Welcome to the Beyond Fairytales Blessings Blog Hop! I’m so thrilled to be a part of this blog hop along with fellow Beyond Fairytales authors. This hop is taking the form of a scavenger hunt, where you hop to all the authors’ blogs listed below to find their personalised badges. Then, enter via rafflecopter and you could win a huge bundle of Beyond Fairytale stories! Sounds pretty awesome, right?
But first, let’s chat a little about my story, SLUMBER.
I was assigned the Brothers’ Grimm tale, The Glass Coffin. Now, I’d never heard of this fairy tale before, so it was straight to Wikipedia for me. When I discovered it was a version of Sleeping Beauty, the wheels starting turning and a short four months later I had the bones of an idea! Haha, maybe it didn’t take that long, but it certainly took me a while to get a handle on Thalia and Sebastian’s story. However, I’m super pleased with the result and I hope you are, too.
But now, on with the fun bit of the post. In SLUMBER, Sebastian teases Thalia with an old newssheet article of her antics as a teenage princess. For your delection, here’s the article. Enjoy!
Princess Tali Tells Tall Tale to Thelonic Beau!
Princess Tali has again found herself in hot water after being discovered locked in a torrid embrace with a hunky lad later discovered to be employed in the king’s stables. The young princess, who readers will remember was spotted kissing Lord Semlac of Sulibarr less than a month ago aboard her private ship, was seen to exit the bowels of the very same ship half-dressed and disheveled, the stable lad following close behind. What else can this author assume but the princess has made another conquest, one a little closer to home?
This author has discovered the lad to be of Thelonic origin, who are well known for their mastery of the art of amour. Previous to their discovery, Princess Tali was seen to be in conversation with her Thelonic beau, displaying flirty smiles and a light touch upon the boy’s arm.
The palace denies all knowledge of the princess’s involvement with the servant and instead remind this author of the king’s upcoming tour to Maramiral.
The Tailor has been tasked to find the princess…
Upon decree from his king, Sebastian, Tailor to the entire kingdom of Dormiraa, embarks on the mission to fetch the Princess Thalia home, her seven year Royal Tour over. He didn’t expect to find her working with clockwork and gears, encased within a coffin of glass. He did not expect the sight of her wild black hair to set his heart to pound, or the flash of her dark eyes would heat his blood. He did not expect he would want her so badly, not when he could never have her.
The princess must become the Queen…
Thalia has always known she must return to the capital to prepare for the throne. She did not expect her father to send the Tailor to fetch her, or that this man with his extravagant clothes and subtle cosmetics would intrigue her so well. There was something about him, something that spoke of danger and secrets, even as his wicked mouth and knowing eyes made her yearn.
However, not everyone desires the princess’s return. When they are attacked, they can only turn to each other. Will they overcome status and secrets to discover a love for all time?
This month marks NaNoWriMo, the time of year when peeps are challenged to write a 50,000 word book in 30 days. This year, I’m taking up the challenge!
I’ll be attempting to write the first draft of EMERALD SEA, the third in the Diamond Series. I’ve started this story, thought lots about it, but other commitments have kept me from progressing any further. No more! This month, I WILL get Hope and Jacob’s story down on the page and nothing will stop me. Well. Possibly Armageddon, but that’s unlikely. Right?
I’ll be offering updates on Facebook and via my Movember page (a worthy cause you can read about here). I hope you’ll join me!
My word, it’s been two years since ROUGH DIAMOND was published. Where has the time gone?
I’m super proud of this book, as it marks a bit of a departure for me. I never thought I’d write a Western romance, but when my editor suggested I give the Western Escape line a try, I thought, why not? ROUGH DIAMOND and the Diamond Series was the result!
At the moment, ROUGH DIAMOND is on sale at all the Amazons, including US ($2.99) and UK (£1.98). Click on the Amazon links in the side bar for other international sites.
To celebrate ROUGH DIAMOND’s book birthday, I’m holding a giveaway. Enter via Rafflecopter below to go in the running to win an ebook of ROUGH DIAMOND and a Prize of Mystery – the Prize will contain objects of Wonder and Enchantment and all things Delightful. International entries are welcome – if Australia Post can reach your country, you can enter. The giveaway ends on 25 October, so make sure you enter quick.
It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog, but that’s about to change. Why, I hear you ask? Because I’m off to the Romance Writers of Austalia conference!
Tomorrow, I’m jetting off to Homebush in Sydney to enjoy the fun and frivolity of the conference. In addition to all the writerly fun, I’m also attending in my capacity as editor. So super pumped to hang with all the peeps, enjoy the workshops and, of course, the cocktail party and awards dinner.
I’ll be updating my instagram and twitter while there so make sure you check out the fun!
Peeps, today we have Sara Daniel on the blog, chatting about her brand new release. Please make her feel welcome!
Once Upon a Marriage:
Retelling The Three Army Surgeons
My favorite school assignment was modernizing and retelling a fairy tale (sophomore English – Aced it AND got extra credit – Thanks Ms. Seckler!), so when Decadent Publishing put out the call for a retelling of a Grimm’s Fairy Tale, my hand immediately shot in the air. I was given The Three Army Surgeons, an obscure, somewhat gruesome story that was definitely not a romance. (Read it here.)
