Today we are most delighted to unveil the sixth and final cover of Book Smugglers Publishing’s inaugural 2014 Fairytale Retellings line-up!
Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover!
About the Story
“When the Sultan has arrived and is at ease, ask that I tell you a story. Do you like stories?”
Dunya is just fifteen years of age when her father, the Grand Vizier, gives her over to the mad Sultan for his bride. Ninety-eight Sultanas before Dunya have been executed, slaughtered at the break of dawn following their first night with their new husband. But on her own wedding night, the ninety-ninth bride finds help from the mysterious and beautiful Zahra, who proposes to tell the Sultan a story…
A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers)
Telling a good frame story, and stories within that frame story, is no small feat. We’ve always admired this method of storytelling, so when we received The Ninety-Ninth Bride from Catherine F. King – a debut author who references Catherynne M. Valente as an influence – we were instantly enchanted. A retelling of The Tales of One Thousand and One Nights, The Ninety-Ninth Bride is no romance between a cunning storyteller and the man whose madness threatens to destroy a kingdom – though these players are both there, this is a different tale from a different character’s perspective.
We decided to close out our inaugural list of short stories this fall with a bang – The Ninety-Ninth Bride is the longest of our six offerings, and the perfect way to bookend a season of storytelling.
We hope you love Dunyazade’s tale as much as we do.
About the Author
Catherine Faris King is a Los Angeles based writer who studied English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing at Whittier College, and French Literature at the Sorbonne, in Paris. She is thrilled to be making her publishing debut with The Book Smugglers.
About the Artist
Jacqueline Pytyck is a Canadian-based illustrator. Her whimsical gallery contains an array of optical illusions and conceptual pieces that focus primarily upon human nature and social relationships. The images describe worlds that are often obstructed from ordinary viewing – tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the psyche. Her work has appeared in various forms and has included such clients and affiliates as; Logitech, Monsterthreads, Threadless, Wilkintie, The Working Proof and Maclean’s Magazine. Her website, contact details and portfolio can be found here.
How to Get the Story
The Ninety-Ninth Bride will be available on December 16, 2014. You’ll be able to read the short story in full for free here on The Book Smugglers, but we’ll also have a DRM-free ebook (EPUB, MOBI, AZK) that contains the story as well as a Q&A and essay from the author, available for purchase on all major ebook retail sites.
Need a copy *right* now? Want to read it *today*? You can buy it directly from us!
And read The Ninety-Ninth Bride for free online on December 16, 2014.