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Once Upon A Kiss: 17 Romantic Faerie Tales by [Kontis, Alethea, Galenorn, Yasmine, Danley, Kate, Monk, Devon, Edwards, Hailey , Dunbar, Debra, Jefford, Nikki, Cannon, Sarra, Roth, Mandy M., Sharp, Anthea, Jennifer Blackstream, Julia Crane , Jenna Elizabeth Johnson , Alexia Purdy, C. Gockel , Phaedra Weldon, Shawntelle Madison ]
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Seventeen all new, magical stories from NY Times and USA Today bestsellers and award-winning authors that will warm even the coldest hearts. Inspired by old favorites as well as lesser-known tales, find retellings of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Old Rinkrank, King Thrushbeard, The Princess and the Pea, and many more - all with fresh, romantic twists.

On the way to her wedding, brave and clever Princess Sabine falls into a Glass Mountain, where she is trapped with a crotchety man she calls "Old Rinkrank." The two form a unique, unlikely friendship while working to escape.

THE BAKERS GRIMM - Hailey Edwards
When two struggling business owners compete for the contract of a lifetime, it's all bakers on deck. Mix in a dollop of rivalry, a tablespoon of romance, and a pinch of magic, and you've got the recipe for one heck of a bake-off. May the best decorator win!

A young woman in ancient Greece is tasked with carving a new statue for Aphrodite's temple. But what happens when she falls in love with her art?

RED- Sarra Cannon
Charlotte is searching for a cure to save her sister, but what she finds in the woods is not at all what she expects...

PRINCESS CHARMING - Yasmine Galenorn
Sometimes, the road to Happily Ever After leads a girl right past Prince Charming... into the arms of his sister.

MAD ABOUT YOU - Jennifer Blackstream
Alice doesn't want to marry the Mad Hatter. Will an unexpected trip to Wonderland change her mind?

A mermaid gives up everything to be with the mortal man she loves - but can there be a happy ending when the Sea Witch intervenes?

Juliet enters the afterlife and discovers the truth behind her relationship with Romeo and Paris - and that their greatest challenge is yet to come.

SOOT AND STONE: A Fae Tale of the Otherworld - Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
Aisling, a young Faelorehn artist, finds herself falling for the son of one of the famed Tuatha De Danann. The only problem is, she's unaware of his true identity, and her selfish uncle will do anything to keep her from realizing her dreams.

Sometimes, a prince isn't as charming as history would like you to believe. And sometimes, a princess needs an alpha male shifter to find her happily ever after.

An imp finds herself in a fairytale world without her infernal powers facing an impossible task. Will Sam barter away her firstborn? Will her angelic main-squeeze save her? Or will she come up with a devilish solution of her own?

THE GLASS SKY - Alexia Purdy
Star's refusal of suitors lined up for her hand has her family in knots, but when the city is bombed and overthrown, she loses everything. After she's rescued by a handsome stranger named Clyde, she sneaks away to save her parents but finds herself trapped in the new president's clutches.

RUSH - C. Gockel
Misogyny is a beast.
When the incarnation of Creation gets angry at Rush for innocently stating his opinion, she curses him to find true love in two weeks ... or else.

Her first love has been placed under a spell. But will her kiss wake him... or kill him?

THE TOAD PRINCE - Nikki Jefford
Isabel Ivers's stepfather will do anything to secure his place as Far North's new ruler, even if it means marrying her off to the depraved prince of the lowlands.

CRAFTED WITH A KISS - Shawntelle Madison
Despite fighting in countless battles to bring peace to warring kingdoms, Pynnelope, a warrior maiden made of wood, knows no fear. Becoming human is all she desires until she discovers she can have so much more.

A SMALL MAGIC - Devon Monk
A cursed princess, a talking pea, and a wish that changes everything.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1335 KB
  • Print Length: 540 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fiddlehead Press (30 January 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MYDRO61
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,028 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I haven't read the whole book yet but can say it is worth purchasing just for 'Mad about You' by Jennifer Blackstream. That is the story I will be reviewing.
Alice would do anything to get Jasper (The Mad Hatter) to stop proposing as the last thing she needs is a crazy partner. However a magical trip to a different land will open her eyes to a few truths.
I loved the flawed characters in this story and how its really about accepting ones self. Jennifer Blackstream really shines at retellings and this is another gem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars get ready to learn about some new authors you will want to follow in this mixed bag of romantic tales 27 March 2017
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As a vehicle for a reader to introduce themselves to a variety of fantasy/paranormal authors through retellings of romantic fairy tales...this was awesome. I wouldn't want to read a book like this too often, because short stories often lack the necessary time/space for the romance to blossom and build in the way I like, but once in a while, stretching out of your reading boundaries is great.

And I knew that with authors like Alethea Kontis and Devon Monk in the anthology that there would be at least a couple stories that I liked. And I also liked a few more stories enough to click on the author website and go check out some of their other work-- so win-win right?

That said, there were definitely stories in there that I mostly skimmed or didn't have enough emotional angst or development to keep my interest.

