Book Series: Fairytale Verses

Sea Foam and Silence

Posted April 7, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in / 0 Comments

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Sea Foam and Silence (Fairytale Verses #2)

Sea Foam and Silence

(Fairytale Verses #1, Sea Foam and Silence #1)
Release Date: 10 June 2016
Pages: 270

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She warned of the pain. She did.
But no warning can prepare you.
Nothing can.

Long, long ago, a little mermaid became intrigued by the way tall-crabs don't act at all like the prey she's more comfortable chasing. Her quest to understand will take her places she had never dreamed possible - onto land and beyond the endless cold.

But quests always come with a price and hers is no exception. If she cannot find love within a year, she'll become sea foam. With only a month left and no closer to understanding 'love' at all, what is Maris to do? Tall-crabs - humans - are confusing and contradictory and love comes in so many forms, how can she ever know which one is right to win her life amidst friends and family on land?

Fantastical worldbuilding meets verse novels in this queerplatonic retelling of The Little Mermaid, the first story in a series of queer fairytale retellings.

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little mermaid, aromance, asexual mermaid, aroace prince, lesbian princess, mysterious sea witch, fluff, all the queer fluff, so much fluff, HEA, look humans are just really WEIRD okay, curiousity… transformed the mermaid?, Bernhard is a pure cinnamon roll don’t hug him he’ll hate it, so much water, dancing is love, love is complicated, found family, did I mention that HUMANS ARE WEIRD?, mermaids eat people, queerplatonic polyamory, f/f/m, YA

Excerpt

Tall-crabs aren’t like crabs.
Not really.
Crabs are hard and cute.
They pinch.

Tall-crabs…
Tall-crabs can move like crabs.
I like that about them.
They can pinch you too
If you pull them down after a storm,
But it’s…
It’s not much of a pinch.
You can barely feel it.

Tall-crabs have shells too,
But they’re not very useful.
You tear them off quick as biting.
I’m not sure why they have such soft shells.

I want to ask why.
My sisters do not know or care.
Tall-crabs are easy food,
Better than fish or sharks.

But why do tall-crabs have such soft shells?

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A Harmony of Water and Weald

Posted August 3, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in / 0 Comments

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A Harmony of Water and Weald: a Sea Foam and Silence collection

A Harmony of Water and Weald: A Sea Foam and Silence collection

(Fairytale Verses #1.5, Sea Foam and Silence #1.5)
Release Date: 1 September 2017
Pages: 110

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She warned of the pain. She did.
But no warning can prepare you.
Nothing can.

Maris has always been intrigued by humans, whether new among them or having lived with them for a year, her curiosity remains. A Harmony of Water and Weald is a collection exploring some of Maris's darker moments as she learns what it means to be human and a glimpse at what her life and family is like after the Sea Witch's deadline has passed.

Though her desire to learn about humanity is insatiable, her new life isn't all sweetness and love. She's abandoned her sisters to live among a people she doesn't understand, walking on feet like she was never meant to. Sometimes her life is homesickness, sometimes frustration, often confusion. Always, though, it is wonder and fierce delight at life.

A Harmony of Water and Weald is a companion to Sea Foam and Silence and contains pieces set both during and after events in that verse novel.

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cats are land-sharks, collection, grumpy mermaid is very grumpy, feet hurt, humans are STILL really WEIRD, after happily ever after comes more HEA, found family, homesickness, the sea witch is plotting something, presents!, everything is new, visiting the extended family, and then it rained a lot, being ill is THE WORST, but cats are love, mermaids get sick too, being stuck in bed SUCKS, birds are amazing, fluff, so much fluff, demiromantic asexual mermaid is demiromantic, Bernhard remains a cinnamon roll artist of adorbs, polyamory, f/f/m, lesbian princess, aroace prince, mysterious sea witches

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This Roar of Tiny Voices

The first time I hear birdsong…
The first time after the Witch gave me legs. ^_^
That first time, it is a soft thing.

Small.

Insignificant.

Waves of tall-crab life
Washing over them.
Like the roar of a storm
Where you cannot hear the whales
Unless you go down and deep.

Birdsong isn’t like that.
Tall-crab sounds aren’t like that.

It is… flat.
There is no down.
No up.

Forward, backward,
Sideways. Everywhere is pain.

Those first days…
Sea legs, they call it,
This trouble with how still the ground.

I laugh
And I am not sure if I am delighted
Or if I am sick with longing for my sisters. :/

But the birds.

The first time I hear it,
Truly hear it,
Without the din of a city
Overpowering their call,
I am driven to my knees.

Tall-crabs seem to delight
In my ignorance, but this…
This startles them. I think.
Their eyes grow wide
And there is this hitch
In their breathing.

I was walking beside the…. Carriage?
I think they call it a carriage.
I was walking beside it,
Despite the pain and
Despite the fuss
Because I did not want to be shut away
From this beautiful world.

Oh, I make it sound like there
Was silence and then all at once
The birds.
I am, aren’t I? T_T

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The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

Posted September 28, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in / 0 Comments

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The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion (Fairytale Verses #2) by Lynn E. O'Connacht

The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion

(Fairytale Verses #2)
Release Date: 6 November 2018

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All Marian wants is for society to accept that she's just not interested in... whatever society thinks she ought to be interested in. A princess with a reputation for insults and snide remarks, she's afraid to show anyone who she would be if people would let her. In a fit of temper at her refusal to marry, her father creates her worst nightmare: she is to be wed to the first beggar who arrives at the gates.

