Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Guest Blog: Tatiana Caldwell

My blog is usually dedicated to all things dark and scary (for the most part) but today I have a friend--Tatiana Caldwell--who has a new e-book out from Liquid Silver Books called SAY MY NAME. The description from her website is below:

There's much more to the fable of Rumpelstiltskin than you've been told …

Due to her father’s constant bragging, word of Anna Miller's beauty and virtue piques the interest of King Thomas. Upon taking the boasting of her father too literally, the king of Grimbros imprisons Anna and threatens to kill her and her father if she fails to spin straw into gold.

A mysterious and sensual magical being finds himself drawn to the castle--and the beautiful Anna. He offers his help in exchange for the most intimate, precious gifts she could possibly give. Soon Anna finds herself wanting far more from him than just his help. But he threatens to consume her and all that she holds dear.

Unless she says his name.

Tatiana is guest blogging today and she's offering a free e-book copy of SAY MY NAME to one lucky commenter. See details in her guest blog.


Let’s face it – fairy tales are hot. If you took a look at some of the most popular tales of all time, such as The Dark Knight, Star Wars, E.T., Avatar, The Lord of the Rings, etc., you'd notice that in some way they are all grown-up fairy tales. Doesn't matter what subgenre a story falls under; romance, fantasy, futuristic / sci-fi, paranormal or urban fantasy, so many of the stories that have made the biggest impressions hold the basic elements of a fairy tale.

Danger. Heroism. Mystery. Magic, myth or fictional science. A tale of a person a lot like you but nothing like you, living in a time or place you never have and never will. An interpersonal relationship is often at the heart of it and a triumphant, happy resolution is always at the end of it.

I’ve loved these kinds of stories since I was a little girl. Now that I’m a grown woman, I find that I still enjoy these kinds of stories, but long for them to divulge further into the relationships, to more fully explore the effects of the danger, magic and science on the mentalities and sexualities of the characters. Some may ask “but why romance”? And I can't help but answer - "why not"? I can’t think of any adventure truly worth having without the love of something. Would Indiana Jones bother risking his life to hunt treasure if he didn’t love rare archeological finds? What’s the point of a super hero fighting to save the world if there’s no one in it that he cares about?

But not only is love a great motivation, it’s also an obstacle. I can’t think of many daring feats that leave you more vulnerable than opening yourself up emotionally to someone else.

These stories draw me because they provide an escape. We live in a world where the things we don't fully comprehend often get disregarded as implausible. Tales with fantastical elements tend to allow us to more fully explore these concepts intellectually, emotionally, politically, interpersonally, without a biased need to be “right”. They provide worlds that are limited only by the author’s - and reader's - creative imagination.

My first published book is a fantasy romance novella, titled SAY MY NAME, and it is a sensual, adult retelling of the fable Rumpelstiltskin (learn more about why I chose this particular fairy tale on my blog). Leave a comment here sharing a fairy tale that you’d love to see retold and why, for a chance to win a free copy of the SAY MY NAME eBook. All entries need to be in by 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2010 (EST). A winner will be chosen on September 1, 2010. Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by, Tatiana! Okay guys, you have one week to enter Tatiana's contest.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Future of Publishing

Sorry I've been absent, guys. My computer died, so I'm dealing with the aftermath of that. I don't have another one yet, but I plan to very soon. When I'm back to blogging regularly, I promise to visit all of your blogs. :-D

Debates about the future of publishing have been going on for quite a while now. I do not wish to partake in said debate because I'm not sure how I feel about it one way or another, but I do know that nothing will replace the feel of a book in my hand--it's my preference. I'd like to share a video with you from the folks at Penguin Books.

Please check out the entire video and tell me what you think.