Hello, September/October 2020 YASH Participants!
With all that's going on in the world right now, I'm especially thrilled to be part of this season of YASH! Safe, fun, positive activities like these are so important during all the trying times 2020 has thrown our way.
Now, on to the good stuff ... I'm SO excited to share a bit about Enchanted Kingdoms, a super cool fairytale retelling project I'm involved with that publishes in February 2021. This digital box set includes a whopping 22 novels, and—best of all—100% of proceeds are going to charity. Read on below for more details and YASH exclusives!
Wherever you are, I'm sending hope and best wishes to you and your loved ones!
XO, Amanda Marin
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Enchanted Quill Press
Publication: February 23, 2021
Preorder at: Books2Read
Escape to Enchanted Kingdoms, where the stories you loved as a child have been twisted into wildly addictive tales that will bewitch you just as much now! Get ready for enchanted castles, spellbinding magic, handsome princes, beautiful princesses, and as many happily-ever-afters as your heart desires.
This mesmerizing set includes 22 novel-length retellings of different classic fairytales written by a collection of best-selling and award-winning authors. And—because everyone deserves a fairy godmother—100% of proceeds benefit Puzzle Peace United, a children's autism charity.
Fairytales in this set include:
Alice in Wonderland by J. A. Armitage and J.A. Culican
Cinderella by Kimbra Swain
Aladdin by Zara Quentin
Thumblina by Robin D. Mahle and Elle Madison
And many more!
PREVIEW OF ENCHANTED KINGDOMS
My novel for the collection is a retelling of The Wizard of Oz. My version may not feature tornadoes or the Emerald City, but it *does* have a pretty amazing, mythology-inspired underworld, plenty of extraordinary creatures, and a romance that I hope make your heart melt (watch out, Tin Man!).
Speaking of the Tin Man, he’s the inspiration for Imogen, the heroine in my story! Imogen guides the souls of the dead into the underworld. What happens when Imogen is tasked with leading Evander, a handsome young man with a sad past who simply *has* to get back home to his family? Will she break all the rules of her trade to prove she has a heart? You’ll need to head somewhere over the rainbow to Enchanted Kingdoms to find out!
To the right is a brief excerpt. Happy reading!
Hesitantly, I turn to look at my charge. He’s strong-shouldered, with tousled, coppery-brown hair and a faint cleft in his chin. If it weren’t for the stream of blood leaking from the corner of his lips, it would be easy to assume he’s only sleeping.
I wish he was only sleeping.
“Your frailty is such a pity,” I whisper, my voice as unsteady as my hand, while I run my fingertips over his pale cheek. The young man’s skin is cooling rapidly, and I can’t help thinking how the patchy stubble along his jaw will grow no further. “You should have had many more years than this.”
Then, it’s time. Whether I like it or not. Leaning closer, I brush my lips against his forehead. A light kiss, like the kind Filomena gave the old man before.
“Will you wake for me, mortal?” I ask him.
Every spirit comes differently. Some are peaceful; they have already accepted that it’s their time. Others, I’ve heard, are harder. Reluctant. Angry. Unwilling to surrender their lives—usually because of regrets or fear of the afterlife.
But this young man isn’t like either. He’s one of the in-between sort. The type whose spirit hasn’t caught up with the realities of its body. His spirit begins to stir, brightening the colors in his face—ivory and shades of peach, a blush in his lips. Then, it begins to rise off of him like fog, swirling and reshaping until his form is reconstructed before my eyes, pristine and glowing, free from his wounds, and separate from the husk of his physical body left behind.
PREVIEW COVERS FROM THE COLLECTION
Enchanted Kingdoms Official Trailer
In addition to my contribution to the Purple Team grand prize, check out the following giveaways ...
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ENCHANTED KINGDOMS AMAZON PREORDER GIFT!
Can't wait until February to get your fill of Enchanted Kingdoms? We gotchu! Preorder the collection on Amazon and get a bonus book of companion stories written by authors in the set to read *now*! Claim your bonus book by submitting proof of preorder at the form linked below.