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A dead cellphone calls with a job offer and a promise of dragons.
Imagine if Terry Pratchett sat down with Kathy Bates to make up fractured fairy tales for Edward Everett Horton to read aloud: you’d get MAVEN FAIRY GODMOTHER: THROUGH THE VEIL.
Giving up what’s left of her self-esteem for coffee, middle-aged Maven’s last chance to redeem her life comes as a job offer to be a fairy godmother. But Faery is shrinking, the other fairy godmothers have disappeared, and nothing she does turns out right. How can she put together the happily ever after each of her clients wants with her boss standing in her way?
MAVEN FAIRY GODMOTHER: THROUGH THE VEIL is fast, fun read that shows that none of us is ever old enough to know better as we try to wish for we think what will make us happy.
Title: Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil
Series Title: Maven Fairy Godmother (book 1)
Author: Charlotte Henley Babb
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Humor
Release: March 30, 2012
Cover Designer: Charlotte Volnek
Pages approx. 279 / Words: 101k
Format: ebook Available: Kindle
ISBN: 978-1-77127-000-7 ASIN: B007QD2XW2
Amazon Kindle: http://bit.ly/Maven2ed (read first 6 chapters free)
B&N Nook: http://bit.ly/MAven-BN
Also at Amazon:
Bubba and the Beast
ASIN: B00BZZME3K $0.99
Trolls need love too, but can Maven find Grizelda’s true love without her wand and wings?
ASIN: B00BZZMEIA $0.99
Maven takes a flying leap across the gender fence to see if the grass is greener, or the straw more golden, but there are some cats who just want to tangle his/her threads.
ASIN: B00C00RHTA $0.99
Maven’s favorite spell backfires and turns her into a frog. How can she grant the wishes of the prince, his rogue fairy godmother mom, and frog princess Medori if she can’t even hold her wand?
Maven’s Fractured Fairy Tales
ebook ASIN: B008BCZXNS $2.99
paperback ISBN-13: 978-1478101154 $.5.49
These three stories were written as I was putting the concept of Maven Fairy Godmother together. I originally planned to make a series of short stories, rather than a novel, but as happens to many authors, my characters took off in their own quests.
These stories happen in the future after the first novel, which turned out to be a prequel published first. Time does not flow in a linear direction in Faery, so the future often happens before the past at least from the perspective of some other space. Includes Bubba and the Beast, MavenStiltskin and Fairy Frogmother.
When the time comes, which fork of the path do you take?
Charlotte Henley Babb is a web designer and college writing instructor in Spartanburg, SC.
Charlotte began writing when she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name–although she sometimes mistook “Chocolate” for “Charlotte” on the sign at the drug store ice cream counter.
When her third-grade teacher allowed her access to the fiction room at the school library, Charlotte discovered Louisa Alcott and Robert Heinlein, an odd marriage of the minds. These two authors have had the most influence on her desire to share her point of view with the world and to explore how the world might be made better.
In the meantime, Charlotte has fallen prey to steampunk and the gears are turning…corset, bustle and magic, oh my! She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, and telephone psychic.
She has studied the folk stories of many cultures and wonders what happened to ours. Where are the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child-rearing, education, bankruptcy, and widowhood?
Charlotte loves Fractured Fairy Tales and writes them for your enjoyment.
Modern day fairy story by Marie C. Cordalis (Spokane, WA USA, June 23, 2012)
It was nice for a change to have the heroine who wasn’t drop dead gorgeous, young, skinny, kick ass, etc., etc., etc…. Someone older, imperfect and struggling who still has lots to contribute to this world and the one beyond the veil…This was a fast, fun, funny read. I loved Maven and many of the other quirky characters and thoroughly enjoyed this modern day fairy tale for grownups.
I loved this book! by WorldofMyImagination (June 2, 2012)
I love any book that restores my faith in fairy tales. And I loved Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil for that reason (among many other reasons on top of that). Immediately, I related to the main character Maven, a middle aged lady who has been struggling with not only having no job, but having nearly no life. When we meet her, she lives in an old van and barely has enough money to scrounge together a cup of coffee…I loved the cast of characters, the recreation and twist to many familiar stories, and all the magic put into every word. If you love fairy tales, magic, and the idea that everyone can make a wish and not just pretty princesses (hey, trolls have wishes too, you know), than you will want to read this book.
