The Rightful Bearer is HERE!!!

Each one of the books in this series is dedicated to a member of my family.

The Maiden Ship dedication reads: ‘For Hannah, this ship was constructed when you were born, yet did not sail until you were grown.‘ I started writing TMS shortly after my first child, Hannah, was born, but it got set aside when the busyness of being a young Mom took over. It wasn’t until over twenty years later, when Hannah was grown, that I picked up the story again, and it was the best feeling to be able to share the journey with her. She was the one who actually encouraged me to pursue illustration, which in turn led to writing. I owe her so much for helping me find my way here. <3

The Lion of the Sea dedication reads: ‘For Hunter, despite the struggles you face everyday, you get up again the next and bravely keep on living.‘ Like myself, my son has severe chronic health struggles. We are a constant support and daily encouragement to each other, but I’d say, out of the both of us, he is the bravest, kindest, and best. He faces things I couldn’t, he is a hero.

The Rightful Bearer dedication reads: ‘For Shane. I love you always, and forever, no matter what.‘ When our kids were small we’d always say this phrase to them at bedtime as we tapped their chest, chin, and nose. It was a nightly routine that became a family tradition, and now the words means a lot to all four of us. My husband is my everything, he is solid, good, loyal, and supportive beyond compare. I would not be where I am today without him. He is my heart.

These books, though I wrote them, belong to my family, and I hope that The Maiden Ship series’ voyage never ends. I hope it sails on and on, from family to family, to family, and maybe even becomes a special part of their own personal stories too.

All three books in this series are available as a signed paperback here in our shop, or available in hardback, paperback, and kindle ebook via AMAZON.

COVER REVEAL! We Could be Villains!

The WE COULD BE VILLAINS COVER IS HERE!!!

So excited to share this cover reveal with you all. Author, Megan Mccullough and myself, Micheline Ryckman, worked for months creating this one and getting it just perfect. We are so proud of how it turned out and we hope you love it too! (Finger crossed.)

We Could be Villains is now available for preorder HERE in our shop and it includes, for free, all the preorder incentive goodies you see pictured (three postcard art prints, two double-sided bookmarks, and a signed bookplate). This book is available for preorder as the kindle version on Amazon as well. (Please note: preorder goodies are not included with purchases through Amazon.)

Here’s my review of WCBV:

Is it really possible for an author to mix superheroes (and villains), secret agents, theatre, and big screen, movie magic all into one novel?

Well, yes, apparently it is!

Mccullough does all of the above and more in her sci-fi, debut novel, We Could be Villains. And I think young adult readers, no matter their preferred genre, are going to love this tale! (I did, and I almost exclusively read fantasy.)

This story is the perfect blend of seedling romance, high-stakes espionage, and magical superhero escapades. You will be on the edge of your seat, maybe even biting your nails sometimes, but for the most part, you’ll probably just be glued to the pages because of the heartthrob supervillain, Ironfall. Yes, he’s hot. Yes, you’ll sympathize with him. And yes, you’ll probably fall in love with him.

Anywho, all that to say, GO, READ, THIS, BOOK!

THE BOOK BLURB: 

Avoid spoilers. Don’t get fired. Defeat a not-so-fictional supervillain?

Seventeen-year-old fangirl Rosemary Collins lives for VIGIL & ANTE Studios movies. From action-packed superhero fights to sweet character moments, she’s here for it all. But in a real-life crossover no one saw coming, the fandom’s heartthrob supervillain, Ironfall, isn’t as fictional as the film studio wants her to believe. Beyond the glamorous red carpet lies the government’s most guarded secret: the movies are real.

Armed with a devilish grin and a wit as sharp as his knives, Ironfall needs her help, and refusing means he’ll kill her parents. Her only other option involves spying on him for the government’s secret superhero division. Suspended between fact and what she thought was fiction, Rosemary must join her heroes and create an impenetrable web of lies—or guarantee her parents’ safety as she watches the world burn at its adored villain’s hand.

Perfect for fans of pop culture and comics, WE COULD BE VILLAINS packs an entire cinematic universe into a book. Join Rosemary and the not-so-fictional heroes (and villains!) of the VIGIL & ANTE films in this imaginative science fiction where superhero battles equal publicity stunts, fictional characters become family, and the villain just might steal your heart.

We Could Be Villains Blurb Reveal!!!

Avoid spoilers. Don’t get fired.
Defeat a not-so-fictional supervillain?

Seventeen-year-old fangirl Rosemary Collins lives for VIGIL & ANTE Studios movies. From action-packed superhero fights to sweet character moments, she’s here for it all. But in a real-life crossover no one saw coming, the fandom’s heartthrob supervillain, Ironfall, isn’t as fictional as the film studio wants her to believe. Beyond the glamorous red carpet lies the government’s most guarded secret: the movies are real.

