It feels like the ultimate fairytale, and I loved the author’s post.
Crownless by M. H. Woodscourt will release on Saturday in the Fantasy, Young Adult genre.
A fugitive storyteller running out of time. A prince hiding from his mother. A kingdom on the brink of collapse. A search for a world of magic.
Convinced his tales are true, storyteller Jinji is determined to find the legendary fae realm of Shinac to save his world from a dread lord trying to cross over—before a fatal illness ends Jinji’s life.
Prince Jetekesh is caught between a controlling mother and his affection for his dying father—until he’s kidnapped and forced to journey with a delusional storyteller and a motley band of fugitives in search of a myth.
Hunted by the queen, hindered by a malady, and invaded by an enemy empire, Jinji and Jetekesh race across a crumbling kingdom to find the alleged gate between worlds.
But even if Shinac exists, how can a humble storyteller and deposed prince hope to stand against a devastating evil?
I don’t know if the price will change after the release date, but as of today the book is at 99n cents.
AUTHOR BIO: Writer of fantasy, magic weaver, dragon rider! Having spent the past 20 years devotedly writing fantasy, it’s safe to say M. H. Woodscourt is now more fae than human. All of her fantasy worlds connect with each other in a broad Universe, forged with great love and no small measure of blood, sweat, and tears. When she’s not writing, she’s napping or reading a book with a mug of hot cocoa close at hand while her quirky cat Wynter nibbles her toes.
The Teller of Tales
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Which fairy tale is the greatest of them all?
I doubt even a magic mirror could find the definitive answer to that loaded question. Sure, some stories have been revisited more than others. Take Cinderella and Snow White. Go ahead, Google how many retellings they have. I’ll wait.
Despite a certain penchant for preferred fairy tale reboots, I think it’s safe to assume defining the best fairy tale is as individual as are people. And that’s as it should be. Different stories speak to each of us, and there’s a special magic conjured when we find what resonates with our soul.
One thing I adore about fairy tales is the storytellers who weave them.
Crownless is partially inspired by my admiration for the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson and their respective tales. We dwell a lot on the fairy tales—but what about the people behind them?
Jinji Wanderlust, protagonist of my novel Crownless, is a man with a tragic past and a compassionate heart. Despite his hardships (or perhaps because of them), he looks for the best in people and often finds it. His stories answer the questions dwelling in the heart of his audience. At the same time, his stories bring solace to his own ailing heart and body.
I suspect my subconscious goal in writing Crownless was to explore the teller of tales—in particular, those skillful tale weavers who traveled the land like minstrels in olden days, spreading hope like flower seeds for kindred souls to sow.
I wondered what kind of fairy tales might be born from a soul like that. And so, I let Jinji take me on a journey, and the stories came alive all on their own. Some fairy tales in Jinji’s world are doubtless inspired by those native to our own sphere. Others, perhaps not. In either case, the joy of discovery drew me deeper into the lore of Jinji’s vision and I found myself enchanted by his hope-filled view of life, not so cynical as my own.
I think that’s the best part of fairy tales: the underlying hope and courage of its heroes. Fairy tales will remain immortal because they show us our truest selves and our best hope to become better than what we are.
Crownless isn’t inspired by a single fairy tale. It’s a tribute to all of them.
This post is part of a tour. You can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2021/04/08/tour-sign-up-crownless-by-m-h-woodscourt/).
Giveaway:Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- A signed paperback copy of Crownless + $20 Amazon gift card
- 2x $10 Amazon gift cards