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The Bells of Paradise

A Fairy Tale Retold 


Only a madman would go into Faerie of his own accord.

The one thing John the blacksmith loves more than his peaceful, hardworking life in Middleton Dale is the tailor's free-spirited daughter Janet. But unlike John, Janet dreams of adventure beyond the Dale. And when her dreams lead her into Faerie to be captured by a dangerous witch, John realises he must dare the perilous realm of the Lordly Folk to free his bride.

A poignant and profound retelling of the Grimms' fairytale Jorinda and Joringel, set in the fantastical realms of Elizabethan folklore. Novella, approximately 25,000 words.
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The Prince of Fishes

A Fairy Tale Retold 


In Constantinople, the Queen of Cities, poverty-stricken Michael the Fisherman and his wife Eudokia dream of a better life for their family. When Michael catches a fish that is able to grant wishes, he and Eudokia finally get their chance to taste the wealth and power of their wildest dreams. But will their ambition destroy the city and cost them everything they hold dear?

An epic clockpunk retelling of the Grimms' fairytale The Fisherman and His Wife, set against the theological turmoil and imperial grandeur of 700s Byzantium. Novella, approximately 33,000 words.


http://www.amazon.com/Pendragons-Heir-Suzannah-Rowntree/dp/0994233906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428871996&sr=8-1&keywords=pendragon%27s+heirPendragon's Heir


Blanche Pendragon enjoys her undemanding life as the ward of an eccentric nobleman in 1900 England. It's been years since she even wondered what happened to her long lost parents, but then a gift on the night of her eighteenth birthday reveals a heritage more dangerous and awe-inspiring than she ever dreamed of--or wanted. Soon Blanche is flung into a world of wayfaring immortals, daring knights, and deadly combats, with a murderous witch-queen on her trail and the future of a kingdom at stake. As the legendary King Arthur Pendragon and his warriors face enemies without and treachery within, Blanche discovers a secret that could destroy the whole realm of Logres. Even if the kingdom could be saved, is she the one to do it? Or is someone else the Pendragon's Heir?


http://www.amazon.com/The-Rakshasas-Bride-Fairy-Retold-ebook/dp/B00RDPQEJG/ref=pd_sim_sbs_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0T7X154MRC55ENS6D7T3The Rakshasa's Bride

A Fairy Tale Retold 


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.


http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KBG0E2MWar Games: 

Classic Fiction for the Christian Life

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Family and church reformation as a cure for social ills. Christian boldness in the face of totalitarianism and modernism. Sacrificial love in the City of God. Sure, you’ve heard of these classic books already. You might even have seen the movies. But have you caught the vision?

Fiction with a solid Christian worldview drills us in right action and reaction in a host of different circumstances. It runs war games for the Christian life, showing how wisdom might apply in hypothetical scenarios. It prepares us for battle.

Journey through eighteen classic works of fiction from Beowulf and Njal’s Saga to Mansfield Park and The Lord of the Rings, discovering the exceptional wisdom hidden inside the world’s best-loved stories.

War Games has been revised, updated, and expanded with all-new material from 18 book reviews previously published on Vintage Novels. 186 pages in the paperback edition.


The Epic of Reformation: 

A Guide to the Faerie Queene

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The Faerie Queene is English Lit’s best-kept secret. Not only is it a series of epic quest stories sprinkled liberally with battles, gore, monsters, and romance; it’s also a series of profound meditations on the Christian life and virtues, and on top of that, the whole thing symbolises Reformation theology and politics.

The epic comes in six and a half books each depicting a private Christian virtue as embodied in a knight who has been sent on some terrible quest by the Faerie Queene of the title, Gloriana. The Faerie Queene mixes great storytelling with great doctrines, physicality with spirituality, song with theology, allegory with politics. The result is fiercely meek, graciously sensuous, lyrically grotesque, and boisterously orthodox—just like the Puritans themselves. Within its pages there are doctrines and insights the world has forgotten or only half-remembers—just like the Reformation itself. And it is not just a guide to the political and theological landscape of Reformation England; it’s a map to future reformation.

Dim the lights. Pass the popcorn, the opera-glasses, and the power-ballad cigarette lighter—we’ll need them all. Let the fierce wars and faithful loves begin.

This is a revised and slightly updated version of "The Faerie Queene Feature Week", a series of posts featured on Vintage Novels in January 2013. 56 pages in the paperback edition.

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