Best of
Retellings

2016

Stars Above


Marissa Meyer - 2016
    How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies? With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles. CONTENTSThe Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit. Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch…. The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be. Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles. After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna. The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a young Winter and Jacin playing a game called the Princess and the Guard… The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles. The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective. Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

The Raven and the Reindeer


T. Kingfisher - 2016
    Her journey will take her through a dangerous land of snow and witchcraft, accompanied only by a bandit and a talking raven. Can she win her friend’s release, or will following her heart take her to unexpected places? A strange, sly retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s "Snow Queen," by T. Kingfisher, author of "Bryony and Roses" and "The Seventh Bride."

The Princess Companion: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea


Melanie Cellier - 2016
     After a lifetime spent in the deep forest, Alyssa has no idea what to expect on the other side. What she finds is two unruly young princesses and one very handsome prince. When Alyssa accepts the job of Princess Companion she knows her life will change. What she doesn’t know is that the royal family is about to be swept up in unexpected danger and intrigue and that she just might be the only thing standing between her kingdom and destruction. This retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, reimagines the risks and rewards that come when one royal family goes searching for a true princess. Danger and romance await a woodcutter’s daughter in a royal palace.

Here, The World Entire


Anwen Kya Hayward - 2016
    When Perseus comes to ask for her help, Medusa tries desperately to make him leave, but no matter what she does, Perseus stays. As the days wear on and she reveals more about the events that led her to the cave, it becomes obvious that there is a choice to make: stay safe and alone, or re-enter the world with Perseus. One question still remains, however: what does Perseus want?

The Liberation of Sita


Volga - 2016
    In Volga’s retelling, it is Sita who, after being abandoned by Purushottam Rama, embarks on an arduous journey to self-realization. Along the way, she meets extraordinary women who have broken free from all that held them back: Husbands, sons and their notions of desire, beauty and chastity. The minor women characters of the epic as we know it – Surpanakha, Renuka, Urmila and Ahalya – steer Sita towards an unexpected resolution. Meanwhile, Rama too must reconsider and weigh out his roles as the king of Ayodhya and as a man deeply in love with his wife. A powerful subversion of India’s most popular tale of morality, choice and sacrifice, The Liberation of Sita opens up new spaces within the old discourse, enabling women to review their lives and experiences afresh. This is Volga at her feminist best.

Heartless


Marissa Meyer - 2016
    A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Say Car For Me – Bonus Brian POV Scene


Kelly Oram - 2016
    Because I felt like you guys needed 29 new pages from the mind of Brian Oliver, here's the infamous scene where Brian and Ella first come face to face, told from Brian's perspective. Enjoy!

My Lady Jane


Cynthia Hand - 2016
    He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood


Liesl Shurtliff - 2016
    . . except magic. But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness. With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .

Cinders: The Untold Story of Cinderella


Finley Aaron - 2016
    Oh, not everything, I suppose. Yes, I turned a pumpkin into a coach and mice into horses. The stroke of midnight, the glass slippers, and the prince searching for a girl whose foot fit the shoe…those were all part of the story. And yet, the prince didn’t just fall in love with Cinderella because she looked good at the ball. Pigeon feathers and pollywogs! Could you respect him if he did? I most certainly could not. No, no, there was vastly more that happened before the night of the ball, and a great deal of international intrigue after. Cinderella was a warrior who saved the life of the prince and defended her kingdom from oppressors who were plotting to overthrow the king. They didn’t tell you that part? It’s time, past time, for you to know the true story of the real Cinderella.

Lost Girl


Chanda Hahn - 2016
    Seven years later, all she wants is a normal life, but shape-shifting shadows plague her dreams and turn her life into a waking nightmare. When the shadows attack at a football game and a boy disappears right in front of her, she realizes these wraith-like shadows are real. They’re not just haunting—they’re hunting.A mysterious boy named Peter, his foul-mouthed sidekick, and a band of misfit boys intervene before Wendy faces a similar fate. But can they trust Wendy enough to take her to Neverwood Academy and reveal all of their hidden secrets when she's hiding a secret of her own, or will the dreaded Red Skulls find her and drag her back to Neverland?

Happily Ever Afters: A Reimagining of Snow White and Rose Red


Melanie Cellier - 2016
    But they soon learn that a coronation is a beginning, not an ending. Not everyone in Rangmere is happy to see the young queen on the throne, and intrigue and danger lurk all around. The cousins find themselves fighting not only for their new kingdom but also for their own survival in the royal court. When a new threat emerges, the two girls must defeat it to both save the crown and secure their own Happily Ever Afters.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You


Lily Anderson - 2016
    After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it's time to declare a champion once and for all.The war is Trixie's for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben's best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben's cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie's best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they're on--and they might not pick the same side.

Nora & Kettle


Lauren Nicolle Taylor - 2016
    As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to — the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having "one drop of Japanese blood in them" — things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys.Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naive, eighteen-year-old Nora — the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change.For months, they've lived side by side, their paths crossing yet never meeting. But when Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide as Kettle, grief stricken at the loss of a friend, angrily pulls Nora from her window.In her honeyed eyes, Kettle sees sadness and suffering. In his, Nora sees the chance to take to the window and fly away.Set in 1953, Nora & Kettle explores the collision of two teenagers facing extraordinary hardship. Their meeting is inevitable, devastating, and ultimately healing. Their stories a collection of events, are each on their own harmless. But together, one after the other, they change the world.

Princess of Shadows


A.G. Marshall - 2016
    Marshall with the ASIN number B01M0MKH7Q.Only a true princess can save the kingdom. Alaric wants to be king. He wants to continue the peace and prosperity his father created in Aeonia. But with enemies questioning his bloodline, he’ll have to put his heart on the line and marry a stranger to secure his right to rule. Only a match with a true princess will silence his critics and protect his future. Lina’s lineage is shocking at best and deadly at worst. Over a century ago, she put herself into an enchanted sleep to seal away a horde of dark creatures. Now both Lina and the goblins are awake. Without friends or resources, Lina must seek the help of the Council of Kings. To get close enough to them to ask for aid, she’ll need to convince everyone she’s a true princess. As Alaric searches for a true princess to marry, Lina tries to convince the world she is one. But while they try to save the kingdom on their own, they may find what they need is each other.

The Forbidden Wish


Jessica Khoury - 2016
    He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world... When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.  But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

The Marquise and Her Cat


Shari L. Tapscott - 2016
    Now, determined to find her place in the world, Etta's learning to hunt, having audiences with a king, and falling for a man who's keeping something from her.Beau's happy at sea until his father passes and leaves him with an odd last request. Now he's setting up shop in a small town, searching for ogres, and, inconveniently, falling for the miller's sister—who just happens to be taken with someone else.It soon becomes clear that if Etta and Beau want to get anywhere, they'll need not only each other's help, but the cat's as well. But putting your trust in a feline is difficult, especially when you're not exactly sure what it is he has planned...A fairy tale romance by the author of The Eldentimber Series.Previously released as Puss without Boots.Fairy Tale Kingdoms Reading Order:The Marquise and Her CatThe Queen of Gold and StrawThe Sorceress in Training

The Other Alice


Michelle Harrison - 2016
    . . Midge loves riddles, his cat, Twitch, and ‒ most of all ‒ stories. Especially because he’s grown up being read to by his sister Alice, a brilliant writer.When Alice goes missing and a talking cat turns up in her bedroom, Midge searches Alice’s stories for a clue. Soon he discovers that her secret book, The Museum of Unfinished Stories, is much more than just a story. In fact, he finds two of its characters wandering around town.But every tale has its villains ‒ and with them leaping off the page, Midge, Gypsy and Piper must use all their wits and cunning to work out how the story ends and find Alice. If they fail, a more sinister finale threatens them all . . . A rich and twisting tale of magic, riddles and talking cats, from a classic author.

