Romance: Trysts Collection Paperback Available

I finally completed the paperback version of the Romance: Trysts compilation.

This anthology combines all four Romance: Trysts stories in a single book.  The ebook has been available for a while, but I hadn’t taken the time to get the paperback formatted. I went ahead and did that this weekend.

If you haven’t read the series yet, check out the first short story in the series for FREE. Dr. Carter & Mrs. Sinn, the first and shortest story in the series, is available free at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo and Apple.

Of the four stories in the compilation, my favorite is Tristan & Blair, which is a great little story about love at first sight. It’s probably my favorite because it reminds me of something that happened in my real life.  I remember, when my daughter was little, just about 3, she was with me in the store, sitting in the shopping cart, and this little boy, who was a tad older, maybe 5 or 6  was just staring at her, so intently, as she was the loveliest thing he’d ever seen. As if he were committing her to memory, and I thought as I walked away, wouldn’t it be interesting for someone to fall in love with a girl they just saw as a child and years later still remember.  Tristan & Blair isn’t quite as straightforward as that, as there’s a sister involved. But, I do like this notion that we can feel a connection with someone after one viewing, and we can forge ahead with this vision of who they are, of what they are, even if it’s not entirely true.

Anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent, so to get back on track, Romance: Trysts (Volumes 1-4) is available in paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

P.S. As an aside, the incident with my daughter happened while we were traveling, so it seems unlikely that the smitten six year old will find her again.

How do you like your retellings?

The new Beauty and the Beast film slayed at the weekend box office. It became the biggest March opening ever, bringing in $170 million. Kaching!

It seems that everyone loves that tale as old as time. I took my daughter to see it and we loved it, too. We’d recently watched the 1991 cartoon version, too.

While this film’s success is awesome, it’s not the first retelling to do well. People have been rebooting , retelling, or adjusting old stories for quite a while. I’ve got the Passion-Filled Fairy Tales, which add some steam and spice to the old stories.  Lots of authors do these (including May Sage, Demelza Carlton and Erin Bedford, whom you may want to check out if you’re looking for a new author). So do lots of films. But how is always interesting.

Same Characters. Different Scenes.  In 2009, Star Trek refreshed its classic series with what they called a “reboot.” Same characters, different actors, with a cool twist on the story (an alternate timeline that rewrites events we knew and loved from the old show). Now, some fans loved it (Me, me, me!), while others have made JJ Abrams their personal anti-Christ, saying he ruined their favorite show (my friend Mike).  I’m not sure if I just don’t get Trek on the same level as Mike or if being an adapter myself, I’m more lax about change, but I enjoyed the reboot version. I think what I loved about it is it added something fresh that allowed all new adventures, while maintaining the core of the show–the characters. Fundamentally, James Tiberius Kirk, Cmdr. Spock, Lt. Uhura, Sulu, Chekov and Scotty were fundamentally the same.  All that’s changed is their circumstances. And the new cast is absolutely endearing. So, I like this kind of retelling, generally.

Same Story, New Actors. With Cinderella and Beauty & the Beast, Disney simply decided to take a tale it had already added its own spin to in cartoon form and make it live action. Ultimately, if you enjoyed the cartoon version, you will likely enjoy the live-action,  because it follows pretty much the same spirit and script. There were some minor additions, but it stayed fairly close to the originals. And this kind of retelling can be adored. Some people may ask why it needs to be retold when it’s so great as is, and to that, I say, a good story is always worth hearing again.

Character of the Same Name, but Fundamentally Different.  Disney’s Maleficent was a tale of this nature.   Disney attempted to look at this fairy tale character from another angle. While I’m cool with other angles, I was not a fan of Maleficent because it didn’t feel true to the original as I recalled it. While I’m totally cool with understanding why Maleficent is a villain, I didn’t like the rewrite that she wasn’t a villain, and that the king was the villain. The total juxtaposition of the fundamental nature of both characters really threw  me.  I know tons of people enjoyed the movie, and I’m not saying it was a bad film. However, that was one that I wasn’t fond of because I liked the original version of events better. I’m definitely not saying that these kinds of retellings don’t work. But, for me to enjoy them, they’ve got to hit perfectly. Otherwise, they just fall flat.

