Thanks for having me on your blog today. (You’re welcome, Sandra!)
I’m here to talk about fairy tales. From word one, when I read “once upon a time…” I’m hooked. I love the possibility in those four little words, I love the air of mystery and the feeling of “what if” I get when first cracking open a fairy tale. Of course, fairy tales have come a long way since I became enamored of them back in the day.
Yet I’ve never lost that love.
I’ve always wanted to try my hand at retelling some of my favorite fairy tales. It’s been quite a journey, sometimes confusing, always fun and never what I think it’ll be. Keeping loosely to the base of a fairy tale is difficult at times, because a few fairy tales just don’t have enough “meat” there to work with, so I had to be creative. The Grimm brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, and fairy tale authors from around the world are very inspiring when I sit and read the short stories. Yet I always find myself asking “but what else happened?” or “what did they think?”
And the ultimate question always occurs “what if…” This led me to tinker around with a few.
My first retelling released December 5th from Liquid Silver Books. It’s called WISHFUL THINKING and is my take on the Rumpelstiltskin tale. I knew I didn’t want the elf to be a… well, an elf and I didn’t want him to be mean or weird. Instead, I made him be a sort of genie with a twist of course. Equally, the heroine isn’t your “norm” for a fairy tale. In this story, Jovie is a regular, curvy gal who’s just trying to get through life and be happy.
I hope you’ll pick up the book!
Here’s the blurb:
Believing may be seeing but confidence can change impossible situations.
Plus-sized Jovie Andrews is constantly passed over for promotions and she feels invisible. Things only get worse when her boss, thinking he can impress the owner of their company, tells everyone that she can change old contracts into gold bars. If Jovie thought her life was bad before, she had no idea how horrible it could be until she finds herself in a room with stacks of outdated contracts she’s expected to miraculously transform.
As she pours a cup of tea, she rubs at a stain on the creamer pot, and a magical being, Rand, appears, saying he’ll help her with her troubles–for a price each time. Skeptical yet curious about the exotically sexy man, she agrees, but she’s not prepared for the erotic things he does to her as reward. Over the course of her trials, he teaches her how worthy of good things she really is.
Once the tasks are completed, and freed of Rand’s help, Jovie is given an ultimatum: find out his full name or exchange her life for Rand’s; otherwise, he’ll be lost for all eternity and she’ll be trapped in the prison he came from.
As a bit of a look ahead for other fairy tales, I have a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale coming in 2012 but it’s set in a sci-fi theme, and I’ve recently contracted a retelling of Red Riding Hood. All these stories are sexy with a bit of humor. I hope you’ll enjoy!
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