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Publication Order of Faraway Castle Books

Ellie and the Prince (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Siren and the Scholar (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rose and the Briar (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lady and the Wish (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cinder Ellie (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mirror and the Curse (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Villain's Ever After Books

Gothel and the Maiden Prince (By: W.R. Gingell) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carabosse and the Spindle Spell (By: Sylvia Mercedes) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beast and the Enchantress (By: Camille Peters) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sultan and the Storyteller (By: Lichelle Slater) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bluebeard and the Outlaw (By: Tara Grayce) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stepsister and the Slipper (By: Nina Clare) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Goblin and the Dancer (By: Allison Tebo) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hansel and the Gingerbread Queen (By: Lea Doué) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark King and the Eternal Dance (By: Alesha Adamson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess (By: Lucy Tempest) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Baker and the Wolf (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prince and the Sea Witch (By: A.G. Marshall) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

J.M. Stengl Jill

J.M. Stengl has been published since 1996 when she started writing as Jill Stengl, she published sixteen christian-romance short-novels and novellas (for Barbour Publishing.) In 2014, as Jill Stengl, she self-published a historical romance novel.

She now considers herself to be a YA fairy-tale romance writer. In writing these she distinguishes herself as J.M. Stengl. She describes her new genre as “including a dash of magic along with heart-melting romance.”

Using traditional fairy tales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood, she weaves new fantasy stories aimed at young adults, that are rich with risk, adventure, and romance.

She adds sparkle and giggles with made up creatures like unicorns and “cinder sprites”. These are somewhat based on her own love of her cats, horses and guinea pigs!

In an interview with the website Cloister she shared a personal aspect of being a writer. In her early author days her stories were generally well received and she felt comfortable with the praise.

When she started appearing on Amazon book sites, she was not prepared for how much it hurt for readers to “dislike my book-babies.” Amazon readers seemed to have “lower filters for their comments and evidently higher expectations.”

Having a writing critique partner helped develop a tougher writer’s skin. Teaching co-op literature classes for homeschooling helped her see her own work in a more realistic way.

She now derives joy from writing stories that are simple, fun, and makes her readers laugh. Right now, light, loving, and fantastical is a good fit.

Ms. Stengl’s Faraway Castle series starts with “Ellie and the Prince”.

Ellie works at a resort in her overalls herding cinder sprites. To her horror, she keeps crossing paths with Prince Omar! She harbors a secret crush on him but she’s sure she could never have anything with him.

He’s a handsome prince; he could have any woman he wants. She’s just an ordinary girl, getting dirty, herding animals and wearing grungy overalls. He couldn’t possibly want to give her a second look.

A unicorn attacks a riding party of guests and a band of nobles decide to hunt down and kill the seemingly dangerous creature. Ellie simply cannot stand by. Unicorns are gentle creatures. Turning violent? There is definitely something wrong and she has to get to the bottom of it.

Will Omar and Ellie find the unicorn before the unthinkable happens? Can she protect her heart and not reveal her secret, that she has growing feelings for the handsome prince?

“The Siren and the Scholar” takes us underwater to a “siren” (sometimes depicted as a mermaid) where “Kamoana” lives. She doesn’t remember why, but her mother, Queen Pukai, placed a spell on her and she takes on the form of a human woman. She thinks it’s a test. She thinks she’s supposed to get a man to fall in love with her. She’s so frustrated that she just can’t remember.

She realizes she’s near the Faraway Castle, a well known destination for the worldwide wealthy, single royals and nobles. There’s almost limitless possibilities of handsome men to choose from.

How can she know to whom she’s to approach, get him to fall in love with her, and do it in three days? Besides, does she even want to marry anyone? If only she could remember what happened.

As her memories start to return, she realizes there’s one man, someone she knew before. How can she get him to remember her and rekindle the romance of love from before?

In “The Rose and the Briar” Rosa dreads princes who are primarily hungry for power. They present an obstacle for Rose. She is charged to protect the sleeping princess, the legendary Zafira.

For three years Rosa has hidden the princess in the gardens almost in plain site. For nearly a century Zafira has been sleeping, waiting for a prince, the right prince, to find her and give her the kiss to awaken her.

Rose works feverishly to protect the princess and guide the “right” prince to her.

“The Lady and the Wish” introduces us to Gillian, who’s heart and mind are made up. Lady Gillian Montmorency is determined to win the heart and marry Prince Fidelio. Now her carefully crafted plans and crashing down. She is despondent but still determined.

To her horror, her parents, in the midst of a financial scandal, have decided she will work as a companion to an old lady. She’s shipped off to a remote location, situated in a ramshackle villa to be with Lady Beneventi.

The situation is a nightmare. Lady Beneventi hates Gillian, ghosts are appearing all through the villa, statues come to life, and doors disappear and reappear at will. She’s frightened and wants out.

Gillian tries to gain the trust and assistance of the cranky but handsome construction worker on the grounds. Can she persuade him to help her so she can move on to marry her prince? Or will this new collaboration move her heart in another direction?

Ms. Stengl’s life as a native of California and wife to an Air Force fighter pilot is firmly in the rear view mirror. She and her husband now live in North Carolina where she quilts, loves the cats and treasures their grandchildren. She is also active in animal rescue organizations.

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