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Seven Men to Twist and Bend

Thursdays Bite

a blog on fairytales

Business first! I’m a guest on fellow Colorado Romance Author  Cynthia Woolf’s blog, featuring The Dark Huntsman. It ran yesterday, but you can still hop on by and post a comment. Also, I have a 99cent sale coming up in December and it’s not just my book! I Read Fantasy! is having two days of sales and The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court, will be on day two, so keep your eyes open for that opportunity. 

Fantasy Romance Holiday Promotion #1 will run Dec 4-7.

Fantasy Romance Holiday Promotion #2  will run Dec 11-14.  (The Dark Huntsman will be on this one.)

Now on to the blog:

Russian Fair Tale BookOne of my favorite twists of Snow White is old,and it’s difficult to tell which came first, the German one the Grimms set on paper or this one. Set in Russia Snow flees the evil step-mother and takes shelter with seven studly woodcutters. Not dwarves. Sometimes the men are noble knights, who take care of the princess. We think the tales are set in stone but when they were told around fires they were changed a little every time. It’s not until we set them in paper that they hold a static shape.

That’s one of the reasons when I twisted my tales of Snow White I chose to take different routes. From young sexy werewolves to  still sexy, thousand year old fae, I chose this section of the tale to stray from the story line. I kept the number seven, kept the idea of seven men living together in the wilderness, but changed them up.

Snow and the Seventh Wolf has a cabin full of young, hot werewolves, one of which is Seth, my angry alpha hero. They’ve chosen to leave their traditional packs and live closer to humans in a small, tourist area of Wyoming. Set in the cold, snowy mountains I now have six more men who could possibly have their own shape-shifter fairy tale twists, and in fact I think they are anxious to find their mates. From oldest to youngest, from the responsibly leader to the computer geek, women are not far from their minds and hearts.Snow and the Seventh Wolf by Jessica Aspen

I took a different route with The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court. The seven brothers of the Fir Bolg are older, and are Logan’s uncles. They’ve been enemies of the Tuatha De Danann for thousands of years and have strong reasons to hate the queen. I chose to only write about two of them, mostly because it became a challenge to differentiate between seven men in one scene. I had a fun seen with one in an apron cooking breakfast for Trina, but I ended up cutting it and the story is better for it, but maybe someday I’ll detail all their personalities.

So how else can you twist this tale? Could you do seven grumpy women? How about seven nuns cloistered on a mountain hilltop and a lost hero? Would you chose to go with the dwarves we are all familiar with? Or are you thinking about the possibility of seven sexy woodcutters and one lost lonely princess?

That’s what I love about choosing one element in a classic tale and changing it up. All our stories go back to a few common tales and whether you change the apple to a peach or maybe to peach jam, or you change the hero to a heroine, the choices are endless. Keep the number seven and a piece of fruit, a lost lonely girl and an evil step-parent and no matter how you twist it, it’s still Snow White. Or is it?

Who are you interested in for seven characters? Would you pick seven Valley Girls and a lost boy? Or seven frat boys and a fleeing snow boarder? What about seven men locked in a cabin for a business retreat and a lost supermodel?

Book two in the Tales of the Black Court will be coming out soon! Sign up for my newsletter for information on Prince by Blood and Bone and other special events. 

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Midnight Inspiration

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a blog about dark inspiration

Happy Veteran’s Day to everyone serving currently, who has served, or who has family serving. Thank you.

How do we discover the dark side of fairy tales? The dark side of romance? Where do the villains come from in fantasy and fantasy romance?

I’ve always been a sleeper. I was the kid who went upstairs at nine o’clock and put herself to bed every night. Even in college, although I really didn’t get to sleep until ten. But now, even though I find myself falling asleep in front of the TV on my husbands shoulder sometimes as early as 8:30, I also find myself waking up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep.

It’s an odd feeling being the only one up, but it’s also a cool time to work. The house is silent, just me, the dog and the cat. I get on the computer and my muse is right there with me. That’s when the darker ideas come. The ones I haven’t really put into a book yet. I have a file of dark meanderings more suitable to horror or suspense than fantasy romance. Or are they?

