The Magic of Fairy Tale Retellings

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I’ve been thinking a bit about why we love fairy tale romances. The classics tend to have that same general vibe. Girl meets boy, obstacle appears, boy and girl overcome obstacle and they live happily ever after.

At least, the fairy tales that seem to stand the test of time seem to have that rhythm. From Snow White to Cinderella, to Sleeping Beauty to Beauty and the Beast to Rapunzel. They all give you that instant love and happy ever after.

Interestingly, the classic tales tend to be short and look primarily at the obstacles. The falling in love part is kind of glossed over. You sort of have to make it up in your head why the couple fell in love. What do they see in each other that makes them happy with each other? The key part is that you know they end up HEA, so something really awesome must have happened to connect them.

I think that’s one reason fairy tale retellings are popular. Because the original tales gave so little character development and reason behind these great love stories, it’s fun to make up the why behind what was happening.

I remember when I was writing The Princess, the Pea, and the Night of Passion , that I had to really think about what that story would entail because the original had so few details. There was little to be said about the prince and princess involved in the original. The key obstacle–the queen who was determined that only bloodlines and titles mattered–was the primary focus. And then as you look at the story, you realize just how boorish this princess is. What person of any manners or breeding complains incessantly about the room their host provided them? The story only works if this princess is the worst type of princess ever–rude to the point of insulting another sovereign’s accommodations.

Yet, we totally remember the tale, because this real princess and the prince do marry and live HEA. All because she’s a complainer. The real marriage that would have been would likely have been miserable:

Prince: How is breakfast?

Princess: The porridge was too hot, the coffee is too cold, my tooth hurts, and there’s a stain on the table cloth.

Yeah, not fun. Though the fairy tale tells us it all works out. Because maybe the two are just perfect.

Prince: Yeah, same here. We should get better servants. We’re too good for a garbage breakfast like this.

Princess: Indeed we are.

And though perfect, that wouldn’t have been kind of miserable as a reader. I enjoyed creating characters who were likable in my version of the Princess and the Pea. I loved Adara and her story of running from a life where she felt trapped. The idea that she wasn’t dressed like a princess because she was incognito due to being on the run seemed the perfect segue into this framework of the original tale.

I also had fun actually having the prince and the princess get to know each other, both as people and in a more intimate fashion. And having the Queen overhear the princess’ “complaints” rather than having the rudest princess on the planet was a lot more fun, too.

So, what’s been a favorite fairy tale retelling you’ve seen? And what did you like about it? Share in the comments.

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

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.”

“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.”

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

Dream Trysts is Here and Just 99 Cents!

04_Dream-TrystsHappy Wednesday to you.

The fourth book in the Passion-Filled Fairy Tales Series went live today.  And the cool news is, for today only, you can grab Dream Trysts: A Sleeping Beauty Story at 99 cents.

I don’t normally offer my full-length novels at 99 cents, but I thought I’d try it once for opening day, and see how it worked. So, if you’d like to grab it now for it’s discounted price, go ahead and do it. I’ll be raising the book to its normal price, $3.99 on Thursday (literally, at midnight ET, I’m going to plug in the new price and it should go into effect by 6 am– Amazon is generally pretty quick about that kind of thing).

Starting next week, I’ll be offering a new freebie for my mailing list, Finding Bliss. This story is related to Dream Trysts: A Sleeping Beauty Story, but you don’t need to have read that book to enjoy Finding Bliss. I had been offering Nikki & Mike free to mailing list subscribers, but that offering will cease once Finding Bliss is available, Aug. 22.  I’m in the process of updating the back matter (that’s the stuff at the back of all the books). All the Passion-Filled Fairy Tales have the correct information about the freebie. I’ll be updating the Romance: Trysts series this week, so the back matter in each of those books points to the correct freebie.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy Dream Trysts.


Cover Reveal: Finding Bliss

05_Finding-BlissWhen Dream Trysts: A Sleeping Beauty Story went up for pre-order, I noted that I’d have a special short story exclusively for my mailing list. That story is Finding Bliss: A Dream Trysts Story.

