Lily Dane is a bright light. A spiritually barren, consuming flame, she befriends girls whose inner lives are rich with dreams and compelling desire. Their unapologetic souls fascinate her. However, Lily’s interest in her peers isn’t friendly, she’s obsessed with the machinations of crushing their spirits.
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After leaving an unfulfilling relationship, a young woman eats reckless amounts of doughnuts and candy, but there's never enough to fill the void inside her. One day, she comes across an audiobook exploring an old fairy tale and can't resist buying it. When she gets home and begins to listen to the recording, the voice of the cantadora – the…
Lily also has a shadow who is sentient. A freak of nature? An abomination? Who knows? But Lily’s shadow is consumed with stopping the emotional and psychological devastation its host always leaves in her wake.
The novelette is a psychologically dark retelling of Han’s Christian Andersen’s “The Shadow.”
Once Upon a Time Today is a collection of contemporary fairy tale retellings for those who have already left home. The Girl Who Believed in Fairy Tales is a prelude to the collection and includes the three short stories:
The Girl Who Watched for Elves
The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes
The Girl Who Couldn't Sing
Dreaming of the Sea
The Tree Hugger
I Am Lily Dane
Tags: Brother's Grimm, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Hans Christian Andersen, Happily Ever After, Haunting, Horror, Literature, Magic, Magical Realism, Mean Girls, Novella, Once Upon a Time, Paranormal, Shadow, Short Read, Teen, Young Adult