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We continue today with another unique Fantastic Fable from Trinity Faegen, author of The Mephisto Covenant series. In The Mephisto Covenant, Jax DeKyanos is an immortal son of Hell whose only purpose is taking down those who pledge their souls to Eryx, a megalomaniac who wants to take out Lucifer and abolish free will. He’s also Jax’s oldest brother. If Jax can earn love and return it selflessly, he’ll earn a chance at Heaven and his restless rage will ease. Unfortunately, the only humans who aren’t afraid of him are the Anabo, descendants of the daughter of Eve, born before Original Sin. In the past thousand years, only three have been born – that Jax knows of. Want to learn more? You’ll have to pick up THE MEPHISTO COVENANT on September 27, 2011 from Egmont books or leave a comment on this post to enter to win a copy of the book! See details below
The Princess & The Pea
As originally written by Hans Christian Andersen
A young prince wanted a wife, but she had to be a real princess. He searched the wide world but couldn’t find a bride of worth. One night, during a terrible storm, a young woman appeared on the castle doorstep looking for shelter. She claimed to be a princess, but the young prince’s father was doubtful. He placed a pea beneath the mattress of her bed, then added twenty mattresses and twenty eiderdown quilts. The next morning, the cagey old king asked the girl how she slept. She said she slept awful and was bruised from something hard in her bed. (Stop laughing.) As this proved she was a delicate flower and therefore a real princess, the prince married her and they lived happily ever after.
The Princess and the Pea, a la Mephisto
As edited and massacred by Trinity Faegen, with apologies to Mr. Andersen
Once upon a time, like a month ago, there was a Mephisto brother named Ajax who wasn’t interested in princesses. All he wanted was an Anabo. He searched the wide world, but only found ordinary human women who ran away screaming because they were afraid of him. This bummed him out, so he spent his free time playing basketball with his brothers and watching reruns of Dr. Who.
One night, he and his brothers went on a takedown in a distant land that was still ruled by royalty. The people were happy until the old king pledged his soul to Eryx. When the queen and their son, the prince, also took the oath, everything went south. There was no more bread, no singing children, nothing but famine, pestilence and basic cable. Eryx’s minions made empty promises to the people. Some believed and pledged their souls, but they were duped and things only got worse. The Mephisto went to take out the king, his family, and the angry horde who’d lost their souls.
As they made a clean sweep of the castle, Jax opened a bedroom door and found a stack of mattresses and eiderdown quilts. At first, he thought it was storage, but he heard a voice from far atop the stack. He climbed up the ladder next to the bed and found an Anabo sitting in the middle of the topmost mattress, reading The Princess Diaries. “Are you a princess?” he asked.
“As if,” she replied. “I was backpacking and lost my way. A freaky old man with evil eyes brought me in here and told me to sleep on top of all these mattresses, which is totally sketchy. Who are you?”
“I’m Ajax. Come live with me on the Mephisto mountain, become Mephisto like me and go with us to take out evil people.”
“Dude, I’m down.”
She climbed off the bed, Jax set fire to the mattresses, the evil royal family went to Hell on Earth and the people of the kingdom elected the cable guy to be president. Jax and his Anabo went for pizza, then back to the Mephisto mountain, where they lived relatively happily ever after.
Trinity Faegen wasn’t always a writer. She had an illustrious career as a Campus Cop in college, led many children astray as a camp counselor, and decorated Christmas trees for sweet, and notsosweet, little old ladies. Trinity lives, writes and ruins her hearing listening to metal on headphones in the outback of Texas with her husband and a mean cat.
Want to read more from Trinity Faegen?
This giveaway is provided by Egmont
One winner will receive a copy of The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen
Available on September 27, 2011 from Egmont
About the Book:
Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.
A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.
With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?
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