Fractured Fairy Godmother by Rochelle Weber (Volo, IL, June 29, 2012)
In her bio at the back of the book, Ms. Babb quoted Lazarus Long, a character created by Robert A. Heinlein: “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” Here, here! While I don’t exactly see the Old Man in fae, he did admire good writing and this is good writing. So you need to read this book at least twice. She also cited Terry Pratchett as a favorite author. To that, I say–Granny Weatherwax would have a good cackle over this one. I had several, and so will you.
Maven Delivers by B.F. Spink, author of After Midnight In Savannah (Atlanta, GA, July 5, 2012)
If you enjoyed Edward Everett Horton narrating “Fractured Fairy Tales” on the old “Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” you’ll probably get a kick out of this book, but — warning — you may never look at fairy tales the same way again.
Great change up from the old stories by D. Anderson “mastheart” (Florida USA, uly 6, 2012) –
I totally identified with the title character in this story as I have worked for many years and now find myself jobless and searching and searching…..and really, do you save the 5 bucks to try and put a gallon of gas in your tank or say “Whatever” and get a cup of coffee. Maven is a nitty, gritty reality bound person who has a lot more to offer to society but no one is offering her a job until one day…When you get right down to it most stories are about good vs evil. Maven Fairy Godmother’s author seems to recognize that all is not black and white. Good vs Evil. There are a lot of gray areas and these are the things that Maven sees and reacts to…I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a few laugh out loud moments.
Marvelous Maven by DCidboy (July 10, 2012)
Just finished reading Maven Fairy Godmother. It was a fun read, light and bubbly. Maven, out of work, past her prime, and at the end of her rope, accepts an interview for a very unusual job, that of a Fairy Godmother. Skeptical at first, she soon learns that the job is legit and the possibilities for trouble, unlimited.
The Wonderful World of Magic by Robert Lewis (LAMOTT, PA, US, July 10, 2012)
In Maven Fairy Godmother Through the Veil,Charlotte Babb spins us through an intriguing web of magic and more magic that brings out the long ago child in us…With no hope, no job, no money, and soon to be homeless, it is the best offer Maven’s had. She’s been promised to meet an actual dragon named Azaha.
Charlotte Babb’s book: Maven Fairy Godmother Through the Veil will give you many smiles along the way as it exposes the kid in you.
Ashe from http://one-elevenbooks.com
Sometimes modern stories turn into fairy tales and sometimes we change traditional tales. Sometimes we want to escape our real life problems and go into a fantasy land. Maven does just that, but finds herself with a bunch of fantasy land problems…I also liked how Charlotte snuck the south into her tale. Kudzu, of course, we have to have kudzu. Yes, Maven is buck naked when her gossamer shrinks and not just plain old naked. Some southern ladies can fight a battle with just some tea. I actually like the little bit about Maven trying to turn her regular old tea into sweet tea. If you don’t know, sweet tea is a big thing in the south. Everywhere has sweet tea. Even McDonald’s is trying to offer the southern hospitality of sweet tea now, what posers.
WV Stitcher – Brenda (May 5, 2012)
Wonderfully interesting characters allowed me to get lost in the pages of this story. I found myself totally wanting Maven to get it right, but instead of doing things the way Fiona wanted her to she had her own ideas. It was interesting to see the twists her ideas put on the old fairy tales.Her modern ideas and twists on the fairy tales often rubbed Fiona the wrong way, and had me wondering if Maven might get kicked out of Faery. I loved the differences between Maven and Tulip, Maven seemed sort of street tough,who was often funny,whether she meant to be or not, while Tulip seemed full of hope. The Twilight Lounge was quite an interesting place where no one was really what they seemed…Fans of fantasy will certainly enjoy reading “Maven Fairy Godmother:Thru The Veil.” A fast moving plot, and the many characters certainly kept me interested in this story, but what kept me reading was the adventures that Maven and Tulip experienced as they were in training. I also had to know if they would make the grade as Fairy God Mother’s and whether the land of Faery would be saved. While there were a couple of instances of sexual innuendos, overall this book was a very clean read,one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to teens and adults alike!
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