Once Upon a Realm

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Remixed Fairy Tales by Diverse Voices
Young Adult
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Dystopian
Coming May 2024

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A biracial teen is forced into a betrothal with an enigmatic lord. A Latinx teen races to recover her stolen identity and escape a dark fae court. A Black teen with forbidden abilities rescues his lover from a dystopian regime.

In Once Upon A Realm, familiar fairy tales are reenvisioned and reborn as six authors from Black and/or Latine backgrounds create novella-length stories that transport readers to fantasy, sci-fi, and dystopian worlds. Each story shatters stereotypes and challenges traditional narratives, inviting readers to see themselves reflected in tales of adventure, magic, romance, and strength. Fans of The Lunar Chronicles, A Blade So Black, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, and Cinderella Is Dead will fall in love with these fresh, fierce takes on fairy tales.

This collection includes:

👑 Red in the Woods by K. R. S. McEntire, inspired by Little Red Riding Hood
👑 Shadow and Song by Montrez, inspired by Peter Pan
👑 Circuits and Nerve by Alicia Ellis, inspired by Hansel and Gretel
👑 These Sapphire Walls by Krystina Coles, inspired by Bluebeard
👑 A Bloodstained Sun by E. M. Lacey, inspired by Snow White
👑 Waking Up by R. L. Medina, inspired by Sleeping Beauty

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The author has blended strong elements of science fiction (with a good deal of artificial intelligence and robotics as a background) to present a very well crafted mystery of the whodunit variety.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The story itself involves compelling characters, a fast pace with plot twists galore, an unfolding mystery …, and the true mark of sci-fi—a burning question about how we can and should interact with scientific progress.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The who-done-it twist at the end was completely unexpected. Still reeling. And the push and pull of the AI debate has never been more relevant or timely.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Deep characters with complex issues—all come together in surprisingly fast-paced, engaging book.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Reminiscent of the Lunar Chronicles.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Very Black Mirror.”

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