The stand-out stories I like the most were:
Alethea Kontis's Glass Mountain: Not only was this one a lesser known fairy tale for me (Rinkrank), but also it was long enough that the romantic build was believable! Lovely and meaningful.

Hailey Edward's The Bakers Grimm: This one had enough fun, snarky dialogue between two competing bakers (plus baked goods yum!) that I went and got her first Black Dog book based on the quality of the writing. Hoping for more romantic banter :)

Anthea Sharp's The Sea King's Daughter: This one also had enough time to develop the relationship, but confession, I'm already an Anthea fan from the historical romances she writes. The quirky attention to details and slightly nerdy heroines I love from her romances are in this short story as well.

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson's Soot and Stone: After finishing this one, I went and looked at the author's other series online because of the developed quality of the world and the characters in the story, something that made it stand out from other fae stories set in the pseudo-medieval magical world.

C. Glockel's Rush: I didn't think I'd like this one. It's more of a paranormal story based in Glockel's world where SEALs had to go to Asgard to fight Loki and his bunch in a Ragnorak type situation. Not quite by cup of tea...but then what happened is that the main character, Rush, has to learn about love, not only romantic, so I did end up liking it. And I did end up clicking on Glockel's website to learn more about the world Rush lived in. Lots of potential, I would think, especially if you're a fan of Shelly Laurentson's Viking paranormals.

Devon Monk's A Small Magic: This one and the Glass Mountain vied for favorite in this anthology. I never thought I would be shipping the Pea and the Princess in the iconic story, but the heroine Monk created here...with the ability to hear inanimate objects, but not people, was just so cool!

Worthwhile overall, but be prepared to do some skimming over some stories and possibly being introduced to new authors on the strength of their stories here!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable anthology with surprising diversity in tone and subject 11 February 2017
By Mrs. Mica - Published on
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In this gorgeous anthology, an author's note accompanies each story, noting the original fairy tale inspiration and thoughts behind changes made to the original source material. Many of the original fairy tales will be familiar to readers--such as the little mermaid in "The Sea King's Daughter," a beautiful retelling by Anthea Sharp. Kontis' tale is based on a folk tale I'd never read before and is even more enjoyable for it, complete with strange spells and princesses who fall into them. The stories range in length from short stories to novellas with chapters. A very enjoyable anthology with surprising diversity in tone and subject.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!! 3 February 2017
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The Glass Mountain - Alether Kontis
I had not heard this particular fairy tale before but I love the story. Rinkrank and Mandrake in their glass mountain with their magical drawers and closets is very intriguing indeed!
The Bakers Grimm - Hailey Edwards
A terrific story! Ellie and Daryl keep you intrigued Rumpelsiltskin style, instead of gold it's baked goods.
Galatea And Pygmalion - Kate Danley
What a wonderful story! I did not expect that ending, but love it!!
Red - Sarra Cannon
What a delightful take on Little Red Riding Hood! It's about time the wolf has more to hI'm than he wants to eat Red!
Princess Charming - Yasmine Galenorn
ROFLMAO!!! What a concept! To put two fairy tales together in letter form in today's language well done!
Mad About You - Jennifer Blackstream
"Because you are both cracked." Well if that doesn't mean two people belong together! Terrific Alice!
The Sea King's Daughter - Anthea Sharp
Very nice adaptation of the Little Mermaid! I love it! Muireann and her fisherman are a wonderful twist on the fairytale. Well done!
Romeo And Juliet: The Afterlife - Julia Crane
Omg! Who would have thought? What an idea! They keep getting it wrong? Well done!
Soot And Stone: A Fae Tale Of The Otherworld - Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
Yes! Cinderella needed a revamp! Aisling and Kiernan were perfect! I like that they actually get to know each other instead of just falling in love after a dance. And the Uncle I think I dislike him even more than the original!
The Huntsman's Snow - Mandy M. Roth
The Huntsman as a shifter..... That is the only spoiler I will give. I loved the story.
Rumpelsiltskin - Debra Dunbar
There is a special place on my heart for dear Rumple. And this was a nice twist for him. With some sexy thrown in.....
The Glass Sky - Alexia Purdy
A wonderful tale of the privilegednot knowing what they have until it's gone. Loved it!!
Rush - C. Gockel
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 27 February 2017
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I really enjoyed this book. Very well written and edited and interesting stories. I like the idea of rewritten fairy tales and this book did an excellent job. I like to be surprised and multiple stories in this book did that. Also very nice to find a book of short stories that was just that - short stories. All too often lately on amazon I have picked up what I thought was a book of short stories only to find out they were short stories all tied in to multiple authors' series. Nothing wrong with that, I've found some great new-to-me authors that way, but sometimes I just want plain short stories and amazon doesn't seem to distinguish between the two very well sometimes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, unexpected variations 20 February 2017
By Anne Gaul - Published on
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17 short stories presented by fantasy writers, each one is a variation of a known fairy tale. For the most part, these stories were very good and well-written, and even the lesser ones were still better than average. What I particularly like is that none of the stories followed the path of the original fairy tale – they aren’t simply retellings, but completely new stories that only keep their roots in the original. These were fresh, unexpected, and absorbing. Highly recommended for those who like fairy tales.