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Ember [Kindle Edition]

Bettie Sharpe
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Everyone loves Prince Charming. They have to—he’s cursed. Every man must respect him. Every woman must desire him. One look, and all is lost.

Ember would rather carve out a piece of her soul than be enslaved by passions not her own. She turns to the dark arts to save her heart and becomes the one woman in the kingdom able to resist the Prince’s Charm.

Poor girl. If Ember had spent less time studying magic and more time studying human nature, she might have guessed that a man who gets everything and everyone he wants will come to want the one woman he cannot have.

Novella / 32,000 words

Warning: This story contains sex, violence, and naughty words.
It’s based on a fairytale, but it isn’t for kids.

Editorial Reviews


"[Ember] is, without a doubt, one of the best heroines (protagonists) I've ever read, anywhere... An A+, for the orgasmic reading experience it was."

--Author Sherry Thomas, Guest Reviewing on

"...on the whole Ember is a gorgeous one-of-its-kind effort that I enjoy reading tremendously from start to finish."


--Mrs. Giggles, Reviewing in the POD section of

Product Details

  • File Size: 205 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1J20E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Take March 24, 2011
By Katie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ember is a fresh take on the Cinderella story. As it turns out Cinderella doesn't need a fairy godmother, her stepmother is not evil, and the prince is less a dream come true and more a nightmare for the heroin. The prince is cursed, and all who look upon him him adore him. To fight the spell Ember takes the path of the witch, and takes the reader though a darker version of the classic tale. Of course when you could have anyone, you want the one who would refuse you. The prince makes a mission of discovering Ember and despite her efforts, Ember is pulled to him.

The story is well written, and is quite fun. For the price, it is an amazing bargain. It's not terribly long, but the story still seems complete and rich.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so. damn. good. August 14, 2012
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Blerg. This little novella hit all the right spots. Like, if I were some sort of badass, sharp-toothed trained guard dog and EMBER were a burglar, I'd be lying around chomping on drugged steak and dreaming of fire hydrants while EMBER cracked the safe and ran away with the family jewels. If we were characters in Bye, Bye Birdie I'd be sitting by the phone, singing about how happy I am to wait for Conrad's call, and EMBER would be Conrad, swaggering around with some other girl.

I feel like I didn't have a choice about liking EMBER. Like it wasn't a matter of personal taste or discernment, but, rather, I'd been programmed and the second I opened the first page, the script kicked in and boom, now I'm just a minion to the book. Hopelessly in thrall.

That probably sounds sarcastic to you, but really it's not.

So. Ember is a novella, a sort of Frankenstein's monster version of Cinderella. All the elements of the fairy tale that you know are here, but rearranged and often perverted. It starts with the Prince - a man cursed from birth with overwhelming charm. He enthralls everyone he meets. He gets whatever he wants just by asking. He stops wars when he appears on the field of battle.

And he's sick unto death of adoration.

Our heroine, Ember, is a witch. After one taste of the Prince's overwhelming charm, of how humiliatingly susceptible she was to its power, she's willing to do anything - including dark magic - to make herself immune.

But, of course, the Prince is obsessed with the one woman able to resist him.

That's the premise, and if it sounds awesome to you, you should read this novella. Simple as that. You will love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A new take on a classic fairytale. February 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
An original take on the classic "Cinderella" fairytale. There's Prince Charming who isn't charming. Ember who should be Cinderella but is instead a somewhat nasty witch. Her "Ugly Stepsisters" who aren't ugly but instead beautiful prostitutes who actually like Ember.

Bettie Sharpe has done a wonderful job. Giving us flawed characters and dark supernatural elements, but she also makes you like - even love - the unlovable.

Recommended for anyone looking for a refreshing sexy fairy tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Twisted August 3, 2012
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Wow... Just... Wow. All I can say is, if there is one new author you try this season, please let it be Bettie Sharpe!

Ember is, quite simply, the best fairy-tale retelling I've ever come across. All the elements of the the classic Cinderella tale are there, they've just been burned to ash in a fire, mixed with a gallon of pigs blood and re-drawn across Ember's body.

