Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New Release & Guest Post THE CRIMSON CURSE #Fantasy #Romance by Melissa J. Crispin

This week's new Novella Niblets release...

The Crimson Curse
Romance / Fantasy
By Melissa J. Crispin
Release Date: Feb 8, 2017
Keywords: Romance, Fantasy, Sweet, Novella, Beauty and the Beast, Fairy Tale

Cursed and disfigured, Calliope must find true love before the final leaf falls from the Enchanted Tree. Being bound to her mansion on the outskirts of town leaves her with little hope.

Abandoned by his wife for a wealthy man, Bastian only needs one female in his life, his five-year-old daughter, Yareena. When she goes missing during a raging fire, fate brings him to a strange place where he encounters a woman wearing a golden mask.

An attack by rogues puts Bastian in Calliope’s care. As he struggles against pride and prejudice, Bastian can't ignore his growing attraction to the kind soul behind the mask.

Yareena and the mansion staff do their best at matchmaking, but Calliope can't reveal her darkest secret. Will Bastian discover her true beauty before it’s too late?



Guest Post: The Inspiration behind

The Crimson Curse

Hi Terri, Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!

The inspiration for The Crimson Curse started with a picture. The Masked Hearts anthology call featured an image of a mysterious woman wearing a golden mask and a red cape. My original intention was to write a story to submit for this anthology, but I had a traumatic event happen in my life before the deadline. I was too devastated to write for a while and couldn’t submit it for consideration.

Sometime later, I saw that Roane was accepting novella submissions. I took this to be a sign, and got back to work on my story, which was sitting somewhere around the halfway point.

When I first studied the picture, my knee jerk reaction was to place the main character at a costume party, but I abandoned the idea for fear it might be predictable. I took another look and I asked myself the question, what if she was hiding something and that’s why she covered her face? What if she was disfigured?

From there, the idea started to pick up steam. Beauty and the Beast has always been my all-time favorite Disney movie, and the next thing I knew, my story was a spin on the tale, only with the roles reversed. 

I loved writing this story. It was fun to create a fantasy world with magic and witches. I hope that readers will enjoy reading it as much I enjoyed writing it! 



Melissa J. Crispin lives in Connecticut with her husband, two kids, and an adorable Siberian Husky. She spends her days in the corporate world, and pursues her passion for writing in the late nights and early mornings.

From micro-fiction to novels, Melissa loves to write stories in varying lengths. But, no matter the story, it's almost always about the romance.




$25 Roane Publishing Gift Card, Bracelet with charm from Sweet Inspiration, Hot cocoa mixes and mug from The Crimson Curse

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  1. Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Terri!

    1. Any time! I loved this story & hope to see many similar ones from the depths of your mind. ;)