July Wrap UP!

What’s been going on at Whimsical:
Writing

If you follow me on social media, you may have seen my teasers about my current work in progress – a spin-off story about Toff Parley from The Maiden Ship trilogy. This story will focus on all the wild adventures Toff had in his younger years!

Illustrating

With my backlog of commissions being finished, I’ve been able to make some progress on more fun pieces! I recently shared a piece from Curious Beginnings by Deanna Raybourn, a book recommended to me by my dear friend Caryn. 

Publishing

Whimsical Publishing has signed its third author! We are delighted to welcome Hayley Reese Chow to our family of indie authors! I can’t give many details about her book just yet, but I can tell you it’s SUCH a fun engaging read. It’s a story that I think will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and The Scorpio Races. Hayley’s Instagram is a great place to check out what she’s up to and what she has published before!


New Author!

Join me in welcoming our newest author:
Hayley Reese Chow!
We are so, so, so excited to welcome Hayley into our Whimsical family. I’m absolutely bursting at the seams because I want to share more about her book, but all in good time! Until then, check out Hayley at the link below to learn more about her and give her a warm Whimsie welcome!

 


New Admin Assistant!
I’m delighted to introduce you to my new admin assistant, Christina! She helps keep my business organized and has been a tremendous help with a lot of behind-the-scenes work. You may get a reply from her if you email us, so I wanted to make sure you had a face to put with a name! The adorable dog next to her is an illustration I did of her furbaby, Goose.


Have you joined our Facebook group yet?

That’s right! We now have an exclusive Facebook group just for my Whimsies!
As a Facebook Whimsie, you’ll occasionally get exclusive early sneak peeks at works in progress, new art, or snippets from upcoming books.
We will occasionally host giveaways and offer exclusive discount codes for group members, so click HERE to join now!


Remember this WIP from last month?? Well, for those who guessed Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson novels, you were right! I can’t sell this design, but for a limited time, it will be included as a FREE postcard with all orders $10 and over. There are a limited number available, so hurry hurry! SHOP HERE!


Also, if ya missed it on socials, there is new artwork up in the shop!
This Veronica Speedwell fanart and this Legend depiction from Caraval are now available!


Low Stock Alert!
Unplugged Book Box has a very limited supply left of the exclusive edition of A Daughter of the Trolls by McKenzie Catron. These won’t last long so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, hurry over and grab one HERE!


HAPPENING NOW!

Whimsical Summer Sale!
USE the coupon code: ‘summer’ in our shop at checkout for 20% off!


Charting Stars is getting a re-brand!

Charting Stars, book one of the Nine Realms Tales, is being re-released this autumn! We are looking for active, enthusiastic people to join our Street Team to help promote the book’s re-release and hype it up as much as possible! If you’re interested, please complete this Google Forms questionnaire.

If you haven’t read it yet, now is the perfect opportunity! All street team members will receive a Kindle edition of the book for free!

Seen above is the old cover of Charting Stars. This cover will only be available until the end of October, so if you don’t have this one and you want it, act now because soon it will be gone forever!

 

SALES & GIVEAWAYS & READ-A-LONG, OH MY!

EXTRA! EXTRA! 

My Whimsies, we have so many exciting things to share with you!

 

EXCLUSIVE EDITION GIVEAWAY!!!

In case you missed it, Unplugged Book Box is doing an exclusive edition of A Daughter of the Trolls in hardcover and now they’re hosting a giveaway for one!

They are pulling out all the stops with this edition. It’ll have:

  1. Gold foiling on the hardcover (with a design hand-picked by McKenzie!)
  2. Exclusive artwork on the reverse dust jacket (artwork by me, Micheline Ryckman)
  3. Absolutely stunning stencilled edges
  4. A digital signature
Click HERE for the details on how to enter the giveaway! But hurry!! It closes on July 29th!

Low Stock Alert!
If you’d rather purchase the Unplugged Book Box edition of ADOTT, they have a very limited supply left. These won’t last long so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, hurry over and GRAB ONE HERE!

And speaking of ADOTT…
Fire Nation Creations is hosting a read-along!

But not just any read-along – this one is ALSO a giveaway!

For the month of August, Alex at Fire Nation Creations will be hosting a read-along of A Daughter of the Trolls with weekly discussions. At the end of the month, you’ll be able to nominate and vote on suggestions for a candle to be made, inspired by the book. Any guesses on who will be doing the artwork for the candle label? You guessed it! Me, Micheline Ryckman!

Those who participate in the read-along discussions will be eligible to win a candle, so be sure to check it out!

For full details by clicking on the image above.


E-book readers!

The kindle versions of the first two books in The Maiden Ship trilogy – The Maiden Ship and The Lion of the Sea – are currently on sale, but for a limited time! So hurry on over to Amazon (click or tap the graphic) and snag these kindle books before they go back to regular price!


Rep Search ends July 31st!
Our rep search on Instagram will close in a little over a week, so if you’ve been meaning to enter and haven’t yet, be sure you don’t miss the deadline! Click graphic for more details.


JUNE WRAP-UP

From the desk of Micheline Ryckman

(Pssst! There’s a special offer just for newsletter/blog subscribers
at the end of this email!)

What’s been going on at Whimsical:
Writing

I’m currently working on a spin-off of The Maiden Ship, featuring one of its beloved characters in his younger years. Any guesses who this new story will be about?

Illustrating

I’ve been hard at work the past several months completing commissions and they are (almost) finally finished! Because of that, I’ve had little new art to share publicly but that will be changing soon! I’ve had quite a few fan arts and personal projects planned and I’m excited to make some progress on those! Commissions will be closed for a bit but I’m very excited for you to see what I have in the works.

Publishing

In case you missed the recent news, one of Whimsical Publishing’s books is being featured in Unplugged Book Box’s August YA Crate! The book will have a limited edition hardcover binding, gold embossing on the hardback, an exclusive just jacket with reverse artwork (artist TBA), exclusive professional STENCILED edges, and a digital signature! Check out the graphic below to order your copy!

More publishing news – eARCs were sent out for We Could Be Villains! We are so grateful to all our ARC readers and if you weren’t selected this time, please don’t be discouraged. I’d send one to everybody if I could. If you’re interested in becoming an ARC reader, check out the link in the menu above.

Click the image above to order the book-only option. For the full YA crate that includes the book + bookish items, click this link after July 6th when the August boxes go on sale!

COMING UP:

Click Image to order!

We Could Be Villains is still open for pre-order. Remember the pre-order incentives (including a signed bookplate) are only included in orders from here on my website. This superhero novel is perfect for fans of pop culture and comics, as well as theatre kids and anyone who loves to hate the perfect villain.


CURRENT WORK IN PROGRESS:

Do you recognize these two?
Did you know there’s a full line of birthstone bookmarks in the shop? Click the image of the bookmark to be taken to the listing! And as a special thank you exclusively for my newsletter/blog subscribers, you can use code PEARL to save 20% on birthstone bookmarks.

 

 

 

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!