IRON Launch Tour: Meet the Characters + Wrap-up

Welcome to the final post for IRON’s Launch Tour. A huge thank you to everyone who participated. Today, you will meet the characters and learn about what’s next for The Redwyn Chronicles…plus help decide a fairytale for an upcoming project in this series.

IRON released yesterday! Thanks to those who preordered, it made its way into the top 100 Christian fantasy books category! I wasn’t expecting that at all.

The ebook is still on sale at $0.99 for the next seven days, so if you’re an ebook person, get your copy now before the price is raised.

Meet Redwyn

Red is my feisty character. She swept in and claimed the story from day one. She’s suffered pain through the years, including losing her parents. This will really come into play in a later book.

I thought it would be fun to make her a detective, but for that, I had to learn how to think like a detective. So, to achieve that, I watched several Hallmark Mysteries and Suspense movies. (This is not a blanket recommendation for Hallmark. They have gone woke and nasty, but some of their older movies are good and do not include this wretched leftist agenda.)

A lot of readers ship her with Denton, and I dislike sinking ships, but I have bad news: that’s not who she ends up with.

Meet Carter

Carter was interesting to write. I didn’t really know his story until I returned to IRON in July 2022. He’s a horse-loving, attention-hating sweetheart with so much pain and too little trust. His character and spiritual arcs reminded me, as I wrote them, that while people will fail and hurt us, God never will.

I wanted Carter to be Red’s best friend. Their relationship is purely platonic, and even familial, which is not something I see much of in fantasy. Was it possible to change the story so they would end up together? Yes, but that wasn’t where I wanted IRON to go. Thus Carter was saddled with a crazy best friend who doesn’t know the meaning of patience and rest. It was fun watching their personalities clash.

Meet Chamonix

Pronounced Shaw-mah-nee, this quiet princess kind of just…happened. Her personality was clear from day one, and while I had to be creative about her issue (the weak lungs/asthma), she was fairly easy to write once I knew the logistics.

Chamonix’s original name was Eileen. But, after watching a Hallmark movie where the little girl’s name was Chamonix, I fell in love with the name and gave it to Veerham’s princess. It fits her much better than her former name.

I’ve always despised the heroines who, when the hero is being beaten up and injured, just scream and whimper and cower in a corner, useless and just aggravating. Chamonix is not a fighter, not like Red, but I wanted to illustrate how strength comes in many different forms. Chamonix received strength of character and faith, even if she can’t run very far without having an asthma attack. No whiny, worthless heroines in this book.

While my male characters are easiest to write, the females are the opposite. I was pleased and grateful at how Chamonix turned out, because it was difficult to really nail her character. She wasn’t sassy like Red, didn’t have Carter’s issues, and, on top of that, she was a princess. I didn’t want her to be rebellious, as is often the case where princesses are portrayed. But I also didn’t want her to be doormat and incapable of thinking for herself.

Fan Art

The incredibly-talented K.R. Mattson made my day when she surprised me with these fan art pictures (my first ever!). She really nailed Red’s and Chamonix’s personalities. (And that wolf and cardinal!)

Redwyn Deathan, drawn by K.R. Mattson

Chamonix Seyden, Drawn by K.R. Mattson

You can learn more about these crazy characters by going to the inspiration board. If you dislike strong female characters who know how to think for themselves (without the current feminist garbage), an overt faith element, and clean romance, IRON is not the book for you

Also, be sure to visit the character interviews! (Linked to in tour schedule)

What’s Next?

I am currently working on Denton’s story, which has yet to receive a definitive name. I will have it up on Goodreads late next week, Lord willing. You can see what I have of the inspiration board here. All I can tell you regarding the story is the first chapter breaks my heart.

The main female character in this little novella has sisters–and they need names! If you have suggestions, drop them in a comment.

I have another little prequel up my sleeve (here’s a hint: the characters’ names begin with C and I…and you meet them in IRON.) But I need a fairytale for them. Let me know your favorite fairytales! Those who provide the tale that I will use will be mentioned in the Acknowledgements.


There’s still time to sign up for the giveaway if you haven’t already.


An autographed paperback if the winner is a U.S. resident. Ebook if international.


