500 New Fairy Tales Found!


Once upon a time, the historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth collected fairytales in Bavaria, which were locked away in an archive until 2012.

On Sept 18, the English/German book version: Original Bavarian Folktales: A Schonwerth Selection: Original bayerische Volksmarchen – Ausgewahlte Schonwerth-Geschichten (Dover Dual Language German) will be available but you can preorder it now.

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048649991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486499918

At 304 pages it’s difficult to imagine all 500 tales are there, so it may simply be the fairy tales that are brand new and ones that are wildly different versions of tales with which we are already familiar.

However, a definite New Read Must Have. Wondering what these tales are like? Here is one of the newly discovered stories – The Turnip Princess

A young prince lost his way in the forest and came to a cave. He passed the night there, and when he awoke there stood next to him an old woman with a bear and a dog.

The old witch seemed very beautiful and wished that the prince would stay with her and marry her. He could not endure her, yet could not leave that place.

One day, the bear was alone with him and spoke to the prince: “Pull the rusty nail from the wall, so that I shall be delivered, and place it beneath a turnip in the field, and in this way you shall have a beautiful wife.”

The prince seized the nail so strongly that the cave shook and the nail cracked loudly like a clap of thunder. Behind him a bear stood up from the ground like a man, bearded and with a crown on his head.

“Now I shall find a beautiful maiden,” cried the prince and went forth nimbly.

He came to a field of turnips and was about to place the nail beneath one of them when there appeared above him a monster, so that he dropped the nail, pricked his finger on a hedge and bled until he fell down senseless.

When he awoke he saw that he was elsewhere and that he had long slumbered, for his smooth chin was now frizzy with a blond beard. He arose and set off across field and forest and searched through every turnip field but nowhere found what he was looking for.

Day passed and night, too, and one evening, he sat down on a ridge beneath a bush, a flowering blackthorn with red blossoms on one branch. He broke off the branch, and because there was before him, amongst the other things on the ground, a large, white turnip, he stuck the blackthorn branch into the turnip and fell asleep.

When he awoke on the morrow, the turnip beside him looked like a large, open shell in which lay the nail, and the wall of the turnip resembled a nut-shell, whose kernel seemed to shape his picture. He saw there the little foot, the thin hand, the whole body, even the fine hair so delicately imprinted, just as the most beautiful girl would have.

The prince stood up and began his search, and came at last to the old cave in the forest, but no one was there. He took out the nail and struck it into the wall of the cave, and at once the old woman and the bear were also there.

“Tell me, for you know for certain,” snarled the prince fiercely at the old woman, “where have you put the beautiful girl from the parlour?”

The old woman giggled to hear this: “You have me, so why do you scorn me?”

The bear nodded, too, and looked for the nail in the wall.

“You are honest, to be sure,” said the prince, “but I shall not be the old woman’s fool again.”

“Just pull out the nail,” growled the bear.

The prince reached for it and pulled it half out, looked about him and saw the bear as already half man, and the odious old woman almost as a beautiful and kind girl. Thereupon he drew out the nail entirely and flew into her arms for she had been delivered from the spell laid upon her and the nail burnt up like fire. And the young bridal pair travelled with [her] father, the king, to his kingdom.

The End.

Yes, a bit weird, but wonderful. The prince is neither clever nor heroic. The old witch (princess) and the bear [the King, her father] are the brains. What the moral is, is up for grabs. Probably that young men rarely see what’s right in front of them!

Ok, ok, we know you’ve been wondering. So, here it is. Observations Upon “The Religion of Doctors” — Your end of summer read about a FABulous wedding on gorgeous Prince Edward Island awaits!

No, we didn’t plan it this way, but apparently theRoyal couple, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge (Catherine nee Middleton) are beginning their Candian Tour tomorrow and making a stop on beautiful  Prince Edward Island * for the Fourth of July weekend.

If you’d like to enter the contest to win a trip to PEI, the good folks at Tourism PEI are sponsoring a “follow in Royal Footsteps” contest, allowing the winner to go to all the charming spots in Canada the Royal couple will visit.