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast


Nancy Campbell Allen - 2016
    When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border. Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable, and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?

Northern Rain: A North & South Variation


Nicole Clarkston - 2016
    John Thornton is a man of heavy responsibilities who has many things on his mind, but the most troublesome of them all is Margaret Hale. She wants nothing to do with him, and he wishes he could feel the same. When a moment of vulnerability allows her a glimpse into his heart, she begins to see him very differently. Is something so simple as friendship even possible after all that has passed between them? Thornton has every good reason to move on, not the least of which is the lovely Genevieve Hamilton and her wealthy father. Will Thornton act according to duty and accept an opportunity to save his mill, or will he take a chance on love, hoping to change Margaret’s mind?

A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold


Anne Elisabeth Stengl - 2016
    A Peasant Girl. A Curse Six Hundred Years Old . . .For six hundred years I have dwelt in this prison. Trapped. Helpless. Unliving and undying. For six hundred years I have watched as cursebreakers come and go. Brave young women all, gifted with powers beyond mortal understanding. I have watched them die. I have watched them wish to die. Once again the Family of Night invades this country to claim its dues, and this generation’s cursebreaker has her chance to break the endless chain of torment. To save me. To save her sisters. But how can a peasant child scarcely fourteen years of age discover the three-part key and liberate the captives? Will she too be doomed to join the Death Dance binding us all to the Family of Night?

The Rat Prince


Bridget Hodder - 2016
    And together, he and Cinderella are about to turn the legend (and the evening) upside down on their way to a most unexpected happy ending!AN ILA CHILDREN'S CHOICE LIST STARRED SELECTION.

Five Magic Spindles


Rachel Kovaciny - 2016
    Awaken the MagicEmma, a good-hearted midwife, rushes to warn a neighbor about the hired gunman headed to his ranch but can't prevent the catastrophe in store for his daughter.Palli, the prophesied daughter of a king, is fated to rescue her people from the destruction called forth by a vengeful priest.Roselee, a ghost with a faulty memory, flits through the halls of an insane asylum in search of the mortal boy who can help her save the day.Arabella, a living spirit trapped in her own comatose body, helplessly watches from the realm of dreams as her usurping cousin plots to destroy her once and for all.Tanza, a tomb raider on a distant planet, struggles to make a living and doesn’t need a long-lost prince to complicate her difficult life.One way or another, these beauties have no intention of sleeping away their problems.THE MAN ON THE BUCKSKIN HORSE ~ GUARDIAN OF OUR BEAUTY ~ THE GHOST OF BRIARDALE ~ SPINDLE CURSED ~ OUT OF THE TOMB

A Tail of Camelot


Julie Leung - 2016
    For generations, Calib’s family has lived among the mice that dwell beneath the human Knights of the Round Table, defending the castle they all call home. Calib just hopes he will be able to live up to the Christopher name.Then, on the night of the annual Harvest Tournament, tragedy strikes. The mice suspect the Darklings are behind the vicious sneak attack, but Calib has his doubts, so he sets off on a quest for the truth. Venturing deep into the woods beyond the castle walls, Calib and his friend Cecily discover that a threat far greater than the Darklings is gathering, and human and animal knights alike are in grave danger.With help from a host of unlikely new allies, including a young human boy named Galahad, Calib must get the Mice of the Round Table and the Darklings to put aside their differences and fight together. Only then will they be strong enough to save Camelot.

The Thirteenth Princess


Nina Clare - 2016
    When the eldest sister marries, her husband will take the throne. But the king has no intention of giving up his crown. Navigating an underground world, breaking an enchantment, and enduring the prospect of a forced marriage, these are the trials the thirteenth princess must endure to see her sisters and their kingdom free…

Beauty and the Beast


Vivienne Savage - 2016
    Prince Alistair isn’t an ordinary dragon. He’s a shifter afflicted by a curse, unable to become human again until he finds his true love. When a mortal king’s adventurers trespass in Alistair’s territory to steal a rare flower, the prince decides to steal a valuable prize of his own. (Author's Note: This is a magical retelling of the beloved tale written for an adult audience. Reader discretion is advised.)

The Moth & the Flame


Renée Ahdieh - 2016
    But she, too, seems to have met her match in the handsome Jalal. What begins as a tempestuous battle of will and wit in short order becomes a passionate affair spurred on by tragedy of the worst kind.

Toil and Trouble


Mairghread Scott - 2016
    When there is a disagreement between the weird sisters, Riata and Smertae will use men as pawns, and Smertae will direct Macbeth to a crown he was never meant to have.This re-telling of Macbeth from the witches point of view is brought to life by Mairghread Scott (TRANSFORMERS: Windblade, LANTERN CITY), and illustrated by talented duo Kelly & Nichole Matthews. TOIL AND TROUBLE brings a new and inventive take on the tragedy we all know and love.

Princess without a Palace: A King Thrushbeard Fairy Tale


Kristen Niedfeldt - 2016
    But after she scorns one too many suitors, her father loses his temper with her spoiled ways and declares that she must marry the next man who dares to seek her hand! Unfortunately for her, the next man who proposes - albeit unintentionally - is only a humble, traveling minstrel.Now, cast off and penniless, she finds herself at the mercy of her handsome betrothed who intends for her to become a proper peasant. But after a lifetime of being pampered, ordinary chores and tasks are not as easy as she expected, and she soon realizes she will need her prospective husband's help if she hopes to salvage anything of her future. Will the two strangers be able to find a way to work together and perhaps free themselves from their forced betrothal? Or might they find that "happily ever afters" sometimes happen in unexpected ways?...(A retelling of the timeless Grimm fairy tale King Thrushbeard. This book is a clean and proper romance.)

The Gardner and the Ladies Maid


K.M. Shea - 2016
    “I’m home,” she announced, bearing a bouquet of flowers in one arm and Jock the fat Papillon in the other. “Madame Elle, what a delight it is to welcome you home,” Burke said, bowing extravagantly. “You must be famished after your journey. Shall I send for refreshments and your favorite tea as well as a vase for your flowers?”“I would much appreciate it. Thank you, Burke, you are a noble man,” Elle said, plopping down on the sofa Severin had acquired in his study since marrying Elle.Severin looked up from the book he was reading. “Where have you been?” he asked Elle after Burke left the study......

