The Gift of Three Spells

I am so pleased to announce that I have had a short story included in one of the recent anthology releases by Fantasia Divinity.  The anthology, Distressing Damsels, is a fairy tale collection, but the stories all have a twist…

Description from Amazon

Everyone knows that the hero always saves the damsel in distress. Well, it’s time for that to change! These distressing damsels don’t need a hero, they can save themselves!

Featuring 20 stories inspired by classic fairy tales, this anthology shows that not every damsel needs a prince in shining armor to rescue her. Including stories inspired by Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Thumbelina, Snow White, The Little Match Girl, Puss in Boots and more!

The Gift of Three Spells

My story is The Gift of Three Spells and is inspired by Sleeping Beauty.  It tells of Princess Elysande, who is cursed as a child by an evil fairy, but is given The Gift of Three Spells by a kind fairy to help counter it.  However, there is only so much fairy magic can do.  If Elysande is to break the curse, she is going to need to save herself.


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4 thoughts on “The Gift of Three Spells

  1. Hey Sammi,

    Congratulations on another excellent achievement….you must be pleased 🙂 The anthology offers a fascinating take on the traditional fairy-tale, which is something I wholly approve of. The idea of twisted fairy tales is exciting.

    Have you ever read The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter? ( You may enjoy her storytelling, the write up is short but interesting: From familiar fairy tales and legends – Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves – Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.

    I totally agree the age of heroic endeavour regarding distressed damsels in long over…this is a modern age, and whilst a gentleman will always be a gentleman, it’s every man woman and child for themselves I think lol 🙂 Are there many stories where the damsel saves the hero from the fire-breathing dragon? Legends need rewriting and you seem able to lead the way: wild and unconquered as you are 🙂

    I do hope Elysande makes it out of her predicament alive! 🙂

    Enjoy the last few hours of this evening before heading back to the coal-face tomorrow. Take care.

    Namaste 🙂


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    • Thanks, Dewin. 🙂 I received the PDF contributor’s copy of the anthology last week but I’ve not had the time to read it yet. I’m excited to find out what new spins the authors have put on the old fairy tales though 🙂

      I’ve not Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber though it has been on my To Be Read list for ages. Hopefully one day I will get around to reading it, because it sounds so interesting 🙂

      I’m not sure that I think the age of heroes and damsels in distress is over – or is that I hope it’s not over…hmmm…that would be sad 😦

      Have a great weekend 🙂

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