But I'm sure what you all want to see is the cover...here it is:
Six fairytales you thought you knew, set against a tapestry of historical backgrounds.
A lonely girl plots revenge in the shadow of a mountain. A stolen princess fumbles a century backward. A dwarfish man crafts brilliant automatons. A Polish Jew strikes matches against the Nazis. A dead girl haunts a crystal lake. A terrified princess searches a labyrinth. A rich collection of six historically inspired retellings, Once is a new generation of fairytales for those who thought they'd heard the tales in all their forms.
Featuring the novellas of Elisabeth Grace Foley, Rachel Heffington, J Grace Pennington, Emily Ann Putzke, Suzannah Rowntree, and Hayden Wand.
My own story, With Blossoms Gold, is the story of Rapunzel set in Renaissance Italy. It was inspired by one thought: what if Rapunzel didn't want to leave the tower? This (non-magical) retelling of the Grimm's fairy tale has a tiny pinch of the Italian story Petrosinella in it as well. Throw in some battles, a dash of humor, and some really creepy catacombs, and hopefully you've got a traditional fairy tale with just enough added twists to keep you on your toes. You can take a peek at my pinterest inspiration board for With Blossoms Gold here.
Want to hear about everyone else's tales? You can jump to their blogs below to hear more about their stories:
Also, feel free to get the word out! You can tweet, facebook, tumblr, pin, and whatever else is out there these days (using the hashtag #OnceFairytales). Here are some blog buttons and photos:
I'm so excited about this project, and I can't wait to share each of these marvelous adventures with you all. Having read each of the stories, I can honestly say that they're well-written, fabulous retellings. We've got a mystery, a western, a dash of steampunk, and even a bit of time-travel in these stories, so there's a little something for everyone.
Interested in reviewing an ebook ARC copy? Email cinderella19395[at]gmail[dot]com for more information. Until then, spread the word :)