Interestingly, there’s another show that does a similar thing, that I’m loving.  I may be loving it because I was never a big fan of the original. That one is Riverdale. I know what you’re saying: “Riverdale is a Remake?”  Yeah, it actually is. It’s Archie, as in the redhead of the comic strip.  I watch The Flash and the The Arrow on the CW, so I kept seeing ads for Riverdale, which appeared to be about a teenager who was killed, and the other teens in town are suspects. Seemed semi-intriguing, but I wasn’t one hundred percent sold based on the trailers. However, my daughter was like, “You want to watch this with me?” (We watched on the CW site after three episodes had aired–a mini binge). We were about 10 minutes in, when I realized the main characters were named, Archie, Betty and Veronica.  I was like, is this Archie? I Googled it, and sure enough, it was. But it’s not classic 1950s, everything is awesome Archie, and my biggest problem is two girls fighting over me. It was, Archie meets Pretty Little Liars. Murder,  teachers and students sleeping together, cliques, mean girls. I was like, “whaaaaaat?” I’m totally hooked and totally love it.  And Luke Perry plays Archie’s dad! (I’d initially thought of saying it was like Archie meets 90210, but I think that’s just because of the Perry connection. 90210 was juicy, but not particularly dark. PLL could get pretty heady, and Riverdale seems to go that way, too).

Anyway, I am totally loving this show. But, I’ve never been a huge reader of Archie comics. Sure, they’re so part of pop culture that I’ve seen the main characters (Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead), but I had no idea what they were really like. I can’t say I’ve read more than a dozen panes over my lifetime.  So, for me, I like what’s being done. However, I have no idea what a true fan of the comics would think. My impression of the characters was that they were completely wholesome, and this show is anything but wholesome, so it is at odds with my impression. However, my impression could be completely wrong.  Perhaps this begs the question of who you should make reboots for: old fans or potential new ones. Though, I fall squarely in the camp of loyalty to old fans, with a bonus of drawing in new ones.

So, it looks like I’ve rambled on a tad too much.  That’s it for my musings on retellings. What are your thoughts on retelllings? Do you like them close to the original? A bit of variation is cool? Or you want to see the tale flipped on its head? Any favorites? Any that just completely missed the mark with you? (I loved Jem  as a kid, but heard the movie version was so completely different that I couldn’t bring myself to see it, and tarnish my happy memories).


Check out Rosetta Bloom’s fairy tale retellings here.

Paperback Writer!

book-419589Happy Sunday to you. I hope you’ve had a great week.

This was an exciting past week because Ravishing Rapunzel finally released and  I had a couple of sales going on. Those all ended this morning, and things are back to normal.

But one thing I did last week that I didn’t discuss much was ensure that I have paperback copies of all the ebooks in my fairy tale series. I went in and added paperback copies of Dream Trysts, Finding Bliss and Ravishing Rapunzel. Given the price differential and the ease of ebook reading, most people buy electronic copies of my books. However, for those who love paper, the option is there for all the fairy tales.

The short stories are too short to make paperbacks of the singles, but I’m going to work on the compilation paperback this week, and with luck, this time next week, I’ll have a post about it.

99 cent books + a chance to win a $25 gift card

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You can win a $25 gift card and get some cool books for 99 cents. The Treat Yourself  romance book event is going on now here.  Check out all the books that are just 99 cents and enter a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card (scroll to the bottom of the page for the raffle).

And while it’s not featured in this sale, Ravishing Rapunzel is just 99 cents while it’s in pre-order. Go ahead and grab it if you’d like. There’s no look-inside for pre-orders,  so you can sample a few chapters on wattpad if you like.

Finding Bliss Available on Amazon, Too

05_finding-bliss-02_proofHappy Wednesday to you.  I just wanted to let you know that I’ve uploaded Finding Bliss: A Dream Trysts Story to Amazon. The book costs $1.99 there, or you can still get it free by subscribing to the mailing list.

I had planned to leave it as a book available only to subscribers. Unfortunately, when I tried to get the next book in the series added  to my series page without adding Finding Bliss, it messed up my series page, which disappeared.  I sent in a request to Amazon to fix it last night, and just now, about five minutes ago, the series page was back. Woo hoo! Awesome customer service, Amazon!

Anyway, so if you just prefer to buy your stories and not join the mailing list, you can do that with Finding Bliss. If you’d like to get it free by joining the mailing list, you may. Just sign up here.

A quick note that I changed the cover of Finding Bliss. I made an adjustment to the picture, in case I wanted to be able to advertise it at any point in the future. The previous cover, while having the same models, was more suggestive. (I recently got rejected from some advertising due to the other picture, so, you live and learn.)

Anyway, as a last note, Ravishing Rapunzel is on pre-order. You can grab it for 99 cents through release day on Feb 17.  Sometime on the 18th or 19th, it will go up to full price at $2.99.

