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
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