THE DAY HAS COME. MODERN MAGIC IS OUT IN THE WORLD!!!
What if Cinderella
ditched the prince's ball and sent her fairy godmother to find love in her
Suppose a streetwise
hero hired to steal an all-powerful Genie (stuck in a flash drive rather than a
brass lamp) for a tech company ended up running for his life with the CEO's
gorgeous, intelligent daughter?
Or what if the bed that
a certain golden-tressed girl accidentally napped in belonged to the hot and
famous middle brother of a notorious boy band?
Can you envision the
sparks that might fly if a bitter and downright beastly wheelchair-bound woman
propositioned a handsome bookseller to stay with her in exchange for her rare
anthology features modern and sexy spins on four classic fairy tales that will
enchant you byJennifer DeCuir, Stephanie Cage, Andrea R. Cooper,
and Nancy C. Weeks.
I hope you enjoy His One Wish as much as I enjoyed writing it. The other three stories, A Late Blooming Rose, Music of the Heart, andFairy Trouble,are adorable stories!
Hello everyone! I'd like to welcome guest blogger Eva Mitchum to my blog. Eva is the heroin in A Late-Blooming Roseby Jennifer Decuir. A Late-Blooming Rose is the first novella in the Modern Magic anthology to be released in two days.
Eva, I loved reading your heart warming happy ever after. I think my readers are really going to enjoy the twist on the popular fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, you are featured in. My blog space yours.
Welcome readers. I’d like to introduce you to my creator (Oh, way to give her a swelled ego right from the start!), Jennifer DeCuir.
Ms. DeCuir, may I call you that? Or maybe Mother or...what was it that Frankenstein’s monster called him? Well, you did place me in the role of ‘Beast’… I digress. Why don’t you start by telling us what made you answer the submission call when Crimson asked for a ‘twisted’ fairy tale?
Thank you, Eva. I actually had no intention of submitting a story to this collection. I was in the middle of getting my latest Scallop Shores novel ready for release and the submission deadline was three weeks away. But my muse started whispering in my ear, “You should totally do this!” I tried to ignore her, so eventually she was shouting. And that’s how I ended up writing a story in three weeks – definitely NOT my usual speed. So let’s discuss this particular ‘twist’. You wrote a version of Beauty and the Beast, except that beauty IS the beast. Couldn’t you have made Beau, the hero of your story, a werewolf or something? What was behind this decision? Technically, Eva, I switched the roles around. Beau is the beauty, in this case. No offense. I thought ‘What would the readers least expect?’ and that’s what I did. I could have written you disfigured, but again, I imagine that is what people would expect of a modern day retelling. So I had to switch things up. You’re bitter and hurt because you’ve lost everyone you’ve ever loved. And then on top of that, you’ve lost the use of your legs. That loss of independence, of having to completely change the way you live your life, without someone to care about you, it’s easy to lose hope, and…um…patience. I may have been a tad cranky. Tell us about the priceless first edition Edgar Rice Burroughs collection. Any reason you chose that author? Three reasons, actually. First, I googled (or rather ‘bing’d – hubby works for Microsoft) first editions to see what would have brought in big money. When I saw Edgar Rice Burroughs, I got excited. I used to live in Tarzana, CA – that was founded on what used to be a huge ranch, owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs. My grandfather-in-law (that’s a mouthful!) was an artist and he designed a few book covers for…you guessed it – Edgar Rice Burroughs. Thank you for spending some time talking with me about how A Late-Blooming Rose came to be. I can’t wait to tell Beau that you called him the Beauty. *cough* Pretty Boy *cough* Eva, play nice…
Hello Everyone! Today I have Stephanie Cage back on my blog. It's been ages since she dropped in for a visit. And standing with her are her hero and heroine from her adorable new novella, Music to her Ears, the second book in Modern Magic: A Quartet of Fractured Fairy Tales. Good friend, it is a pleasure to have you back. I'm going to turn this space over to you because I can't wait to meet Mike and Hannah.