Almost at 40!

01_The-Princess-the-Pea-&the-Night-of-Passion_reducedHappy Thursday to you. I hope your week is going well.

I don’t normally check each book page daily, and Amazon doesn’t send notifications when there are new reviews on a book so I don’t always see a new review immediately.

However, I popped in this morning and saw that the Princess, the Pea, and the Night of Passion was up to 39 reviews on Amazon. That’s just awesome! I love it when readers leave reviews, and the last ones were really positive.

Here’s a couple snippets from two of them:

“Passion love and a lesson in eavesdropping wound into a unique version, a very adult translation of a wonderful fairy tale.”
-Wendi

“An old classic? No, it’s a really great adult version.This short story is well written, sensual, humorous and the characters were well developed.”
-Birgit

If you haven’t checked out the book, go ahead and give it a try. It’s FREE on all retailers.

Newest Cover & Publishing Schedule

06_ravishing-rapunzel-bHappy hump day to you. I do so hope you have as fabulous a day as that expression implies.  😉

I just thought I’d drop you a quick note to let you know what’s up with my publishing schedule.  I’m holed up writing all of January, so I haven’t been posting as much as I should. However, this month of writing should result in three projects over the coming months.

First up, I’ve got my Rapunzel Retelling, Ravishing Rapunzel. That’s the cover right there. Woo hoo! I’m going to get that set up for pre-order sometime within the next week.  My plan is to have the book available by Feb. 17.  I’ve got the cover, but I need to write the blurb before I set it up for pre-order. That’s also why the cover isn’t clickable. I don’t have a blurb to tell you much more about this tale. The good news is the bulk of the book is written. I’ve got to go in and flesh out a few things and then get it to the editor. But, I’m on target for the 17th, and once it’s set up for pre-order, that will be the final date, as Amazon frowns on the notion of you moving your pre-order. I’ll report back with the final date once the pre-order is set up.

I’m also working on a Rumpelstiltskin tale. That one isn’t as cheery as the other fairy tales because it’s an origin story for a character who is pretty nasty in his fairy tale. However, it’s different and sexy. That will appear in an anthology in March, and I’ll be able to publish it separately by April.  I’ll have more details on it as the anthology gets closer to publication date.

I’m also working on a story for an anthology centered around a place called The Diamond Club. We picked our own cover images and the artist is going to design cohesively themed covers for it. I’ll actually be writing this one in February, and the anthology is coming out in May. So, lots of fun.

Anyway, just wanted to give you an update on what I’m up to. Hope everyone out there is doing well.

As always,

May your love remain in bloom.

-Rosetta

A busy December!

Hello there!

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post, so I apologize for my absence. I’ve been plugging away on writing, trying to get way more done than I have in the past. I’m still working on Rapunzel, which I had to take a break from earlier. I think I’ll finish that tale by the end of December, for a January publication date.

I’ve been participating in a a few InstaFreebie giveaways. I’ve been making sure I email my mailing list because that’s a must. If you want to get in on all the news, be sure to join my mailing list. Unfortunately, I’ve been bad about posting to the blog, so I’m going to get better about that.

I thought I’d mention a promo I was in earlier this month.  It’s a way for people to get free books by joining an author’s mailing list.  While the promo officially ran through Dec. 12th, many of the authors still have their books available. Check out these fun romance stocking stuffers. They’re all free via Instafreebie and a great gift for yourself, so you can relax and chill out in these final hectic days as you try to finish your holiday shopping.

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I’ll be participating in another giveaway after Christmas, so I’ll be sure to post on the blog, too, as I won’t be sending to the newsletter until January.

Until next time, have a great one.

-May your love remain in bloom.

150 FREE Romance eBooks & FREE Kindle/Gift card Giveaway

romancepromoDo you love romance novels? How about when they’re free — do you love them even more?

Well, I’m participating in a romance ebook giveaway. This one shows you 150 romance ebooks that are FREE on Amazon (US & UK for sure).  This has all varieties of romance: paranormal, sweet, erotic, historical, everything! The Princess, the Pea, and the Night of Passion is listed among the free ebooks.

If you love romance, check out these books, and sign up for the giveaway for a FREE Kindle and three Amazon gift cards (Values: one $50 and two $25). The Giveaway Page is here: http://selfpublishingroundtable.com/promo/giveaway.html. To see the free books, click where it says 150 FREE Romance ebooks.

Happy Reading!

May your love stay in bloom.