Review and Giveaway - Twice Upon A Time

Fairytales don’t always happen once upon a time. Fables don’t always have a happy ending. Sometimes the stories we love are too dark for nightmares. What if waking Sleeping Beauty was the worse thing the Prince could have done? What if Rapunzel wasn't in that tower for her own protection—but for everyone else’s?

Assembled by The Bearded Scribe Press, Twice Upon A Time combines classics and modern lore in peculiar and spectacular ways. From Rapunzel to Rumpelstiltskin, this unique collection showcases childhood favorites unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Both traditionally-published and independent authors will take you on a whirlwind ride through fairytale and folklore, myth and majick. Cherished stories are revisited and remastered into newly-treasured tales of hope and heartache, of adversity and adventure.

Featuring stories from Bo Balder, AJ Bauers, Carina Bissett, Rose Blackthorn, S.M. Blooding, Rick Chiantaretto, Richard Chizmar, Liz DeJesus, Court Ellyn, S.Q. Eries, Steven Anthony George, Dale W. Glaser, Jax Goss, K.R. Green, Kelly Hale, Tonia Marie Harris, Brian T. Hodges, Tarran Jones, Jason Kimble, Shari L. Klase, Alethea Kontis, Hannah Lesniak, Wayne Ligon, RS McCoy, Joshua Allen Mercier, Robert D. Moores, Diana Murdock, Nick Nafpliotis, Elizabeth J. Norton, Bobbie Palmer, William Petersen, Rebekah Phillips, Asa Powers, Joe Powers, Brian Rathbone, Julianne Snow, Tracy Arthur Soldan, C.L. Stegall, Brian W. Taylor, Kenechi Udogu, Onser von Fullon, Deborah Walker, Angela Wallace, and Cynthia Ward.

Edited by Joshua Allen Mercier. Cover artwork by Luke Spooner.

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A new published friend asked me to review her short story in the anthology Twice Upon A Time and I could not turn her down. I am so proud of AJ Bauers and all the work she has done in the past year to achieve her dreams! She moved to a brand new state and started going to school to pursue her dream of creative writing - leaving her family, friends and a career behind. She is already making strides with her first story published in Twice Upon a Time!

  • This book is amazing. The anthology has so many amazing re-tellings of classic fairy tales. Plus, with the amazing collection of authors and writings, this book has something for everyone.
  • The fairy tales go beyond your Disney" classics, spinning off the true Grimm's tales and other folklore pasted down by the generations.
  • The stories also span all genres - young adult, sci-fi, historical, contemporary, supernatural and even some post Apocalypse goodness!
  • Specifically for AJ Bauer's story, it is a re-telling of Jack and the Bean Stalk in the style of a space opera. I love the dry wit of Jack, especially as he starts the story writing his own eulogy. AJ Bauer creates a masterful world where Jack, the somewhat misfit - the nicknamed "Screw-Up" has to step up and save the world - or at least his little part of it.
  • There is nothing to gripe about, if you don't love one story, move onto the next! The book is pretty large, so I would almost suggest the ebook version just for ease of portability and lack of hand cramps!


  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing Missie! I'm glad you liked the anthology (and I'm really glad you liked my story in particular).

  2. I'm not sure what's going on this cover but I kinda of do like it, I think I'm getting the hang of fantasy novels now, wonderful review <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  3. This looks like a really interesting book especially since I've been recently obsessed with fairy-tale retellings (from movies to books!)! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  4. This book sounds awesome! I love retellings@

  5. I love retellings!!!! I gotta check this one out. Thanks for sharing, dear!

  6. Oh I didn't know about this one but that's great because I just love retellings! thanks for the discovery!

  7. ohmy, an anthology of fairytale retellings! this sounds really good!

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  8. This sounds pretty good! I like what you added to the GRIPE section; that's the beauty of anthologies!! :) Great review!

  9. Oh my! Thank you for the opportunity on getting an ARC of Twice Upon Time. This would be the first anthology I would read if ever. Nice review. :)

  10. Ooh, this sounds so good! I cannot get enough retellings and an anthology with all different stories and authors is awesome. I'm so glad you enjoyed this Missie!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

  11. This book sounds great! I love it when retellings are based on the real deal :D


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