Author ~ Kristen Flood
Book ~ Twisted Beauty
Event Date - 7th - 14th April
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The cover was painted by Jessicca Boyer, my favorite illustrator. She also did the illustrations in my poetry book, The Museum: A collection of Dark Poetry.
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN LOSING EVERYTHING . . .
IS FORGETTING WHAT YOU LOST.
author of Seeking Incandescence and The Museum, pens a riveting adult romance with a poignant examination of love, identity, and forgiveness.
Once the powerful prince of Renol, William is a shell of the man he once was. Living under the curse of a powerful witch, William has spent 100 years making deals on her behalf and mourning the loss of his first love.
Belle has spent her life confined within the limits of her city, Paylor, and is now bound to a man she does not love. When she dares to venture outside the city's gates in search of something she's lost, she finds more than she ever expected.
As Belle and William embark on a journey of love and mourning, passion and forgiveness, they discover that sometimes what we lose isn't as important as what we find.
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“Beauty and the Beast with a Twist”
“What if you and I made a deal?” Belle did not face him. She worried she might faint if saw the sword she knew he held by his side.
“I don’t think you have anything more valuable than your life.” His breath was warm against the back of her neck.
“But that’s exactly what I could give you.” When he didn’t respond, she turned to face him, keeping her eyes on his, not daring to look at his hands. “You need a servant to take care of your house and cook. I could be that in exchange for the 1,400 I need to pay the debt.”
She could see him thinking about it, his golden eyes flickering in the candle light.
“I would be obedient.” He did not respond right away. “I could do whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted.”
“For how long?” he asked. She heard him put his sword on the table.
“Until my death. A life debt.”
“You wouldn’t be able to marry. What would I tell your betrothed?”
“The dead can’t marry anyway.”
“It takes two things to make a deal.”
“Vale more tae lan, mi Ven.” Belle whispered, ‘tell me what you want, my Lord.’
“In exchange for your debt, I will take you as my servant. You will be obedient and loyal to me.”
“And as a symbol of your loyalty, I will take a kiss.”
“As you wish, my Lord.”
Belle closed her eyes and leaned in to kiss him. His lips brushed gently against hers, just as the golden light hit the room, the sun brushing a red tint through her hair.
When she pulled away, she grabbed her chest. It felt as if someone had wrapped a hand around her heart, squeezing tightly, and then the feeling was gone.
“Giving yourself to someone is one of the most powerful deals you can make. That feeling was your fate being tied to mine.”
Kristen Flood is a YA science fiction author and poet. At twenty-two, Kristen published her first book,
The Museum: A Collection of Dark Poetry. Now twenty-three, she has released her second book, Seeking Incandescence. Kristen lives in Missouri with her husband and son.
When she’s not writing or chasing her toddler she spends her time cramming for tests and turning in assignments, last minute at the University of Missouri St.
Louis. Kristen plans to release two books this year but until then she is just trying to get through finals.