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Fairytales. Everybody’s heard of’em, and nearly everyone has read at least one in their lifetime. Fairytales have been a source of fascination and inspiration for people for years and years. Whether it be once upon a time, or a land far far away, Fairytales have been loved by many for their tales of good vs evil and happily ever afters. Today I bring you the blog tour of the latest book of the Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology - and a guest post from one of the authors!
Tales of Ever After
Amazon Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Ever-After-Fellowship-Anthology-ebook/dp/B07FFMHM8M/
Books2Read Universal Link: https://www.books2read.com/u/bwYKry
Goodreads Listing: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40788623-tales-of-ever-after
Aaaand now the Guest Post!
The Five Times I’ve Retold Cinderella:
Hello there! Kendra E. Ardnek here, author of Cinders, one of the lovely little stories in the newest Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology, and the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. (There is a story behind that name … but we don’t have time to get into that now.) This meant that when I heard that the next Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology was going to be fairy tale-themed, of course had to write something and submit it. So I did – a fun little story involving a very befuddled Fairy Godmother and a very adorable little kitten.
Now, the thing about me being the Fairy Tale Arista is that I’m addicted to retelling the same fairy tale over and over again. I have two retellings of Sleeping Beauty, and later this year, I’ll be releasing three retellings of Snow White (one was an accident however – it wasn’t supposed to be a retelling), and, to tell the truth … Cinders is my second retelling of Cinderella. Published retelling, that is.
Actually, it’s the sixth retelling that I’d come up with for this beloved fairy tale, and I’d like to talk about the five others that I’ve written/am working on/have running around in my head just waiting for the day when they can break free and explode on the page.
Let’s just get this one out of the way, as it’s the other one that is published. This story was originally written for a contest where I was to take a classic and retell it in a new genre. In under 1,200 words. I chose to retell Cinderella as an adventure story, and in order to cram it into the word count, I switched our beloved heroine into a young man. The story didn’t win the contest (it was still too crammed), but I decided to stretch it out with the aim of submitting it to the first Rooglewood contest. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite make the deadline on that contest, so I then published it on my own. Lots of fun.
2. Bookania #6.
Sorry, I’m not giving you the title for this one, as I’m stingy with this series. Sorry! But I’m very much looking forward to this book as it involves series-favorite Robin helping play the part of the Fairy Godmother, chess, pirates, the Merchant of Venice, and the Odyssey. Yes, I pack Bookania pretty full. I still have a book and a half left to write before I can get to this one, but I’m hoping to tackle it next year.
This is one that I told to my younger siblings several years ago, but won’t get out of my head. Baaaaasically, it’s a mash-up with Sleeping Beauty which, when you finish it, you realize that I just retold Snow White. Mwahahaha. It’ll probably be included in the bedtime stories fairy tale collection that I someday plan to write – just as soon as I can find more than just three more stories to write for it.
4. Midnight Fame
Here’s the one that I’ve actually NOT done any writing on, and is just a niggling thought at the back of my head inspired by a stock cover. It’s also the only non-portal-fantasy contemporary that I’m currently considering writing. Midnight Fame is the tale of a girl who gets swept up into the glam of Hollywood by a well-meaning aunt, doesn’t like it, and has to find a way to escape it. It’ll also have a pretty sweet romance. Unfortunately, it’s pretty outside of my normal genre, so I don’t know when I’ll have a chance to write it.
5. Crown and Cinder
And, finally, I have this beauty, which has a sizzling opening written, but little else. This is a mash-up with Pride and Prejudice, featuring a fire-powered Lizzy/Cinderella with a temper just ready to get her into trouble. I’m actually working on a full collection of Austen/fairy tale mash-ups that are all awesome fun and I really can’t wait to release on the internet. (Once they’re written.)
I never thought that I’d be the author stuck in the rut of retelling the same fairy tale over and over, but every time I think that I’m done with a tale, I find a new twist, a new combination, a new way to approach it. Fairy tales are a never-ending supply of inspiration that I hope to never drain dry.
Monday I'll be posting my review of "Tales of Ever After" and more pictures and info and stuff for y'all, but until then, enjoy the giveaway and jump on over to the other destinations of the tour for today!
Friday, August 3rd
Savannah Jezowski – Writing Theme
Lia London – About my Story + the Anthology
Elizabeth Kitchens – About my Story
Kristen S. Walker – My Favorite Fairy Tales
Lit Aflame – Kendra E. Ardnek and the Five Times she Retold Cinderella
Hunting for Truth – King or Beggar
(To see the rest of the Tour click here: http://kendrasgiraffecrafts.blogspot.com/p/the-tour-of-ever-after-author-sign-up.html )
(All books are paperbacks, and possibly signed.)
(All books are ebooks of the winner’s file format of choice)
LAST but not least is the COMMENT GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!
The person who leaves the most comments across the blog tour will receive the chance to read special sneak peaks from several of the authors’ upcoming works!
A daughter of the KING, an ambassador of Truth, a soldier of the Cross.