Historical Real-Life Snow White Stories

In 1533, Philip IV, Count of Waldeck and Margaret of East Frisia had a daughter (their sixth child) and named her Margaret. They went on to have three more children together, but in 1537, the countess died. Two years later, the count married a woman named Katharina of...

Challenge: 52 Books in 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but this year I’m going crrrrr-aaaazy. I’m going to read 52 books in 2017. That’s 1 per week, and since this year starts on a Sunday, it’ll be a nice round challenge. Or at...

The Crimson Cloak is Here!

I have a very special Fairy Tale Friday for you today — “The Crimson Cloak,” the first book in the Cursed Fairy Tale series, has arrived! This book put me through the ringer, but I must admit I’m really proud of how it turned out. It marks a...
Fairy Tales: Horror & Hope

Fairy Tales: Horror & Hope

Hope. Horror. Fairy tales give us both. Cinderella: The downtrodden girl with the evil step-mother and step-sisters gets the prince…and the sisters get their eyes pecked out. Hope. Horror. Little Red Ridinghood: Wolf distracts girl so he can eat her grandmother...
Fairy Tale Friday: Hans, my Hedgehog

Fairy Tale Friday: Hans, my Hedgehog

One of the most odd and disturbing fairy tales I’ve read in my studies was Hans, my Hedgehog. You can find the fairy tale here or continue reading for a summary of the story. It starts with a farmer who wants a child, and has the nerve to say, “I...
Life Stinks. But at Least It’s Not a Fairy Tale.

Life Stinks. But at Least It’s Not a Fairy Tale.

Yeah, I sense it, too. Life is…not easy…right now. Everyone’s stressed, and not in the usual way. When I’m not curled up in a ball clutching a glass of wine to my chest as if the earth was about to open up and tear it from my exhausted hands...
Fairy Tale Friday: The Red Shoes

Fairy Tale Friday: The Red Shoes

Earlier in the week, I decided to write a post about “The Red Shoes” by Hans Christian Anderson For #FairyTaleFriday. I remembered it as a grotesque tale. Somehow, I had this image of a skeleton in a ponytail dancing in red shoes. it was humorous, in a...

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