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About Serena Valentino
Serena Valentino is best known for weaving tales that combine mythos and guile with her work on comic book series GloomCookie and Nightmares & Fairy Tales, and her New York Times Bestselling novels Serena Valentino’s Villains, published by Disney, which have earned her critical acclaim for brining her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty, and extraordinary protagonists. There are currently seven books in the series: Fairest of All, The Beat Within, Poor Unfortunate Soul, Mistress of All Evil, Mother Knows Best, The Odd Sisters, and Evil Thing. Cold Hearted featuring Lady Tremaine will be released July 2021.
Serena is living a beautiful life in California with her dog Gozer, and her partner, comics writer, artist, filmmaker, screenwriter, and puppeteer Justin Sane.
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It’s a familiar tale: A kind and beautiful young girl, reeling from loss. A doting father, frantic to bring a mother’s love back into his daughter’s life. And the selfish, cruel woman who insinuates herself into that family?a woman so unfeeling, so cold hearted, that when her new husband dies, she makes the girl a servant in her own home.
But who is that evil stepmother, that icy lady of the house? How did she become so closed off that, in the face of a child’s grief, she thought only to seek wealth and power for herself and her abhorrent daughters? Before that fateful ball, before the glass slipper and the prince, there was another story?a story of love and grief, of hope and of dreams dashed. It is the story of Lady Tremaine.
Even the coldest of villains are sometimes wives and mothers, women who loved and lost and hoped for
something grander for their lives . . . once upon a dream.
The latest novel in Serena Valentino’s deliciously devious Villains series introduces the most famed and hated wicked stepmother of them all?but turns everything you know about her on its head.
And yet this is only half the story. So what of the dark fairy, Maleficent? Why does she curse the innocent princess? What led to her becoming so filled with malice, anger, and hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account, pulled down from the many passed down through the ages. It is a tale of love and betrayal, of magic and reveries. It is a tale of the Mistress of All Evil.
And yet this is only half the story. So what of the old witch, Mother Gothel? Where does she come from? And how does she come across the magical golden flower? Here is one account that recounts a version of the story that has remained untold for centuries . . . until now. It is a tale of mothers and daughters, of youth and dark magic. It is a tale of the old witch.
This latest novel by the author of the wildly popular Villains series goes deeper into the lives of the twisted, diabolical Odd Sisters, finally revealing the dark truth about who they are and where they're from . The Odd Sisters will appeal to fans who can't get enough of the mischievous sisters, as well as draw new readers to Serena Valentino's darkly fascinating take on the Disney Villains.
Wie wurde aus dem schönen Prinzen das furchterregende Monster? Das Märchen von der Schönen und dem Biest kennen alle. Warum jedoch verändert sich der von seinem Volk einst so geliebte Prinz zu einem verbitterten, zurückgezogen lebenden Biest? Sein königlich vergoldetes Leben in Prunk und Schönheit zerfällt und er wird zutiefst böse – zu seinem eigenen Leid. In dieser Geschichte wird das Märchen erstmals aus Sicht des Prinzen erzählt. In einem spannenden, psychologisch einfühlsamen Fantasy-Roman.
Das Märchen von Schneewittchen und ihrer bösen Stiefmutter ist weltbekannt. Nicht bekannt ist hingegen, warum die Königin in ihrem Wesen so böse geworden war. Immer schon gab es viele Vermutungen: weil sie die Schönheit der Stieftochter nicht ertrug. Oder weil sie eifersüchtig auf die verstorbene, erste Frau des Königs war? In diesem Märchen werden erstmals die wahren Gründe erzählt ... In einem spannenden, magischen Fantasy-Roman.