Tuesday, October 25, 2016


So, today, you get to hear about the other super secret project I've been working on lately!

Once: Six Historically Inspired Fairytales
by Elisabeth Grace Foley, Rachel Heffington, J Grace Pennington, Emily Ann Putzke, Suzannah Rowntree and Hayden Wand.

(because after all, everything is more fun when done with friends!)

Six fairytales you thought you knew, set against a tapestry of historical backgrounds.

A lonely girl plots revenge in the shadow of a mountain. A stolen princess fumbles a century backward. A dwarfish man crafts brilliant automatons. A Polish Jew strikes matches against the Nazis. A dead girl haunts a crystal lake. A terrified princess searches a labyrinth. A rich collection of six historically inspired retellings, Once is a new generation of fairytales for those who thought they'd heard the tales in all their forms.

Featuring the novellas of Elisabeth Grace Foley, Rachel Heffington, J Grace Pennington, Emily Ann Putzke, Suzannah Rowntree, and Hayden Wand.


Anticipated release date: December 2, 2016

I had so much fun designing this cover.
I'm really excited about this project. My friend Elisabeth Grace Foley and I have been discussing and planning something like this for about a year now, in fact! A few months ago we finally went ahead and recruited a bunch of other author friends to participate, and since then, we've all been pretty madly busy writing, revising, and critiquing each others' stories, and watching this collection come together.

Which means that yes, this collection will feature all-new fairytale retellings from all of us! One thing that happened almost by mistake was that all our ideas wound up having a historical flavour, and that's not to mention the different genres represented here - western, steampunk, suspense, and more.

As for my contribution...yes, this will where Death Be Not Proud makes its appearance!
Moonshine liquor, jazz-fuelled dancing, and the risk of a police raid - these are all in a night's work for cabaret singer Ruby Black. But when a rugby star mistakes her for a dead girl, Ruby's life threatens to become briefer and more exciting than she bargained for.

Two years ago, schoolgirl Wu Xue Bai was brutally murdered. Now, Ruby herself is in danger. Who killed Xue Bai? What lies behind Max Moran's obsession with the dead girl? And will Ruby learn the truth before secrets from her own past catch up with her?

A fairytale retelling set in Jazz Age New Zealand, inspired by the thrillers of Mary Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock. Novella, approximately 23,000 words.
(Check it out on Pinterest)
The even better news is that Death Be Not Proud will be just one of six new fairytale retellings in the new collection. Check out what the other authors have to say about their contributions:

Elisabeth Grace Foley, with The Mountain of the Wolf
Rachel Heffington, with She But Sleepeth
J Grace Pennington, with Rumpled
Emily Ann Putzke, with Sweet Remembrance
Hayden Wand, with With Blossoms Gold

Finally, there are (as always) a couple of ways you can help us:

1. Help us spread the word about this new release! Add it on Goodreads, share the cover, tweet, phone your mum, and splash the hashtag #OnceFairytales around as much as you like!

2. Also, we are super keen to give away copies of the book in exchange for reviews. Email us at cinderella19395@gmail.com to join our review team!


Liv K. Fisher said...

(*whispers:*) THIS IS SO EXCITING. <3


Hanna-col said...

I cannot wait to finally read DEATH BE NOT PROUD! I have been looking forward to its release and now it is going to be released with a bunch of my other favorite Indie authors's stories. I AM SO EXCITED!

Suzannah said...


Still can't believe all these authors were ready to write with us!

Samalah said...

Woohoo!!!! :) This sounds very exciting! I thoroughly enjoyed "Prince of Fishes" and look forward very much to "Death be not Proud", as well as the other authors contributions. *glee*

Andrew of the House of Lacey said...

More fairy-tale re-tellings, perfect! - Rubs hands, eyes brighten -

Death be not Proud sounds good, and I await Dec. 2nd impatiently. This one strikes a note of additional interest with me because I am from the Land of the Long White Cloud! Curiously enough, there is at present a shortage of NZ historical fiction, (apparently) so it is most excellent that DBNP has a historical flavor.
It rather shames me to say it, (especially as a historiophile) but I know little of the Jazz Age of NZ. I look forward to finding out more.

Suzannah said...

Samalah, ooh, I'm glad you enjoyed PRINCE OF FISHES. I'm sure you'll find this collection lots of fun too :)

Andrew - ahh, you're a New Zealander? I've had the pleasure of travelling through NZ several times, and DBNP was inspired by a week I spent at Wanaka. I'm afraid, though, that I didn't do a huge amount of research, so... I don't know how much you'll learn.

Jamie W said...

I'm afraid I can't phone my mum, as we favor written communication (and are American). But I've forwarded your email to my mom. Does that count? ;-)

Emily Ann Putzke said...

Thank you so much for including me in this exciting project! Your story is SO GOOD. I love the storyboard as well! =)

Suzannah said...

Jamie, haha, that's very sweet of you and definitely counts :)

Emily, thanks so much for joining! I think people are going to love your story too!

Tarissa said...

Very cool story! What fairytale inspired you to write it?



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