Cinderella is recast as the mischievous and vengeful fire witch, Ember, who no one could mistake as `pure' or `virginal'. Prince Charming is charming still, but only because he's been cursed to be loved and respected by all. And the evil step-mother and sisters are whores, who fooled Ember's father into saving them from persecution.

And if this wasn't enough, it's a fun, slightly evil, tale that left me begging for more!

Ember is one of the rare books where all the stars align, and magic happens. The characters stay with you days after you finish. The story is original, but you delight in finding connections to the classic. And it's written with a confidence and style you find in well established authors.

Ember is free from Bettie's site, or $0.90 from Amazon.

But I'll be honest, I would've paid $20 for it, and never regretted a cent.

Bettie, you are the devil. But I shall forever worship at your twisted feet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great alternate fairytale world December 11, 2011
By E. Tsui
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This short story is $0.99 off of Amazon, but is currently offered for free through the author's website. It's a darker take on Cinderella, and there is some sex, but nothing racier than many other romance novels. It is ultimately a cute little love story that was very enjoyable. I've already reread it a few times!

In this universe, Ember is the daughter of a Wise Woman and a merchant. The prince of the kingdom was magicked at birth to be charming so that nobody can resist him. To fight the charm, Ember chooses to become a witch. When her father remarries, it turns out that her new stepmother and stepsisters are ex-prostitutes fleeing the other kingdom, in which magic is prosecuted. Somehow from there, the classic Cinderella story unfolds in quite a different way.

This story has an excellent bit of world-building that is interesting and promises at least one more sequel that I will definitely be purchasing. It is told in first-person from Ember's point of view, and she has a dry sense of humor that is very amusing while still maintaining a vulnerability and innocence that keeps her sympathetic despite the darker aspects of her personality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Totally cool take on a fairy tale story.
Published 4 months ago by Jeanie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Charmingly Flawed Fairytale
Ember is a dark, erotic take on the Cinderella story that while not exactly what I hoped it would be, was still satisfying. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Visceral Love
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Adaptation of an Old Story
I bought this on recommendation from an author that I enjoy. I had never heard of this author before but the summary was enticing and I took a chance. I am glad I did. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and delightfully surprising.
I purchased this book after Grace Craven recommended it. I am very happy I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and bends to Cinderella's story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars hot take on cinderella story
This book was creative, funny with jaw-dropping twists on the classic tale. The ending came about a little abruptly but overall, totally enjoyable!
Published 8 months ago by Hip hop Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncommonly beautiful!!!
Really this book is uncommonly beautiful ! The Author did an amazing job in making the cinderella story her own in the most unlikely way possible. Read more
Published 8 months ago by AustenFan
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
This book was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! I find myself rereading this book all the time! It's like Beaty and the beast with a mix of Cinderella!
Published 11 months ago by kendall honeysuckle
5.0 out of 5 stars "Words weave spells, sometimes." (Here's a remarkable case in point.)
What a magnificent retelling, or rather reconceiving, of the Cinderella fairy tale. It's turned on its head, in the way "Wicked" redresses all the bad press Frank Baum gave the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dangerous when Cooking
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing interpretation of Cinderella.
I am always so envious when I read a good story, and I know it's a good story when I never want it to end. Read more
Published 13 months ago by BayGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining twist
I appreciated the creative new take on an old story, the humor she brought to the story where her poetic license changed the perspective, and thus the meaning, in several... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anonymous
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More About the Author

For more fairy tales by Bettie Sharpe, look for the ebook novella Cat's Tale: A Fairy Tale Retold in June 2011 from Carina Press. Bettie's short story "Each Step Sublime" will be part of Berkley Heat's Fall 2011 Agony/Ecstasy anthology, edited by's Jane Litte.

For information on current and future releases, and sneak peeks at Works in Progress, check out Bettie's website,, or email her at bettiesharpe AT gmail DOT com

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