Despite all that is going on in the house with the move there is still time for me to visit and read the great blog posts during the week. Downtime is essential when going through something as stressful as house and country moves (particularly the red-tape hoops you have to jump through!). So I am delighted to share a very small selection of the posts this week who have kept me stress free and entertained.
Chris Stoesen, historical author of The Thomas Devareaux series set in the 1880s joined Christoph Fischer for his Saturday Interview series.
Erika Kind has just published her new book 101 Kind Quotes – compiled from her daily blog posts of inspiring and motivational quotes.. something to dip into and being kind to yourself is a good start.
Judith Barrow meets Marcia Meara and talks about her books which include A Boy Named…
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Fairy tales have been told as bedtime stories by generations of parents, but the tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood may be even older, dating back thousands of years.
The Telegraph, dated 5th September 2009, stated that popular fairy tales and folk stories are more ancient than was previously thought, according to research by biologists. Contrary to the view that the tale originated in France shortly before Charles Perrault produced the first written version in the 17th century; variants shared a common ancestor dating back more than 2,600 years.
And in the ‘Writing Magazine’ this month, there is an article, headed ‘Researchers dig deep for fairy tale history’. It says ‘Beauty and the Beast’ can be traced back thousands of years, and not just to the 16th and 17th century as originally thought. The article includes that ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ was rooted in a group of stories classified as ‘The Boy Who Stole Ogre’s Treasure’, and could be traced back to more than 5,000 years ago.
In my book ‘A Twist of Fairy Tales’, I include Little Red Riding Hood (called Little Scarlett Hudson) and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. I didn’t bother to change the name of the latter story, but after Jack steals from the giant, he forms a band called ‘Jack and the Beanstalkers’.
We meet him again in my modern take on ‘Cinderella’. When Cinderella goes to the ball and she meets the handsome prince, they dance to a group called ‘Jack and the Beanstalkers.’
Here is the list of stories included in ‘A Twist of Fairy Tales’ available on Amazon, both soft book and Kindle, and a brief synopsis. ‘A Twist of Fairy Tales’ is a fabulous book for modern trendy children. Five of the stories, ‘Little Scarlett Hudson’, (Red Riding Hood),’The Ugly Duckling’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘Miss Goldie Locks’, (Goldie Locks and the Three Bears), ‘Cinderella’, are brought up to date without losing any of the magic of the classical stories.
The author has written four completely new fairy tales that will enchant the reader. ‘Fairies and Unicorns’, ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘Shrimp’, and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer’. Enchanting pictures are included in the contents pages, with a brief description of the nine tales, together with a full-page illustration at the beginning of each story.
VIDEO ‘A TWIST OF FAIRY TALES’
And here is the link to my Amazon Author’s page, where you can see my books. https://t.co/JB5M7Lgggp
This cool image was created by The Story Reading Ape: http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/tsra-3d-books.
BOOK COVER PROMOS
If you have a great book cover, you want to take advantage of it.
While I designed most of my own book covers, my best book covers were designed by a professional. For example, the cover you see below was designed by Melissa Stevens at http://www.theillustratedauthor.net. (This is a lower resolution version for my blog.)
This cool book cover was designed by Melissa Stevens at http://www.theillustratedauthor.net.
Just imagine your cover on a big city billboard like the one below, put together by The Story Reading Ape at thestoryreadingapeblog.com/tsra-3d-books.
If you’re thinking, “Sure, that would be cool, but I could never afford that, and even if I could, I would never recover my investment,” then you’re missing…
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