Monday, May 6, 2013

Fairy Tales, Fantasy Lands, and Romance Novels

Once upon a time. Happily ever after. Dreams come true. Prince Charming. 

All words associated with fairy tales. Stories I loved and grew up with. I love happily ever after. I believe that dreams can come true. When I was a little girl, I would go to sleep at night and dream of Prince Charming. Last night, I was watching the TV show Once Upon a Time. The show's episode was revolved around Never Land. My favorite!

When I was a child, I was enthralled with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell. I thought it wonderful that children lived in a place all by themselves, with no rules, no adults with a magical fairy. It got me thinking about fairy tales. I'm not sure if I would consider Peter Pan a fairy tale, but it is a priceless classic. But what of fairy tales?

My favorite princess—Cinderella. The premise of Cinderella is ageless. Lovely lady...mistreated by an evil stepmother...the epitome of nice to humans and animals alike...everyone loved her. Growing up, every little girl wants to be her. The love of her life is Prince Charming! A little girl's dream. A little girl's fantasy. Then the little girl grows up.

Deep down inside of us women is that little girl—the one that dreams and fantasizes. Where do we now that we have grown up for an escape into that fantasy world? Romance Novels.

Romance novels have everything you dream about in your fantasy—handsome hero, damsel in distress, good versus evil and most importantly a happy ending. It's why I read romance and why I also write romance.

I would never consider my books to be anywhere near fairy tales. Fairy tales are simple. My stories are more complex, but I believe one can make that connection to the characters—Alyce's loyalty in Seductive Secrets, Eloise's bravery and courage in Broken Legacy, and coming later this year, my new heroine-Harriet in Seductive Lies.

Under my other pen name, Carrie James Haynes, though, I do have a fantasy series under the New Adult genre. I'm excited because I'm getting new covers. The first cover is already up. The rest to follow this month. Whispers of a Legend is a romantic epic fantasy filled with action, adventure and romance. I invite you to pick up the first in the series- Shadows of the Past. It's a free ebook. Come join the journey. The Legend begins....

 Whispers of a Legend saga: Kela Calledwdele was born with a destiny, a Euchoun with only one purpose in protect. Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both. Now she must find the courage to face the destiny fate has dictated to her.
Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. Half Witheleghean, a passive peaceful race where magic runs freely and the other half, Sordarin, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen who rule the sky, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the dangers that await her. Her instincts are to protect and in this she does, but in so doing it leads her into a world where she knows not whom to trust. In time her power matures and grows stronger when she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. She learns well why she holds the power. An evil as no other before, Asmeodai, has emerged but all is not what it seems as a dark cloak encompasses her family. Betrayal, distrust, treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow. And when another emerges within her world, one who seemly wants only to help her along her path, she is pulled further away from her Sordarin.
Shadows of the Past, Book One of the Whispers of a Legend is the first in nine installments of the saga. It is a journey of a young woman’s battle to embrace her destiny. Whispers of a Legend follows Kela along this conflicting path, where as a young woman unsure of her ability and her confidence in facing the challenges before her to where she emerges as a strong leader who learns to lean upon her own strength, to stand not behind, but side by side with her warrior.

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