I'm honored to be one of the bloggers participating in the cover reveal for Heidi Lyn Burke's new myth/fairytale retelling Coiled. (And to Heidi, if you're reading this, sorry for the lateness. I meant to schedule this in advance for the morning but something went awry.)
Coiled: A Young Adult Mythological Romance from author H. L. Burke and Uncommon Universes Press.
A healing touch. A hideous face. A looming curse.
As the ugly twin to a perfect sister, Princess Laidra lives her life in the shadows—until her parents offer her as bait for a giant serpent.
Her escape attempt leaves her shipwrecked on a secluded island with only one inhabitant: Prince Calen, who lives under a curse. If anyone looks upon him, he turns into a giant serpent. Speaking to him in the darkness, Laidra sees past the monster to Calen’s lonely soul, and she determines to free him from the magic’s hold.
But if Laidra can’t break the curse in time, Calen will become a mindless creature of scales and fangs forever.
A YA mythology/romance that retells the myth of Eros and Psyche with adventure, magic, and true love.
The book is currently available for pre-order. You don't want to miss this one. I've read it, and it's amazing. H.L. Burke is one of the best Christian writers out there right now. In Coiled, she takes a setting steeped in pagan gods and mythology and seamlessly weaves in Christian themes. I've never read a retelling quite like it. Plus, the story and characters are utterly captivating.
Here's some more about the author:
Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.
An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.
Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.
Follow her personal blog at www.hlburkeblog.com.