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An Exciting Announcement by BetterthanBunnies An Exciting Announcement by BetterthanBunnies
Those of you who know me and have been following me for a while know that I've been working on a retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," a Grimm fairy tale. (Here's a link to the original Grimm story: [link] )

Anyways, after four years of working on it, I have an exciting announcement: It's going to be published!!!!!

AAAaaAAAaaaaAAAAH!!!!!

The title is "Entwined," and it will be on the shelves in Winter 2011, so in a year. Pretty exciting! Here's some facts of the book, which I'm telling you guyz cos you're my art buddies!

SUMMARY: When Azalea's mother dies, she and her eleven sisters are thrust into Mourning, which means no singing, no leaving the Palace, and worst of all, no dancing. But when they discover a secret passage in their room's fireplace, a dancing pavilion, and a mysterious gentleman named Keeper, Mourning will never be the same. Through dance-steps and quadrilles, Azalea learns forgiveness and the power of the deepest magic of all.

It's cooler than that summary. I swear.

More tidbits:

-The story is set during a Victorian time period. (It's *super* Victorian. Super.)

-Azalea is the oldest princess, 16 years old throughout most of the book. The story is told through her point of view.

-Mr. Bradford, a young Lord and the former Prime Minister's son, plays the role of who the soldier/gardener was in the original fairy tale. (Yeah, it does stray from the fairy tale a bit.)

-One of the dances in it is called the Entwine, which is done with a long sash. It's like a waltz, but open. The gentleman tries to "Catch" the lady about the wrists in a series of under-arm turns and dance steps.

-The princesses' names (in order): Azalea, Bramble, Clover, Delphinium, Eve (Evening Primrose), Flora, Goldenrod, Hollyhock, Ivy, Jessamine, Kale, Lily. Lucky for me they each have their own, distinct personalities and small parts in the book.

Huzzah! I'm quite excited!
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lalicsiren Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the book! It is awesome! 
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
Thank you!!
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FarrenGrimwarden Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Its beautiful piece of artwork. Also the twelve dancing princesses is one of my favorite stories.
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
Aaaw, I love it too!  Thank you!
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FarrenGrimwarden Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
no problem
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shannanapeels Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Literally my favorite book.  Every time I run out of books from the library, I read this.  I honestly have no idea how many times I've read it, but I can actually safely say close to a dozen.  Also, Mandy Williams does a great job with the audiobook!
CANNOT WAIT FOR "ILLUSIONARIUM"!!
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
Hahaha, why thank you!  (I bet you've read it more than I have, lol!)  

Illusionarium is out, but very different from Entwined!  I hope it was still enjoyable for you anyway ^_^
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shannanapeels Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I got it for Christmas and read it.  Super brilliant and original!!  I love the feeling of it and the characters (Lockwood is my favorite, of course ^u^)
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016
Hahaha!  Lockwood is my favorite too!
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SofiaSevero Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
do you realize how awesome you are? I.ve been wanting to read Entwined for a while now but now i promise i will start it as soon as i finish my exams! You draw so well i get all gigly when i find out an author also draws ^^ plus, i absolutely love victorian. And a made up dance?? Fantastic!
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Holy moly!  You are the kindest person in the world!!


(Please forgive me for the late response!)
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mylittlebee Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
I'VE BEEN READING ENTWINED AND I'M ALMOST DONE AND I LOVE IT AND IT'S MAGICAL AND I LOOKED UP POSSIBLE FAN ART AND FOUND YOU AND I DIDN'T REALIZE YOU WERE THE AUTHOR AND OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS BOOK THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS IN THE WORLD!! I keep telling my roommate about it as I read it and she's not a reader so she doesn't care but this is everything I want in a book. Victorian era, fairytales, BEAUTIFUL imagery and your description of food seriously made me go out and buy cinnamon bread and I've eaten almost an entire jar of jam since I started reading. 
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
HOLY HOLY MOLY!!!  THANK YOU!!!

