Once Upon an Enchanted Forest

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Once Upon an Enchanted Forest: An Anthology of Romantic Witchcraft Stories releases on 9.24.19. Stay tuned for our cover reveal and pre-order link. Both go live on July 24. If you’re interested in signing up to participate in the cover reveal, visit our page at Xpresso Book Tours.

Including stories from Award-Winning, New York Times, and USA Today Bestselling Authors

Book Description:

The autumnal equinox is a time of harvest and celebration, a balance of light and darkness, of magick and transformation. It’s a time when those who honor the changing seasons find a time to rest and reflect.

Or reap what they’ve sown.

Once Upon an Enchanted Forest, a collection of adult fantasy romances, features ten novelettes centered around one of the most enchanting preternatural beings of the ages: the witch. With lovers, magical forests, and witchcraft, our stories are sure to warm your nights and your dark little heart.

About our collection:

In the aftermath of a deadly Harvest Moon festival, the valley’s Witch Collector and a voiceless diviner venture into Frostwater Wood—a forest transformed into a dangerous, ever-changing maze—in hopes of saving their king from certain death.

Desperate to escape her village, cobbler Rhianne braves the enchanted wood to find the Witch and her matchmaking loom. But when the loom weaves her a highborn match, the Witch flies into a rage that will set Rhianne’s fate on fire.

After a drunken man falsely claims his daughter can spin straw into gold, a peasant woman—accused of witchcraft and facing death at the hands of the Mad King—must manage the impossible with no more than a wooden spindle and a prayer—and perhaps the aid of a dashing Fae she never saw coming.

In a place called Wolfswood, Rosaline, a talented hunter, must face cursed and deadly creatures on the night of the autumnal equinox if she’s to save her people—and the woman she loves.

When a wounded sorcerer infiltrates the boundary protecting her home, Thalia, Queen of the Dryads, must choose whether to trust this foreigner who’s quickly claiming her heart or uproot the seeds of affection growing between them and send him away.

After a fatal accident places a village in grave danger, Yula, a young woman with unpredictable magick, is guided by a handsome knight on her quest to find the only person who can help her—the legendary and evil Dark Queen.

In a time of war, a witch possessing healing powers, is tasked with saving the life of her wounded king, all while trying not to lose her heart to his brutish right-hand man.

A young man struggling with his own identity journeys to a modern-day witch living in a lonely forest garden, and is presented with an unexpected connection and a tantalizing choice.

In an enchanted garden deep in the heart of London, the elven scout Tarah guards the portal to her realm, a boring task after so many centuries. But when a dragon awakens in the countryside, searching for his stolen hoard, life becomes anything but mundane—especially when the dragon decides that Tarah might be the greatest treasure of all.

This anthology also includes a new story from the brilliant Juliet Marillier, author of the Sevenwaters Trilogy and many other historical fantasy novels, including her recent publications The Harp of Kings  and Beautiful, an Audible Exclusive.

Now, sit back and let us tell you a tale. Welcome to The Enchanted Forest.

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2019 Authors

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Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier, writer of historical fantasy, has been a full-time writer for about fifteen years, after working as a music teacher and public servant. She was born and educated in Dunedin, New Zealand – the most Scottish city outside Scotland itself – but now lives in Western Australia. Juliet’s novels combine historical fiction, folkloric fantasy, romance and family drama. The strong elements of history and folklore in her work reflect her lifelong interest in both fields. However, her stories focus above all on human relationships and the personal journeys of the characters.

Juliet’s folkloric fantasy, Beautiful, comes out in May 2019 as an audiobook exclusive. It is based on the fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Juliet is currently working on A Dance with Fate, the second novel in the Warrior Bards series, a new historical fantasy for adult readers. The first book in this series, The Harp of Kings, will be released on September 3 2019 by Pan Macmillan Australia and Penguin Random House US.

Juliet’s earlier books include the award-winning Blackthorn & Grim series and the Sevenwaters series, both set in early medieval Ireland, the Viking duology Saga of the Light Isles, the Bridei Chronicles, set in the kingdom of the Picts, and two series for young adults, the Wildwood books and the Shadowfell books. She has also written a stand-alone novel, Heart’s Blood, based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, and a collection of short fiction, Prickle Moon. Visit Juliet’s Books page for further details. Juliet’s short fiction can be found in various anthologies.

Juliet has won many awards for her writing, including five Aurealis Awards and four Sir Julius Vogel Awards, as well as the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Prix Imaginales. In 2019 she won the Sara Douglass Book Series Award for the Blackthorn & Grim series.

She is active in her local writing community, mentoring aspiring writers, giving workshops, and serving on the Literary Board of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre. She is a regular contributor to genre writing blog Writer Unboxed.

