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Monday, April 2, 2012


Putting Reality in a Fairy Tale Romance

Thank you so much to Long and Short Reviews for hosting me today. We all love fairy tale romances, right? Ummm, maybe not. We think of the fairy tale romance as one that has a happily ever after of the first order. BUT, if we go back to the source, the fairy tale, we very quickly discover that happily ever after was a matter of opinion.

For example, take Cinderella. My new book, Sinders and Ash, is based on the “trope” of Cinderella, a downtrodden hero who overcomes an adversary and prevails as a result of his own effort, wit and charm. The Cinderella story has predecessors that stretch back to China, Rome, and Egypt. In an early version of the tale, Cinderella kills her first stepmother in order to get her father to marry whom she wishes. Yikes! That’s Sinisterella. An original version of Sleeping Beauty has our heroine violated and impregnated by a king while she sleeps. And she has twins. Wonder what Disney would have done with them? Snow White’s wicked queen gets her comeuppance in a very fatal way in the old versions of Snow White and the original Little Mermaid throws herself into the sea and dissolves as sea foam when her prince marries another woman. It’s a wonder we had any ‘happily ever afters’ at all.

But today, the fairy tale romance assumes that the story will be a bit larger than life and that the ending will be in many ways ideal, promising happiness not just for now but forever. That’s the challenge I tackled in writing Sinders and Ash. I wanted to take a famous storyline like Cinderella and imagine what it would be like inhabited by real people in a real modern world. The result is a serious contemporary romance with a touch of the extraordinary. Everything in the book could happen and, oh, we only wish it would. Boys from the housekeeping department who had to live on the streets getting a crack at the handsome price. That’s what we want to see! Oh, I forgot to mention. While very few fairy tales are inhabited by actual fairies, mine is. Sinders and Ash is a gay romance.

Here’s a blurb from Sinders and Ash, which can be bought at Amber Allure

Work hard, stay anonymous and don’t expect much. That’s resort housekeeper Mark Sintorella’s philosophy of life. After being kicked out of his family home at sixteen for being gay, Mark knows what it takes to survive. But how is he going to stay anonymous when he wants to be recognized as a great fashion designer? And how can he control his expectations when he’s desperately attracted to Ashton Armitage, the son of the fifth richest man in America? If Ash doesn’t find a woman to marry he’s going to lose his inheritance, but he can’t seem to resist the beautiful kid who cleans fireplaces while hiding behind a black cap and heavy glasses. And then this crazy elf of a man, Carstairs Pennymaker, has Mark running around looking like a fashion model wearing gorgeous women’s clothes. The clock strikes twelve and the wedding follows the ball. Two beautiful princesses line up for attention. But one isn’t interested and one isn’t a woman. Who will be the bride? Will the shoe fit? Only his fairy godmother knows for sure.
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About the Author:
Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara only fell in love with EROM in 2009 and, through perseverance and lots of workshops, had the first novel she ever wrote published in January of 2011. Then she capped off the year by being voted Best Author of 2011 in the LRC Awards and had her Genetic Attraction Series named runner-up for Best Series of 2011! A very good year. After an exotic life of travel all over the world and work in television, education and advertising, Tara settled in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and opened her own small marketing business. She paints, collages, and started practicing yoga “way before it was fashionable”. Passionate about diversity, justice, inclusion and new ideas, she says on her tombstone it will read, “Yes”.

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Anonymous said...

I am on the mailing list and saw today's blog on the hop and thought I would stop by! Thanks for the post!

Tara Lain said...

Thank you, Juliana! Appreciate you coming by! : )

Cathy M said...

Great fun facts about those original fairy tales, Tara. After so many years of the Disney version, I forget that those original stories were quite different.

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Tara Lain said...

Ooooh yes, so different it's scary! LOL. : )

~Ley said...

Yes, bring on those manly fairies! LOL. Jusmade me giggle, Tara. Thanks for sharing the info about the original fairy tales. Interesting stuff!

Ashley E

Tara Lain said...

Yep, alpha fairies! LOL Thank you, Ashley. : )

booklover0226 said...

I'm so exciting about this latest release, Tara. I look forward in reading it.

Tracey D

ilona said...

I'm beginning to feel like a stalker. Can't resist reading more about these new books :D


Sherry said...

Thanks for the facts on the original fairy tales I knew a lot of them were a lot darker than what we all have read.
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