Saturday, June 11, 2011
Guest Blog: L. K. Below: A Fairy Tale Ending
As does, come to think of it, my love of history. Fairy tales (and yes, I read the originals) are little pieces of the past, oral tales passed on and changed until finally written down. These little clues into the foggy past never fail to intrigue me and set my imagination spinning.
Unveiling His Princess, based on the Brother’s Grimm fairytale “Princess Mouseskin.” Reading the one-page story only opened the doors to my inner muse in the form of Natalia, the heroine. She insisted on telling her story, even leading me on some deviations from the original tale.
While writing this retelling appeased the bone nudged from reading the tale, it didn’t appease that little girl hiding inside me. This still could not happen, she insisted. You are living in the past. Well, in a mythical past when fairy tales were real. But I got her point. I understood her disgruntlement.
Which is when she revealed a new storyline to me. Never a Princess, Always a Frog also has fairytale elements (this time, as you can likely guess, from “The Princess and the Frog”). But it has no magic. Prince Charming is a real, work-a-day man. And the heroine a gawky librarian. But magic is made between them one fateful Halloween when Colleen attends a rowdy party wearing nothing but green paint.
Is this story, which will be released from Lyrical Press, Inc. on July 4th, enough to satisfy that little fairy-tale loving girl? Certainly not. Never a Princess, Always a Frog is the beginning of a series of hot contemporary romances with elements from a favorite fairytale. And personally, I can’t wait for them either.
What about you? Do you love a good fairy tale or happily-ever-after?
L. K. Below writes romance and speculative fiction. Under her full name, Lindsay Below, she publishes young adult books. Visit her online at http://www.lbelow.net or join her on her blog at http://lbelow.blogspot.com
BLURB: for Never a Princess, Always a Frog
Has this frog finally found her prince?
From the moment Colleen confesses her deepest desire -- to experience the same passion she's read about in books -- she is swept away on the most daring escapade she’s ever experienced. Dressed in nothing but green paint,she attends a Halloween party searching for the man of her dreams. She finds him, but then fears she won’t be able to give him up.
Since the death of his wife five years ago, Dan's life has been on auto-pilot. But from the moment he meets Colleen, he starts to feel alive again. And he knows he can’t let this would-be princess stride out of his life…
Learn more at http://bit.ly/NeverAPrincess
Posted by Marianne Stephens at 12:01 AM