Syawn here, introducing the cover for a friend’s book. Several friends, actually; our author friend Danielle E. Shipley wrote the thing, but the story belongs to several other friends of mine–I’ve come to know the characters within the tale rather well.
Now, I’m not generally one for fairy tales. When you get the chance to read Ever the Actor, you’ll find a distinct lack of happily-ever-after vibes going on, and I don’t like to pretend life on my planet or yours will be otherwise.
Still, when my friends of Swan Prince and Stone Kingdom fame suddenly get their happily-ever-afters retroactively called into question, I must admit to some concern. Hey, if you’ve got the chance for a fairy-tale ending in your own story world, I don’t want you to get that rug yanked out from under you! I’m empathetic like that.
But in The Seventh Spell, book three of the Wilderhark Tales, that’s exactly what happens:
A witch’s attempt to cast one spell too many casts everyone touched by her previous spells into chaos.
Scattered throughout each other’s pasts, Sula and Edgwyn, Villem and Rosalba, and the rest of magic’s affected have a single chance to break this last enchantment before their “happily-ever-after”-s cease to have ever been.
An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast;
A princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell;
Bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk –
All within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.
You’ve heard the stories –
of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel;
of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball;
of frog princes, and swan princes,
and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea.
Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.
Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s.
You heard the back-o’-the-book whatsit. Go on, read the Wilderhark Tales. This one’s not available for retail yet, but there’re always the first two–and who knows; you might even get the chance at getting an advance reader copy. So go on, talk to Danielle about it yourself.