Friday, October 3, 2014

Fairy Tale Retelling Alert: The Dwarf and the Twins (Snow White and Rose Red) by Katharina Gerlach

Happy Wednesday!

I wanted to let you know about a new fairy tale retelling that's just about to hit

the shelves: The Dwarf and the Twins by Katharina Gerlach. Finding new retellings makes me very happy indeed, but even better is that this is the first book in a new series! I also love the idea of including the original fairy tale.

The other awesome thing is that if you're into learning foreign languages, Katharina is also releasing a German version:


(I've got to admit, I love the way the German title trills off the tongue. The books officially release on October 4th, but you can preorder here.)

And now, without further ado, a word from the author:


As a German (born and raised but with a “spare” family in Scotland), it is no wonder I have a soft spot for fairy tales. What's surprising is that it took me so long to write another one... two... three... ;-) When I began writing, the first story I considered publishable but probably wasn't was a fairy tale, but every publisher I sent it to told me fairy tales don't sell. I think that might be the reason why I stopped writing them. 

Then, I took a course a little while back about series writing (I'm working on a Middle Grade time travel series), and my Muse (that's my creative side) insisted on writing “The Dwarf and the Twin”. It is a retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” by the Brothers Grimm. 

In the original tale, two innocent maidens help a talking bear through the winter. They also help a vicious dwarf despite his bouts of anger. It was one of my favorites as a kid. So when my Muse insisted, I jumped at the chance. I got a story with a traditional fairy tale flavor – with magic, a real fairy and all.

However, that was not the end.

Next, my Muse insisted on a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” (scheduled for release in early January) and surprised me by setting that tale firmly into the Steampunk genre.

Me: “There's no way these tales are from the same series.”
Muse: “But they are, and I can prove it to you.”
Me: “Why don't you come here and we'll go through the suggested planning?”
Muse: “Your course is fine for the other series but this one's different.”
Me: “But I like planning.”
Muse: “You like surprises. Now, sit down and write.” 

 And thus, the third tale was born, still rough and uneven. It is a retelling of “Little Brother, Little Sister” from the point of view of the stepmother who's not as evil as the original makes out. And it is the tale that brings together magic and steam engine technology in a logical and absolutely interesting way. I'm awed. My Muse is the best.

But now, I'm off to revise tale #3 and write tale #4, a retelling of “The House in the Wood” (Grimm again) because my Muse won't let me off so easily. I wish a day had more time. Meanwhile, get a copy of “The Dwarf and the Twins” and leave a review when you're done reading. Thanks a ton.

"I was born in Germany in 1968. Me and my three younger brothers grew up in the middle of a forest in the heart of the Luneburgian Heather. After romping through the forest with imagination as my guide, tomboy-me learned to read and disappeared into magical adventures, past times or eerie fairytale woods.
I didn’t stop at reading. During my training as a landscape gardener, I wrote my first novel, a manuscript full of a beginner’s mistakes. Fortunately, I found books on Creative Writing and soon my stories improved. For a while, reality interfered with my writing but after finishing a degree in forestry and a PhD in Science, I returned to my vocation. I like to write Fantasy, Science Fiction and Historical Novels for all age groups.
At present, I am writing at my next project in a small house near Hildesheim, Germany, where I live with my husband, my three children and my dog. I've had various short stories published in Germany as well as a non-fiction e-book in US-Fantasy author Holly Lisle’s “The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About …” series."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Two Items of Business

Happy Monday Tuesday!

I'm happy to say that Saltwater Curiosities is up and available if you're a subscriber to my mailing list. I'll be uploading it to Amazon, B&N, and Kobo within a day or so.

Which brings me to the next Curiosity: Curiosities of the Enchanted Forest. It was meant to be the Curiosity for September. However, plans have changed a little. About a month ago, I was dealing with a stomach virus and all the lovely things attendant upon stomach bugs. And one of the fun things with having Chronic Fatigue/Adrenal Fatigue is that it takes me a lot longer to get all the way better. I'm still working on recovering--my energy, my stomach's been good for a long while--and haven't hit 100% yet.

So I lost about a month's worth of work, time wise. Which means, I could push and stuff words into this Curiosity so I can Maintain My Deadlines, or I can do the smart thing and let you guys know this one is going to be a little late.

I'm opting for smart this time around. :D Telling good stories is, in my opinion, more important than hitting every single deadline no matter what. And while I could, possibly, maybe have this one out on time, I need to finish THE TROUBLE WITH MAGIC first. I only need another week or so before it's ready for edits, so that's where I'll be throwing my energy and storytelling.