Stephanie Cage ... Hello everyone. I planned to ask my characters a few easy questions, but as you’ll read below, the conversation got a little away from me! What would be your perfect date? Mike: I’m torn. Either a quiet day out in the beautiful hills of England’s Peak District, or dinner and a show in New York. I love that Hannah would enjoy both of those equally. I’ve so had it with women who won’t take a step off the path in case they break a heel … ouch! What’d I say? Hannah: Enough with the heel jokes already. I know storming off into the woods in the middle of the night in high heels wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. But in my defence, I’d had a few cocktails earlier in the evening. And you had just given me one heck of a scare! Mike: No more of a scare than you gave me! I thought the house was empty, and there you were sleeping in my bed… It was quite a sight to behold. Not that I’m complaining. Hannah: Can we try and keep this family friendly? I thought you were supposed to be used to dealing with the media. You’re the big star, after all. Well, you and your brothers. Mike: Yeah, The Ursa trio have done all right. But honestly, I’m not sure how many people have a clue who we are, individually. They know the three young musicians who play funky pop-classical crossover music, but us? Jamie, Mike and Bill? I doubt most people can even remember which one is which. Hannah: You might disagree if you’d heard my friends carrying on about you guys the year you played the New Year’s countdown show. They practically came to blows over which of you they liked best. Mike: And which one did you like best? Hannah: Now you’re just fishing for compliments. There are times when a girl just has to maintain a dignified silence. Uh, ok. I guess you’ll have to read the story to find out who turns out just right for our Goldilocks. Hannah: It’s Hannah. Not Goldilocks. The only person who gets to call me that is Kayleigh, and only because we were best friends in school and she helped me out getting the job working for the Ursa trio. Nobody else gets to call me that stupid name! Believe me, it’s not fun going through school with fair hair and the surname Loxley. Sorry. My mistake. Hannah it is.
Thank you Hannah and Mike for coming by today. I just love the premise for Music to her Ears. Hannah: Stephanie has an excerpt just to give you a taste of what I have to deal with around this guy. I hope your readers enjoy it.
Hi Everyone! The release of my new anthology, Modern Magic: A Quartet of Fractured Fairy Tales is only two weeks, November 9th. My fellow authors, Stephanie Cage, Andrea R Cooper and Jennifer DeCuir and I are doing everything we can to get the word out to as many readers as possible. You can help and it's supper easy. We have created a Thunderclap campaign and we would love for you to join. But what are you signing up for? You are agreeing to allow the app to post a one time message on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram [your choice] on a specified date and time [November 09 at 4:00PM EST] about the book. What will appear is the banner below. Since the campaign only runs if at least 100 people support it, the internet becomes a 'perfect storm' of book news for a few minutes - hence the term 'Thunderclap'. Although the initial posts only last for a few minutes, it can have a lasting effect on how many people are aware of the book.
I have signed up for several Thunderclaps and it's always been great. The best part, I take a minute to register and don't have think about it again. Thunderclap remembers for me. If you want to know more about how you could use Thunderclap to promote your book or cause, their FAQs are here. To add your support, just clink on the banner above. It will take you directly through the steps. These days, it really does take a village to raise a book baby. We can't you enough for your support.
Happy Wednesday! Today, I'm thrilled to have back on my blog wonderful author, Andrea R. Cooper. Andrea is one of my fellow authors in the new anthology bundle, Modern Magic: A Quartet of Fractured Fairy Tales. Please give Andrea a warm welcome!
She is here to tell about her new version of Cinderella, one of my all time favorite fairy tales. Andrea R. Cooper... Growing up, I always liked the story of Cinderella. How she worked hard and yet remained nice despite her situation. When my publisher put out a call for fairy-tale re-tellings, I wanted to do Cinderella. But there have been lots of remakes of this classic fairytale, my favorite so far is Drew Barrymore’s Ever After. However, I wanted a different angle. Something that hadn’t been thought of before and Cindy came to my mind. But she had no interest in meeting a prince or marrying or a silly ball. Then I thought, what if the fairy godmother was a novice and had to pretend to be Cindy at the ball. And from there, Fairy Trouble was created.
Oh, that sound like such a wonderful story. I can't wait to read. Andrea has brought with her a excerpt to give us a little tease of whats to come.
