Yikes! Almost missed this one coming out today – my m/m fairy tale, The King’s Honour, is now available in ebook. It’s based on the Grimm fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, a cautionary tale about what happens if you try to stop girls having fun. 😉
Here’s a snippet, where Reuben, on his way to the castle, meets Corin, a woodcutter at work:
The soldier took a moment to admire the young man’s figure as he stood there, his hands on his hips, sweat running down his finely-sculpted chest, before answering the woodcutter’s question. “No, I’ve no desire for a princess. But I find I’m strangely inclined to live in a castle, and be king hereafter.”
“Ah, there’s many a man has had such a wish, and all of them lie buried at the foot of the tallest tower. I’m thinking ’twould be a shame to see you there too, that handsome head cut from your shoulders.”
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The King’s Honour
An m/m retelling of the Grimm fairytale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Reuben, a soldier, is on his way to the castle to offer his services to the king, who is sorely troubled with the question of his family’s honour. His wayward daughters go out dancing every night, and refuse to tell how or where.
Walking through the forest, Reuben meets a handsome woodcutter, Corin, who offers to help him unravel the mystery of the dancing princesses. With the magical aid of Corin’s grandmother, the two set out together, mindful that their journey could end in sorrow. The king offers a rich prize to anyone who can discover the princesses’ secret—but the penalty for failure is death.
Note: this story first appeared in the Bedknobs and Broomsticks anthology.