The ABCs with Annabelle from Inspired by Danielle E. Shipley

Posted March 18, 2015 by Andi in character edition, The ABCs / 1 Comment


Welcome to the ABCs, Character Edition.   Weekly this feature has always been a place for bloggers, readers, publicists and authors to show off there ABCs. Well Now the ABCs are also opened for authors to show off the ABCs for their main characters. You can still sign-up to post your own picks HERE or if you have a main character that wants to get in on the fun, sign-up HERE.

Today we have Annabelle from Danielle Shipley‘s book Inspired sharing with us the accessories, books and clothes she is lusting after.

Let’s give a warm ABCers welcome to Annabelle (and Danielle)!



Tuesday, March 17th, 2:15pm

Heya, journal. I’m finally getting around to recording the gorgeous dream I had last night.

In the dream, there are three gifts sitting on the end of my bed. Because I guess everybody’s a little bit psychic in dreams, I know the gifts are from one of my characters, but I don’t know which one.

The first gift I unwrap is a necklace, the pendant a treble and bass clef arranged in the shape of a heart, layered over flowers, layered over a page of music. It’s so, so pretty, and it drives me nuts that I don’t own it in real life, because I would totally wear it every day! Dream Me wonders whether the necklace came from Uri. She’s never had anything nice to say (and I could pretty much end the sentence right there…) about the piano pendant I sometimes wear. This could be her subtle suggestion for a replacement in the musical jewelry department. Except Uri doesn’t do “subtle”, so I scrap that theory.

The second gift is book-shaped; always a good sign, in a package. Unwrapped, it proves to be a copy of “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White – a childhood favorite! – with one critical difference. You know that most excellent of ending lines? “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” My secret gift-giver had rewritten it to read: “Annabelle was both.”

Oh, journal, I know not the words to express what that means to Dream Me, and to my waking self that holds the memory. For a split sec, I think it might be from Abishan, since the story’s full of talking animals. But on second thought, I realize it doesn’t star any cats, so there’s no reason for my cat god to care. It does, however, star a Wilbur. My dream heart quickens with the hope that it might be from my sweet and noble knight.

Then comes the third and final gift, every bit as beautiful as the rest, and more telling by far: A summery dress printed with the willows, footbridge, and lily pond of a Monet painting. The dress is as good as a signature. I know the gift-giver now. Subtle and musical, classic and thoughtful, with Impressionist ties to boot. It can only be Yves!

I have just enough time to smile inward at my mystery boy before waking. Such a good dream. I wonder if Yves deliberately inspired it, with a little help from a muse. If so, even without goodies to hold in the physical world, I thank him for the gift.

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My blog, Ever On Word:
Twitter handle: @DEShipley
Link to my character’s book, INSPRED:


For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.

In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.

Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.

Or so he hopes.

Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.

Their own.




Thanks Annabelle (and Danielle) for playing!

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