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Saturday, February 1, 2020

February Book Sale: Rose and Spindle

As promised, some of the books on my backlist will be on sale throughout the year, pretty much filling up the time between new book releases. So for February, I've got Rose and Spindle on the block for 99 cents till the 29th.

As I've noted in a previous blog post, the book is a gay YA novel, a retelling of the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" from the points of view of two side characters related (by blood or by neighboring castle) to the doomed princess. It's an enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy, the story expanding more on the journey the pair need to experience in order to overcome their prejudices and eventually fall in love with each other.

By and large, it's very much a coming-of-age novel with a happily-ever-after with a few bittersweet moments pertaining to family and what we do for the people we love the most.

The chapters show alternating points of view, switching from Hamlin to Edouard and back, etc., and the story's packed with side characters who are very much essential to the mental and emotional development of these two young men.

And here's the blurb:

Boy meets boy. Boy hates boy. Each swears never to have anything to do with the other, forever after.

Unfortunately for Prince Hamlin and Prince Edouard, history has a bad habit of repeating itself, and worse, each time the two boys run across each other, things get a touch muddier as well. Destiny and free will go head-to-head, the princes' dilemma echoing the more baffling curse that's been placed on Edouard's young cousin, Princess Roderika. Doomed to prick her finger on a spindle on her fifteenth birthday and fall asleep for a hundred years as a result, Roderika's rapidly dwindling time becomes an inescapable tapestry into which Hamlin and Edouard's own fates are woven.

With the help of a magician princess and a crotchety talking raven, Hamlin and Edouard not only have to outgrow prejudices, but also find the courage and the will to define their destinies, even if it were to take them a hundred years.

You can get the book from different online retailers over here. Happy reading!

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