COVER REVEAL: Once Upon a Twisted Time

30 Sep

People of The Tarasphere!

This is the official cover reveal for Moon Rose Publishing’s first published anthology! Once Upon A Twisted Time is an anthology of fairytales-each with a dark twist. Cinderella goes Sci-fi, Snow White has become Steampunk, The Little Mermaid has gone Gothic, and Beauty and the Beast has switched sides altogether!

It will be available from the Moon Rose Publishing site on its release on the 31st October, as well as from,, and all other Amazon sites. Do not miss out on your chance to pick up this amazing book from the 31st October 2012!

I was absolutely beside myself to get a chance to work with these amazingly talented and creative ladies. Make sure to read to the end for an excerpt of my novella and links to check out the other authors. Go visit their pages and see what else this anthology has in store for you!!

Let’s get on with it!

Think you know your fairytales? Think again. These aren’t your normal happily-ever-after. Within these pages, a murderous Little Mermaid gets her revenge, the Cinderella doesn’t really want to wear the slipper, Snow White is up to her eyes in industrial experiments, and the Beauty is in fact the Beast.

This collection of four novellas will surprise you, make you gasp in horror, sigh with relief, and sit on the edge of your seat. And most of all…they will make you rethink everything you think you know about dark fairytales…

Inside you will find……

Song of the Abyss by Lindsay Avalon

Princess Nerissa had envisioned a perfect wedding to a handsome prince. Instead, she fell into a nightmare. When her new husband tries to murder her just hours after pledging his life to her, she must flee towards the sea. Caught in transition from woman to selkie, she is trapped by the dark waters she hoped would be her salvation. Now her destiny becomes that of luring young men to their death…until one comes along that reignites the spark of love inside her. However to ensure her future, she must first face her past. Revenge must be taken…for both her life, and the life of the young man she now loves.

Hawke and the Beast by Trish M. Dawson

Some curses last forever, and some can be broken with the whisper of three little words. Isabella Rose Woodward fell in love with a witch’s son over a century ago. Her punishment for breaking the young man’s heart was a beastly one. Every month she turns into a different creature, aging on the full moon when her curse allows for a brief return to her human form. Her only salvation is to find a man that will love her as she is…be it adorned in feathers, fur or scales. Has she found this love with the handsome Jasper Hawke? Or will a mysteriously determined Hunter find her first, and snuff out the life she so desperately seeks? A life of normalcy, where she loves and is loved in return… just as she is.

Reborn City by Miranda Stork

Nyx has one mission in life; bring down the brainwashing of New Omsk’s citizens, and release them from their mundane lives of toil. The year is 2355, and the world is a new place. A Governor is in charge of every city in the world, and humanity is attempting to rebuild itself after recovering from a war that nearly killed it. But this Governor has set his eyes on the intrepid little hacker, Nyx, and he will stop at nothing to get her. But perhaps he needs her more than he ever dreamed he would…as do his citizens.

Miss Cavendish and the Spark of Salvation by Tara S. Wood

In a city toiling under the iron fist of the Spiegel Syndicate and its monopoly on coal, Miss Georgina “George” Cavendish is on the brink of a breakthrough that could change the world forever. There’s just one thing standing in her way, her aunt – Xenobia Cavendish. Threatened by her efforts, the Syndicate procures the services of a notorious assassin with a past tied to her own, known as The Huntsman, to dispatch the brilliant scientist. But once he gets a glimpse of the headstrong beauty, will he be able to do the job, or will Georgina sway him to The Cause? And will George find the breakthrough she needs in time, or is New London Town doomed to forever lie under the dark shadow of her aunt’s factories?

The Honourable Miss Georgina “George” Cavendish – illustrated by Miranda Stork

Excerpt from Miss Cavendish and the Spark of Salvation:

“It’s the simplest of explanations, Miss Cavendish,” he said, dropping to eye-level. “Your aunt wants you dead and I need you alive. The easiest way to get her off your trail and out of my hair is to make her think she got what she wanted.”

George swiped her tongue over lips that had gone dry. Lips that now trembled. She wasn’t sure if it was fear or something else. Something far worse. “You could have killed me.”


“But you did not.”

His head tilted as his eyes raked over her. “No.”

“Why?” she asked, breathless.

“Call it a crisis of conscience. They’re few and far between.”

She noted the slow rise and fall of his chest as he breathed, the leanness beneath his shirt straining against the fabric. There was muscle there, hard and unyielding. Everything about Asher Cole said hard and unyielding. From the purse of his lips to the line of his jaw. The bite to his words and the cut of his eyes. Cold. Hard. Angry. So, what would have him go against Xenobia? There were few who dared to cross her.

“Why do you need me alive?”

The light in his eyes died and he rose, turning away from her to the machine. “That’s none of your affair. The Cavendishes don’t concern themselves with the affairs of the rabble.”

George stood, life returning to her nerves. “Cavendish or not, I concern myself with what I choose, Mr. Cole. My breeding has no bearing on my sympathies. Can the same be said of you, or do you lump us all in together?”

He snorted in disdain. “Your breeding? I can assure you this has nothing to do with breeding and everything to do with what I am owed. Ma’am,” he sneered with mocking emphasis.

“I see,” she said, crossing her arms primly. “You plan to use me to blackmail my aunt. That’s why you haven’t killed me. I’m worth more alive to you than dead. Whatever she’s paid you; that will be it. You won’t squeeze another sovereign from the Syndicate’s coffers. If she finds out you’ve crossed her, it’s your head.”

Asher whipped back around and stalked toward her, peering down like a bird of prey. “And yours.”

I AM SO EXCITED!! Please stop by the other blogs and check out what goodies these ladies have for you. And keep us on your radar, as there will soon be a Facebook page for the anthology where you can find out more information as it is revealed. More artwork, a trailer, and info on the upcoming giveaway and swag for the release day party.

I am so happy to be a part of the Moon Rose family and look forward to many more creative and exciting projects with them.





2 Responses to “COVER REVEAL: Once Upon a Twisted Time”

  1. trishmarie October 1, 2012 at 10:20 am #



  2. Blue Harvest Creative October 1, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Yay! I’m so excited for you and everyone! Can’t wait to read this amazing anthology! Great job ladies!


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