Observations Upon “The Religion of Doctors,” Book 5, of the series we’ve been publishing about the Gardner Museum heist (by Acascias Riphouse), had been rolled as of today. It is the penultimate book of the series, and features a contemporary Labor Day wedding on Prince Edward Island (home of LM Montgomery’s famous red-headed Anne of Green Gables).

If you’re wondering what it would be like to vacation on PEI, pick up a copy now and tag along to find out about all the PEI summer hotspots while solving the mystery.  Or, hang on to it for your own end of August getaway (or that destination wedding your dreading) and see how your adventures stack up with ours. Hopefully your holiday / wedding won’t end in murder!

If you want to check out the first few chapters, you can do that on our main website, or check out Google Books.  Haven’t read the earlier books in the series? No worries, you can always catch up. If you want to see just how beautiful the island really is, click Dan James’ CEO Blues Gallery link and see our favorite shot. Dan, amazingly is not a professional photographer, but CEO of silverorange web systems.

This book is only available in Trade paperback or e-Book formats, because really, who buys hardbacks these days?

Next month we’ll be devoting some blogspace to an author interview. So, fasten your seatbelt, we’ll be asking all the ugly questions about the Welsh, autoimmune diseases, auction houses. And the most important, did you know Whitey Bulger was living in Santa Monica? And hopefully we’ll have some dish on the final book of the series Loose Fantasies:  The Memoirs which will be available at the end of August.

*(Yes, it really is Prince Edward Island, not Prince Edwards Island, but we probably messed that up at least once somewhere in the book, or on the website, or even on the cover. Sorry.)

Releasing our Start Your Summer Right Read this week, Book 4 of the Series

For those of you that have been patiently keeping up to speed with our Ioan Lennox series and just finished the “Easter” book, A Choice Collection of Rare Secrets, Bk. 3, in synch with the season, good news!

We’ve just sent our “Summer Kick-Off Read” to press today. The Powder of Sympathy, Bk. 4, which is set in June, will be available to order in a couple of days in ebook ($2.99) or paperback editions ($12.99, unless you buy Amazon, in which case $8 something).

(And yes, it is a brand new book. But we only publish NEW books in paperback because that is the only format that is Certified Sustainable Forest Industry product.)

Preview chapters, as always, are available on the FAB website (bottom of the page), and will be on Google Books within the next few days.

Here’s the blurb

It’s June in New York and Chief Investments and Acquisitions Officer Ioan Lennox is gearing up for the perfect summer at Sarsfields Auction House. With his wedding plans sorted, his fiancees career launched, and his own star ascending, it should all be smooth sailing.  But with the FBI’s sudden appearance in his office, a Vermeer’s sudden disappearance, and a perilous report that may or may not exist, the seas are about to become very choppy indeed. Can he chart a true cross through the towering waves, or is he destined to be dashed on the rocks? Discover for yourself in [Touching the Curing of Wounds:] The Powder of Sympathy – The Most Universal Cure.

Enjoy, you lucky sods!

Yes, it is a really long book title, but when you publish a series that uses genuine 17th-century book titles, it comes with the territory. If you can’t find the book listed under P for Powder, try using T for Touching!

And if you haven’t been keeping up with the series, catch up now, because our penultimate August End of Summer Fling read, Observations Upon “The Religion of Doctors,” and our series All Hallow’s Blow-Out Conclusion book, Loose Fantasies: The Memoirs, will be coming out right on time.

The $1 book — Oh Joy, Oh Rapture

Well, today was spent fixing up website things in anticipation of the new release.  StartLogic is a great server and has really easy to use interface, but toward the end updates began to slow down a little.  So we popped over her to yak while the update spools.

We added a new section for the new release, discussing our pricing and why.  It’s really criminal the prices some of the big companies are using for Christmas books, during a depression . . . sorry, economic slowdown. People are hurting. Enough already!

We cut our profit margin to the bone for our first release, just so that people could buy it and read something new and lightweight for Christmas.  Yeah, that’s right we’re making $1 profit on every book. And we’re holding down costs on eBooks to $2.  On a new book mind. We’re shooting for Dec 8, to be widely available.

We’re going to be getting the free chapters in PDF format up on the site next. At this point, things look promising. We’re still deciding how much to put up. Some companies are 1 chapter only.  We’re more . . . 10,000 words is better.

It’s Christmas for heaven’s sake! Give!