LAUNCH PARTY! Come on in!


Thanks for stopping by. There’s so much I want to share, I don’t even know where to start! So, before we get to the food and entertainment and party games, how about I start with what we’re celebrating?

Ondelle-official-softcover-webFirst off, we are celebrating the official launch of Ondelle of Grioth, the third book in my Faerie Tales from the White Forest series, which Cassandra Rose Clarke called “A charming, magical journey.” (check out her books if you haven’t already, because she is all kinds of fun.)

You may buy copies HERE (or order through your Local Indie Bookstore)

Second, the launch of this site. I’m still getting used to the new digs, working out kinks, etc, but it’s growing on me. And I like that it’s uniquely mine. Many thanks to Kelsye Nelson for branding me (ouch!).

Next, I’d like to thank the TEAM behind the book, for without them there would be a lot less awesome in the world. (a few of them have even added to the giveaway pile today).

Big, Mushy Thanks to:

TodTod McCoy
(editor and publisher) – Oh, look, he’s already got a drink.

Shannon Page
(copy editor – and obviously Super Hero)

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Chris Fink-Jensen (cover typography)

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Julie Fain (cover art)


Alison Woodward (maps and inner graphics)






GIVEAWAYS – w00t! w00t!

Okay, I know this is why you’re REALLY here. And we have some super giveaways for you, including:

$25 Amazon Gift Certificate
A copy of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
A copy of Witches, Stitches, and Bitches (donated by Shannon)

A copy of Telling Tales (donated by Tod)

In order to win, I’m not going to tell you to like me on Facebook or follow me Twitter (or even this blog) to score points. Of course, if you want to do those things, I’m happy and grateful. I really and truly am. Feel free to follow me anywhere (well, um, almost anywhere).

Instead, here’s how you can earn points. For each one of these you get your name in a draw:

  • 1 entry for simply attending and commenting
  • 1 entry for each form of social media (twitter, Facebook, google + etc) you use to invite others to the party. (just tell me in the comment section that you did so, I believe you)
  • 1 entry for posting a recipe (or link to one) you can make in 15 minutes or less (food or beverage as long as it’s YUMMY – and calories be damned)
  • 1 entry for adding to the ambiance with a song or a joke (PG-13 please)
  • 2 entries for playing the party game below

(giveaway goes until 5 pm TOMORROW, April 16
for those who like to be fashionably late or are finishing their taxes)

AND, if you’re interested in winning a signed print copy of Ondelle of Grioth, you have until Friday, April 18 over at 4 AM Writer. (and follow her blog because Kate is lovely)


I created a little party game just for the fun of it, and when it’s all put together, it forms a bit of a poem (it IS National Poetry Month after all).

Tell us these four things and feel free to be creative):

Your Element
Your Super Power
Your Magical Name/Title
The last line you wrote
(if you are a writer, if not a writer, the last line you read)


finds lost things
Tree Whisperer
I didn’t know which scared me more:
that I’d wake up the next day and she’d still be there,
or that I’d wake up and she’d be gone. 

And now it’s time to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

(works just fine with gluten free flour and less sugar)

(can add yoghurt, too, and skip sugar)

And Shannon sent us a drink:

Kir Royale
2TBS creme de cassis
1 glass champagne or prosecco
pour cassis into glass of champagne.



  1. Tod
    Apr 15, 2014

    Yay! Happy Launch Day, Danika! I’m so proud to present this book to the world, and I hope there are many, many more adventures of Brigitta after this one. Congrats!! Huzzah!

    • Danika
      Apr 15, 2014

      Thanks, Tod. Well, uh, there are at least 3 more adventures… hahaha.

  2. Happy launch party – right after the lunar eclipse. Coincidence? I think not! congrats on #3. Can’t wait for the next one!

    • Danika
      Apr 15, 2014

      Yeah, Hydra House spared no expense!

  3. Phoenix
    Apr 15, 2014

    Hi Danika, I’m excited for you! I have finished reading book 1, and have now started book 2. I’m a bit slow getting on board, but I’ll catch up! I do soooo love your delightful Tales of the White Forest. They feed my inner child! Congratulations on your upcoming launch day. I KNOW it will be a huge success! 🙂

    • Danika
      Apr 15, 2014

      Thanks so much! Well, let’s keep your inner child fed! 🙂

  4. Pamela Hobart Carter
    Apr 15, 2014

    Salt water
    Spotting the moon in the day time
    And death dies because of a napping daughter upstairs

    Congratulations, Danika!

    • Danika
      Apr 15, 2014

      Wow, Pam, that’s lovely. Thanks for playing!

  5. D. S. Thornton
    Apr 15, 2014

    Congrats, Danika!! I’m SO excited for you! Book 3’s sure to be a pip!

    Element: Phlebotinum

    Super power: Stops time, then repeats the last 40 seconds, then records those seconds with customized steampunk-style recording device powered by caffeine, nicotine-laced dust bunnies and, yup, phlebotinum.

    Last line: Stops time, then repeats the last 40 seconds, then records those seconds with customized steampunk-style recording device powered by caffeine, nicotine-laced dust bunnies and, yup, phlebotinum.

    Recipe: Can of Campbells Beef n barley soup (no water!), leftover macaroni, chunks o’ cheddar cheese. Microwave for 2 mins, 4 secs.

  6. Derald Breneman
    Apr 15, 2014

    So this is what a fairy site looks like–so playful and light. So unlike the dark world I’ve been prowling. I snatched the mug cake recipe and and will steal away to my lair forthwith. Yet, I will be back again, when the gloom is too much for me, and airy sustenance is required.

