Six Frosted Roses Cover Reveals

So what are the Six Frosted Roses? Six Frosted Roses is the newest collection from the Arista Fairy-tale Retellers Facebook group. Every year this group votes on a fairy-tale to retell and every member is welcome to write their own interpretation of it. This year’s fairy-tale is Snow White and Rose Red.

If you are familiar with it that good for you. If you need a summary then here you go.

Snow White (No relation.) and her sister, Rose Red, live in the forest with their mother. One winter, a talking Bear comes to stay with them. In the summer he leaves and the girls try to follow him.

They meet a dwarf who got his beard caught in a tree and they save him. Then his beard is caught in a fishing line and they save him. Last of all he is picked up by an eagle and carried away, but they save him. Each time the dwarf is ungrateful and mean.

Soon they learn that their bear friend is actually a prince under a curse. The Dwarf cursed him to steal his treasure and the moral is you should never help ungrateful people because they were the villain of the story the whole time.

The bear kills the dwarf and breaks the curse. He askes Snow White to marry him but it’s okay, he has a brother that Rose Red can marry.

So why am I sharing this today? Three reasons:

One: all of these books are on a 99cent preorder offer, for this week only. Then the prices go up.

Two: They are all super pretty covers that deserve to be shown off.

Three: I wrote one of them! Yes the long awaited first novel from C.O. Bonham is coming and you can see the cover, back cover description and learn the release date right here. So let’s quickly go through the first five and I’ll save the best for last.

Brothers, and Sisters, and Bears, Oh My!

Six exciting new retellings of Snow White and Rose Red!

The Bear

by Rachel Roden

A Western Fairy Tale.

Helping an unknown stranger is a surefire way to find trouble.

Releasing September 25th.

Preorder now for 99 cents. https://amzn.to/3wvFue1

You can pick up the first book in her series, Rosette Thornbriar: A Western Sleeping Beauty

for free this week only: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072SF4GXZ

Gilded in Ice

by Sarah Pennington

A Jazz-Age Mystery

Releasing September 24th.

Preorder Now: https://amzn.to/36LkPs1

Gilded in Ice is also a sequel to The Midnight Show, available for free this week only: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08B1RV653

Secrets of the Mountain


by Wyn Estelle Owens

A Nordic Saga
Releasing September 23rd.
A dwarf’s greed tears apart two families when treasure becomes a prison.
Preorder Now: https://amzn.to/2U3DCfd

As Long as we Live


by Cortney Manning

An Epic Fae Romance

Releasing September 22nd
When magic and royal rivalry threaten the Fae realm of Concoria, three human sister scramble to protect their peacful home.
Preorder Now: https://amzn.to/3rcAhqj


Rose Petals and Snowflakes


by Kendra E. Ardenk

An Austen Mashup

Releasing September 20th

After their father’s death two princesses find themselves trapped int he politics of a mysterious forest.

Preorder Now: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RW824GQ/

And now for the one you’ve all been waiting for!

Runaway Lyrics

by C.O. Bonham (that’s me!)

A Steampunk Adventure

Releasing September 21st

What one sister has she must share with the other . . .

Snow loves music. She has spent her entire life learning new instruments and memorizing new pieces, only to while away her life in a country manor with only her mother and twin sister as company. If only she could get out on her own and play in front of a real audience.

Rose loves magic. The things she can do with music would amaze her twin sister, but whenever she shows her, Snow quickly forgets as if the event had never happened. If only Rose could get out on her own and work some real magic.

When an airship crashes near their home, Snow’s magical abilities awaken. Together the sisters must learn to use their magic, rescue a pair of cursed princes, and discover their own secrets.

Discover the magic of music in this retelling of Snow White and Rose Red.

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58518256-runaway-lyrics

Preorder on Amazon now: https://amzn.to/3wCqJGj

Remember all preorders are only 99 cents for this week.

Would you like to help shar these lovely covers? Maybe you’re ready to preorder them all right now.

We have prizes for that.

Preorder prizes:

Take your pick.

We’ve got a PDF filled with the first chapters of each story.

We also have a zip file stuffed with SWRR-themed wallpapers for your desktop AND phone.

