Experience six of the world’s most beloved stories in a whole new light! From historical to futuristic, these re-tellings will take you to an enchanted forest, a cursed castle, and far beyond. Uncover secrets of a forbidden basement, a hypnotic gift, and a mysterious doll. Fall in love with a lifelong friend or brand-new crush. Venture to unknown lands on a quest to save a prince, a kingdom, or maybe even a planet. With moments of humor, suspense, romance, and adventure, Encircled has something to offer every fan of fairy tales, both classic and re-imagined.
This anthology features stories from S.E. Clancy, Jebraun Clifford, J.M. Hackman, E.J. Kitchens, Laurie Lucking, and Tori V. Rainn.
Encircled releases April 16, 2019, but it is available for pre-order with a special pre-order price of US$1.99 or AUS$2.99 for an e-book.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PV4PJCP/
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130963276
Apple books: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1456811281
THE MAGIC COLLECTORS
Jane Austen-romance meets fairy tale-adventure
When prim and proper enchantress Lady Alexandria attempts to bewitch a magic mirror, she ends up cursed—powerless, penniless, dumped in a strange land, and stuck in the body of an old hag.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the mirror gives her two tasks: curse the prince whose arrogant cruelty she once ignored and find her way home—before the Magic Collectors find her and stripher of her powers forever and before the mysterious woodsman who finds her lost in the forest discovers who she really is.
The prince she curses must learn to love before an enchanted rose dies or he will remain a beast forever. Will her fate also be sealed when the last petal falls?
The Rose and the Wand is available for sale on amazon.com.
The Rose and the Wand was the Fellowship of Fantasy Book Club Book of the Month for November 2018. It was formerly published as The Beast’s Enchantress.
Falsely accused of being the notorious Magic Thief, the non-magic Marcel Ellsworth, Baron of Carrington, wants nothing more than to stay away from enchanters and sorcerers. Unfortunately, he soon discovers his mentor, the Duke of Henly, is head of a family of proud enchanters—and that they’re the next target of the Magic Thief, a servant of the sorcerers. With the threat of another accusation hanging over him, Marcel sets out to prove his innocence, especially to the duke’s beautiful daughter Gabriella, and to stop the Thief once and for all.
But Gabriella is hiding a deadly secret that complicates Marcel’s mission, and raises its stakes. For one thing is certain: the Magic Thief has come for more than magical treasures—he’s come for Gabriella.
This is the story of Alexandria’s sister Gabriella. You’d be surprised how differently the stuttering Marcel Ellsworth from The Rose and the Wand appears in this story. Alexandria only saw him at bad moments and through her lens of snobbery, but when a magic thief and sorcerers threaten Henly Manor, Marcel becomes a surprising hero. (As it turns out, Alexandria missed out on an entire adventure of foiling a sorcerer’s plot that was going on under her very nose with Gabriella and Marcel as key players.) Click on the image above or here to purchase it on amazon.com.
August 2018 saw the release of Fellowship of Fantasy’s Tales of Ever After, a fairytale anthology with my “Frog Prince” retelling entitled “How to Hide a Prince.” If you like fairy tale retellings with surprise endings, check out “How to Hide a Prince” and the other tales of Ever After.
In November 2018, I released my retelling of Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, called The Seventh Crown, as a newsletter freebie. You can get it for free here.
Janawyn Stahl is convinced there’s a connection between her godfather’s suspiciously talkative automaton named Theo and his lost nephew, but can she protect Theo from the evil Mouse King long enough to find out? A fantasy retelling of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
COMING APRIL 2019 ENTWINED: A FAIRYTALE RETELLING ANTHOLOGY. Sign up for my newsletter to find out when it releases
Recently, an acquaintance with a small, academic-focused publishing house asked me to write an introduction for one of the Christian classics he was publishing. I chose G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. Chesterton’s a fabulous writer (non-fiction and fiction), brilliant thinker, and a fan of fairy tales. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Orthodoxy and learning about Chesterton’s life and other books as I prepared the introduction for Vision Press’s edition.
G. K. Chesterton was one of the most versatile writers of the last 200 years. He wrote newspaper essays, humor, novels (including the hugely popular “Father Brown” detective stories), among other genres. Of all his works, though, many consider Orthodoxy to be his best. A spiritual autobiography and apologetic for the Christian faith, it demonstrates Chesterton’s marvelous and wide knowledge, his wit, and his keen analytical ability. Through his exploration of orthodox Christianity in opposition to atheism and modernism, Chesterton demonstrates the truth of Christianity and the insanity of the popular philosophies of his time — philosophies such as (along with atheism) pessimism, materialism, moral relativism, and scientific determinism that are still in need of challengers today. Chesterton’s works have had a tremendous impact on the world — and Orthodoxy is just as relevant today as when it was written. Through it, he continues to provide a persuasive voice for faith and sound reasoning against skepticism and the flabby thinking of post-modernism.
At the end of The Rose and the Wand, I promised the redemption story of a particular character. This story, tentatively called THE KING’S SPELL, is in the rewrite phase. It’s been so hard to write! But I really like where it is going now, and though it will be a while (I’m a slow writer), I can’t wait to introduce you to the story of Devryn and Meredith, and so many more lovable characters, in a wonderful adventure of saving king and kingdom from the sorcerers.
I’m also working on a steampunk short story collection. It’s a lot of fun, but I can’t tell you any more about it right now. 🙂
Reviews of The Rose and the Wand
Laurie Lucking, author of Common: This book made me SO happy 🙂 It took a few chapters before I was really hooked, but after Alexandria’s encounter with the magic mirror I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I loved the way the pieces of the story came together and the characters and events from Beauty and the Beast weaved into Alexandria’s tale. The secondary characters were well-rounded and so fun to get to know. And the love story… *sigh* I can’t really say anything about it without risking spoilers, but suffice it to say Kitchens has created one of the most delightful couples I’ve ever read. The evening I finished I had a big, stupid grin on my face all night (seriously, my husband kept laughing at me). If you enjoy fairy tales with romance, adventure, and a dash of mystery, you will love this book!!
dingo4mum, amazon review: I LOVE this book. The cover is what grabbed my attention first. Then the sample (try a sample! It’s free). Love, love, love E.J Kitchen’s voice. The unexpected humor. The moral lessons struggles. The slow burn romance. This is a book that is clean, fun, and hard to put down. Next, please!
Lianne, amazon review: It was a very different and creative retelling of Beauty and the Beast with elements of other fairytales mixed in. I didn’t want to stop reading it.