Early Look–Heart’s Blood by Jeffe Kennedy

gb-Dark SecretsIt’s my week to talk about the DARK SECRETS paranormal noir anthology, so I’m spending each day looking at one of the six novellas in the collection. On Sunday, I had an excerpt from my novella, THE CONSORT. Tuesday, I looked at MARION, MISSING by Rachel Caine. Wednesday was our author non-Facebook Party video. Yesterday, I looked at DANCE WITH THE DEVIL by Megan Hart. Today, I’m spotlighting HEART’S BLOOD, a new novella by Jeffe Kennedy, she of the awesome hats.

About HEART’S BLOOD: A dark fairytale retelling of a princess robbed of rank, husband and even her name. …Nix is nothing. The Princess Natilde—her former waiting woman—attacked her on the journey to wed Prince Cavan, stripping her of everything and taking her place. With no serving skills, Nix becomes a goose girl. Perhaps if Nix keeps her promise never to reveal who she really is, Natilde won’t carry out her vile threats. Prince Cavan entered his arranged marriage determined to have a congenial, if not loving relationship with his future queen—for the sake of both their kingdoms. But, his wife repels him more each day and he finds himself absurdly drawn to the lovely Nix. …With broken vows, anguish and dark secrets between them, Cavan and Nix struggle to find the magic to restore what’s gone terribly wrong… if it ever can be.


This is such a very cool novella! I wasn’t familiar with the fairy tale called “The Goose Girl,” an 1815 story from the Brothers Grimm, and Jeffe Kennedy has taken the story into the realm of her Twelve Kingdoms series world (not necessary to read the novels to read the story) so it’s the only novella in the anthology that’s entirely set in a fantasy world. It is a dark tale befitting the Brothers Grimm (or a noir anthology), but there’s a great, satisfying ending you’ll love.

Okay, and I have to do the hard-sell: If you haven’t already preordered, grab the ebook at the early-release price of 99 cents. It will be released on September 29. I’m not sure where we are on the print edition, but it IS in the works!

What’s this about a book giveaway? I’m still whittling down my TBR pile, so to enter today’s giveaway, what’s your favorite fairy tale? Mine is “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” or as it was originally written, “The Story of the Three Bears.”

18 thoughts on “Early Look–Heart’s Blood by Jeffe Kennedy

  1. My UN-favorites are the Hans Christian Anderson ones. I read them as a child and everyone made me cry. I do love the retelling of Deerskin by Robin McKinley. As far as original fairy tales, Aladdin was always a favorite.

  2. I read a LOT of fairy tales as a kid. My favorite was always The Twelve Dancing Princesses (my school library had a copy with gorgeous illustrations).

  3. beauty and teh beast is my favourite ( the less dark i think) the one by christiansen are those i hate the most so dark and sad ( ex la petite fille aux allumettes)