Work In Progress Challenge. Blarg.

Fellow G.H. Literary Agency mate, LK Gardner-Griffie, challenged me to post some lines from my current WIP (Work In Progress). Blarg. This always stresses me out, because they are just that works in progress. They aren’t edited or fully thought out yet… They are just ideas floating around in space. Again I say: Blarg.

Etash head down

However, I took on the challenge. Here are the  rules:

  1. Provide the link back to the post by the person who nominated you.
  2. Write a little about your work-in-progress.
  3. Give the first sentences of the first three chapters of your current WIP.
  4. Nominate four other writers for the challenge.

So I am going to share a little bit from The A,B, C’s of Dee.  This is a novel that chronically a woman, named Dee, and th bet that her friend puts her up to: To date 26 men, in alphabetical order, in one year.

First sentences of the work in progress chapters (gulp):



It’s ten minutes to five and my underwear has already climbed up my ass more times than people have climbed Mt. Rushmore. I’d love to blame Victoria’s Secret for selling me faulty ‘3 for $25.00′ panties, but let’s be honest, I’m the one trying to cram my 40 year old fanny into underwear meant for people who don’t eat food. They just looked so good on the stark, white half-mannequin butt, that I thought they would totally cover the square footage of my backside. I was grossly mistaken.



I wake up to the feeling of blankets being ripped off me.

“Shit. What’s going on?” I open my eyes and instantly squint at the light gorging my retinas. I’m in Gail’s apartment. I can tell by the color palate in the room. Everything in her place is red, black or white. Colors that all seem to make my head pound even harder than it is.

“You wake up now? I clean room.” The thick accent tells me it’s one of the housekeepers Gail keeps. The frown on the woman’s face informs me that she is not happy with me upsetting the natural flow of her cleaning day, so I do the best I can to get out of the room as quickly as possible. Fortunately, Gail left me in my cloths, that smell vaguely of vomit, which must be why my morning breath is currently so pleasant.  Note to self: Never drink Vespers again. Scratch that. Never drink again.



Looking in the mirror I wipe off the third shade of lipstick of the evening. “Why does every color I try make me look like a whore?”

“Because you are about to become one.”

Neil walks in and kisses me on the head.

I smack him on the ass as he reaches for hair gel.

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

Neil purses his lips. Why does he get to have the perfect colored rose lips and lashes to die for?

“Honey, you are about to go on your third date in as many days. You keep this up you’ll have Gail beat.”


So there you have it. Judge away. Blah!

I hereby nominate the following people to endure this misery: (You’re welcome):

Amy Miles (you knew that was coming);

RJ Keller (SHE knew that was coming);

Julie Cassar (hehe); and

Elizabeth Loraine. (Oh yes I did!)



Danielle Bannister, Author and pain creator


What I learned at Penned Con 2014

For those of you who didn’t know, I recently got back from St. Louis, were my dear friends Amy and Rick Miles hosted their first ever author con, and it was DA BOMB!! By far the largest and best run con/signing I’ve ever been to. A sentiment shared loud and clear with all who attended.  The event was a signing, yes, but it was also a fundraiser for Action for Autism, a charity close to their hearts as their only son is autistic. The event managed to raise $1,100 for Action for Autism. It blew us all away, especially the founder who was there for the event.

So what did I learn from this epic adventure?

1. Charity work is cup filling. For sure.

2. The arch in St. Louis, has a pod inside it! That you ride to the top in! No way!!!

Gateway_Arch_TramThis thing seats four people knee to knee. Um, can you say DEATH TRAP!

I don’t CARE what the view is, you are NOT getting me in that thing. NO way. I will take pictures from on the ground thank you very much.


See? View from the Arch thanks to Google. Heartbeat still normal. All is well. And I saved 80 bucks.

3.  I am human, and have my ups and downs. I had my friends Amy and Kari with me (in wine form) for that.

4. Throwing your back out the day you need to fly home is not cool.

5. Indie authors are some of the best people in the world!


What will my next two events teach me????

Next stop, St. Louis!

I’m finally home after a week away and a book signing in Augusta, Maine. School starts here next week and my other job starts now, so here comes the insanity.  I have taken to writing an hourly schedule in a feeble attempt to take care of everything that needs to get done while also allowing ample time for my kiddos. Hard balance, to be sure.


