am I completely satisfied with how Sable came out today? That’s a good question. Maybe… She’s a bit better, I think… Either way, she’s taught me a lot. 😉
Sable is an original character from my up coming novel, The Maiden Ship.