The main characters in my newest novel, Wickedly Charming, have gone to parties. In fact, their entire lives have been about parties—up until the time they moved from the Kingdom to the Greater World.
Kingdom? Greater World? What am I talking about?
Let me begin again.
Wickedly Charming is about two characters you thought you knew: the evil stepmother from Snow White and the handsome prince from Cinderella. Only in Wickedly Charming, those two fairy tale refugees fall in love—with each other. Neither of them believe in happily ever after—they’ve both lived the happily ever after thing and hated it—so when they meet, they have to convince each other that they might enjoy “happily for now.”
Both of these characters have traveled from the Kingdom which is, essentially, the world of fairy tales, to our world, which they call the Greater World. They both prefer life here.
They prefer life here most of the time, anyway. Mellie—that’s the evil stepmother to you—believes that the Greater World discriminates against stepmothers (and she might have a point: think about how comfortable we all are with that phrase “evil stepmother”). And Charming—who calls himself Dave Encanto—is so disenchanted with…well…enchantment that he just wants to read all the time. So he owns a bookstore. In fact, he started the first bookstore in the Kingdom, and when our story starts, he’s at a Los Angeles book fair (modeled on Book Expo) so that he can order more books.
He meets Mellie there, and the rest, as they say, is magic.
But back to parties. A prince’s life is all about parties. After all, Charming met his ex-wife at a ball. Mellie went to countless balls, first on the arm of her first husband and then as his widow. Charming and Mellie actually met at a party years and years (really decades and decades) ago. (Yes, the magical live very long lives.) They were attracted to each other then, but too shy to talk. And besides, Charming was married—unhappily—to Ella, whom we all know as Cinderella. (But that’s another story.)
So if we hold a party on this blog, Charming and Mellie probably would send their regrets. They’re just not party people. They’re both too shy for one thing.
Although Charming loves books. And he convinces Mellie to write one. So if Charming and Mellie learn that this is a book party, they might show up after all.
That’s the thing about characters in my novels: they never do what anyone expects, least of all me. I try to control these wayward creatures, and they stomp their glass-slipper encased feet and say no. (Okay. I don’t make them all wear glass slippers. In fact, there’s only one glass slipper in this book—and its fate is not a good one.)
So I think we’ll have to party on without Mellie and Charming, and just hope they’ll show up for the free books. Because there are free books. Sourcebooks is going to give TWO copies away.
Sign up for those free books…before Charming (and his specially designed book bag) gets to them first. The man loves books. And that’s what I find so very charming about him.
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WICKEDLY CHARMING BY KRISTINE GRAYSON – IN STORES MAY 2011
He’s Given Up on Happily-Ever-After…
Cinderella’s Prince Charming is divorced and at a dead end. The new owner of a bookstore, Charming has given up on women, royalty, and anything that smacks of a future. That is until he meets up with Mellie…
But She Might Be the Key to Happily-Right-Now…
Mellie is sick and tired of stepmothers being misunderstood. Vampires have redeemed their reputation, why shouldn’t stepmothers do the same? Then she runs into the handsomest, most charming man she’s ever met and discovers she’s going about her mission all wrong…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Before turning to romance writing, Kristine Grayson edited the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and ran Pulphouse Publishing (which won her a World Fantasy Award). She has won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and, under her real name, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, the prestigious Hugo award. She lives with her own Prince Charming, writer Dean Wesley Smith, in Portland, Oregon. Her next book from Sourcebooks Casablanca, Utterly Charming will be in stores in October 2011. For more information, please visit www.kristinegrayson.com/ and www.sourcebookscasablanca.com.