Timeless Fairy Tales

Timeless Fairy Tales are a series of fairy tale adaptations. They can be read in the suggested order, as they are listed here, or out of order. Each book focuses on a different main character, but there is some overlap between the books. For instance, Arcainia–the country Lucien from Beauty and the Beast is set on invading–is the setting for The Wild Swans. The links after the book descriptions take you to extra info about my adaptations and the original fairy tales.

Updated: Timeless Fairy Tales TimelinePDF File contains a rough timeline of the events that take place in all currently published Fairy Tales. WARNING: It does contain spoilers! I will continue to update the timeline as books (and freebies) are released.


Book 1: Beauty and the Beast – Buy the e-book or paperback on Amazon

Once upon a time Elle made a mistake. A small miscalculation sends her through the roof of an enchanted chateau. Stranded until her broken leg mends, Elle is forced to rely on the good will of the sour chateau owner —the cursed Prince Severin. Prince Severin—the commanding general and staunch supporter of his brother the crown prince—is cursed to look like a beast until a maiden falls in love with him. However, he has given up all hope of shattering the curse after several painful and failed attempts to break it. As such he has only disdain for Elle, leaving her to the devices of his bossy servants. This suits Elle perfectly as she dislikes the entire royal family, Severin included.

Unfortunately for the unsuspecting pair, the chateau servants are determined to break the curse and spend the majority of their time pushing Elle and Severin together. After bonding over gardens, animals, and terrifying squirrels Elle and Severin show signs of friendship, and perhaps something more… But not all love stories can end that easily. After all, Elle is not what she seems, and Severin’s life is placed in danger when hostilities flare between his brother and the monarchs of a neighboring country.

If they really want the love of a lifetime Elle, a loyal liar, and Severin, an indifferent beast, will have to use every trick they know to survive.

Beauty and the Beast Reviews:

“I decided to give it a try and it did not take long to realize I had come across a gem!” – tswartze @ Bibliobibuli

“But, not only is this the beloved tale retold, it’s a new tale with merits all its own, and I for one fell in love with the telling and the characters with all their stupidities and strengths.” – bookjunkie @ Live to Read

“I wasn’t really expecting to like this book when I started reading it, however, this proved to be so unexpectedly charming and adorable that I couldn’t help but love it.” – Aishwarya Hariharan @ BookBear

“If you’re looking for a light read, this is definitely the book for you.” – Olivia @ A Million Books and Too Much Coffee

“I love the chemistry between Elle and Severin…” Asmaa @ Asmaa A. M.


Book 2: The Wild Swans – Buy the e-book on Amazon

The seven princes of Arcainia are cursed and transformed into swans by their step-mother, a wicked witch. Without the princes to run the country and keep it safe from their step-mother’s greedy clutches, Arcainia is ruined…unless Princess Elise, the princes’ foster-sister, can break their curse.

Elise is no hero. She would rather balance expense accounts than become her country’s champion. But, to free her foster-brothers Elise agrees to knit seven shirts made of stinging nettles. She must complete the shirts without uttering a word.

The already dire situation turns perilous when Elise catches the eye of a foreign prince, who drags her back to his family’s castle where she is tormented by the prince’s evil father. With a wicked witch hunting her and the foreign king threatening to kill her, Elise’s loyalty and love are put to the test. She must become Arcainia’s defender, or the country, and her foster-brothers, will be lost.

Wild Swans Reviews:

“I also liked that K.M. Shea put two different paths for readers to choose from. While I agree with many people who said that they wanted K.M. Shea to decide between the two, I like her decision to leave it open to the reader. Most authors choose the path for the reader which usually means that I feel sad for the other suitor(s), so I am glad I got to read both endings.” – Sophie @ SplustBookworms

 CinderellaCoverBook 3: Cinderella and the Colonel – Buy the e-book or paperback on Amazon

The country of Erlauf is the enemy, as far as Cinderella is concerned. Since Erlauf took over her home country, Cinderella has been forced to manage her once opulent duchy like a tightly budgeted farm. Gone are the days of wealth and luxury.  Instead, Cinderella dons servants’ clothes and sells all  her luxuries to save her servants and her duchy from the mountain of debt she’s racked up due to Erlauf fines and taxes.

