"On January 4, 2000, my sweet husband Bill and I kissed our toddler Natalie goodbye, with promises to be back soon as we headed to the hospital to deliver our second child. Twenty-four hours later, we had a newborn daughter, but all else had been horribly, irrevocably changed. Life had thrown me curves before, but none like this." Given up at birth, Annette had been adopted into an enormous family of fosters and biological kids, with a loving dad and an emotionally distant mom. Despite her own struggles with anxiety, she was crowned homecoming queen, met the guy of her dreams, set off on adventures that took them around the world, and eventually settled into a beautiful home where they would build their family. All that changed in one unfathomable night. An inspirational memoir told by a dynamic mother of five, Annette Ross shares her personal challenges, financial struggles, and the life-altering medical error that left her unable to walk. Join Annette and her family on this journey to reclaim a lost fairy tale.
Trinity, Kiara and Madison aren't your regular hood chicks; they are the daughters of Marjorie and Gregory Love, owners of The Love Agency, a premier management and PR firm in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. These strikingly beautiful, sophisticated, and driven plus-sized divas have had a good life; working feverishly to uphold the reputation that their mother earned amongst Atlanta's elite and that their father earned in the streets. However, when tragedy upon tragedy starts to hit disastrously like flying bullets, the Love daughters are not only fighting to maintain the integrity of their family name, but to keep their family together and alive. Madison Love-Armstrong, the oldest daughter, wife and mother of three, is the HBIC. Raising her siblings as if they were her own the majority of her life helped mold her into the woman and awesome mother that she is today. Madison has the perfect life and wants it all; to travel the world signing artists while being at the soccer games cheering her kids on. However, her husband's mysterious street life throws such a monkey wrench into her flawless world that the fate of her perfect life is in lethal jeopardy. Kiara Love, the middle child and humming songbird, is not so happily engaged to one of Atlanta's sexiest men, Boris Williams. She loves him, but does he love her is the question her family steadily asks over the dinner table. Because her life seems to be perfect, and the only thing missing is a husband and children, she settles. Kiara has herself fooled to think that just because she's over two hundred pounds, she'll never find another man, but it's far from the truth when one of The Love Agency's hottest artist, Keeno, begins to make her see the power and beauty in every single one of her many curves. The baby of the bunch and the apple of her father's eyes is Miss Trinity Love. Unlike her sisters, Trinity wants nothing to do with The Love Agency or the music industry. Her aspirations are to be a Pediatrician and make her father proud, but when one of the hottest rappers in Atlanta, Kavion "Ghost" Harris, makes her a victim of his swag, she is far from the perfect, smart, college student that her father pines over. Instead, she finds herself stupidly caught in the web of the wrong men over and over again; especially with Ghost, his high-profile, eye candy model baby's mama, Brianna Foxx, and the man that she has been secretly sleeping with behind everyone's back. Brought to you from National Best-Selling Authors, Jessica N. Watkins and NAKO, No Fairytales: The Love Story is a riveting, spicy, sexy and suspenseful series full of daunting secrets and murder that leaves you wanting more and more. Though Madison lives her life according to a planner, one Monday morning will shake up her whole life and her family's too. Kiara was always told not to mix business with pleasure, but Keeno is too hot to ignore, even with the ring on her finger as a constant reminder of her upcoming wedding. The moment that Trinity secretly defies her father to the upmost degree causes a revelation of secrets so deep that the Love family may never recover from.Will the Love family recover from their deadly secrets, lies and infidelities? Find out in this riveting page-turner!
Author: Carol Tully
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2007-02-22
The four works collected in this volume reveal the fascinating preoccupations of the German Romantic movement, which revelled in the inexplicable, the uncanny and the unknown and, especially, the mysterious world of the fairy tale. Goethe's richly imaginative Fairy Tale (1795) depicts an ethereal underground realm and the marriage of a beautiful man and woman, whose union heralds a new age. In Tieck's Eckbert the Fair (1797) two outsiders seek refuge in the solitude of dark woods to conceal their incestuous passion from the world, while in Fouque's Undine (1811) a water nymph falls in love and acquires a soul, and so discovers the reality of human suffering. And Brentano's Tale of Honest Casper and Fair Annie (1817) portrays the tragedy of a young couple, destroyed by a false sense of honour and pride.
Acclaimed author Graham Joyce's mesmerizing new novel centers around the disappearance of a young girl from a small town in the heart of England. Her sudden return twenty years later, and the mind-bending tale of where she's been, will challenge our very perception of truth. For twenty years after Tara Martin disappeared from her small English town, her parents and her brother, Peter, have lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. And then suddenly, on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents' home and there, disheveled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It's a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara's story just does not add up. And, incredibly, she barely looks a day older than when she vanished. Award-winning author Graham Joyce is a master of exploring new realms of understanding that exist between dreams and reality, between the known and unknown. Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a unique journey every bit as magical as its title implies, and as real and unsentimental as the world around us.
Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated, that is until she saves her crush's life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its next fairytale victim. To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.
That's NOT the way it was! say five characters from some of the worlds most beloved fairy tales. In reality, Cinderella wasn't the sweetest belle of the ball. She was an annoying chatterbox. Jack was a petty thief. And Little Red Riding Hood? Spoiled rotten! Its all about point of view. Pull up a chair, and get the full scoop straight from the mouths of the wicked stepmother, the giant, the prince, Baby Bear, and the wolf. Get the Other Side of the Story!
