Beauty in the Attempt

I'm Danielle Ellison. I am the author of SALT (out now!) STORM (9-23) & FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS (10-21). I share writing things here, blog post and mostly, I fangirl. Lots of Supernatural. Lots of everything else like writing, books. and talking to you!! But seriously. TV is my FAVORITE. (Major points to anyone who gets the header reference. :) ) 


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September 22nd, 1994

Happy 20th Anniversary, FRIENDS!
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Working on an an interview post for Carter and Penelope from SALT and STORM. Anyone have any questions???


september is such a beautiful month you can actually hear the tv shows starting to come back from hiatus

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I only have thirty-two days left to make it there.”

“What happens if you don’t?”

“I will lose.”

“Lose what?” he asks.

I avoid the question. I look around the Burrows while we move, studying the metal bars along the ground the best I can. I count the pieces of trash we pass and hum…

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Meanwhile, Misha… (x)

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STORM has a blurb!
"Full of sassy repartee and non-stop action, Pen and Carter’s chemistry sizzles and will keep you glued to the pages!" -Amalie Howard, Alpha Goddess 
Super excited!! Thank you for the blurb, Amalie! :) :)
Add STORM to goodreads now! It comes out 9/29! (Soon!)

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6 Weeks and Counting…!!!

The next six weeks are (already) incredible & unbelievable for me. Let me tell you why. 

Back in 2012, I wrote this post saying that I sold the book baby of my heart, FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS. To say it was exciting is an understatement.

Then, in 2013, I wrote this one because I’d sold SALT, the book I wrote while taking a break on my book baby. The publishers agreed that both SALT books should come out before FMTD, in an effort to help support the bigger trilogy and carry over a readership. This was a good decision, ultimately, but man, it’s been long. This whole year (really, my life since May 2013) has been spent in revisions: revisions for SALT, for FMTD, drafting STORM and book 2 in the trilogy while still editing the others, always, always, revising. 2014 has been a blur of revisions, and that’s fine. I’m immensely proud of the books that I’m putting out.

 A year later, or nine months ago to be exact, SALT came out. Since then so many people have loved Pen’s story, and told me how enjoyable it was. (Obviously, some people don’t love it, too, but that’s totally part of the process, and I’m still grateful they read it. Not every book is for every person.) 

In three weeks, STORM will be out for readers. (The advanced copies are already available!) AND you can add it on Goodreads. 

And, in six weeks, FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS will join SALT and STORM in the world.

 If you are keeping track, that means I’ve released three books in a single year. To go from nothing to THREE is mind-blowing for me. I remember the days I never thought I’d have one out there, and now three. (I will stop saying “three” now.)

Why are you saying all this, Danielle?

Since, over the next six weeks, I have two books coming out I’m probably going to tweet a lot about it. Not just because I want you to buy it (which I do, please), but because I’m completely thrilled. :)  

I can’t wait for people who loved SALT to finish out Pen and Carter’s story in STORM. I want them to know what happens next, and to hear their thoughts about it. I have so much joy in my heart for this series and its readers. (Plus, I hear it will be at a low price so you should not miss out.)

Even more, I’m beyond ready for FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS. I started writing that book in 2010. 2010! I sold it in 2012, and it’s coming out soon. It’s been a tremendous wait, but it’s six weeks away now! Author Beth Revis once shared this post about the “book of your heart” and how this is the “one that is ripped from your very soul. It’s the important one, your baby, the one that you wrote with blood, sweat, and tears; the one that means more to you than any other.” FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS is that book for me, at least in YA. It’s been such a part of my life and it consumes this large part of my heart, which is good since I still have the rest of the series to publish.

The one difference that I have is since it has been part of my heart for so long, I’m not scared of sharing it. I believe in it. I love my main character, Neely, and her story, the world she lives in, and the love she has for others. I know, like SALT, there will be readers who don’t get it or like it—but there will be readers who love it, connect with it and talk about it. I accepted a long time ago when trudging through the query trenches that this book wouldn’t be for everyone, but I sure hope that everyone tries to read it. Because, well, that’s why I wrote it…

As we get closer to release, I’m going to be organizing some giveaways, some teasers to share, and sharing two fantastic blurbs from authors that I adore. I can’t wait to get you as excited as I am. Additionally, if you want to help me out then you can sign up for my blog tour here; you can also join my street team via Facebook here or email by sending me an email, a tweet, or leaving your email in a comment.

In six weeks, FMTD won’t be just my heart anymore: it will be yours.

That is a terrific feeling.

I hope you think so, too.

STORM has a cover! Wanna see?

STORM is coming! Pen and Carter’s story continues later this month! Check out the lovely cover! 

About the book:

Up until recently, Penelope was a witch with no magic. After having it stolen by a demon when she was just a child, Penelope had been forced to rely on sharing others’ powers as she went through the grueling training required to become an elite demon hunter. Now Penelope has more magic than she’s ever known. And when you’re this powerful, who needs salt to keep the demons away?

But power has a dark side.

Carter Prescott just wants to hunt demons and be with Penelope. But suddenly, witches who formerly had no magic are developing terrible, out-of-control powers. Now the world Carter swore to protect isn’t just endangered by malicious demons―it’s threatened by the same witches who once defended it. And Carter is horrified to see his girlfriend starting to change. Stronger. More powerful. Unrecognizable. It’s just a matter of time before Penelope changes into something far beyond his worst fears…

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All I’ve ever wanted is freedom, but I never imagined it would be like this. There are no rules that I’m forced to follow, no bylaws or Troopers or barriers to keep me inside. But there is also no ocean, no sky, no sun; there’s nothing but torches and endless underground tunnels. For five days and…

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"How can you ship three scenes when [Stydia] has a history?” (x)

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This is one of my favorite truths!




This is one of my favorite truths!

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Once Upon a Time I had 2 Tumblrs….

And that just working out for me, so I decided to merge my FANDOM tumblr with my PROFESSIONAL tumblr.

Because really….

(Thanks, Lady Gaga.)

Meaning, I am professional writer (roar) but I am FANGIRL (roar louder.)

Should be fun 

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best exit in television history


“Historically speaking — and we are going to stay true to this — she does end up marrying Francis,” Adelaide told us. “That’s a foregone conclusion.


Essentially what they are showing on reign is their journey of getting them to that point. 

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