A Little Old, A Little New, and an Important Update!

New For 2023: Limited Bookmark Series

Beginning in late February, we will be releasing a bookmark each month. These will be limited to 50 and when they’re sold out, they’re gone for good and will not return to the shop.

Since this is a new idea, we want to get your feedback before we start! Please answer the very short poll here so we know what you’d want most.

Everyone who answers will be entered to win the first month’s bookmark design.

Into the churn preorder incentives pictured with book.


Preorder incentives for Into the Churn are limited to the first 75 orders only! Every order will always come with a signed bookplate and bookmark, but only the first 75 preorders will include the postcards of character and map art. These incentives are already 2/3 claimed, so don’t delay! If you’re hoping to snag these postcards, preordering ASAP is the only way to get them!

In other ITC news, keep your eyes peeled on our Instagram for a super awesome Into the Churn book trailer!

Pssst… Just in case you didn’t know, Whimsical is offering an exclusive, jacketed hardcover of ITC, and it has a surprise art cover under the jacket!


Picture of author holding The Rightful Bearer Book.

The paperback of The Rightful Bearer is on sale this month! (Until February 28th) There will also be a selection of Maiden Ship postcards on sale as well, so make sure you browse through TMS category of the shop to see all the discounted products!

Picture of Cassian artwork by Micheline Ryckman in postcard form.

Remember this handsome fella? Even though I’m no longer selling SJM art in the shop, we still have some leftover stock and for the month of February, this postcard of Cassian will be the free gift with all orders of at least $10 (before shipping). Once he’s gone though, he’s gone for good! Beginning March 1st, there will be a different new freebie postcard each month or until stock runs out.

And speaking of collections, have you ever wished there was a checklist of Whimsical Illustration’s art? My assistant Christina made a checklist to keep track of what artwork she has in her collection, and she wanted to share it with you all to use too! Check it out here!

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Please note that completing a form does not guarantee I will accept your request. This is purely for me to prioritize requests that I feel confident and inspired to complete.

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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?!



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.

ADOTT Cover Reveal Coming November 1st!!!

I’m so excited to let you know that the cover reveal for A Daughter of the Trolls will be coming your way on November 1st, so keep your peepers peeled! SO CLOSE! Woooohoooo! In the meantime I wanted to share a little word with you all 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 story to relate to. I never imagined what my book would become and I am so unbelievably excited for it to be out in the world and in your hands soon!

Whimsical has EXCITING NEWS!!!

I’m SOOOOOO excited to announce that Whimsical has signed our first YA author, (besides myself 😆), so please let me introduce you to McKenzie Catron!💓

McKenzie lives in sunny Arizona with her personal dog Finn and service dog Grimm. She is a wheelchair bound creative makeup artist fighting against disability stigmas one book and bodypaint at a time. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy novels you can find her over on Instagram sharing her art>>> @mckenziecatron

🙌 Whimsical will be publishing McKenzie’s debut novel in 2022, and while I can’t give you the full details yet, I can tell you that there are a lot of people in the world who need this story, (okay, well, maybe just EVERYONE needs this story). Trust me, you won’t want to miss out!

For those who’ll ask, yes, I (Micheline Ryckman) will be doing the cover art. 😁