A Feast of Sorrows


Angela Slatter - 2016
    collection—features twelve of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning Australian author’s finest, darkest fairy tales, and adds two new novellas to her marvelous cauldron of fiction. Stories peopled by women and girls—fearless, frightened, brave, bold, frail, and fantastical—who take the paths less traveled by, accept (and offer) poisoned apples, and embrace transformation in all its forms. Reminiscent of Angela Carter at her best, Slatter’s work is both timeless and fresh: fascinating new reflections from the enchanted mirrors of fairy tales and folklore.

Red's Tangled Tale


Suzanna Lynn - 2016
    Well, at least they think they do. History would have many believe Red was a naïve little girl who brought treats to her grandmother in the dark of the forest. History had it wrong.After the curse of the wolves came to Timbergard, Red's father was the only soul brave enough to enter Blakx Forest. However, when the wolves claimed his life, his young daughter took up his bow and began hunting the beasts to fill her need for revenge.When Captain Hook shows up in the village in search of the rare burning ash that lies on the far borders of the cursed forest, Red agrees to help get him safely through the dangerous land.The trek through the forest becomes precarious when the group is cornered by a pack of wolves. Red is forced to make a decision that will alter the lives of everyone, including individuals she has yet to meet.

Starter Pack


K.M. Shea - 2016
    Queen Ruby & Princess Snow: This mixed-up fairytale is an original short story. It has no ties to any of my fairy tale adaptations; however, for a similar tale, check ouy "The Unicorn Procession" in the freebies section of my website.Before the Bond: This short story is set centuries before the events of Red Rope of Fate and gives you a glimpse of how the humans of Calnor and the Lesser Elves of Lessa became allies.

Lost Boy


Wendy Spinale - 2016
    Determined to get himself and his sister out the rundown orphanage, Pete finds a solution in the seedy underbelly of London, a deadly place of scamps and thieves where survival is determined by cunning skill and bareknuckle bravery. But then one night, everything changes . . .In this dark reimagining of the original Lost Boy, Wendy Spinale weaves a stunning story of courage and heartbreak, loss and redemption as one boy is forced to face his past... and his future.

Heaven Breaks In


Nicholas Cappas - 2016
    Except Davis, like most, is unaware of the war being waged for his soul. With the help of Archangel Michael himself, Littleton must unmask and overcome the spiritual enemies endangering Davis's faith. Can the angels break through the darkness in time? And, can God restore what's already been lost?

Musketeer Space


Tansy Rayner Roberts - 2016
    I haven’t got a ship. I washed out of the Musketeers. If this is your idea of honour, put down the swords and I’ll take you on with my bare hands.” Dana D'Artagnan longs for a life of adventure as a Musketeer pilot in the Royal Fleet on Paris Satellite. When her dream crashes and burns, she gains a friendship she never expected, with three of the city's most infamous sword-fighting scoundrels: the Musketeers known as Athos, Porthos and Aramis.Even as a mecha grunt, Dana has a knack for getting into trouble. She pushes her way into a dangerous political conspiracy involving royal scandals, disguised spaceships, a tailor who keeps getting himself kidnapped, and a seductive spy with far too many secrets.With the Solar System on the brink of war, Dana is given a chance to prove herself once and for all. But is it worth becoming a Musketeer if she has to sacrifice her friends along the way?MUSKETEER SPACE is a gender-swapped, thoroughly bisexual space opera retelling of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel The Three Musketeers, which was originally published as a weekly serial on the author's website.

Hook's Little Mermaid


Suzanna Lynn - 2016
    He is a pirate, after all. However, after getting word that a boy named Peter Pan played a part in the death of a dear loved one, Hook makes it his sole purpose to hunt down and destroy the fiend. On his journey for vengeance, the captain encounters many new comrades, including a young girl named Red and a fairy called Tinker Bell, and both push him to reconsider his desire for justice. The accidental rescue of a mermaid leads him on a whirlwind adventure in Neverland. The journey is not a simple one, considering Pan, the Lost Boys, mermaids, and magic all come into play. After several misadventures, Hook must choose between the possibility of a new life with love and his much-desired retaliation against Pan. Once everything is said and done, will the captain be able to overcome his need for revenge? Will he let compassion steer him toward love? Or will Captain Hook live up to his villainous reputation?

A Katherine Reay Collection: Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, the Bronte Plot


Katherine Reay - 2016
    Knightley, Lizzy & Jane, The Bronte PlotDear Mr. KnightleySamantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story by giving that story to a complete stranger.Lizzy & JaneElizabeth left her family s home in Seattle fifteen years ago to pursue her lifelong dream chefing her own restaurant in New York City. Jane stayed behind to raise a family. Estranged since their mother s death many years ago, the circumstances of their lives are about to bring them together once again.The Bronte PlotWhen a rare-books dealer goes to England, she discovers more than just the famous writing haunts she discovers how to love and be loved in today s modern world.Katherine Reay sDear Mr. Knightleykept me up until 2:00 a.m.; I simply couldn t put it down. Eloisa James, New York Timesbestselling author ofOnce Upon a Tower"

Undeceived: Pride & Prejudice in the Spy Game


Karen M. Cox - 2016
    “...if I endeavor to undeceive people as to the rest of his conduct, who will believe me?”-Pride & Prejudice/, Chapter 40 Elizabeth Bennet, a rookie counterintelligence officer, lands an exciting first assignment—investigating the CIA's legendary William Darcy, who is suspected of being a double agent.Darcy’s charmed existence is seemingly at an end as he fights for his career and struggles against his feelings for the young woman he doesn’t know is watching his every move.At first, Elizabeth was confident in her mission's outcome, but the more she discovers about Darcy, the more she finds herself in an ever-tightening web of danger.Unexpected twists and turns abound in this Cold War era variation on Austen’s classic tale.

Rose of Prophecy: A Beauty and the Beast Novella


Hope Ann - 2016
    Not because she is alone. Not because thick roiling clouds obscure the moon. Not because the wind rushes through the forest like a wild dragon. She is afraid because she is late. And to be late means death. Her life had been happy once. Despite the destruction wreaked by Tauscher, traitor to the King. Despite the distant war led by the Prince and fought with the help of her three brothers. Despite her own poorly-chosen nickname of Beauty, she'd enjoyed life. Of course, that was also before her father left home on a hopeful errand but returned weary and ill, bearing a velvety scarlet rose which he claimed would never wither. But even life in the ancient hall, tucked away in the center of Mosswood, surrounded by roses of every description, overshadowed with mystery and home to a scarred figure who was more beast than man, wasn't too bad after a time. But now...now, in a flash of light, Beauty finally glimpses the truth. And the cost. The price which must be paid, or the sacrifice which must be made. It is a curse which even love alone may not be able to break. Writing in the Light Publishing presents the first of nine novellas in The Legends of Light series! Rose of Prophecy, a fantasy seeped retelling of Beauty and the Beast containing an ancient promise, an invisible spy, and the legendary Stieg der, is more than a mere retelling of a favorite fairy tale. Each novella focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while also following the conflict between the Prince and Tauscher and expertly retelling and twisting some popular, as well as several lesser known, fairy tales.

Rebel of the Sands free ebook sampler


Alwyn Hamilton - 2016
    Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that's how you want your story to go and we'll write it straight across the sand."Dustwalk is Amani's home. The desert sand is in her bones. But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need.Then a foreigner with no name turns up to save her life, and with him the chance to run. But to where? The desert plains are full of danger. Sand and blood are swirling, and the Sultan's enemies are on the rise.