Maybe I can work in the darker images, maybe I’ll move into darker heroes and more tortured heroines. Suicide, patricide, homicide. While I’ve alluded to these sorts of things in The Dark Huntsman, and the queen has taken out an entire tribe of people, tortured many more, and is increasingly going down the path to insanity, I haven’t delved into the depths of her personality yet. Or what brought her there. I’ve written it. Her past. What fractured her into a woman whose Gift is splintered powerful personalities. She wasn’t always this way. Once she was a little girl. A fairy princess in a corrupt court whose father only wanted power, even at her expense.

Should that story be published? A father’s betrayal, the princess destroyed, and her crawl back to something that could function? Even if her definition of functional is deeply flawed. And what about her right hand man, Haddon? I have a story for him too. A boy whose life started out as the whipping boy for a spoiled princess and what happens to him when she is gone from court and he is at the mercy of the king? What happens to him when she returns, broken and glued back together but with holes and cracks that leak her emotions through onto everyone around her? How could a boy survive that?

Yes, that’s what comes out of my computer when it’s dark outside and no one is around. Torture and depravity and healing that results in broken adults. And that’s what lurks behind the villains in my fairy tales. The ghosts of the witching hour.

Should I write those stories? Should I write about the way my villains formed? Or, more accurately, should I let you see what I’ve already written, the dark side of fantasy?

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What’s Your Number? with Paranormal Author Sharon Clare

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Please welcome guest author, Sharon Clare to Jessica Aspen Writes. Sharon is a fellow Margie Lawson enthusiast who I met through Sherry Isaac (my fellow WOO-HOO-U grad from Margie’s deep immersion class).  Sharon’s last post on Jessica Aspen Writes was a hysterical dive into our cultures struggle with women’s sexuality: Have Two Paroxysms and Call Me in the Morning. I loved Sharon’s first book, paranormal romance Love of Her Lives, where she introduced her mischievous elf, Finn. Read HERE for my review of Love of Her Lives on Goodreads and add it to your TBR pile. Now Sharon has come out with another fun Finn adventure where the elf once again meddles in the lives of two lonely people in dire need of some romance. Introducing, Sharon Clare and her new book Rhapsody.

Delve Inside Personality With Numerology

A few years ago, I spent a week in Beijing with three friends. With our own personal tour guide, we learned about China’s ancient history, the forbidden city and the great wall, it’s emperors and empresses, tombs and drums, pearls and silks, hot pots and rickshaws and a thread that wove through most everything—numerology.

The Chinese aren’t the only culture that believes in the mystical significance of numbers. Pythagoras, the father of mathematics, saw numbers as archetypes rather than just numerals.

I learned calculus from a brilliant mathematician who after explaining a mathematical theory exclaimed, “there’s proof of God’s existence right there.” He saw numbers in ways I’ll never comprehend, yet with a wide open mind, I’m drawn to both concrete and metaphysical concepts. I like learning about most anything, and I like wondering what-if. It makes for great story fodder.

So what if numbers gave us insights into our life purpose?

NumerologyIn a nutshell, http://www.numerology.com/ defines numerology as this: ‘Numerology is the universal language of numbers, and each of us was born with a set of numbers unique to us. These numbers unlock the door to the depths of our personality and reveal the way we interact with others, lessons we’ve yet to learn, opportunities we’ll be given and challenges we’ll face at specific periods of our lives—or throughout life as a whole.’

I believe we create our own realities. However we focus our thoughts (mindfully or habitually) will become real for us. Perhaps numerology does just that—triggers and focuses a thought. We see the number 8 and think prosperity. And then, voila, we find $20 in our pocket. Okay, maybe not. Perhaps it can work more as a prompt to remind us to invest that $20 wisely.

Or is there more to it?

Apparently, your birth name affects your numerology. I plugged my name into this site: http://www.paulsadowski.com/Numbers.asp. The results were remarkably accurate. My number is 3, described in part with this: ‘produces a quest for destiny with words along a variety of lines that may include writing’. Yep, that’s me. My soul number is 7 which means: ‘you are very fond of reading, and retreating to periods of being alone and away from the disruptions of the outer world. You like to dream and develop your idealistic understandings, to study and analyze, to gain knowledge and wisdom.’ Wow, again, accurate.

