Sarah Steinbrenner is an indie author and freelance writer with a love of fantasy, classic literature, and children's books. Her writing background includes screenwriting training courtesy of Act One in Hollywood.
There are sticks and stones which can bind a witch, but not kill her. They can't be drowned as some thinks. Killing one by flame is the only way to destroy the bone and blood...
In a time when magic makers and spell casters roam the countryside, there are men who earn wages by hunting them. Burning them for their crimes, facing the peril of spells and subtler dangers from dark servants skilled in evading punishment...
Among them, Neel is the greatest of all. A legend in his prime who tracks even the most cunning of witches who plague the land, he carves a mark for each sorceress or warlock of power burned at the stake by his hand. Calculating and hard by nature, a loner and wanderer by trade, he and his services are demanded by king and commoner alike. Any who has a grievance against a magic maker and the coin with which to pay the hunter's services.
A request from a queen to track a witch of no name takes him across the vast countryside in pursuit of a sorceress whose spell is unmistakable–and whose curse takes a hideous form each time it is cast. Three victims in all, three tales which span consequences from abandoned thrones to lovers divided by pain. Three sufferers who describe a witch whose physical appearance and power seems to change without explanation, until the witch hunter knows his pursuit is of a witch possessing no ordinary magic.
Three sufferers, three separate fates, one spell.
The second cycle of The Dark Woods Trilogy crafts an original story from traditions embedded deeply in the world of folklore and fairytales. The authors of First Bite and The Fairy Godmother's Apprentice explore the deeper logic in both of these worlds, in which the methods for destroying a witch are as complicated as the rituals behind her power ... and the consequences of casting a spell cannot be undone so easily.
Authors Briggs and Steinbrenner offer two short tales inspired by The Dark Woods trilogy’s First Bite. In Snow White’s Knight, dark adventures await Prince Reiden when he attempts to rescue the innocent princess from the terrible fate destined by her stepmother. In Shakespearesque tragedy Magic Mirror, a vengeful wizard, an obsessed warlord, and a callous ruler are connected by a fatal prophecy from the enchanted mirror.
Is the illusion the Queen cannot live without. It drives her to horrors beyond the imagination of those beneath the spell of her charms. Leaving ruined kingdoms in her wake, a dire prophecy before her–and one chance to conquer her fate.
Is the only chance Fortulla has to escape the grim fate that awaits one branded as a servant of evil since her memories begin. She longs for the chance to be free, to grasp hope and happiness beyond the curse of her existence.
Is the child whose existence could change everything. A princess whose life is threatened by a force beyond her understanding; her destiny intertwined with good and evil.
First Bite reweaves the classic story of Snow White from the perspective of its dark and desperate villainess, one of the greatest in fairy tale lore. Told with the backdrop of pagan lore, magic, and mystery, the story of a desperate Queen and an innocent princess is connected to a servant girl’s secret past, their fates merging in an ending only a Magic Mirror could forsee.
Writer Laura Briggs steps outside her usual sweet romance genre and pairs with her fellow indie author for their first full-length independent novel, adding a touch of romance to a fantasy tale of suspense.
They are born of a drop of milk on the water; of a burning live coal in a barrel of wet ash, a rose petal sunk in a heap of sand.
There are three kinds of fairies-or so the stories claim-the last of which are the faerie godfolk. The wish-granters and half-human of the fairy world, they are meant to atone the mischief of fairies among men.
But do they? When young Baillie Albus learns the truth of her own strange gifts and becomes an apprentice destined to grant a human's wish, she discovers a complex existence. and darker truths.beneath the surface of a world that is both faerie and mankind.
Once upon a time, in a village in Germany, there traveled a poor opera company. With them was a brilliant young composer whose career was yet to be written by history…and a young soprano whose past was a tragedy forgotten even by her.
As the stage is set for the composer’s masterpiece, the young woman is destined to face her worst fear. A dark opera unfolds around her, a simple children’s tale becomes a nightmare driving her towards her past beneath the shadows of the Konigsforst.
Into the woods we go…