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Literary Escapism (It’s part of the site’s Black Friday event)
MARINA MYLES ON FAIRY TALES
Jennifer: Welcome, Marina! Please tell readers about your Cursed Princes series.
Marina: Thank you for having me, Jennifer! The books in the Cursed Princes series are fairy tales retold—but in a sensual and darkly intriguing way. They feature immortal “Prince Charmings” who are werewolves, vampires, demons, and ghosts as well as a cursed amulet that serves as a common thread. While it’s better to read the stories in order, they can definitely be read as stand-alone novels.
Jennifer: The second book in the series, Snow White and the Vampire, releases on Dec. 19. Can you tell us a little about it?
Marina: It’s set against one of my favorite backdrops, the fog-laced streets of Victorian London. And the story’s hero and heroine are, well, you guessed it…ill-fated Snow White and a blood-lusting vampire! What isn’t expected is the novel’s haunting Jack the Ripper side story. It will keep you guessing ’til the end. Here’s a brief description:
Alba Spencer thought her past in Romania and the dark magic that haunted it was behind her forever. She is one of the first female barristers now, safe in London. But London has its dark side, too. A man named the Ripper stalks the midnight streets. There are rumors that her hated stepmother has found her again, suggestions that the nightmares of her childhood are returning. And with them appears the cursed Gypsy boy she once loved, grown into a man more seductive and more terrifying than she ever could have dreamed…
Dimitri Grigorescu has become a surgeon, a gentleman – and a vampire. The lusts that drive his body are scarcely under control, and even he does not truly know what he is capable of. To fight evil and confusion, Alba must rely on her wits – and a desire that overwhelms her doubts…
Jennifer: What appeals to you about fairy tales?
Marina: I live for the possibility of a happily-ever-after. Who doesn’t want to believe that true love exists, whether it’s spawned by a first glance or by a friendship that gradually blossoms into romance? I think we all want to be swept up in that type of enchantment.
Jennifer: What inspired you to write the Cursed Princes series?
Marina: I got the idea during a trip to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland! When I took my youngest daughter to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (yes, that’s the real name), the princess-makeover salon was filled with women and children alike. Then it struck me. We never outgrow the magic of fairy tales. Combine that notion with the sexy genre of paranormal romance, and my first hero, Lord Draven Winthrop, was born!
Jennifer: What’s your favorite fairy tale and why?
Marina: My favorite fairy tale has to be Cinderella. Although she was the most mistreated and neglected princess, she stayed positive despite her stepmother’s abuse. In the end, her unwavering belief in love changed her life!
Jennifer: Have you always wanted to be a writer? What got you started on your writing journey?
Marina: I’ve always loved to read and write. As a kid, I devoured Nancy Drew mysteries and as a teenager I read every single Agatha Christie novel in print. And when someone left Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Flame and the Flower in the laundry room of my college dorm, I knew I wanted to write romances with a hint of mystery.
Jennifer: What’s next for you? Will there be more books in the Cursed Princes series?
Marina: Yes! I have two more fairy tales plus two novellas in the works. Here’s the publishing schedule:
A Warlock’s Dance ~ A Cursed Princes Novella ~ Based loosely on the fairy tale ballet Swan Lake ~ Coming May 2014
Sleeping Beauty and the Demon ~ The Cursed Princes #3 ~ A mysterious magician. An evil enchantress. And a heroine who’s beautiful beyond compare. ~ Coming August 2014
Christmas at Thorncliff Towers ~ A Cursed Princes Novella ~ Featuring characters from Beauty and the Wolf, The Cursed Princes #1 ~ Coming November 2014
Cinderella and the Ghost ~ The Cursed Princes #4 ~ He’s willing to do anything to get her back. Even draw her 400 years into the past… ~ Coming February, 2015
Thanks so much for being here today, Marina!
MORE ABOUT MARINA
Marina Myles’s love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale. During her college days, she received degrees in English Literature and Communications—and enjoyed the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Now that she lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she hasn’t left her glamorous life behind completely. After all, she gets to divide her time between her loving family, her loyal Maltese, and worlds filled with fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs.
Marina is offering an e-copy of Snow White and the Vampire, along with a pair of “poisoned apple” earrings (shown at right). To enter, see the giveaway box below.
The giveaway will run through midnight, EST, Thursday, Dec. 12. The giveaway is open to those 18 and older, U.S. residents only.
I know that’s a really busy shopping day, and folks will be running around doing last-minute holiday stuff, so I wanted to talk about how to get the book on release day.
First of all, here are some of the places that you can pre-order the book:
The book should also be available through Kobo, although I don’t see it up for pre-order there yet.
E-books: If you pre-order the book and have an e-reader (or read on your computer/phone/tablet), then The Spider should download to your device at midnight on Dec. 24, and then you can read at your leisure.
Audio books: If you prefer the audio book, you can pre-order that from Audible, and it should also download to your device on Dec. 24.
Print books: However, if you want a print copy of the book, I encourage you to please visit your local bookstore before Dec. 24 and ask if they will be getting any copies of the book and if they will reserve one for you.
I have no way of knowing which stores carry my books and how many copies they might have on hand. So if you ask before the release date, that might save you some time going from store to store on Dec. 24.
Print book deal: Also, I wanted to mention that Amazon is still offering print copies of The Spider for about $4.79. That’s a pretty good price on the print book. Of course, you probably won’t get it on Dec. 24, but if you prefer the print book and want to save a few bucks, you might consider ordering it through them.
Anyway, hope that helps. Happy reading, everyone!
So I was perusing through the calendars at my local Books-A-Million a few weeks ago looking for holiday presents, when I spotted a name that I knew on one of the calendars — Tony Mauro.
Tony is a well-known fantasy artist who (among many other things) creates books covers, including those for my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Curious, I picked up Tony’s When Darkness Falls calendar and turned it over.
And what do I see but the cover art for Heart of Venom, Elemental Assassin #9, featured in the calendar. Woot! Woot! Gin is featured during the month of October.
I thought this was super-cool, and I e-mailed Tony about it. According to Tony, he’s been creating the fantasy art calendars for about eight years now.
If you order the calendar through his website (as the above photo says), Tony will sign it for you. Again, how cool is that? I always buy a couple of calendars for Christmas, so if you’re looking for a holiday gift for someone, this would make a pretty neat one. The calendars are $13.95, plus shipping and handling.
Tony has generously offered up a signed copy of When Darkness Falls for giveaway, and I’m including a print copy of Heart of Venom, along with some bookmarks and other swag. You can enter using the form below. The giveaway is open to those 18 and older, U.S. only, and will run through midnight, EST, Thursday, Dec. 5.
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