I’ll be Online Chatting Tonight!

I’ll be online chatting tonight at Barb’s PJ Party! The chat starts at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT, and lasts about an hour. I’ll be on with several other authors, and will be giving away an ebook copy of Beauty & Her Beastly Love.  If you’d like to grab it, it’s on Amazon as both a print and ebook version.

If you’ve got a moment, I love it if you’d stop by.

May your love remain in bloom,

Rosetta

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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.

In honor of Retold Fairy Tales, Beauty & Her Beastly Love is 99 Cents

It’s all about those adaptations,  retellings, or even reboots, depending on the lingo you prefer.  Disney has released its  retooled, live action version of its 1992 version of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast.

Fairy tales, which are all in the public domain as they were first published hundreds of years ago, are popular fodder for retelling.  While Disney has given the moniker “tale as old as time” to Beauty and the Beast, any of the old fairy tales are deserving of the label.

In honor of the new movie and all things retold, this weekend, my adult retelling of the story,  Beauty and Her Beastly Love, will be 99 cents.  The price will go back up to $2.99 on Monday, so grab it now.  Like all the passion-filled fairy tales, this is a grown-up version of the story, and not for kids.

If you’re considering going to see the live-action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson (LOVE her!), then refamiliarize yourself with the original cartoon with these two hilarious videos about them.

Honest Trailers:

Everything Wrong with Beauty & the Beast:

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.

Rapunzel Available Today!

06_ravishing-rapunzel-bMy newest passion-filled fairy tale, Ravishing Rapunzel, is available today on Amazon. The book is available as an ebook and a paperback (though I sell mostly ebooks). If you’re in Kindle Unlimited, you can read the ebook free. If you want to buy it, the ebook is just 99 cents today and tomorrow. I’ll go in and raise the price  to $2.99 Saturday night, but it likely won’t take effect until sometime Sunday.  (Changes have sometimes been very quick, at 4 hours, and other times, have taken almost 24 hours, so I can’t give you a time when the price will change).

Here’s the blurb for Ravishing Rapunzel:

Rapunzel is a sickly child, according to her mother. Forced by her mother to hide from the world, the only thing Rapunzel wants is connection to another human being.

Stuck in a life of the royal court, all Prince Bradyn wants is to meet someone real, someone who’s only goal isn’t to curry favor with his parents.

When Rapunzel gets a rare day out without her mother, she stumbles across Bradyn in the woods and the two pleasantly get to know each other. Unfortunately, shortly after Rapunzel’s mother spirits he away to a tower in the woods, a place she tells Rapunzel will keep her safe.

Bradyn is devastated when he realizes his friend is gone. He searches for her for years to no avail. One day, when hope is lost, he happens to spy a tower in a clearing, and sees an old woman call, “Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair.” Now that Bradyn has found her again, he intends to do everything in his power to make Rapunzel his.

Check out this steamy retelling of the fairy tale classic. Getting to happily ever after is always sexy and fun in the Passion-Filled Fairy Tales series. You can purchase it on Amazon:

Amazon US * Amazon Canada * Amazon UK * Amazon Australia

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.

A bunch of 99 cents romances

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04_Dream-TrystsLooking for some great romances for just 99 cents? Well, check out this romance promo. There are more than 50 books for just 99 cents. They’re all genres of romance, so if you like a little love, or are looking for a Valentine’s Day read, this is the place to go.

Dream Trysts is among the books featured in the promo. It will be 99 cents the rest of this week.  Be sure to check out the entire promo by clicking this link or the image above.

Cinders & Ash 99 cents

03_Cinders-and-AshHope you’re having a great day, so far.  I just wanted to pop in with a quick note mentioning that Cinders & Ash is on sale for 99 cents today.  This is one of my favorite fairy tale stories and I’m super excited to be able to offer it on sale today and tomorrow.

I hope you’ll check it out while it’s on sale. I’m going to raise the price on it on Feb. 7, but to 2.99 and leave it there through Valentine’s Day. Next week, I’ll be doing a two-day sale on Dream Trysts, so FYI.  And remember that Ravishing Rapunzel is going to be 99 cents throughout it’s pre-order period, so grab it while its cheap.

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.