An ebook in PDF or Epub format.

Enter Here.


You can find the tour schedule here.

Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make this tour possible, and thank you to the lovely commenters. The giveaway winners will be contacted next week.

Which are you partial to: boisterous female characters or quieter ones? What elements/themes do you think are crucial to fairytale retellings? Which of these would you like to see more of?

*all graphics plus the cover designed by Mountain Peak Edits & Design


Shattered Reflection + Broken Mirrors Cover Reveals

I’m excited to announce Shattered Reflection is part of the Broken Mirrors retelling collection, which releases this December.

What is Broken Mirrors?

The Broken Mirrors are six retellings of The Snow Queen by six different authors. You don’t want to miss any of them!

The blog tour runs December 19-24. We’d love for you to join us in celebrating the release of these frosty retellings. To learn more about the Broken Mirrors ARC options and the blog tour, go here. (Details are being added as you read this, so if there aren’t any up when you visit the page, check back later.)

SR1 is the monster of the group, meaning it’s significantly longer than the others. What else can you expect, though? The Snow Queen is a long, long story and SR1 has five povs.

*Please consider promoting more than just the one person you came here for. The point of a multi-author release is getting as many eyes on as many books as possible.

It’s Prize Time

Yep. There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs.

How to Enter (copied directly from Kendra Ardnek):

Now, the giveaway – like last year, we have two prizes for y’all to earn, two different ways, this next week only!

Method 1: Preorder all six books and email your receipt to me at This week only, they are all just 99 cents each, so grab ’em now!

Method 2: Share all six covers on your blog, Instagram, tumblr, newsletter, Facebook, etc, and send me a link to the same address. (though, if you’re sharing on Instagram stories, make sure I am tagged @fairytalearista and message me telling me that it’s an entry, before emailing me.) I have a folder of graphics and metadata for you to use – and more graphics will be added soon, I just haven’t finished them yet.!AjAmS-99p507gbNiJfX5DafQNiP8ag?e=FOUUPi


For doing one task: A PDF with a first peek at the first chapter of all six Broken Mirrors.

For doing both tasks: A free full ebook from one of our backlogs. The list you can choose from will be compiled shortly. You will still receive the first chapters as well.

The main page, blog tour sign-up, and ARC request form, will be compiled and added shortly.

Blogger’s note: IRON is included in this!


To be honest, I never expected this book to be fully written, let alone published. I wrote the first 18,000 words up camping, surrounded by squirrels, gray jays, lodgepole pines, allergies, and the fresh, clean mountain air. Then I tabled the story until, in January 2022, a random act of recklessness convinced me to try another go.

I ended up putting down 113,000 words in three months.

SR1 also landed me promises of death threats from beta readers (I have no idea why).

It releases December 21st.

The Official Blurb:

Can hope be found for four shattered souls?

Princess Nordica Icerri’s crown will be purchased with blood—her blood. Now the sole heir to the throne, she is determined to be the queen the Snowlands deserve, but that comes with a price: a numbed heart and soul. Only when she meets kidnapped physician Loren Alocer does Nordica allow herself to hope she can become queen without completely losing herself. But not everyone wants what’s best for the Snowlands, and Nordica’s upcoming rule is compromised at every turn. Can the criminal physician—and his faith—thaw Nordica’s heart, or is she destined to be the heartless queen she is being forced to become?

War shattered not only Breac Finson’s heart, but his faith as well. Tired of fighting, Breac only wants to be left alone, but his efforts are for naught when a friend calls in a favor. He soon finds himself in an unexpected alliance with Layree Alocer, a woman determined to find her wrongfully-kidnapped brother at all costs. Can a broken soldier help right a wrong—and find his faith again in the process?

Sides must be chosen and loyalties will be tested as a new war approaches. Can broken lives be mended in time to help save the Snowlands, or is evil already too deeply embedded?

Ebook Preorder sale: (Because I’ll be upping this little monstrosity’s price after release day.)

Add on Goodreads:

If you can’t participate in the blog tour, but would still like to ARC read SR1, go here: SR1 ARC Form. There is no rush at all, but if your review comes in before November 10th, I can put it in a “What Readers are Saying” page.