Time is running out for Armina Keer to have the baby she’s always wanted. Before she can move on with her life, she needs her estranged husband to sign their divorce papers. When she can’t get him to respond, her meddling uncles arrange for a trip to his inn. Despite vowing to guard her broken heart, she has to settle the past before she can have a future.
Ian Keer might not deserve a second chance with his wife, but he’s not going to give up one either, not with the immediate flaming attraction still between them. While her uncles’ antics wreak havoc on life at The Inn, he offers her the ultimate gamble: Spend the night with him, and afterwards he’ll sign the papers if she still wants to leave.
With everything riding on one night together, Ian must convince her that their love is strong enough the second time around, and Armina must decide if love is worth sacrificing her dreams.
“You hate me,” Ian whispered, feeling more nauseous than if he’d ingested a prosthetic eyeball. How could she not hate him when she believed their personal relationship had meant less to him than an employment issue?
Armina gazed beyond his left shoulder. “I don’t hate you. I’ve never hated you. When we got married, I understood you had a strong work ethic combined with an unusual drive to succeed and a consuming passion for the Inn. I knew I’d come in second to this place.”
He opened his mouth, wanting to argue, but couldn’t. If she’d made him choose, he wouldn’t have picked her.
“I thought I was okay with it,” she continued. “After all, I loved the Inn, too, and wanted you to realize your vision for it. Turns out I wasn’t okay. I didn’t realize how distant second place actually was.” She shrugged her slim shoulders. “Live and learn, right?”
Not right. He wanted to take back the lesson and teach her about real love instead. “You never should have had to settle for second place. With me or with anyone else. No one has the right to ask that of you.”
“Agreed.” Her voice came out stronger, her shoulders squared, and she looked him directly in the eye. “Now you understand why I want a divorce.”
Sara Daniel writes what she loves—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She lives her own happily-ever-after romance with her hero husband. Connect with her online at:
Peeps, today we have Elizabeth Morgan on the blog, chatting about her brand new release. Please make her feel welcome!
Are my characters based on real people?
I often get a little stuck on topics for guest posts. So, I usually ask my readers what they want me to talk about, because at the end of the day, I would rather talk about something you would be interested in reading. One reader asked – are my characters based on real people?
None of my characters have ever been based on real people. When I say real people – and I think I am correct in assuming this is what the reader meant – I mean people I know.
I will say that when I was planning my urban fantasy series, the Blood Series, I had such a large cast of characters I was really stuck for names, so I have used names of family members or friends, but the characters in that series are not in any way, shape, or form based on my family members or friends.
All my characters, no matter what story they are in, have been written from the way they present themselves. They talk, they react to what is being said or going on, and I write down their words and reactions.
My characters in Stepping Stones were no different. As each one made their entrance and presented themselves, their voices and mannerisms were clear. I didn’t need to flesh them out or create them to be someone else. They were all individual.
As a writer, a little part of yourself does sometimes slip into your stories. I would like to say that my humour is a regular occurrence along with shared beliefs, hopes, and fears – depending on the story and the topics involved – but even then, I haven’t placed myself into any of the characters; they aren’t me. For one, they are all braver, stronger, and funnier than I am. Ha.
What I will say in regards to Stepping Stones is that the story is very family orientated, but Maggie’s family is not based on my own.
Families are something we all have, or at least have at a certain point in our lives. No family is perfect. They disagree. They argue. They hurt one another. But they support one another, care, laugh, love, and overall want what is best for each other.
I come from a large family, and lord knows we have had problems and good times, but all families have those moments of tension, those times of laughter and love, fond or painful memories, of course we all have.
So it wasn’t difficult to write this family, and although I haven’t, nor has any member of my family, ever been through what the characters go through in this story, there are moments I can relate to. I have had those moments Maggie has. I have sometimes felt like an outsider, I have felt the distance, there have been disagreements and arguments, but families aren’t perfect.
And Maggie’s family are who they are and even though there are problems and issues between them, they still clicked as a family. And all families click even if you feel like there is tension, unsaid words, or distance between you all; there is always love there and that is the best foundation to build upon.
So, dear family – and friends – even though we have our difference and we are living in different area codes, I still love you and hope you are happy and well. And don’t worry; none of my characters are based on you, even if they have your name. ;-P
Thank you for having me over today, Cassandra, and thank you to all of you for stopping by. The reason I am over today is to celebrate the release of my sweet contemporary romance book, Stepping Stones. The story was released on June 17th and is about retracing steps, forgiveness, realization, second chances, family, friends, faith and love. The blurb and excerpt is below for you to peruse.
If you would be interested in winning a copy of my new release, Stepping Stones or maybe a swag pack, then please do leave an entry on the rafflecopter at the end of the post.
There’s nothing like a wedding to bring the family together…
If not for her baby sister’s impending marriage, Margaret West would never return home. But after six long years, she finds herself a maid of honor who must answer to the people she left behind.
