Book Review by A Book Lover’s Library

•October 31, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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I love the stories of Snow White, Prince Charming, and Little Red Riding Hood. Most of us can recite them without a book. But what if they were all one story pulled apart and altered. What if…..

That is where Adrianna Morgan’s Once Upon a Fairytale Princess comes in.

Ella is trying to keep her and her father fed, but in an attempt to keep the roof over her head, she discovers herself in the midst of a huge plot that goes beyond her or the kingdom. Evil has risen its head once more. Love is discovered at the same time. It is then, Ella begins a journey of self-discovery that will change everything.

The first thing you’ll notice as a reader is that this is book is so much like fairytales you have read. You’ll immediately begin to see the similarities, but you’ll also know this is far from the fairytales you know so well. It’s more like “The Rest of the Story.” I liked that part of it, yet it did feel strange reading it. I felt sort of defensive at first. “These were my stories growing up. You can’t change them.” But the further I read, the more this story began to stand on its own two feet. It began to prove itself to me.

In a sense, the characters follow the trend of lightly revealing themselves just as the fairytales did, but that is deceiving. You get caught up in the fairytale similarities that you don’t see that these characters have more depth to them than that. Also, these characters have flaws though they are the heroes and victims. They are not perfect. Some are not completely innocent.

The plot was different and I’m sure hard to write. In a way it was hard to read, but then again it was because I was comparing the story to the fairytales. You cannot do this as you read the story. You’ll miss so much.

I really had trouble trying to evaluate this book as it is so unique. In that, it scores high. I had to force myself away from the traditional in order to see this one shining through. It is unique. It is creative. It makes you want to know more. In that sense, maybe the stories could have been more in depth, but it could have pulled away from the plot then which was relatively fast paced once it got started.

If you like paranormal stories, fairytales, and romance, give this book a try. There are some intimate scenes, but we are not talking extreme. It’s a book that would be great for a book club as you could spend a lot of time talking about it.

Note: This book was provided as part of a book tour with no expectation of a positive review.

Guest Post – Lori’s Reading Corner

•October 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

http://www.lorisreadingcorner.com/2012/10/guest-postvirtual-tour-once-upon-a-fairytale-princess-by-adrianna-morgan.html

Book Blog Tour!

•October 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Hey everyone…I am set for a book blog tour for “Once upon a Fairytale Princess.”  Here is the pertinent information, including the blog sites…
October 23 – Introduction at VBT Cafe’ Blog
October 25 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
October 29 – Interviewed at The Official Blog-Zine of Terra Little
October 31 – Review & Guest Blogging at A Book Lover’s Library
November 2 – Guest Blogging at Wise Words
November 5 – Guest blogging at A Book So Fathomless
November 7 – Review & Character Interview at Always A Booklover
November 9 – Interviewed at Books, Books, and More Books
November 13 – Guest Blogging at Full Moon Bites
November 15 – Interviewed at Reviews & Interviews
November 19 – Interviewed at Unnecessary Musings

Excerpt from ‘Once Upon a Fairytale Princess’ (New ebook)

•October 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

            Ella stopped at the little house that sat near a mine that seemed to go deep into the mountains.  The house itself was quaint; white walls and red trimmed roof.  She noticed a not particularly well tended garden and vegetables in dire need of being picked.  She read the sign again and looked back at the little paper that she held.  This was the address.  As she walked slowly up to the door, she heard a whistle and then a song.

            Ella stopped and cocked her ear.  Surely she was hearing things.  But in a few moments it became evident that she was hearing singing and it was coming from the mountains.  She could not make out the words but the melody was nice and the voices were strong.  She smiled and walked back to the little house and knocked on the door.  She knocked again when she received no answer.  This was the last house on her list and if she didn’t find a job soon, she would have no money for food.

            The door creaked open and Ella looked with surprise at the small, gnarled old woman. 

            “What do you want?” the woman asked, her eyes squinting through her thick eyeglasses. 

            “I am here about the job.”

            “What job?  Why are you here?  Who sent you?  What do you want?”

            Ella stumbled over her words as the old woman threw question after question at her.  She finally held up a hand.  “Ma’am.  I am only here asking about a job.  I saw your ad in town.  You were looking for a housekeeper and a cook?”

            As the old woman thought for a few moments, Ella almost wished this was not the job she was looking for.  She also hoped that her disguise was working.  Her hair was growing back and was in a cute little bob that she kept off her face with a red ribbon.  She had used a mixture of acorn and oak gall, as well as powdered rust from a local blacksmith.  Add a little lemon juice and her hair was a black as coal.  And she had a bit extra in a flask just in case.

            She had rubbed berries onto her lips and with the weight loss of the last few months of rationing her food and money; she had managed to lose some of her curves.  Now she could pass for someone much younger.  She had seen the posters asking for information about her whereabouts, but as she had moved further away from the palace and into other lands, the posters were less frequent. 

            Her thoughts were interrupted as the old woman rapped her legs with a stick. 

            “Pay attention!”

            Ella focused on the vicious old woman.  If she did not need the money, she would tell the old woman to…well, good manners dictated that she would never tell her elders something horrible, but that did not stop her from thinking it.

            “Yes.  I do recall my sons wanting someone to cook and clean.  I’m too old you see.  If I could still see properly, I wouldn’t need anyone, but no matter.  Can you cook and clean?”  She peered up at Ella suspiciously.

