Love, Fairy tales, & a Giveaway
Happy New Year, everyone! Today I’m celebrating not only the start of another year but my first release of 2014, a fantasy romance novelette available now from Dreamspinner Press.
Love Rising is, at its core, a fairy tale. A fairy tale by definition is usually a short story involving magic and spells, and typically including folklore creatures, like fairies, mermaids, goblins, dragons, etc. No one can say when exactly people began telling them. Like all other tales in ancient times, they were no doubt passed down orally between generations. They’ve been around in written form for hundreds of years. And way back in the day, fairy tales were written just as much for adults as they were for children. Even today many books for adults are merely reinvented fairy tales, retelling these stories in new and interesting ways. Sometimes modernizing them, sometimes re-writing them in historical settings, sometimes jumping forward into the future. Whatever way they’re retold, I usually love them. I can think of five books I own offhand that are revamps of the traditional Beauty & the Beast tale (my favorite) and multiple others, like Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest, which is based on The Six Swans, or in our own genre, Duck!, inspired by The Ugly Duckling, Cinder, which I’m sure you can guess was a retelling of Cinderella, and Scarlet & the White Wolf, based on Little Red Riding Hood.
My story isn’t a reinterpretation of an established fairy tale, though I am tempted to write a few. Still, it very much fits the common definition of the phrase. We have a folkloric creature (a merman), we have a steadfast human hero (Francis, former indentured servant), and a little bit of magic in a setting that could very well be a real island somewhere in the Caribbean in the 1700s. Love blooms for these two heroes in that compelling, all-consuming fairy tale fashion. But, of course, as is the way with these stories, things don’t go off without a hitch. What would a fairy tale be without some sort of hurdle to overcome? And with Francis stuck on land and Wick at sea, how can they possibly be together forever? Well, you’ll have to check out their story to find that out. And I hope you’ll enjoy the ride. 😉
What are your favorite fairy tales? Comment with yours to be entered for a chance to win a copy of the Love Rising ebook. Or if you don’t have one, tell me one of your resolutions/goals for 2014. 🙂
Contest closes: 1/6/2014 @ 11PM CST.
~*This contest is open to adults age 18 and up. Your comment confirms that you are of legal age.*~
In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.
When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him.
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Posted on January 1, 2014, in books, dreamspinner press, giveaways, new releases, piper vaughn and tagged dreamspinner press, fairy tales, giveaways, m/m romance, piper vaughn. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.