Morning everyone! A few weeks ago, I set up my own indie publishing company, and now the newest book from Moon Rose Publishing is already on its way! This is the official cover reveal for Moon Rose Publishing’s first published anthology! Once Upon A Twisted Time is an anthology of fairytales-each with a dark twist. Cinderella goes Sci-fi, Snow White has become Steampunk, The Little Mermaid has gone Gothic, and Beauty and the Beast has switched sides altogether!
It will be available from the Moon Rose Publishing site on its release on the 31st October, as well as from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and all other Amazon sites. Do not miss out on your chance to pick up this amazing book from the 31st October 2012!
I’ve also got a little snippet from my story, Reborn City, below. Don’t forget to check out the other author’s blogs via the links, for a chance to read a snippet from their stories too! 😀
Think you know your fairytales? Think again. These aren’t your normal happily-ever-after. Within these pages, a murderous Little Mermaid gets her revenge, the Cinderella doesn’t really want to wear the slipper, Snow White is up to her eyes in industrial experiments, and the Beauty is in fact the Beast.
This collection of four novellas will surprise you, make you gasp in horror, sigh with relief, and sit on the edge of your seat. And most of all…they will make you rethink everything you think you know about dark fairytales…
Song of the Abyss
Princess Nerissa had envisioned a perfect wedding to a handsome prince. Instead, she fell into a nightmare. When her new husband tries to murder her just hours after pledging his life to her, she must flee towards the sea. Caught in transition from woman to selkie, she is trapped by the dark waters she hoped would be her salvation. Now her destiny becomes that of luring young men to their death…until one comes along that reignites the spark of love inside her. However to ensure her future, she must first face her past. Revenge must be taken…for both her life, and the life of the young man she now loves.
Miss Cavendish and the Spark of Salvation
In a city toiling under the iron fist of the Spiegel Syndicate and its monopoly on coal, Miss Georgina “George” Cavendish is on the brink of a breakthrough that could change the world forever. There’s just one thing standing in her way, her aunt – Xenobia Cavendish. Threatened by her efforts, the Syndicate procures the services of a notorious assassin with a past tied to her own, known as The Huntsman, to dispatch the brilliant scientist. But once he gets a glimpse of the headstrong beauty, will he be able to do the job, or will Georgina sway him to The Cause? And will George find the breakthrough she needs in time, or is New London Town doomed to forever lie under the dark shadow of her aunt’s factories?
Hawke and the Beast
Some curses last forever, and some can be broken with the whisper of three little words. Isabella Rose Woodward fell in love with a witch’s son over a century ago. Her punishment for breaking the young man’s heart was a beastly one. Every month she turns into a different creature, aging on the full moon when her curse allows for a brief return to her human form. Her only salvation is to find a man that will love her as she is…be it adorned in feathers, fur or scales. Has she found this love with the handsome Jasper Hawke? Or will a mysteriously determined Hunter find her first, and snuff out the life she so desperately seeks? A life of normalcy, where she loves and is loved in return… just as she is.
Nyx has one mission in life; bring down the brainwashing of New Omsk’s citizens, and release them from their mundane lives of toil. The year is 2355, and the world is a new place. A Governor is in charge of every city in the world, and humanity is attempting to rebuild itself after recovering from a war that nearly killed it. But this Governor has set his eyes on the intrepid little hacker, Nyx, and he will stop at nothing to get her. But perhaps he needs her more than he ever dreamed he would…as do his citizens.
And below, the gorgeous cover!
And now for a little snippet from Reborn City!
The woman’s eyes narrowed, glancing down at it. Zhelat-X frowned, and followed her eyes down. And cried out in anger. The damn disc was giving off sparks-it was a contraption made to short any electrical circuit; even robotic ones. “Bitch! Suka!” she hissed, as the item exploded in a cascade of blue light, rippling through her body.
Whipping her bag up, the woman took off, sprinting across the desert, her hair flying out behind her. Zhelat-X was made of stronger stuff though. The mechanism had torn through her systems, but they were rapidly rebooting themselves. Her screen flickered; the camera lens in her eye cracked and broken. Her neck jerkily snapped from left to right, and then back upright again as her motorised body brought itself back to life. Zhelat-X opened her eyes fully, watching the figure run away; and launched herself forwards, breaking into a run. Shouting in anger, her legs began to pump faster, slicing against the storm winds.
The woman took a frantic look behind herself, and saw the furious robot closing in on her; Slipper still in hand. Darting to her side, she disappeared momentarily behind a large cluster of rocks, throwing a few more of the shorting devices at Zhelat-X’s feet. The robot gritted her teeth in rage, and dodged around them, getting caught in the slight blast of one of them. As she came around the side of the rocks, the woman was pointing a small gun at her-somehow she had managed to get hold of one of the new laser models the Footmen had been trying out only recently.
They locked eyes, and Zhelat-X grinned maliciously, silently taunting her to do it. The gun was directly aimed at her torso, but the woman’s hand was shaking. Not unusual, they always tremble when they see me. She was about to take a step closer, and get the Slipper on her, when the woman’s finger squeezed, and a green laser sparked into life. It cut straight through the robot’s body, leaving a hole in its wake. It wasn’t enough to be called large, but wires and boards were sparking and fizzing furiously. Zhelat-X looked downwards in shock, opened her mouth to say something, but no sound came out. There was a buzzing sound as her system shut down, and her eyelids lowered. Another pause; and her metallic body crashed to the ground.
The woman took a long look at her, and then snatched up her bag, shoving the gun in, racing away. Clouds of dust eddied as her feet kicked up the dried earth. It all fell silent again, and nothing but the wind made a mournful howl.
Then a soft whirr came from Zhelat-X, as one eye carefully opened. A slow, cruel smile curved her lips, as she stared after the retreating figure of the human woman…
Now don’t forget to go over to the other author’s blogs, and take a look at their snippets! Trust me, you don’t want to miss them! 😉
Tara S. Wood
Author page: https://www.facebook.com/twoodwriter
Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/author.lindsay.avalon
Trish M. Dawson
Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/WriterTrishMarieDawson
Moon Rose Publishing
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