Friday, 8 July 2011

Guest post: A Prince in Charge of His Own Destiny by Nadia Lee + Giveaway

I am sad to announce that we have the last guest author for the Spotlight on Fairy Tales Retold event today.   These past two weeks have been so much fun but no need for tears yet, as I have the wonderful Nadia Lee stop by Ex Libris today! Nadia has one of the most funny and original fairy tale retellings I have read: A Happily Ever After of Her Own, which could be described as a mash up of contemporary romance, fairy tale and Shrek :-D So read on to discover the inspiration behind Nadia's fairy tale retelling and you could also win a copy!

A Prince in Charge of His Own Destiny
by Nadia Lee

In many fairy tales, we see a lot of active heroines and somewhat passive heroes who exist as trophy for the heroines. For example, Cinderella did most of the work -- and all that suffering! -- and all Prince Charming had to do was look for the owner of the glass slipper left behind. Ariel in The Little Mermaid gave up her very nature to be with a human prince, who was clueless about everything until it was almost too late (in the original Andersen version, he remained clueless till the very end, grrr). It's no different in Beauty and the Beast, in which the prince sat around brooding for somebody to come and lift his curse.

So what is it with women doing most of the heavy lifting for the Happily Ever After? In order for a relationship to have a solid foundation and flourish, both parties must take equal ownership and work for it. Sure, fairy tale princes bring good looks, big castles, servants and money to the table, but if those were enough to sustain romance, we'd never see Hollywood couples break up.

Anyway, all this gave me an idea for the core personality of the Beast in A Happily Ever After of Her Own: he has to do a little more than just be a passive, cursed prince who is secretly handsome, nice and rich. When Beauty leaves the fairy tale world, the Beast refuses to sit around and wait for her to come back. Instead he takes control of his own destiny, comes to our world to find Beauty, and help engineer his happy ending.

And during his quest, he shares something he's learned about what "...and they lived happily ever after" means:

"Happily ever after does not mean they don't experience exasperation with each other, or are somehow exempt from life's hardships and misery. Living happily ever after is hard work, but you do it because you want to stay in love with the other person. Because your life without this one other, very special person would be something not full, but only half-alive."

How about you? What do you think "...and they lived happily ever after" means?

The lovely Stella has graciously agreed to host a giveaway, and if you comment or ask a question by July 15, you'll be entered to win an e-copy of A Happily Ever After of Her Own (open to international readers!).

Nadia Lee is living happily ever after with her own hero and mini-Prince Charming. She adores fairy tales and would love a chance to have tea with a Fairy Godmother.

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A Happily Ever After of Her Own by Nadia Lee

Melinda Lightfoot, a preschool teacher with an unusual ability to flit in and out of fairy tales, never thought she would get into trouble...

...until the Fairy Tale Police arrest her while she is in Beauty and the Beast. They offer her a deal: Find Beauty, who left the story when Melinda trespassed into it, or be charged with the ultimate crime -- Fairy Tale Killer. If that's not bad enough the Beast tags along in search of his true love, and Melinda starts falling for the fairy tale prince. She must choose between doing the right thing and having her own happily ever after.

Warning: This title contains the following: Fairy Godmother, the Wicked Witch, dysfunctional fairy tale families, ax-wielding executioners and a happily ever after (or two).


Nadia generously offered an ebook copy of A Happily Ever After of Her Own to a lucky commenter!

  A Happily Ever After of Her Own 

All you have to do is:

1) answer Nadia's question: What do you think "...and they lived happily ever after" means?

2) leave me a way to contact you (e-mail address, Twitter handle, etc.)

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 15 July 2011!

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