Excerpt of Fairy Trouble. Enjoy! After paying for their coffee with the help of her magic wand, she settled in the seat across from him outside and took a tentative sip of the caramel macchiato drink she’d picked. One of her favorite things about being disguised as a human was that she could actually savor real food and drink. The bittersweet taste mingled on her tongue, and she closed her eyes in pure bliss. “Wow, maybe I should’ve ordered what you did rather than black coffee.” Her eyes snapped open. “What? Oh, no, I-I’ve just really been craving one of these.” For a very long time. “So what happened at the bank?” “I applied for a loan. The bakery’s going to fold if I don’t do something.” He ran his fingers through his blond-streaked brown hair. “I just … I can’t fail. And the bank refused me, because my dad owns most of the shares. I need to get him to back off or buy him out.” “What about a fundraiser? Something fun that would bring in families. A carnival!” She’d love to try cotton candy and ride on a roller coaster. “Have it outside of town and draw in people from nearby towns and Pittsburgh. Maybe do catering gigs as well?” “Those are excellent ideas, thank you.” He reached across the table and took her hand in his, gently squeezing it. Her insides tingled, and she felt like even her toes were buzzing. What was going on? “Enough about me. What about you?” “Me?” she squeaked. “Sure. What do you do for a living? What’s your passion?” “Uh … Well, I’m sort of a teacher or counselor, I guess.” Those were the closest human occupations she could come up with that sort of tied in with fairy godmothering. She needed to get his focus off her. “Helping people is my passion. Have you always wanted to be a baker?” A sadness filled his eyes, and he eased back in the chair. The loss of his hand on hers made her wish she hadn’t asked. “Yes. It was something my late moth—adoptive mother, Janice, and me did together.” He took a sip of coffee. “We’d think up ways to change a recipe and make it better. Every Sunday we’d have a dessert somewhere, and she and I would try to figure out the ingredients. My brother and Dad never cared much; they just wanted to eat the food. But it was like a secret language me and Mom shared. I think Dad gave me a year to make the bakery work only out of respect for her. He’s never even stepped through the door.” “You should talk with him. Convince him to give you more time.” He shook his head. “I feel like this whole year, he’s been waiting for me to fail. I have to prove him wrong.” “And you will.” She wished she could wave her magic wand and help Ryan. But she doubted he’d accept the charity of her magic, even though he gave away so much to others. A church bell peeled twice. “Thank you for listening,” Ryan said with a genuine grin that hinted at a dimple in his left cheek, and Esmeralda’s heart thumped against her chest. “I can’t believe we’ve talked for hours. I’d love to take you to lunch at a place near here. It’s the least I can do for sharing my problems with you.” Her stomach growled at the sound of food. “Sure, I’ve not eaten since this morning.” A couple with a young child strolled past them, and Esmeralda’s heart lurched. She loved the clean, sweet smell of newborn babies. “Great.” He leaned back in the coffee shop’s metal chair. “Italian or Thai?” She closed her eyes, remembering the scents of each. It was like asking which kind of flower she liked better. They were all unique. “Thai. I’ve always wanted to try it.” Her hand flew to her mouth. Fairy sprinkles, he must think her strange. “Oh?” He raised an eyebrow, but his smile was still there and his green eyes twinkled. “Allow me to be your guide then.”
Now for the exciting part. Here is where you can pre-order your own copy of Modern Magic: A Quartet of Fractured Fairy Tales, release date, November 9th.
A little peek inside Andrea and her books. This is one author who constantly challenges herself to expand her horizons. Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense. Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.
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Happy Saturday, All, Susanne Matthews had dropped by today to share the next book in her Harvester Series, THE WHITE LILY. If you missed the showcase of the first book in the series, you can read all about it here: THE WHITE CARNATION. Here is what reviewers are saying about THE WHITE LILY.
Susanne Matthews delivers again with this newest addition, The White Lily. OMG...
"Lilith Munroe is an FBI profiler brought in to the Harvester case, one that wasn't supposed to be on her radar. After experiencing FFOW, she's buried herself in Quantico, forgetting how to be alive. Unwillingly pulled into the Harvester case, she meets Jacob Andrews, an Australian miner and vintner who comes looking for his sister. Little does he know, he's too late. As he's drawn into the Harvester case, the two come to be friends.... and maybe more. Susanne Matthews knows how to write a romantic suspense. I'm waiting patiently for the next!
Five out of five fairy kisses for this reader."
Another Five Star Read from Ms. Matthews!
"It's no secret that I adore Susanne Matthew's romantic suspenses. She's pretty amazing at writing a tale that keeps you engaged and turning the pages, needing to know what's coming next and how this could possibly end. I have to say, she did it again with The White Lily. Lily is an amazing female character. She's strong in a quiet way because she's had to be. She's got a love for nice shoes, even if it is a way to manage her stress an anxiety. Suffering from PTSD and trying to move forward in life from the horrible experience she suffered at the hands of a sadistic member of a cult she had infiltrated when she was just a young, new agent. Jacob, on the other hand, is determined, fascinating, and relentless.He knows what he wants and he's not afraid to admit the mistakes of his past to help correct the wrongs being done and help the people who need it. Like I said, amazing. This cult keeps getting crazier and crazier. I love Matthews' mind. I want to climb inside just to know what's going to happen in the next book, The White Iris. I would say The White Lily had a touch more suspense than romance, but it worked really well. I need the next book. Now."
