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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Guest Blog: L. K. Below: A Fairy Tale Ending

Every little girl wants that glass slipper, the feeling of being a princess, the ride into the sunset -- the happily ever after. As we grow up, that urge is buried beneath years of cynicism, but that lingering wish, of finding our very own Prince Charming, I don’t think ever completely leaves us. Heck, I have a little frog-prince pin on my coat which claims to attract that prince (ironically, I got it shortly before I met my boyfriend). That lingering little girl inside me, the one who wants everything to work out perfectly, fuels my love of fairy tales.

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.

Yes, that was the inspiration behind writing 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 or join her on her blog at

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…

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Amber Skyze said...

Sounds like a good book. Looking forward to the release! :)

L. K. Below said...

Thanks for saying so, Amber. :)

And thanks for having me RBRU!

Anonymous said...

I love a daring heroine. To attend a party "dressed" in paint...WOW.

Paris said...

I love a new twist on an old fairy-tale! Love the heroines idea of a "costume". Wishing you many sales!

L. K. Below said...

Thanks for stopping by, Paris and Kay. Kay -- it's not so much that she's daring. More that she can't say no to her best friend's outrageous schemes. :)

Liz said...

L.K.--once again you amaze me with your creativity and imagination! Can't wait to get my hands on the Frog Princess story! cheers

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

I LOVE fairytales, LK. One of the books my agent is shopping now is loosely based on The Little Mermaid, (only it's got a big merman) and another has a Sleeping Beauty riff. My website used to say, "faery tales for grown ups," because I do think that's a lot of what romance is.

L. K. Below said...

Liz - thanks for saying so.

Cindy - You're absolutely right, at least in my opinion. And hey, big mermen. Sounds sexy. I'll have to keep my eye out for that one.

Thanks for stopping by, ladies. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Love fairy tales.. Merlin and King Arthur are essentially just that, and a lot of my books, the Druid and the Mage series are based on their lives, which are mostly fictional when you come down to it. Nothing like escaping to another world.

L. K. Below said...

Jean - Merlin and King Arthur are some of my favorite legends as well. Fascinating, in my opinion.

Thanks for stopping by.

Katalina Leon said...

Everyone loves a fairy tale. Congratulations Lindsay on another great book!

L. K. Below said...

Thanks Katalina!

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