I’ve spotted a lot of “retold” and “twisted” fairy tales popping up in recent years, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed not only reading a select few, but writing a couple. While not new to most, when I first answered a submission call for this kind of story, I’d never seen it done before. I loved the idea of remaking our traditional children’s stories into similarly themed stories for adults to enjoy, with all those happily ever afters a little more thoroughly explored.
The first story I wrote based on an old fairy tale was Glass Slippers and Jeweled Masques. As sometimes happens, I was one of three authors who actually delivered their promised story to the editor, on time. With 12 or so promised, needless to say, the anthology never quite made it. A few months later, I answered a similar call from New Dawning Book Fair, and they accepted the story for their Twisted Tales line. Remarkably, Glass Slippers, which is based loosely on the Cinderella fairy tale, has remained the #1 best-seller on the publisher’s site for almost 2 years. It continues to be one of my best-sellers everywhere.
GLASS SLIPPERS AND JEWELED MASQUES
Cindi Lancourte is the illegitimate daughter of a powerful businessman and a lovely woman who worked for him. Acknowledged when his wife died, she was quickly relegated to the role of servant by his new wife and step-daughters, but an invitation to a Masquerade gives this Cinderella a new shot at happiness with a handsome Prince Charming.
My newest contracted story is based on the Italian fairy tale, Bella Venezia. This one seems to have borrowed liberally from other tales, to make a unique story. And, of course, I’ve also added a few elements of my own. The quick version of Bella is this: An innkeeper named Bella Venezia asked her customers whether they had ever seen a more beautiful woman than herself. When they said they had not, she cut the price for their stay in half, but one day, a traveller said that he had seen such a woman: her own daughter. Bella Venezia doubled the price of his stay instead of halving it, and had her daughter shut up in a tower with a single window. Then one day Bella asked again whether her customers had seen a woman more beautiful than herself, and a traveller said that he had seen a more beautiful woman, looking from a tower. Bella Venezia asked the kitchen boy if he would marry her, and promised to do so if he killed her daughter. The kitchen boy led her daughter into the forest and killed a lamb in her place. Bella discovered his lie, and went to a witch who begged every day from the inn. She promised her half her fortune if she could put an end to the daughter. The witch went into the forest as a peddler, persuaded the girl to let her in, and while showing her a hair pin, thrust it into the girl's head. The robbers found her body, wept, and buried her in a hollow tree. One day, a prince went hunting, and his dogs sniffed out the tree where the girl was buried. He took her body back to the castle and could not bear to be away from her. His mother was angry and said that he could at least fix her hair. This revealed the pin. When it was pulled out, the girl awoke, and the prince married her.
As I said, I added my own twist to the ending, and the book is under contract to Eirelander Publishing. The cover has just been approved and this is it:
There will be an audio version of the tale, as well–and my current Eirelander release, a sexy short called 1-900-Surprise! has also just been released in audio version. If you’d like a chance to win a copy from Audible–just comment and you’re entered!!
Short, sexy contemporary with edge!
Now in AUDIO at:
When her lover, Martin Fowler is called away to Washington and she can't go with him, Daniella LeBeaux is restless and edgy. Martin's older, worldly, and has a reputation that would make most women think twice about trusting him. Dani loves him, and trust is not what's making her anxious and edgy - lust and loneliness are combining with a little too much to drink. When the phone rings, and it's Martin, delayed again, he teaches her a new way to make love long-distance style.... but who's watching Dani? And is Martin really ready for the revenge his actions incite?
So, what’s the verdict, who likes revisited fairy tales with adult twists???