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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fairy Tale Magic Blog Hop (9/15 - 9/22) & Giveaway (US Only)!

Love...All things Fairy Tale? We're celebrating them in all their forms...originals, adaptations, twists and re-tellings. Sweet or steamy or a little bit twisted! Hop through all the blogs for giveaways at each stop! And don't forget to enter for the $100 Amazon gift card grand prize drawing too!


I am so thrilled to be a part of the Fairy Tale Magic Blog Hop, hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup!  If you're like me, you grew up reading and watching fairy tales.  From Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast to The Little Mermaid, they were staples in every little girl's childhood, and continue to be today.

But then there are some of the lesser known fairy tales... like The Swan Princess.  If you've never seen the movie or read the children's book, it's quite a story!  For those who aren't familiar with it, let me recap for you.

Based off of Tchaikovsky's ballet, Swan Lake, this beautiful story begins with a King betrothing his daughter to the prince of a Queen in another kingdom.  As children, Odette and Derek are forced to spend time together, and once they reach adulthood, Derek proclaims his desire to marry Odette because of her beauty.  Odette denies him, and while traveling home, she and her father, the King, are attacked by Rothbart, an evil sorcerer who wants to rule in the King's place.  He kills the king and kidnaps Odette.  He then curses her and turns her in to a swan.  Her only freedom is at night, under the moonlight, when she's on the lake.  She becomes her human form again until the sun rises.  The curse can only be broken with a vow of everlasting love... 

From there, I'm sure you can figure out the events that will lead up to the always important happily ever after :)  

It truly is a beautiful story (and an even more beautiful ballet!).  And while it's one of my favorites, I recently stumbled upon a retelling of it, through the brilliance of author Ann Hunter. 

Ms. Hunter has taken The Swan Princess and given it a Celtic twist.  In doing so, she has created a remarkable fairy tale that was impossible to put down!  Here is a synopsis of her book:  

One vow. One curse. One thousand moons.

While Princess Aowyn's six brothers are favored by their father, Aowyn is the jewel in her mother's crown. When the Queen dies, Aowyn takes a vow to protect her brothers and father from the hungry eyes of the queen's handmaiden, Ciatlllait - who is more than she seems.

In order to save her family, Aowyn risks a dangerous deal with the dark creature Sylas Mortas. But magic comes with a price: and Aowyn soon realizes the one she has paid is too steep.

Only true love can reverse the spell...but it will take one thousand moons.

Set in a Celtic world, "Moonlight" is the story of faith and true love woven through a breathtaking retelling of the classic folktale "The Swan Princess".



This book is amazing!  And I hope that through my stop on this hop, more and more readers will discover just how amazing it truly is :)  

Of course... for my stop, I'm giving away an e-book copy of Moonlight by Ann Hunter and a $5 Amazon gift card to one lucky reader!  Just enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!  


a Rafflecopter giveaway

There's also a Grand Prize giveaway where you can win a $100 gift card!  Just enter below:  



Thank you so much for stopping by today, and be sure to visit the rest of the blogs on the hop for more fantastic fairy tales and awesome giveaways! :)   

 

22 comments:

holdenj said...

I've always lliked the classic Snow White and Rose Red.

Courtney Whisenant said...

My favorite is Beauty and the Beast :)

cyn209 said...

Cinderella is my favorite......

Jill's Journeys said...

My favorite is Cinderella. I can remember as a child watching the Disney movie on a Sunday night on the Wonderful World of Disney. I loved it so much that at Christmas my parents bought me a Cinderella watch and it had a small statue with it. That was one of my most valuable treasures.

Jean MP said...

Red Riding Hood and Cinderella

Cheryl R said...

My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella, I always like the storyline that goes between her and her stepmother. I am really enjoying the book described above, and how it is taken from The Swan Princess.

Lori Franklin Hopkins said...

My fave is Sleeping Beauty. I also love mermaids, but the Little Mermaid doesn't really end happily.

Raquel Muniz said...

Cinderella. I also like Snow White.

desitheblonde said...

cinderella ilike how they do it with back and white

Nicole The Reading Rebel said...

Beauty and Beast

June M. Pace said...

Thx for taking the time to recap…nice blog! enjoy the rest of the hop…June

June M. Pace said...

opps…forgot to leave my response…I'm an Alice in Wonderland kind a gal!

annettew said...

sleeping beauty

168d7130-34d4-11e2-91ad-000bcdcb5194 said...

I like THE FROG PRINCE because of the Muppet adaptations!

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Michelle Willms said...

I love The Princess and the Pea.

Linda Kish said...

I like Sleeping Beauty.

jmcgaugh said...

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale.

Loupe Duffy said...

Beauty and The Beast :)
Thanks for the chance!

Kristi Van Howling said...

Beauty and the beast is a favorite of mine.

Elizabeth said...

My favorite fairy tale is The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Glenn Woods said...

(Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter)

My favorite is Beauty and the Beast!

Stacey Smith said...

my favorite is Beauty and the Beast.
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