It’s my birthday and I’m celebrating by giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Card in my reader group.
We’re still on snippets from Someone Else’s Shoes, my fairytale novella that’ll be in the box set Once Upon Another World.
For those catching up, it’s an F/F take on Cinderella with a trans princess and set in the same spellster series world as To Target the Heart and In Pain and Blood, except in another empire and a few generations back from what I call “the modern timeline” of those novels.
Carrying on from last week, where we met Odette…
Unlike most of the slaves living in the estate, she had belonged to Alla’s father from well before even he had been born. The woman’s collar still bore the family crest—etched into the steel plating that was riveted to the old leather. Only two such slaves were left now. There hadn’t been many before Alla’s father died fighting in the imperial army as he preferred having servants, an outlandish view for any noble in the Niholian Empire.
But once the news of his demise reached them, her stepmother had wasted little time in firing the servants and trading the few able-bodied slaves for whatever took her fancy. Odette and Uda where the only two who remembered Alla’s father and they were only here because not even the glass barons wanted them.
“My dear, sweet child.” Odette knelt before Alla. “Look at you. As wet as a squid and paddling about like a duck.”
Someone Else’s Shoes
Exclusively in the Once Upon Another World Box Set
Currently on pre-order for 99c