Two Teaspoons of Ground Mummy Bones has been added to the Potion.
I’m so excited to get to this part of the story. There has been previous surprises, but episode 30 has a huge and fun reveal that I hope you will get a kick out of. My fairy tale retellings shouldn’t be taken as 100 % serious. lol They are meant to be fun and little quirky, and hopefully that comes through as you read. Every time I upload an episode, I get nervous and this time I’m really excited to see if this was worth the wait. So yay, here are some links to get to the episodes. There are actually two more ready to read after this one.
If you haven’t started the series, you can start at the beginning here: Episodes 1-3 are free to read.
Episode 1: Eight Sprigs of Thyme.
Here are the most recent adds:
Episode 30: Two Teaspoons of Ground Mummy Bones
Episode 31: Five Tablespoons Black Treacle
Episode 32: Five Dozen Forget-Me-Nots
Don’t forget about the $50.00 Amazon eGift Card giveaway that is ongoing until Nov 30, 2021. The giveaway highlights the fairy tale series. And I think it’s a win-win, you can read the first three episodes for free and also have the chance to win some money for more books.
FYI, there hasn’t been very many entries, so right now your odds of winning are ridiculous! Go here for Giveaway information.
Lovc, Laughter, and Fairy Tales,
Read to Win a $50 Amazon eGift Card – NO Purchase Required to Enter!
Author Promo Giveaway – No Purchase Required – Free Giveaway highlighting the Kindle Vella Series, Potion: a witchy fairy tale reimagined. No purchase necessary to play; episodes 1-3 are FREE TO READ.
I’m having a giveaway to promote my Kindle Vella story, Potion. Read for free and enter for a chance to win a $50.00 Amazon.com eGift Card. Answer easy story questions for entries. The more questions you answer, the more times you are entered to win.
Last day to enter: Midnight November 30, 2021
No purchase necessary to play; episodes 1-3 are free. All you need is an Amazon account.
How to Play:
Click on the story question below to go directly to the corresponding free episode. Then email the answers to email@example.com Write “Potion Giveaway” in the subject line so your entry doesn’t get lost. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours.
Question #1 from Episode 1: Eight Sprigs of Time
What are the three first names of The Bitches?
Question #2 from Episode 2: One Large Tarot Leaf
Which tarot card is revealed that represents Melrose’s past?
Question #3 from Episode 3: A Scoop of Cinders from Burnt Palm Leaves
What did Lucas burn?
Follow the series, Potion: A Witchy Fairy Tale reimagined to double your entries: (If you answered one question, you will receive 2 entries, etc.) Click here to go to Potion’s main page. The follow button is on the right side of the page under the Potion Kindle Vella circle icon. In your giveaway entry email, make sure to mention that you followed the series.
You can also enter on Twitter – https://twitter.com/DorlanaVann – to check out the condensed entry.
Open to U.S. residents only since Kindle Vella is currently only available in the U.S.
Answer at least 1 story question from Potion: A Witchy Fairy Tale Reimagined and up to 3 story questions.
One answer = one entry (Double if you also play the bonus – see above.)
If you liked the episode, a thumbs up at the bottom of the episode would be appreciated but not required.
Up to but not more than 6 entries per person/email address/twitter account.
One winner will be drawn (from correct entries) using a random number generator on December 1, 2021.
* Winner will be notified by email to verify the email address for the eGift card. If the winner has not responded to the prize email by midnight Dec 7, 2021, another drawing will take place on Dec 8, 2021, and a replacement winner will be named.
*By entering the contest, the winner agrees to allow their name to be published on www.dorlanavann.com
Thanks for playing. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Love, Laughter, and Fairy Tales,
#WitchesBeBitches #giveaway #readtowin #fairytale #witches
Sleeping Beauty, a Potion Ingredient, and a Poem
Since my next episode is titled, Twenty-Five Thorns from a Sweet Briar Rose Shrub, I thought it was the perfect time to revisit the fairy tale, The Sleeping Beauty (Briar Rose) by Brothers Grimm, from which it was inspired.
Through a series of events, Briar Rose was cursed to sleep for one hundred years. She pricks her finger and falls asleep on her 15th birthday: “But round about the castle there began to grow a hedge of thorns.” Over the years, kings’ sons would come to try and rescue the princess, however, “They found it impossible, for the thorns held fast together as if they had hands, and the youths were caught … and died a miserable death.” So not only was it a city at rest, it was surrounded with a hundred years of dead bodies …
It wasn’t until the one hundred years was over, and a king’s son went the castle and the briar bush let him through just because the curse’s sentence had been paid. He went up to the tower, and sure, he gave Sleeping Beauty a kiss, and she woke up; however, it was time for her to wake-up anyway. Bubbles bursting everywhere, but truth is, the prince was just in the right place at the right time.