Fun Facts about SR1:

This was the first concept/aesthetic board I made.

Some things have changed (singular reflection, no wolf, and the tagline are different), but the concept remains. Betas will know who the characters are. (To see the cast of characters, go here.)

First Line:

For three years he’d worked to lock away the past, to keep it hidden and out of sight, thought, and memory.

Random Line:

Tandri gasped. “I am a perfect influence, thank you.”

Random Quote:

“Look, kid. I’m just an honest swindler trying to make a living.”

Notable Typos:

“A book to to the ribs.”

And calling my character “Mucus” instead of “Marcus”. (My poor, sweet boy. He didn’t deserve that.)

Why am I calling it “SR1”?

Because I’m weird and every book title in this series has the initials of S. R. . Thus, SR1.

This books is nothing like Frozen. I despise that movie.

This post does not adequately convey my excitement. I have waited so long for this day and I love this story dearly.

Have you ever read a fairy tale retelling? Which ones? Which was your favorite? Have you ever read the original Snow Queen story? If not, you should. It’s one of my favorites. What about SR1? Are you looking forward to it? What about the other books in the tour? Which ones catch your eye?

Story Snippets

I usually aim for two posts a week. I wrote a book review earlier (I think it was Monday?) and was hoping to finish a “What’s the Difference” post or a post about constructive criticism in reviews, but I’m too tired to put much thought into anything right now.

So I’m doing something a bit different today.

Story Snippets! I want to know what you’re writing–tell me all about your writing project by dropping a snippet or a line/sentence or two from your current WIP(s). Or, if you’re not a writer, tell me what you’re reading. If you want to do both, please feel free to.

Below are a few snippets from my three WIPs plus a quote from my most recent read. The snippets have not been thoroughly polished, so there may be a few errors.


“There’re two of us and one of him. What can go wrong?”


One action-packed scene later:

Heavy breaths announced Denton’s presence. He looked as terrible as Carter felt, with multiple tears in his shirt and blood staining at least half the material. A long cut graced the right side of his jaw with another just above his left eye.

Carter glared. “This is why you never ask what can go wrong.”

“How was I to know someone wanted to use you for target practice?”

The Baker and the Bodyguard

Some explanation is required for this one. I want BatB to be a Redwyn Chronicles prequel novella. I haven’t written much on it, but it’s already promising to be hilarious.


Something burned in the kitchen, and it wasn’t her sister’s cooking.


Detectives did many things: snooped around, asked questions, wrote answers in notebooks, and used logic criminals hoped they’d forgotten.

What detectives did not do was play bodyguard. That was reserved for common law officers and soldiers and actual guards.

Kaden was not bodyguard material, nor was he interested in changing professions.

Officer Endstrom didn’t care. With his overabundance of mustache quivering and his round eyes narrowed to slits, he firmly reiterated that Kaden had just been demoted from detective to bodyguard.

Granted, he was still to investigate, but his primary job would be protecting a wilting flower who thought a slight cut merited fainting.

Shattered Reflection

Lord willing, this book will release later this year. The brave souls who beta’d this hodgepodge mess of a story will understand the significance of the first snippet. (And *cough* for you betas, I made things a smidge better for Marcus.)


“I forgive you.”


“You weren’t the only one who fought.”

“I didn’t see you on the battlefield.”

“I was on the council.”

“Which is just another way of saying you were too cowardly to pick up a sword and fight.”


“Our reflections are two-edged blades. We can look at ourselves and see, with humility, what God has created, or we can look and see ourselves as worthless because we do not live up to others’ standards.”

“What do you see when you look at your reflection?”

The simple question knocked the breath from him. He hadn’t thought about it through his time as a Night Guard. Afterward, he found himself unable to decide. Was he viewing his Maker’s craftsmanship or a man whose hands were stained by the blood of innocents and those he was unable to save?


Heaven help him. Three matchmakers were running amok through the palace.

I just finished ARC reading Forgotten Memories by Penny Zeller. I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm and posted my review early on Goodreads. Forgotten Memories is on a special preorder sale: the ebook is $0.99 only for preorder.