Once Upon a Cowboy


Lacy Williams - 2016
    One cowboy in particular gets under her skin, until she sees his softer side. She knows this interlude can’t last forever, but that doesn’t stop her from wishing it might… Former Navy SEAL Gideon Hale might’ve rescued the princess from freezing to death, but the soldier doesn’t trust easily — or at all — especially when his gut tells him Alessandra is keeping secrets. But as Alessandra begins to fit into his life, he discovers another side to the princess — one that he can’t help but like. When Alessandra’s enemies close in, Gideon must fight to save the woman who has become so much more than a princess… Once Upon a Cowboy is a contemporary western retelling of the Snow White fairytale and Book 1 in the Cowboy Fairytales series.

Warm Bodies and The New Hunger


Isaac Marion - 2016
    This special five-year anniversary edition includes the powerful prequel novella, The New Hunger, which sheds light on the saga’s past while setting the stage for its epic conclusion.In the “highly original” (Seattle Times) Warm Bodies, “R” is a man with an existential crisis: he is dead. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his fellow zombies, but he craves something more than brains and the memories he gains when he eats them. He wants a life of his own.After absorbing the poignant life of a troubled young man, R makes a choice that begins the unlikeliest of relationships—with his victim’s ex-girlfriend. Julie is angry and scared but fiercely alive, a blast of color in R’s grey existence, and as they struggle to protect each other from the grim society around them, they begin to set off dangerous sparks—the kind that could revive their lifeless world, or start a war that destroys it.But their story doesn’t end—or begin—there. The New Hunger takes us back seven years to a crucial crossroads in three young lives. Julie and her parents drive across the wastelands of America in search of a new home. Her future friend Nora struggles to protect her brother, a boy with a secret that might one day change the world. And in the darkness of a forest, a dead man opens his eyes. Who is he? What is he? As R unravels these grim mysteries and Julie and Nora scour the world for hope, each step brings them closer to an encounter of beauty and tragedy that will change the course of their lives.Together, Warm Bodies and The New Hunger form a richly layered tale of love and hope in the darkest of times, while also opening the doors to an epic saga that continues with The Burning World, an excerpt of which is included in this edition for current fans and newcomers alike.

Lionheart


Fran Seen - 2016
    A stern and brooding man offers her the job, but there's a catch - Lula isn't allowed to look at him. Although, Mr. Rahim has eyes on everyone - security footage relays on a constant loop in his office. Everything Lula isn't meant to notice about Mr. Rahim intrigues her: the cadence of his accented voice, the stoutness of his build, and his self-imposed prison that mirrors her own. Lionheart is a romance of huge stakes that asks one question. Is love enough the mend a broken soul?

Calysta and the Beast


Joanna Alonzo - 2016
    The request? She has to live four years under the roof of a beast. Brendan Keefe is perfection-turned-beast. The last thing he wants is to grovel at the feet of this imperfect young woman, who happens to be the only way out of the curse he got himself into. Will Calysta's history and brokenness help reach out to a beast who considers himself beyond redemption? Or will Brendan's stubbornness deprive him of the love he so desperately longs for? Both beautiful, both broken, this beauty and this beast embark on a journey to discover a love greater than themselves, a love powerful enough to heal all scars and give beauty for ashes. If only they would believe.

Playing Hearts


W.R. Gingell - 2016
    But Mabel has been in Underland before, and she’s not so anxious to go back. No matter what name it takes, Underland is always bizarre, always mad, always dangerous. There’s the Queen of Hearts, terrifying, powerful, and possibly insane. There’s Hatter, purple-eyed and undoubtedly mad. March Hare has always been one sandwich short of a picnic, and Sir Blanc is missing his wits. And then there’s Jack. Jack the aristocratic son of the Queen. Not quite mad, but not far off. Disinclined to help anyone but himself. A liar. And, thanks to an ancient ceremony performed by the Queen, Mabel’s fiancé. Fall into the rabbit hole with Mabel as she climbs through tea-pots, battles the Jabberwock, and attempts to overthrow the Queen of Hearts herself. Don’t lose your head. And whatever you do, don’t be late...

Dryland (Fairytale, #3)


Simone Shirazi - 2016
    But when an injury puts him out during his last year of college, all but ruining his Olympic dreams, he realizes there are other things in life he can love just as much... like the cute physical therapist who has been assigned to his case.[Book #3 in the Fairytale Series, a Little Mermaid retelling]

Immortal Ties


Jennifer Malone Wright - 2016
     Molly McMillan has lived in Saint’s Grove her entire life and aside from the normal gossip and disputes that make up life in a small town, nothing exciting ever happened. Until one day, a cosmic event occurs and not only is Saint’s Grove suddenly overrun with beings only heard of in stories, Molly is attacked by one of the same creatures that have haunted her nightmares for years. Luckily, evil creatures aren’t the only beings that appeared in Saint’s Grove that night. Aero doesn’t know why he’s been pulled out of his realm, but the moment his feet planted on the ground in Saint’s Grove, he found himself surrounded by chaos and creatures that shouldn’t be roaming Earth. Nearby, he hears the fearful screams of a woman, and hurries to the rescue. Little did he know that by saving her, his life will be changed forever.

Strings


David Estes - 2016
    She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world. Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco. As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer. If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences.

The Underground Series, Books 1-3: Chasing Rabbits, Chasing Cats, Chasing Princes


Erin Bedford - 2016
     Book One: Chasing Rabbits Alice was wrong – Wonderland wasn’t so wonderful after all. Kat never expected to be back in her hometown, but when house sitting turns into a mad rabbit chase, Kat finds herself with a whole new set of problems. A two-headed bird with a Game of Thrones obsession, a party full of tea addicts, and a Cheshire Cat who could seduce the pants off her grandma? And if the citizens weren’t bad enough their prince was off his rocker. This wasn’t your run of the mill Wonderland. This was the Fae world, where rules are rules, and some things are exactly as they seem. Book Two: Chasing Cats Sometimes the smallest debt comes with the highest price. Kat went down the rabbit hole and came out changed. Now everyone wants something from her and she is hard pressed to give in to any of them. Only the irresistibly mysterious Cheshire Cat seems to be on her side. But even he has secrets of his own. Secrets that cause him to show up beaten and bloody on her doorstep. Dancing around lost friends and determined ex-lovers will be a feat on its own. Doing it and staying sane? Impossible. Book Three: Chasing Princes Who would you save? The Fae and human worlds are merging at a rapid pace, leaving Kat two options; crash with the rest of them or ride it out and claim her place. With both of Kat's knights out of the picture, it's up to her to face new dangers and defeat old enemies. But with Kat’s new powers still on the fritz and her most trusted companion no longer at her side, this librarian has to decide what’s worth saving and what will be sacrificed. Only one question remains: Can Kat save the Underground if she can’t even save herself? Not included in the box set: Chasing Shadows Chasing Hearts

WARNING! Fairy Tales


Robert Thier - 2016
    This book may contain graphic descriptions of poisoned apples and witches’ ovens. It is not appropriate for supernatural beings under the age of 377 (excluding vampires and werewolves).DISCLAIMER: Wicked Witches Inc. and Evil Stepmother Enterprises are not responsible for any maiming, mass murder or permanent insanity resulting from the reading of this book.

