Blossom and the Beast
The Alder Tales #1
Based on Beauty and the Beast
Blossom Frane is only weeks away from her transformation. On her eighteenth birthday, she’ll find out her future branch of society and her totem, the animal form she’ll be able to take at will for the rest of her life. Like her brothers, she’s expected to be a brown bear of the religious branch known as Terra.
In the Alderwood forests, Blossom’s bear blood is a valuable asset. Any day now, a rival clan leader will step forward and offer her father a hefty bounty in exchange for her hand in marriage. Blossom can do nothing more than sit back and wait to be traded to the highest bidder.
Determined to spend her last weeks exploring the Alderwood, Blossom sneaks away and manages to find Kaide Landel, a rising political star of the Pyro branch. Known for his violence and disregard for the religious teachings of the Terra branch, he’s all wrong for the bear clan’s prized daughter. But when the politician uses his wealth and influence to secure her hand, Blossom has no choice but to leave her family and marry him—if she lives that long.
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"I absolutely loved this book! I could not get enough of it and seriously contemplated forgoing my responsibilities in order to keep reading it. I could not think of a better way to write this book. It was absolutely flawless and kept me reading from page one. I went through so many emotions with Blossom while reading this book (laughing, crying, smiling, swooning), and really felt like I was living all of this through her. I loved that this was a re-telling that stayed true to it's original-ness. It didn't feel like a copy, but more of a reminiscent, original piece of work." ~Becky, Book Bite Reviews
"Kaide as the Beast character, was beyond perfect! R. S. McCoy did such an amazing job with him! He was everything I wanted to see in the Beast of this story! I'm afraid that I have a bit of a crush on him too. He was the perfect Beast to Blossom's Beauty character." ~Courtney, The Littlest Book Elf
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Then she stepped into the tent. There, standing in the center of the space with her da, was none other than the cloaked man. In the tent’s shadows, his features were even more severe. He wasn’t old, maybe as young as Hale, but there was a power and energy there that scared her.
For the second time, Blossom wanted to run from him.
But when she turned to flee, she found Parson’s wide chest blocking the exit from the tent.
“Thank you, son. You may go. Please close the flap,” Da said, ignoring her presence. Blossom wondered if she might slip out behind Parson unnoticed, but of course not. Da had asked for her.
“Blossom, may I present Kaide Landel, the Vice Syndicate of the Pyro branch.” Da put extra emphasis on his title, Vice Syndicate. Blossom could have guessed as much. Second only to the Syndicate, this Kaide Landel was one of the most powerful people in his branch. One day he might even claim the esteemed title of full Syndicate if he could do away with the other two candidates.
As Blossom gaped, soaking in the dark depths of his eyes and his casual confidence, Da spoke for her. “Mr. Landel, this is my daughter, Blossom Frane, of the Bear Clan of the Alderwood.”
Her full title. That was a very bad sign. Blossom swallowed down her nerves and wrung her hands together in front of her, anything to keep from embarrassing her father.
Da took several steps to separate himself from the Vice Syndicate, his eyes cast low and his shoulders drooped. When he was near enough, he said in a voice just above a whisper, “Mr. Landel has made an offer for your hand.”
“What?” The word flew from her lips before she could call it back. Over Da’s shoulder she saw the stranger standing tall, his hands clasped behind his back and his chest puffed out like a proud peacock. Still, she could be sure something flickered in those dark eyes.
Was he angry?
“He’s not a Terra,” Blossom protested when her thoughts returned to her.
The stranger replied, “I’d like a moment to speak to the young Ms. Frane alone.” It was Da’s turn to spin and stare at the Vice Syndicate, shocked at the breach of protocol. Even Blossom knew it was out of the question to leave a daughter in the presence of a suitor without her father.
Blossom breathed a tiny sigh of relief when her father began to protest. But that relief dissipated in an instant when the Vice Syndicate interrupted, “Thank you for your cooperation, Master Frane. We’ll only be a moment.”
She watched in shock as her da bowed his head in respect and retreated beyond the tent flap. The space filled with light for the brief moment it took him to leave, and then she was plunged back into the candlelit darkness.