Writing Fairytale Retellings with a Twist – Guest Post by E.J. Kitchens

Mom, why is she fat?” I was a very inquisitive little girl and asked lots of questions, most very loudly (some of them innocently inappropriate, as you might have guessed). While this tendency did not make grocery store visits any less challenging for my mother, the asking of questions, however, has helped me as a writer. Madisyn asked me to talk about writing fairytale retellings with twists, stories which require the author to ask lots of questions.

To get started on a fairytale retelling, we have to ask two questions of the beloved fairytale that is to be retold. The question of most importance is, what do you love about the fairytale? Next, what are the bare bones of the story that must be retained for it to be recognizable as the same tale?

Only when those aspects are decided can the twists be added to make it fresh. Twists are fun because the reader has the pleasure of wondering how the author is going to pull off the bare bones; they’re more engaged in the story than if everything went along like the original, only with a different window dressing, so to speak. After all, why read a retelling if it follows the original so much you might as well read the original, your first love?

An essential thing to note here is that the retelling should be a great story on its own, whether or not the reader knows anything about the original fairytale. As just mentioned, they need a reason to read your story rather than stick with the original.

The purpose of the post isn’t to discuss the first two questions, so let’s get started on twists. There are many ways to add twists to a fairy tale, but for the sake of time, I’ll focus on some of those used in two of my retellings: Midnight for a Curse, a “Beauty and the Beast” retelling, and Wrought of Silver and Ravens, a “Twelve Dancing Princesses” retelling. Disney’s fairytale adaptions are treated like original fairytales by many, so I can’t use them for examples of retellings with twists, and to avoid spoilers for others’ books, I’m going to use my own.

To start, here’s a list of the bare bones of “Beauty and the Beast,” or what occurred to me as the bare bones. The mirror, rose, and so on are important elements and useful to twists, but are not part of the structural backbone.

“Beast and the Beast” Bare Bones

—Cursed, isolated, unattractive man of greater means than heroine

—Virtuous, self-sacrificing, beautiful young woman facing difficulty on behalf of family

—Woman forced to stay with the man

—Antagonistic relationship to begin with

—Change of heart and growing of relationship between them

—Conflict external to curse

—Girl leaves and returns

—Beast dies/in trouble as she returns

—Girl admits love for Beast and curse breaks

—Happily ever after

Midnight for a Curse is a humorous “Beauty and the Beast” retelling. When I started it, I knew I wanted it to be light-hearted and surprising, with Beauty’s character being a part of that. Since the comic relief was more the servants in the Disney version, choosing to have Beast and Beauty’s interaction as part of the humor was already something of a twist. So choosing a different tone or genre (like making it into a mystery or epic fantasy, or more humorous or darker) is one way to add a twist. Since I chose a humorous tone, having Beast force Beauty to stay with him wouldn’t work so well for that—but Beauty forcing herself on him as an uninvited guest would (to escape an unwanted suitor). The “unwanted guest” is also a common component in humorous stories, so this twist fit with the tone I’d chosen for the retelling. However, I wanted to stay true to the bare bones, so I added something that forced Beauty to stay with Beast, something Beast could have warned her of but didn’t. As a result, Beauty shows up at the castle for a unique reason, her reasons for staying are also different than the original, the timing of her wanting to leave is different, but the bare bones are all there—Beauty and Beast are stuck at the castle together, and it’s Beast’s fault. The reader has experienced something new but still something familiar and is (I hope) satisfied.

For other twists, I looked around for ways to swap things up until I found them. It takes a lot of planning to come up with good twists, of generating ideas and sorting through and tossing them out to find the right ones. (For me, this also involves hand washing my dishes, driving, and going for walks.) Let’s look at some of the twists I kept. These generally go back to the bare bones.

Beast is trying to get rid of his curse in the popular versions, why not have a Beast who wants to keep his curse and Beauty must talk him out of it? This opens the intriguing question of why Beast would want to keep his curse. A good question like that is priceless to a book. (Note: In some retellings, Beast is hopeless and resigned to his curse, not actively trying to keep it. These are different twists.) In the end though, Beauty is key to Beast breaking his curse, and she leaves, comes back, and saves him. —Something unexpected and yet familiar.

