Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Fairy Tale Fortnight
I love fairy tale adaptations, retellings, and inspired bys. There's just something about the dynamics and little tidbits from the fairy tales that make such interesting stories. My first published romance was a fairy tale retelling or inspired by depending on your viewpoint.
The Beast's Redemption came from Beauty and the Beast. If you haven't read my The Beast's Redemption beware there are some spoilers below, but I thought it would be fun to share what I included from the original fairy tale as well as other adaptations.
My heroine is named Belle - the original name of Beauty (and the Disney version). Her surname and the hero's name are also French. My little nod to the fairy tale's origin.
I wanted the rose as a symbol in the story. It makes three appearances. 1) As a single red rose Alexander gives to Belle. 2) The rose emblem on the amulet Alexander wears. 3) The rose journal which has the answer to breaking the curse.
I had fun inserting the gold ball gown from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. It isn't the same style, but it is gold and sets up a scene for Alexander to offer his assistance to Belle and show his kindness.
The curse is the core of the fairy tale and I tried to keep it at the core of The Beast's Redemption.
In Disney's Beauty and The Beast, The Beast looks similar to a lion. This gave me the inspiration for Alexander to be a mountain lion shape shifter.
In the original story, the father trades his lovely daughter to the Beast to save himself (it's a little more complicated than that as she does volunteer to go). I wanted to keep this idea of the father sending his daughter to the Beast which is why Mercer asks Belle to keep Alexander occupied after Alexander calls in a loan Mercer can not repay.
Belle Beaumont is used to men never looking past her curvy figure and pretty face. She dutifully agrees to befriend Alexander in order to protect her father's herbal company.
A single touch changes all. Passions flare. When Belle discovers what Alexander is truly after and why, will she accept him for what he is? And will her love and family knowledge be enough to break a hundred-year-old curse?
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