The Scarecrow King: A Romantic Retelling of the King Thrushbeard Fairy Tale by Jill Myles was released in September. This one caught my attention because it is a novel-length retelling of King Thrushbeard. It's a romance, but when I think about it, there is a romance genre trope that could easily be considered King Thrushbeard although it isn't as common since it usually means the heroine isn't very likeable for at least part of the novel.
Princess Rinda of Balinore knows of only one way to get her cold father’s attention – to be an obnoxious, spoiled princess. When she finds out that the king plan to marrying her off to a far-flung nobleman, she puts on her best bratty show in front of the entire court. But Rinda’s plan backfires, and she soon finds herself married to the most ineligible man ever. Her new husband is monastery raised, poor as dirt, and a traveling minstrel.
A very, very bad traveling minstrel.
But Alek isn’t what he seems like on the surface, and neither is Rinda. She won’t take this marriage lying down, and schemes to find herself a new husband – a king. But as she and Alek travel together, they learn that not only are appearances deceiving, but goals can change in the blink of an eye, and love can get in the way of the strongest plans…
The Scarecrow King is a romantic retelling of the King Thrushbeard fairy tale.
For those who care: Myles is the pen name for Jessica Clare who is traditionally published. From what I can tell, she self-publishes under the Myles name, especially those books that don't fit in her traditional publishing of erotic romance. I don't know how erotic this particular title is.
I am extremely picky about the self-pubbed titles I promote here, not because I am against them but because they would take up too much of my time and there is often problems with a high percentage of them, from editing to simple formatting. Several new fairy tale themed self-pubs show up every day now and most of them are erotic in nature which is not the focus of SurLaLune. There are plenty of other places on the web for that. Just look to see the sales in Kindle Store: Fairy Tales on Amazon and you'll appreciate the power of fairy tales and self-pubbing.