This one technically came before the other Dreamer book in the list, but that would have been out of order and reveal some things, so. . .
Title: Dreamer's Ball
I really don't like that title.
I really need to find a better one.
But anyways, I liked playing around with the main character, Grettie, from Dreamer's Bridge so much that I didn't want to stop with one book idea.
I did two.
This one I decided to play around with the Cinderella story.
Instead of a step-family, it's extended family.
Instead of a prince, it's a leader of a smuggling ring, who inherited his position from his family.
I'm still not sure about the story world, but I'm leading towards a steam-punk style early 1900's.
Not quite bustle skirts and petticoats, but not quite historical 1900's.
Here's what I have for the synopsis.
Grettie has upset the village, and until things cool down, it no longer is good for her to stay there.
Her grandparents send her off to the city, to live with her widowed aunt and her three cousins.
Once there, they at first treat her like she was one of them, but that quickly changes.
Placed under their harsh cook, her limits are pushed.
But she still hangs on.
Until she one day she runs into a strange man in the market.
He's quiet, and soon she starts to notice him again and again, and slowly they start to interact.
Winter approaches, and the family gets ready for the week long winter festival, where each day ends in a ball.
When they mock her ability to go, she turns to the friends that she has made for help.
A group of older women in charge of a few shops collaborate together to get her dressed for the first ball, only for the cook to intervene and stop her.
The next day she the older women intervene again and literally escort her to the ball.
There, the quiet man from the market is the center of attention.
And she's now the full center of his attention.
Which she quickly discovers, is not the place where she wants to be.
Poor Grettie, she keeps meeting people with bad reputations.
I wonder if I should find her a storyline that doesn't end like that. . .
Questions? Advice? Ideas? Anything is welcome. :)
Keep on Writing!