Stand Alone Novel
Book 1
By: Celeste Baxendell

Stalks of Gold

 A desperate damsel. A devoted guard. A mysterious stranger with a plan to destroy them.

All her life, Aurelia has been taught that if she comes across magic, she’s supposed to run in the other direction. Life is no longer so simple. If the tower door opens, and she doesn’t have any gold, her life will be forfeit.

The only person who can help her is the mysterious stranger who appeared on her doorstep and in her tower room. If she takes his deal, she might live, but what will she sacrifice in order to do it?

For years, Sandor has done everything he could to keep Aurelia far away from the king and the truth about his identity, but the second Aurelia was dragged into the castle, it was all for nothing. Is the king truly so desperate to get out of debt, he’s willing to believe such nonsense as a girl who can spin straw into gold?

Aurelia is Sandor’s closest friend; if she was a witch, he would be the first to know… unless he’s not the only one keeping secrets.

Time is running out. Is Sandor the only one who can save her from the king? What will she do if the solution is the real trap?

Stalks of Gold, a reimagining that combines Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel, is the first in the Bewitching Fairy Tales Series, a completed series of interconnected fairy tale retellings that are best enjoyed together but can be read separately.

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Celeste Baxendell has always read anything she could get her hands on, but once she read her first fantasy novel, she was hooked and hasn’t looked back since.

Her love of magic, adventure, and romance hasn’t waned with age, and she endeavors to write nail-biting stories with compelling, complex characters, and finding light in dark times.

She is incredibly blessed to spend her time writing from her favorite chair with her legs curled up under her as she fights the southern heat. When she isn’t writing, she’s either reading, drawing, or sewing, in that order, and most likely thinking about writing as she does.


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