I've been wanting to write fairy tale reimaginings for a while now. As in, years and years. I first got to try my hand at fairy tales when my friend and editor Joshua Allen Mercier asked me to contribute to his anthology of retellings and reimaginings. I was stoked to put together a gaslamp version of Cinderella titled Ashes of East End.
Since then, the ideas have only grown. I'm happy to say I finally finished my first novel-length fairy tale reimagining. Blossom and the Beast is my paranormal romance version of Beauty and the Beast (my favorite fairy tale!)
Check out the blurb:
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.