Fairy tale Inspiration for Prince by Blood and Bone

Thursday’s Bite

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Happy spring! Or happy snow as the case may be. We’ve been alternating between a few warm days and a few snowy days, but that’s pretty typical for Colorado. As I write my next twisted fairy tale romance, I’m watching my bulbs bloom and anxiously waiting to see if the apple tree blblossoms right when it snows. (Also pretty typical for Colorado!)

In case you missed it, I released book two, in the twisted fairy tale series: Tales of the Black Court, and announced it HERE. There is also a short excerpt from chapter one to get you chomping at the bit. And PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE, A FANTASY ROMANCE OF THE BLACK COURT  received it’s first amazing review from Books to Curl Up With. It really made my day Tuesday. Here’s my favorite quote.

 You will shed a tear, cheer and scream at your e reader while reading this book. The action is great and the love story takes a life of its own. Jessica weaves the best twisted fantasy .”

You can check out the full post HERE.

Now on to the fairy tale inspiration for my fantasy romance Prince by Blood and Bone.

Prince by Blood and Bone is a twist of the Beauty and the Beast tale, but in writing it I pulled from more than one fairy tale. I’ve always noticed the similarities in East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Beauty and the Beast. In both of them the girl doesn’t have faith and messes up and loses her easy chance at love. She has to dig deep and find her courage to go back to save the enchanted prince. In Beauty and the Beast it’s as easy as going back to him and asking for forgiveness and telling him she loves him, even if he is a beast. In other words, seeing the true man inside the monster. But in East of the Sun, West of the Moon the heroine has to do more. She has to travel to the ends of the earth and confront his evil mother and her cohorts.

Obviously someone thought the heroine in Beauty and the Beast had it too easy, and I agree. It’s so much more interesting to have to delve deep into yourself and find the courage to strike off on your own and fight for your man. That’s why you’ll find Prince by Blood and Bone goes father than the original tale. Bryanna has to find her faith in herself and has to also have faith that Kian is more than a beast. Maybe even more than a Prince.

I’ll leave you with another source of inspiration for me. I love the Celtic legends and here’s another tale of a heroine who needs to be strong and hold onto her love for a fae-touched man, who might be a beast. There are several versions of the Tam Lin tale including some where Janet needs to snatch her lover out of the wild hunt and away from the fairy queen. In this one, when you listen, Carterhaugh is a forest. Enjoy!

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