#Review: Project Snow, by @lafemmecherita

Title: Project Snow
Author: Cherita Smith
Rating: 4/5 stars

“Snow White meets genetic engineering in this captivating blend of science fiction and fairy tale that will hook you from the very first line.

Like most engineered kids, Amara can’t wait to turn sixteen. Sixteen means confirmation of immunity to the aging infection that plagues mankind. And confirmation means freedom, leaving behind the quarantine of the Tower where she’s lived all her life for a new life in the city — no filtration veils required.

But the queen has other plans. The queen is dying and needs a new heart. Daughter or not, Amara’s will do. (description from Goodreads)

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I enjoy this short story from Cherita Smith. I’ve been trying to read more fairy tale retellings, so it was only natural that this one worked well with my current reading mood.

I’ll be honest that I’m not very familiar with the “original” Snow White story. But it’s safe to say that readers shouldn’t expect a Disney movie from this story. It’s a bit dark, like may tales are. I’m glad the author kept the not-so-happy element in there.

With this being a short story, an author must sacrifice extensive world building in order for there to be room for the characters and plot. I feel that to a point that’s the case with this story. Smith set this in a world unlike our own, after a major event that changed the way the world lives and even looks. While I wasn’t really lost reading this story, I do feel like it could have benefited from having some more world building take place. it was intriguing and I wanted more. Maybe there’s more the author plans on doing with this world and readers will get it when that comes out. I’d for sure enjoy that.

While the characters weren’t very fleshed out, I think it worked just fine in this one. I was actually a bit surprised to be content not getting so deep into each of the major characters.

Overall, I enjoyed this story. I wanted a little bit more from it. But as I mentioned, maybe there’s more in store for us. I’d be more than happy to read more.

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You can grab this story from:

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About the Author:

Hello, you! I’m Cherita, a Los Angeles native who writes speculative fiction of all kinds: dystopian, science fiction, paranormal & dark fantasy for teens and adults.

Dark, lush & haunting prose, with a dash of creepy-thriller and a sprinkle of fairytale-myth — that’s my writing jam. If that sounds like your jam too, you should give my stories a read.

Once upon a time in the not-too-distant past, I also did fundraising and online marketing for nonprofit organizations including a domestic violence shelter, the politically progressive Brave New Films, and Film Independent, the arts organization behind the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards. I did a lot of writing for all of them too, only none of it was speculative and it was (mostly) non-fiction.

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#Review: Better Off Red, by @LauraBRede

Better Off RedTitle: Better Off Red
Author: Laura Bradley Rede
Rating: 5/5 stars

“Scarlet Church is your typical teenage girl, just kickin’ it in the city and helping out with the family business. Of course, when your mama is the best witch in Minneapolis, that’s not exactly business as usual! So when Mama asks her to take a potion to her grandma, Scarlet has to be ready for anything. Can she avoid a run-in with a werewolf—or worse, with handsome werewolf hunter Cisco Jones? A modern Red Riding Hood keeps a dangerous family secret in this delicious YA twist on a classic.” (description from Goodreads)

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Little Red Riding Hood, we all know the tale. There are endless amounts of versions of the story, but the basics are always the same…until now.

In Better Off Red the author takes the classic tale and spices it up a bit for the modern, possibly classics jaded, reader. I’d rather keep it short with my review of the story to allow readers a fresh read of this great story. Having read Laura Bradley Rede’s other short work, it wasn’t disappointed in the least. This may actually be my favorite story so far. Well-written, great development of well-known characters, original alterations. I couldn’t have asked for anything different.

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If you’d like a copy of this short story, you can find it on:

Currently free on:
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$0.99 on:
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About the Author:
Laura Bradley Rede grew up the oldest of nine kids in a small town in Maine. She now lives in a little hippie-punk neighborhood of Minneapolis with her wonderful partner, their three amazing children, one Great Dane, one dachshund, and four city chickens. She is a winner of the Writers of the Future Award for fantasy and science fiction and the author of the YA paranormal romance DARKRIDE, and its upcoming sequel CROSSFIRE, as well as many YA short stories. She often quotes Bela Lugosi, the original Dracula, who said “I have never met a vampire personally, but I don’t know what might happen tomorrow.”

After all, a girl can dream.

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Review: The Little Pet Maid, by Nikki Haze

Title: Little Pet Maid (A Fucking Fairy Tale)Little Pet Maid
Author: Nikki Haze
Rating: 4/5 Stars

“In an erotic twist on the classic fairy tale, Ariel is a maid in a castle, serving her Mistress Ursula. Her Mistress controls her every move, including Ariel’s sexual relationship with Eric. Eric and Ariel are caught disobeying Ursula and are taken to the dungeon for a punishment. Don’t miss the first edition to the new A Fucking Fairy Tale series.

BDSM. ANAL. 18+. MENAGE. BONDAGE. 100% HOTNESS.” (description from Goodreads)

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I’m not really a fan of Disney movies. Give me Aladdin or The Lion King, then I’ll be happy. But the princesses never did much for me as a kid. But whenever I see a story that has basis on a fairy tale, then adds an erotic element, my ears perk up. That’s what happened when I saw the title, then the cover, or The Little Pet Maid by Nikki Haze.

What I enjoyed most about this retelling is that it’s a modern retelling. I’ve read other erotic retellings of fairy tales and they’ve been set directly in the old tales, which is fine, but sometimes I feel that adding erotic elements to that style of writing is limiting or makes it seem out-of-place. Instead, Haze has brought the characters and elements from the fairy tale into a modern erotic setting. I think that works very well for this story.

I also think removing mermaids from this one helped too. That would lead to an entire mess of things when dealing with the sex scenes. This story is the modern-day, with humans, yet they display characteristics of the original fairy tale. I especially enjoyed how Haze included Ursula’s control over Ariel’s voice. It was creative and I feel added to developing that part of the plot well.

I don’t know what else Nikki Haze has in store for us in this new series, but I look forward to seeing what she’ll come up with for another fairy tale.

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You can purchase The Little Pet Maid from 
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About Nikki Haze

Nikki Haze is a multi-published erotica author with a large twitter and blog following. She write’s about bi-curious and straight characters in decadent situations. She often writes about exhibitionism and group sex; usually both at the same time! She likes her climatic scenes to end with everyone covered in cum. The craziest place she’s ever had sex is her building’s lobby. She currently has over 20 titles available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/ZnwVNs
She loves to hear from fans and is a huge supporter of her fellow erotica writers! #writersunite

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