If her parents’ interrogation doesn’t drive her to drink, facing her foster brother, Adrian, just might. To make matters worse, her ex-fiancé is the vicar who will conduct her sister’s ceremony.
Everyone demands to know why she ran off. But the more time she spends at home, the more Margaret realizes even she doesn’t know the real reason.
“When is Aidy getting here?” Jessica grabbed the large bowl of scrambled eggs and brought it closer to her plate.
“I think his flight is due in at three.” My mother placed a dish of bacon on the table and took a seat beside me. “He will be in time for the wedding rehearsal; don’t worry.”
My stomach clenched. “Wedding rehearsal?” I coughed, trying to clear the chunk of toast lodged in my throat. “What wedding rehearsal?”
“Today at four. We’re running through the service.” Jess scooped egg onto her plate. “I told you.”
Nervous laughter bubbled in my throat and try as I may, I couldn’t stop shaking my head. “No.” I patted my chest. “No, you never mentioned a rehearsal.”
“Oh.” She placed the bowl back in the middle of the table. “I could have sworn I did.”
“Nope, you didn’t. Believe me, I would have remembered otherwise.” I grabbed my mug and knocked the coffee back before finishing my piece of toast.
“Well, it’s no big deal.” Edward took the bowl of eggs and helped himself. “Just a quick run-through.”
“Will everyone be there?” Forcing a smile on my face, I looked up at them both, hoping like hell my question would pass as innocent and genuine curiosity.
“Anyone who is involved in the wedding itself will be.”
Great. So that meant Jessica, Edward, the parents, and the bridesmaids, plus me. That left Adrian and…. “Will Vicar Taylor, be there?”
Oh God, did my voice just go higher?
“Yes, Margaret, William will be there. He is the one who is marrying Jessie and Edward, so he needs to be there.” My father skewered some bacon and tomatoes onto his fork.
Grimacing, I reached out and grabbed another piece of toast. “Just a question, Pa.” A stupid one, but a question nevertheless….
“It is normal for people to have wedding rehearsals, Margaret. Just because you—”
Jess picked up the coffeepot. “Does anyone want more coffee?”
I straightened, my focus fixed on Pa. “I’m aware of that.”
My father’s shoulders went rigid. He lifted his head and our gazes locked. I didn’t miss the way the muscle in the side of his neck ticked. Arguing with my father in front of Jessica and Edward was not an option, so I looked away.
“Please.” I held out my mug and Jess poured the dark liquid.
I could kick myself. A wedding rehearsal hadn’t even crossed my mind. Having to stand at the altar before William on the actual wedding day would be hard enough, but having to do it twice…my stomach churned.
“So, will Adrian come straight to the church?” Edward cut the awkward silence.
“Yes. He will get a taxi to the church, and then we will bring him and his luggage back here.” My mother held her mug out to Jess.
“Adrian is staying here? Tonight?” I added sugar to my coffee. “Won’t it be crowded? I thought—”
“No more crowded than it was in your childhood.” My father took a bite out of his toast.
More and more good news. Of course he would be staying here; it was his family home after all. I guess, it was stupid of me to hope that he would go to a B&B, but my parents wouldn’t have allowed it even if he did suggest it. I hadn’t seen him in six years, hadn’t spoken to him. And yet, in a couple of hours I would be locked in the same house as him.
is a multi-published author of urban fantasy, paranormal, erotic horror, f/f, and contemporary; all with a degree of romance, a dose of action and a hit of sarcasm, sizzle or blood, but you can be sure that no matter what the genre, Elizabeth always manages to give a unique and often humorous spin to her stories.
Like her tagline says; A pick ‘n’ mix genre author. “I’m not greedy. I just like variety.”
Peeps, Lucy Clark and I will be presenting a workshop at A Fair to Remember in a few weeks on Slowing Down your writing so you catch an editor’s eye. In other lives, we both edit for online publishers and we have found most manuscripts could greatly benefit from slowing down, lingering on the characters, the emotion and the situation so the work packs a huge emotional punch. We’ll be offering hints and tips on how to do this, so come on by if you’re in Adelaide!
There are lots of other great authors and workshops, so it’s well worth the cover charge. Also, there’s a pretty nifty quiz night – I’ll be there! I love me a quiz night!
No matter how much their mothers wanted Sarah and Arthur to wed, Sarah had loathed him. However, circumstance and her late husband’s father conspire against her, and she is forced to turn to Arthur for help. Perhaps she needs his legal expertise, but she refuses to acknowledge how handsome her oldest foe has become…or her reaction to him.
His childhood nemesis is the last person Arthur Davenport expected to require his services. When a spurious claim against her late husband’s estate brings Sarah Wetherall to his door, he can’t refuse the pretty widow, no matter how much he wants to.
Thrown together by fate, will they discover there is a fine line between scorn and passion?
To celebrate, I’m revealing the cover on a whole series of blogs over the Valentine’s Day weekend. Make sure you stop by any or all of them to see the GORGEOUS cover. There will also be a bit of a giveaway – stopping by each blog will increase your chances.