Beautiful Beast: After a cruel prank, Calli is forced to move into “Monster House” to befriend the beast. Alex is determined to hate Calli, who he believes is there to get a peek at the beast. Calli must convince Alex that she isn’t there to harm him, and that her feelings for him are very real.
Red and the Wolf: A sudden increase in the violence and frequency of wolf attacks in the forest surrounding Piera has all of the residents on edge. Ruby, contending with the news that Rafe has come home after leaving her three years earlier, and staving off the advances of his brother Lowell, doesn’t have time to deal with wolves – until she finds herself fighting against a wolf for her life.
Snow White: Snow White, sent into the forest to be killed, escapes. She stumbles upon a tiny, magical kingdom called Fableton, where time stands still for its trapped residents. Phillip, blinded centuries ago by a vengeful love, believes Snow is the key to breaking the curse and freeing them all.
The Unmasking of Cinderella: Forced into servitude by her wicked stepmother, Amella longs for the simple freedoms her stepsister takes for granted. When she bumps into Char – literally – her world is suddenly turned upside down. Amella begins to believe that she can have a life she previously thought nothing more than a dream with Char by her side.
The White Swan: Cursed to live as a swan by day by the jealous Benno von Rothbart, Odette desires nothing more than to tell Victor what’s happened, but can’t out of fear for what Benno might do to him. Victor discovers her secret and together they try to break the curse. But the cost of doing so might just be too much.
Guest Post by Cindy C Bennett – Who Doesn’t Love Fairytales?
Who doesn’t love fairytales? Princes and princesses, magic, villains, obstacles to overcome to achieve true love—fairytales have it all. They’re an easy escape into an enchanted world. I think that has a lot to do with the current trend in retelling these fantastical stories.
I’d already decided to write some retellings when I was approached by my publisher to write a full length retelling of the fairytale of my choice. I chose Rapunzel for the full-length, leaving me the option of all the other fairytales for my short stories.
The first story I chose was Beauty and the Beast, titled Beautiful Beast, because I’d long been having the story running around in my mind, long before I realized it was a retelling of that specific fairytale. I’m very proud of this story, and sometimes wish I would have written it as a full-length. It’s my only retelling that doesn’t have any magic or anything paranormal involved. You’ll have to read it to find out what makes him such a beast . . .
Red and the Wolf followed, a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with a paranormal twist, not a retelling you see often, but one that makes sense with the popularity of wolf stories. Snow White is probably the most magical, with fantasy lands and a centuries old curse. The Unmasking of Cinderella is a modern day version, with a touch of magic that’s unexpected. Finally, I chose The White Swan, based on the ballet Swan Lake. Because this is the least known fairytale of all I chose from, I had the most freedom in taking this where I wanted—and yet, I chose to keep fairly close to the story.
With all of my fairytales, I studied and read all of the old versions, and a few of the new, using names and settings from the traditional tales. Some of the names might seem a little strange, but with all of my main characters, there’s a meaning behind their name.
I enjoy reading fairytale retellings almost as much as I like writing them. I hope you like the way I’ve retold these classic stories, and have fun immersing yourself into every fairytale you read, both traditional and the retellings. As always, happy reading!