Illustration for ‘Trash Into Cash’

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‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ stories – ‘Trash Into Cash’. Becky Tipper’s tale sees the traditional ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ story being played out in today’s metropolis – the old miller may now be a scrap merchant, the king may be a sharp, clean-cut businessman and the threads of gold may now be made out of green paper – but the heroine’s desperation and love for her child are as strong as ever.

‘Trash Into Cash’ features alongside 16 other short stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’, published by Mother’s Milk Books. Copies are available from their website.

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Illustration for ‘Mirror, Mirror’

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‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ illustrations – ‘Mirror, Mirror’. Laura Kayne’s retelling of fairytale classic ‘Snow White’ takes us back to the beginning, before the apple and the envy, right back to where a young princess meets her soon to be stepmother. The new Queen is young and fair, as society expects her to be, but as she struggles with her new position, royal duties, befriending her stepdaughter and keeping up her public image with the aid of a treacherous mirror, the familiar tale of obsession, hatred and jealously begins to emerge…

‘Mirror, Mirror’ appears along with 16 other short stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’, published by Mother’s Milk Books. Copies are available from their online store.

Illustration for ‘Bear, Hare and Ptarmigan’

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‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ illustrations – ‘Bear, Hare and Ptarmigan’. Julie Pemberton’s deeply personal fairytale is delicately woven, carrying the reader through the pain of heart-breaking loss, the terrible longing it leaves in its wake and the immensity of the power of love.

‘Bear, Hare and Ptarmigan’ appears alongside 16 other short stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’, published by Mother’s Milk Books and can be purchased from their online shop.

‘Grimm Reality’

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In a society of want, where every billboard offers to grant your wish, are we truly blessed? Or are we under a curse comparable to that of fairy tales? Ana Salote’s modern tale for ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ explores this as a creature of legend turns up in a contemporary metropolis not too far away…

Ana Salote is currently writing ‘The Waifs of Duldred Trilogy’, a series for older children. The first book ‘Oy Yew’ was published by Mother’s Milk Books in 2015 and the second installment is due for release later this year. ‘Oy Yew’ and ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ can be purchased from Mother’s Milk books online shop.http://www.mothersmilkbooks.com/index.p…/…/category/41-books

‘Hansel’s Trouble’

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How can goodness remain when your last hope is a trail of breadcrumbs? Lindsey Watkins’ tale delves into the warmth of a loving family and the consequences of its absence from a child’s life. Although set in a traditional fairy-tale forest, the story can be seen being played out in our society everyday.

This is my illustration for ‘Hansel’s Trouble’  published alongside 16 other short stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ by Mother’s Milk Books. To purchase a copy please visit their shop.

Illustration for ‘Rumpelstiltskin’

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‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ illustrations – ‘Rumpelstiltskin’. This story, written by Rebecca Ann Smith, offers a new take on the traditional tale. Exploring sacrifice, loss and love, ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery and emphasizes the importance of staying true to yourself.

Rebecca’s first novel, psychological thriller ‘Baby X’, will be published by Mother’s Milk Books later this year. Visit her blog at:www.rebeccaannsmith.co.uk

For a copy of ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’, published by Mother’s Milk Books, please visit their shop!