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Danielle McPhail and Mike McPhail

Steampunk author Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Editor Mike McPhail

 visit Salem Community College!

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Danielle and Mike have visited the College on numerous occasions and have generously donated a large quantity of books to the Library.


April 18, 2018 Visit

Danielle and Mike visited a few classes and observed a demonstration at the Glass Education Center on April 18th. Later that day they had a Meet and Greet with fans in the SCC Michael S. Cettei Memorial Library. We want to thank Danielle and Mike for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit SCC!



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Books were available for purchase during the Meet and Greet.














Danielle and Mike sat down with fans to answer their questions. 







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Danielle reads a short section in her book Consigned to the Sea.



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June 26, 2018 Visit

Danielle visited the College on June 26 to talk with Jennifer Martin's Eng. 211 night class about becoming a writer; the talk was open to non-students as well. Danielle read a short excerpt from one of her books, and answered any questions the class had. 




Get to know more about Danielle and Mike McPhail


Danielle Ackley-McPhail

 Danielle Ackley-McPhail


Her published works include:

Planetary: Venus- released February 2018

The Urban Fantasy

Yesterday's Dreams

Tomorrow's Memories

Today's Promise

The Halfling's Court

The Redcaps' Queen

A Legacy of Stars

The Literary Handyman

The chapbook

Children of Morpheus

No Longer Dreams

She has also contributed to numerous anthologies and collections worldwide, including The Defending the Future series, The Fantasy Writer's Companion: The Author's Grimoire, For Better or Worse and Passings, Dark Furies, and Hear Them Roar.

She is currently the senior editor of the award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries series, as well as several other anthology projects.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. She has used her talent and her passion for writing to expand her knowledge of the rich mythology of her Celtic heritage and to make her mark in the world of fantasy. From there she has gone on to explore may other genres, including Military Science Fiction, Science Fiction, Horror, and Steampunk, to name a few

She holds Bachelor’s Degrees in both English and Communications from Kean College of NJ.

To learn more about her work, visit www.sidhenadaire.com, www.especbooks.com or www.badassfaeries.com.

*Information provided from www.sidhenadaire.com



Mike McPhail

Michael McPhail


Story-engineer and trench-author Mike McPhail is best known as the editor of the award-winning Defending The Future (DTF) series of military science fiction anthologies.

He is also the owner and chief artist of McP Digital Graphics, a web-based company specializing in cover art and layout, interior illustrations, and technical consulting. Their primary customers are small- and medium-press publishers, and individuals just starting out.

Last, but most important, as a member of the Military Writers Society of America, he is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors, as well as supporting related organizations in their efforts to help those "who have given their all for us."

* Bio provided from the Mike McPhail Amazon author page.


eSpec Books

In 2014, Danielle and Mike along with their friend Greg Schauer opened eSpec Books, an independent publishing house drawing on decades of their experience in the industry.

Their goal is to bring to light new and original work, from both first time, and established authors and artists.

Publisher: Danielle McPhail

Art Director: Mike McPhail

Production Editor: Greg Schauer



For more information, visit their website www.especbooks.com or follow them on Twitter @DMcPhail and @eSpecBooks or on Facebook @eSpecBooks


*Please note images are used with permission of the author. Please do not use without appropriate permission.