The Countess and the Frog


Kenley Davidson - 2016
    A tale of romance in unexpected places… When independent and opinionated Lizbet discovers she has an unwelcome suitor, will she be too distracted by her royal nephew’s antics to look past what she thinks she wants and find true love?

Cinder Ella


S.T. Lynn - 2016
    She's known since she was young; being a woman just fit better. She was happier in skirts than trousers, but that was before her stepmother moved in. Eleanor can't stand her, and after Ella's father passes she's forced to revert to Cole, a lump of a son. She cooks, she cleans, and she tolerates being called the wrong name for the sake of a roof over her head. Where else can she go? An opportunity to attend the royal ball transforms Ella's life. For the first time, strangers see a woman when she walks down the stairs. While Princess Lizabetta invited Cole to the ball, she doesn't blink an eye when Cinderella is the one who shows. The princess is elegant, bold, and everything Ella never knew she wanted. For a moment she glimpses a world that can accept her, and she holds on tight. She should have known it wouldn't last. Dumped by her wicked stepmother on the farthest edge of the kingdom, Ella must find a way to let go of the princess and the beautiful life they shared for an hour. She'll never find her way back. But it's hard to forget the greatest night of her life when every rose she plants is a reminder.

Butcher, Baker, Vampire Slayer: A Retelling of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night


Juliann Whicker - 2016
    Unaware of the danger, all she knows is that her twin brother is throwing away his future when he decides to drop out of the elite all boy school he’s been attending, and she isn’t going to let him do it, even if it means taking his place. When eighteen-year-old, Violetta Tancetta goes undercover as her brother, she has no idea that Calder, School for Boys isn’t only for rich, prissy boys, but also the premier training ground for the next generation of Butchers, or those trained to slaughter vampires, werewolves, and anything else that goes bump in the night. Her plans get complicated when she gains the friendship and respect of the greatest Butcher of them all, wickedly handsome Orion who constantly threatens the security of her male identity.

The White Rabbit Chronicles Complete Collection


Gena Showalter - 2016
    Cole is the baddest of the bad, the one boys want to be and girls want to tame—but he only has eyes for Ali. They share a connection no one can explain, seeing glimpses into a future of doom and gloom…or love everlasting. Either way, they’ll have to navigate a zombie Wonderland of unstoppable action and dangerous secrets, where only one thing is certain: a war is brewing, and it’s time to fight—and if necessary, time to die. Filled with hot action, true romance, real friendship and a unique twist on zombies, The White Rabbit Chronicles is not to be missed. Off with their heads!

The Jane and Bertha in Me


Rita Maria Martinez - 2016
    Each poem is a smartly annotated, hauntingly revisionist homage to Jane Eyre. Martinez’s astounding poems are literary, conversational, personal, fun, as she confidently transports her Janes from the Moors to Macy’s, from Thornfield Hall to the world of tattoos.—Denise Duhamel, author of BlowoutThere is some kind of serious magic at work in this wonderful book. Reading it, I feel as if I am waking up in another world where Gothic sensibility of Jane Eyre joins the surreal of contemporary American culture. The experience is nothing short of intoxicating. I can’t wait to read more of Rita Maria Martinez’s work.—Nin Andrews, author of Why God is a WomanRita Maria Martinez’s The Jane and Bertha in Me gives an unusual twist to the well-known characters from Jane Eyre, envisioning Jane at the guidance counselor, Bertha getting a makeover. These persona poems give us greater insight into the minds of madwoman and governess alike and even minor characters like Blanche and Alice, with beautiful, lush language and empathetic vision. Even casual fans of Brontë’s great book will enjoy this lively re-imagining.—Jeannine Hall Gailey, author of The Robot Scientist’s Daughter

B.R.U.H.: Black Renditions of Universal Heroes


Markus Prime - 2016
    You'll probably notice that all of them are women. I could've said heroine and you may ask why I don't use this word, but then I'd have some questions for you.

Dorothy Must Die 2-Book Box Set: Dorothy Must Die/The Wicked Will Rise


Danielle Paige - 2016
    

An Aussie Summer Christmas


Marion Ueckermann - 2016
    Intrigued by the bearded stranger visiting her coffee shop, Ella Anderson decides to discover his secrets. But when Justin’s past collides with their future, Ella must decide whether they have a future at all. Next Door Santa by USA Today bestselling author Lacy Williams Will Harris is proud of his no-complications life. So why is he drawn to his upstairs neighbor, who seems obsessed with Christmas? Can Bridie soften Will-the-Scrooge’s heart in time for Christmas? Seaside Christmas by Narelle Atkins Political advisor and former bad boy Gus Donovan is intrigued by Chelsea Somers, the girl he didn’t call after their one and only date, six years ago. Chelsea is impressed by the new Gus, but can she trust him with her family secrets ... and with her heart? A Christmas Resolution by Rose Dee Breeah has avoided returning to her Australian coastal hometown of Kiisay Point for ten years—avoided the mistake that changed her life, ruined her friendships, and soured her first love. She’s never returned to Resolution, the island where it all happened. But now she’s back, and having to face up to the childhood she loved, the man she can’t forget, and the future that won’t start until she lets it all go. All is Bright by Andrea Grigg Amy’s always been a good Christian girl…except for being in love with her brother-in-law. Josh is looking for love again, surprised to find it with his late wife’s sister. But will a mountain of guilt and an unexpected letter stop them from making it to the altar? Falling for Maddie Grace by Meredith Resce Australia’s first professional female football umpire, Maddie Grace, gets knocked out in an on-field accident, crushed beneath the weight of an athletic sports star. What is it about the visual images that has the media making up stories of a secret love affair? Escaping the paparazzi is one thing, but escaping each other is quite another.

Loving the Wind: The Story of Tiger Lily & Peter Pan


Crissi Langwell - 2016
    While each retelling seemed more fantastic than the last, she couldn't help wondering if the tales were true. She would soon find out.Following a surprise attack on her village, Tiger Lily was taken by pirates, her life placed in the hands of the unscrupulous Captain Hook. Her days were numbered -- that is, until the mysterious flying boy of her people's legends made himself known. Peter Pan relieves the captain of his captive, as well as his left hand, and flies Tiger Lily from the ship.Faced with this legendary thief of Neverland, the princess is gripped with fear. However, she soon learns that Peter Pan is nothing like the stories she's heard. Slowly, her fear is replaced with a growing fondness for a boy who refuses to grow up. But just when her heart opens to the possibility of love, she discovers his true story, the reason he can never fall in love, and a secret that could end Neverland forever.In Loving the Wind, learn the untold story of Tiger Lily, the history of Neverland and its inhabitants, and the tale of the boy who's stolen many a young girl's heart.

Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure


Ryan North - 2016
    They were meant…to be played.What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits? This choose-your-own-path version of Romeo and Juliet—packed with fun puzzles, secrets, and quadrillions of possible storylines—lets you decide where the plot goes every time you read. You might play as Romeo, or as Juliet, or as both of them at the same time. You might even unlock additional playable characters!That’s right. We figured out how to have unlockable characters in books.