There is also a battle of wits going on as Beauty tries to figure out Beast’s identity and convince him to give it up while Beast strives to keep his secret and his curse. The battle of wits is a popular story element, especially in light-hearted stories, so it fit the tone of the retelling and is something generally liked.

For other twists, why not make Beast bookish and Beauty a bit of a tomboy? The library/reading aspect was so well woven into the fabric of “Beauty and the Beast” through the Disney version, that Beauty loving to read and scenes in the library are essential to a retelling. So I made Beast bookish and Beauty a dyslexic girl who wants to read better, and who gets a spell for it from the enchantress. She also has other sneaky business in the library, and Beast makes use of books for his own plans. The details aren’t the same, but there’s still a love of literature and a great library.

In the Beaumont version, “La Belle et la Bête,” and Robin McKinley’s Beauty, Beast must ask Beauty every night to marry him. Since, in my version, Beast doesn’t want Beauty to say yes, this opens the door to humorous situations and, of course, the question of will he ever stop dissembling in his proposals? The proposals weren’t in Disney’s version, which is treated rather like an original. So blending versions is one way of adding twists to a story.

Belle, in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, knew she lived in an enchanted castle, and though it was never stated she knew Beast was cursed, she should have suspected. So I decided Beauty in my story knew about Beast’s curse, but not who he was. There was still mystery, something for her to figure out, but still the fun of Beauty pretending she thought Beast was truly a Beast.

So for this retelling, many of the twists were chosen partly to suit the humorous tone of the story and because they were fun in and of themselves (unwanted guest, battle of wits, for example). I looked at the bare bones of the story and, for many, both reversed them and yet filled them, all in unexpected ways—Beauty both invites herself to the castle but is forced to stay. I blended aspects from popular versions and add well-liked story elements (battle of wits, for example).

The story is the same and yet isn’t. It’s not just a change of style of dress with a few little additions. That is to say, you can’t just change the setting, not if that doesn’t change much more than the style of dress. Setting, as we’ll in the next example, can be a big twist, depending on how unique the setting is and how it influences the story.

For my “Twelve Dancing Princesses” retelling, Wrought of Silver and Ravens, two decisions led to its twists: I wanted to focus on the guard with the invisibility cloak rather than on the princesses (so like the original rather than most of the retellings), and I wanted it set in my Magic Collectors story world. But, for the latter, I didn’t just want it set in the world, I wanted it to tell something essential to that story world: how the legendary half-magics (also known as Magic Collectors) re-entered the world after leaving their hidden land. So the setting had its own story to be blended into the retelling. That story lent the retelling more of a high fantasy or epic fantasy feel, so also a change in tone.

The bare bones of the “Twelve Dancing Princesses” are a king with twelve daughters whose dancing slippers are mysteriously worn out every night, a competition to find the truth and in which many gentlemen die, and an old soldier (the main character) who is given an invisibility cloak and who follows the princesses to a hidden, jewel-filled underground realm where they dance the night away. He, a clever man, reveals the truth and weds the oldest princess.

In the original, the princesses are actually cruel, tricking the competitors and letting them die for their failure. I love Lea Doué’s retelling, The Firethorn Crown, where the girls are nice and are cursed by a cruel prince. She twisted the story by making it sweeter and focusing on the girls instead of the soldier. I chose to use those twists as well, but to have both the oldest princess and the soldier (a young man in this story) as POV characters. (As a note, Doué’s use of a curse on the princesses and an evil prince is another example of a well-liked story element used as a twist.)

The soldier, however, because this was also a story set in my Magic Collector world, has his own troubles, goals, and conflict. He isn’t a minor character to the princesses. He is likable in his own right as a lonely wanderer with secrets, lion cubs (guy who loves animals—generally increases likability), and a need to accept love and love in return (found family and friendship, not just romantic love).

The villain’s reason for the dance, the method of him forcing the princesses to come and how they travel are heavily tied into the magic of the story world. All of these made the story so much more than a simple fairytale retelling.

So adding depth to characters, changing characters’ personality, changing the POV character or adding one or more POV characters, creating a bigger story around the tale, and choosing a unique setting are ways to twist a fairytale.

