I’m pleased to announce I’ll be publishing a new story Monday, June 25, 2012. “Sleeping Beauty” is a modern retelling of the classic fairytale.
Beth Shipman has been in a coma for two years. Now sixteen, her friends have abandoned her, and her mother is slowly going insane. Only one person remains interested in her — Carl, the young man who fell in love with her on the first day of Sixth Grade. He visits two or three times a week, talking to her and hoping she will wake.
Carl may just be the key to breaking the spell that holds Beth in its grip. Her mother has a desperate plan to free her Pretty Princess from eternal slumber, but it won’t be easy. Carl must overcome his doubts and believe in the power of love, and Beth’s father Rex isn’t interested in her waking up. After all, he’s the one who put her to sleep in the first place. Can True Love’s First Kiss really break the curse, or are darkness, insanity, and self-doubt too strong?
“Sleeping Beauty” is a creepy reimagining of a familiar story that explores what happens when parents go too far to protect their children. A cautionary tale, it reminds us there is a fine line between love and obsession, between care and cruelty.
I’ll be releasing “Sleeping Beauty” through Amazon’s KDP Select program. For the first 90 days, it’ll be available exclusively through Amazon, and members of the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library will be able to check it out.
I’m pretty excited about this story. I wrote it several years ago for a contest. I’ve since expanded it, giving more time to some of the characters and introducing a few new subplots to make the story more complete.
Watch the blog for more updates ahead of the release. I’ll be writing about the development of the piece and previewing the cover here.