“Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy.”
Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.
With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game.
Him Or Me
Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile, which drags him down to a watery grave. Who could guess that below the water, the great beast would spew me out with a belch and a wink of its horned, livid eye? It was not yet my time to die, not then nor any other time. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever in a nightmare of childhood fancy with that infernal, eternal boy. No one knows what came next, the part you never read about in the stories. I clawed through water bloodied by the corpses of my crew driven overboard to make a meal for the sharks, flailed for the hull of my ship before the sharks caught up to me. I saw it all by moonrise as I hooked my way up the chains to the deck. One of my men lay a sprawl on the hatch coaming, dead eyes staring at the moon, curled fingers frozen over his ruptured belly. Another had dragged himself a few paces toward the rail before he expired, leaving a smear of fresh blood on the deck that could never be stained red enough to disguise it. Half a dozen others lay about in shadowy heaps, limbs twisted, faces ghastly, silent as waxworks. Everything stank of blood and decay. One man was draped facedown over the foredeck rail, arrows sprouting from his back. The redskins were teaching the boys archery, as if they need. . .
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July 3: Passages to the Past – review, excerpt, giveaway
July 5: Harlequin Junkie – excerpt, interview, giveaway
July 7: Upcoming4.me – review, giveaway, original essay, republishing ‘The Story Behind ALIAS HOOK’
July 8: USA Today’s Happy Ever After – round-up of Fairy Tales Revisited
July 8: The Lit Bitch – excerpt, giveaway, review
July 8: A Bookish Affair – review
July 9: No More Grumpy Bookseller – excerpt, giveaway
July 10: No More Grumpy Bookseller – review
July 11: Reading Frenzy – interview, giveaway
July 14: She Reads – Picture This – guest post
July 14: Gone Pecan – excerpt, giveaway, review
July 15: A Bookish Affair – interview, giveaway
July 16: Literary, etc. – excerpt, interview, giveaway
July 17: Let Them Read Books – excerpt, giveaway
July 18: Let Them Read Books – review
July 19: Cheryl’s Book Nook – review, excerpt, interview, giveaway
July 21: Mary Gramlich – review, excerpt, interview, giveaway
July 22: Cocktails & Books – review, interview, giveaway
July 23: My Friends are Fiction – review, interview, giveaway
July 24: Reading the End – review, giveaway
July 28: Reading the Past – interview
July 29: Dark Faerie Tales – review, giveaway