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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who’s the Most Romantic of All? – A Guest Post by Author Lynden Wade

18SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the most romantic of all? As a beautiful American girl prepares to marry a British prince we smile at their love and talk about another fairy tale wedding. We know that actually, fairy tales aren’t that romantic. The royal wedding at the end of a fairy tale is just a reward at the end for the brave hero or long-suffering heroine, isn’t it? Let’s go back to some of the classic tellings and see. I’m going to take Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, stories we’ve grown up with in film and...

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To Redeem or Not to Redeem a Rake – Guest Post By Christina Boyd

89SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly I am proud to say that I have a very good eye at an Adultress, —Jane Austen in a letter to her sister Cassandra, 12 May 1801 Jane Austen certainly knew not only how to recognize an adulteress, she also had a remarkable talent for writing about one too; her books are filled with rakes, rattles, and rogues who made sport of toying with ladies’ hearts. The Elizabethan period witnessed the emergence of the English rogue in fiction, when rogues were considered different from the outlaws of the Medieval Period. Unlike the outlaw, the rogue was not part...

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Author Melanie Stanford Shares Excerpt From New ‘North and South’ Variation ‘Collide’ (Plus a Giveaway)

21SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly When my mom first showed me her Elizabeth Gaskell DVD boxed set, I immediately gravitated to Wives & Daughters. The title, the blurb, the dresses, the witty comedy… it seemed right up my alley. Cranford looked okay, but I disdainfully turned up my nose at that other one, the one about mill owners and industry. Blech. And then one day I gave that other one, North & South to be precise, a try. I’ve never looked back. I couldn’t help but love the strong and willful Margaret, yelling “you go girl!” at the TV when she stands up...

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What’s in Your Favorite Austen Heroine’s Netflix Queue? Guest Post By Author Jillian Kuhlmann

51SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. I write character-driven fiction, and some of my favorite books – no matter the genre or setting – seem to keep their pages turning by the whims of their characters alone. Austen’s heroines, even the ones we may not love as much as the others, are nevertheless real, flawed, and enchanting, and there are almost certainly essential digits I’d sacrifice to spend an hour in their company. It got me to thinking, especially after hearing another author describe what her...

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Author Karen M Cox Shares Excerpt From New Jane Austen Variation ‘I Could Write a Book’ (Plus a Giveaway)

29SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Hello to all of you at The Silver Petticoat Review, and thank you so much for letting the I Could Write a Book blog tour make a stop here! I Could Write a Book is a modern adaptation of Emma by Jane Austen, and of course, any story about Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley must have that delicious push and pull between their strong personalities. They always manage to patch up their disagreements and stay friends though. Today’s excerpt is about one of those times. George and Emma have disagreed at a Christmas Party, and he has come...

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Serafina and the Splintered Heart Giveaway: The New Book and Earrings!

28SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Kelly S. Delrosso! Thank you to everyone who participated! Today, we are celebrating the release of Robert Beatty’s Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Book 3 in the Serafina series). And we are super excited to be hosting a giveaway in partnership with Disney-Hyperion! For those unaware of Serafina, it is an amazing book series that I personally recommend. Serafina is definitely one of the most entertaining middle-grade books I’ve read in a long time. Fans of gothic literature, fantasy, and historical fiction take note because the series sucks you in from start to...

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Three Real Life Fairy Tale Places: A Traveler’s Guide to Europe – Guest Post by Rachel Stedman

27SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Real Life Fairy Tale Places I’m obsessed with fairy tales. That’s because I’m writing my own right now, so they’re filling my head: Disney, Grimm, The Arabian Nights. So on a recent holiday to Europe, I hoped to visit castles for inspiration. But instead I discovered three other magical places, none of which were castles. RELATED Why Fairy Tales Make Great Stories (And How To Write Your Own) – A Guest Post By Rachel Stedman A True Confession All my life I’ve wanted to visit the tulip fields. I loved the idea of cycling through the lines of...

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Top 10 Fairies From Fairy Tales and Literature – A Guest Post by Elizabeth Hopkinson

17SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly How do you like your fairies?  Fun and sparkly?  Dark and dangerous?  Big?  Small?  Wings?  No wings?  Fairies have appeared in many guises over the centuries, from oral folklore to literary creations.  In my short story collection Tales from the Hidden Grove, we encounter a fairy milkman with grand ambitions, as well as a more serious tale about what happens when children become too old for Fairyland. RELATED Top 10 Best Jobs in A Devilish Slumber, Female Edition – A Guest Post by Shereen Vedam To celebrate the release of Tales from the Hidden Grove, here are ten of...

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Darcy: The Ultimate Book Boyfriend (Before Book Boyfriends Were Even a Thing) – Guest Post by Christina Boyd

93SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly “You must allow me to tell you…” For over two hundred years, Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy has captivated readers’ imaginations as the ultimate catch. Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien, and the report, which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year. —Chapter III. And that is how Jane Austen first establishes the hero of Pride and Prejudice. With an introduction like that, it’s little wonder he garnered the attention of all of Meryton, as well as...

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Why Fairy Tales Make Great Stories (And How To Write Your Own) – A Guest Post By Rachel Stedman

30SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Why Fairy Tales Make Great Stories (And How To Write Your Own) I’m obsessed with fairy tales. That’s because I’m writing my own right now, so they’re filling my head: Disney, Grimm, The Arabian Nights. Fairy tales are surprisingly easy to write. This post shows you why they’re just so great, and gives you ideas on how to craft your own. 4 Reasons Why Fairy Tales Make Great Stories: #1 Strong character archetypes: The hero (or heroine) is attractive: Snow White and Cinderella are beautiful; Ali-Baba is clever; Jack the giant-killer is strong. And the bad characters are...

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How to Manage Your Siblings While Falling in Love, From A Chaotic Courtship – A Guest Post by Bethany Swafford

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly In A Chaotic Courtship, Diana Forester finds herself with the unenviable task of keeping her siblings from ruining her courtship. Of course, they mean well, but everyone knows the proverb about where good intentions can lead a person. Step One: I went upstairs and collected the gifts I had brought with me. —A Chaotic Courtship, Chapter Three Perhaps bribery is not the most moral route to go, but it can never be wrong to stay on your siblings’ good sides with gifts from London. Not just any gifts, but ones chosen specifically with their interests in mind. For...

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Beauty and the Beast: Rewriting a Classic – A Guest Post By Victoria Leybourne

40SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly It’s a very old story—one might even go so far as to call it a tale as old as time—but people are still finding plenty to say about Beauty and the Beast. New adaptations are surfacing all the time—from this month’s lavish Disney remake to, oh, just to pick an example at random, my book, The Rose and the Mask, which is released today. So, how does one go about telling an old story in a new way? Fairytale retellings are one of my favourite subgenres so, when I decided to write one, I knew exactly what I...

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