This week, if you share these books and their info to your blog, newsletter, or other social media, and then email the organizer a link to your post(s),

or if you preorder all six books while they’re on sale and forward her copies of your receipts,

then you get to take your pick of either of those lovely prizes.

Preorder AND shere?

Well, that’ll mean you get both the sneak peeks AND the wallpapers.

The email to send your links and you receipts to is: kendraeardnek(at)gmail(dot)com.

This drive link has all the book covers and other promotional graphics you can use in your sharing posts.

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AjAmS-99p507_TqpIv2wIsmUA3BF?e=BLu2ge

Which of these books are you most excited to read?

Have you heard of Snow White and Rose Red before today?

Love and Memory and A Cover Reveal.

So I guess I was wrong when I said I was only going to do one post this week, Because I randomly had a cover reveal show up in my inbox yesterday.

Okay so it wasn’t random, I may have promised to do it and then not added it to my calendar of posts to schedule My bad, but I’m posting it now so you can take a break from your Black Friday online shopping.

So here it is the cover for Love and Memory the third book in The Rizkaland Legends series by Kendra E. Ardnek. Read to the end of the post for an exclusive snippet and a special sale.

Release Date: April 19th, 2021

The Rizkaland Legends #3

When a Queen forgets,

Her enemies rejoice in her weakness.

But when the Queen remembers,

They tremble in fear.

When a King loves,

His country rejoices with him.

But when that love is broken.

The land is broken, too.

Can Water and Fire join again?

Can Love and Memory be restored?

They spent years in Rizkaland. They ruled the land, forged friendships, built families, and made it their home. But then it was time to return to Earth, and their former lives just don’t fit anymore. Clara and Andrew struggle to reevaluate their priorities when hundreds of miles separate them. Reuben and Petra are lost as they seek a balance between their old friendship and their Rizkan marriage. And Ashna and Noraeto never planned to return, so what live is there for them on Earth?

When the unthinkable happens and a new enemy arises, they’re all thrown back into Rizkaland, into a young prince’s rise to power and struggle to build alliances for his kingdom. But they no longer belong in their other world, either.

Are good memories too much to bear?

Purchace Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08CSYSSXS/

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32674009-love-and-memory

Author inspiration:

So … Without going into who Rose and Richard are (you know if you’ve read LDTD), let’s just say that this was a pretty heartbreaking scene to write. And also a ton of fun.

Exclusive Snippet:

“Oh, hush,” said Kath, stepping forward. “She’s in love, and love can change a person. You know that.”

Rhoda rolled her eyes to Kath and shook her head. “I don’t even know this new Clara.”

Kath’s gaze drifted to Clara, and then her eyes fell. Her answer was a mumble. “Then we need to take the time to get to know this new Clara.”

Rhoda stared at her a long moment before rolling her eyes again. “Honestly, though, what’s gotten into her? Falling in love shouldn’t produce a one-eighty personality change like this.”

No, but falling into another world and being married for twenty-five years would.

Author Bio:

Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks.

Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Newsletter || Instagram || TikTok || Amazon

Black Friday Sale:

For Black Friday and in honor of this cover reveal, Kendra is offering:

book one, Water Princess, Fire Prince as a FREE ebook on Amazon,

book 2, Lady Dragon, Tela Du, is just 99 cents!

And, Broken, which is part 1 of Love and Memory, is free as well as an early read!

This sale is part of Perry Kirkpatrick’s Black Friday Sale, so do go check out all of the other books on offer for 99 cents or less!

“In case of boredom break glass.” Image is a book inside of an emergency box that normally has a fire extinguisher in it. In case you didn’t get the joke.

I knew posting this today would be a good thing. Now you can click right to the sale instead of remembering to come back later.

Tattered slippers blog tour: The Dancing Princess

Tattered Slippers Release Tour:

What are the Tattered Slippers?

The Tattered Slippers are six retellings of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by six different authors, each one fantastic and magical. You don’t want to miss any of them!

To view the complete tour schedual please click here: https://kendrasgiraffecrafts.blogspot.com/p/tattered-slippers-blog-tour.html

Today is release day for the first Tattered Slippers book, The Dancing Princess. I was honored to read an advanced copy of this short novella so that I could provide you with an honest review today.