Romance and forgiveness are the last things on Cinderella’s mind. Unfortunately the rakish Erlauf Colonel Friedrich has other ideas.

Cinderella thinks she needs a pile of money to save her duchy, and for the Erlauf invaders to leave. What she gets is a debonair Erlauf colonel, a fairy godmother, four mice, two goats, a pair of glass slippers, and a pumpkin.

Cinderella and the Colonel Reviews:

“Please, please read this if you love fairy tales and need a little romance in your day, but don’t want just fluff. It’s such a breath of fresh air.” -bookjunkie @ Live to Read

“A light and enjoyable read, sprinkled with humor.” – Aya @ Ayaling

I’m so incredibly glad I stumbled on this in my futile quest to read all Cinderella based romances, because it shows that all is not lost and excellent retellings still exist and not all has been done and tried yet. I wholeheartedly suggest this book to all Cinderella and fairy tale lovers.” – Liis @ Me and Reading

“Cinderella and the Colonel is a sweet and entertaining novel with a likable heroine. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys clean romances and humor in their fairy tales.” – Belinda @ In the Land of Dragons

“I highly, highly, highly recommend this story!” – Lindsey @ Chick Lit Chickadees


Book 4: Rumpelstiltskin – Buy the e-book on Amazon

When Gemma’s drunken father tells King Torgen of Verglas that his daughter can spin straw into gold, Gemma assumes her life is over. Held captive in a room filled with straw, Gemma is ordered to spin it all into gold by dawn the following day, or she will be killed by the king’s orders. Rather than cry her eyes out over her sad fate, Gemma tries escaping, and becomes acquainted with a mysterious mage named Stil. Stil offers to help Gemma complete her task, for a price, and turns the straw into gold thread.

Unfortunately the gold whets the greedy appetite of King Torgen, who is determined to wring more gold from Gemma. Gemma is relieved when Stil agrees to help her a second and third time…but his requested payments for the task grow stranger and stranger…

Can Gemma outsmart the evil king and survive Stil’s unusual bargains?

Rumpelstiltskin Reviews:

“Shea has created a beautiful world inhabited by fairytale characters. Stil was a great, quirky character.” – Casey Williams


Book 5: The Little SelkieBuy the ebook or paperback on Amazon

It is with great reluctance–and a lot of frustration–that Dylan, a selkie, saves the Ringsted Prince Callan when she finds him shipwrecked and drifting in the ocean. The experience is nothing but a bother, so she puts it from her mind and swims off on her merry way. Two years later, while chasing an evil sea witch onto land, Dylan’s pelt is stolen, leaving her unable to return to the ocean in her sea lion body. Rather than serve as the sea witch’s tool, Dylan asks a traveling enchantress to seal her voice. The enchantress complies, and Dylan is taken to the royal palace by one of the sea witch’s minions where she encounters, yet again, Prince Callan.

Between court games, a dangerous brush with a kelpie, and sniffing out the sea witch while looking for her pelt, Dylan’s days are a flavorful blend of treachery and boredom. But during her searches and investigations, Prince Callan befriends her, making her question her loyalties. Dylan always thought her heart was with the ocean, but can she defeat the sea witch and leave Callan, forever?

puss-in-bootsBook 6: Puss in Boots – Buy the ebook or paperback on Amazon

Because Gabrielle, the daughter of a miller, is lovely to behold, she is given only a cat as her inheritance, and is told to marry. Immediately.

