Friday, September 30, 2016

Announcing THE RAKSHASA'S BRIDE Paperback Edition + Giveaway!

Hello, friends! Today, I get to share with you one of the super-secret projects I've been working on this year.

So far, all my fairytale novellas have been published in ebook format only. My intention was always to do a paperback edition at some stage, possibly as an anthology, but more recently I decided that a series of brightly-coloured standalones would be much cuter. Like, really cute standalones. With illustrations.


Today, I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be releasing The Rakshasa's Bride, my first fairytale novella, as a paperback on October 7th, 2016 - just a week from today.

The paperback is super cute, and comes with three pencil illustrations by the very talented Abigail Rowntree, my sister (see her Etsy shop here).

In addition, I've given the text itself a bit of a wash and a brush, since I wanted to move into getting my work professionally edited--and there just seems something particularly permanent about a paperback. So this is a whole second edition, complete with line-editing courtesy of the wonderful Brandes Editorial Services. There are no significant changes, but I flatter myself the writing is just that bit shinier.

While you're waiting for the release date, some small festivities are occurring. Over at My Lady Bibliophile, I have an interview with my dear friend Schuyler, discussing fairytales and creativity. Be sure to pop over and enjoy that!

In addition, we're both hosting a giveaway (which you can enter either here at Vintage Novels, or at My Lady Bibliophile) for one copy of the shiny new Rakshasa's Bride paperback, as well as other sweet prizes. Enjoy!

The Rakshasa's Bride
2nd ed. ebook now available on Amazon
Paperback releases 7th October 2016
Preeti Kamla has the evil eye. It’s the only explanation for the tragedy and disgrace besetting her once wealthy family. But when a handsome stranger in the village square tells her he has broken her curse, Preeti almost believes him.

Until a twist of fate whisks her away from everything she knows, and the gruesome Demon Rajah claims her as his bride.

A rich and romantic retelling of Beauty and the Beast in the style of a Bollywood epic. Novella, approximately 18,000 words.

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Annie said...

What a great giveaway! I'd love to read The Rakshasa's Bride and I'm so happy to see it coming to paperback as I don't read ebooks. :) Congratulations!

Annie said...

The next fairy tale...hmm The Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite, but you've already done that one!

I would be very curious to see how you would retell "Ali Baba and The Forty Theives", though mostly I'm looking forward to reading The Rakshasa's Bride!

Jamie W said...

Which fairytale next? Hmm... Maybe Puss-in-Boots? I'd love to see how your style of historical fantasy would handle an anthropomorphic cat. ;-)

Seriously SO EXCITED for the paperback, though. I will buy it for lots of people!

Hayden said...

I'm so happy you're doing these in paperback!

Hmmm...I'm going to throw either The Wild Swans or Maid Maleen in for possible fairy tale retellings that I'd love to see :)

Liv K. Fisher said...

How exciting!! Congratulations!!

I adore the fairytales *Red Riding Hood*, *Sleeping Beauty*, *The Snow Queen*, and *Swan Lake*, so I certainly wouldn't mind reading some retellings of those! :)

Suzannah said...

Hooray! I'm glad you're all excited, 'cause I'm excited too :).

Annie - Many people have mentioned that THE RAKSHASA'S BRIDE has an Arabian Nights vibe to it. I've actually occasionally considered doing a real Arabian Nights retelling...maybe sometime, if I get a really good concept for it!

Jamie - Oh, I'm quite fond of Puss in Boots. AND I THINK I MAY JUST HAVE HAD A PLOT BUNNY FOR IT. Literally this moment! I will run off and add it to the list :)

Hayden - It's been a dream of mine for a while. Hopefully, this will be just the first of a whole series of cute paperbacks :). Oh, and I know about "The Wild Swans" but I'd never come across "Maid Maleen" before. That one does have some fascinating possibilities!

Olivia - great suggestions! Two of them are *definitely* on my list of plot bunnies and one of them may even turn up in the not-so-distant future :). And yet another of them is shortly getting a *very* splendid retelling soon from a friend of mine, which I'll be sure to let everyone know about when it releases :)

Jamie W said...

How exciting! May your plot bunnies remain productive!

Anna Mussmann said...

What about a nursery rhyme instead? Seriously! There's a lot to find inside the old rhymes, especially if you consider the more obscure verses. I'd read that novella. :-)

Joy said...

I am so excited about this! I have yet to read any of your fairy-tale retellings, mostly because I procrastinate so much with reading e-books. This made me so sad, but now I am over the moon!!! Yayyy!

Suzannah said...

Hi Anna! Ohhhh... nursery rhyme retellings? What a fascinating idea! I have to say that none of the plot bunnies in my rather overcrowded hutch fits that description, but now that you've started this train of thought, we'll see if anything develops :).

Joy, my pleasure :).

Andrew of the House of Lacey said...

Let the trumpets sound and the harps strike up! Suzannah's fairytale re-tellings are coming to paperback! The Rakshassa's Bride was the first of your novellas that I read. Which, I suppose, is to the say that it was the first of those that I loved too!

I am very glad that you are continuing to expand the fairytale series. Fairtales are such delicious little nuggets within the literature world and (as you have proved) variations of them are many and wondrous.
Not so long ago, I read a wonderful re-telling of the Princess and the Pea, A TRUE PRINCESS by Diane Zahler. It was a charming story, which expanded the original 'fantasy' setting but added more flesh to the characters and plot. There were wicked elf kings, changlings, long-lost brothers, and loyal gnomes ext. One of the books that inspired me to write.

I would greatly like to see you do something with the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Ahem, Dwarves. I am certain there is much wonder in there, waiting to be unlocked.

Deborah O'Carroll said...

I would LOVE a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses... ;) It's my favorite fairytale, with Beauty and the Beast close behind. :D

Suzannah said...

Ha, Andrew, I'm glad you've been enjoying them so much! That Diane Zahler book sounds very promising!

I can definitely tell you there's a Snow White retelling in the works! Though it might not be exactly what you're imagining!

Deborah, oh, yes, the Twelve Dancing Princesses! I definitely have aspirations to retell that someday. In the meantime, have you read my friend Elisabeth Grace Foley's retelling of that story? You might enjoy it if you haven't already :)


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