Monday, May 13, 2013

Not Your Normal Fairy Tale Ending

Congratulations to "Angela", the winner of Shannon's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

What did you like to read as a kid? I used to read a lot of mysteries – Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Three Investigators, Harriet the Spy – anything with a little danger, and I got sucked in.  That possibly explains why I love reading and writing romantic suspense.

But before I got all wrapped up in the mysteries, spies and capers, I read a genre that so captured my imagination that it’s influenced everything I write.

The humble fairy tale.

These stories were creative, enthralling and captivating on an instinctive level. They contribute the basis of our moral behaviour, and are epic in scope, humble in origin. They spawn runaway hit T.V. shows, such as Once Upon a Time, Grimm, and the new Beauty and the Beast. They have hot heroes and gorgeous heroines – and the more wicked the villain/witch/imp/troll, etc, the more I like it.

So when my romantic suspense interest met my fairy tale yearnings, my novella, Enamoured, was born.

I wanted to write about a kick-butt contemporary heroine, yet the whimsical elements of a fairy tale world kept intruding until I couldn’t ignore it any longer and Esmerelda, the Fairy Godmother Enforcer, came to light. Not only did she invade my story, but she brought friends, too, in the way of Rumpelstiltskin, Fate, and the Grand Fairy Co-ordinator, formerly known as the Fairy Queen. The suspense wasn’t simply about solving a crime any more, but became a question of anticipation – what on earth are these characters going to do next?

I’m a plotter, ask any of my friends. I’ll plot, and I’ll plot and I’ll plot the house down. I also like to schedule. Alas, there are times for a writer when the creative muse just doesn’t fit into the diary, or plot outline.  For a plotter, these times can be thrilling – and frustrating. My third romantic suspense novel was just about finished, and I was outlining my fourth – the start of a new series – when this novella crept up and took me by surprise. Sometimes there are stories that you just have to write – and Enamoured is one of them.  And yes, perhaps Rumpelstiltskin’s wicked aggravation might be a reflection of my own, but he really did show me how mischievous and sexy an imp can be.

But then, so did my hero…

Enamoured Excerpt

“Uh, look. I really need your help.” She took a deep breath. She did most of the sales negotiation on behalf of her boss—she shouldn’t, she wasn’t qualified or registered, but she did. “What would make it worth your while?”

He lowered his glasses and eyed her, and she gritted her teeth. She couldn’t see the colour of his eyes from here, but he made no effort to hide the fact that he was checking her out. He slid the glasses back up his nose and grinned, dimples flashing.

“A date.”


“Your loss.” He turned to leave. She sighed and looked away. A man crossing the business estate caught her attention. Lionel. He was on his way to the council chambers across the road. She turned away, trying to hide her face. Please don’t see me.

“No, wait!” she called to the labourer, trying to keep her voice low. Damn it all to hell. “Okay, fine.”

He turned his head, just slightly. Didn’t even meet her eyes. “Dinner.”

She rolled her eyes. Fine. She was ready to agree to anything at this stage, as long as he gave her the flash drive back. She’d take it off him and run. “Fine. Dinner.”

“Somewhere fancy.”

Melanie’s grip tightened on the chain-link gate.  “All right, already. Can you please just get it?”
“And dancing.”

Melanie glanced back over her shoulder. Lionel had stopped on the other side of the street, talking to a man she didn’t recognise. “Fine. Dancing,” she growled as she turned back to the frustrating man who was playing carelessly with her future.

He turned and started walking toward the gate, his shoulders and hips swinging in a loose-limbed gait. He paused when he got to the bottom of the ramp.

“One more thing,” he said, holding up a finger. She cast her eyes skyward, praying for patience.

“What?” she hissed.

“A kiss.”

To celebrate the release of my novella, Enamoured, tell me: What is your favourite fairy tale and why?

Each comment goes into the draw to win a copy of the novella, Enamoured. (Winner chosen by Just Romantic Suspense’s automatic number generator!)

Above all, I hope you all have time to relax and indulge in a little magic!

You can find Enamoured at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes

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  1. As a kid, I did not care for reading... the connection to book reports and reading gave me no enjoyment... the few times I did pick up a book for my own enjoyment was most likely a fairytale, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys book, or something to do with animals or dragons... it took many years later and the discovery of romance novels to kick start my love for reading... from there my genre choices grew...

    1. Wow, it's so lovely that romance led the way for you! And it looks like we have some similar tastes in our childhood! I even enjoyed watching the T.V. series for both Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys - just wish it would come back on T.V. for the next generation...
      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Cinderella for the singing

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  3. OMG. That was one of the first movies we got for the kids - and we've worn out the DVD. I loved that movie, especially when she transforms. Oh, and the mouse under the teacup. I liked that, too! Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Cinderella! Love the dance at the ball...the gown...the glass slippers! Wow...have to watch it again lol. Nothing better than a fairy tale...a suspense...a romance :)
    Intrigued with your story...must read :)
    angela dot ford at rogers dot com

    1. I think a lot of people view good ole Cinderella as a classic - and the dress and shoes always have my attention!
      Thanks for sharing!

  5. The Little Mermaid! I remember seeing the Disney version in the movie theater and when and to the library to find the original. You can totally guess my surprise and shock of how different it was :)


    1. You know what, Erin? I was devastated at that ending. It was my first fairy tale that became a tragedy in my mind. And yet, still hauntingly beautiful. Good choice!

  6. My favorite is Beauty and the Beast. In the French version, Belle is the only one in her family that is caring for her father. Her two sisters cared only to look pretty to attract a suitable suitor for marriage. Belle is the only one who can see through someone's facade. Gaston, for all his good looks, is a bully. The Beast is look like a beast, is really someone who have a very good heart. The moral of the story is don't take people at face value, look deep enough, you will be able to tell who is really your friend is.


    1. I do remember that French version! Her father had to go in to meet a ship that was carrying silks and so forth for the other daughters, and she merely wanted a rose. That just happened to be growing in the Beast's garden. Wow, that's a synapse connection! Thanks so much for that, Kai May, it's a great version of the tale!

  7. I love all fairy tales, however Cinderella is my all time favorite. Your book sounds great and thank you for the giveaway!

  8. Thanks so much, Jaclyn! Yes, Cinderella has certainly won quite a few hearts!

  9. My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. For many reasons. It was the first Disney movie I ever saw in a theater, my mom and I used to watch the Linda Hamilton Beauty and the Beast late 80's show together and I simply enjoy the darkness of the tale. Beauty by Robin McKinley opened my eyes to reading alternate versions of "originals" too.


  10. It is so full of symbolism and ideals, isn't? I do like the 'looking past the exterior to the beauty within' concept, and think it's so important for our kids to learn that. I also remember going to see it in the cinemas three (yes, 3!) times. The thing that really hooked me with that version was the voice of Beast. My girlfriends and I would just go to listen to that gorgeous, deep voice. And then we used our repeated viewings as a cover to watch Basic Instinct. Yeah. Quite a switch.
    Thanks for the comment!
    And yes, I LOVED the Linda Hamilton version, and it showed me how Phantom of the Opera is such a close correlation - such an archetypal tale! Ah, this post has been so nostalgic for me, thanks so much!