I’m a fiction writer, so I couldn’t resist seeing this as a tool to help develop my characters. I plugged in the name of the heroine from my latest release, Rhapsody, to see how close my representation of her matches her numerology. Isabelle Carson. Hmm, as I read, I see potential, possibilities I could have developed to strengthen her character.

I set Isabelle up as a woman with outer strength, but who inwardly feels she’s never taken seriously by men who can’t see past her sex kitten body. This belief pushes all her buttons when she’s caught in an Elven game of seduction she must play to win her freedom.

I’m always looking for ways to get deeper inside my characters’ heads, and I think I’ve found a fun one with this numerology site. Check it out. Is your numerology accurate?

A little about Rhapsody, published by Crimson Romance:

Rhapsody Book CoverIsabelle plans to escape the real world when she takes a tropical vacation. But escape becomes too real when Paradise Resort disappears. To win her freedom, she must break an oath and out-play her opponent in a game of seduction. Her self-control is resolute until her traitorous body decides this is a game she wants to play.

Jonathan’s needs are simple: break down Isabelle’s resistance, win the game, and get back to the real world where an emergency waits. Desire grows between them as each roll of the die reveals secrets, truths and skin, until Jonathan is forced to confront his worst fear or forfeit Isabelle to the dark mastermind of the game.

Rhapsody buy links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, itunes

Author Bio:

Sharon Clare lives in Ontario with her husband and three wonderful grown-up kids who come and go from the nest. She fell in love with writing at the University of Toronto where she graduated with a science degree in psychology and professional writing. She writes light paranormal romance and has published short stories, art reviews, newsletter and magazine articles. Her favourite place to write is outside under the maple trees beside the lily pond. Find out more at: www.sharonclare.com

Check out Rhapsody’s trailer HERE.

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Groundhog day

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a blog for the paranormal-not the normal

I’ve always felt that spring starts in February. I know officially we have weeks of winter, but the wind feels a little warmer, there is more sun, and I feel springy. Shouldn’t that be enough?

Well guess what,  I’m right! Just as I’ve instinctively felt fall starts much earlier than our boring calendar, it turns out that the Celtic Pagan Calendar starts spring on February First. Imbolc. This is the pagan day when the goddess Brighid is celebrated. Bridhid has now morphed in our modern world into St. Bridgit and Imbolc has morphed into Candlemas. Or Groundhog day.

Why the date change? Well, the pagan calendar is not set by the date, it’s set by the seasons, so Imbolc usually falls on February 1st, but it might be January 31st some years and February 2nd others. We modern people, however, like rigidity, so our holidays all fall on the same dates and February 2nd is it.

 So how did we get from Imbolic to Candlemas to Punxsutawaney Phil?

There is a pagan tradition that if a hibernating animal casts it’s shadow on Imbolc, winter will last another six weeks. In Pennsylvania, where the people who we call the Pennsylvania Dutch settled (otherwise known as Germans), they brought with them that myth in the form of a hedgehog. I’m sure you can see how they would transfer the hedgehog into the groundhog.

All of this makes sense. What is a little unusual is the now magical tradition of Punxsutawney Phil. Did you know that supposedly this is the same groundhog they’ve been using for one hundred and twenty three years? Every summer members of the inner circle feed Phil a special potion that extends his life another seven years. They even have special top hats and coats, dressing up for their mystical rites. If that’s not spell casting I don’t know what is.

“If Candlemas be fair and bright,

Winter has another flight.

If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,

Winter will not come again.”

Did you know that Groundhog day had it’s roots in Imbolc? Did you suspect that Punxsuawney Phil was well over one hundred or that he’s a magical being? Have you ever seen the movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray? It’s one of my favorites!

Don’t forget to find me on Romance and Beyond on Friday where I’m blogging about the other reason (besides spring) that I love February.

