Title: Fairy Tale Confessions
Authors: Tish Thawer, Sarah J. Pepper, Amy Daws, L.P. Dover, Elizabeth Montgomery, Shannon Morton, Brynn Myers, Wendy Owens, Cameo Renae, Kellie Sheridan, M. Clarke, Jessica Sorensen, Kristen Strassel, K.R. Wilburn
Release Date: October 1, 2015
Fourteen bestselling authors twist up your favorite tales. Will your favorite have a happily-ever-after?
Get ready to meet some sexy, not-so-valiant princes, punk-rock princesses, villains turned heroes, and truly vile monsters wreaking havoc within our favorite tales.
Read about Dancing Princesses getting their groove on in a disco club, a seriously sexy Rumpelstiltskin, and one alluring Puss-in-Boots, plus many, many more captivating characters in these fourteen all new short-stories.
(This collection and its authors are being featured at RT 2016 at the Fairy Tale Costume Party in Vegas, hosted by Sarah J. Pepper and Tish Thawer. Be sure to get your copy and stop by if you're attending the event.)
“Some of them are a bit dark, some are slightly twisted, and some just take the story to a whole new magical level.. Each author has brought a different perspective to an old tale and it was very enjoyable.” ~ Goodreads Reviewers
“Fairy Tales that take a dark modern twist.” ~ Sassy Cats Book Review
Priceless by Sarah J. Pepper
I really liked the storyline of this book, and I especially loved the male main character in this book. The only issue I really had with this story was that it felt like insta-love. I know it sometimes hard to avoid that with short stories, but this had too strong of an insta-love vibe. However, I still really liked the story.
4 / 5 Fangs
Sarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance - think "happy ever after" but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn't only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It's in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of - both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn't always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn't mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit? Get a glimpse inside her head at www.sarahjpepper.com
Dance with Me by Tish Thawer
I thought the plot was very interesting, and that Tish did a great job putting a unique spin on this fairytale. I didn't really get into the story until the end, now I want to see more of the characters and their world!
4 / 5 Fangs
Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. Her magickal elements and detailed world-building are a welcome constant in every novel.
Before becoming a writer she worked as a computer consultant, a photographer and a graphic designer. She also operates a custom glass etching business, in addition to being a wife and the mother of three wonderful children.
She's been a fan of the paranormal for as long as she can remember. Anything to do with superpowers, myth and magic has always held a special place in her heart. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the phenomenon that is Twilight, this genre has always been a part of her life.
Well by Amy Daws
I loved the message of loving yourself and girl power in this book. I thought that was so refreshing! However, I didn't really like the main character until she showed her girl power. I also didn't really love the story until she stood up for herself in the end. I thought the plot was a little slow, and the characters made it hard for me to connect to the story.
3.5 - 4 / 5 Fangs
Amy Daws is a contemporary romance author who loved dipping her toe into the world of fantasy for this modern day Cinderella story. If you loved her contemporary style, check out her award-nominated adult romantic comedy series, The London Lovers Series. It's emotional, and self-deprecating, with lots of humor sprinkled in. For deals on Amy's books, visit: http://www.amydawsauthor.com
Caged by L.P. Dover
This story was awesome! There were great characters and a believable romance that was super steamy. The plot was suspenseful and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I ate this story up!
5 / 5 Fangs
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can't forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.
Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over fifteen novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
Casting Crowns and Other Curious Things
by Elizabeth Montgomery
This was an action packed and exciting retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I am actually not a huge fan of that fairytale, but this short story made me enjoy it. I would have loved to see this in a full length book.
4 / 5 Fangs
Author Elizabeth Montgomery was born in Williamsburg, Virginia and raised a hop, skip, and a jump away in Yorktown, Virginia. Paranormal inspiration was easily obtained during her childhood in these colorful towns. This helped to spur her love of Paranormal romance stories, but she also enjoys reading YA and NA.
She is currently raising four children and a husband while elbow-deep in the depths of the writing cave. You can often find her searching on Google for an appropriate, or sometimes inappropriate, photo to insert in any random conversation. If not on Google, or Facebook chat, she can be found drinking coffee (like any normal writer), eating Gummy Bears, baking fanciful cakes, reading (of course), or writing (duh).“I always wondered what authors meant when they said that their characters tell them what to write – I get it now!”
Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by M. Clarke
M. Clarke really impressed me with this short story. I really loved all of the characters, and the plot was so addictive. I never wanted this story to end. M.Clarke, I hope you write more of this story, because I need that in my life.
