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December 22, 2017 at 05:09 AM UTC

Merry Christmas Kitty,
I hope you are enjoying the holidays with family and friends. I just finished reading Puss and Boots and still think it is my favorite – so far. I love Puss/ Sir Roland. Whenever I read his entire name I crack up – he`s hilarious and I love his sarcasm. Gaby is my favorite heroine in this series. She`s tough, heroic and humble!! It never ceases to amaze me how she never wants to be recognized for her generosity –
for practically saving the country. Actually all the heroins and heroes are great.
Have a Happy New Year! Am looking forward to the next book in the series.


December 29, 2017 at 04:53 AM UTC

I’m glad you like it! Gabi and Puss are probably my favorite pair to write as well. Puss is too hilarious, and he really helps Gabrielle grow and become a better person. 😉 Hopefully you will LOVE the final book in the series as Puss and Gabi have an exciting role to play!

Kenzie R.

November 23, 2017 at 11:08 PM UTC

I have a very off topic question, but I’ve just finished rereading Life Reader yet again. Are we getting a sequel any time soon? There are so many lose ends and untold stories there…it’s making me nuts! Are we going to get closure any time soon?


November 26, 2017 at 07:08 AM UTC

Ohhhh same ^^


November 17, 2017 at 09:28 AM UTC

Will the elves form Swan lake get their own story? Or will their situation be explained in upcoming books that are still in this story arc?


November 19, 2017 at 02:17 AM UTC

The elves…sort of-ish get their own story. 😉 You’ll find out all about them very soon!


November 16, 2017 at 06:13 AM UTC

Ok, so we haven’t had Astra yet. I feel better – I didn’t miss anything! Wait – did you say YEARS??!!! XD
I am enjoying this series so much, and I am continually amazed at how much you’ve managed to pack in and plot out the meta-story for this series! While writing more than one series, no less!!
And I loved the Chosen reveal!! Here I was, thinking Snow Queen was just a fun little bonus series that maybe laid a little groundwork, but didn’t have much to do with the main series except backstory, when BAM! It turns out to be the crux of the whole saga!! Is that why you released it kind of in the middle of the rest of the Timeless Fairytales series? Just how much of this have you been strategically planning??? XD
And how long has the Timeless Fairytales series (in terms of the over-arching storyline) been in the works? And how do you stay interested enough long enough in such a complicated series to write it all? (No, I totally don’t have a short attention span, why do you ask? 😉 )


November 19, 2017 at 02:41 AM UTC

I had a bunch of loose framework for the entire series set in when I started writing Beauty and the Beast, but I didn’t too heavily foreshadow it because I wasn’t sure if the story was going to be well received or not. As soon as the story launched it became my best seller ever, so that let me dredge up the foundation I had carefully laid and expand on it. (By the time I wrote Wild Swans I already had plans for Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Puss in Boots, the Snow Queen, Sleeping Beauty, and 12 Dancing Princesses.)

The actual idea for the series started with Angelique, though. I thought it would be hilarious if the fairy godmother/enchantress/wise woman that appear in fairy tales were actually the same person. I mulled over the idea for approximately six months before I officially started writing Beauty and the Beast. (I usually mull over story ideas for six months to a year before I actually write them. A lot of times it keeps me from impulsively jumping into a new story, but it also helps me in situations like this one where I then had the chance to wonder how Angelique would connect each story and figure out why she was wandering around performing all these good deeds.)

And I do have to admit that a series this long is a bit unwieldy to deal with–but that was something I hadn’t experienced before so it was a good lesson! I do think that I have been able to plow forward BECAUSE I’ve been planning the reveals for so long, and because I also really want Angelique to get her happily ever after as well. (Plus I LOVE the political/tactical stuff, and we’re really digging into that now!)


December 14, 2017 at 04:25 AM UTC

So does this mean that we can expect some romance in Angelique’s future ;)?

Arletta Miller

November 16, 2017 at 11:28 PM UTC

Yes. What Megan said, only with a little less spasticity. 🙂

Megan, you made me LOL! thank you,

The Summit

The final short story: The King and Queen of Loire is out! I hope you like it! It was fun to FINALLY be able to show Lucien’s father and mother. But enough news stuff, on to the post!

There are some serious SPOILERS in this post, so if you haven’t read Frog Prince yet, you’ll want to high-tail it outta here.

Alright, I’ve been hinting at the Summit ever since Cinderella and the Colonel came out, and as you can tell based on Lucien’s little talk, I’ve had the big reveal in place since I wrote Beauty and the Beast, and I’ve been actively presenting it in every book–though it’s most obvious in The Snow Queen books. How on earth did I do? The answer is a looooot of planning.

Seriously, I’ve had this reveal in mind for a long time. It’s changed a bit since I first started the series–originally Lucien was going to be turned into a frog later–during Angelique’s story to be precise–but I decided it was much better to have it happen during the Summit. However, I have had the Chosen reveal plotted out since the very beginning.

And as you can probably tell, everything still hasn’t been shown. There are quite a few more twists that will happen in the next few books, but Frog Prince sets the stage and gives you an accurate idea of what’s really been going on. It also marks the final book in the series’ shared time space. From here on out, things get much more linear. The events of the 12 dancing princesses take place in fall and early winter–pretty recently after Briar beats Carabosso in Sleeping Beauty–and events of Snow White will happen the following spring/summer.

As for the Summit itself, it will give you a little taste of what the final book in the series will be like. Because I’m absolutely insane, the final book in the series will bring back the hero and heroine from nearly every book in the series. Everyone will get their own little segment in the final story, and they’ll be interacting with each other–much as they did during the Summit, but on a far larger scale.

The Summit also introduces you to characters/concepts that will play out in future stories. Princess Astra–the summit representative for Baris–will get her own story in the future, though it will take place AFTER this current story arc. (Meaning you won’t be getting her story for a number of years.) Rider Neera comes from Farset–where the Twelve Dancing Princesses reside–but her role as a Rider also acts as a precursor for another book that will take place after the current story arc as well.

I had a few readers as about the politics of the Summit, more specifically how I came up with the political undertones and all the government references. It was actually really fun for me because I used to be a newspaper reporter, and my beat (the articles I was responsible for) was to cover all the governmental and school board meetings that took place in a small city I lived near. I sat through a lot of meetings, and while my fairy tale world is fantasy, it still needs a government that actually works, so I really drew on my newspaper experience when I was putting everything together.

We still have a few Frog Prince blog posts yet–I want to talk about the morals, and also talk about the warfare/tactical side of the Chosen attack, so we still have some fun topics coming up. Thanks for reading, Champions! I hope you enjoy the story, and I hope to see you at one of the live events!

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