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Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhailDanielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for over fifteen. She has used her talent and her passion for writing to expand her knowledge of the rich mythology of her Celtic heritage and to make her mark in the world of fantasy. She holds Bachelors Degrees in both English and Communications from Kean College of NJ; she is currently employed as an inventory manager for a major medical publisher, as well as project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books. Danielle lives in the Tri-State area with husband and fellow author, Mike McPhail, mother-in-law Teresa, and three extremely spoiled cats. Read excerpts at Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s website.


Eternal Cycle

Eternal Cycle — (2001-2012) Publisher: History… Legacy… Destiny… Triggered by an act of self-sacrifice, all three converge upon Kara O’Keefe, transforming her simple life into one both magical and menacing. Overwhelmed by the expenses of her father’s cancer treatments, Kara finds herself forced to give up Quicksilver, her cherished violin and the only physical link with her long-gone Grandda. Her selflessness becomes the key to her future. At Yesterday’s Dreams, a pawnshop tucked away on a quiet New York back street, she discovers her true legacy, and destiny and danger both begin to stalk her. Confused by the sudden radical turn her life has taken… pursued by malevolent forces she does not understand… Kara O’Keefe must place her trust in a dead man she loved but never truly knew and the living myth that would teach her who she really was. Has she inherited the tenacious strength of her Celtic ancestors, or will she fall beneath the onslaught of uncompromising fate?

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Yesterday’s Dreams: Celtic myth, women’s empowerment

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Yesterday's Dreams by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s novel Yesterday’s Dreams is an interesting mix of Celtic myth, women’s empowerment literature, and urban fantasy. The story is about Kara O’Keefe, a gifted violinist who, through unfortunate circumstance, is forced to pawn her most prized possession, her violin. In doing so, she comes across an unusual pawnshop, called Yesterday’s Dreams, with a caring and kind proprietor who gets Kara out of her jam. But unbeknownst to Kara, this pawnshop and its proprietor are unique in magical and mystical ways. This leads into an adventure that will have Kara relying on a dead man she has never met and fighting against an evil magician.

Ackley-McPhail knows her Celtic mythology. The story, though set in a modern period, is imbued with all the details and richne... Read More

Bad-Ass Faeries

Bad-Ass Faeries — (2007-2013) The first two books are anthologies of stories edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail. The Halfling’s Court is a novel. Publisher: Clap your hands… Now! Because you’d better believe the world is full of “Bad-Ass Faeries”! Toss out your childhood notions of faeries that are all goodness and light. No golden pixies clothed in gossamer, dancing on the wind, here to make the rainbows shine and the birds sing. These tales are of faeries on the raw edge, battle-worn and in black leather, with a glimmer of darkness in their eyes, if not their very hearts. From the meanest city streets to one dusty, disturbing saloon, on the wing or the back of a Harley, no matter where you look, they are headed your way, trailing attitude, bodies, and a dust devil of magic in their wake. Good or just plain rotten, you’ll never look at faeries the same way again.

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Bad-Ass Faeries: Pretty good collection, despite the title

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Bad-Ass Faeries by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Although I disapprove of the title, I still found Bad-Ass Faeries edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, to be a pretty good collection of stories. At least, that’s true if you discount the one or two stories that really boiled down to faerie porn. Which, ironically, is part of the humor in the story by Den C. Wilson, "Heart of Vengeance" (Well, elf porn, anyway). All, in all though, the collection is pretty good. It is targeted in its concept, but broad in its application. There are science fiction stories, high fantasy stories, westerns, and even a couple of noir mysteries. And yet all center on the faerie race, at least as a starting point.

Divided into five sections, these nineteen stories are short, roughly six to ten pages in length, but without the text being too small to read. The illustrations ap... Read More

FanLit Asks: May 22, 2012

We recently asked some of your favorite speculative fiction authors about what they're currently working on. Here's what they had to say:

Rachel Aaron: I'm signed up to write a new series! Unfortunately I can't get into details yet, but it's going to be very different from ELI MOONPRESS, though hopefully no less awesome.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail: Now that the ETERNAL CYCLE trilogy has been wrapped up I'm working on a number of anthologies for 2013. Three are to be published by Dark Quest Books: Best Laid Plans (Book 5 in the DEFENDING THE FUTURE anthology series), Gaslight and Grimm: Steampunk Faerie Tales, and Eternal Flame Read More

FanLit Asks: June 5, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share with us?
Laura Bickle / Alayna Williams: My first YA novel, The Hallowed Ones, will be released by HMH Graphia on September 25. Pitched as Witness meets 28 Days Later, The Hallowed Ones is a paranormal thriller in which Amish girl must protect her family from a violent contagion, even as fear and denial threaten to erode her community from within.

Mark Lawrence: Why yes I have! My daughter (age 8 and severely disabled) wrote a book that's out-selling my own in the US! It's a picture book and she used a head-switch and communication ... Read More

FanLit Asks: December 11, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:

Got any personal news you'd like to share?

L.E. Modesitt Jr.: I've just turned in the last novel about Quaeryt (Rex Regis) in that subseries of THE IMAGER PORTFOLIO, which will make five books about him -- Scholar, Princeps, Imager's Battalion (release date of January 22nd), Antiagon Fire (release scheduled for July 2013), and, of course, Rex Regis (not yet scheduled). Also, I've got a stand-alone SF novel -- The One-Eyed Man -- coming out a year from now.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail: For the... Read More