Every now a then, my muse gets a little silly, resulting in such stories as Galen and the Forest Lord, Hell is Where the Heart Is, and Hooves and Horns. The latest comedic venture is a spin on a fairy tale, called The Prince's Frog. I've actually been working on this story for a few years, picking it up and setting it down over and over.
Part of the issue was that the manuscript still contained comments from my dear friend and crit partner, PD Singer, who passed in 2020. I miss her terribly.
Open manuscript, read comments, close manuscript, cry. Come back three months later and try again. In the back of my mind, I could clearly imagine what she'd say if I gave up a project, so I pushed through. She was my greatest supporter and thought this would be a fun story.
Pam, I hope I've done you proud. So this story is special to me, as it's the last one I collaborated on with her.
His Royal Highness Prince Rocky Jude Maxwell Bill Robert Chuck—let’s just call him Bob, shall we?—has a problem. Namely, royal parents set on marrying him off to a princess from the neighboring kingdom. Only, Bob doesn’t want to get married, would rather ogle Sir Blacksmith than fair maidens, and has a sneaking suspicion that his intended bride is not what she seems. So, where is a desperate prince with commitment issues supposed to turn?
Speaking of “not what they seem,” Sir Ribbit has been cooling his heels, literally, in the local bog with his disgraced fairy godmother and thousands of other frogs, waiting for the opportunity to break a three-year-old curse and return to his human form of Prince Evan Chuck Leo—Oh, heck, let’s call him Dave—hopefully, before maxing out a frog’s limited lifetime.
When a royal snit lands Bob in the muck of Dave’s front yard, plans are made to help each other. Inept plans, but still. Oh, and someone has to kiss a frog because everyone knows you have to kiss a few frogs before you land a handsome prince.
This story delightfully features talking frogs, inebriated fairies, awkward heroes, two princes in love, a deceptively innocent cover, and a solid HEA.
For most characters, anyway.
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