I must make a confession. I love fairy tales. I love happy-ever-afters, and all the magic that goes with them. I love princes and princesses and true love. Nothing appeals to my romance-loving heart more. Something within me says “this is how it’s meant to be” even if the reality of our world looks a lot different. Eternal optimist? Maybe.
Anyway, my favourite fairy tales on the screen are Beauty and the Beast (Disney), Cinderella (the Ever After version), and now Rapunzel (the Tangled version).
Several years ago I began to grow some ideas to write some of these fairy tales, twisting them a little to fit with my usual genre – historical romance. And so, Unnoticed came into being.
Set in Australia in 1878 on the Murrumbidgee River in Hay, New South Wales, Plain Jane O’Reilly is my Cinderella and Price Moreland is my handsome prince.
Plain Jane O’Reilly is good at being unnoticed. Detested by her stepmother and teased by her stepsisters, Jane has learned the art of avoiding attention. That is until Price Moreland, an American with big dreams, arrives in her small town.
Does she dare to hope someone might notice her?
However, Price Moreland may not be the prince that the whole town thinks him to be. Was his desire to be a missionary a God-given call, or just a good excuse to run from his past?
Complete with an evil stepmother, a missing shoe and a grand ball, Unnoticed takes the time-old Cinderella fairy tale and gives it an Australian twist.
Unnoticed is due for release on 1st March, just under two weeks away. Three years in the making, and it’s finally here. I’m very excited to introduce it to you. You can order it here, and it will be available on Amazon soon, too.
And, another fairy tale is planned for later in the year – Unhinged. This one will be my version of Beauty and the Beast. But the beast will not be a monster per se, or even a physical deformity. I guess you will have to wait and see!
Speaking of Beauty and the Beast though, I cannot wait for the new Disney version about to be released! CAN’T WAIT! How about you? Or do you have another fairy tale favourite?