In conclusion, there are many ways to write fairytale retellings with twists, but, I think, the most important thing is to recognize what readers want in a story (the bare bones are necessary) and give those things, but not in expected ways. And those unexpected ways should be loved ways in their own right.


E.J. Kitchens loves tales of romance, adventure, and happily-ever-afters and strives to write such tales herself. When she’s not thinking about dashing heroes or how awesome bacteria are—she is a microbiologist after all—she’s enjoying the beautiful outdoors or talking about classic books and black-and-white movies. She is a member of Realm Makers and lives in Alabama.

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ABOUT Wrought of Serpent and Snow

Half-magic Athdar Owain Leonidas has grown to love his new home in Giliosthay, and its crown princess in particular. But when he learns his mother and grandfather are alive and are slaves to the raven-eaters in the Mountains of Terror, he sets out for a deadly land he’d hoped never to see again. Even if Athdar and his companions, including fellow Silver Guards Galen and Bane, survive the journey and defeat the raven-eaters, he fears they may not be able to free his family from the magic of the raven-eaters’ enslavement.

Princess Thea of Giliosthay and her sisters may no longer be forced to dance with dragons each night in the Realm of Caves, but the enchantress sisters aren’t free from their curses. Prince Cerav has disappeared, taking with him the miniature, magic-wrought crystal city and glass castle they need to free themselves and their kingdom from his influence, but to follow him would be foolish until they know how to fight the mysterious abilities of the half-magics. Ever practical, Thea focuses her efforts on strengthening her Realm Walking abilities and on deciding how she feels about the young Silver Guard her father has betrothed her to.

While Athdar is struggling to rescue his family, strange attacks begin in Giliosthay that target both Thea’s family and her Realm Walking abilities. Athdar once chose Giliosthay as his home and helped save it; now, he’s inadvertently split the Silver Guard and left Giliosthay vulnerable.

Wrought of Serpent and Snow is book 2 of the Of Magic Made series, a clean high fantasy retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” Wrought of Silver and Ravens should be read first.

A big thanks to Elizabeth for providing this wonderful guest post that will be helpful not only to fairytale writers, but those retelling other classics, myth, and legends. And I can’t wait for Wrought of Serpents and Snow to release. Book One was fantastic, and I’ve no doubt Book Two will be just as good.

The Bear of Rosethorn Ring Blog Tour: Awesome and Obscure Fairytales – Guest Post by Author Kirsten Fichter –

Today author Kirsten Fichter is joining me to for a guest post on awesome and obscure fairytales. Kirsten’s latest book, The Bear of Rosethorn Ring, released a few days ago. You can read my review of the book and the interview with Kirsten here.

But first, a bit about Kirsten and The Bear of Rosethorn Ring.


Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). She is present in many online circles under the name “Kiri Liz” if you care about things like that. As you read this, she’ll be somewhere under a maple tree – trying very hard to finish the seventeen and half other stories she unwisely started all at once.

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Title:The Bear of Rosethorn Ring: A Snow White and Rose Red Story (Once Upon a Twist Tales, Book #4)

Release date: April 6th, 2021

Tagline: How far would Snow White and Rose Red go to save the man behind the bear?

About the Book: 

When their father runs away, Marita and Diamond Kadlec realize how different twins can be. Marita’s ready to forget Lucas entirely, but Diamond wants to give him the second chance she’s never been able to give before. That’s before they discover that Lucas is indebted to the ill-tempered D’vard and his traveling circus, the Rosethorn Ring. The Ring’s entertainment lacks a bear, and Lucas must play the part of the savage creature to regain his freedom.

Lorcan D’vard cares only for three things: tending to his beloved beard, promoting his Rosethorn Ring, and eradicating the assassin out to kill him. With time running out, D’vard agrees to cancel Lucas’s debt and let him go free – if Marita and Diamond can apprehend the assassin before the assassin ends the show. 

This is Snow White and Rose Red with a twist like you’ve never seen it before. 

About the Series: 

Once Upon a Twist Tales are your favorite fairytales retold backwards and upside-down, with a little bit of steampunk thrown in for fun! 

Other Books in the Series: 

Book One ~ The Rose and the Balloon: A Beauty and the Beast Story

Book Two ~ Spindle Dreams: A Sleeping Beauty Story

Book Three ~ Diamond: A Rapunzel Story

And now…for the part everyone’s waiting for.


