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Writer Fuel: Where Did the Wicked Stepmother Trope Come From?

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What springs to mind when you picture a fairy tale? Maybe Cinderella sweeping the hearth in tattered rags; Hansel and Gretel trailing bread crumbs through a dark forest; or Snow White, her face deathly pale, lying motionless within a glass coffin. These images are burned into our collective consciousness. But besides sharing similar folklore roots … Read more

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NEW RELEASE / GIVEAWAY: Bed of Rose and Thorns – Lee Hunt

Bed of Rose and Thorns - Lee Hunt

Lee Hunt has a new dark fantasy/fairy tale out: Bed of Rose and Thorns, and we have the cover reveal! There’s a giveaway too. Sir Ezra is an Elysian Bell; he has a frightening potential that he keeps hidden deep beneath tight layers of steel armor. He secretly loves a dark Queen whose touch would … Read more

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COVER REVEAL / GIVEAWAY: Bed of Rose and Thorns – Lee Hunt

Bed of Rose and Thorns - Lee Hunt

Lee Hunt has a new dark fantasy/fairy tale out: Bed of Rose and Thorns, and we have the cover reveal! There’s a giveaway too. Sir Ezra is an Elysian Bell; he has a frightening potential that he keeps hidden deep beneath tight layers of steel armor. He secretly loves a dark Queen whose touch would … Read more

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REVIEW: Firestones – Kim Fielding

Firestones - Kim Fielding

Genre: Fairy Tale, Dark, Historical Reviewer: DB Get It On Amazon About The Book Born with a deformed foot and abandoned as a young child, Brand spent his youth in indentured servitude to a mediocre wizard. Now Brand is grown, but with no other prospects to support himself, he remains in his master’s employ, doing … Read more

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REVIEW: Firestones – Kim Fielding

Firestones - Kim Fielding

Genre: Fairy Tale, Dark, Historical Reviewer: Maryann Get It On Amazon About The Book Born with a deformed foot and abandoned as a young child, Brand spent his youth in indentured servitude to a mediocre wizard. Now Brand is grown, but with no other prospects to support himself, he remains in his master’s employ, doing … Read more

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REVIEW: Eye of the Beholder – C H Clepitt

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Genre: Fairy Tale, Historical Reviewer: Dan Get It On Amazon About The Book When pressure from his materialistic children turns Claude into a thief, it is down to his youngest daughter to set things right. Angelique agrees to take her father’s place as prisoner to what she is told is a hideous beast. Angelique soon … Read more

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REVIEW: The Forest God – Jamie Lackey

The Forest God - Jamie Lackey

Genre: Fantasy Reviewer: Scott Get It On Amazon About The Book The Forest God, incarnated into the body of hare, ready to die and live again.   The Apprentice Witch, outcast and unwanted, unsure of her path.   The Young Lord, frivolous and rootless, inconsiderate of his duties.   Their three souls should be bound to a cycle … Read more

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Prince Ivan, A. Wolfe & A Firebird – Eric Alan Westfall

Prince Ivan, A. Wolfe & A Firebird - Eric Alan Westfall

Eric Alan Westfall has a new queer fairy tale out: “Prince Ivan, A. Wolfe & A Firebird.” And there’s a giveaway! Dear Reader, What do you get when you combine a greedy Great Tsar, his two cheating, bullying older sons, his youngest esser (shh! no saying that aloud) son, stolen gold apples, a Firebird quest, A. Wolfe … Read more