Beautiful Beautiful

Once Upon a Time Today

Book 1
Half-Faerie Publishing
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Kerrin Mayham's eye for beauty has shaped her life. Now a mother, she wants to teach her daughter that beauty can be both nourishing and treacherous. However, Mirabella is far too young to hear the truth of her mother's hard-won knowledge, so Kerrin wraps a fantastical bedtime story of magic shoes, enchanted oak trees, witches, and sad kings around actual events. 

As mother tells the story and daughter interjects, Kerrin returns to her past when she was at the pinnacle of her career as an independent film director. Seduced by a beautiful young predator, she takes a risk that puts her life in danger and shakes the core of her identity. Finally forced to ask the hard questions about the demons that drive her, Kerrin doesn't flinch. Her honest answers deepen her experience of life--and her eye for beauty. 

The novella is a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale "Beautiful." 
Once Upon a Time Today is a collection of contemporary fairy tale retellings for those who have already left home. The Girl Who Believed in Fairy Tales is a prelude to the collection and includes the three short stories: 

"The Girl Who Watched for Elves"

"The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes"

"The Girl Who Couldn't Sing" 

The novellas:

Beautiful Beautiful

Dreaming of the Sea

The Tree Hugger

I Am Lily Dane


Tags: Beauty, Bedtime Stories, Career, Domestic Violence, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Film, Happily Ever After, Literature, Magic, Magical Realism, Mother & Daughter, New Adult, Novella, Once Upon a Time, Short Read, Women’s Fiction

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About the author

Heidi Garrett writes metaphysical and visionary fiction in the epic fantasy and contemporary fairy tale genres.

She's the author of the Daughter of Light series, a fantasy about a young half-faerie, half-mortal searching for her place in the Whole. She's also the author of the contemporary fairy tale novella collection, Once Upon a Time Today. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters.

Heidi has also collaborated with B. J. Limpin on the yummy paranormal romance, Cupcakes & Kisses.

Visit Heidi's blog at www.heidigarrett.com or signup for her sporadic newsletter at http://eepurl.com/wWKUj.

Heidi was born in Texas, and in an attempt to reside in as many cities in that state as she could, made it to Houston, Lubbock, Austin, and El Paso. After spending a decade in Southern California, she now lives in Eastern Washington state with her husband, their two cats, her laptop, and her Kindle. Being from the South, she often contemplates the magic of snow.

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Publisher
Half-Faerie Publishing
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Published on
Nov 14, 2013
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Pages
198
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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