Question: Just how many fairytales are out there? Is it possible to know them all?

            Answer: Too many fairytales. You might be able to read a lot of them, but chances are you won’t be able to get your hands on all of them. They’re just extravagantly numerous.

            But I don’t say that to discourage you from fairytales. Oh, no. Rather, I want to pique your interest. There are so many more fairytales out there than the familiar Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and Sleeping Beauty. Yes, those are definitely some of the more popular ones, but Disney doesn’t have the corner market on fairytales. There are fantastic fairytales that aren’t as popular but are still really good, like Rumpelstiltskin, The Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, and Little Red Riding Hood. If you recognize those, good for you. Keep reading.

Some of the lesser-known fairytales are particularly amazing and intricate, like The Wild Swans, King Thrushbeard, Jorinde and Joringel, and even Snow White and Rose Red. What about fairytales that can only be labeled as obscure? Do you know The Wounded Lion, The White Snake, The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moon-Child, or The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was? Ah, no, I thought not. You see? There is a huge world of fairytales out there, and you’ve only scratched the surface of magical tales by reading Beauty and the Beast. Keep searching out fairytales to see what you’ll discover!

Here are a few of my favorite fairytales that are both awesome and obscure.

The Riddle (link)

            One of my absolute favorite obscure fairytales is a fun one by the Brothers Grimm. Have you ever noticed how royals typically act without reason in fairytales? Well, for once, we see a decently clever royal with a slightly cleverer servant as the main characters. Their adventures take them to a witch’s house, an inn full of dangerous robbers, and the castle of a snooty princess. For those of you who enjoyed BBC’s Merlin, it’s basically one of Arthur and Merlin’s misadventures where they win the day without really meaning to. The irony woven throughout the story is guaranteed to have you guffawing outright.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier (link)

            Depending on the childhood books you grew up with, some of you may recognize this obscure Andersen fairytale. I had a version of this story in a fairytale anthology growing up, and it quickly became one of my favorite fairytales. This is the story of a tin solider with one leg who falls in love with a paper dancer; she dances with one leg tucked up, so he believes they both are missing a leg. When he’s thrown out of the house because of his love, the solider endures a long and pretty miserable journey before finally returning to his lady. When he’s thrown out into the fire, the dancer follows him, Romeo-and-Juliet-style, and they both perish together. Okay, so my children’s version of the story allowed them to live happily ever after, but still – it’s a really sweet and romantic story. I’ve been dying to retell it for years.

The Two Brothers (link)

            This is a lengthier Grimm fairytale, involving two identical brothers. They accidentally eat the heart and liver of a magical, golden bird, and then awake every morning to find gold piece under their pillows. Their cruel uncle convinces their father that the mysterious gold appearing is witchcraft, and the boys are turned out of their home. A huntsman takes them in, treats them like his own, and teaches them to hunt. When they leave the huntsman’s house to prove themselves as men, the two brothers collect a strange menagerie of animals, and then, at last, part ways. One slays a dragon and wins the hand of a princess, but there’s a lot more to the whole adventure. It’s just one of those sibling stories that I like so well.

The Dragon of the North (link)

            This is an Estonian fairytale that was included in Andrew Lang’s The Yellow Fairy Book. I discovered it while browsing the internet for fairytales with dragons, and just loved it from the first. A young hero seeks to slay the terrible dragon plaguing the land, but only King Solomon’s ring holds the answer to defeating it. Yes, it’s a ring of power, and I’ve very intrigued by rings that make their bearer invisible. *winks* The hero makes friends with a magician, betrays a witch, and then uses the special powers of the ring to defeat the dragon. But that’s before the witch gets mad and decides to get her revenge. This is one of those fairytales that begs for more details, to be fleshed out and made into an epic adventure.