The next few months are gonna be a little hectic. I have three more signings to do, a book (or two) to finish and two demanding jobs.  (See elephant above)

The next signing is being put on by Amy Miles, and Action for Autism, so of course, I have to go to that!

You can visit the site here.  This is a list of attending authors:

penned con banner

After Penned, I’ll be attending two events with writer buddy, R.J.Keller. We’ll be stopping at Queen City:

queen city

Then heading over to N.E.W.S.


Much debauchery will ensue at those events, you can be sure.

Until then, I will be working to keep my head on straight.

Oh, and making cool images like this one!

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Danielle Bannister, Author and possible owl.




Let the pitching begin…………

Okay, so what has been happening since last we spoke? Well, right now I’m writing this post in Amy Mile’s kitchen reading over the final chapters of the our revised book which is officially:

Now with less adverbs!

Now with LESS Adverbs!

We’ve tighten up our synopsis, tweaked our first three chapters and have shipped them off to our agent who will then begin pitching them to book publishers. Who that’s a lot of verbs.

\We leave tomorrow for a Maine signing  (come see us) that we will both be going to, and then we will be back to our daily facebook chats to debate over the use of this word or that.

amy and I at work

This was so much easier, and tastier! Such good pastries there!

While down here Amy viciously nominated me for the Ice Bucket Challenge GRRRRRR. #friendsdontletfriendsfreeze. Check out the facebook some time Thursday for THAT cringe worthy video.

I also got to get some major doggie love from their pup, Molly. Love this dog! And got to learn the xbox from their son. He’s sooooo much better than me!


Amy and her husband Rick have been amazing hosts, stuffing a ton of food down my eager throat!

I will try to post more often once I get back to Maine.  Things will have settled by then, right? RIGHT?


Danielle Bannister, Author and stuffed guest would you



What’s the buzz?

Ok, so it’s been a crazy few weeks here as you can imagine. Shifting gears from self publishing to traditional publishing has been a bit of a learning curve for all of us. I thought I’d give you an update on where things stand with Netherworld.  Right now, Amy and I are in the process of doing some re-writes on our first three chapters using our agents excellent suggestions. From there, the agent will send it off to two potential publishers. From there, your guess is as good as mine.  What I can say, is that both Amy and I are THRILLED with the revisions. We think the book will be much stronger, and that is a very good thing.

Later this month, I will be flying down to South Carolina to spend a week with Amy. This trip had been planned for us to work on book two, however, in light of the changes of late, we are going to focus on the re-writes of Netherworld.  From there, Amy and I will catch a plane and head back to Maine where we will be attending this Author event:

BC banner

It’s an event you should all come to and support a great cause.  For information about tickets and attending authors you can visit:


I will keep you updated as news develops. Thank you all for your patience and encouragement throughout this process!


Danielle Bannister, Author and Cancer Research Supporter



Soooooo, at a facebook party a few days ago, a teaser for NETHERWORLD (Book #1 of the Hallowed Realm trilogy, Amy and I released, captured the attention of a literary management company.

postcard back side with image

After two days of LONG talks, we are very excited to announce that today Amy and I signed with Jo Schaffer of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management. Jo specializes in all things YA and has amazing ideas to bring to this book.

I am kind of flipping out a little.  Neither one of us thought anything like this would happen (if we had, we certainly wouldn’t have marked the heck out of it! haha)

So what does this mean for Netherworld?  With the great expertise that GH Literary brings to the table and their industry connections, Netherworld has already found a home with a traditional publishing house! As you can imagine, we are both surprised and thrilled with this opportunity. 

This does mean that the arrival of Netherworld has been delayed a tad. As you know, it was set to release August 5th, 2014.  With the revisions we are making to strengthen the book, the release will be put back to a later date (but not too far off!).

We know this is last minute, neither of us could have anticipated such an amazing offerNetherworld IS coming, just a little later, and it will be bigger and better!


Danielle Bannister, Author and Agent Represented! (Holy Cow!)

ARC winner and give away #14 in the Countdown to Netherworld

Ok, so thank you all for sharing the trailer yesterday, it’s gotten over 200 views, which is amazing for only two days being live.


If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look:


The winner of the ARC is………….. E.J. Fechenda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  message me at with your email address and e-format preferred.


Ok, up next, one of the five remaining pairs of earrings.

five left


How do you enter:

Just share one of these two images on twitter or facebook and tag me. Easy



Danielle Bannister, Author and Netherworld Pimping Machine