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Spotlight: ‘The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale’ by Danielle E. Shipley

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Today’s spotlight will take us directly to Avalon, ‘a Renaissance Faire where heroes of legend never die’. If you keep reading, you will be able to read an excerpt of The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale, first volume of The Outlaws of Avalon, to be released in July 2016! I hope it piques your interest as it piqued mine. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here for the author. Also, if you pre-order Danielle’s book now, you will receive a special gift!


The Ballad of Allyn-a-DaleThe Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale

The Outlaws of Avalon, Book One
by Danielle E. Shipley
Genre:  Contemporary Fantasy / Young Adult
Release Date: July 12, 2016

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Welcome to Avalon, a Renaissance Faire where heroes of legend never die. Where the Robin Hood walking the streets is truly the noble outlaw himself. Where the knightly and wizardly players of King Arthur’s court are in fact who they profess to be. Where the sense of enchantment in the air is not mere feeling, but the Fey magic of a paradise hidden in plain sight.

Enter Allyn-a-Dale. The grief of his father’s death still fresh and the doom of his own world looming, swirling realities leave the young minstrel marooned in an immortal Sherwood Forest, where he is recruited as a member of Robin Hood’s infamous outlaw band. But Allyn’s new life may reach its end before it’s scarcely begun. Their existence under threat, the Merry Men are called upon to embark on a journey to the dangerous world Outside – ours – on a quest which must be achieved without delay, or eternity in Avalon will not amount to very long at all.


About the author

Danielle E. Shipley is the author of the Wilderhark Tales novellas, the novel Inspired, and several other expressions of wishful thinking. She has spent most of her life in the Chicago area and increasing amounts of time in Germany. She hopes to ultimately retire to a private immortal forest. But first, there are stories to make.


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Allyn would have known Will Scarlet for a relation of Robin Hood’s even had he not been introduced as his cousin. Though clean-shaven, younger, and framed by thick locks of gold tinged with the color of his name, Will’s face was patently similar to Robin’s, with the same blue eyes that sparkled cheerily at Allyn when the two were presented to each other.


“And where’d you pick this fellow up, then, Robin?” he asked blithely.


“In my tent,” replied Robin, “with Marion.”


Will’s brows leapt toward his crimson cap’s pointed brim. “Wish I were Allyn!”




“Joking, joking,” Will waved aside Marion’s halfhearted rebuke. He coughed. “…Mostly. So, Allyn-a-Dale — looking to join the Merry Men, are you?”


“I don’t really know,” Allyn said doubtfully. “What are the Merry Men?”


To Allyn’s heart-thudding dismay, Will answered, “We’re an infamous band of outlaws.”


“Not really,” Marion hastened to jump in.


“Not anymore,” Little John amended.


“It’s complicated,” said Robin. “But we’re really not at liberty to tell you much more about it until we’ve spoken to Merlin.”


“That would be King Arthur’s chief counselor and illustrious wizard,” Will said in answer to Allyn’s questioning expression. “He literally runs the show around here, so—”


“No,” said Little John, his gaze a grim weight on Will Scarlet.


“Oh, would you chillax, you pedant?” Will huffed, facial muscles ticking with minor irritation. “I know you think the Outsiders have been using the word with nary a care to its meaning, of late, but I know what ‘literally’ means, and in this case, I literally meant ‘literally’!”


The marginal lowering of Little John’s brow silently warned what he would literally do to Will if he said that word but once more.


“And they’re off,” said Robin, shaking his head. “Don’t worry, Allyn, they only bicker like this when they’re both breathing.”


Allyn’s lips twitched toward the beginnings of a smile, but froze halfway, his mind only just now becoming fully conscious of what he’d heard. “Robin,” he said, fighting a sudden swell of anxiety. “Did Will just say we’re off to see a wizard?”



  1. Dawn

    It sounds interesting, I don’t usually read this genre but it sounds great! 🙂 I also love the cover it’s so appealing! I might pre-order since I still have time, right?? Or not? I don’t know. Hehe. I’m curious of this book. I hope I might get the chance to read it

  2. Tiina A

    It sounds appealing. I’m not usually into this kind of genre but this one seems so interesting. Have to bookmark this post to remember it for pre-ordering 🙂

  3. Fenrile

    Like always, this is an awesome post, but I’ll never have enough. This book piqued my interest as well, as everything that interests you, interests me ! It’s really interesting to read an excerpt and it was enjoyable. I might pre-order and wait for the mystery prize as I’m curious now !
    Thank you for being an amazing girlfriend and sharing the love of new authors.
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  4. Alison

    Ooh! This looks good! It is fun to see a character that you think you know in a different way! I loved the excerpt of the book – they get me every time!
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  5. Laura H

    I love retellings so I’m adding this to my wishlist! I haven’t read anything set in the world of Robin Hood but I’ve loved all the TV adaptions I’ve watched so I think I’d enjoy this 🙂

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