Monday, October 24, 2016

Introducing "Once"

     After a few months of sitting on this exciting and fabulous secret, I'm now pleased to announce my contribution to a new project: a collection of historically-inspired fairy tale retellings, all done by six indie authors! My story, With Blossoms Gold, is included in the collection along with some wonderful, imaginative other retellings set everywhere from World War II Poland to 1920s New Zealand.

     But I'm sure what you all want to see is the 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 :)


Olivia K. Fisher said...



Natalie said...

This is stupendous!!! :D

Maribeth said...

This is so awesome!! I'm in a "revamped fairytale" phase so I really can't wait to read this.

TrailBlaiser said...

So I'm guessing Nella is your protagonist's name? Judging by the pintrest tags idk. btw this is Diana, just using an account I had since I was thirteen-ish and never bothered to update.

Hamlette said...

This sounds so cool! I volunteer as tribute! I mean, I'm sending an email volunteering to read an ARC ;-)

Savannah Grace said...

'Once' sounds SO cool! I'll be sending an email to volunteer for an ARC soon - this book is bound to be awesome and I'd love to review it :D.

~ Savannah

Emily Ann Putzke said...

YAY!!! Your story is so awesome and can't wait for everyone to read it!

scientificgems said...

With Blossoms Gold is a great retelling of the Rapunzel story!

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