Welcome to the next stop on the Brewing Books Tour, Once Upon A Retelling!
I’m Elle Beaumont, your friendly host for this stop on the tour. I love a good retelling which is why I write them in conjunction with sci-fi and fantasy.
I’m so excited to be part of this wonderful Brewing Books Retelling Tour with the nine other fantabulous authors. If you’d like to participate you can visit ALL of the other blogs, collect the numbers, and then enter your final count on the Brewing Books Rule Post (www.bit.ly/BrewingBooksRules) for your chance to win one of our amazing Brewing Books Prize Packs!
Synopsis: When Faye, the ruling goddess of Alindor, and Lady of Light, is cast from the heavens by her wicked sisters, Nymiane and Etain, she finds herself unable to tap into her powers. As if that wasn’t cruel enough, she quickly discovers that a mask has been sealed against her face, unable to be removed.
She is soon feeling panicked, but as luck would have it two good samaritans scoop her up and whisk her away to a house full of ladies. There, Faye is forced to lie about who she is and where she is from and finds herself easily making friends with her new housemates.
As things begin to settle into a new routine, no one anticipates Faye being abducted by King Zev of Melothra, or that he plans to use her as an instrument of chaos, courtesy of Nymiane, on the eve of his annual ball.
A war is about to break out and when the clock strikes midnight–who will survive?
So now that you know the summary of my Cinderella Retelling Novella you’re curious about it, aren’t ya? Well, here is a little nugget for you—it didn’t start off as a retelling, but the deeper I went into the story the more similarities I found between the stories. Cinderella has been a story that has had so many remakes, but none of which were ever truly remade in my opinion, but in Veiled Allurement our Cinderella is actually a goddess bound to the mortal realm and cursed with a mask. No shoes in this story!
Why the mask though? Nymiane is the most wicked sister and she wants to create chaos in the human realm, and she does just that! But she doesn’t expect *F-I-V-E* individuals to rise against her to foil these devious plans.
Will there be a happily ever after? Well, I can’t tell you that without spoiling the story! 😉 I can say there are adorable moments that have had fans gushing, and craving sticky-buns, too. Another little exclusive for you is that I was on a sticky bun kick while I wrote this and decided to write that into the novella, knowing full well I was going to turn it into a candle. I tend to do that…!
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what delicious brew, snack, and the book I’m offering you is. I selected a double chocolate hot cocoa by Ghiradelli because they make the best hot cocoa in my opinion BUT…also, what goes better with a winter read than something cozy like cocoa? And to top it off…peppermint spoons to give that fresh, crisp feel you’ll experience while reading The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden. And who doesn’t love a minty chocolate to boot?!
I’ve read this book and it is ALSO a retelling, this one happens to be a retelling of one of my favorites, Vasilisa the Beautiful. This book/series is amazing and I’m so excited to share it with you. Here is a little more about it:
Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.
Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.
But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
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