ONCE UPON A TIME
By: Mallory Kane
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.
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