            If she had asked this question six months ago, Ella might have admitted that she could clean, but had limited experience as a cook.  In the last two months, however, she had worked as a maid, a serving girl in an inn, a nanny and a farmhand, all to keep food in her mouth.  As long as she found this job, she could see about finding somewhere to stay in the village.

            “I can cook and I can clean.” She indicated the gardens.  “And I know my plants and herbs.  You have a lot of vegetables that need to be picked before they rot.”

            The old woman’s face brightened and she opened the door wider.  “Come, come inside.”

            Ella smiled as she walked into the house.  It was quite cozy.  It held four rooms in addition to the kitchen and living room.  Almost everywhere she looked she saw gleaming pieces of metal.

            The old woman showed her around.  “As you can see, there is a lot to do, a lot to do.”  She bustled around the room and pointed out the different parts of the house.  “Here we have the kitchen and there is a private bath and privy.”  She walked over to another room.  “This is my room and that door over there is the boys’ room.”

            Ella walked over and opened the door.  The room was large and easily encompassed about half the house.  She shut the door quietly.  “Um, how many boys do you have?”

            The old woman beamed.  “I have six sons.  Oh, you should see them.  Young, strapping lads, they are.”  She looked back at Ella.  “Goodness me!  I forgot to introduce myself.”  She held out a gnarled hand.  “My name is Dorothy.  But everyone calls me Dot.  Dot Dorff.”

            Ella swallowed.  Great.  She now had a job working for the Dorffs.  All seven of them.  At least it was better than no job at all.  “I’m Snow.  Snow White.”

            “Well, Miss White, it’s a pleasure to meet you.”  Dot eagerly shook hands with Ella.  “You’re not married are you?”

            Ella shook her head.  As far as she knew.  She wasn’t sure if the monarchy was allowed to marry her by proxy, and she did not want to know.

            “Good, good.” Dot continued around the room.  She pointed to a small door near the exit.  “And that is your room.”

            Ella’s ears perked up.  “I beg your pardon?”
            “Oh, they didn’t tell you?  This job is a live in position.  I trust that is alright with you?”

            Ella nodded.  She thanked the heavens for small favors.  Now, she could save her money and hide out at the same time.  She could think of no better job.  It was also great that she was on the outskirts of town.  She had managed to find a scroll that held a few spells but practicing them was proving to be more difficult than she had imagined. 

            It was all well and good that her mother had not taught her magic, because she might have burned down the forest by now.  She was still looking for the Wolf Lord and she had not heard anything about her grandmother, even though the woman was still alive.  It would not do to ask too many questions, but keeping a low profile was becoming harder by the minute.  She was happy when Dot started chatting; glad to have something to take her mind off her troubles for the moment.

Name Change

•June 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I am such a goober…going on about my new book.  I forgot to mention that I changed the title of “After the Fairytale” to “Once Upon a Fairytale Princess”.  “After the Fairytale” may be a sequel.

I’m Baaaaack! (in sotto creepy voice)

•June 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Hey everyone…I am back to my computer and will hopefully keep you up to date on my books.  I took a small writing vaca to get my head back in the game and to get focused.  I have about five completed manuscripts that I have to edit and I wanted to make sure I was in editing mode (still not there, but much closer, lol). 

Now that summer is officially here, I have plenty of time to work on the books.  I will also be releasing my first African American Romance under the pen name of Rianna Morgan and hopefully you will like it.  The book is called “The Heart of India” and is about 90,000 words. 

“Maikoda” which is book two in the “Blue Moon Trilogy” will be released in August and “Hania” which is book three will be released in December. 

“Once Upon A Fairytale Princess” will be released in the next week or so and I have been talking about it for a while.  It is literally a more romantic version of Snow White and the Huntsman (although I must admit I have yet to watch the movie) and mixes fairytales, romance, magic and dragons.  You will love it!!

I’m Back!

•May 22, 2012 • Leave a Comment

After a small hiatus…I am back to continue blogging about my books.  Yay!  School is almost over so the teacher in me is joyous even though I will miss my students.  Books are doing well although I have had a bit of writer’s block with the second book in the Hell in Heels Series.  I keep trying to put myself in Bri’s shoes, but for some reason, I can’t stay in character.  Perhaps I am forcing her personality.  Needless to say, it is driving me up the wall.  Most of the books on Amazon right now will be available as paperback soon 🙂 and I am about to upload another book to my list!  Here’s to hoping I can have the paperback versions available by the end of May!  Happy reading!

New Review!

•April 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

New review for “Mercy Me”.  5/5 stars!!

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Facebook page and new review of “Tala”

•April 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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New fan review of “Tala” on Amazon.com

“…The plot was pretty original, especially when one thinks of how many times the ‘werewolf’ thing has been done!…I look forward to the next book, wondering if we will finally get to meet Layla’s father!”

Read the full review!

My Thanks

•April 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Thank you to all those fans and readers out there who are making this writer’s dreams a reality.  Right now, I am working on a Fairytale Erotica Anthology, which will include all the stories found in Fantasies, Fetishes and Flames as well as a bonus story.  It should be available before summer. 

Fairytale Flames is available now at Amazon.com.  Get your copy today!