The Wish


E.V. Jones - 2016
    The Wish is Book One of The Cloverleaf Chronicles, where family, bravery, magic, and Celtic lore mingle to reveal the dramatic adventures of Jack Shannahan, a teen whose life is changed forever because of a single wish.

The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol


Kevin Purdy - 2016
    He is content to live in his gloomy old house and avoid all human contact whenever possible. He even shuns his own daughter and grandson. But Croome's life changes one memorable Halloween when four ghastly spirits visit him to reveal the misery he has inflicted upon his friends, neighbors and family members.Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Legend of Decimus Croome is bound to become a Halloween classic for readers of all ages. Follow old man Croome as he is visited by the lovely but disturbing spirit of his dearly departed wife. She warns him of three spirits yet to follow. And oh what spirits they are. Each one is more frightening than the last as they deliver a chilling message for Croome and his fellow Halloween humbugs.The Ghost of Halloween Past is a truly horrifying yet disturbingly hilarious spirit who delivers Croome to his distant and not-so-distant past. Along the journey, Croome is warmed with nostalgia then terrified by painful memories from Halloweens gone by.The second spirit is a shape-shifting witch who breaks every stereotype about witches while nearly driving Croome insane with her wild antics and slapstick delivery. As the Ghost of Halloween Present, she takes Croome on a crazy magic carpet ride that reveals his negative influence on those closest to him. The witch also introduces Croome to the magic of Halloween on enchanted visits further afield.The third phantasm delivers the final glimpse of Croome's diabolically repulsive life and the future that is in store for him if he doesn't change his wicked ways. Croome is forced to confront the impending consequences of his cruel and heartless lifestyle. He is spirited away to a bleak future including a terrifying visit to a desolate cemetery.Throughout this delightful and spooky Halloween novel, you will be haunted by ghosts, inspired by a brave young leukemia patient and entertained by a precocious feline named Black Magic.Join Tommy Bobbich, Decimus Croome and a whole cast of ghosts, witches and ghouls in this modern day holiday story that is sure to provide you with chills, laughs and even a few touching moments as you read The Legend of Decimus Croome: a Halloween Carol. You will never look at Halloween the same again.

Once Upon A Time: Behind the Magic - Companion to the Hit TV Show


Neil Edwards - 2016
    The show’s stars, Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Lana Parrilla (the Evil Queen/Regina Mills), Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming/David Nolan), Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook), and Meghan Ory (Red Riding Hood/Ruby), talk about portraying characters who are both classic and new. Plus, the show’s producers, writers and behind-the-scenes wizards share their secrets about creating the magical episodes you see on screen, including production art and sketches. Magic is coming!

Book of Lilith


P.K. Tyler - 2016
    What happened to Adam's first wife? Why has she been written out of history? This is her story. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

First Light


Michele Paige Holmes - 2016
    When Adrielle starts a fire that burns down the family home, she must deal with both her grief and her siblings’ hurtful rejection. While journeying to far away Tallinyne, in search of her older, estranged sister—the only relative who might take her in—Adrielle is separated from her escort when the carriage is beset by thieves. Alone, she is thrust into a dangerous and unfamiliar world where she encounters fairies and gypsies, a wild boar, a drunk cook, and an evil queen whose curse is sweeping death across the land. Adrielle also finds love, falling hard for a kind, funny, handsome—and completely unavailable prince.From the glowing pearls tucked beneath her mattress and keeping her awake at night, to Queen Nadamaris’s curse that seems to thwart Adrielle’s every effort, Adrielle struggles to navigate a world of magic she never imagined, where people she knows and loves are not always what they appear to be. With the glowing pearls—and her fondest desire—within her grasp, she is forced to make a choice no girl should ever have to—satisfying her own heart or saving the kingdom.

The Underground Series: The Lost Fae Princess


Erin Bedford - 2016
    This was the Fae world, where rules are rules, and some things are exactly as they seem.

Gaslight & Grimm: Steampunk Faerie Tales


Danielle Ackley-McPhailDavid Lee Summers - 2016
    Tales of handsome princes and wicked queens, of good-hearted folk and evil stepmothers. Tales of danger and caution and magic...classics that still echo in our hearts and memories even to this day, told from old, cherished books or from memory at Grandma's knee. Oh yes, tales have been told...but never quite like these. Journey with us through the pages of Gaslight and Grimm to discover timeless truths through lenses polished in the age of steam. With tales by James Chambers ~ Christine Norris ~ Bernie Mojzes ~ Danny Birt ~ Jean Marie Ward ~ Jeff Young ~ Gail Z. and Larry N. Martin ~ Elaine Corvidae ~ David Lee Summers ~ Kelly A. Harmon ~ Jonah Knight ~ Diana Bastine ~ Jody Lynn Nye.

Spirit of the Jungle


Bear Grylls - 2016
    He's happiest at home playing computer games and practising his magic tricks in his room - and he's about to be thrown into the busy, colourful heart of India.When they arrive, his dad suggests a trip into the jungle as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. But as they set out along the Wainganga River, the family are caught in a flash storm and Mak' is washed away. Alone in the jungle, he must learn to survive. Dodging poachers, poisonous snakes and evil monkeys, Mak finds help and friendship from other jungle creatures. But can he gather all his skills to make it back to civilization?

Queen of America


T.J. Slee - 2016
    This is the incredible story of Viking Shieldmaiden Freya Eriksdottir.Publishers Weekly, Booklife Prize in Fiction Sept 2016.

To Kill a Mockingjay: A Parody


Tate Volino - 2016
    Spy guides you through her own saga, while also telling the tale of her father's mission to change the system and her brother's quest to change the world. The family's audacious journey culminates in a climactic battle for the future of the nation of Pander. Along the way, this fused work of pop culture wanders down the yellow brick road, takes many Divergent paths, gets so heavy that Atlas Shrugged, and of course takes shots at Mockingbirds. A collision of literary forces, To Kill A Mockingjay is a hilarious and thought-provoking look at politics, society, and the legal system. It is a commentary on responsibility and self-determination written from the center of an increasingly polarized America.

As Old as Time


Liz Braswell - 2016
    And, stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful enchantress who cursed the castle and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast will have to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making.As Old as Time is the third book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky


Evelyn B. Christensen - 2016
    . . a holiday book about my very own state!   Merry Christmas from the Bluegrass State! Come along on a wild ride through Kentucky as Marybeth introduces her cousin Martin to all her favorite places, activities, and foods. While they travel from Lexington to Louisville to Paducah, Marybeth gives Martin some really cool gifts—like 4 lucky horseshoes when they visit the Kentucky Derby and 10 lumps of black gold from the Coal Mining Museum in Benham.   This joyful entry in “The Twelve Days of Christmas in . . . “ series entry features terrific art and lively text by a native Kentuckian that perfectly captures the state’s spirit.

To Steal A Prince's Heart


Cassidy K. O'Connor - 2016
    Robin Hood and her merry band of women steal to feed their village, she never expected the Prince to steal her heart. When her true identity is revealed will the Prince stand by her or will she be forced to rescue herself?

