We are still having some 12 Dancing Princesses fun, but to close our our month of “Christmas in January,” I had to tell you guys about the super secret project I’ve been working on since October!
February contains the much celebrated National Fairy Tale day! I’ve always wanted to do something to celebrate the day, so I got together with six other authors–Brittany Fichter, Shari L Tapscott, Kenley Davidson, Aya Ling, and Melanie Cellier.
We decided to each write and release a novella that are all set in the same world, and thus Entwined Tales was born!
Everyone wishes they had a fairy godmother to make the world a little more magical…
They’ve never met Mortimer.
Every good deed merits a reward, at least according to the Fairy Council. But when a kind woodcutter’s family is rewarded with a grumpy, sarcastic, irresponsible fairy godfather named Mortimer, their lives are changed forever… and not in a good way.
Follow the woodcutter’s seven children as Corynn, Eva, Sophie, Elisette, Martin, Anneliese, and Penelope head out into the world to find adventure, new friends, and their very own happily-ever-afters. Their greatest challenge? Avoiding their fairy godfather’s disastrous attempts to help.
My novella–a retelling of The Goose Girl that is oh-so-cleverly titled “A Goose Girl“–is the first in the series, and it’s about the eldest of the woodcutters’ children, Corynn. It will launch February 5 and it’s about the same length as a King Arthur story.
As a royal lady’s maid, Rynn has one task: Escort the princess of Astoria to her intended’s kingdom and return home. Unfortunately for the former goose girl, the princess has other plans.
When her charge flees, Rynn’s not only forced to take the princess’s place, but she must also contend with a spiteful fairy horse, a good dose of political intrigue, and Conrad…the mysterious and all-too observant lord who consumes more of her thoughts than he should.
But with war looming on the horizon, Rynn stands to lose more than her heart. Can she convince the princess to return, end the charade, and make peace between the kingdoms?
More importantly, can she possibly avoid a death sentence when the truth is revealed?
I’ll be talking about it closer to the release day as tradition, but I did want to talk a little bit about the novella. I know I’ve gone on the record before of stating that I would never do a Goose Girl retelling–Shannon Hale did the best version ever in my opinion, and I could never hope to come near to it if I went at it from a traditional angle like I usually do.
But when we hatched the idea of one family showing up in all these different fairy tales, it gave me the opportunity to (reluctantly) explore the fairy tale from the maid’s perspective!
…Also it’s one of the only fairy tales I know of where a horse plays a starring role and I just really, really wanted to write a horse character. 😉
If you want to know more about what everyone else is doing, OR if you want to be kept apprised of the series six novellas, check out our Entwined Tales website and sign up for the newsletter! (It will be a temporary newsletter only, once the series is done we won’t be mailing you about it again.) It’s also worth saying all books will be $2.99, and they will all be available in Kindle Unlimited. If you want to pre-order a copy of A Goose Girl, click HERE for the link!
I’ll be posting more about the series itself over the next two weeks or so, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy exploring the series! Thanks for reading, Champions, and have a lovely day.