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Kate

December 20, 2016 at 04:19 PM UTC


I know this is a bit late, but I have recently discovered your Timeless Fairy tales which I enjoy really much. Puss in the boots is one of my favorites of this series (tho I love the others as well). I like the characterization in this book, each character is distinct and unique. I especially like Gabrielle and Steffen. Gabrielle wants adventures, which at first makes me worried that she’d be one of those reckless, impulsive protagonists, but she is not! Steffen wears a ‘perfect crown prince’ mask all the time (as seen in The Wild Swan which is my favorite as well), but he becomes more relaxed near Gabrielle (and pretty hilarious when he stops being his usual calm self around Gabrielle). Steffen being sarcastic is also why I enjoy reading his character so much. I like reading Gabrielle and Steffen interacting with each other which is why I hope there are more scenes of them together in Puss in boots. I hope I’d see more scenes of them together in the future! (even though I know we’d probably not see them much in the future books)
Thank you for this wonderful (and clean!) series.

Kitty

December 21, 2016 at 10:05 PM UTC


Welcome to the community, Kate! 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the series, and I’m especially glad you like Gabrielle and Steffen so much! Gabby and Briar have probably been my most favorite heroines to write because of their spirit combined with their healthy sense of self-preservation. 😉 Puss in Boots was probably the funniest fairy tale thanks to Puss, Gabrielle, and Steffen! You will get a chance to see Steffen and Gabby in action in the future–first of all in the final book for this story-arc, and then eventually in another fairy tale that will involve a few of the Arcainian princes. Otherwise, in case you didn’t know, under the “For Champions” tab there is an extras section that has a couple of short stories about Gabby that takes place after she marries Steffen. 🙂 Those extras should give you a pretty good idea of how Gabrielle manages to operate as a ruler. (In truth she lucked out falling in love with Steffen. She wouldn’t have been nearly as happy in any other country as Arcainia is the only place to really encourage royalty to get their hands dirty.)

Cynthia Tulip

August 11, 2015 at 11:37 PM UTC


Hope the reviews from the UK Amazon also count to unlocking additional content!

Enjoyed reading how Stephen and Gabi fell in love and why Puss was quiet during the fall of the wicked witch.

Kitty

August 13, 2015 at 02:01 AM UTC


They do, actually! 🙂 So do any reviews for the Australian Amazon site. (Goodreads counts as well, but that one requires a lot more tracking work.) I’m glad you liked the story, thank you for reading!

Annabeth

August 08, 2015 at 11:33 PM UTC


The thing that made this book was it’s characters, and not even the lead character. The supporting cast was excellent.

In an odd reversal of the flow, Gabrielle’s point of view was largely reserved for bashing goblins and ogres, and Steffen’s displayed most of the romance. The switch was welcome and fun, and it also helped to set this book apart from the rest of the series.

In my opinion, the same attitude that Gabi developed to keep away suitors also served to drive my interest away. Although her point of view about beauty was different from the norm, and it was a key part of character, I feel like that combined with her desperate need for love was the only aspect of her character. She seemed pretty two-dimensional to me.

Steffen, on the other hand, is the character I have related to the most out of all of Shea’s books. In the Wild Swans, we caught a glimpse of his quirky and caring personality, and Shea brought that to the forefront in this installment. His hopeless blunders and witty comebacks made me smile and laugh, and it made him someone that I would fall in love with (if he was real!). He seemed human and real, and his love and worry for his father was perfect for his character. I loved Steffen!

Henrick and Puss we’re excellent foils to Steffen and Gabi, as they countered the rash actions with smooth talk and sleek planning.

The plot consisted largely of bashing dark creatures and Gabi and Steffen bickering and flirting. Nothing special, but it was executed well enough.

It was an enjoyable and quick read, and often it brought a smile to my face!

(Hope I put this in the right place! :))

Kitty

August 10, 2015 at 03:04 AM UTC


Thanks for the feedback, Annabeth! I’m glad you liked Steffen–he was my secret favorite of the Wild Swan brothers, too, although he gets a bad rep thanks to his sarcastic mouth. Thanks for reading!

Kiarra

August 08, 2015 at 09:26 AM UTC


Loved this one so much! Can’t wait to read it again, hopefully this time I can be through it with out any interuptions. Please never stop creating these lovely treasures. I share them with everyone I come across looking for a new and tasteful author. You are a gem in a world full of less than stellar material and you make your novels safe for all ages. Thanks again for your great work!

Kitty

August 10, 2015 at 03:06 AM UTC


Hi Kiarra, I’m thrilled that you find my work so fun to read, but I’m especially happy that you value their clean content. (Honestly that’s one of the best parts about being an author–finding people with similar reading values!)

Sophie Brown

August 07, 2015 at 08:28 PM UTC


K. M. Shea has once again taken a classic fairy tale and revamped it into a fun, heart-pounding, lovable story! Gabi and Puss just took my heart away with them on their some times hair brained but always hectic adventures! While getting the entire story to fit into a timeline, a bewitching good job!

Kitty

August 10, 2015 at 03:09 AM UTC


Hi Sophie, I’m glad you enjoyed Puss in Boots! Gabi and Puss were SO FUN to write. I had been looking forward to recording their antics since Wild Swans, so this story was a blast to write, and I’m pleased to hear you enjoyed their relationship. Thanks for reading!

Kendra

August 06, 2015 at 09:35 AM UTC


I am really looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for all that you do 🙂

Kitty

August 06, 2015 at 05:34 PM UTC


If you like the story and find it entertaining, I’ll consider Puss in Boots a worth-while project. 😉 Thank you for reading it!

Puss in Boots: Released!

Puss in Boots is now available for purchase! You can get it HERE at Amazon!

Onto more fun news!

Here are the short stories I’ll be unlocking as part of the book launch:

  1. Unlikely Heroes, a two page short story: Unlocked

  2. Begrudging Silence, a three page short story: Unlocked

  3. Final short story, roughly seven pages long: Unlocked

I can’t wait to hear what you all think of Puss in Boots! As usual, for the next few weeks I’ll be taking a look at the original fairy tale, the themes presented in PiB, and other fun topics. Have a great evening, Champions. I hope you enjoy the story!

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