Now that Tales of Mentara: The Portal is out, it’s time to get back into the world of fairy tale fun with the second Fluffy Folktales novel.
For those new to the series, these are stand-alone stories that take place in the same universe with a few recurring characters. The stories are clean romantic comedies. The first book, Once Upon a Pastry, was about a witch, a baker, and the spell that would change their lives forever.
Book two is titled Beauty and the Beastly Herb Gardener. This story will be a twist on the usual Beauty and the Beast tale but with more laughs.
Our female protagonist, Helena, is an outgoing, talkative girl who is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Her best friend, Carter, is a shy boy who likes to dress like a woman and avoids his family at all costs. When Helena becomes lost in Labyrinth Forest, she happens upon a strange man who keeps his entire body covered, even his eyes. Nok is an herb gardener with a bad attitude, but Helena’s curiosity has her coming back often to learn from him. Will the spark of friendship develop between them or will Nok’s social issues and Helena’s mouth keep them at arm’s length?
Below is an unedited teaser from the first chapter:
The guards laughed loud and hard as the prince pushed his mare past her again, this time making sure to knock into her hard enough that she fell to the ground. Mud from an early morning rain splattered across the woman, ruining her blouse and skirt, and coating her hands and face.
“Oh, I know you did not!” The woman shot to her feet, flinging mud from herself and pointing a finger at the retreating prince. “I’m not done with you, Your Majesty!”
Tellum turned on his mount to face her, lifting his chin and gazing at her in disgust. “You have something more to add, hag?”
“Oh, I have something to add, all right! You think because of your title and your looks that you can just do as you please. You think everyone loves you. Well, little man, I’ll show you what people really think about you! If the world saw the ugliness you hold on the inside, they wouldn’t be so quick to throw their love at you.” As she spoke, the woman reached a hand down the front of her blouse, retrieving a small bag. Opening the tie string, she tossed what appeared to be colored sand his way. “You are about to see the true power of Rhiann the witch!”
I hope you enjoyed that taste of Beauty and the Beastly Herb Gardener. I plan to have this one out late this year. Have a great weekend!