Everyone, please welcome debut author Brooklyn Ann here today to Dark Faerie Tales. Her debut novel, Bite Me, Your Grace was released on April 2, 2013 from Sourcebooks Casablanca. Read what happens when her heroine Angelica has a strange encounter with Cinderella.
A big thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for today’s giveaway! One lucky reader will win a copy of Bite Me, Your Grace.
Angelica and Cinderella
Angelica sighed as she walked through the dark woods. She’d heard there was a talking wolf in the forest and had sought him out in hope of talking to him for a story idea. Unfortunately, a woodsman had slain the wolf before she had the opportunity to make his acquaintance. Now dusk was falling and she had to hurry home before her husband, the Duke of Burnrath and Lord Vampire of London found her missing. He could be tediously overprotective.
Leaving the forest, she heard a woman crying. Heart clenching with sympathy and concern, Angelica lifted her skirts and ran toward the sound. She reached an old manor house and spied the sobbing female kneeling against a stone bench.
“Hello?” Angelica said gently.
The woman gazed at Angelica with wide blue eyes. Despite her disheveled blonde hair and horrid, torn pink dress, the ton would have called her a “diamond of the first water.”
“W-who are you?” the beauty asked, wiping tears from her alabaster cheeks.
Angelica curtsied. “I am Angelica Ashton, Duchess of Burnrath. I heard you crying and I see that your dress is torn. Was it a wolf?” Perhaps that was why the woodsman killed it.
“It was my stepsisters. They did not want me to go to the ball and ruined my dress.” Her lower lip trembled. “The mice worked so hard on it.”
The duchess blinked. “Mice? Are you some sort of witch then?” She couldn’t conceal a hopeful tone. Now this could be good story fodder!
“No, I am merely Cinderella, drudge to my stepmother and stepsisters.” With a tragic sigh, Cinderella told the tragic tale of her father’s death and her horrible abuse by his wife and her daughters.
She described her stepmother’s cruel trick in promising that she could go to the prince’s ball if she finished an impossible list of chores and found a dress, and how the mice and birds assisted her with both, only to have the stepsisters ruin everything.
Cinderella brushed away another tear. “If only I could have gone to the ball and seen the prince. If only I had a new gown and slippers. The prince would have fallen in love with me and taken me away.”
Suddenly, she began to sing about all sorts of romantic drivel. Her voice was a trilling soprano, a style of singing of which Angelica’s mother would greatly approve. Then the birds and mice gathered around, squeaking and chirping to her tune.
“Why didn’t you just run away?” Angelica asked when the song concluded. “I see no shackles. You could easily support yourself at the fairs with your skill in singing and power over the animals. And how do you even know whether or not this prince is a worth a fig?”
Cinderella gave her a vapid stare and opened her mouth to reply, but then another voice interrupted.
“Bippity, Boppity, Boo!” A rotund woman appeared out of nowhere, wielding a magic wand.
“Who are you?” Cinderella gasped.
“I’m your fairy godmother, come to transform you into a princess so you may go to the ball and meet your prince.”
Cinderella clasped her hands together in joy.
Angelica shook her head and bade them farewell. Sewing mice and fairy godmothers? Even though he was a vampire, her husband would never believe this.
Brooklyn is my REAL name. I am not from Brooklyn, I am from northern Idaho. (Huckleberries, not potatoes. The guys in the south get the ‘taters.) Neither I nor my mother have been to New York. I am a former grease-monkey turned paranormal romance author. I’m currently back in college and will be adding an Associate’s in English to my Associate’s in Automotive Technology. I LOVE: Books, Cats, Cooking, Fishing, Darts, Movies… especially cheesy horror films, Heavy Metal music, Red Bull, Hard Cider, Karaoke, Drawing and Painting. I HATE: Clowns, Zealots, Spelling and grammar errors, Bigotry, Dishes, Lima Beans … And that’s all I have for now.
This giveaway is provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca
One lucky reader will win a copy of Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann
Available April 2, 2013 from Sourcebooks Casablanca
About this Book:
England’s “vampire craze” causes much vexation for the Lord Vampire of London, Ian Ashton. To save his reputation, Ian enlists aspiring authoress Angelica Winthrop without realizing she has hidden plans of her own.
Angelica Winthrop’s life goal is to ruin her reputation, avoid marriage, and become a gothic authoress like her idol, Mary Shelley. To find inspiration for her new story, she breaks into the home of Ian Ashton, Duke of Burnrath, not knowing she will be coming up against the Lord Vampire of London. Romance sparks and reputations are at stake. But who knows the real difference between fact and fiction?
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