There's a terribly scarred prince locked in the castle because of a curse that threatens his life. A party that all women in the kingdom must attend. Familiar elements. There's also witches and a young woman discovering her power. I didn't want a damsel in distress, I wanted the damsel to be the saviour. But I also wanted to include the darkness that fairy tales have, the scheming of the powerful and those who want that power.
My kids loved the story.
When I decided to self publish it they helped pick the cover.
I hope that other people enjoy it as much as they did (and I did while writing it).
But her mother is dead and Orabella’s days are taken up with chores for the small estate that barely keeps her stepmother and stepsisters fed.
Then an invitation arrives. The King is throwing a three day party for the Prince, a last attempt to find a cure for the curse that will claim him on his twentieth birthday. The witch who saves Gauthier will get his hand in marriage and will eventually become queen.
Orabella is forbidden from going to the party even though everyone is invited. She wants to see the castle and the Cursed Prince. This time she refuses to obey her stepmother.
As Orabella discovers the secrets of her past and the truth about her mother and the prince’s curse, she learns that no one is to be trusted and not everyone wants the prince to survive.
I'm also giving away a print copy