Who loves a fairy tale retold? Decadent Publishing is offering a Beyond Fairytales bloghop with lots of neat prizes. If you’ve enjoyed Anastasia Vitsky events in the past, you’ll recognize quite a few names. Plus, you’ll earn Rafflecopter entries toward some lovely prizes!
For one lucky participant on my blog, I will offer an exciting prize: a free audiobook of Taliasman! Hollie Jackson has done a wonderful job with the narration, and she brings Talia and Vina to life. It’s been amazing to hear my words read aloud, especially to hear slightly different interpretations and inflections than I’d intended. Listening to Taliasman is like getting to know Talia and Vina all over again.
In most fairy tales, the evil character is as interesting as the good ones. For Taliaschild, the upcoming sequel to Taliasman, we see how the character of Merda has descended (or ascended, depending on perspective) to evilness in the form of the Snow Queen (the fairy tale upon which Taliaschild is based).
In Frozen, Disney’s retelling of The Snow Queen, the evil ice queen becomes the alienated, misunderstood older sister. Evil is transferred to the false suitor who pretends love in order to win control of a kingdom.
How do you respond to evil characters in stories? Do you enjoy them? Do you wish you knew more about them, or do you find the heroes and heroines more interesting?
I hope you find Merda interesting, because you’ll learn more about her story in the prequel to Taliaschild, premiering exclusively for Sci Spanks!
Born to a destitute woodworker who wanted a son to carry on the family business, Talia grew up with one phrase on her lips: “If I had been born a boy.” If she had been born a boy, she would have been cherished, supported, and launched into the world with her father’s legacy. As only a worthless girl, she toils all day long to earn her handful of inferior grain.
Far away in the heavenly palace, Queen Vina receives a mysterious coin necklace from Nicodemus, teller of stories. Compelled by the throbbing heartbeat, she scours the earth to come across Talia, enslaved to a family who never wanted her. Rather than admit her motives, Vina purchases the girl with a sack full of gold. Furious, betrayed, and homesick, Talia endeavors to share her misery with the entire palace. Vina, afraid to confess her love, allows herself to become trapped in the role of brutal slave owner.
Talia, bred to expect nothing but misery, faces the first choice of her life. Will she accept love, even if it comes from an unlikely source? Or will she reject the one who offers her everything?
A Beyond Fairytales Adaptation of Our Lady’s Child
Ooh, look! Taliasman is now part of a 5-book box set for only 99 cents! Wow!
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