hey FFFers – this blog tour features an anthology (collection of short stories) from the Fellowship of Fantasy that includes cats. How cool is that? I mean, the ancient Egypians used to worship cats.
Cats have never forgotten this. Heh.
Here today is Savannah Jezowski.
FFF: Hi Savannah, welcome to Fairies, Fantasy, and Faith! I love the idea about a fantasy cat anthology. Can’t wait to read it.
SJ: Thanks for having me, Pam!
FFF: Can you tell us about the inspiration for your story, The Witching Hour?
SJ: The original inspiration for this story came when I was trying to enter a Cinderella retelling for a contest about four years ago. Instead of a glass slipper, I wanted a glass city, instead of fairy godmothers and ugly stepsisters, I wanted wizards and evil beasties. There also wasn’t a kitty in this story. Which is probably the reason the story never went anywhere, because how could any story be complete without a cat?
FFF: I know, right? So, what happened?
SJ: Unfortunately, I never did anything with the story idea or the characters. When I heard about the Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales anthology I went through some of my old notes to find a story idea that might be appropriate. There were two that jumped out at me, but this one grabbed hold and dug deep. What if there was a Kitty instead of a fairy godmother? GASP! Light Bulb! I ended up scrapping most of the Cinderella themes, so although you’ll still find the ball, the glass city, the fairy kitty, and the wizard…you probably won’t even recognize that it’s a fairy tale retelling.
FFF: Hahahahaha! I love it! Do you think you’ll do more with this story? What are your plans?
SJ: Do I have more planned for this story? I’m so glad you asked, because I do! I am drafting a second story following the events of The Witching Hour, where one of our lovebirds tries to run away from their royal obligations and creates pandemonium throughout the city…and sets some Hounds loose as well. Naturally, Romeo will need to sort everything out and save the day…again.
FFF: Fun! The best thing about fantasy is being able to do pretty much anything we want! Thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to reading your story!
SJ: You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy it!
Here’s the list of stories. Each one sounds great!
The Witching Hour by Savannah Jezowski
As shadows encroach on the city of Lite, one cat stands between humanity and the hounds of darkness. Will true love save the day?
Tail of Two Kitlings by Sharon Hughson
Two kitlings. One tail. A mother's sacrifice and a brother's betrayal. Who will survive the Siamese curse?
Black Knight by Laura L. Laura Croman Zimmerman
When a jingly bell goes missing, there’s only one supercat to solve this crime—the mysterious Black Knight.
Sulphur & Sunshine by Grace Bridges
How to Handle a Dragon, Feline Edition: on a volcanic shore, the accidental appearance of a local fire-guardian has unusual consequences for a street cat.
The Magic of Catnip by A. J. Aletha Bakke
An impulse purchase of catnip leads to unexpected shenanigans.
The Secret Treasons of the World by J. L. Rowan
When Braelin stumbles upon an outlawed Guardian, she must choose between his safety and her own—and the cost may be more than she can bear.
The Poor Miller and the Cat by Lelia Rose Foremann
When a poor miller rescues a cat, it promises to make him a wealthy man. But what is true wealth?
Alex the Cat and Alex the Prince by Ace G. Pilkington
The prince’s parents are telling him he has to marry for money, and his cat says it could cost him his life.
Whisker Width by H. L. Burke
Get a cat they said. It'll be fun, they said. No one mentioned the portals to a mysterious realm opening up in Kara's bathroom.
The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew by Pamela Sharp
When two princesses of the realm claim the same cat, how far will their loyal retainers go to see that each princess gets her way?
The Witch's Cat by Rachel Ann Michael Rachel Harris
Walk under ladders. October the 13th. A black cat. Perhaps the only way to bring two lovers together is through the worst luck.
The Cat-Dragon and the Unicorn by Janeen Ippolito
Ademis the cat-dragon only wants his freedom but must graciously help a scared unicorn girl who should be glad of his benevolent assistance.
Destined for Greatness by Jenelle Leanne Leanne Schmidt
Kendall knows he is destined for great things. The problem is, the Fates — if they even exist — don't seem to agree.
Sammy's Secret by Karin De Havin
A ring is lost. A friendship is ruined. A cadre of cats is on the case!
Death Always Collects by Jeremy Rodden
Loki, a regular old Siamese cat, finds Death looming to take his human. Bargain as much as you want, but remember: Death always collects.
The Wild Hunt by Naomi P. Cohen
When an immigrant violinist's music enchants a Cait Sidhe, she's entangled in the secret world of the New York Fae.
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