Once upon a time, Bella Ashton was the teenage model to watch—until her anorexia got the better of her and she passed out on the runway. Now, fresh off a year of eating disorder rehab, Bella is eager to get back in the game. But when she and her photographer cousin break into an abandoned Irish manor to stage a photo shoot, Bella finds herself face to face with the house's owner: a hideous beast who used to be a girl like her. Taken captive, the terrified Bella will do anything to escape. But as she learns more about the beast, she discovers they aren't that different—and that the beast, in her own way, is a prisoner, too. How far will she go to save the monster she's slowly learning to love? And can finding the beauty in someone else help you find it in yourself?
Laura Bradley Rede gives the "tale as old as time" a fresh new twist in this queer, feminist reimagining.
This novella has been both a pleasure and a challenge to write. As an eating disorder survivor myself, I've struggled with writing about a topic so close to home, but in the end I feel good about the fact that this story has so much of me in it. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale by far and I'm happy to have finally gotten the chance to do it my way! I'll post a teaser soon!