Armed with a devilish grin and a wit as sharp as his knives, Ironfall needs her help, and refusing means he’ll kill her parents. Her only other option involves spying on him for the government’s secret superhero division. Suspended between fact and what she thought was fiction, Rosemary must join her heroes and create an impenetrable web of lies—or guarantee her parents’ safety as she watches the world burn at its adored villain’s hand.

Perfect for fans of pop culture and comics, WE COULD BE VILLAINS packs an entire cinematic universe into a book. Join Rosemary and the not-so-fictional heroes (and villains!) of the VIGIL & ANTE films in this imaginative science fiction where superhero battles equal publicity stunts, fictional characters become family, and the villain just might steal your heart.

The cover reveal for this tale is coming to you May 15th 2022! You’ll be able to begin preordering then! Release day will be October 3rd, 2022!

The wait is OVER!!!

Our warmest, most EXCITED congratulations to our precious author, McKenzie Catron, whose debut novel, A Daughter of the Trolls just released today! This incredible tale is now available worldwide! You can obtain a high quality paperback version with a signed author bookplate and a complimentary bookmark here in our shop, or you can also purchase the paperback, hardcover, or ebook via Amazon as well.


Are you afraid of the bogeyman?

Eighteen-year-old Sparrow can’t remember a time when she wasn’t. And neither can her mother—or the trolls, imps, gnomes, and faeries who all live in the Glade and call it home. Though Sparrow’s weak heart keeps her wheelchair bound, she and her mother have dedicated their lives to protecting the Glade, especially from the worst bogeyman of them all: the skin-stealing, poison-ingesting witch called Black Annis.
But one night, Sparrow makes a terrible mistake, and everything she once held dear is taken from her. The Glade is no longer a sanctuary, and the only way Sparrow can save her mother and her friends is to journey out into a monster-ridden world that wasn’t made for her or her wheelchair. Joined by her half-goblin friend, Rush, Sparrow will have to confront her fears before the ones they love are lost forever.

A Daughter of the Trolls will appeal to fans of European folklore and the darker Grimm Brother’s fairytales. This is a spine-tingling young adult fantasy adventure about evil witches, monsters, and the imperfect heroes who face them all. You’ll join Sparrow and her faerie friends on a life changing journey where they face not only their outer demons, but their inner ones as well.

Title Reveal!!!

WE COULD BE VILLAINS is a brilliant, YA tale that’s perfect for fans of pop culture and comics, it packs an entire cinematic universe into a book.
💥🦹‍♂️🦸‍♀️💥
I’m not typically the kind of reader who gravitates toward superhero stories, but the minute I started reading Megan’s query I was sucked right in. I love this book to pieces, and it’s such a privilege to be publishing it.

Can’t wait until May 15th when we reveal the cover and preorder campaign!
🙌💓
If you’re interest in signing up for a chance to get an ARC of Megan’s release, be sure to head to this LINK!

Read the first two chapters of A Daughter of the Trolls HERE!

An unlikely heroine, a handsome goblin, and a mysterious little girl—is that enough to capture your interest? No? Ok, how about gnomes in mushroom caps, magical trees, and imps who love sweet rolls? No, again? Ok, how about disability representation, high stakes adventure, a childhood friends to lovers trope, and a terrifying, skin stealing witch?!

Yes?

Good!

Seriously though, A Daughter of the Trolls isn’t just another faerie story, it’s a faerie story you don’t want to miss!

Check out the first two chapters here >>> ADOTT-Chapter-1-2

The beautiful ADOTT sweatshirt pictured above is available through the author’s shop, along with lots of other pretty designs. Check out more of the clothing designs here >>> ADOTT MERCH

The paperback version of A Daughter of the Trolls is available to preorder through our shop with lots of lovely incentives. Take a peek here. The book is also available to preorder as a kindle ebook via Amazon, and on the release day, April 21st, it will also be available as hardcover and a paperback on Amazon.

EXCITING NEWS!!!

Whimsical is growing even more, my Whimsies!!!

If you follow me on social media you’ll know that it’s been my heart to grow my business enough to be able to start helping and supporting other indie authors and other artists. You all know that last year Whimsical signed our first author, McKenzie Catron, but now our family is growing even more!
So pleased to introduce you to Megan McCullough!!!

Megan McCullough wanted a superpower, so she picked up a pen and became an author. Living in Florida, the theme park capital of the world, only fuels her love for storytelling. When she isn’t writing, you can find her designing a book cover for someone else’s literary masterpiece, fangirling over the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or wishing she was at Disney World. Join Megan’s adventures through her Instagram (@meganmcculloughbooks) or at meganmccullough.com. (You can peek at some of Megan’s cover design work in the images below.)

Whimsical will be publishing Megan’s debut novel this year!!! I can’t give you the full details yet, but I can tell you that if you love superheroes, you are gonna LOVE this tale! Trust me, this story is AMAZING!

For those who’ll ask, yes, I’ll be doing the cover art together with Megan as a collab! Woot woot!!!

P.S. Have you always wanted to be a published author? Whimsical is still taking manuscript submissions at this time, all the information is here at this LINK!

COVER REVEAL! The Rightful Bearer!