Juliet is a member of the druid order OBOD (The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids) and her spiritual values are often reflected in her work – the human characters’ relationship with the natural world plays a significant part, as does the power of storytelling to teach and to heal.

When not writing, Juliet is kept busy by her small pack of rescue dogs. She has four adult children and eight grandchildren.

Charissa Weaks

Charissa Weaks is an author of historical fantasy and speculative fiction. She crafts stories with magic, time travel, romance, and history, and the occasional apocalyptic quest. Her novelette, Silver Heart, is a finalist in the 2019 New England Readers’ Choice Awards, and her short story, Yeva and the Green Garden, is a finalist for the Remastered Words 2019 Audio Anthology in the UK. When she’s not digging through four-hundred-year-old texts for research or writing, you can find Charissa lost in a book. To check out her book lists, visit her on Goodreads.

Charissa lives just south of Nashville with her husband, children, two wrinkly English Bulldogs, and the sweetest German Shepherd in existence. She is active in the Historical Novel Society, has been named 2019 President and Pro-Liaison for her local Romance Writers of America chapter, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Association. Charissa is the founder and editor of Once Upon Anthologies, and has edited for published and unpublished authors alike. Charissa has put away her freelance hat, however, to focus on writing.

To stay updated on Charissa’s publications and to gain access to free writing worksheets, book giveaways, and short story exclusives, join her newsletter The Monthly Courant. 

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Alisha Klapheke

Award-winning author Alisha Klapheke wants to infuse your life with unique magic, far-flung fantasy settings, and romance. Her inspiration springs from medieval art and artifacts, the world travel she enjoys with her husband, and the fantasy she grew up reading when she was supposed to be doing her math homework.

When she’s not writing, Alisha teaches Thai kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and krav maga at her family’s dojo just outside of Nashville. That may be why writing fight scenes is her favorite.

Michelle Tang

Michelle Tang is an oncology nurse by day, speculative fiction writer by night. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Michelle has an unhealthy love for video games and enjoys watching scary movies from between her fingers.

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Elva Birch

Who is Elva Birch?
Elva Birch is a fire dragon Gemini who bellydances barefoot, loves to listen to the rain on a metal roof, and enjoys Hot Tamales and dark chocolate caramels a little more than she should. What can you expect from Elva Birch?
Elva Birch is a writer of speculative fiction, including, but not limited to: spicy paranormal shifter stories, epic fantasy romance, and amorous science fiction adventure.

Jerks never get the girl. (Or the guy.) No doormats. No brutality.

Look out for lots of sexy good times, and plenty of happy endings – or at least happy for now – sprinkled with action, adventure, humor, love at first sight, comfort, healing, redemption, and mystery.

Elva writes characters of all sexual preferences, colors, races, ages, bodytypes, and religions; real people, with real flaws, who can grow and change through their stories. Characters you’ll want to get to know and root for their happy endings.

And always? A hint of the impossible and irresistible. Other places to find Elva
Elva writes paranormal love-at-first-sight shifter romances under the pseudonym Zoe Chant. Zoe is a group of professional writer friends. Shifting Sands Resort is Elva’s project, and Dancing Bearfoot is her solo book.

She can also be found drawing and writing (mostly) less spicy work under another big name. (This pen name is not secret, just separate!)

Emma Hamm

USAToday Bestselling Author Emma Hamm grew up in a small town surrounded by trees and animals. She writes strong, confident, powerful women who aren’t afraid to grow and make mistakes. Her books will always be a little bit feminist, and are geared towards empowering both men and women to be comfortable in their own skin.

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Angela J. Ford

Angela J. Ford is an award-winning blogger and author of the international bestselling epic fantasy series, The Four Worlds. Her books have sold over 25,000 copies world-wide and have been ranked bestsellers in multiple categories.  Aside from writing she enjoys the challenge of working with marketing technology and builds websites for authors. If you happen to be in Nashville, you’ll most likely find her at a local coffee shop, enjoying a white chocolate mocha and furiously working on her next book.

Bethany Adams

Ever since finding a copy of The Hero and the Crown in her elementary school library, Bethany has loved fantasy. After subjecting her friends to stories scrawled in notebooks during study breaks all through high school, she decided to pursue an English degree at Middle Tennessee State University. When not writing or wrangling her two small children, Bethany enjoys reading, photography, and video games. Bethany is the author of the Return of the Elves series.

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Autumn Shelley

Autumn Shelley is a native of the Missouri Ozarks where the hills are rugged, the waters old, and Sasquatch is around every corner. These days she’s working on Ascension, Awakening and other spirituality related metaphysical topics. The best place to find her is on Facebook under Autumn Shelley.

Morgan Jensen

Born and raised in upstate New York, Morgan Jensen currently lives i Virginia with her husband, two children, a dog, a cat, and a supernatural entity masquerading as a cat. Morgan has been published in multiple anthologies.