So. Curiosities of the Enchanted Forest is coming, I just won't be maintaining my previous posting schedule. In fact, there's a pretty good chance I won't be posting any of it online this month. The actual Curiosity itself shouldn't be available more than a day or two later than originally planned. And, if you're a subscriber, you'll still be getting your copy somewhere thereabouts. :)

As for the second, I'll still be posting here occasionally, but will mostly be over on link to my tumblr.
Over at Trapped in Ink, I'll be posting whatever takes my fancy. Pretty stuff, thoughtful stuff, quotes from stuff I'm reading, quotes from stuff I'm writing, quilling stuff, spinning/knitting/crocheting stuff. Pretty much, stuff. :D I've figured out how to add comments to my tumblr feed, so *crossing fingers it works* feel free to stop by, pull up a comfy chair, and say hi. :)

 So have a great week. I'm off to Bettony's and my first ball. Wish us luck!


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Monday, August 25, 2014

A Taste of the Saltwater Curiosities

Happy Monday!

August is nearly over, which means the selection of short stories and the current episode from Mira Morganstein: Queen of the Nearly Dead Fae is all up for this Curiosity.

Here are the links if you'd like to read them before they disappear on the last day of the month:

Bottomless
Mira Morgastein Episode Two, Part 1
Mira Morgastein Episode Two, Part 2
The Merrow's Cap

All the links will take you to my website. If you would like your complimentary copy of Saltwater Curiosities, make sure you've subscribed to my mailing list before August 31st. Note: the above stories do not make up the Saltwater Curiosities in its entirety. They're just an extended sample of everything that will be included.

The first two parts of this series are already available:


The Curious Leaf is a short story that kicks off the Curiosities.

This is the story of how a little flower, barely three seasons old, and a faerie of unknown (for now!) origin team up to explore, to discover, and to become. This is the prelude to the other serial running through each Curiosity and details Kya (the flower, now somewhat faerie) and Hearthorne's (the faerie, now somewhat flower) adventures that determine the theme for each Curiosity.
Available on Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo

The second adventure is Curiosities of the Moon.

Kya had always wanted to see the moon while she stood in her pot on the windowsill dreaming, so it's no surprise that this is the first stop of The Curious Leaf--a walnut ship with maple leaves for sails.

What they discover there kicks off a new set of adventures that will ripple through a number of Curiosities to come.
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Speaking of future Curiosities, I'm excited to announce the third in series: Curiosities of the Enchanted Forest.

The short stories have been a blast to write and include the further adventures of Kya and Hearthorne, a princess who is cursed to do everything backwards, and a short story involving Faryn, Lily, and Terrik from Slippers of Pearl.

The first short story will be available on my website the first Monday of September. :)


As for other books news, THE TROUBLE WITH MAGIC, the long awaited sequel to The Trouble With Toads, is on schedule and--barring illness or (super)natural disasters--will be available very soon.

I'd be more specific, but I've found the second I make future release dates public, various gremlins, goblins, and dragons appear suddenly demanding sprockets, tolls, and riddles. All of which invariably delay things. So I'll be sending out the news once I'm ready to upload.

And guys! While I am very sorry it's taken *coughcoughayearcough* longer to release than I'd originally anticipated--what with 2013 being the Year of the Harpies and the nearly finished draft that was all wrong. I'm so glad I threw the original draft out and started over from scratch. THIS is the story as it was meant to be told, and I couldn't be happier with how things are going. I hope you guys love and enjoy it as much as I do once it's out in the wild.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Mira Morganstein: Queen of the Nearly Dead Fae: Episode Two, Part 1

Happy Monday!

I'm really enjoying Mira's story and all that's coming, and I can't wait to share it with you! :)

The first part of this story (comprising parts 1 and 2 I posted last month) are available in Curiosities of the Moon.

This installment (episode two) is all about both the wonder and horror of being a queen of Faerie and how Mira confronts that.

My favorite part about both Mira Morganstein as a whole, as well as writing this particular installment, was researching the nearly dead fae from various cultures and countries.

Click here to read. I hope you enjoy!
(For clarification, the link will take you to where it's posted on my website. :))

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Shorts: Bottomless from Saltwater Curiosities

Happy Monday Everyone!

This week's short story is from the Tales of the Snow Queen world and explains how the bottomless sea came to be.

The story took me by surprise--but it was a pleasant one and has become my very most favorite of all the short stories I've ever written. I attribute this to Lyralind--an unlikely thief that ends up turning much of the world upside down. :)

Click here to read. I hope you enjoy!