The Monster and the Butterfly ~ Wattys 2017
While others looked with their eyes and saw a Monster, she looked with her heart and saw a Man.
Lord Ingram Kaiser was tormented his whole life by his dreaded mother as she raised him to be what the outside world saw him: a monster. Hiding his monstrosities and horrid doings within the darkness, the creature merely becomes a figment of nightmares of the children of Victorian Era London. That is until he begins to grow a dangerous blood lust he thought he had rid years ago.
Ever since the death of her mother twenty years ago, and losing all of her family's fortune, Sophie Wickes had been keeping watch over her family. When she takes her crippled sister's place as a maid for the Lord Kaiser, despite the looming threat of Jack the Ripper, she is unaware of what amazement, as well as horror, that await her.
A Tale Unlike No Other
Despite his intentions toward the beauteous Sophie, Ingram is surprised to find himself to care for the woman. Enough so he asks for her hand in marriage at the end of each night.
Sophie herself even begins to find herself to come to care for her lord, even though she has never laid eyes upon him. But when she meets a handsome innkeeper, as well as childhood friend, little does she know she had put her and her new lover in the threatening, looming shadow of the bloodthirsty Lord Kaiser.
A much darker, Gothic, and horror-filled retelling of The Beauty and the Beast...
Loosely based on the stories of Beauty and the Beast and the Phantom of the Opera.