Once Upon a Duchy
The Seven Duchies are East of Rhynan, Northeast of Anavrea, and North of Braulyn. Each Duke is a king of his own little kingdom. Joined by a tentative alliance of a shared history of once being a single nation, there are some who still seek the lost heir to the throne and the man with a claim to the undeveloped wilds of the lost eighth duchy.
(tentative titles and ideas that are subject to change)
(prequel inspired by The Nightingale/Scheherazade)
Grace by Contract
(Inspired by Beauty and the Beast)
(Inspired by Rapunzel/East of the Sun West of the Moon)
(Inspired by Month Brothers)
Nettles for Elise
(Inspired by Seven Swans)
(Inspired by Princess and the Pea)
(Inspired by Goose Girls)
(Inspired by Twelve Dancing Princesses)
(Inspired by Pyramus and Thisbe)
(Inspired by Snow White)
(Inspired by Rumplestiltskin)
(Inspired by Cinderella)
#1 Grace by Contract
After her father uproots the family to the northern duchy of Brackenhurst, Grace Eldon and her four younger sisters struggle with a new life of hardship. Desperate to keep a roof over their heads amid mounting debts, she and her youngest sister seek employment in the Duke of Brackenhurst’s household despite fearsome rumors.
Scarred and maimed from a terrible fire Silas Isling, Duke of Brackenhurst, buries himself in his work to avoid the stares of pity and fear. When one of the new maids shows no fear at his appearance, he is intrigued. That is until his meddling steward gives her the task of cleaning Silas’ bookroom. It is a most unwelcome disruption since he prefers to be alone.
While a thief plagues his castle, an old nemesis reappears, and enemies invade in the guise of guests. Amidst the distractions and chaos, Grace brings some unexpected order. Once convinced his scars had stolen all hope for love, Silas finds his life forever changed by the quiet maid. Could she love a scarred Duke?
A reimagining of Beauty and the Beast
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