What kind words #^_^#  You make me blush

Egads, I can't believe it's taken me so long to answer back!  I'm a terrible person! 
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mustangchild Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm halfway through the book and I absolutely adore all the girls and am entranced by the Keeper (besides the obvious role he plays). I must say, very alluring. I've always been a fan of Grimm's Fairy tales. I cannot wait to finish it 
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I knew you were awesome ^_^
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fiarcurrin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It sounds awesome!! I must look it up!!!
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jointhewinx7 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I finished Entwined yesterday! I truly loved it! Keeper was so well written, (I can't read a book without a good villain.) The Entwine seems like such a fun dance to... well... dance. (As long as it's not with Keeper..) I loved Azalea, and her 11 sisters, all of them were fun to read about. Lord Teddie made me smile. I want to know what happens next! This is definetly one of my new favorite books. :)
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Wow, thank you so much! #^_^# superblush
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Likethefire Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I just finished this book...was it last night? I got it at my school's book fair and couldn't put it down for 48 hours. It's absolutely such an enchanting tale; and I also adore the original Grimm version. The story's just beautiful. Did you take any inspiration for Mr.Bradford and Azalea from the song "Enchanted" by Taylor Swift? I had that song playing in my head the entire time I read. ;ofidhovhadohaoidhshadhdsf every time Keeper entered the page and Mr.Bradford didn't, and he tried to hurt Azalea, I literally yelled "STOP BLOWING HOLES IN MY SHIP KEEPER!" yeah. But, anyway, this story is wonderful. You're a gifted, GIFTED author. I can't wait to hear more from you-maybe a sequellllllllllllllllll? *puppy face*
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Oh wow, thank you! I never imagined Enchanted going with Entwined, but now that you mention it it seems to work perfectly with it! Thank you for your kind words ^_^ (I'm blushing right now)
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Likethefire Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Dear, you are so welcome. Entwined is absolutely lovely and the best book I've read in a while. You deserve all the praise in the world for it. :)
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HungerWinx74 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Artist
This is B E A U T I F U L :D
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BookwormBrat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
(literally i just finished it a few minutes ago.)
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BookwormBrat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
YOU WROTE THIS!? OMG, I JUST READ IT!! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!! You just HAVE to write more!!!! I love the story, and I reallllly hope they make it into a movie.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Aaaaw shucks! Thanks! #^_^# blushing
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BookwormBrat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
No need to thank me- it's the truth!! :0)
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Novia9394 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Oh my gosh!! I never knew the writer for the book was on dA! I've read this book maybe thirty times and love it so much! I'm actually reading it again now and decided to see if dA had any fanart! HOW COOL!!! My friends and I LOVE YOU!
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Woa, you've read it thirty times? That's more than me! hahaha thank you!
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Novia9394 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
I am sadly obsessed, I used it for a school project too. You should definitely write more like that one.
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crazysneakygurl23 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I finished this in two days! I loved it so much! You're a really good writer, too. Fabulous job!
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Ooooooh gawrsh #^_^# #^_^# #^_^#
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bakausagi281 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sooo...the girls names ....are in alphabetical order? coolio.
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Yup ^_^
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:iconunassumedfirecracker:
just finished reading it and I absolutely love it!!! I'm telling all my friends to buy it. Your and amazing writer!
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Oh wow!! #^_^# Aw gee you're the nicest person EVER! #^_^#
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Laura-Mellark Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
So you're the actual Heather Dixon? Oh my god, I think I'm hyperventilating...I LOVE ENTWINED SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for any excessive fangirlness.
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Hooray!!! I'm so glad you liked it! #^_^# #^_^# #^_^# Oh now look, you're making me blush #^_^#
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Laura-Mellark Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Liked it is practically the understatement of the century! I used to be in love with Mr. Darcy, and now I'm in love with Mr. Bradford!
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
THAT is an excellent switch and I heartily approve!!! <3 <3

(I happen to be in love with Lord Teddie...swoon)
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Laura-Mellark Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The Lord Teddie you wrote reminds me of the one from the fairy tale theater version of the twelve dancing princesses. I don't know if his name was Lord Teddie, I just know that he reminded me of him when he talked.
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Hahah! I didn't even think of that. I wrote him to be more like Bertrum Wooster (in fact his original name was Lord Teddie.) but that made me laugh. I love FTT, and that version!
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SomeonesBella Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I was looking for drawings of the book because I loved it, and now I see that you're the author!

It was a fantastic book, I loved Mr.Bradford and Lord Teddie, you wrote a charming, bright and strong heroine, great book!!!
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Yup, that is me! Wow, thank you for such kind words! It was a great pleasure to write <3 ^_^
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UnaOnimousIsAwesome Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Hey, congratulations! Erm, do you know if it'll be sold in th U.K? Cuz I'm interested! XD
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Thanks so much! ^_^ At this point it's going to be sold in a few countries, but not UK yet. I hope they do want it, though!
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Chipmunkgal101 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I really want to read it! Your work looks amazing! I love the Victorian Era as well! You've definetly hooked me in!
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Oh wow #^_^#
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Franki09 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
i'm gonna read that as soon as it comes out! yay!=D
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
YAY!!
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maxride88 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
It's on my christmas list for pre-order! :D it looks AWESOME :D
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