I love fairy tales. As you might have guessed since the books in my Bachelor Auction
series are all loosely based on them. :-) But really, some of my best memories
including my mother, sister and I sitting on the couch while she read The Boy
Who Cried Wolf and Billy Goat Gruff to us. *sigh* Those were great
times. Great stories. While I’ve had some “I want a Prince Charming” moments, I
also had some serious WTF moments, too. Listen, I know the great thing about
fairy tales is the happily-ever-after but, man, some characters were stuck with
really raw deals! I mean they were shafted! I know what you’re thinking. That’s
crazy talk! But follow me here for a moment…
The Six Swans. In this story, obviously the people most wronged
are the six brothers that were turned into swans by their evil stepmother. But
the sister, who not only has to sew six shirts for them is also struck mute and
unable to laugh for six years—the number of years she has to complete these
shirts before the enchantment is permanent. Raw deal #1. Then a king sees her,
is mesmerized by her beauty and marries her. All good, right? But no, another
wicked stepmother steals all three babies she births and blames their
disappearance on the sister/queen. Does king-y stand by his woman? Nooo. Instead
she’s sentenced to burn at the stake. Raw deal #2. Just as the match is ready to
be lit and tossed, the six swan brothers flock to her, she throws the shirts
that she’s finally finished in the air, and her brothers return to human. Yay!
Except, Shaft #3. She didn’t have time to finish the sleeve of the youngest
brother’s shirt so he had to live life with one wing! Bruh’s gonna have the
hardest time explaining that to a potential date!
Rumpelstiltskin. The princess was treated so wrong, right?
Wrong! There was one character in this story crying out for justice here
Rumpelstiltskin! Rumple—as we’re calling him because, hey, Rumpel-etc.-etc. is
simply too much to type!—is used for his talents, lied to, and cheated on! We
know the story. The miller’s daughter is conscripted into doing the
impossible—turning straw into gold—or face execution from the greedy king. So
Rumple shows up and does the task for a small price. I mean really, what’s a
ring and necklace compared to her life? Well when Rumple requests her firstborn
in exchange for the last ginormous pile of straw, the miller’s daughter agrees.
I mean she never imagined the douche king would offer his hand in
marriage, and she would actually have a baby. So of course that’s reason to
renege! What did Rumple do but hold up his end of the bargain? He delivered! So
what does Rumple get for being a man of his word? One foot in hell. Literally.
Sleeping Beauty. Sleeping Beauty had her happily-ever-after but
ol’ girl earned it! First, because Queen Mom neglected to invite one pissed-off
fairy, Beauty ended up with a curse over her head! Forget the fact that due to
mom’s mistake a lot of people lost their livelihood with the banishment of the
spindle! *smh* So Beauty pricks her finger and falls into a coma-like sleep for
one hundred years. Do you know how many balls, parties and fashions she missed
in a century? So she awakens to a kiss from a prince with no gum in sight, and
they all lived happily-ever…*screech* Nope. The prince secretly weds Sleeping
Beauty, keeps her on the DL from his stepmother, and they have two children.
Where do these princesses find these men? Well when his father kicks the bucket,
he ascends to the throne—and surprise!—springs his ready-made family on the
stepmother, who happens to be wicked (Nooo! Didn’t see that coming!)
and of ogress lineage. Mother-in-law from hell! Her husband leaves on
some kingly duty and abandons his wife and children to the tender care of his
stepmother. Tender as in tender meat, because she tries to turn them into
cucculent tender meat on her dinner table. Long story short, Sleeping Beauty has
to face her Shrek-like mother-in-law, save her kids from becoming rack of lamb
and elude a pit of vipers. King shows up just in time and stepmother
ends up in her own viper pit. All this because Sleeping Beauty’s mother forgot a
name…this whole thing could have been avoided if her mother had just made an
invitation list to that doggone christening!!
Did I make a believer out of you yet? Do you see what I mean about raw deals?
C'mon, you can admit it…
Boston socialite Morgan Lett is having a run of bad luck. Her fiancE just
dumped her for her stepsister, the charity foundation she's given her life to is
in danger of folding, and now, the gorgeous man she bid on and won at a
masquerade bachelor auction turns out to be a cold-hearted jerk...and her new
Millionaire Alexander Bishop needs the best wife money can buy. In order to
inherit his family business, he must get engaged--fast. And Morgan, with her
beauty and pedigree, is the perfect candidate. Her sharp tongue may drive him
crazy, but she needs money to save the foundation she loves, and he needs a
fiancEe. It's a flawless arrangement--no strings, no love. But soon she has him
craving more, and cursing the platonic terms of their agreement.
Still, he won't allow need--no matter how hot it burns--to threaten
everything he's built.
[Entangled Indulgence, On Sale: February 13, 2017,
e-Book, ISBN: 9781633758612 / eISBN: 9781633758612]
Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra
Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only
eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph
Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance,
reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and
nights—creating stories of unique men and women who experience the first bites
of desire, the dizzying heights of passion, and the tender, healing heat of
She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof
equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect,
sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.
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