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Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Award-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her... show more



Award-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published works include six novels, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court, The Redcaps’ Queen, and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, and Transcendence, the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Gaslight & Grimm, Dragon’s Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.She is a member of Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.In addition to her literary acclaim, she crafts and sells original costume horns under the moniker The Hornie Lady, at literary conventions, on commission, and wholesale.Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail and three extremely spoiled cats. She can be found on Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail) and Twitter (DMcPhail, BadAssFaeries, eSpecBooks, and TheHornieLady). To learn more about her work, visit www.sidhenadaire.com, www.especbooks.com or www.badassfaeries.com.

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Elentarri's Book Blog
Elentarri's Book Blog rated it 2 years ago
An entertaining, enjoyable and original collection of short stories involving a variety of unusual were-creatures.
Yzabel
Yzabel rated it 2 years ago
[I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.] I found this anthology quite inspiring in general, and it left me with a better impression than anthologies generally do. I appreciated that most stories, while building upon the foundations of original tales, didn't hesitate to s...
Shaykitteh's World of Books
Shaykitteh's World of Books rated it 4 years ago
Anthologies are always difficult to review, this one as much or even more so than others I've recently read. The link between these stories is transcendence, the act of becoming more than you were. This isn't always a positive change, but the submissions - for the most part - are able to carry the c...
The Surly Dragon
The Surly Dragon rated it 5 years ago
This is another sample review. Anthologies are difficult to review because there are many different authors and quality of writing in them. A good editor, would of course, ensure that only quality stories made it into the anthology though. This was not the case. The sample provided one ful...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 5 years ago
This is an anthology of 28 all new original fantasy stories all set in an age of sail. About half of them are set in the world we know, that is, could be called historical fantasy (and I found I tended to prefer these stories) and the other half are high fantasy. One Amazon reviewer described some o...
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