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Publication Announcement: Novelette – Bloemetje: a speculative retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina fairy tale

Image of a digital book cover. The silhouette of a small girl stands in a field of tulips. She's gazing up at the sky. The sky is showing a sunset in rich shades from yellow to orange. Silhouettes of hills may be seen in the distance. Above the sunset are three planets in the sky of varying sizes. The title of the book is in white cursive against the sky. There is a green border around the image.

I am thrilled to announce the publication of my new novelette Bloemetje: a speculative retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina fairy tale!!!

One miniature girl leads her human and fairy people to decolonize Venus in this speculative, queer-inclusive reimagining of Thumbelina.

A Dutch company known as The Bedrijf commences colonizing Venus via the construction of a dome filled with plants that convert its natural air into something breathable by humans. Since all workers are granted permission to bear a child, a woman and her spouse join the crew. But the woman soon discovers she is plagued with infertility. When her spouse illegally brings home a tulip from the garden, they discover a miniature baby inside who they name Bloemetje – little bloom. As the baby grows in mere days into a teenager, pushing her boundaries, she illuminates the true horrors of colonization and leads them all on a journey to decolonize. 

This retelling takes the original Thumbelina’s focus on marriage and flips it on its head, granting the miniature girl a strong voice of her own and questioning her removal from the fairy world. Exploring themes of childlessness, adoption, being childfree by choice, colonization, decolonization, negative impacts of capitalism, and what LGBTQIA+ inclusive societies can look like, this novelette comes in 17 bite-sized episodes perfect for reading in the small snippets of time available to modern individuals and families.

Early readers called this “transporting” and “intriguing.” The “journey is beautiful,” and the ending is “deeply satisfying.” “A great escape read that also made me think, and it’s both quick and engrossing.”

*A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness, a Native American-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The ebook is available for pre-order now and will be delivered on May 18th. If you want to sneak in a little earlier, you can order the paperback or hardcover versions and get them delivered at your usual Amazon shipping speed.

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Pre-orders really matter for books, so please do consider pre-ordering if you know you want to purchase a copy. I also sincerely appreciate you passing the link on to anyone you know who might be interested in the book. Word of mouth is vital for indie authors.

Thank you for your support!