The adventure concludes with The Rightful Bearer!

Join Dain, Sable, Elden, and the rest of the Maiden Ship crew

in this final seafaring adventure. 

Make peace with your past, lest it ruin your future.

Dain Alloway has been tasked with finding the rightful bearer and stopping the oncoming invasion of the four kingdoms. But as he begins the journey, self-doubt invades first, and he finds his confidence waning—Dain is no longer sure he’s the right person for this job. Who is he to challenge an emperor and his monstrous creations? Who is he to stop a war? 

Meanwhile, Sable Cortham’s talent has grown, and every new lesson brings her another step closer to becoming one of the most powerful adept in history. But wielding this kind of magic makes Sable a target. She’s begun to wonder, even if they can find the rightful bearer and stop the emperor, how many more villains will come for her power? Will the four kingdoms ever be safe for the adept? 

Elden Grayspire has recently been rescued from a centuries-old prison of stone, and while he rejoices in his newfound freedom, he laments the fact that his beloved remains a prisoner still. Mourning the loss of so many things past, feeling lonely and helpless, Elden struggles to find a place in this new time and era. As he embarks on a secret mission against the very man who cursed him long ago, will he finally discover a purpose and a way to belong?


You can preorder the signed paperback edition which includes ALL the preorder incentives pictured here on WHIMSICAL, including a bonus scene from Sable’s POV, in the future, that you cannot get anywhere else!

You can preorder the EXCLUSIVE hardcover edition of TRB on Faecrate.com. (You definitely don’t want to miss this!)

Or you can preorder the kindle ebook version on AMAZON.

(Preorder incentives are only available her on Whimsical and are not included through Faecrate or Amazon.)

KINDLE Sale!!!

Hellooooo Whimsies!!!

Since all the reveals for The Rightful Bearer, the third and final book in The Maiden Ship series, are coming in January, we thought it would be nice to put the kindle versions of the first two books on sale until then. So, from now until January 1st, 2022 you can get The Maiden Ship and The Lion of the Sea for only $0.99 on Amazon at this LINK  !!!

Cover Reveal – A Daughter of the Trolls!

COVER REVEAL for A Daughter of the Trolls!!!

Release date: April 21, 2022

BOOK BLURB:

Are you afraid of the bogeyman?

Eighteen-year-old Sparrow can’t remember a time when she wasn’t. And neither can her mother—or the trolls, imps, gnomes, and faeries who all live in the Glade and call it home. Though Sparrow’s weak heart keeps her wheelchair bound, she and her mother have dedicated their lives to protecting the Glade, especially from the worst bogeyman of them all: the skin-stealing, poison-ingesting witch called Black Annis.

But one night, Sparrow makes a terrible mistake, and everything she once held dear is taken from her. The Glade is no longer a sanctuary, and the only way Sparrow can save her mother and her friends is to journey out into a monster-ridden world that wasn’t made for her or her wheelchair. Joined by her half-goblin friend, Rush, Sparrow will have to confront her fears before the ones they love are lost forever.

A Daughter of the Trolls will appeal to fans of European folklore and the darker Grimm Brother’s fairytales. This is a spine-tingling young adult fantasy adventure about evil witches, monsters, and the imperfect heroes who face them all. You’ll join Sparrow and her faerie friends on a life changing journey where they face not only their outer demons, but their inner ones as well.

Whimsical Publishing is incredibly excited reveal this cover to you and let you know that McKenzie Catron’s debut novel is now available for preorder! Release date will be April 21st, 2022!!! You can preorder the paperback version of A Daughter of the Trolls HERE on our site, (preorders here will automatically include a signed bookplate and all the preorder incentives pictured.) You can also preorder the kindle e-reader version via AMAZON right now (preorder incentives are not included with Amazon orders, and yes, the paperback will be available via Amazon on the release date.)

A note from the author, McKenzie Catron:

Growing up, I always wanted to be an author. I tried time and time again to concoct an idea, but they never seemed to stick. I never felt that I had a story important enough to tell, that was until I became disabled. I spent my whole life being healthy and able bodied until I became completely blindsided in 2018 by an untreatable chronic illness that put me in a wheelchair.
After that, reading fantasy books was difficult. I couldn’t connect with characters as easily and I couldn’t put myself in these fantastical scenarios full of adventure and incredible feats. I can’t even roll over carpet, how could I picture myself traveling through a forest alongside these characters?
This is how A Daughter of the Trolls was born. I wanted to give people like me with disabilities and chronic illnesses a character to relate to. I found a way for Sparrow, who has a similar illness to me, to go on an adventure that is…not very ADA compliant. Not to mention, I got to share my struggles and frustrations of being wheelchair bound without being paralyzed through Sparrow. There are so many stigmas when it comes to being disabled, this is not a one size fits all world and we are not meant for molds. Thank goodness I learned that disability is not inability.
I can only hope that readers will fall in love with my characters the way I have, and that they come out on the other side with memories of a story they’ll never forget.