Shadows of the Hersweald: Launch Day!!!

Whilst you’re waiting for Darkling, my own Hansel & Gretel retelling, read Hope Ann’s retelling of the same fairytale! Shadows of the Hersweald just released today and I can’t wait to read it. I absolutely love her books and really recommend you check them out! The first in her series – Rose of Prophecy – is free on Amazon, if you need an extra incentive to take a look. 😉

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It is here!!! Shadows of the Hersweald is live and you can now buy and read it at your pleasure!


They would have to come that afternoon. Haydn glared at the rutted road twisted away from the gate beneath him, slithering into the shadows of the Harsweald. And what was the flaming idea behind leaving him in charge? Nerthach in the hands of a criminal… that would put them all in the good graces of the province governor, no questions asked.

A battered soldier from a defeated army, Haydn knows there is only one end to the arrival of the Prince’s governor. Except he hasn’t counted on the Prince himself. Or the pardon which his recent foe has declared to acquit all those who fought against him.

A pardon Haydn detests.

A pardon that refuses to punish the rebels now threatening his own village. And his sister.

Guilt-ridden from his…

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The cover for Darkling is here!!!

And it is gorgeous! My good friend Benita did an awesome job!!!

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Kasimir is the baker’s son.

Imelda is the woodcutter’s daughter.

Filling in for her arthritic father, the duo ventures into the forest to cut wood. Superstitions abound regarding the evil nature of the trees, but Kasimir is sensible; he knows superstitions are just ridiculous. Imelda thinks otherwise but she’s liked him since she was five and she trusts him (sort of).

Turns out Imelda was right this time. Because there’s definitely a witch in the wood – a witch with a crazy plan to test her new love potion recipe on Kasimir. There’s also the witch’s brother, who wants to be a knight and practises chivalry on Imelda. Oh, and don’t forget the witless talking hat.

What’s a girl to do to keep the boy she loves?

I can’t wait to see it in print oh my goodness!

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Greetings, world.

Hello, myriads of people whom I do not know! Allow me to introduce myself: I am Aria Winslet, and I write fairy tale retellings.

Who am I beyond this? Well, I am a book geek. My bio told you that. My bio also told you that my favourite genre is fairy tale retellings, which is possibly unsurprising to you now that you know what I write. I also enjoy Christian romance and contemporary YA, but fairy tales are forever my favourite. See, I’m a hopeless romantic, and be it ever so cliché, I love Prince Charming. Even when he’s not technically a prince. Kasimir in my Hansel & Gretel retelling (which is coming out this summer, and about which you will hear more soon) is not a prince but a baker’s son.

I digress.

I am also a chocolate addict (because who isn’t?). I went through a dark chocolate phase but my ultimate love is for the sweet creaminess of milk chocolate. Milk chocolate with hazelnuts ❤

And for the record, white chocolate is fake chocolate.

Lastly, I am a chronic napper. There are simply too many things to do and not enough time, culminating in a stressed and weary Aria who falls gracefully to the sofa, asleep in seconds.

Thank you for joining me even though I am merely one more person out of million internet people whom you do not know. I hope you will return!

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