“Unhappily Ever After: A Fairy Tale for Grown-ups” by Lucinda E. Clarke

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Unhappily Ever After: A Fairy Tale for Grown-ups

by Lucinda E. Clarke

Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tales/Fairy Tale Mashups/Satire

99¢ at time of posting!

Fairyland is in chaos. It is nearly time for the Grand Royal Annual Ball and Cinderella, has had enough of Prince Charming and desperate to get a divorce – as long as she can continue to enjoy her current standard of living. Harold and Snow White quarrel over his philandering and her refusal to go where every woman has gone before. Augustus also has a problem, his wife Sleeping Beauty is making up for lost time, producing 28 children, and he can’t meet the household bills. There is a dearth of suitable princes for the available spinster princesses and the annual festivities are held for that very reason. There is friction between Ermintrude the Fairy godmother by Royal Appointment and Featherduster who favours the proletariat. Into all this turmoil, the Green Giant arrives, sent by the ‘Party’ to ferment an uprising among the downtrodden peasants who appear quite happy as they are and not interested in anything he has to say – unless he can provide them with TV sets. A non-politically correct tale much closer to the truth than anything you have ever seen on the movies.

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“Kingdom Collection: Books 1-3 (Kingdom Series)” by Marie Hall

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Kingdom Collection: Books 1-3 (Kingdom Series)

by Marie Hall

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Folk Tales & Mythology

FREE at time of posting! (LIMITED TIME ONLY!)

THIS IS A COLLECTION OF THE FIRST 3 BOOKS. INCLUDED BONUS DELETED SCENES IN BOTH HATTER AND WOLF.

Her Mad Hatter:

Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter’s Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate–and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys–throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch.

The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland–and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother’s mating–or fight for Alice.

Long length Novella ~ Approx. 40k words. Additional pages are sneak peeks to future books!

This is not erotica, just a good old fashioned romance.

Gerard’s Beauty:

A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain…

Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ‘Bleeding Heart’ nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.

Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he’s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ‘Off with his head’. Maybe, messing around with the King’s daughter hadn’t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he’s willing or not.

From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he’s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even… horror of all horrors… love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?

Long length Novella ~ Approx. 41k words of the actual story. Included in the Amazon page count are teasers from future books, thank you!

This is not an erotica, but it is a good old fashioned romance.

Red and Her Wolf:

Long ago there lived a beautiful child. Her name was Violet. Fair of skin, with blonde hair and large blue eyes. Born of wild magic, she was a woman with a child’s heart. Innocent and lovely, but not at all what she seemed–you see Violet went by another name: The Heartsong.

She was the child of fairy magic, the physical manifestation of all fae kinds unbridled power. Cosseted and pampered, she grew up in isolation, never knowing who she really was, or why there were those who’d seek to harm her.

Ewan of the Blackfoot Clan is a wolf with a problem. He’s been sent to kill the Heartsong, but the moment he lays eyes on the blonde beauty he knows he’ll defy the evil fae he works for to claim Violet as his own.

This is the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, as it really happened…

This is not an erotica, just a good old fashioned romance.

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#Review: “Scarlet” by Aria Cole

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Title: “Scarlet”

Author: Aria Cole

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 8, 2016

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3/5 Stars

Cute.

Based on the cover photo and synopsis (and the story itself), I was expecting this modern day mashup of “Little Red Riding Hood”  to not necessarily be darker, but grittier. While Scarlet was the wide-eyed ingénue personified, Beau was just too clownish for me to take seriously. All the references to the “darkness” of his past just didn’t pan out once revealed. His inner thoughts ran the gauntlet from juvenile to oversexed frat boy. I just couldn’t connect to him and never felt he was solid.

Loved Gran. Cagey, old thing! She may have been sick, but she was also the only character who truly knew what was going on…because she orchestrated the whole thing! Go, Gran!

I give ‘Scarlet’ three stars, because while it was a good effort, for me, it just missed the mark.

I was given an ARC-copy of ‘Scarlet’ as part of a promotional blog tour in exchange for an honest review.