â€śFairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know
that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.â€ť â€“G.K.
Chesterton touches on a profound point that is relevant even in the modern age.
Girls and women of all ages find fairytales alluring. Is it the damsel in
distress? The knight in shining armor? The slaying of the dragon? Or the magical
happily-ever-after? Iâ€™m going to venture to say itâ€™s all of this which appeals
to both little girls and grown women. Letâ€™s take a closer look, shall we?
The damsel in distress. What
has not felt the danger of imminent peril in daily life? Whether she is
struggling with family issues, financial strain, pressure at work, or
relationship problems, she knows what itâ€™s like to dangle from that emotional
tower calling out for help. We have all been Rapunzel, looking away from the
wickedness within our small worlds and seeking light and hope on the horizon.
This is a scenario a girl of twelve or a woman of sixty can understand on an
The knight in shining armor. While not every boy or man lives up to
the perfect prince charming, the hope that a brave, strong hero will step into
her life and help vanquish evil is a constant allure. If sheâ€™s lucky, she
already has a knight whoâ€™s swept her off her feet and keeps her safe and
well-loved. If not, the fairytale tells her heâ€™s on his way. Why, even Snow
White had to fall into a coma before her prince finally showed up to save the
Slaying the dragon. In a world where predators are around every
corner, the dragon represents that evil with huge jaws and sharp teeth that can
burn you alive or swallow you whole. They are all the dark fears and the
traumatic tragedies rolled into one giant beast. Sometimes, it is the heroine of
the story who conquers the monster with her cunning. Like the miller's daughter
defeats Rumplestiltskin, the fairytale tells us that a girl doesn't necessarily
need a hero. She can save her loved ones all with her own intelligence.
The magical happily-ever-after. Fairytales donâ€™t simply tell us that
evil is real. They tell us that hope and love are real, too. And that every
girlâ€”peasant or princessâ€”deserves some magic in her life. If she believes hard
enough and keeps the faith, she will find her HEA. Cinderella suffers the loss
of her parents, a life of hard labor and emotional abuse, and constant
disappointment. Yet, she never gives up on her dreams. In the end, they did come
So why fairytales, you ask? Because reality has shown us there is truth in
themâ€”a warning to beware and a promise of hope. The big bad wolf could be
watching from the woods. So keep a close eye over your shoulder, ladies. Stay on
the path. And if you should stray, bring a sharp sword and your clever wit with you.
The Black Lily resistance needs a larger army if they are to defeat the
vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant and traitor to the
vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to
avoid at all costs. The secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she
gets too close...even though keeping her closeâ€”very closeâ€”is the only thing on
Sienna will do anything for the Black Lily, and when Nikolai asks for her
assistance to gain the trust of the commonwealth, itâ€™s the last thing she wants
to do. The thought of leaving her woods and her wolves behind is
terrifying...not to mention the danger being with Nikolai poses.
[Entangled Select Otherworld, On Sale: June 19,
2017, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781633759411 / eISBN: 9781633759411]
Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into
her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in
creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education,
and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in
grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant
inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she
fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings,
persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to
read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.