Hardbacks Ahoy!

Guys, I have big news, and I am way too excited.

Last year, I put it on my to-do list to release the entire Mailboat Suspense Series in hardback. I was so stoked to hold my books in this new, longer-lasting, display-quality version–and a wonderful friend of mine (who asked to remain anonymous) backed the expenses for the entire project. (Thank you SO MUCH! You know who you are, and I’m sending hugs.)

Due to last year being… the year it was for me… those hardbacks didn’t happen. And I was pretty crushed about it. But it turns out I’m only human, and I had accidentally put a super-human pile of goals on my desk (including moving to Wisconsin).

Wisconsin happened.

The hardbacks didn’t.

But that’s about to change, and I am finally excited to announce…

The Mailboat Suspense Series is coming out in hardback this summer. 

There will be boxed sets. There will be individual copies of each book in the series. And I. Can’t. Wait! For you guys to see them for yourselves.

I’m in the middle of laying out the interiors. My amazing cover designer, Maryna Zhukova, marked time on her calendar to transform her art into beautiful dust jackets.

And this ship is finally sailing.

The new hardbacks should release this August, and I’m taking pre-orders NOW!

Be sure to set your name down for an autographed copy so your gorgeous new book can ship as soon as they’re ready!

I can’t wait for you all to see these beautiful new versions of the Mailboat Suspense Series. Anchors aweigh!

Annual Lake Geneva Wine Walk

Lake Geneva is hosting a city-wide Wine Walk! Registrants will be given a wine glass so they can sample wine at participating stores all over the city. You can find your new favorite beverage, see what Lake Geneva has to offer this spring–and help to raise funds for the upcoming Never Say Never Playland in Lake Geneva!

I’ll be at the Cornerstone Shop from noon to 4pm. Show up any time during the event to chat with me, learn more about the books, and pick up your autographed copies.

The Cornerstone Shop

Author Event During the Lake Geneva Wine Walk

Sunday, May 21st, 2023
12pm – 4pm
214 Broad St, Lake Geneva, WI

To participate in the Wine Walk specifically, be sure to register before they run out of tickets.

Let Me Carry You Away… In a Story

I love giving book readings. Something strange tends to happen. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but as soon as I start reading, the room gets very quiet. Within a few sentences, the people seated in front of me seem transported, as if they’ve somehow left their bodies behind.

I can tell they didn’t mean to. They weren’t planning on it when they came. Like any discerning audience, their demeanor was one of wait and see. But swiftly, simultaneously… they all agree to give in to the story.

Within moments, I find that their collective consciousness has become suspended in a delicate netting crafted of nothing but my words. Their thoughts and their imaginations are in my hands. For a moment, I feel afraid. This is a great burden, a great trust.

And then I feel honored. I have been gifted with one of the most beautiful elements in the living world: Imagination. This is my domain. I’ve lived here my whole life. I know what to do here.

Gently, I lead the minds of my audience through a world that’s partly real, partly imaginary. I shape my voice to tease life out of ink on dead paper. And when it’s time to conclude the telling, I return these fascinated minds back to their owners, unharmed—but apparently not unchanged. The room seems to breathe differently when the telling is done.

Every story touches every listener in a different way. And while I feel as if I’ve left a gift with each mind that was entrusted to me, I myself can’t even say what exactly that gift was. Only the recipient knows. And there is magic in this secret exchange.

If the written page is the only way in which you’ve ever experienced the Mailboat story, I highly encourage you to come to one of my readings. It’s an entirely new way to experience the story.

If you have a friend you’ve been meaning to introduce to the story, bring them with. All the better! Afterwards, you can discuss whatever gifts you felt were translated to you during the telling. All journeys are better with a friend. Take it from someone who spent far too long walking alone.

You can find my list of upcoming events here

But you can make a reading even more personal and request me for a private event—you, a group of your closest friends, and a shared experience you’ll think of and talk about together often.

Making myself available for events is one of the reasons I moved to Wisconsin, and private events—such as with book clubs and friend groups—are some of the most powerful and memorable experiences I’ve ever had.With spring arriving, I’m excited to fill my calendar. If you’re imagining an event within one and a half hours of Lake Geneva, we can do it. Just click the button to talk to my assistant Rebecca, and she’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Thank you for entrusting me with your imagination!~ Danielle