I love fairy tales and their modern retellings and Cinderella being my favourite when I first heard of Hope Tarr's modern Cinderella series I was excited and curious how that would turn out. Having read and LOVED both the prequel Christmas novella (A Cinderella Christmas Carol) and the first book (Operation Cinderella) (they were both some of my favourite reads of 2012!) I became a fan and couldn't wait for The Cinderella Makeover, the next book in the series. It is finally here, so let's hear what Hope has to say about the inspiration behind the series! :-)
Taking the Cinderella Tale into the Twenty-First Century
by Hope Tarr
The first time I saw Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” performed live was at the Center Stage theatre in Baltimore, Maryland. The set design, costumes, and props were all contemporary to the time, then the 1980’s. Sporting a black leather biker jacket and slicked back hair, Hamlet rode a motorcycle onto the stage. Crazy as that may sound, the play still worked. Brilliantly.
And so my Suddenly Cinderella Series was born.
OPERATION CINDERELLA (Book #1), my Cinderella heroine, Macie, is a New York City goth girl, the features editor of a ballsy women’s magazine, who decides to transform herself into a sweet, old-fashioned miss to ensnare the sexy conservative media pundit who’s nearly cost her job. In the in-series novella, A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS CAROL, my curmudgeon heroine, Starr, is both Cinderella—and Scrooge. Talk about multi-tasking!
And in my current release, THE CINDERELLA MAKEOVER, my Cinderella is…
Silicon Valley CEO Contestant Gregory Knickerbocker is a geek with a heart of gold, a six-foot three leanly-muscled hunk in need of a mercy makeover. A new reality TV show, “Project Cinderella,” aims to remake fashion frogs like Greg into styling Cinderella princes and princesses. Seizing his opportunity to turn his personal life around, Greg gets himself cast as one of six contestants on the show.
Instead of a mean stepmother, we have a vicious rival fashion coach stirring up all sorts of trouble on the set as well as the show’s meddlesome producer. Greg’s kingdom isn’t a castle-on-a-hill but the Silicon Valley tech startup where he and Francesca first meet. And the “ball” isn’t a ball, but the show’s black tie finale episode when the winner will be crowned.
But regardless of whether our princess is wearing soot spotted rags, a glittering ball gown, or a fabulously fitting pair of skinny jeans, her story, and our fairytale, serves to remind us of timeless, universal truths. That good is stronger than evil. That love is stronger than hate.
And that a Happily Ever After beginning is possible for every one of us brave enough to reach out and claim it.
What favorite fairytale would you like to see re-set and in what era?
Book #2 in the Suddenly Cinderella series
Fashionista Francesca St. James has agreed to work as a "fairy godmother" on the reality TV show Project Cinderella, taking contestants from geeky to dreamy. When Francesca’s archrival bets she can't transform the awkwardly sweet CEO to hot in under eight weeks, Francesca accepts the challenge.
As CEO of a tech company, Greg may have billions, but what’s it worth without a woman to share it with? From day one on the show though, he clashes with his gorgeous fairy godmother—yet off-set, he can’t stop thinking about her. But this sexy woman is so far out of his league…and wants to change every single thing about him. It's up to him to show her it's more than clothes that make the man.May the best man or geek win…
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