"Forget true love's kiss to break a spell, or slaying a dragon to rescue the princess; Ringle employs familiar fairy tale tropes but turns them on their heads to deliver something wholly unexpected and fresh." --Publishers Weekly
"The touches of pagan culture and elemental magic are perfectly applied, giving the modern setting an old-world, surreal flavor." --Olivia Fields, author, Her Heart's Liege
"Ringle's novel is fast-paced and sparkling with dangerous spells and unexpected delights. The goblins aren't ethereal and magical; they don't sparkle, shimmer, or shine. They repulse and draw you in -- all at the same time." --Kate Ristau, author, Shadow Girl and Clockbreakers
"The Goblins of Bellwater is a delightfully creepy paranormal romance set in the rich landscape of the Pacific Northwest . . . a journey to a world that feels both familiar and freaky--a wonderful place to get lost." --Claire Foster, Foreword Reviews
From the Author
The inspiration for this novel is Christina Rossetti's eerie, sensual poem "Goblin Market," in which a young woman is tempted into eating fruits offered by goblins, which send her into an enchanted illness. Her sister saves her by venturing into the woods to brave the goblins herself. I brought it into the modern day, setting it in the deep dark woods of the Olympic Peninsula on the shores of Puget Sound, and I changed and expanded many of the poem's details to turn it into more of a proper 21st-century paranormal romance. In fact, I made enough changes that I feel I can only say it is "inspired by," not strictly "based on," Rossetti's poem. But I hope it will delight anyone fond of fae-world folklore, whether you're familiar with "Goblin Market" or not!