Edel was visiting purely for diplomatic reasons, to see if Marian or her sisters might be a suitable companion for her daughter. She sees something in Marian that is achingly familiar and when Edel hears the king's proclamation, only one thing is on her mind: to protect Marian from the fate that had befallen Edel herself.

Their lives threaded together by magic, Edel and Marian will have to find their way in the world in this  queerplatonic, sapphic verse novel retelling of King Thrushbeard.

This book contains warnings for:

  • acephobia/acemisia
  • arophobia/aromisia
  • sexual assault
  • brief allusion to self-harm
  • PTSD
  • spousal death
  • parental death
  • unsupportive parents

Tags: queerplatonic sapphic fairytale retelling, story in free verse, sex-repulsed MC, asexual MC, aromantic MC, young widow remarries, strained mother/daughter relationships, Marian’s father is a jerk, Duke Whatsit is also a jerk and deserves his stint in prison, f/f aromance, banter so much banter all the banter forever, the banter book, seriously this story is All About Cute Post-HEA Banter, cute girls being very cute, marian wants a little lamb, disaster ace, distinguished aro, labelstravaganza, gleefully and unapologetically ace and aro, sapphic AF, queer AF, basically everyone is queer, not recommended if you think ace/aro is not queer, kissing someone against their explicit wishes is assault, King Thrushbeard but sapphic and better, how did Snow White get into this story?, fridged dad, Part 2 is Not Fluffy, Marian gets teased about being sex-repulsed but in a friendly way which she is okay with, also Edel backs off and apologises when she does accidentally go too far, banterbanterbanter, keeping these two on plot is like trying to herd cats, experimental narrative structure, I will take this harmful insult for myself and HIT people with it, (Marian honey that does not mean it didn’t hurt you), if it’s aphobic it gets called out, I was very angry when I wrote most of this, fairy godmother fail, Edel is definitely the sensible one of the two (most of the time)

Excerpt

This will be fun!
And it’s everything
You ever wanted to
Be able to do.

I don’t like talking
To people, Marian.

But we’re not.
That’s the beauty!
We just talk at this
Device and treat it
Like it is a person
And tada! It’s like
We talked to someone,
But we never did.

That’s exactly like
When there is someone
You’re talking to.
What if we say
Something wrong?

Then we’ll correct
Ourselves. You’re
Too used to speeches
That’ve been worked
Out in advance, Edel.

Trust me, Edel.
We can just talk to
Each other and forget
About the device.
Would that help?

Er.
It might?
You’re the one
Who loves spending
Time with people, Marian.

You’ll like this once you
Get started, I promise.

I’ll begin!

Once upon a time there was a beautiful queen.

Ha!

She was the brightest star in all the lands,
Kind and generous and compassionate
Beyond anything that the poets could
Ever hope to catch within their lines.

Oh, please.
The first time we truly interacted
You called me Thrushmane.

And your hair still looks
Like a thrush’s nest
Despite my best efforts to tame it.

It looks fine.
You can tame it for formal occasions.
You know that.

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Huuuuuuuu…
I knew I’d regret reminding you.

You love me really.

As a thrush loves its voice, my sweet.

So. Let me tell this bit my way?

Ha! Not a chance.
You’d have me be some flawless
Ethereal being come down from heaven
To save the world from its cruel fate.

Well, I wouldn’t go that far.

Probably.

Okay! So!

Once upon a time there was a beautiful queen
And I don’t want any arguments about it again.
The queen was beautiful and kind.
She was also alone.
So very alone.

Ahem.

The queen’s name was Edel,
Which is about as royal as a name can be,
And rather aspirational of her parents
Who were only minor nobility in an
Insignificant country amid the mountains.
Edel was, as queens in stories often are,
Young and innocent of the world around her.

That’s princesses, Marian.

Sometimes queens. In any case,
Trouble did not come to Edel’s
Small home in the mountains,
Unless a dispute about farm borders
Or unfair payments counts as trouble.

She grew up wild and carefree,
The youngest of twelve siblings,
The one destined to live a spinster
In her ancestral home and look after
The sheep and the goats and
What wild gardens could be maintained.

This did not bother Edel, for she had known
From a young age that courtship and marriage
Were not what she wanted from life
The way that her siblings did.

Aromantic, we call it.
You know that, my sweet.
Aromantic and asexual, in fact.
Why do those words bother you so?

They don’t bother me!
I just… This isn’t the right place for them.
It’s my story and I’m telling it, now hush.

No, dear. If you’re going to tell it,
Tell it loud. Tell it proud.
That’s why I agreed to do this.
I want to hear no more
Of people like yourself
Who needed words they never learned
Because no one believed they were needed.

But I wanted to make
A dramatic reveal…

Marian.

Oh, fine!

This did not bother Edel
For she had known from a young age
That she was aromantic and asexual
Which were understood by her people
And not by ours and even though telling it now
Rather ruins the dramatic reveal later on,
She was too straightforward and literal-minded
To know what makes a good story and to let
Her partner — that’s me — do what she does best,
Which is to tell a story intriguingly and well.

You’re so adorable
When you’re grumpy.
Like a little kitten
Denied a saucer of milk
And well knowing it.

Are you suuuuuuuure this is how
You want to do this?

Sure as the sun,
Certain as the moon,
My sweet.

Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine.
But you’d better let me do
A dramatic reveal at some point!

It is your idea, my sweet.
I simply aim to make sure it’s accurate
And that you do not use people’s identities
As little more than a ‘dramatic reveal’.
That won’t do anyone any good.

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