by Taryn Kincaid
A New Beyond Fairytales Release
From Decadent Publishing
A dystopian retelling of Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty in a post-apocalyptic land…
In a world gone mad, where little remains but a vast wasteland of sand, the leader of a troop of roving warriors welcomes a brave young woman into his midst.
Much as he burns for her, Major Clay Worthington swears to keep his distance from the mysterious woman, so sensitive even the stinging rain can wound her.
Rosina Brierly is besotted with the formidable soldier and will gladly trade her life for one torrid night of blissful passion in his arms.
But when sleep overcomes them, will true love prevail?
Once again I find myself hooked on a series. Not by one author but by several. In this latest addition, Taryn Kincaid has added a whole new level to Sleeping Beauty.
In the beginning of this tale we meet Nicodemus, he was the one to tell Rosina the name of the embroidered flowers she carries in her locket. This a favorite passage:
Once an ancient, traveling peddler, Nicodemus had tried to buy the memento from her, the odd little man’s eyes alight with avarice— and something more. The gleam reflected equal parts shock, mystery, and greed. When she refused to give up her necklace, though desperate for the money he’d offered, the gray-bearded, gnome-like man had shown her pictures of long-gone flowers in an illustrated book so magnificent it stole her breath away. He’d identified the beautiful regal rose for her, once so plentiful in many places and now no more. Then he’d taken her under his wing for a short time and a short distance, finally leading her here, to live among the warriors. “They’ll feed you,” he’d said. “Shelter you. Take care of you better than I can.”
“I need no one to care for me.” “Do you not?” The stunted man’s eyes crinkled, and the corners of his mouth quirked, the signs of his amusement all but hidden by his voluminous beard. She could not argue. Food had grown so much harder to come by. Danger everywhere. Even the slashing rain falling from the sky cut her delicate skin to ribbons, as lethal to her as sharpened razor blades, another rare commodity. “’ Tis where you belong… at this time,” Nicodemus had said. “Where you must be now. One of them will save you. And you will rescue him.”
Rosina has taken care of the soldiers as much as they have taken care of her. However, the one she really wants Major Clay Worthington, distances himself from her. At least he had until the day Nicodemus reappears.
Nicodemus has another tale to tell, this one of how the war began. The story of Rosina’s and Clay’s families. When Rosina has heard enough she runs out into the desert and Clay follows her. Neither staying to hear the rest of the tale.
The story get hotter than the daytime desert temperatures, as fate takes over.
5 Content Purrs for this rendition of Sleeping Beauty!
Taryn Kincaid is a former award-winning reporter and columnist, covering everything from fires and homicides, to corrupt politicians and hero dogs. Nowadays, she haunts courthouses (in the least paranormal way).She reads the back of cereal boxes and everything else that stands in her way. She writes HOT and sensual paranormal, historical romance and contemporary romance, sometimes spiced with a little humor or a lot of snark. She enjoys pinching and tickling words until they scream, and writing stories to warm the heart.
Her latest releases are WOLF’s SONG, a shifter romance that is part of Decadent Publishing’s popular Black Hills Wolves line;
IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, a contemporary foodie romance for Fated Desires Publishing;
Coming soon…HER CAPTAIN, a Tempting Signs story for Fated Desires, is coming in December, 2015. What happens when a steady-as-she goes Capricorn former SEAL falls for an impulsive Aries? Stay tuned!