Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!
Quite happily #WyrdAndWonder has kicked off in a HUGE way this past weekend – wherein all of us behind the event (Imyril, Lisa and I) are wicked humbled by how everyone has started to catch our passionate joy for hosting fantastical content during a month where Fantasy can be a celebrated joy amongst us all.
To carry this onward – I’ve set out to host Indie Fantasy novelists throughout May by different Indie publishers who are curating a lovely niche of Fantasy stories and series for the discerning reader who is seeking something outside the mainstream. I love hosting Indie Authors (as you all well know) and I love championing Indie Speculative Fiction – as I cut teeth on Science Fiction and Fantasy from a young age and have grown into an adult who is wicked addicted to all aspects of where Speculative Fiction can take us visually and emotionally as readers.
When it comes to Dark Fantasy – I have a slight aversion to most stories which fall into this category and am extremely particular and picky when it comes to sorting my way through this niche of offerings because I’m definitely what you’d consider a sensitive reader who has a few things which trigger her bookish turnoffs and take her out of a narrative. However, having said that – similar to how I finally found a Dystopian writer who is penning a series I find wicked brilliant and intriguing – I am starting to find certain Dark Fantasy novelists who are intriguing me into a area of Fantasy I am dearly under-read but still a bit curious to seek out.
Previously I was caught inside the works of Stephanie Burgis, Jamie Robin Wood, Rebecca J. Greenwood and Sarah E. Boucher. As you can see, I am seeking out certain aspects of darker fantastical worlds but which evoke a sense of what I love about my regular Fantasy wanderings – where it isn’t too dark where there isn’t any light and where its not graphically violent – though in that note, Burgis pushed me a bit in ‘Congress of Secrets’.
Today it is an honour to host my first blog tour with Storytellers on Tour – a blog touring company whose championing Indie Storytellers and giving us all a lovely chance to feature their collective works. I am looking forward to working with them as oft as I can and I look forward to the conversations and features which hosting will inspire to bring to my readers on Jorie Loves A Story!
Brew yourself a cuppa and hug close to the convo!
Subtitle: A cursed princess A crestfallen killer And a witch who can save them both
by Brianna Sugalski
A Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents' castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst... Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever.
Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger— and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch.
This is the story of a cursed princess, A crestfallen killer,
The town that wants them to burn,
And the witch that can save them both.
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Published by The Parliament House
on 4th March, 2020
Converse via: #Fantasy, #DarkFantasy, #YAFantasy
as well as #storytellersontour #Disenchanted #BriannaSugalski & #WyrdAndWonder
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: