Today, I bring you a new release from one of my favorite authors, M.C. Frank, who is master of tragic characters and unforgettable stories. Oh, the feels! You must absolutely not miss this collection of regency fairytales. You'll be turning the pages until the very last one!
But...but...can we talk about the dress? It is absolutely gorgeous!
Retold: A Regency Fairytale Retellings Collection
Unwanted. Three boys grew up in an orphanage, abandoned and despised by those who should have taken care of them. They were starved, hit, and abandoned for years.
But they are men now. Gentlemen, so to speak. A little broken, a little damaged and a little
destroyed by life, but they hide it behind toughness, money, amazingly folded cravats and, in some cases, illegal activities. Their main strength is each other: they are best friends, partners in crime, a found family.
And then comes the one battle that every gentleman, no matter how brooding, haughty or
handsome, must face alone. These are the stories of how they each fight, and lose, the battle against love.
Hooked: Wendy and Lord Darlington
When Wendy Hooke was a little girl, she saved a boy from starvation. The boy, Peter, taught her how to fly. Now the boy is a man, a gorgeous man, and he has forgotten all about her. She watches him take London’s ballrooms by storm, pursued by every designing mama, but Peter doesn’t even glance at her. Because it’s not ‘Peter’ now, it’s Lord Darlington.
Peter hasn’t forgotten the girl who saved his life, but his secrets hold him back. The webs of his secret gang that fights crime on the streets of London are closing in on the greatest criminal of all time, the Viscount Hooke. And Wendy…well, she is his daughter.
Caged: Zella and Pirate Charmont
Zella isn’t crazy. She knows that, but no one else does. And, she has to admit, maybe she does look crazy, locked up here in the madhouse, with hair so long and wild it can practically become a rope.
And it does. One day, she lets her hair down from the tiny window, and someone rudely grabs it like a rope. Like a rope thrown to a drowning man.
“I’m not crazy, you know,” she tells the rugged-looking young man who climbs up, panting as if he is
running for his life.
“Sweetheart,” he replies, “I don’t care. If they catch me, I’ll get hanged.”
“Because, m’ dear. I’m a pirate.”
Seduced: Poppy and Lord Hades
Lord Hades owns a gaming hell that sprawls underneath the city of London like the underworld. It is no secret: the Hell Club is notorious all over Europe. Peers and millionaires travel from Vienna and Paris to enjoy the Turkish baths or play cards with the great political leaders of other countries.
Money and power exchange hands nightly underneath the sparkling ballrooms and gentlemen’s clubs, and no one knows. Until Hades discovers a boy sent to spy on him. But the boy is not a boy.
And she will pay.
Retold includes three dark and sparkling romantic stories inspired by myths, folklore and
fairytales, as well as by the glittering world and the roguish gentlemen of Regency London.
They might look like quick, fun reads, but don’t be fooled: these stories are going to break your heart into a million pieces.
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M.C. Frank's bio:
Welcome to the engrossing world of M.C. FRANK's books, where characters aren't
going to have an easy time of it: They will find themselves in icy-cold dystopian worlds
where kissing is forbidden (among other things), or in green forests ruled by evil
Sheriffs. If they're in Jane Austen's England, they have to be running away from a
traumatic childhood, or if they are in our contemporary world, they're scared they'll die
before they have finished high school. That sort of thing.
Don't worry, though, she knows we all need a little hope and joy in our lives, so there's
a good dose of those as well in everything she writes.
M.C. Frank (writer, reader, designer, physicist and teacher, to name a few) has been
living in a world of stories ever since she can remember (that's before she knew how to
write). She started writing them down when she could no longer stand the characters
in her head screaming at her to give them life, and while those first scribblings weren't exactly good (nor were they books, although she insisted on calling them that), they
were enough for her to discover her passion in life.
She got her university degree in physics a few years ago (yes, she's like Sheldon, only a bit crazier!) and is now free to pursue her love of reading and writing, as well her free-lance job as editor-in-chief. She lives with her 'dude' in a home filled with candles,
laptops and notebooks, where she rearranges her overflowing bookshelves every time
she feels stressed.
Which is often, since (as you might have noticed) she doesn't pick the easiest subjects
for her novels.