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Promises Made, But Not Kept, by Snow White and the Huntsman

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When a writer, or a director, puts together a story they make promises to their audience. They layer story questions, create familiar patterns, and use story structure to lure us into their world. When you take a common story it’s even more important to stay true to your promises. Why? Because you have chosen to present a story that people think they know.

snow white and the huntsmanThat’s right. We think we know Snow White.

Ask most people and they will respond that Snow White is a romance. It’s not. Oh, it has all the elements. Young beautiful girl, handsome prince, the kiss. Oh, and the happy ending. We all know that there should be a HEA. Right? Maybe. In the original Snow White the happy ending is not when the prince, (who by the way has never seen Snow White before) kisses her dead lips and wakes her from her sleep. It’s not when he marries her and sweeps her off to live in the castle. The actual ending is when the Evil Queen is danced to death in her red hot iron shoes. That’s a Grimm HEA.

(I’m choosing to insert my spoiler alert here. By now, I hope most of you have seen this movie or chosen not to, so if you are planning on still seeing it, watch out!)

But what’s important is that we all think Snow White is a romance. Why? It’s what we want from fairy tales. They make a promise. Snow White and the Huntsman made promises. And all the way through the movie they are left broken. From the outset we expect a HEA. That promise is made by twisting Snow White, a romance, so if you are making the decision not to give the audience the big HEA, you had better give them a satisfying movie. But all the way through there are moments where the audience says, wait, she was supposed to…

For example, when Gus the dwarf dies (I did post the spoiler alert!)  Snow rushes to his side and comforts him. For some reason I expected her to sing to him. I don’t know why, I just did. But she didn’t. Okay, no problem. But I also expect her to kiss his forehead. Why? Once again I can’t tell you why. Something about the direction of the scene felt like she should kiss him. As an author I can say that it would foreshadow the kiss at the end that wakes up Snow from her own pseudo-death, but as a movie goer, I just wanted the kiss. And I felt let down when it didn’t happen. What’s more, my daughter sitting next to me said out loud, “She should have kissed him. This is one of the moments in the movie, Mom, where you think something should happen and it doesn’t. It’s one of the reasons I felt let down when I left the movie.”

Wow.

I sat there thinking it (we rented it, the girls had already seen it) and my daughter (seventeen, and the target audience for this movie) said it. We felt let down. And it was only the middle of the movie.

I’ll skip the small let down moments throughout the film. Let’s just say that there were several points where I just felt something should happen, and it didn’t. And all of us agreed on those points. (Yes, we talk about the movie and analyze it as we watch. That’s what happens in a writing family.) But the worst was the ending. There was no HEA!

Wait a minute! Was the Evil Queen killed? Yes, she was. Was Snow White restored to her throne? Yes, she was. Did she avoid the secondary romance to the guy who looked like he should be the romantic interest, but really wasn’t? (ie, the stand in for the prince, William) Yes, she did. Or wait. We don’t know. We think she did, but I suspect that after the movie she succumbed to political pressure and married him.

What???

Okay, so the title led me to believe that this was a romance between, you guessed it, Snow White and the Huntsman. That’s the movie title. They didn’t call it, Snow White and the Queen. They didn’t title it Snow White Kicks Ass. They didn’t title it, Come See This Romance and Get Let Down. It was supposed to be about Snow White, the Huntsman, and their romance. We all knew it. The title told us so. A big promise made.

chris hemsworthAnd that was the build up within the movie. All through the movie you can see, yes, she should be in love with William, her child hood friend and social equal. But she’s not. She falls in love with the rough edged (and very hot) Chris Hemsworth. The director took two very popular leading stars and put them together, showed them falling in love, and then at the end. Nada.

William (the prince stand-in) kisses her dead lips, and she’s still dead. The Huntsman kisses her, and she wakes up! True love, right? That’s what we expect. But at the end, when she becomes queen, he’s lurking in the background of the court, and William is up front, waiting to step in and marry her. That’s the end. NO HEA FOR ME! Or my teen age daughters. We, all of us romantics, were let down.

Why would the director make this decision? Why promise us the HEA all the way through the movie, then leave Bella (ooops, sorry) Snow up on the dias alone?

I don’t know.

All I can think of is he (I have to check, it was a male director, right? Yes, of course it was.) thought there were too many barriers between a Princess and a low-born huntsman to marry. So what? YOU PROMISED!