This brings me to Episode 29’s name, Twenty-Five Thorns from a Sweet Briar Rose Shrub, from my series, Potion, which was inspired by Grimm’s version the fairy tale. In the episode, there’s no kissing, there is no castle, no dead bodies, but there is a lot of magic, deadly foliage, and the attempt to rescue a “princess.”
If you haven’t had a chance to start the Kindle Vella series, Potion: a witchy fairy tale reimagined, you can go read the first three episodes now for free! Click Here!
If you are all caught up, and want to go straight to episode 29 – Click Here!
Also, here is my Sleeping Beauty poem, Destiny – which has the kiss we all expect.
A bequeathed curse placed upon a kingdom.
A century of thorns and valiant deaths.
A beautiful rose dreams of love’s freedom.
Without a mere glimpse he pursues his quest.
Fate leads the way and parts the tangled briar.
Gently he walks through a city at rest.
Destiny sleeps deep in a dark tower.
One second to see, one second to yearn.
Love’s sweet ache impels a kiss of power.
When their lips touch the intense passion burns.
The clouds move away to reveal the sun.
Happily ever after, soon they’d learn.
After a hundred years, all has undo ne.
A bequeathed curse lifted from a kingdom.
Potion Featured on “Marty’s First Look” You Tube
If you haven’t had a chance to check out my Kindle Vella Series, Potion, you can take a peek at Episode 1 on author Martin Shannon’s YouTube Channel, Marty’s First Look. He also gives a mini tour of Amazon’s new platform.
While you’re there, check out his preview videos of other Vella stories. And for more information about Marty’s thrillers, visit his website Here: Martin Shannon’s fiction that Bites
Love, Laughter, and Fairy Tales,
Read Episode 1: Eight Sprigs of Time
Potion by Dorlana Vann
Lucas and Melrose survived their not-so-fairy-tale childhood and are now trying to live a normal life. But the teens’ dark past is summoned after three new girls arrive at their high school with a wicked agenda. Soon the siblings are lured back into the world of magic where evil witches can distort reality. They must uncover the deception before all the ingredients for a deadly potion are gathered. Or this time, there may be no escape. #WitchesBeBitches
Tarot, Bros Grimm, and The Wand of a Fairy Godmother
I did some fun research this week for Potion, which led to the title, The Wand of a Fairy Godmother. Let me start by saying, I’m not a tarot expert, I’m still learning and rely on source material, definitions, and research for interpretation.
In episode 28, Star decides to burn the remainder of her tarot deck to release any negative energy because another character, Lucas, destroyed one of her cards making the deck useless.
I wanted to name at least three tarot cards for the scene. As you can see from my picture on the left, I shuffled and drew The Hierophant, The Eight of Wands, and The Queen of Wands.
I found the cards interesting because earlier in the series, episode 3, the card Lucas had burned was The Five of Wands, which I had randomly drawn. (I was pleased because the meaning of the card went with the episode.) Now I had three cards from The Suit of Wands. And this suit is connected to the element of fire. And The Hierophant card represents universal support. I love it when things like this web together.
I also like to make sure my potion ingredients/titles represent the episode, and when I can also include a fairy tale reference, it makes me happy. In episode 28, there is also fairy dust. So, I had fairies, and I had wands …
No hating on Disney, but I also try to stay true to the original fairy tales. That’s where my Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales book comes in. My question was, is there a fairy Godmother in Grimm’s 1812 version of Cinderella? The answer is, no: “Then the bird threw a gold and silver dress down to her, and slippers embroidered with silk and silver.”
However, I found that the earlier version written by Charles Perrault in 1697 did. Therefore, my ingredient: The Wand of a Fairy Godmother was added to the potion.
If you are all caught up on Potion: a witchy fairy tale reimagined Kindle Vella series you can go straight to episode 28 here.
If you are new to the series and would like to check it out, start here (read 1-3 for free)
Love, Laughter, and Fairy Tales,
Five Hundred Eight Ounces of Red Wine Parboiled with a Devil’s Bit Root has been added to the Potion.
We are now up to episode 27 where Lucas’ mom tells him a secret about his dad who disappeared years earlier. If you haven’t had a chance to start the Kindle Vella series, clicking here will take you directly to Episode 1: Eight Sprigs of Thyme.
BTW, each episode title is an ingredient for the potion (What the potion is for has yet to be revealed. Bwa-ha-ha ) The ingredient names are also relevant to the episode, which is a fun challenge.
In other news, Potion: a witchy fairy tale reimagined, received a cool review from @vellastagram on Instagram: “Get your Hansel and Gretel vibe on with this smart fairytale reimagining, and head off on a fun escapade of witch-finding.”
Thanks for stopping by!
Love, Laughter, and Fairy Tales,