Jade: Out of the Ashes

I had a new release last week. I think I will use this free week to tell you a bit about it.

It all started when my daughter requested a fairy tale inspired story. She read Love Overcomes but it was too “romancy” for her, she’s only 14. I asked her what fairy tale I should do. She said Rapunzel. I had not read Rapunzel since Jess was a baby. I decided not to go back and read it. I would take the basics that I remembered and go with that. I really could not recall a lot of details for the story.

I got to work on a contemporary story. Two weeks in I was stuck. The words were not flowing at all. I decided to work on something else. A fantasy set in the future. This story flowed, it kept me up until four in the morning several times writing. I would shut down the computer only after dozing off. When the story was done it was my fairy tale inspired novel. It had the key elements. The long hair (though not as long as Rapunzel’s), being raised by a witch and locked away from the world, and the guy going blind. That is just about it. My girl Jade, is her own hero. She will be a hero to others as well, especially in the sequel.

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Jade spent her life hidden away from the world but when tragedy strikes her home she has to set out to discover what she can about the family she never knew. In a world where people are afraid of sorcery and anything that is different she finds herself in the custody of men who are working for Mona, the woman she was trying to escape.

Then there are these teasers… I adore them.

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Night scene of autumn forest in Thuringia, Germany

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After the evening meal Jade allowed Blaise to change her bandages. Shivers ran through her when his fingers grazed her skin. She knew it was all innocent to him; he was only changing a bandage. Perhaps this was the sort of thing he did back home. He had to have someone waiting for him there. For her, him touching her even in such an innocent way sent spirals of warmth flooding through her veins, awakening feelings she had never known to exist.

“Your shoulder looks alright.” His breath tickled her neck. “Now, let’s look at your cheek.” Gently he peeled away the bandage. “Good.” The word was so soft but he sounded pleased. She sat still as a statue while he used his finger to apply more anointment then secured a fresh bandage over it.

“What was it like growing up in the city?” she finally asked.

“My sister Teresa and I are very fortunate that we have such a loving family. Our parents were busy with their obligations but they always made time for us, even if it was just to read a story to us before we went off to bed. I’ve always lived in a house with electricity though. We even have indoor plumbing. Many of the things that were once taken for granted in this country, we have.”

“Indoor plumbing?” She did not recall coming across this in her books.

“I’ll show you when we get there. It’s great. I look forward to the day that everyone can enjoy it again. No outhouse, no heating water for baths, no carrying buckets of water from a well.”

“Really? You don’t have to go out for all of that?”

“No, pipes bring the water in and they take it right back out. Water is stored in a large container that heats it so you have hot water waiting for you.”

She knew her eyes had gone wide as he described it all to her, the slightly amused look on his face confirmed it for her. “That must be nice.”

“It certainly is a convenience. We helped others in the city who did not have the things that we had, so we grew up appreciating all that our family had given us.”

“People should help each other, is that not common?” Her brows furrowed together at the thought of people not helping their neighbors. What if Mona had not wanted to be bothered with raising an infant? She would have surely died.

“It seems that no matter where society is there will always be those who look out only for themselves.”

“Why would anyone want to be a part of that then?” She crinkled her nose at the thought.

“You’re cute when you do that.”

Her green eyes grew wide and locked on him as her eyebrows shot up toward the ceiling. “You think I’m cute?” She tried to hide a smile.

“Yes, I do.” He ran a hand over his face, covering his eyes for a brief moment as he answered her. “I’m sure you will hear things like that more often now that you are no longer hidden away from the world.”

“Perhaps.” She tucked her bottom lip under one of her teeth. “Maybe I don’t want to hear it from anyone else.” She cut her gaze to the fire so she would not see his reaction. The embarrassment she already felt would only be worse if he looked appalled at what she had said.


She imagined that it was a pleased sound that he made. Out of the corner of her eye she could see the slight upturn of his lips. He stood and stretched.

If you so desire you can pick up your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords

Do you have a favorite fairy tale? Is there an author who you think would create a wonderful new story out of an old tale?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to Jade: Out of the Ashes

  1. Interesting, Angie. Rapunzel would not haven been my first thought to do a fairy tale, which makes it all the more interesting to me!
    I wish you all the best with it.It sounds like it’s perfect a blossoming young lady. My granddaughters, (especially one), will probably be ready for it in a couple of years.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt.
    Also liked hearing how you arrived at the novel’s concept and how you proceeded.
    I did something similar with a short story recently. Asked to select a fairy tale to use as a launching pad for a story, I picked Red Riding Hood. I purposefully began writing before going back and researching the tale itself, because — like you — I first wanted to work from my memory.
    Turns out my memory was pretty thin. I’d forgotten most of the detail and recalled only the high points. Also discovered there are many variants to RRH’s story… some I’d never heard of before.
    I think it’s a lot of fun to take an old standard and tweak it. And I believe readers enjoy it as well.

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    • Are you going to do anything with your story from Red Riding Hood?

      The fairy tales certainly have evolved. They like for them to be light now. The look on my daughter’s face when she read the Grimm’s original version of Beauty and the Beast was priceless. She was so shocked to see that it was a lot darker than Disney’s version.

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      • jeff7salter says:

        My reason for writing my first one (about six weeks ago) was for a local anthology, but I changed my mind and tried to interest one of my publishers to produce an anthology of skewed fairy tales — for which I would submit that first creation.
        Then my wife and I collaborated on a second version for the local anthology. Well, we went through three diff. approaches before we had one she was willing to finish. I gave a lot of feedback and contributed, and edited, etc., but she’s listed as first author.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Love the concept and the excerpt! Best wishes on its release. Nice teasers – Did you create them?


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