When the magical world of the Wild takes over Julie’s town, she must venture deep into the heart of the fairy tale to outsmart wicked witches, feisty giants, and super cute princes in the ultimate quest to save her family. But can an ordinary girl defeat the happily-ever-after?
Author: Chris Colfer
Publisher: Little Brown Bks Young Readers
Release Date: 2012-07-17
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change. When the twins' grandmother gives them a treasured fairy-tale book, they have no idea they're about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real. But as Alex and Conner soon discover, the stories they know so well haven't ended in this magical land - Goldilocks is now a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother! The twins know they must get back home somehow. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way? The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell brings readers on a thrilling quest filled with magic spells, laugh-out-loud humour and page-turning adventure.
Author: Jen Calonita
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Release Date: 2015-03-03
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Would you send a villain to do a hero's job? Flunked is an exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. "Charming fairy-tale fun." -Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series. Gilly wouldn't call herself wicked, exactly...but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly's a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself). Until she gets caught. Gilly's sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School where all of the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its heroic mission. There's a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder: can a villain really change? "Fairy Tale Reform School is spellbinding and wickedly clever. Gilly is smart, spunky, and a hilarious narrator, and I cannot wait to read about her next adventure!" -Leslie Margolis, author of the Annabelle Unleashed novels and the Maggie Brooklyn mysteries "Fairy Tale Reform School is a fresh and funny take on the enchanted world. (And who hasn't always wanted to know what happened to Cinderella's stepmother?)" -Julia DeVillers, author of the Trading Faces identical twin series and Emma Emmets, Playground Matchmaker
Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Publisher: Twin Sisters®
Release Date: 2017-03-02
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Simple text and captivating illustrations are paired with beautiful music and fun sound-effects to help tell the classic tale of "The Princess and the Pea." Prince Fastidious travels the world to find his perfect princess. But something is not quite right about any of them. They either talk too much, or not at all. Some are too old for him, or too young. Others are spoiled or have too many noisy, little dogs. Find out what happens when Princess Rose accidentally comes to the castle at night because of a fierce storm. How does she prove to the Queen that she’s a real princess? A happy ending adds interest to this fairy tale and encourages a lifelong love for reading.
Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
Release Date: 2016-12-28
You must attend to the commencement of this story, for when we get to the end we shall know more than we do now about a very wicked hobgoblin; he was one of the very worst, for he was a real demon. One day, when he was in a merry mood, he made a looking-glass which had the power of making everything good or beautiful that was reflected in it almost shrink to nothing, while everything that was worthless and bad looked increased in size and worse than ever. The most lovely landscapes appeared like boiled spinach, and the people became hideous, and looked as if they stood on their heads and had no bodies. Their countenances were so distorted that no one could recognize them, and even one freckle on the face appeared to spread over the whole of the nose and mouth. The demon said this was very amusing. When a good or pious thought passed through the mind of any one it was misrepresented in the glass; and then how the demon laughed at his cunning invention. All who went to the demon's school- for he kept a school- talked everywhere of the wonders they had seen, and declared that people could now, for the first time, see what the world and mankind were really like. They carried the glass about everywhere, till at last there was not a land nor a people who had not been looked at through this distorted mirror. They wanted even to fly with it up to heaven to see the angels, but the higher they flew the more slippery the glass became, and they could scarcely hold it, till at last it slipped from their hands, fell to the earth, and was broken into millions of pieces. But now the looking-glass caused more unhappiness than ever, for some of the fragments were not so large as a grain of sand, and they flew about the world into every country. When one of these tiny atoms flew into a person's eye, it stuck there unknown to him, and from that moment he saw everything through a distorted medium, or could see only the worst side of what he looked at, for even the smallest fragment retained the same power which had belonged to the whole mirror. Some few persons even got a fragment of the looking-glass in their hearts, and this was very terrible, for their hearts became cold like a lump of ice. A few of the pieces were so large that they could be used as window-panes; it would have been a sad thing to look at our friends through them. Other pieces were made into spectacles; this was dreadful for those who wore them, for they could see nothing either rightly or justly. At all this the wicked demon laughed till his sides shook- it tickled him so to see the mischief he had done. There were still a number of these little fragments of glass floating about in the air, and now you shall hear what happened with one of them.
Celebrate your year from New Year's Day to Christmas Eve with this treasury of 52 best-loved stories from around the world. This rich resource collects together folk tales from home and legends and myths from distant lands to commemorate the changing seasons, cultural events and international festivals throughout the year. Stories include Father Frost, The Magic Porridge Pot, The Frog Prince, The Runaway Pancake, The Pot of Gold, The Hare in the Moon and One Dark and Stormy Night.
Author: Jeffrey A. Miles
Publisher: Handsome Prince Publishing
Release Date: 2014-02-09
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
In the magical kingdom of Evergreen, beautiful Princess Elena is suddenly whisked away by an old woman. Undefeated champion Gallant and shy bookworm Earnest go on a quest to find “the greatest treasure in the land” so one of them can save and marry the princess. Along the way, Earnest and Gallant realize “the greatest treasure in the land” is not what they expected. This is a 28-page, full-color, illustrated children's adventure picture book with a same-sex marriage.