Here is the blurb for THE WHITE LILY by Susanne Matthews: The Harvester is out there … watching, waiting, biding his time. FBI cult specialist Lilith Munroe lives in dread that one day the man who tortured her when a case went bad will find her again. So leaving her sanctuary in Quantico to join the Harvester Task Force in Boston is her version of hell. But the Harvester is kidnapping babies, and Lilith’s profiling skills may mean the difference between life and death for the most innocent in society. Australian millionaire and former member of the New Horizon commune Jacob Andrews returns to the United States searching for his sister. Instead of the happy reunion he expects, he discovers she is dead and his twin brother may be responsible. He agrees to lend his law enforcement skills to help find his former cult leader before the man can implement his plan to kill millions. Now uneasy partners, Jacob and Lilith must learn to trust each other even as they fight their growing attraction. But when Lilith’s greatest fears materialize, will Jacob be able to set aside his anger and save the woman he loves?
Susanne has left an excerpt with me. Enjoy! “That must have been awful for her, for all of you.” Lilith said. “It doesn’t matter now. Dying was probably the only way out Mom had. From that day on, Eloise’s life was hell. The other kids in the commune, including my cousins, made fun of her and said the burn was Satan’s mark on her—something they’d heard my uncle say—but when I was around they left her alone. When I confronted my uncle about that and other things, I ended up in the desert.” He closed his eyes, seeing a tearful Eloise held back by her aunt as he was led out to be disciplined. “Leaving my brothers and sisters wasn’t easy, but I figured Jimmy would step into the breach and protect Eloise. They’d always been close. The conversation with that boy got me thinking that maybe she’d somehow escaped from the commune, and I decided to look for her.” “My God, knowing what her life was like, how could you do it? How could you walk away from that poor child and leave her there for eighteen years? And when you decided to look for her, you waited again. Why?” The implication that if he’d come sooner he might’ve saved Eloise was clear. “Because I was an angry, seventeen-year-old bastard who’d almost died, and I was too damn scared to go back,” he said through gritted teeth. “Don’t judge me, Agent Munroe. Until you’ve been brutalized as I was, you don’t have the right to.” Her face paled, no doubt stunned by the viciousness of his attack, but he didn’t care. No one could possibly hate him as much at the moment as he hated himself. “As for coming after her a few months ago, fate conspired against us. Andrew had a heart attack, and I made the choice to stay with him, a decision I refuse to regret. I hired a private investigator in Boston to find the girl with the tattoo. He found her right away, in mid-June. When I saw the picture, I knew it was my sister. She looks—I mean looked—like my mother. The PI arranged for me to contact her. She told me James had taken her to get that tattoo on her sixteenth birthday.” “How did Eloise feel about seeing you again?” Her voice had lost its warmth, and her eyes were cold. “She was surprised, but excited when I told her I wanted to bring her to Australia to live with me. She was worried about what might happen if my uncle discovered I’d survived and that she was planning to leave the States. I gathered from what she’d said that New Horizon had changed and not for the better. Through the man who’d found her, I made arrangements for her to get a passport and a ticket to Sydney.”
Now for the best part. Here is where you get your copy of THE WHITE LILY
Susanne Matthews was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. She’s always been an avid reader of all types of books, but with a
penchant for happily ever after romances. In her imagination, she travelled to
foreign lands, past and present, and soared into the future. A retired
educator, Susanne spends her time writing and creating adventures for her
readers. She loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it
takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes,
her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and
agonies on the road to self-discovery and love.
Susanne, I wish you fantastic sales. THE WHITE LILY is going on my To Be Read list and I can't wait to dig into Lilith and Jacob's story. Thank you for taking the time out of your hectic release week to drop in for a visit. To my dear readers, if you have any question for Suzanne about her writing career or her new release, THE WHITE LILY, please don't be shy. You can leave her a comment below by clicking the little pencil icon.
Until next time, take care of yourself, and as always, be kind to one another.