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Those of you who’ve been following my blog tour posts and interviews are very well aware of the fact that STOLEN SONGBIRD was inspired by a dream I had about a city buried in rubble. Those of you who’ve really been paying attention will know that Forsaken Mountain was inspired by a real mountain in the Canadian Rockies, but also that I’ve been cagey about the details. Well, it’s past time my reticence ended.

Turtle Mountain

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In 1903, 82 million tons of rock collapsed from the summit of Turtle Mountain and buried a portion of the town of Frank, which did (and still does) reside in the valley below. An estimated 90 people were killed, and it remains the deadliest rockslide in Canadian history. This lovely video clip gives a pretty spectacular look at what the rockslide looks like today.

(Source: The Government of Alberta)

I’ve driven past this historical site more times than I can count on my way to go camping or snowboarding, so it’s no surprise that it popped into my mind when I considered how my imaginary city might have been buried in rubble. Of course, because STOLEN SONGBIRD is a fantasy novel, I took a few liberties with the truth. Forsaken Mountain is BIGGER. It is next to the ocean, not landlocked. And it is mined for gold, not coal. That said, I hope this post helps give readers a nice visual idea of what I imagined the setting of STOLEN SONGBIRD to look like, and hopefully a greater appreciation for what the trolls’ magic is capable of.

 

*Rerun Monday’s are when I post guest posts that I wrote for bloggers during Stolen Songbird’s launch. This post originally ran on Rainy Day Ramblings

 

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I receive lots of emails from people who have enjoyed STOLEN SONGBIRD asking me to send them signed bookplates and bookmarks to put in their books. I LOVE these emails. It makes me really happy to hear that people are enjoying my book, and it makes me work even harder.  So I’ve decided to run a swag giveaway that will hopefully make all of us happy.

What YOU need to do:

1. Take a photo of your hand holding your copy of STOLEN SONGBIRD. Doesn’t matter if it is a paperback, ARC, or Ebook open on an eReader.

2. Post the photo on your choice of social media. Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, your blog, etc. Feel free to tag me in your posts.

3. Caption the picture with “I love Stolen Songbird” or “I want signed Stolen Songbird swag” or something like that.

4. Email me a link to your tweet/post along with your mailing address. danielleljensen  @ outlook .com  (no spaces)

 

If YOU do all these things, I will send you PERSONALIZED signed swag. Everyone is a winner.

 

Rules

1. The giveaway is open internationally. You happy readers don’t even want to know how much I spend on postage…

2. Don’t try to pass other people’s photos off as your own. That is why your hand needs to be in the photo. If I’ve sent you signed swag before, please don’t ask for more. Postage is expensive, and it comes out of my pocket.

3. Giveaway ends Oct 31st AT MIDNIGHT MST

 

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The question of why Stolen Songbird takes place in a cave is probably best answered by my explanation of what inspired me to write the novel. Like so many authors before me (sparkly vampires!), and so many who will come after, the idea for my story came to me in a dream. “What a cliche!” you say, but it’s the honest truth. I had a dream about a beautiful city that had been buried, but not entirely destroyed, by rock. Even now, all these years later, I can still close my eyes and remember walking through collapsed corridors, with only the faintest bits of light coming through to illuminate fabulous paintings, sculptures, and fountains. In my dream, the only way to reach this city was by swimming under water, which might jog the memory of those of you who have already read Stolen Songbird.

My vision of this place stuck in my head for days afterward, and I began to daydream a story to fit the place. I thought about how a city could be buried, I thought about what sort of magic would keep it from being destroyed completely, and I thought about why a race of people would choose to stay in such a place. They, in my mind, would only stay if they had no choice, and that was how the curse was born. I then thought about what would happen to a people who are not naturally denizens of the dark if they were isolated from the world and kept from the sun. How would they change? What would they be like? How would they become little more than a myth to most of the outside world, and what would that myth be? And most importantly: what would these creatures want more than anything else? The answer to that is obvious – to be free. And that was how the plot for my buried city was born.

There is, of course, a world outside of Trollus. You see a bit of it with Cécile, and there are certainly references to it throughout Stolen Songbird. A few readers have asked me why I provided so little information about the outside world. I have many, many reasons for that, but I’ll share the important ones. The first reason is that I thought limiting the information about the outside would compound the sense that Trollus is quite isolated, almost an entirely different world. The second was that it would raise a lot of questions with readers – questions that I’ve every intention of answering in the subsequent two books. Hopefully reading Stolen Songbird will leave readers hungering to find out more about the world I’ve created for Cécile and Tristan.

 

*Rerun Monday’s are when I post guest posts that I wrote for bloggers during Stolen Songbird’s launch

Hi Lovely Readers!

Many you know that the fate of my novels was a bit up in the air due to the closing of my publishing imprint, Strange Chemistry, in June. I am very happy to be able to announce that Strange Chemistry’s parent, Angry Robot, will be keeping my contract for The Malediction Trilogy. This means that HIDDEN HUNTRESS  is back on track for publication in the spring of 2015, although I still don’t have an exact date yet.

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Danielle

WINNER IS @chachictweets

 

Who likes contests that require little effort to enter? Who likes winning book stuff?

So here we go. I’m going to give away a signed and personalized copy of STOLEN SONGBIRD plus some signed swag.  This is what you have to do:

1. Be on Twitter

2. RT the tweet (including the image) This is the link to the tweet you must retweet in order to qualify: https://twitter.com/dljensen_/status/489063619447910400

3. That’s it

 

Rules:

1. Contest is open internationally

2. Winner will be selected with a random number generator

3. Contest closes July 16, 2014 at 11:00pm MST

4. If you win, I will contact you via twitter to get your mailing address. If I don’t hear back within 48 hours, I will choose a new winner.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird

by Danielle L. Jensen

Giveaway ends August 3, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

WINNER IS @EverAfterEsther !

 

Who likes contests that require little effort to enter? Who likes winning book stuff?

So here we go. I’m going to give away a signed and personalized copy of STOLEN SONGBIRD plus some signed swag.  This is what you have to do:

1. Be on Twitter

2. RT the tweet (including the image) This is the link to the tweet you must retweet in order to qualify: https://twitter.com/dljensen_/status/482299361271898112

3. That’s it

 

Rules:

1. Contest is open internationally

2. Winner will be selected with a random number generator

3. Contest closes July 1, 2014 at 11:00pm MST

4. If you win, I will contact you via twitter to get your mailing address. If I don’t hear back within 48 hours, I will choose a new winner.

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