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review 2020-01-15 05:30
Review: Eternal Wanderings by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Eternal Wanderings - Danielle Ackley-McPhail

**Disclaimer** I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley!

 

I wish that I had known this book was the fourth in a series before I requested it because I think I would have enjoyed it more having read the previous works. But I did not know and the premise sounded fascinating.

 

This was a good story. It was very well written, the characters were engaging and the story was a lot of fun. The author also peppered in enough information about previous books that I was able to follow along by about 40 pages in. I was captured in the story even when I didn’t entirely know what was happening.

 

My biggest complaint with this one was the length. The story described in the synopsis is only about 70 pages long, barely a novella, when I was expecting a full length novel. The remaining 70 pages of the book was a collection of short stories for this series universe. I skipped all but the first one because I had no idea who any of the characters were and didn’t feel the title story should be negatively impacted because I couldn’t follow those side stories. But 70 pages is barely anything. I felt like the story was just reaching the climax point and then it was over.

 

So, while I loved the writing and I loved the story I was left feeling unsatisfying because it didn’t feel complete. I may venture back to this series at some point and read from the beginning though because it was very well done.

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text 2014-09-01 22:35
GUEST BLOG ALERT

Happy Labor Day!

To celebrate I'm going to get to work on Eternal Wanderings! I'm 500 words in and I can already feel the spirit in the piece. This is going to be a fun ride.

Well, since I don't expect much of anything to go on today I’ll leave you with a couple of opportunities to learn more about me.

First is a guest post on author Lawrence M. Schoen’s blog as a part of his EATING AUTHORS feature:

http://www.lawrencemschoen.com/plugs/eating-authors-danielle-ackley-mcphail/


The second promo coming up on 9/4, starting at 3pm EST. Bitten By Books is hosting a guest blog and author chat with myself and Day Al-Mohamed, my co-author on my most recent novel Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn. If you RSVP in advance with the following link you will have 25 extra chances to win a $40 Amazon gift card: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=80052. You must be present at the chat and mention your RSVP to get the 25 chances.

 



For those not familiar with it, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn is a steampunk retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. You can learn more about it here: Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale

And don’t forget our Eternal Wanderings kickstarter. We’ve already funded, which makes this a sure-thing, and the more people who get on board, the more goodies for everyone! 

Enjoy your day!

Danielle Ackley-McPhail
www.sidhenadaire.com
www.epecbooks.com

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text 2014-08-29 04:32
The Travails of Promoting

See....I've been trying to write this post ALL week. Unsuccessfully.

 

Here I am finally telling you all about my first ever Kickstarter, Eternal Wanderings - The Continuing Journey of Kara O'Keefe, and instead of timing my post with it's launch, I'm managing to tell you about it when we are nearly fully funded! Yes...nearly already there. Now, does this mean there in no reason to tell you about it? Why no! That's not what it means at all.

 

See...funding to the goal means a bare bones campaign. Goal achieved, but no bells-and-whistles for anyone. Me? I LOVE bells and whisles. I'd like there to be lots of them not just for myself, but my backers as well.

 

First, let me tell you what it's all about. We are trying to fund a novella that continues the tale of Kara O'Keefe, the heroine from my Eternal Cycle trilogy, urban fantasy novels based on Irish mythology. These were my first novels and will always be special to me, meldings of magic, music, and myth. They've gathered quite a following among my fans and I regularly get requests for more stories featuring these beloved characters. Well...now's the time to make it happen! Like I said, the campaign at only four days in is nearly funded, and we still have 26 days to go. You know what that means, right?

 

Stretch Goals! (and the crowd roars!)


We have some great ones coming up once we fund:

 

First 20 backers – ACHIEVED! Receive an electronic copy of "Birth of the Tuatha de Danaan" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, the Eternal Cycle’s origin story for the Celtic elves.

 

First 50 backers – Receive three bonus short stories: “Forever and A Day”, “Travellin’ Show”, and “The Devil’s Own Luck”. These are the seed stories that will eventually become the novel Forever and A Day, written in the far future of the Eternal Cycle universe.

 

$1200 - All backers at $5 or more will receive a DRM-Free copy of Janine K. Spendlove’s novel War of Seasons: Human.

 

$1500 - All backers at $5 or more will receive a DRM-Free copy of Alma Alexander's story "Hourglass" featuring Aris the Gleeman.

 

$1800 - All backers at $5 or more will receive a digital download of Jonah Knight's Eternal Cycle songs, inspired by the novels.

 

$2100 - All backers at $5 or more will receive a DRM-free copy of L. Jagi Lamplighter's story Foot-Sore Angel

 

$2400 - All backers at $5 or more will receive a digital download of Danny Birt's original composition based on Eternal Wanderings

 

$2700 - To Be Announced

 

$3000 - A print version of Eternal Wanderings will be produced

 

And that's not all...these are just the confirmed goals. Those goals I'm confident we can reach. We are scheming for some other, really fantastic goals I'm still crossing my fingers on, like custom cover art and a possible audiobook version.

 

More on those later, though. Going to focus now on getting the deal in the bag, then I'll concentrate on sweetening it!

 

Keep dreaming!


Danielle

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