We believed you when Snow (who has been locked in the same cell since she was a child) escapes. We accepted (okay, we all questioned it, but moved on) when there was a pure white horse waiting for her on the beach. And even though she’s never exercised, ridden a horse, or wielded a sword, we let it go when she dons mail and leads the army to the castle. Why? Because the HEA would be coming and we would feel satisfied. All the broken promises and leaps of faith would be forgiven. But that didn’t happen.

Don’t do this with your book. If you promise your readers a certain action, then deliver. You can twist the action. Snow White could have abdicated the throne and run off with the Huntsman. William could have spoke up and fought for her to marry whomever she pleased. It doesn’t matter how you do it. If you’ve promised it to us, we will believe you when you deliver. So deliver.

Deliver on the small promises too. Not kissing Gus, or singing to him was a let-down, right when we should be immersed in the world of the movie. These small let-downs are why readers (and movie goers) say, “I just didn’t love it.” That’s the way I felt after the movie. I liked it. The special effects were amazing. The right pieces were there, but it missed. Many times.

Make those story promises. Make them with your title, your cover, your small and large choices throughout the book. Leave them unanswered for a little while. Make us turn pages fast, looking for those answers. Layer them throughout your book or movie, but fulfill each and every one, big and small, or you’ll find your block buster, busted.

Did you see Snow White and the Huntsman? Did you enjoy it? Were there other moments you picked out as being let-downs? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Click HERE to see how badly I’m doing at NANOWRIMO. Click HERE to discover Little Red Riding Wolf on sale for $3.99 on Passion in Print’s website. (I promise I fulfilled my story promises.)

Love Alpha Males? I’m joining up with the Holiday Gifts of Love blog hop, starting December 14th, details to follow.

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Coming December 14th! Prizes galore!

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Waving Your Magic Wand

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It’s November first, and I’m going into Nanowrimo hibernation this month, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see me around. I’ll reappear in December like I usually do, even without attempting Nano, November tends to be a busy month. But I’m going to continue to keep up with the blogging. At least that is my intention.

So to celebrate last night’s Halloween I’m  sharing some of my favorite items from my house. I think someday I would love a house as interesting as the Adams family mansion, where everything you look at was collected by someone interesting, and everything tells a story.

A few weeks ago I blogged on being a mermaid and where you could obtain a real mermaids tail to make your dream come true. If you missed it click HERE. I didn’t just discover that you could purchase a mermaid tail, I read about it in my local paper- The Daily Camera.

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It’s amazing to me the variety of stories our paper comes up with. In preparation for Halloween they also ran an article about where you could obtain a real wooden wand. Not a plastic wand from a toy store, but the kind that is made especially for you. That article is HERE.

Yes it’s true. In the town of Lyons, a few miles away from where I live, you can obtain a real wooden magic wand.

But I don’t need to.

I already have a magic wand and it was made especially for me by my brother-in-law. Just like in Harry Potter he carefully chose the type of wood, walnut. And he even hand crafted the box.

Isn’t it gorgeous.

Handcrafted just for me by the wizard of wood himself, my very own wand.

Green glass ball on creepy tree stand

And as if that isn’t enough, I have my very own magic (not so crystal) ball. Actually I have a few of these, but I love the colors swirling around this one. It makes it really look magical, especially perched on my latest pillar stand.

I love Halloween and I hate to pack away the decorations, especially since so many of them are real works of art. Several years ago I started collecting decorations that are not plastic or orange, although I still have lots of those. Some of these stay out all year and I think my new creepy tree pillar stand may have to do that this year. Why not?

Dragon with crystal ballAnother interesting thing about my house is that I am not the only collector. My husband loves dragons. And gargoyles. I used to fight it. People will think it’s weird. The neighbors, the children’s friends, his mother. But I’ve given up. Now I just enjoy them. So to close out this spooky season, here’s one of my favorite dragons.

Oh, and is that another “crystal” ball? Thanks mom for that one!

Maybe someday I’ll have the mansion with the secret passageways to match, but meanwhile I’m enjoying leaving a little Gothic around the house all year long.