As the main Dream Trysts is a Sleeping Beauty tale, it focuses on the love story between the cursed princess, Briar Rose, and her love, the charming prince. The  FREE short story, Finding Bliss, focuses on Blissa and Edmund, the Princess Briar Rose’s parents.

You should really read Dream Trysts before reading Finding Bliss, but both stories are fun and steamy. Here’s the cover and I hope you enjoy. Please note that Finding Bliss will only be available to mailing list subscribers. You cannot get it at any online retailer. Subscribers will be able to get their hands on this freebie starting Aug. 22.  If you’re interested, you can join the mailing list here.

Cinders & Ash Available Today! (And at a Discount)

03_Cinders-and-AshThe newest book in the Passion-Filled Fairy Tale series launched today on Amazon. Cinders & Ash: A Cinderella Story is available now.  I’m so excited, as the book was a real fun one to write, and took a bit more imagination to add passion to, because in the original tale, our couple doesn’t meet until the night of the prince’s ball.

For the first week it’s out, the book will sell for $2.99. This is a dollar discount, as the normal selling price will be $3.99. This book is longer than the previous two books, as it’s a full-length novel. Amazon’s ebook calculation tool clocks it at 210 pages, but the paper back is actually 230 pages. So, $2.99 is a great price for those who want to grab it early.

I made an effort to get the paperback out at the same time as the ebook, for anyone who still loves paper.

Anyway, I really hope you enjoy this imaginative retelling of the fairy tale. Readers who received Advance Review Copies have already posted some reviews on Goodreads, and it’s averaging 4.3 stars at the moment.

I will be posting a couple more bits of fun news later this month. I didn’t post much in November because I was trying National Novel Writing Month (where you attempt to write 50,000 words in one month). So, that was a busy time. But I’m psyched about Cinders & Ash and the remainder of December. Here’s the Cinders & Ash book description:

Ella would like nothing more than to leave her wicked stepmother and spoiled stepsisters behind. Only, she needs money to do so. The young lass secretly works for a local shopkeeper to earn cash, until her stepmother, Lady Kenna, finds out. Lady Kenna gets her stepdaughter fired, beats her, and takes all the cash the girl has earned thus far. Ella hears of a secret job at the castle providing companionship to a visiting relative of the royal family. Desperate to get away from her stepfamily, Ella consents.

Ash is a prince confined to a castle. The queen is convinced magic fairies are real and are out to do her son harm. That doesn’t stop the young prince from having ladies delivered for his pleasure. When a beautiful maiden is brought to him one evening, he’s completely intrigued: by her beauty, by her demeanor and by the fact that she’ll only give her name as Cinders.
In this steamy retelling of the Cinderella story, Cinders & Ash find love, romance and a fairy tale happy ending.

Summer is Getting Away From Me

pool-690034_1280Happy hump day to you. I have no idea why I so often write to you on hump day.  (Some psychologist or psychiatrist out there could probably offer up some decent theories, I’m sure.)

Anyway, jut wanted to write a quick check-in blog post to say, Hello, and let you know I’m sending Jack & Brenda to the editor tomorrow. I went on vacation to my family reunion for a week, and have had trouble getting back into the swing of things, so I do apologize. However, my kids are in camp this week, and it’s my hope to finish the first edit of my Cinderella re-telling, so that tale can get further on the path to publication.

In other news, I’ve changed my free perk for mailing list subscribers. If you sign up for the list, you can get a free electronic copy of The Princess, the Pea and the Night of Passion.  That’s a great intro into the Passion-Filled Fairy Tales series. It’s received great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. If you haven’t done so already, you can sign up for the mailing list here (instructions on getting your free ebook follow the signup process).

That’s about it for me today. How about you? Is your summer going well? Are you getting things done or are all the vacations making it hard for you to tick stuff off the To Do list?



May your love continue to bloom.