Let’s give a big welcome to Charlene Sands, a USA Today bestselling author writing Silhouette Desires and westerns for Harlequin Historicals. She’s written 28 books to date and considers herself fortunate to love what she does. Get ready for a story that will make you go awwww.
What little girl doesn’t grow up loving fairy tales? When I think of classic fairy tales I think of Ariel in the Little Mermaid or Belle in Beauty and the Beast or Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.
I’m a self-proclaimed fairy tale junkie. I admit it! I can watch the Disney versions over and over again. I love the catchy songs, the flowing music, the ornate gowns and sparkly tiaras, but most important for me, it’s the romance that draws me in and hooks me. Goodness, what down-on-her-luck woman wouldn’t want a roguishly handsome Prince Charming to come dashing in to sweep her off her feet and proclaim undying love?
Have you ever been mesmerized by the song, Once Upon A Dream from Sleeping Beauty? The lyrics just sort of grab you and the tune is so haunting you can’t help but keep singing it in your head, long after the movie is over. This was my daughter’s favorite Disney movie so needless to say, I’ve watched it over and over with her. And to shed some light, since this is a confession after all, the night before my daughter’s wedding, we had a Sleeping Beauty night. Mom and daughter got cozy together on the sofa and watched on as Aurora claimed her Happily Ever After, just like my Nikki was to do the very next day in her real life wedding.
Small wonder why I write romances, right?
So another confession I’m making today is that quite often I model my romance stories after fairy tales. My July Silhouette Desire, Seduction on the CEO’s Terms might have also been called, Cinderella’s Beauty Makeover. Honestly, even a Romantic Times Book Club reviewer picked up on my fairy tale theme, with this passage, “Beauty and the Beast has nothing on Ali and Joe, who are perfect for each other, and the sultry background of Napa Valley is a fitting place for their romance.”
Putting a twist on a fairy tale is a blast. In my story, Ali Pendrake is simply too beautiful, too feisty, too flamboyant for Joe Carlino to even think about getting involved with at the office. He’d had an office romance once before that went south and broke his heart, so Ali’s last ditch desperate measure to catch his attention is to enlist the aid of her friends and become Plain Jane. Her Cinderella in Reverse plan works and she captures the heart of her Handsome Prince, only to find that she wants Joe to love the real Ali, not the “fit to size” woman she had become.
Are you a Fairy Tale Junkie too? Which fairy tales do you enjoy? Are there any you simply can’t pass up? What’s in your treasure chest of fairy tale memories? My favorite is Beauty and the Beast – what is yours? I’ll be giving away a signed copy of Million-Dollar Marriage Merger, book #1 of my Napa Valley Vows trilogy to one lucky commenter today, or any other of my available backlist!!
Charlene has been honored with the 2006 Readers Choice Award and the 2008 and 2009 Booksellers Best Award. She’s an active member of RWA and belongs to the Orange County Chapter and the Los Angeles Chapter where she volunteers her time as the Published Authors Liaison.
Seduction on the CEO’S Terms, the second book in her Napa Valley Vows series is in bookstores now and coming this August is her RT Top Pick, The Billionaire’s Baby Arrangement.