fairy tale love stories

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The Rose Kiss is now on Audible!

A square image of the Rose Kiss cover by Esme Rome. Shows a young woman in a red dress with her eyes downcast.Hello everyone! I have some exciting news for you. The first book in the Fairy Tale Love Stories series, The Rose Kiss, is now available on Audible!

You can get the audiobook now by clicking on this link. If you've previously bought or borrowed the Kindle version, you can open the ebook and get the audiobook right from your phone. It's only $7.49 if you've already bought the ebook.

The Rose Kiss is my retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. It follows Belladonna Moreau as she tries to run from a false accusation of murder and witchcraft, and how she flees to an enchanted castle with a mysterious owner.

Victoria McCabe, the narrator, has really brought this book to life. I am so impressed with her work and am so happy I got to work with her on this project. We plan to put out the audiobook for The Dream Kiss some time next year. I look forward to it!

Get The Rose Kiss on Audible here.

 

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Free Book Thursday

The cover of The Dream Kiss, by Esme Rome. The cover shows a young woman in a purple dress in a fantastical landscape.Happy first Thursday of September! It doesn't feel like fall yet where I am, but I am definitely ready for the autumn chill, leaves turning colors, and cute scarves and jackets. It's been a hard year and a half, so I'd love a season of cool breezes, firewood, and hot chocolate. Yum!

How is your September so far? I hope it's going well. If it isn't, I hope my books can at least offer you an escape. I'm very excited about releasing The Dream Kiss, and a little scared about releasing another one, Wolf Cursed, in just under a month and a half. Eek! It's in a slightly different genre, so I hope I understand the tropes and expectations. And I hope you enjoy it!

The Rose Kiss and The Dream Kiss are both free on Amazon for a limited time. If you want to get the entire series–including The Poison Kiss, which comes out next year–just click on this link to buy everything for $0.99. (You can still buy the whole series there, even if you've already bought one or two of the books before).

I want to thank everybody again for their support. It means so much to me. I'm glad so many people are reading the books! Stay tuned because I have even more exciting news to announce in the next few weeks.

Until then, enjoy the free books, plus the ones listed below…

Thank you, and I'll see you soon!

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The Rose Kiss – Now Free on Amazon

Hey everyone! Just wanted you to know that The Rose Kiss is now free on Amazon for a limited time. If you haven't yet bought a copy, or you want to recommend it to one of your friends, this is the perfect time to get it.

The Dream Kiss goes on sale in a few days. I want to thank every single person who preordered a copy, as well as all the beta readers and everyone else who offered feedback and support. This book would literally not exist without you. I hope you enjoy discovering the worlds of Lorca, the dreamworld, and the fairylands.

The Dream Kiss: Sleeping Beauty Retold

It's an exciting day! The Dream Kiss, the next book in my Fairy Tale Love Stories series, is coming out on September 1st. It's a slightly surreal retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with lots of magic, fairies, intrigue, and drama. There's a love story, of course, a dark fairy, a magical sword, and dragons.

You can order it on Amazon here

This book takes place in Lorca, a fictional island in the middle of the North Sea. Legend has it that the island's name is short for “l'or caché,” or “hidden gold.” What do you think such an island would be like? They must have been invaded many times by their neighbors, so they developed a unique culture incorporating elements from Scandinavian, British, German, Dutch, and French cultures. Of course, when you have dragons and your neighbors don't, that somewhat changes the game…

If you've already read The Rose Kiss, you'll recognize a few callbacks to Lana, Hadrian, and the Sauvagnon family throughout the course of the book. Both books have fairies, but their worlds are very different.

And because we're moving right along, the third installment of the series, The Poison Kiss, comes out next summer. You can read the first chapter at the end of The Dream Kiss when it comes out next week, and preorder it–for the high, high price of 99 cents–right here.

Other Upcoming Releases

My new young adult academy romance, Wolf Cursed, comes out this October. In it, we follow the story of Red Volkov, a wolf cursed to be human, as she adjusts to her human life and tries to understand who, and what, she really is inside. Part coming of age, part shifter story, part Beauty and the Beast, Wolf Cursed is a fresh new take on shifter romances.

This is a young adult book, so there won't be any adult scenes or omegaverse-style conceptions. There are alpha and beta wolves, but only among the human shifters, since alpha wolves don't really exist in the wild. Seriously, I looked it up. You can preorder it on Amazon here.

There's also Daughter of Light and Shadow, another Summer 2022 release. God willing we'll all be out of lockdown by then, and you can read this vampire-angel romance on the beach, the plane, the coffee shop, or wherever you'd like to go.

And there's a new series I haven't announced yet, which I'm very excited to tell you about. But only when the time is right…

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The Rose Kiss: Beauty and the Beast Retold

The Rose Kiss by Esme Rome. Cover shows a woman in a red dress with downcast eyes.I'm pleased to announce that The Rose Kiss, the first book in my fairy tale adaptation seriesis now available for preorder! It's a tale of romance and magic that is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Emily Deady, and the Twisted Tales series. You can buy it here.

Trapped by a curse. Running from fate. Can their bond bloom in the face of a sinister spell?

Lana Moreau, beautiful daughter of a bankrupt nobleman, is desperate for a suitor with a brain. But things don’t go as planned when her father takes her to the local prophet, looking for insight into her many failed courtships. When the seer names her as the Belmorta, a woman doomed to love a beast and bring famine and destruction, Lana flees in hopes of reversing her dark fortune.

Escaping the wrath of the frightened villagers, she finds salvation in a seemingly empty magical castle. Entranced by the estate’s mystical marvels, she discovers choosing to stay may mean giving her heart to the monstrous owner and fulfilling the evil curse…

Can Lana survive her wicked destiny and claim her happily-ever-after?

The Rose Kiss is the mesmerizing first novel in the Fairy Tale Love Stories YA fantasy series. If you like plucky heroines, enchanted romance, and riveting retellings, then you’ll adore Esme Rome’s captivating story.

Buy The Rose Kiss to shatter a spell today!

If you've read my “Cupid and Psyche” short story, you'll doubtless see parallels between that story and this one.

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