Once Upon a Whoops! Cover Reveal — Pre-orders Open

  • Published on August 6, 2021

Once Upon a Whoops! Cover Reveal — Pre-orders Open

Today I am excited to announce that this year’s Share Your Story Anthology, Once Upon a Whoops! is available for pre-order now and will be available for sale on 1 September.

Once Upon a Whoops! is a collection of twisted fairy tales and ridiculous rhymes with peculiar pictures, all by Australian authors and illustrators.

I am delighted to tell you that I have two fractured fairy tales included in the collection: Three Alpha Pigs and Silverlocks and the Three Bears.

Three Alpha Pigs twists the original Three Little Pigs with three pig brothers who are definitely of this century. In case you didn’t know, as I didn’t until I researched it for my story, Generation Alpha are those born since 2010. Like many of their generation, the brothers play video games and avoid chores whenever possible. They think that having built successfully in Minecraft, they’ll be able to build successfully in the ‘real’ world when they leave home and need somewhere to live. Mr Gruff, who lives next door, doesn’t think they’ll stay away from the comforts of home too long. His kids never do.

Silverlocks is an older Goldilocks. She’s done her time and wishes everyone would stop reminding her of her past. She uses an online booking service to secure holiday accommodation, but things don’t turn out as she hoped and flashbacks of the past intrude on her stay.

In addition to my two stories, there are more than forty stories and poems collected in the anthology, including some by authors I’ve previously interviewed: June Perkins, Karen Hendricks, M J Gibbs and anthology organiser Michelle Worthington. Many other stories and poems are also by already published authors with many books to their names, so I’m in good company.

Proceeds of Sales

As with each of the previous Share Your Story anthologies, sales of the book will raise funds for charity. This year’s charity is Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, an organisation that provides support for families of premature or sick babies. This includes items such as Precious Prem Packs and guide books for families in hospital.

Copies of the anthology will be sent to every children’s hospital in Australia as part of the Little Readers Readathon.

Brisbane Launch

The anthology will be launched in Brisbane at Life’s Little Treasures Foundation’s Walk Together Brisbane in which authors will walk around Arthur Davis Park on the Sandgate Foreshore in their fairy tale costumes.

After the walk, authors will sign copies of the anthology as official ambassadors for this year’s Walk for Prems.

Event details:

8:30AM – 12:30PM

Sunday 24th October 2021

Arthur Davis Park

Sandgate, QLD


Walks will also be held in other locations and authors may attend for book sales and signings. You would need to check with organisers at your own location.

Pre-order Now

Use the link below to pre-order your copy of Once Upon a Whoops! a book full of fairy tales that have a little twist. All of them familiar. It’s really quite a list. So, once upon a time is a good way to start, but twice upon a time is what tell these apart.

Amazon pre-order link

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Goldilocks and her Friends the Three Bears

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    Thank you so much for your kind words of support, Charli. I hadn’t thought about a costume, but Silverlocks is possibly fitting. I wonder where I can get a shiny red sports car. 😂 Thanks for sharing the US Amazon link. Much appreciated. 💖

    Thank you, Darlene. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be available as an ebook. I’ll let you know if anything changes.

    Lovely cover Norah and congratulations! I had a quick check to see if available on Kindle; I would have loved to support Life’s Little Treasures Foundation .. Please let me know if and when it’s available as an ebook…

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful support, Susan. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be available as an ebook. I’ll let you know if anything changes.

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