The Dancing princess is the fifth and final story in the Twist of Adventure fairytale retelling series. Even though it’s last, each story is 100% stand alone and they can be read in any order.

A Twist of Adventure #5: Plagued by nightmares for the last few years, Katrine only wanted answers. Instead, she finds herself trapped in a tangled web of melody as she tries to free a cursed king and his brothers. No one deserves existence such as theirs, but dare she risk her very life?

Purchace Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B8Z6CLW/

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50512612-the-dancing-princess?fbclid=IwAR2guIU0BhK3Pd3G2puVNhxbFnabQHGXNp1f_rl90gg_f5E9LJjuhDe7nKk

Author Bio:

Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks.

Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Newsletter || Instagram || TikTok || Amazon

If you are participating in the Tattered Slippers # challenge on instagram, don’t forget to post your Musical book pick for today’s entry.

Dive in Review, The Dancing Princess:

I really enjoyed this short re-imagining of the twelve dancing princesses. This time around it’s one princess trying to save 12 princes. But like the rest of her “Twist of” series, this is not a straight gender swap. This story draws in Russian folk tale Baba Yaga, and includes a Beauty and the Beast vibe as well.

This short story also features an original magic system that I found interesting and compelling. I would be interested to see what this song master and her song warriors can do if given a full length novel.

Katrine was a great protagonist. She took everything in stride and even at the end she was prepared to make the hard choice. Oddly enough it only seemed to be hard for her, I would have done it with no reservations.

I was given an ARC of this story as part of the Tattered slippers tour so that I may provide an honest review. The above review is my own honest opinion and is honestly and willingly given.

Misfortune: a twist of Rapunzel

Blog Tour Banner

What happens when two authors release Rapunzel retellings on the same day? An awesome Rapunzel themed blog tour! That’s what.

In fact I’m doing two posts for this tour, one dive in review for each book. Today I’m featuring Misfortune: a twist of Rapunzel.  Book four in the Twist of Adventure series.

Misfortune

Misfortune Is the safety of a country worth the sacrifice of one girl – even if she is the daughter of blood and misfortune?

Book Description:

A Twist of Adventure #4
The day she was born, her kingdom fell, and so she was branded the daughter of blood and misfortune and locked away. Now a dragon plagues the land and her curse may be the only thing that stops it.

But is she really cursed?

Order Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0872QTZ4N/

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50512526-misfortune

Explore the rest of the series! Amazon || Goodreads

Author Bio:

Kendra E. Ardnek (1)Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks.


Find her online at:  Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Newsletter || Instagram || Amazon 

Dive in review: Misfortune

This was such a good twist on the Rapunzel story.

What if Rapunzel had been locked up to protect others from herself? It’s a question that rings close to home for us in this time of quarantine. 

But it’s not a pandemic they are trying to prevent.

The princess has been raised to believe that she is full of ill luck, a daughter of blood and misfortune. Forbidden from even cutting her hair for fear the misfortune will escape from her. She has no idea of her own worth. Until a prince comes along and takes her from her tower.

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An ancient Rapunzel with a biblical twist.

I love the message of this story, that everyone is worthy of love and grace. That we are not guilty for the sins of others. That there is a way out of the tower.

I loved the biblical elements that were included. The story takes place in an ancient times setting, and the apocryphal story of Daniel (yes the lion den guy) and the dragon (the story isn’t actually in the Bible. It’s basically a legend.) plays a large role.

And the tower. Rapunzel’s Tower. It’s the Tower of Babel! Sorry, I don’t know if that was a spoiler. Maybe file it under things to look forward to,

 *I was given a copy of this story by the author for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are my own and were reached honestly.*

I’ll be back on the 18th with a dive in review of the second Rapunzel retelling, Diamond.

Today’s Tour Stops:

May 14
Kendra E. Ardnek – Five Reasons to Read Diamond
Interviews:
Live. Love. Read – Diamond
Reviews:
Tangled Up in Writing – Misfortune
C.O. Bonham – Misfortune

See this page for the full schedule: https://kendrasgiraffecrafts.blogspot.com/p/a-twist-of-rapunzel.html



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