5 / 5 Fangs
International Bestselling, award winning, Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
The Snow Queen by Shannon Morton
I really enjoyed how strong and fierce the main character was, but I didn't really like her besides that. I admired her, but I didn't like her. However, I thought the plot was interesting and that was what kept me reading this story
3.5 / 5 Fangs
Shannon Morton: I'm a reader of fantasy turned writer who enjoys great characters and fascinating plot twists. I like bad boys, fast cars, and chicks who aren't afraid to talk back. When I'm not writing, I can be found teaching Pilates, being mommy to two fabulous kiddos, and just generally being a crazy sarcastic insomniac mess!!
The Little Mermaid by K.R. Wilbur
This story was awesome! The romance developed really well, and I loved it. The plot was extremely interesting, and it kept me hooked the entire time. I would love to read more about these characters, but I loved what I got in the short story.
5 / 5 Fangs
KR Wilburn has traveled the world with her family but currently calls Graham Texas home. When she isn't writing about the creatures that intrigued her Irish ancestors, she is busy studying nutrition science and reading everything she can get her hands on. She's a fan of Supernatural and Gone with the Wind, Jennifer Armentrout, Amy A. Bartol and Tara Brown and makes a mean omelette.
She is the mother of six crazy, creative and hilarious children and married to her childhood best friend and hero Ben. When she isn't busy with her dogs Trouble and Denali, you're likely to find her in a corner with her nose buried in the latest Deadpool and Red Sonja comic books and counting down the moments until she can find inspiration capturing the perfect Aurora through the lens of her camera.
Blayze & Ash by Jessica Sorensen
This was one of my favorite stories in the book. I loved the plot, the characters, and the romance. Jessica did an amazing job at creating a believable romance that never felt like insta-love. I would definitely read more stories about this couple if I could.
5 / 5 Fangs
Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.You can find more information about Jessica and her books at www.jessicasorensen.com
Uncloaked by Wendy Owens
I thought the plot and paranormal aspect of this book were really interesting. However, I did not like the characters in this book. Other than that, it was a fun and unique read.
3.5 / 5 Fangs
Wendy Owens is a writer, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. It’s become a passion ever since. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, is a YA fantasy series about angel and human hybrids.Since then she has branched into NA Contemporary Romance and released titles to include Stubborn Love, Only In Dreams, and Do Anything. Her next romance, The Luckiest is scheduled to be released in July 2014.
When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.
Real Boy by Kellie Sheridan
This honestly was the creepiest story for me to read. I felt uncomfortable the entire time! I kind of predicted what was going to happen with the "pinocchio" character, but it was still extremely unsettling to read. I thought the author did a nice job of creating a unique spin on this classic tale.
3.5 - 4 / 5 Fangs
Kellie has been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as she can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been her true love.
Kellie spent part of her twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but is now back home in Ontario, Canada. Her family includes two Glen of Imaal Terriers and an Australian Labradoodle.
Awakened by Kristen Strassel
I thought Kristen's spin on Sleeping Beauty was really unique and entertaining. I enjoyed the romance in this book between the main character and the main male character. However, I couldn't really connect with the main character.
3.5 - 4 / 5 Fangs
Kristen Strassel writes books about rock stars and vampires. After all, they tell you to write what you know. She is a passionate music fan who also loves football games and diner food. Kristen works as a makeup artist on film and TV shows when she's not writing, and loves being behind the scenes. A former resident of Las Vegas, Kristen now lives in the Boston area.
Puss in Boots by Brynn Myers
I thought this was a very interesting story, but I had a hard time connecting to the characters and the romance.
3.5 / 5 Fangs
Brynn Myers is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author. After considering writing a hobby for years, she finally turned her passion and talent into a career. She came into the paranormal genre later than most but has always loved fairy-tales and all things magical. Using that love, she creates charmed worlds by writing stories involving passionate, strong willed characters with something to discover. Brynn lives with her family in the Brevard County, Florida area.
Hansel & Gretel by Cameo Renae
I loved the characters in this story, and I really loved the plot. The plot was creepy and exciting. Cameo had me hooked from the first page. I was still craving more from this story when I finished!
5 / 5 Fangs
Cameo Renae: My family is what keeps my heart beating, and my world a happy place to be.
I was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with my husband and children to Alaska.
I'm a daydreamer, a caffeine and peppermint addict. I love to laugh, love to read, and love to escape reality. One of my greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance, and sharing it with others.
One day I hope to find my own magic wardrobe, and ride away on a magical unicorn. Until then...I'll keep writing!