When her cat reveals he can talk and insists he is magical, he invites Gabrielle to join him in a life of adventure in exchange for a pair of boots. She agrees. Puss soon has her facing bandits, rescuing the sharp-mouthed Prince Steffen, and fighting malicious creatures that encroach upon her country’s lands. While Gabrielle and Prince Steffen strike an unlikely friendship, Puss tells everyone they come across that Gabrielle is the long lost Marquise of Carabas—a dangerous claim as Carabas is guarded by a shape-shifting ogre that has defeated armies, killed mages, and quashed a number of heroes.

Gabrielle might not have so easily agreed to Puss’s offer of partnership if she knew the cat’s greatest ambition: to take out the ogre.

Puss In Boots Reviews:

“I’ve fallen for K. M. Shea’s fairy tell rewrites, and her newest, Puss In Boots, is no different.” – Mary @ MarylyMade

SwanLakeCover2Book 6: Swan LakeBuy the ebook on Amazon

Will she choose to save her country or free herself?

Cursed to be a swan by day, Odette spends her nights leading a band of smugglers and delivering illegal goods. Though she longs for her spell to be broken, she is stuck flattering the evil sorcerer who cursed her.

When the kind and witty Prince Alexsei tracks Odette and her crew to their camp, Odette fears he is yet another complication she must manage. Instead, Alexsei slowly endears himself to her and searches for a way to break her curse—but with every visit he risks alerting the sorcerer to his presence.

When the sorcerer launches an attack against the royal family, Odette is pulled between her love for Alexsei and her loyalties to her crew. Will she choose to fight with Alexsei, or fulfill her responsibilities as a leader and smuggler?

159 comments on “Timeless Fairy Tales

  1. I have read all 6 of the books in your Timeless Fairy Tales series and am about to read The Snow Queen. I’ve loved all of the books so far and am very excited for the rest of the series. Does The Snow Queen count as book 7? And when are the rest of the 12 coming out?? Does that Glass Coffen story you were talking about in the comments come next? If I had realized when I started reading that there were 12 books I would have waited until you finished all of them before I began reading. I hate the waiting especially the waiting and not knowing when to expect them! Thank you so much for writing these stories and please at least give a ball park on when I can expect the rest of the stories!

    • Snow Queen IS part of the Timeless Fairy Tale world, but it takes place centuries prior (like the story of the Glass Coffin, major props to you as I’m not sure many noticed that hint) so I pulled it out of the series so it wouldn’t be mixed up. That being said, the events in Snow Queen do play a major role in the current events of the Timeless Fairy Tale series.

      After Snow Queen 2 comes out in late February, the next fairy tale you’ll see is Swan Lake–which will be out this summer–and then Sleeping Beauty will have her release in December. I try to write a minimum of three Timeless Fairy Tales per year, so if all goes well you should see the series wrap up in 2018–although I’ll still be releasing fairy tales that take place in the same world. 🙂 I hope they prove to be worth the wait!

      • Waiting is the hardest part! Thanks for the heads up with your rough timeline. I love the world you’ve created, and I look forward to the other books in the series!

      • 😀 I’m glad you enjoy the world! Later this year (when I get myself more organized, haha) I’m hoping to post the titles of the remaining stories in the series–although I think a lot of people have accurately predicted what most of them will be. 🙂

  2. Kitty,
    I just wanted to run something past you. From the Fairy Tale Books so far published, and from responses you have made to comments above, I’m guessing that the following fairy tales are yet to be written for the series. (I originally thought that the Snow Queen books would be part of the series so now I’m not sure I have all 12 figured out). Above you mentioned that Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty will be coming out this year so I’m guessing the remaining books are as follows; 1. The 12 Dancing Princesses, 2. The Frog Prince, 3. Little Red Riding Hood, and 4. Snow White. Obviously, beyond Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty I have no clue what order they will come out in, but can you at least give a clue as to whether or not I’m close on the outstanding fairy tale stories? Just so you know, I have enjoyed all of your books. After reading them the first time reading them again is like visiting old friends again after being too long away from each other. Thanks again.

