The next chapter of the Pippington Tales is finally here!
This story follows Adeline Winkleston whose fine ankle and (mild spoiler alert) disastrous wedding begin and end Peter Talbot’s story in The True Bride and the Shoemaker.
This is the story of her childhood, answering the question of what if the little matchgirl from Hans Christian Anderson’s incredibly depressing story didn’t die alone in the snow? What if, instead, she has magic and is found by a kind stranger with a mystical past?
Welcome to Pippington, where motor cars bump down old city lanes, carpets can fly, and magic is a secret proper young ladies keep.
One fateful night, a child named Adeline lies alone in the snow. Fading into sleep, her only warmth comes from her matches and the embers of her hidden magic. As she succumbs to the cold of death, she is saved by Rompell, a stranger from a land of deserts and magic with secrets of his own.
Their lives intertwined, Rompell and Adeline become father and daughter. As Adeline becomes an elegant young woman, she fights to control and hide her growing magic in a world full of handsome young men, fine dresses, and her own grand romance.
When an enemy arises from the shadows of Rompell’s past, with ancient spells and dangerous magic, Rompell and Adeline risk losing all they have built together. As Rompell fights to protect his daughter, it may be Adeline who must risk revealing her powers and losing true love to save her father.
The Matchgirl and the Magician is the third book in The Pippington Tales and mixes Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Matchgirl, Rumplestiltskin, the legend of King Midas, and the magic of the Arabian Nights.
What I love about writing The Pippington Tales is layering the stories together. The Matchgirl and the Magician weaves in characters and events from The True Bride and the Shoemaker (Book 1) and The Lady and the Frog (Book 2), allowing you to see the other stories from a different perspective. While each stands alone, they are a lot of fun when put together.
It’s basically a fairy tale version of the Marvel Universe, but with fewer hammers that shoot lightning.
Also, isn’t that cover gorgeous? I worked with Jenny at www.seedlingsonline.com and love this cover.
I’ve been working with her for the past few months to update the covers for the series. The True Bride and the Shoemaker is out now and The Lady and the Frog is coming soon.
Here’s the new cover for The True Bride and the Shoemaker:
If you are astounded by this writerly announcement and would like a signed copy, here are 3 options – all include shipping in the cost. If you are going to see me in person soon and would like a copy, contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for a small friends and family discount.
If you prefer e-books, click on the covers below to go to the book pages for more info.
Thank you to everyone for your support on this writerly journey!