I’m so excited! Today I get to reveal the cover for my next Timeless Fairy Tale, Sleeping Beauty!
Myrrhlynn, my cover artist, did another fabulous job with this cover! She adjusted the hues of the picture a bit and made the model’s dress a little more purply. Also, as usual, she did a fantastic job with the font! (I feel like the two fonts used in the title sort of encompass Briar’s struggles with defining herself, but I’ll wait to hear if you think the same when you read it.)
Speaking of which, you can pencil in Sleeping Beauty‘s release date! It looks like it’s going to be December 15–that’s a Thursday. (It might change by a day or two, but I highly doubt it.) Below is a very rough draft of SB’s description, to give you something to look forward to!
Briar Rose, a clever peasant girl, feels only pity for the mythical Princess Rosalinda–the hidden princess who was cursed to prick her finger on a spindle and fall asleep until true love’s kiss awakens here. But Briar’s worst nightmares become reality when she learns she is the secret princess, and Isaia, her childhood friend, is really a Magic Knight sworn to protect her.
Briar reluctantly embraces her new life as princess, and is reunited with her mother, father, and her grandfather–the king. Unfortunately Carabosso, the mage who cursed her as a baby, has returned to the country and plunders the countryside. The king refuses to disperse the Magic Knights to protect the people, and instead orders them to stay in the capital to protect Briar. But Briar is not the demure princess her family desires, and she vows to protect her people if her parents and grandfather will not.
Will the curse consume Briar, or–with help from Isaia–can she beat the foul mage at his own game?
You’ve been so patient, Champions, in waiting for this book, so I hope it entertains and charms you! Briar is a spunky, spitfire heroine, and her relationship with Isaia was really intriguing to flesh out. It’s a little different from your typical love story, but I hope you will all still like it!
That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!
I love Sleeping Beauty! It’s a nice fairy tale (the disney version anyway). I can’t wait to read it! Plus, the timing is perfect, because Christmas=Amazon giftcards=awesome brand-new books!!!
I love the Disney Sleeping Beauty as well–the three fairies are hilarious! My version is pretty different, but I still hope you enjoy it. 🙂 Just a little over a week now!
This is the country where Dylan’s guard’s originated, right? It’s known for its knights and chivalry and stuff, if memory serves. I’m wondering if that means we’re going to see a sweetness in this relationship that rivals Rakel and Farren’s. x3 I also wonder if we’ll see Angelique at all except in a prologue. She mentioned in Beauty and the Beast that a cristening (Briar’s christening, presumably) was where she first learned to alter curses. I’m kind of hoping, for her sake, that I’m right. If she has to alter yet another curse like she has been, she just might lose it. Can I give her a hug and her master back?
+5 points for remembering that little detail, Kaitlin! 😀 Yes, Sole is the country where chivalry and honor are highly prized, and it is home of the Magic Knights! Personally, I feel like the love story is really sweet and adorable, but we’ll have to wait and see who agrees with me! Finally, yes, Angelique pops up in this story as well! You actually see her quite a bit! (She would be highly gratified to know you have noticed her trials. Poor thing is forever putting out fires and she is getting close to her snapping point.)
I like the cover. Thanks for the cover and the description. Go Briar Rose! 😉
Descriptions are always tough to write, so it will probably change for the better, but I wanted to at least give everyone a hint of what the story would be about. (Though it doesn’t even scratch the surface about some of the fun secondary characters!)
HD Lynn says
This is a favorite tale of mine. 🙂
It is Myrrlynn’s (cover-artist) favorite as well, and I believe Editor #1 really loves it as well. (The Disney version, anyway! The original was a little icky.)
I recently read the Charles Perrault (French) version, and I actually thought it was sweet compared to some of the other fairy tales. ( Well, part one, anyways. Part two with the cannibalistic mother-in-law was definitely not sweet. o_o’ ) I really liked how, after he woke her up, they had this hours-long chat during which the servants were like, “Well, we’re not in love, so we’re actually noticing the passing of time and getting hungry. Can we eat yet?” xD Only the French.
Oh my gosh- the publishing date for Sleeping Beauty is my birthday! That will be one of the coolest gifts ever! <3
No. Way. Me, too! o3o
And it’ll be a great way to celebrate the end of the semester, as well: new book, birthday, no more exams… XD <3
Talk about perfect timing! 😀 It’s torturous to get a new book but not be able to read it due to work/school/events. (I always go to the library or book store on Fridays for that very reason!)
Maegan S. says
It’s the day before mine, and last year Heart of Ice was released the day after my birthday. 🙂 Yay for December birthdays!!!
Yes, you mid December people can just about always count on a book release near your birthday from me. 😉 Hopefully Sleeping Beauty will be a good “present!” (It’s a lot funnier than Swan Lake was, and it’s quite a bit longer, so that’s a good start.)
Happy early birthday! I hope Sleeping Beauty will be able to contribute to the fun of the day! (Briar Rose’s birthday is also in winter, so woohoo for December birthdays!)