Dear lovely readers,

I’m writing to you here at the end of September with wonderful news: We’re under 40 orders away from reaching Quill! What’s that, you say? Quill is Inkshares’ light publishing goal. As long as I sell 250 pre-orders, you get a book! Woohoo! Can we sell 40 books in one month? You bet we can!

However, Quill isn’t the whole shebang. I’d still be responsible for some difficult things, like marketing, developmental editing, and cover art. That’s where the Geek and Sundry contest comes in. If I land in the top 3 of the contest, The Fairy Stepmother, Inc. gets the full publishing treatment! And, guess what? We’re only about 30 orders away from the 3rd place book.

I’m so excited I can hardly sleep at night! I’m reaching out to everyone I know, and even some people I don’t know (Gaaaah!). If you know anyone who loves fantasy, fairy tales, cool female characters, or even just someone who owes you one, I would be so, so grateful if you passed the word along. So many of you have been amazing at steering your friends and family my way. Thank you! And if you’re following along but haven’t ordered yet, I would LOVE to have you join in the fun!

Thanks for supporting me and my dreams! Impossible things are happening every day. (Bonus Internet points if you know the reference.)

Your friendly author,


13000143 10209164663818267 4302977747762094820 n Nicolas Brady · Reader · added over 1 year ago
that’s great news!

Well, this update was SUPPOSED to go out because we reached 150 readers...and then we right away hit the next multiple of 10! We’re up over 160 readers, and we’re hovering around 10-12 orders behind 3rd place in the Geek and Sundry contest! That’s such great news, I’ve put up Chapter 4! You can find it right here:

Thanks so much for your support! Don’t forget to tell your friends! Quick tip: tell them they need to get you a September gift. And since you want to read this book, what better gift than supporting your new favorite author?



Hi, everyone!

Thank you so much! We’re well up over 100 pre-orders, and we’re solidly in 4th in the Geek and Sundry Contest. That’s pretty great, but only the top 3 get published, and we’re a good 20 readers short of catching third place! But just think--if every reader strong-armed one more person into ordering, we’d double our readership like that! Even if you asked persistently but nicely, we’d make a huge leap.

If you’re still on the fence about whether The Fairy Stepmother, Inc. is for you, perhaps this will help. This is an EXCLUSIVE excerpt from Part 3!

“No! I assure you, Madam, we did not mean to insult you!” Lady DeVries cried.

“Your protestations are unbecoming. For your insolence, I will lay upon your daughter an ancient curse! Be warned: If the child sees even the smallest ray of sunlight before her first birthday, she will suffer a fate worse than death!”

Well, she had certainly borrowed a page from old Millie’s book, I thought. The violet-clad noblewoman laughed and spun on her heel. She spotted me in the crowd and smiled a sinister grin, while my mouth hung open. It was her. Here. My old finishing school nemesis, Millicent Carabosse.

I was left staring at the door while Sarissa (and many of the other guests) burst into tears.

“Pull all the blinds!” Sarissa shrieked. The entire party leapt into action, shutting out every bit of natural sunlight. That got my attention.

“Wait, wait, wait,” I said. “That was Millicent Carabosse. I went to school with her. She can’t really curse anything!” The women all stared at me blankly.

“Evelyn, you can’t risk something like this,” Maribelle insisted.

“You saw what that fairy did to me, Mom!” Fanchon whispered.

I bit my lip. “Yes,” I said carefully, “but there’s no way in the world old Cankles Millie is actually a fairy!”

What’s that, you say? That sure doesn’t sound like Cinderella? You’re so right! Evelyn’s got way too much story for just one fairy tale! So if you’d like to see Evelyn fight her way through the likes of Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, and a handful of obscure but delightful tales, pre-order today! And please, sit your friends down and make ’em work those credit cards!


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I’m your moms student for math a Hancock school 
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Oh, this new video makes the story even more fun!  Can’t wait to read the whole story and pre-order more copies.

Guess what? We’ve got a video! That’s right, if you want to see me in costume promoting The Fairy Stepmother, Inc., step over to my page and enjoy!

As of this message, the Geek and Sundry contest leaderboard has us in 8th place--but don’t let that fool you. We’re tied with the 7th place A Beast Requires (which is awesome, and you should check it out), but we’re only 1 reader shy of 6th place, 2 short of 5th place, and 6 under 4th place. Go us! So if you know anyone who might enjoy Evelyn, tell them to take a look! We’re close to a march up that leaderboard!

Thanks for your support!

13920841 10154355090636948 543169220317404830 n Carrie Finke · Author · added over 1 year ago
This is awesome! I initially checked it out feeling a bit skeptical because, honestly, how many thousands of times has the Cinderella story been retold? I doubted this one could have much to offer. Boy, was I wrong! I got hooked and was pleased to have the opportunity to read three full chapters of this masterpiece. Never a dull moment thus far and I cannot wait to find out what happens next. 

*Gasp* We’re up to 60 unique readers, 76 pre-orders, and 8th place in the Geek and Sundry contest! We’re even closing in on 7th! That’s pretty impressive, so I’ve uploaded Chapter 3. Thanks so much for your support!

Hey, we cleared 30 pre-orders and broke into the Geek and Sundry contest leaderboard! We’re now sitting at number 9! Thanks so much for your orders and your recommendations. To show my gratitude, Chapter 2 has now been uploaded for your reading pleasure! From the main page, click on "read more" at the bottom of the excerpt. Then, at the end of Chapter 1, you can click to continue to Chapter 2. I hope you enjoy! (And please, keep telling your friends!)

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