Brother and Sister (link)

            Similar to The Wild Swans, this is a story of a sister saving her brother, originally a tale from Russia but retold by the Grimm Brothers. A brother and sister flee from their cruel stepmother (classic fairytale trope), but while wandering through the woods, the brother drinks from a magical stream and is turned into a deer. The sister vows never to forsake him, even when his heedlessness gets him injured in a hunt. The king who was hunting finds them and – true fairytale style – immediately falls in love with the sister, asking her to marry him. The sister and the deer are supposed to be living happily ever after in the palace, but their stepmother discovers that they’re still alive and is ready to fight to make her own ugly daughter queen in the sister’s place. This is, at its heart, a sibling story, but there’s a lot more besides that.

I don’t know about you, but I hadn’t heard of some of those fairytales ’til now. My muses are now plotting and planning (and totally ignoring the story I’m working on right now) and the plot dragons (because why have bunnies when you can have dragons?) are emerging and demanding random snippets of ideas that suddenly appeared after reading these tales be written.

Which awesome and obscure fairytale intrigues you the most? Are there any you might retell? Or, if you already knew about these delightful stories, which one do you like best? Be sure to visit the rest of the stops on the blog tour!


April 5th

Welcome & Giveaway @ A Synesthete Writer

Author Interview @ Living Outside the Lines

Favorite Fairytales About Siblings (Guest Post) @ Lands Uncharted

Book Review @ Christine Smith

Book Review @ Tower in the Plains

April 6th 

Snow White and Rose Red Tag @ A Synesthete Writer

Author Interview & Book Review @ Madi’s Musings

Looking Ahead at the Twist Tales (Guest Post) @ Virtual Paper

Book Review @ E. Kaiser Writes

April 7th 

Snow White and Rose Red Mad Libs @ A Synesthete Writer

Inspiration for The Bear of Rosethorn Ring (Guest Post) @ Ink Castles

Favorite Characters from the Twist Tales (Guest Post) @ Living Outside the Lines

Book Review @ Shieldmaidens of Shiloh

Book Review @ Live. Love. Read. 

April 8th 

The First Chapter @ A Synesthete Writer

Awesome and Obscure Fairytales (Guest Post) @ Madi’s Musings

SWRR Elements in The Bear of Rosethorn Ring (Guest Post) @ Abigail Falanga

Book Review @ Blooming with Books

Book Review @ C.O. Bonham

April 9th  

Winner & Wrap-Up @ A Synesthete Writer

Author Interview & Book Review @ Virtual Paper

Retelling an Unknown Fairytale (Guest Post) @ Live. Love. Read

Book Review @ Living Outside the Lines

Book Review @ Ink Castles

Cover Reveal: The Bear of Rosethorn Ring by Kirsten Fichter

Today is the cover reveal for Kirsten Fichter’s The Bear of Rosethorn Ring, a Snow White and Rose Red retelling. I read Diamond, another book in the series, and if BORR is anything like Diamond, it’ll be a must-read.


Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). She is present in many online circles under the name “Kiri Liz” if you care about things like that. As you read this, she’ll be somewhere under a maple tree – trying very hard to finish the seventeen and half other stories she unwisely started all at once.


Title: The Bear of Rosethorn Ring: A Snow White and Rose Red Story (Once Upon a Twist Tales, Book #4)

Release date: April 6th, 2021

About the Book:

How far would Snow White and Rose Red go to save the man behind the bear?

When their father runs away, Marita and Diamond Kadlec realize how different twins can be. Marita’s ready to forget Lucas entirely, but Diamond wants to give him the second chance she’s never been able to give before. That’s before they discover that Lucas is indebted to the ill-tempered D’vard and his traveling circus, the Rosethorn Ring. The Ring’s entertainment lacks a bear, and Lucas must play the part of the savage creature to regain his freedom.

Lorcan D’vard cares only for three things: tending to his beloved beard, promoting his Rosethorn Ring, and eradicating the assassin out to kill him. With time running out, D’vard agrees to cancel Lucas’s debt and let him go free – if Marita and Diamond can apprehend the assassin before the assassin ends the show.

This is Snow White and Rose Red with a twist like you’ve never seen it before!

About the Series:

Once Upon a Twist Tales are your favorite fairytales retold backwards and upside-down, with a little bit of steampunk thrown in for fun!

And now, I present to you the cover of The Bear of Rosethorn Ring.

Isn’t it pretty?

Keep an eye out for more updates and a blog tour for this book!