    • I have the applaud your guesses! You are mostly correct. If all goes as planned the 12 Dancing Princesses will be the next fairy tale to be released in 2017, Snow White will probably go after that, but I’m still tinkering with the timeline a bit so I can’t promise that. I’m keeping my mouth clamped about the other fairy tale for now, but the last book in the series won’t be a proper fairy tale, it will be Angelique’s story! 🙂

      However, as I’ve mentioned before I do have plans to write other fairy tales even after this particular timeline is over. So whatever fairy tales I don’t include in this arc, you’ll see later!

  3. was wondering if all of your books are going to be in paper format. I would love to purchase them and hold them rather having just the kindle set. Please please tell me you are planning it soon.

    • Eventually, one day they will be. For newer books–like the Snow Queen series–it will happen much faster. The older stories, like Rumpelstiltskin–need a little more editing because I’ve learned so much since I first released them. The editing is the actual holdup/ what keeps me from releasing them in paperback faster. Still, I do hope to eventually offer all of them in paperback! 🙂

  4. You’re doing Swan Lake? So excited! Reminds me of Once Upon a Time…If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest a binge marathon. 😉

    • I have not seen it yet, but it is on my “to watch” list! I’m slow to watch things as I have TV show trust issues since I am deeply in love with BBC Sherlock, and I am STILL waiting for Season 4.

      • Don’t we all? 🙂 Loving your books, and I love the way you’re pulling so many different fairy tales into one unique world with its own unique over-arching plot. I’ve never seen a series done quite like that before, and I’m really enjoying it.

      • I’m glad you enjoy it! (I actually got the idea for the series by thinking I would feel bad for the poor fairy godmother if all the Disney princess fairy tales happened at once. Angelique came about as a result; I love overworking her, muwahah!)

  5. Hi Kitty,
    Absolutely adore your Timeless Fairy Tales – literally spent 20 minutes on the phone yesterday gushing about how amazing they are. Every time you bring a new one out it becomes my new favourite (although my first love, the one that hooked me was Cinderella and the Colonel). I love seeing how you take on different fairy tales and weave then into your world. Can’t wait to see how Rakel’s story finishes!
    Have my fingers crossed that one of my favourite princesses from childhood – the lesser known Donkeyskin – will make it into your series and your references to the legend of the girl in the glass coffin has most definitely piqued my interest. Sounds like Lucien is in for an interesting time as well…
    Still cannot decide who is the better fit for Elise though. I love them both!

    • Hey Cat!
      I’m not planning to include Donkeyskin in Angelique’s story arc, however, I have plans for many fairy tales outside of Angelique’s timeline–the Girl In the Glass Coffin being one of them, good catch on that–so perhaps I’ll get a chance to adapt it then!

      Cinderella is one of my favorite manuscripts too, so I’m especially delighted it was the book that reeled you in. 😉 (I have a serious soft spot for Cinderella and Friedrich as they are too cute together!) Thank you for reading, and for your lovely message!

  6. Kitty,

    Is there a Rapunsel (SP?) story somewhere in all your Fairy Tale Planning, either inside or outside Angelique’s timeline? Just wondering.

    • Hi Arletta! There will be a Rapunzel story, but it will be shortly after Angelique’s timeline, so it won’t be part of what I’m calling the ‘final battle.’

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  8. Hi Kitty!
    Just asking, will there be a story based on Alice in Wonderland? I thought I saw a mention of the Queen of Hearts somewhere (i think in a freebie???) so is it going to be part of the 12 or something separate like the Snow Queen and Glass coffin
    speaking of the snow queen, just finished sacrifice :DDD; and just a hypothesis but will the mirror in that story be the same mirror in a later tale of snow white or play a key role in the final battle(cause the way it was described and hints in others stories made me think that)
    just a hypothesis of course, but wouldn’t mind if you would confirm/deny it

    • Good eye, Jessa! Yes, I will be writing a story about the Queen of Hearts, but she’ll be a prequel story–like the Snow Queen–and I won’t have a chance to get to her until after I close off the current fairy tale timeline.