Do you have any decorations you hate to put away? Something unusual that doesn’t scream “I live in the suburbs”? What about Christmas decorations, or other holidays? What can’t you bear to put away?

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Mermaids

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Have you ever dreamed of being a supernatural being? A vampire? A werewolf? A mermaid?

I’m sure you’ve heard of how you can have a dentist apply fangs to your real teeth, and of course there is always makeup, but slipping on a tail and sliding into the pool has always presented a problem for people with legs. But now there is a woman who is making the dream reality. Stephanie Summers is operating the business Fish Butts.

Ariel at the paradeFor a base price of $1500 you too can be a mermaid. These tails are amazing. They look real and you can actually swim in them. (Make sure you have someone to pull you out if things go wrong.) They are designed with small holes in the sides to let excess water drain, I’m sure Disney’s Ariel would love them.

I would post photos, because they are really cool and would sell mermaid tails for Stephanie, however, due to the recent paranoia on posting photos I will merely say, HERE is the original article I read in my local paper, check out the fab photos.

Traci Hines is a singer and one of the things I love about her is her 1950’s pin-up style. She does some great goth work as well. Maybe I’ll do a photo shoot á la Traci Hines someday. Ooo la la! On her Facebook page she sports a gorgeous tail. Check out Traci Hines Facebook page HERE.

Want to see a mermaid swimming in her tail?

And just in case you were wondering how this relates to Thursday’s Bite. Here are some links to discover Mermaid Paranormal Romance. Enjoy!

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Ever dream of being a mermaid? Would you spend the big bucks to do it? How do you think that big latex tail feels?

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Why Snow White?

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When I first started to write twisted fairy tales, no one else was doing it. Okay, that’s not exactly true. There were a few die hard people like me messing around with Grimm’s and Charles Perrault’s works, but not many. Now they are everywhere. Authors who typically write in other areas are twisting tales with a vengeance.

And the movies, wow! How many versions of Snow White does Hollywood think we need. And the crazy thing is that the original Snow White barely has a romance. The prince swoops in at the end, kisses her, and off they go to get married. It’s really about Snow’s relationship to her stepmother. Maybe that’s the reason why out of all of the fairy tales it’s the one the scriptwriters prefer. My Evil Step-mother, a reality movie for a new generation.

We love the idea of the evil step-mother. And even evil mothers. For some reason fairy tales are full of evil mom’s and the dad’s are just side notes. Remember Hansel and Gretel. Dad is a wimp who does whatever the stepmother says. She must have been a hottie for him to abandon his children, not once, but twice.

And on TV, it’s Snow White, again. While Once Upon a Time has all the fairy tales appearing, the central story has been built around Snow White and the evil step-mother. Something about this tale must resonate.

I’ve done it too. My latest book, Snow and the Seventh Wolf release January 2013, is based on Snow White. Why?

I think Snow White has it all. It’s long and has many plot twists. The Queen is a great villain. We understand her need to get rid of the lovey princess due to her vanity. Who likes getting old? And Snow ends up cleaning house for seven little men. Of course in the Russian version its seven handsome woodsmen, but still, that’s a lot of men for one girl to clean up after. And her reputation isn’t sullied in the least. After being in the woods, unaccompanied with all those men, she still gets to marry the prince.

Personally, I think the prince being absent lends itself to all kinds of creativity. We can’t fathom that he just rides in at the end. We want him to be there the whole time; helping Snow sweep mine tailings out from under the beds, or making sure she doesn’t bite the apple. We’re romantics. How could he sweep in and save the day without being there, somehow disguised the whole time as a dwarf?

Snow White has got it all. Mystery. An opportunity to fill in the gaps in the romance. And, of course, the evil step-mother. Who could resist twisting it one more time?

How many versions of Snow Lego Maleficent White are you familiar with? Which is your favorite? Did you go see any of the movies? Mirror, Mirror?  Snow White and the Huntsman? And don’t forget that Angelina Jolie is about to re-create Maleficent for Disney, are you going to go see my favorite villain?

