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Cat

November 19, 2017 at 05:57 AM UTC


I’m so glad I discovered your books! I adore all of them, especially since I am drawn to retold fairytales. I can’t wait for more books to come out. You are probably my new favorite author and I can’t stop re-reading all your books over and over. Your ideas for a female Robin Hood and King Arthur are so much fun as well! I am now a loyal follower and newsletter subscriber (and I usually hate newsletters).

Megan

November 14, 2017 at 12:42 AM UTC


I finished The Frog Prince last night and thoroughly enjoyed it! I was also wondering if there was an updated timeline – I didn’t realize how much I’d forgotten, lol! Also, have we had a story about Baris yet? I couldn’t place Princess Astra, and I’ve been wracking my brains trying to remember which story she was in.
Thanks again for writing such wonderful books!

Megan

November 15, 2017 at 03:10 AM UTC


On a similar note, how many more novels are we looking at in the Timeless Fairy Tales series? We’ve got the 12 Dancing Princesses, Angelique’s story (which is the finale), and Snow White somewhere in the mix. Are there any others? (Assuming they arent top-secret, of course!)
*frowns at list, tries to decide how many rereads/feet of paper required for timeline of details* XD

Kitty

November 19, 2017 at 02:51 AM UTC


Lol, so 12 Dancing Princesses and Snow White are up next and you are correct, the series closes out with Angelique’s story. After that, though I plan to do a bunch of fairy tales that act more like the Snow Queen books. (Meaning they will be 2-3 books long and will be more self-contained, however you’ll see the way the stories shape the continent and the cultures.) Some of the books will be prequels (ie: Queen of Hearts, the Girl in the Glass Coffin) others will take place directly after Angelique’s story (Rapunzel and Little Red Riding hood) and some will take place in far off future. All in all…we’re looking at A LOT of fairy tales.

😀 Some of the stories that won’t take place until after the series have already been ever so faintly hinted at…

Abbey

November 11, 2017 at 08:02 AM UTC


I loved the indestructible frog! I had read the original fairy tale years ago and wondered if you would include the throwing him into the wall to break the curse or not, but this was so much better. I was wondering if you had a updated time line I could find the one released after Puss in boots and I was trying to put together where swan lake and all the events of sleeping beauty fit in. I found out about you last January and I finished reading everything you had then published by March and was eagerly awaiting the next book on any one of your series. Thank you for not only writing strong women but also strong men I love how the people pull the best out of each other even if it requires being thrown against a wall.

Kitty

November 19, 2017 at 03:19 AM UTC


You can bet I was going to make sure to throw him against things, just because the mental image of that is too funny! 😀 And yes, the timeline is now updated! If you check out the link in the Timeless Fairy Tales series page, you’ll be able to see it there.

And thank you for reading my stories and sticking with me. I hope the rest of the series continues to entertain you. 🙂 (And I put a lot of thought into my couples–I want them to be a partnership–so I’m really happy that you can see the balance and like it!)

Modifying Frog Prince

Previously we covered the original story, so today we’re going to take a look at the big changes I made and why I did them. To start with, I should probably admit that I pulled a bit of a Snow Queen on this story–meaning I took many elements from the original, but I changed it up quite a bit so it barely resembles it. It was partially because I wanted to fit the story in my world, but I also did it because it always bothered me that the original fairy tale never addressed the frog prince’s pushiness, or the princess’s selfishness. But I digress, let’s get started!


Out of all the changes, first–and probably most obvious–is I made my female character a maid, not a princess. This was for several reasons, foremost being all the available princesses at the time are actually already spoken for–the only free ones are the 12 Dancing Princesses and they are stuck in their castle at the time of the summit. A huge factor, however, is that I was sick about writing princesses and I wanted a down-to-earth girl who could call Lucien out on his bad  behavior. (In a way I swapped Lucien and Ariane’s roles. Lucien is far more self-centered, like the princess from the original tale, and Ariane tends to be more on the pushy side–like the frog prince!)


Next up, Ariane is actually the one to retrieve the golden ball from the pond. This was mostly a character personality thing. ‘Cause there was no way Lucien–as he is at the start of the book–was getting in that pond, even if he promised to. Get-‘er-done Ariane, however, was not likely to leave the ball floating on the surface of the pond, particularly when there was a chance Princess Sylvie would fall in. I also wanted to use this moment to contrast the difference in their personalities. Up until the mid-way point of the book, Lucien is pretty selfish and doesn’t care much what everyone else goes through. The lost ball thing was the perfect way to display that. (Plus, I thought I would get extra points for having Sylvie, a princess, lose her ball so it was more similar to the original.)


I did use the whole ‘the frog eats from her plate’ thing that appears in the original fairy tale, but I once again swapped the roles. In this case it’s Lucien who lets Ariane eat off his plate. This has the reverse effect that it had on the princess in the original tale (disgust) and instead makes Ariane see that he really is capable of being kind to others.


Even though the whole “break his curse by throwing him at a wall” thing technically isn’t the true ending of the story anymore, I still wanted to include it because it’s so hilarious, and it actually seems like an appropriate response. (Seriously, go read the story. The frog dude is super creepy when he wants to sleep on the princess’s bed. He totally deserved the wall thing.) So I include it fairly early on in the story, and even have Ariane repeat the gesture a few times to really get the point across.


But Ariane breaks Lucien’s curse by kissing him–which doesn’t appear in the original at all. I again did this because Angelique–who is feeling pretty run-down and vengeful at this point–only knows a handful of ways to counter curses, and one of them is the kiss thing. I also wanted to use the ‘true love’s kiss’ thing because in modern society people use the “kiss a frog to turn him into a prince” analogy sooooo much. It’s so prevalent in books and television clips about the frog prince, that I was actually shocked when I first started researching the story and learned that kissing was never mentioned.


Finally, I did include–to a certain extent–Henry the valet’s part in the story. I decided to make him a taciturn veteran instead of rather dramatically needing iron bands around his heart because–let’s face it–Severin and Princess Sylvie were probably the only ones who were sad to see Lucien as a frog. AKA: the Crown Prince totally deserved what he got!

And that’s all for today, Champions! I hope this shed some light on my reasoning. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

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