      As for the mirror, I will admit that it and many of the other events in the Snow Queen book have a profound impact on Angelique’s time. 😉 Excellent observation skills, by the way!

  9. I just wanted you to know, I came across the Snow Queen series through Kindle Unlimited. I enjoyed them thoroughly. In fact, I intend to go back and buy them as well as go back and start reading the other Timeless Fairy Tales. Thanks for the hours of enjoyment.

    • Hi Roxanne, I’m glad you enjoyed the Snow Queen books! (And as a Kindle Unlimited reader, I’m tickled you discovered it there!) I hope you enjoy the other fairy tales, and thank you for reading, and for taking the time to send me this message! 🙂

    • Yes, they both will be made into paperback! They’ll be out before December. (I’m actually hoping they’ll be out earlier, but I’m terrible at estimating all the different deadlines, so I try to overshoot to make it easier.)

  10. Hi! I just have a really quick question! I’m rereading your books, and in The Wild Swans I saw this: Angelique was cold as ice and pale as snow. Is that Angelique’s price?

    • Oohhhhh you are sharp! First of all, congrats! You’re the first person to put it together and realized that Angelique used her core magic off screen! Okay, you’re partially right because using her core magic did set off her price, but Angelique looks and acts the way she does also because she has very /complicated/ feelings for her core magic. I’ll be revisiting that part of the story from her POV for her book, so you’ll get a better understanding then! 🙂

    • Hopefully you’ll enjoy it! Angelique is a character I worry over a bit because she’s so predominant in the series and I need everyone to like her.

  11. I had a few questions…
    Based on your replies to other comments, I’m guessing the remaining books are as follows: 8. Sleeping Beauty 9. 12 Dancing Princesses 10. Snow White 11. Little Red Riding Hood 12. The Frog Prince (with the Glass Coffin and Rapunzel stories that aren’t in Angelique’s timeline afterward/somewhere in between).
    Second, I believe several books have mentioned that the 12 dancing princesses are in Farset. ‘Swan Lake’ introduces us to the cursed elves, who are also in Farset. The elves use etonse philtre, which causes the drinker to forget everything and only remember a love of dancing. Do I smell a connection here?

    • You are really close in your book guesses! I will say that while I will be writing a Little Red Riding Hood story, it won’t be until after this particular story arch is over, and Angelique will get her own book that will fill in her life, and then the final book would be the culmination of what’s going on and not attached to any particular fairy tale. 😀

      And you smell a connection alright! Odette is the first female character in the series who has a clue about what’s going on outside her country due to her job, so when she mentions that the elves are cursed you know it’s serious business! (Well…Elle was aware of outside politics as well, but in her defense not nearly as many magical things were happening at the time of her spy missions, and she wasn’t plugged into the magical circuit the way Odette is.)

  12. Rachelle beat me to asking about this connection. I’m not quite half way through it and I’m also wondering about whether or not the philtre is a connection to the 12 Dancing Princesses story. Looking forward to your reply to Rachelle.

  13. Another question for you. The book mentions how they smuggle small, magical artifacts for the Assassins Guild. Have we already seen any of these small artifacts. I’m wondering if the dagger delivered close to the beginning of the book was Philes dagger Feodus. Could there be anything else, like the small artifacts Clotilda used in Wild Swans?

    • And you get the prize for being an extremely observant reader! Yes, the swans have smuggled (and will smuggle in the future) several important objects, though Clotilde’s black artifacts were not among them. (The only borderline scary people the Black Swan Smugglers ever dealt with were the assassins.)

