Less Than Charming

Imagine every character we have ever created is alive and well together in their own world. There is an economy of scale in which every Prince Charming is the same person, and every new story told about him just adds to his personality.

Sometimes that compound effect can drive a character insane.

Join Princess Sophia from Grimm’s “12 Dancing Princesses” as she is given a task by their gods to figure out what Prince Charming is up to and stop him from destroying their universe.

The first novel in the Mark of the Storyteller series is Less Than Charming, launched in June of 2016 with Parkhurst Brothers Publishing. If you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself, head on over to our Bookshop.org page!


What folks think about Less Than Charming

“Sharp, sassy, full of invention and energy, and far more than charming–intoxicating!”
~ Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Egg & Spoon

“Rebecca Demarest’s Less Than Charming is a magical mash-up: part fairy tale, part mystery, part love story, the novel takes us on a dynamic ride with surprising turns, lively wit, and unforgettable characters. Above all, it’s a celebration of the art and tradition of storytelling, a winning tribute to those old tales that spark the imagination every time we tell them anew.”
~ Scott Nadelson, author of Between You and Me and Saving Stanley

Less Than Charming is a totally original take on the world of storytelling. The characters are both fresh and familiar, and their story is compelling. This was a fun and unpredictable adventure in a creatively imagined world. I can’t wait to see what happens to Sophie and Jack in their next adventure.”
~ Jenny Hannibal, librarian and avid reader

“Along with lady’s man and love interest Jack Giantkiller, (Sophia’s) investigation takes her through an inventive, wacky world of mashed-up fictions, with painstakingly explained rules. As the story progresses, the tone shifts abruptly from parody to something darker…that reveal(s) the truths hidden by Charming’s sanitized tales…”
~Kirkus Review

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