Arcadian Nights: The Greek Myths Reimagined


John Spurling - 2016
    Our logic and science, our philosophy, politics, literature, architecture, and art are all indebted to the ancient inhabitants of the small mountainous Mediterranean country. And the powerful myths of the Greeks, refined by Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the great Greek dramatists, still resonate at the core of our culture.Taking as his starting point many of the famous tourist sites in the Peloponnese, where the stories are set, John Spurling, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, including tales of the doomed house of Atreus (notably Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks at Troy, murdered by his wife in his palace bathroom); of the god Apollo; goddess Athene; Theseus, scourge of the Minotaur; the Twelve Labors of Heracles; and Perseus, rescuer of Andromeda. In this vibrant, gripping and often grisly retelling of the Greek myths, stories of murder, power, revenge, love, and traumatic family relationships are made new again for our time with wit and relish by a gifted author. Spurling has added scene, dialogue, and context, while always staying true to the spirit of the original myth.

The Diary of the Naughtiest Girl


Jeanne Willis - 2016
    Fans of Tom Gates will love this! 'Mum says pupils aren't allowed to take mobile devices to Whyteleafe ... excuse me? It's the twenty-first century! What next? Ride to school on a penny-farthing?'When Elizabeth Allen is packed off to boarding school, armed with nothing but a journal to write in for entertainment, she is NOT impressed. How will she survive without her home comforts, especially her pony Ross (the only boy she has ever truly loved)? Elizabeth comes up with a cunning plan: she will be so naughty that she gets sent home . . . But then Elizabeth discovers a love for music and makes her first ever friend ... perhaps school life might not be as bad as she thought?The Diary of the Naughtiest Girl is written by bestselling author Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Alex T. Smith, acclaimed creator of the Claude books.

Jane Steele


Lyndsay Faye - 2016
    And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked - but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.A fugitive navigating London's underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate's true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household's strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him - body, soul and secrets - and what if he discovers her murderous past?

The Gingerbread Princess


Stephanie Dray - 2016
    A historical re-telling of one of the world's oldest legends...Before there was Hansel and Gretel, there was the clever but tragic kitchen girl Elise, the bastard daughter of the king whose magic might save or devour the kingdom.Exclusive for Stephanie Dray's newsletter subscribers

Shakespeare Retold


E. Nesbit - 2016
    Not only is this a beautiful keepsake edition, full of gorgeous illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo, but the prose retellings by beloved classic children’s book author E. Nesbit are an excellent tool to introduce children to the complex language of Shakespeare.A foreword by John Lithgow touches on his own childhood as a Shakespearean actor and the importance of Shakespeare. The book contains extensive support materials, including a biography, a timeline of Shakespeare’s life, and further recommended readings.In this volume, you will find:Romeo and JulietA Midsummer Night’s DreamTwelfth NightHamletMacbethThe TempestMuch Ado About Nothing

Pride & Prejudice: Behind the Scenes


Abigail ReynoldsL.L. Diamond - 2016
    Half of the scenes are new, never before published material. What did Mr. Darcy think when he first saw Elizabeth Bennet? How did Miss Bingley talk her brother out of proposing to Jane Bennet? And how did Lady Catherine de Bourgh find out Mr. Darcy was on the verge of proposing to Elizabeth? 15 authors of Austen-inspired fiction decided to answer these questions and more. Here are the scenes Jane Austen never wrote: ones that happened off stage, such as Mr. Collins proposing to Charlotte Lucas, and actual Pride and Prejudice scenes from the point of view of different characters. PRIDE & PREJUDICE: BEHIND THE SCENES is not a complete novel in and of itself. It is a collection of scenes written independently and designed to complement the original. The reader can start at the beginning or dip into any scene they choose. Contributing authors include Abigail Reynolds, Mary Simonsen, Susan Mason-Milks, Maria Grace, Jack Caldwell, C. Allyn Pierson, Shannon Winslow, Colette Saucier, Jane Odiwe, Monica Fairview, Diana Birchall, Marilyn Brant, Kara Louise, Cassandra Grafton and L.L. Diamond.

Fairy Tale Lenormand


Lisa Hunt - 2016
    Lisa Hunt's enchanting artwork draws us into the magical world of peasants and princesses, dragons and daring deeds. By weaving imaginative myths into the Lenormand structure, Fairy Tale Lenormand helps readers connect with the cards in meaningful and memorable ways. The 38-card multicultural deck, presented in a treasure chest tin, includes extra Gentleman and Lady cards for personalized readings.Arwen Lynch's delightful 120-page booklet, with foreword by Lenormand expert Donnaleigh de LaRose, cleverly relates familiar fairy tales to the Lenormand meanings. Booklet includes illustrated instructions for reading with Crossroads Spreads, Tower Spreads, and Happily Ever Afters.Are you ready to peer into your own life fairy tale through the reflective eyes of the Fairy Tale Lenormand? Artist Lisa Hunt has prepared an oracle that will show you the storybook images parallel in your own life as told through the mirror

Song of Sacrifice


Janell Rhiannon - 2016
    Women must rely on their inner strength and cunning to survive the wars men wage for gold and glory.Clytemnestra of Mycenae struggles for control of her life after Agamemnon ruthlessly rips it apart. Leda of Sparta survives a brutal assault by Zeus, shouldering a terrible secret in silence. Penelope raises Ithaka’s sole heir alone, praying for Odysseus’ swift return. Thetis, the sea nymph, despairs of her son’s destiny and resorts to forbidden magic to save him. Hecuba of Troy mourns the loss of her second son to a dark prophesy. And Shavash of Pedasus prepares her daughter to marry the greatest warrior who ever lived.In a world where love leads to war and duty leads to destruction, the iron hearts of heroines will conquer all.Sing, Muse, sing their song of sacrifice...Replaces Song of Princes as the first book in the Homeric Chronicles.

Peter Pan Volume 1


Renae De Liz - 2016
    Beagle's "The Last Unicorn", Anne Rice's "Servant of the Bones," creator of Womanthology) and inked, colored, lettered, and designed by her husband Ray Dillon (Borderlands: Origins, Ridley Scott's "Prophets of Science Fiction," Marvel, DC).

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves


Kelley Townley - 2016
    For the simple woodcutter it's a dream come true, or is it? The thieves soon find out that someone else knows about the cave. And they go looking for the culprit!

Beauty's Curse


C.S. Johnson - 2016
    Under the curse, Rose is doomed to die on her eighteenth birthday after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. And time is running out. On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Rose makes the journey home with her friends—Theo, a priest with a penchant for revenge; Mary, a young and talented fairy; and Ethan and Sophia, siblings with a troubled past–as pressure from her father, King Stefanos, leaves her with two equally unsatisfying options: Abdicate the throne, or get married.

The Courtship of Jo March: A Variation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women


Trix Wilkins - 2016
    Why did Jo refuse Laurie? What might Laurie have done on the European Grand Tour? What became of Jo’s writing, Amy’s art, Laurie’s music? Would a school have existed without Aunt March? And could Beth possibly have been saved?This re-imagining of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is for all who have ever wondered how things might have worked out differently for the beloved March sisters – the life Beth might have led, the books Jo might have written, the friends they might have made, and the courtship that might have been.Also available as an eBook. www.marchandlaurencelittlewomen.wordp...TRIX WILKINS has always longed for an Austenesque ending to Little Women. She avoids housekeeping by going ice skating or on dates with her husband when they can find babysitting, and is still working out what to do with her degrees in journalism and international relations. The Courtship of Jo March is her first novel.

