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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00018]Princess Lily, the eldest of twelve sisters and heir to a mighty kingdom, desperately seeks a break from her mother’s matchmaking. Tradition forbids marriage with the man Lily loves, so she would rather rule alone than marry someone who only wants the crown.

Fleeing an overzealous suitor, Lily stumbles into a secret underground kingdom where she and her sisters encounter a mysterious sorcerer-prince and become entangled in a curse that threatens the safety of her family and her people. Lily can free them, but the price for freedom may be more than she’s willing to pay.

This fairy tale is suspenseful and captivating with endearing, realistic characters and great life lessons about family, friendship, compassion, honor, embracing our differences, and facing our fears.

“THE COLORS! This book was beautiful. From the Princesses’ names to the gowns they wore, the contrasts of light and beauty to the dark shades of the undergardens–I could nearly feel the colors as they dripped off the page. THE WORLD! Cleverly woven in throughout was kingdom history, royal conflict, names and pasts, stellar character development. THE ROMANCE! Undeniable chemistry existed between the two romantic leads. Perhaps I’ve read too many yawn-worthy romances in the recent past, but I’m a sucker for good romance, and I was rooting for these two from page one.”

Author note: I’ve always loved fairy tales and fairy tale-style stories. This book in particular was inspired by “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” The plan is for each princess to have her own story, most of them loosely based on fairy tales, with some borrowing elements from other classic literature.