Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Guest Blog Featuring Mallory Kane


Giveaway alert!

Congratulations to Jane, the winner of an ARC copy of Mallory Kane's PRIVATE SECURITY! Thank you to all who participated.

I am fascinated with the new TV shows about fairy tales.  Once Upon a Time is right up my alley, with timeless, beloved fairy tale princes and princesses trapped in a grim (no pun intended) present-day reality where 'happily ever after' exists only in picture books. Have you noticed that nobody in Storybrook is married??? 

Grimm is --dare I say it--more grim. The clever twist of having a descendent of the Brothers Grimm fighting fairy tale monsters in his job as a police detective makes for interesting TV, especially if, like me, you love fairy tales and  cop shows.

But this is not the first time that fairy tales have been featured on TV. Remember Beauty and the Beast with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman? Digging deeper, there was The Charmings where Snow and Prince woke up in suburbia and had to deal, or Jim Henson's The Storyteller

One of my favorite shows of all time is the 80s series Shelly DuVall's Fairy Tale Theater. Consider Jeff Goldblum as a zoot-suit garbed house-blowing-down Wolf, or Matthew Broderick as Cinderella's prince ("It's hard to be humble when your face is on the money.") Or Robin Williams as the Frog Prince, and you get an idea of how inspired these 'fractured fairy tales were.

Fairy tales and myths appeal to what some scholars call the 'collective unconscious,' that embedded understanding that the world harbors not only love and compassion and goodness, but also darkness and pain and evil. Who hasn't met an evil witch? Who hasn't faced a dark and dangerous forest? Who hasn't dreamed of happily ever after?

My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. I believe that all romance, at its core, is a retelling of that classic tale. The brave and good-hearted heroine is captured by a huge, threatening beast who can only be tamed by love.  Yep, that pretty much describe the romances I love to write and read.

And speaking of romance,

I'm excited to present two new Delancey Dynasty books from Harlequin Intrigue. Private Security, May, 2012, features Dawson Delancey, who has opened his own investigations agency. Dawson is trying to prove his dad's shoddy construction didn't cause the death of a casino manager while the manager's daughter, who fancies herself a private eye, is working to prove he did. 

Then in June, Death of a Beauty Queen will be on the shelves. Twelve years ago, Rosemary Delancey, debutante and Mardi Gras Queen, disappeared, leaving behind her blood-drenched apartment and a haunting mystery. Her presumed death was Detective Dixon Lloyd's first homicide and the only case he's never solved. He still carries a small photo of the beautiful redhead in his wallet. When a comment by a collared drug dealer hints that Rosemary may be alive, Dixon makes it his mission to find her. But finding her will lead danger and violence to her door.

I'd love to hear about your favorite fairy tale and how it resonates with you. Do you notice that your favorite books echo particular fairy tales or myths?

I'll be giving away a printed or digital arc of Private Security on Wednesday, or one of my backlist books--winner's choice (subject to availability.) So stick around and let's talk about our favorite happily-ever-afters.

Giveaway ends 9pm EST Jan. 18th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, use the email under the CONTACT page to enter with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY. 


  1. Hi Mallory,

    I absolutely love Once Upon A Time. So many amazing actors and I love how the plot is unfolding. I also watch Grimm too. But, it is much darker. My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. I love the message about looking for the good inside.

    You new books sound fantastic.

    yenastone at aol dot com

  2. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite also and I'm with Tammy about the message being looking for the good inside instead of being afraid of the outside. But I couldn't get into watching Once Upon A Time or Grim. And I totally think that most, if not all, romances have a touch of a fairy tale in them.
    And I am looking forward to more Delancey Dynasty books.

  3. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, too. I hope to see it in 3D. It is important for us to remember that you have to look past a person's appearance.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  4. You know, Beauty and the Beast is actually a retelling of the Psyche and Cupid myth. Psyche was given to Cupid for his wife and was told that he was a monster not to be looked upon. He came to her in the dark. One night she lit a candle to see what he really looked like and saw that he was the most beautiful man she'd ever seen and btw had wings. She was banished by his mother, Venus, because she peeked and she searched for him with her lamp for a long long time before she found him.

    Love love love that story!


  5. Hi Mrs. Kane,
    I’ve loved Beauty and the Beast for twenty years. My grandmother bought me the VHS when I was a kid, I went to see the IMAX re-release as a teenager, I bought the special edition DVD later that year, then I bought the special edition Blu-ray back in 2010, and have been expecting the 3D version ever since I saw the opening number at Comic-Con back in 2008. I’m not 3D’s champion and Beauty and the Beast doesn’t need a 3D post-conversion. It’s perfect the way it is, but I’m willing to put on a pair of 3D glasses if it means I get to see it on the big screen again. But is it possible to improve upon perfection and if not, does that lower the quality?
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  6. Hi Mallory,

    So glad to have found this site back in December. It has opened my world to many new authors....now I can include you on that list. My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella. I love when the heroine has to overcome adversity but she is so strong and shows so much class that her great personality and humor help her happiness. And isn't that what true love is really about anyway.....we tend to get our hearts broken, overcome adversity in relationships and maybe not be the people we really want to be until we find that special someone that really sees who we are and still loves us. The good and the bad personality traits are lovable. Cant's wait to read one of your books.

  7. Disney's Beauty and the Beast was the first movie I went to see by myself--and at night too! No, I wasn't a child, but I'd never considered walking into a movie theater alone. Going to the movies, for me, was a shared event.

    I was spellbound. Since then I've watched it over and over again. I agree that it doesn't need 3D but yes, that giant screen experience is going to be worth it! And I think we'll have to judge whether 3D hurts.

    Another beauty and the beast tale I watch over and over--Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, with Gerard Butler (rrrowlll!)

  8. Did someone mention Gerard Butler? (ears perk up)

  9. I know!! Is he gorgeous or what? At the GGs I saw that he's letting his hair grow out again. I didn't like him with a buzz cut.

    Here is his gorgeous self on the red carpet! Talk about a sexy beast!


  10. Hi, Mallory - loved the post. I'm a big fan of fairy tales and always thought it'd be interesting to take a class on them, and the story structure/characterizations that are common among them.

    My favorite is Beauty and the Beast, and yes, I vaguely remember the Linda Hamilton show. ;) I'm really enjoying Once Upon A Time, but have only had time to catch the first few episodes. Hope to catch up one day!

  11. Hi Mallory,

    I do like fairy tales, and we had the box set of Grimm's growing up. My favorite fairy tale now is the Tangled version of Rapunzel. In the Shelly DuVall's Fairy Tale Theater version the mother ate the Rapunzel radishes, for some reason that always stuck in my mind.

  12. Gayle, I totally forgot Tangled! That was hilarious!

    I do remember Rapunzel. I think Shelly DuVall played the mother, didn't she? And Jeff Bridges was the father. I'll always remember that they were in bed and she couldn't sleep because she was craving radishes. He leaned over and said with a bit of a leer in his voice, "How about a nice cucumber instead?" LOL!!!

    Thanks to everyone. I had a ball reading your posts and hanging out.



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