  14. I have a question about Angelique. 😉 Why does she keep looking for Enchanter Bariste? Is it just because she’s his apprentice? Just curious, though I’m guessing you’ll adress that in her book. 🙂

    • Hmmm you’re right, it’ll come up in her book, but I will try to summurize it like this: Evariste is very important to Angelique due to the compassion he holds for her. You can see a bit of the way their relationship plays out in the Rumpelstiltskin freebie, where Angelique and Evariste find Stil when he’s a dirty little street orphan. 🙂

  15. Absolutely loved Swan Lake it’s my favourite after Puss in Boots. And now I can’t wait to find out about the elves. Their curse sounds horrible.

    • Aww, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I think Odette and Gabrielle will be great friends when they finally meet–they have a very similar sense of self-preservation/street-smarts. 🙂

  16. Wow! A new cover on Beauty and the Beast! It looks good. 🙂 Is the pink dress that Elle is wearing the rose dress?

    • I’m glad you like it! And yes, the dress the model on the cover is wearing doesn’t quite match up with Elle’s actual rose dress–Elle’s dress is more of a red, but Myrrhlynn wanted to keep B&B’s cover colors pink. (If you use too much red, it might send a different message about the romance content of the book.) I’m glad you like the new cover! 😀

  17. So, just wondering…
    Beauty & the Beast, Rumplestiltskin, The Little Selkie, and Swan Lake all feature the main character on the front cover (Beauty & the Beast, Rumplestiltskin, and The Little Selkie having gone through cover changes).
    Do you have any plans for The Wild Swans, Cinderella and the Colonel, and Puss in Boots’ covers?
    Because I really am getting curious about Elise, Cinderella (especially) and Gabrielle.

    • Cinderella will be getting a new cover–Myrrhlynn has finished it, actually, we’re just waiting because Cinderella will be getting an edit to go with the new cover and I stand a better chance of convincing Amazon to update everyone’s versions if I have a slew of things I’m correcting.

      However, we don’t have any plans for new covers for Puss in Boots or Wild Swans. They are such specialized stories it would be difficult to find pictures that would work. (Also I am absurdly fond of the Wild Swans cover, and for Puss in Boots we would have to hire a model and do a physical photo shoot with my parents’ cat, which would be a lengthy and costly project.)

      I do think you’ll like Cinderella’s cover, though. 😉

    • Yeah, he has a lot of personality! (90% of cats wouldn’t pose for us like he absolutely did. We had our picture in a few minutes, walking our butts out to the field area and getting the boots set up actually took longer than taking his photo!)

  18. Are there enough reviews for the last Swan Lake freebie yet? If not, how many more do you need before making it available? As you can tell, I’m really looking forward to reading it. Thanks!

    • If everyone keeps up with the current pace, I’ll release the final extra at the end of this week or, at the latest, next week Monday, so you don’t have long to wait! 😀

  19. I keep getting the old version of beauty and the beast even though I’ve downloaded it several times and I’m not sure how I’m supposed to get the new version.

    • Hi Ayla! My advice would be to contact amazon (go to Amazon and scroll down to the bottom and click on the “help” link, once on the help page, scroll down to the “browse Help topics” and select “need more help” and THEN select the “contact us” link) and tell them you’re having problems. They can help you get the newest version! 🙂

  20. Hi, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your books. My favorite being the Timeless Fairy Tales. I have been searching your site to see if you a map of the Fairy Tale World anywhere. My husband and I wanted to create a map with places from all our favorite books. I have specifically trying to find the name of the ocean by Ringsted? Does it have one?

    • You are correct, there is no map of the Timeless Fairy Tales World, yet. (I’m hoping to rectify that soon, though!)

      I’m sorry to say that as of yet, the Ringsted Ocean has no name yet, mostly because I am AWFUL at naming things. (Tolkien’s Mount Doom looks incredibly unique and creative next my stuff.) In the next few books I’ll have to get over that fear and name some landforms. 😦

      In the meantime, your project sounds really awesome! 🙂 I hope it goes well!

      • It differs from author to author–I have more fun making up character personalities, but I know some authors who really excel in the naming naming! And you’re welcome! 🙂

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