A dead cellphone calls with a job offer and a promise of dragons.
Imagine if Terry Pratchett sat down with Kathy Bates to make up fractured fairy tales for Edward Everett Horton to read aloud: You’d get MAVEN FAIRY GODMOTHER: THROUGH THE VEIL.
Broke, busted, and despairing over the mess of her life, Maven Morrigan is offered a job as a fairy godmother, a one-time-only last chance to make something of herself and make the world a better place.
As a woman ‘of a certain age,’ she is burned out doing the only work she is qualified for, her unemployment has run out, and she’s lost everything but her car—and it’s a wreck. When her prepaid cellphone, long out of minutes, rings with a job offer, she takes it on the promise of meeting a dragon, but as usual, a few details were left off the contract.
Maven’s idea of how to grant her clients’ wishes presents more problems than she expects when she learns that the Veil that separates Faery from Mundane is on the verge of collapse, and her new boss isn’t giving her the all the facts about magic castles, dragons and trolls. But she has nowhere else to go, not even back to her old life in Mundane, until her friend and co-trainee becomes a damsel in distress.
Not knowing who to trust: her boss, her slithery familiar, or her own Bump of Direction, she has to rely on herself, her real world failures, and her sense of the absurd to survive in this imaginary garden with real frogs in it to make her clients’ happy endings happen.
MAVEN FAIRY GODMOTHER: THROUGH THE VEIL is fast, fun read that shows that none of us is ever old enough to know better as we try to wish for we think what will make us happy.
2014 Winner Sharp Writ Book Awards for SciFi-Fantasy
2014 First Place Media Women of South Carolina Communications Contest Novels for Adults
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Charlotte Henley Babb writes quirky steampunk and fantasy fiction for humanoids of an uncertain age, including stories of Maven, a fairy godmother for the rest of us. She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, web designer, cloth store associate, secret weapon, and telephone psychic.
Only in the new milliennium are women of a certain age portrayed as living, breathing, vibrant human beings…not feeble grandmothers or evil witches. Where are the “coming of middle age” stories to help us make the transition from mother to crone? Charlotte always loved fantasy and magic, but she could not find much in the fairy tales I knew that moved beyond the first kiss and a promise of marriage.
She never identified with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty or Beauty and the Beast, always feeling too big with big feet, too loud, too assertive….too anything except beautiful, obedient, compliant and humble. She loved to watch Fractured Fairy Tales on the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, where the villians were not quite so villainous and the heroes not so heroic.