    • Danika
      Apr 15, 2014

      Thanks for stopping by, Derald! Watch out for that mug cake recipe, though, it’s dangerous to be able to make cake in 5 minutes.

  7. Kim
    Apr 15, 2014

    Yay! Happy launch day!

    Element: Earth
    Super Power: Empathic
    Magical Name: Dragonfly Moon
    Last Line Read: “So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” – Neil Gaiman

    • Danika
      Apr 15, 2014

      Perfect quote for today, Kim! 🙂

  8. Chris Fink-Jensen
    Apr 15, 2014

    Congratulations on another fabulous book Danika! I’m amazed by your amazing creativity and your dedication is inspiring. Here’s to your wild success!

    My Element: Air
    My Super Power: Irony
    Your Magical Name/Title: Typestar
    The last line(s) I wrote:

    We want a roof to stand on
    to scrape the sky
    to pin a shadow on the moon.

    • Danika
      Apr 15, 2014

      Irony, huh? I should have guessed.

  9. jankahobbs
    Apr 15, 2014

    Party Game:
    Element: Mud
    Superpower: Thingfinder
    Name: Strange
    Most recent written line: had human help in reaching the Puget Sound lowlands.

    • Danika
      Apr 15, 2014

      Hey, I’m a thingfinder, too. 🙂

  10. larryhoser
    Apr 15, 2014

    Congratulations, Danika!! Great work! I’m so proud to know you =)

  11. larryhoser
    Apr 15, 2014

    I love the tree design you have in the background and bottom of the pages. So purrrrrty!

  12. Kim Aippersbach
    Apr 15, 2014

    Hi Danika, I’m so bummed I missed your physical party on Saturday; Land of Deborah told me about it and I was totally going to go, but events conspired otherwise.

    So I’m going to go whip up a batch of 5 Minute Ice Cream (brilliant!) . . . Okay, I’m going to go buy bananas so I can whip up a batch of 5 Minute Ice Cream . . . and join your virtual party!

    For everyone else, if you want a look into the deepest depths of Danika’s psyche, check out her interview on my blog: <a href=";

    • Kim Aippersbach
      Apr 15, 2014

      Sorry, I fail at html! Just click on my name and it will go to my blog, and her interview is the most recent post (April 14)

    • Danika Dinsmore
      Apr 15, 2014

      Thanks, Kim. I always like your interview questions. Although my desk, that’s scary… And i even left some things out, haha.

      My favorite 5 min ice cream variation is coconut yogurt, frozen banana, nutmeg, and vanilla. So good.

    Apr 15, 2014

    I’m so excited by the new adventures of Brigitta – go Danika go!

  14. tracikenworth
    Apr 15, 2014

    I’m here for the party!! Tweeted and pinned on PinInterest.

  15. Yvette
    Apr 15, 2014

    Happy Launch Party Danika and a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS of BOOK 3!!!!!

    Element: WATER – preferably babbling
    Super Power: MOOD SHIFTER
    Magical Name: Mountain Mover
    Last Line Read: “If I were to die today, no one would need to clean my kitchen.” ~ The Clean House, a play by Sarah Ruhl

    • Danika
      Apr 15, 2014

      Yes, you are a true Mountain Mover, my dear. And an inspiration. I’m surprised you didn’t pick FIRE because of how on fire you’ve been lately. 🙂

  16. 4amWriter
    Apr 15, 2014

    Wonderful party!I love this website design, very classy. Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you find me ‘lovely’ even though my daughter might disagree with you today! (Tough morning, ahem.)

    Love the game…
    Element: Earth
    Super power: Talking to animals
    Magical Name: Dragon Chaser
    Last Line Read: “The sea and her rolling surf, her whales way off shore, her scuttling crabs and thrilling storms were again, like the womb, just a memory.” ~ Build Me an Ark, by Brenda Peterson.

    • Danika
      Apr 16, 2014

      Thanks for stopping over, Kate. Beautiful last line!

  17. Kate.J
    Apr 15, 2014

    Congrats! and that was an AWESOME book launch party 😉 !!!

    Element: water
    Super Power: Telekinesis
    Magical name: Silvermist
    Last line read: A few hands shot up in the crowd, but the question was mostly met with tired indifference. ~ The Only Ones, by Aaron Starmer

    • Danika
      Apr 15, 2014

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 Telekinesis is a good super power.

  18. Kieran :)
    Apr 15, 2014

    I loved the book launch party! I cannot wait to read the series. I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

    Element: air
    Power: X-ray vision
    Magical name: Blackberry Moonshine
    Last line read: Tankers, battleships, fighters… they soared and rolled, their shadows streaking across the letters as ship after ship escaped, for ever.~ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND, By: Terry Pratchett

    • Danika
      Apr 15, 2014

      Blackberry Moonshine! That’s awesome!

  19. Derald Breneman
    Apr 15, 2014

    Must play.

    Element: Air
    Power: All seeing
    Magical name: Farflung
    Last line re-written: He glanced back at the house, a shifting, hulking thing, its outline visible between opaque gusts.

    • Danika
      Apr 15, 2014

      I like the clarification: last line ReWritten. 🙂 I bet I know where that’s from.

      • Derald Breneman
        Apr 16, 2014

        Yes you do. On reviewing my super power, I’m confronted with the sad fact my teenage daughter doesn’t believe in it.

  20. spage2013
    Apr 15, 2014

    Hi Danika! sorry to be late! 🙂
    Element: water
    Power: always choosing the right tupperware after only a glance at the leftovers
    Magical title: witch
    Last line written: They picked their way along a narrow path down the cliff to the water’s edge.

    Happy Launch!

    • Danika
      Apr 16, 2014

      I knew you were a super hero.


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