What would you give up to become breathtakingly beautiful? Princess Olive could become that beautiful whenever she wanted, but at a steep price – the loss of her magical powers. Would you make that trade? Would you give up your powers to control nature to become the most beautiful woman anyone had ever gazed upon? Olive’s father, the king, demands that of her, but Olive refuses for she is the last of a magical female race and Olive is determined to master her powers and remain a Winnowwood no matter what it costs her. And the costs will be high as a fearsome invading force has come to conquer her country and only Olive can stop them. With the help of a mysterious highwayman, Olive must find a way to defeat the invaders and save her kingdom. The Ugly Princess will take you on an amazing adventure filled with twists, turns and an ending that will take your breath away because it is also a love story of the most unusual, magical kind.
I grew up as a military brat who travelled the world with my family. We moved 10 times before I was 12. Given that transient lifestyle, I had very few friends and I was quite shy. It always took some time to warm up to new surroundings and by the time I did, we were off to our next assignment. Books became my best friends and I lost myself to them. The wonderful adventures and magical realms of possibility were so appealing to my quiet existence. I really became a fan of fairy tales; I think most little girls do. It’s fun to think of yourself as having magical powers and living a magical life. As time went on, however, I became a bit disillusioned with fairy tales as all of the princesses who were the stars of the story were beautiful. I was not beautiful. Did that mean I was not entitled to have these amazing adventures because I did not have the right face? It always troubled me. As an adult, I finally wrote the fairy tale that I wanted to see: a magical princess who was brave and kind and amazing and smart, but not beautiful. In fact, she is rather ugly. But this ugly princess is the most amazing heroine and the one I had always wanted to read about. Now, you can. I hope you love the amazing Olive and the bravest princess whose heart is far more beautiful than anyone else’s face.