“Once Upon A Princess” Shifter Fantasy Romance Fairy Tale Novellas
Once Upon A Princess: Heart of Stone
Formula for Fairy Tale Love: 1 adventurous Heroine + 1 tortured-but-noble Hero = Happily-Ever-After
No cliff-hangers. One complete novella. Mature readers only.
A sequel to Once Upon A Princess: Heart of Stone:
Once Upon a Princess: Heart of Stone
Genre: Fantasy fairy-tale inspired romance
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About Once Upon A Princess: Heart of Stone
After their beloved country was decimated by war and a powerful curse, Princess Leesa and her grandmother are the only survivors left in the royal house. Her late fiancé Eduardo’s father, the Duke Valmont, caused the war and his name became anathema even after he and his two sons perished. Desperate to find items to trade for much-needed supplies to care for the people she and her grandmother provide refuge to, Leesa dares trespass into the abandoned, reputedly haunted Valmont Palace. But the creature she finds within the ruins is anything but a ghost without flesh and blood and feelings.
A gargoyle, Willem is dreadfully lonely and longing for human companionship. Promising the beautiful Leesa riches, he begs her to stay with him for a time. With so many to provide for, she can’t refuse and soon learns that looks can be deceiving. Willem reveals that he’s watched her from his perch atop the palace for long years. Her beauty–both inside and out–stole his heart even when he lacked any means to convince her of his true love.
The steep price to be paid to break the spell that cursed him into existence as a gargoyle may be more than Leesa is willing or able to pay. But her choice offers no second chances: Either she gains back what she’s been mourning or she loses everything she’s ever wanted…for all time.
Read an excerpt from Once Upon a Princess: Heart of Stone
Leesa headed up the stairs and stopped at the 2nd floor landing. Eduardo and Erokan’s rooms had been on this floor. Dust was everywhere, but otherwise the furnishings were just as they’d been left. Varmont’s bedroom, private study and library were on the 3rd floor. Most likely he would’ve hidden some of his valuables there. She went upstairs to check.
The doors to the Duke’s room, study and library were open. But the fourth door was closed. The treasure room, perhaps?
She opened the door and stepped inside. Strangely, this room wasn’t as dusty as the others. The air was heavy with perfume. Across from the door was a folding screen decorated with blue and yellow flowers. Behind it she could make out the base of a claw-foot tub.
To her surprise, the entire room had a feminine feeling, from the huge bed covered with blush pink coverlets and plush furs to the gold-trimmed white furniture. Even the jewel-encrusted skylight above her had its own beauty, reflecting colorful sprinkles of light over the pale stone walls.
A white cabinet with glass doors caught her attention. The shelves held glass bottles of different shapes and sizes. Some had liquids inside, others were empty. What were these? Perfumes? Or maybe potions.
The Duke used magic. Maybe this was where he’d kept his enchantments. Would they be worth anything? Possibly. But just as Leesa reached out to open the cabinet, the door slammed behind her.
Startled, she spun around. She was alone. Who had closed it? Leesa ran to the door and gripped the handle, expecting the door to open as easily as it had when she’d come in. But it didn’t. She pulled and banged on it, but it wouldn’t budge.
She was locked in.
Reviews for Once Upon A Princess
“5 Stars. A fun & sensual fairy tale! “Once Upon a Princess: Heart of Stone” is a perfect afternoon read. I was pulled into the story from the first page, and kept reading straight through to the end. Deborah Bailey did an excellent job creating the magical fantasy world of Leesa and Willem. Her rich characterization and sensory details brought the story to life. She made Willem (the gargoyle) funny and sexy – something you don’t normally see in a book. I highly recommend this novella to romance and fantasy lovers. You won’t be disappointed!” -E. Kelly