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Starving With Bella? Katniss Feeds Paranormal Fans

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Katniss hunger games

Katniss is a heroine for the hungry paranormal masses who have been starving with Bella.

There is a reason why Katniss defeats Bella in the paranormal heroine competition, and it isn’t because she shoots arrows. It’s because she has an inner strength that pulls here through. That’s why paranormal readers are flocking to the Hunger Games. There has been a pervasive hunger for a heroine who isn’t whiney, can stand on her own two feet, and is decisive.

I read Twilight. And the second one.

Why? Not because I liked Bella. No, I read it because I wanted to see what teens, and even grown women, wanted to read. I’m a paranormal author. I love paranormal romance. And vampires. I read Dracula for fun in high school. In fact I’ve read it at least three times. Gothic romance? Swooning heroines? I’ve read it all. But those stories were written during times when women were considered the weaker sex and even worse, were considered dangerous if they had opinions.

We don’t live in that time anymore. Women are strong capable people. We’ve always known it, but now we can celebrate it. We work and feed our families. We straddle generations, tending to our aging parents and our children, sometimes even our grandchildren while holding down jobs and keeping our marriages together. We aren’t wimpy. So why did Bella take off? Why, when all I want to read are heroines like Anna Strong, from author Jeanne Stein, did Bella become the woman for this generation?

I wish I knew. I wish I could say definitely it’s because women wanted a break from being strong, wanted to fantasize for a moment about some controlling man taking them away, but I can’t. And why can’t I? Because Katniss is here.

Maybe it’s Bella rebound, maybe it’s just the hot new thing, but I believe it’s that everywhere girls and women have been reading Bella’s stories and saying “WAIT! Isn’t there more?”

Yes, there is more.

Even if your heroines aren’t quite the physical, save-the-day, heroine that Katniss is, they can be emotionally strong. Stand up and move through an empowering character arc that ends, not in repeated sacrifice, but in decisive action. That’s the kind of heroine I like to read, and that’s the kind I like to write.

What kind of heroines do you like? Are you a Bella fan? (It’s okay, there are a lot of you out there.) Or are you an Anna Strong type? Do you like kick-ass climaxes? Or do you think it is better to lay down and sacrifice oneself for the greater good?

Oh, and come visit me on Paranormal Freebies on Friday April 4th for another chance to win Little Red Riding Wolf.

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Discover Three Rockin’ Videos From my Paranormal Pals

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Book trailers, Baby!

That’s what’s happening!

All my paranormal author friends are creating hot new trailers for their releases, and now debut author JL Bowen has a book trailer for Healer, her YA due to release next week, so here it is!

Healer is due to be released February 28th from Featherweight Press, the YA branch of my publisher and I can’t wait to read JL’s dark paranormal story. She’s going to be blogging again on ParanormalFreebies on February 28th, the day of her release, so make sure to check it out!

Melissa Mayhue’s trailer for her first book in her new series is also by Lex Valentine of Winterheart Design , the same artist as JL’s trailer. Here is the fabulous trailer for Warrior’s Redemption:

 

If you haven’t read Melissa’s Daughters of the Glen series, she’s a fabulous paranormal author who shares my love of the Fae, but Warrior’s Redemption is the first book in a brand new series. You can check out ML Guida’s review HERE on Paranormal Freebies and Melissa’s interview HERE.

The unique YA paranormal The Waiting Booth, by Brinda Berry has a rockingly fast paced trailer:

We’re waiting breathlessly for the next book in Brinda’s Whispering Woods series, the sequal to The Waiting Booth. If you want to find out more click HERE to explore how Brinda wove the fascinating and rare condition of synesthesia into her paranormal.

Leave a comment, and don’t forget to go to Paranormal Freebies and enter my contest HERE at the Rafflecopter widget. We’re drawing close to the end of the month and we’ll be drawing for free copies of Little Red Riding Wolf as well as t-shirts, chocolates and more! Next week I’ll be at The Dames of Dialogue on Monday the 27th blogging on Twisting in the Wind or how you twist a fairy tale. And I’ll be at Erin O’Riordan’s blog on the 28th. Both of those are eligible for comments and contest entries too!

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by | February 23, 2012 · 6:47 am