Asleep


Krystal Wade - 2016
    She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He’s understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications. Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they’ll never make it out of the facility alive. Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.

Northern Light


Annette O'Hare - 2016
    When her family moves to the desolate Bolivar Peninsula to manage a lighthouse that is no longer there, all her hopes for a normal future are dashed.Her world is rocked once again when a wounded Yankee soldier washes ashore needing her help. Despite her contempt for the North, Margaret falls in love with Thomas Murphy. As their love blooms, Margaret’s sister is overcome with neurosis, and her mind slowly slips away. Bitterness, psychosis and depression yield a decision fueled by contempt. Will one fatal choice cause Margaret to lose the man she loves and condemn Thomas to death?

Magic Below


Laura J. Burns - 2016
    Tasked with infiltrating Glinda the Good's palace, Zerie travels by water, Vashti by land, and Tabitha by air. Zerie transforms into a mermaid and enters the underwater realm of Aquaria, where she is met with impossible obstacles. Not only is Zerie's concept of time put to the test, but soon her memory, values, and sense of self are also strained. Unsure whom she can trust in Oz, will Zerie's magic ultimately be used for good . . . or evil?

Morningstar Ascendant


Nicholas Galante - 2016
    Beaten but undaunted, Lucifer vowed revenge against God. For centuries, the Devil and his cohorts were content with small victories, and their valorous march on the pearly gates was nothing but a distant memory of bygone glory. However, the reappearance of an old foe changes everything, and reveals to Lucifer that there may be untapped powers at Hell's disposal, ancient powers that date back to the churning dark that reigned before the Genesis.Lucifer is ready to wager everything he has in a second war against Heaven, but this time, he has stacked the deck in his favor. This time, it will be God that falls.

Runaway Deception (Royal Deception, #2)


Denae Christine - 2016
    She never wanted to be the Princess.After the death of his father, the King of Arton, Symon is on the run from his own people. He forges a new identity as an outlaw who opposes the persecution of animal shifters. Despite facing pirates, thieves, and slavers, Symon’s biggest struggle will be forgiving himself.As Arton’s new heir, twelve-year-old Lana is thrust into court life. She mourns for Symon, but she soon realizes that his loss puts her, and the kingdom, in danger. When Regent Ozar threatens animal shifters, Lana goes undercover to protect citizens of Arton.Both Symon and Lana will have to decide whether justice is worth fighting for . . . or even killing for.

Scales: A Fresh Telling of Beauty and the Beast


Alydia Rackham - 2016
    While Oralia is golden-haired, sprightly and adored by all the men of the kingdom, Eleanora is ebony-haired and dark-eyed, and even-keeled. Wandering musician Amber of the Lute glimpses that difference right away—and his laughter and color bring out a sparkle in Eleanora. But this arouses vicious jealousy in Oralia, who acquires and casts a terrible spell on her sister—one that twists both the body and the mind. A spell that can only be broken by one who can see into Eleanora's heart, and love her enough to set her free.

Wintersong Sneak Peek: Chapters 1-5


S. Jae-Jones - 2016
    Her grandmother has always warned her to follow the old laws, for every year on the longest night of winter, she claims, the Goblin King will emerge into the waking world in search of his eternal bride. Sensible and plain, Liesl knows it’s her duty to keep her beautiful sister Käthe safe from harm. But Liesl finds refuge only in her wild, captivating music, composed in secret in honor of the mysterious Goblin King.When Käthe is stolen by the Goblin King, Liesl knows she must set aside her childish fantasies to journey to the Underground and save her. Drawn to the strange, beautiful world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she finds herself facing an impossible choice. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.Set at the turn of the 19th century, when young upstart composers like Beethoven were forever altering the sound of music, S. Jae-Jones’ richly imagined debut spins a spellbinding tale of music, love, sisterhood, and a young woman’s search for self-actualization.

The Other Wizard of Oz (Shadow of Oz Book 3)


Nick Damon - 2016
    Can Dorothy rescue her family and save her kingdom in time? Only the OTHER Wizard of Oz has the answer to that question. But just who is this Wizard and where did he come from? Find out in the final book in the Shadow of Oz series! Who is this OTHER Wizard of Oz? The FINAL BOOK in the Shadow of Oz series!

Pan's Curse


Sheri Lyn - 2016
    A jealous fairy has put a curse on Peter Pan, and it's up to Captain James Hook and his crew to follow the clues and save him before time runs out, or he'll be gone for good. If she can't have him, no one will. Can James and Peter have their Happily Ever After?

The Thrice Plowed Field


Rachel Alexander - 2016
    When he comes to Eleusis he finds an abandoned woman named Deme. Their love and her grave secret hurtle him toward a destiny neither could have foreseen, either for themselves or all of humankind.

Gulnare of the Sea


Kelley Townley - 2016
    As her story unfolds we are treated to a sumptuous tale of sorcery, enchantment, magical transformations and adventure. With twists and turns in abundance, the story of Gulnar remains one of the enduringly entertaining tales from the Arabian Nights. Prepare to be spellbound by this sparkling new retelling full of sea kings, sorceress queens, magnificent underwater kingdoms and raging under-the-sea battles!

The Adventures of Prince Camar and Princess Badoura


Kelley Townley - 2016
    A beautiful princess turns away all her suitors and so is confined to her chambers inside a magnificent palace of jewels. Thanks to the antics of two magic genies, the royal pair meet one night as they sleep - and are magically transported back to their own beds before morning. But was it a real encounter or an enchanted dream? Mischievous genies, secret identities, evil birds, hidden treasure and more: join Prince Camar and Princess Badoura on their epic adventures as they search for each other across the ancient lands of Arabia. With only the tiniest of clues to guide them, can they succeed?

The Prince and the Swan, Vol. 2


April Pierce - 2016
    If that wasn't enough stress for any prince to manage, the appearance of menacing owl creatures and a mysterious young man who takes the form of a swan has his head spinning!Now, Price Siegfried is back at home, but finds himself plagued by guilt over the loss of his father's sword and by the existence of the inexplicable lake and the young man there.Meanwhile, Odet has resolved the use of the found sword to get rid of the owl creature threats while he has the chance.A new twist on the classic tale of a prince, a swan, and a curse.

Eileen's War: An Inspirational True Story of a Young Woman in World War Two.


Eileen Younghusband - 2016
    Living with her parents, she spent her days roller skating with friends, studying for exams and daydreaming about travelling the world. But on September 3rd 1939 Britain declared war on Germany and everything changed. With Britain standing alone Eileen was determined to help defend her country. She joined the RAF as a Clerk Special Duties and found herself in the top secret Filter Room – a place so hush-hush she had to sign the Official Secrets Act to work there! Eileen’s War tells the remarkable story of living through the Blitz, acting as a guide in a liberated Nazi concentration camp and hunting down V2 rocket launchers! A children's version of the award-winning memoir One Woman's War.