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Guest Author: Alix Rickloff (Guest Post & Giveaway)

I’m pleased to welcome author Alix Rickloff here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  The second book in her Heirs of Kilronan Trilogy series, Lord of Shadows,  hits bookshelves on June 28, 2011.  You can read an excerpt from the book here.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a an autographed copy of Lord of Shadows.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Author Bio:

ALIX RICKLOFF has never been able to decide who she enjoys reading more; Austen or Tolkien. That lifelong indecision drove her to create stories of her own, combining those distinct loves. Her writing awards include a final in the Golden Heart, while Romantic Times Magazine calls her work both compelling and original.

You can visit Alix around the web here: Website | Blog | Facebook

Welcome Alix!

Thanks so much for having me today. I thought in honor of a site titled Dark Faerie Tales, nothing would be more natural than discussing my own favorite faerie tale—Beauty and the Beast—and the universal theme of love transforming the baddest of boys into Prince Charming.

I’ve always adored this premise. And I’m not the only one.

Robin McKinley wrote not one but two versions of the story. Disney offered it to us with dancing flatware. A new and darker YA version just made it to the silver screen, the book still gracing the NYT Bestsellers’ List.

Spread the net wider and you’ll find variations of Beauty and the Beast all over popular fiction from the brooding aristocratic Regency rake to the billionaire corporate hell-raiser to the menacing spec ops soldier. Add a dark and troubled past or some deep internal conflict and we’re in romance hero heaven.

But why? What keeps us coming back to this theme time after time like moths to a flame?

Studies conducted recently suggest that females are more attracted to males with a grim or somber face. All you have to do is take a look at any romance novel cover, and that theory seems pretty darn obvious.

Ever since the first cavewomen got together to giggle over that tall, dark, and handsome mammoth hunter, women have been drawn to the bad boy with the troubled past. They’re a little dangerous. A little wild. And altogether too sexy for our own good. Just ask Sabrina Douglas, the heroine of my new historical paranormal, LORD OF SHADOWS.

Sabrina is Other—a mix of Mortal and Fey. She’s hidden herself away from the world following her father’s murder, but all that changes when she uses her healing powers to save a from drowning. A man with no memories, but horrific nightmares and deadly inhuman abilities.

As Daigh seeks to unravel his past, he discovers not only his own monstrous origins, but a conspiracy that could engulf the world of Mortal and Other. Sabrina becomes Daigh’s last hope, but dare he risk involving her? For if she can’t save him from hell, he might just send her there.

Daigh is my classic beast—dangerous, mysterious, living under a curse of sorts. Sabrina is the gentle, tenderhearted beauty whose love just might break the spell, if she lives long enough. This isn’t the first time I’ve borrowed bits and pieces of the faerie tale in my writing. Nor is it likely to be the last. Because while a good man may be what we need, it’s the bad boy we definitely want.

Write and let me know your favorite variation on the Beauty and the Beast story and be entered to win an autographed copy of LORD OF SHADOWS.

About the Book:

Who is working the demon arts . . .

Was it her murdered father? Her fugitive brother? It has been seven years since Lady Sabrina Douglas cloistered herself with the Sisters of High Danu, but the questions remain. She is Other—a mixture of Fey and mortal—quietly using her powers to heal. That is, until she saves a half-drowned man, his soldier’s body a roadmap of scars, his fathomless eyes filled with heartbreaking loneliness. The inexplicable connection overwhelms her defenses, touching her heart, mind . . . and body.

. . . and to what end?

A man with no memory, Daigh MacLir seeks his past even as unknown threats fill him with monstrous rage and inhuman abilities. But as a desperate game of hunter and hunted is played out from ballrooms to bedrooms, what Daigh discovers is more chilling than anyone could possibly imagine. Defying death was only the first step in the task he has been given, and Sabrina is his last hope. But dare he risk involving her? Daigh has been summoned to find an ancient king, and even the powers of love may not be enough to win the battle against the powers of darkness.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win an autographed copy of Lord of Shadows.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

What is your favorite variation on the Beauty and the Beast story?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 12th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

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22 Responses to “Guest Author: Alix Rickloff (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Heather McCorkleNo Gravatar
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    Wow that is one hot cover! Your interview was excellent but everything in my mind kind of melted away when I saw that cover! My favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast is currently the novel Beastly.

    I’m a follower in all three places! I’ll be tweeting and mentioning it in a blog post!

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  2. ShereeNo Gravatar
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    I LOOOOVE your Paul Marron cover! So much more brooding than the “Earl of Darkness” cover.

    I guess my favorite Beauty and the Beast treatment is still the Disney version with Broadway style songs and everything. This beauty, Belle, is a bookworm!

    GFC follower & on Twitter (infinitieh)
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  3. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for your guest post and giveaway!
    I’ve read P.C. Cast’s Goddess of the Rose recently and I really loved it. It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I loved, and the story mixed in a bit of magic as well.

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  4. Alix RickloffNo Gravatar
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    I can’t tell you what a response I’ve gotten from this cover. It’s been phenomenal! Pocket completely outdid themselves evoking the perfect mood and the perfect hero for the story.

    I haven’t read Beastly or the PC cast book, but both have now been put at the top of my TBR piles. Thanks for the reccos. Sheree, Disney’s B&B is still my favorite of their movies, though Princess and the Frog isn’t far behind.

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  5. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    I actually thought the movie Beastly was a pretty interesting version of Beauty & the Beast. Thanks for the contest! +1 comment, +3 Follower ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb

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  6. ThrouthehazeNo Gravatar
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    Beastly by Alex Flinn is my favorite version

    +1 answered question
    +3 GFC follower and twitter follower @throuthehaze

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  7. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I would choose Eloisa James’ When Beauty Tamed the Beast. It was a fun take on the beauty and the beast legend.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC follower

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  8. Patti PNo Gravatar
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    I would have to say the Disney version mostly because my daughter loved it and she would walk around singing all the time.

    ten.tsacmocnull@gorflacisum
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    Facebook like

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  9. lulilutNo Gravatar
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    +1 I liked the TV series version of Beauty and the Beast with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman.
    +2 I’m a blog and twitter follower
    +3 tweeted here:
    http://twitter.com/lulilut/status/86159210743734273
    d.septer at insightbb.com

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  10. Keisha TalleyNo Gravatar
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    I love the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast

    Blog and Facebook follower + 3

    Total -4

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  11. ShereeNo Gravatar
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    “When Beauty Tamed the Beast” was a good one, too.

    also tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/infinitieh/status/86302378629935104
    and liked on Facebook (S G-s Tieh)
    +7 total

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  12. Lenna HNo Gravatar
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    I’ve read soooo many books but I just finished Melody Thomas’
    BEAUTY AND THE DUKE. It’s the first of her Mystical Bliss series (I’m reading them in order from 1-3 as #3 was just released). It was such a beautiful love story… I just wanted to walk around the house hugging the book. I love paranormals though because you can play “outside the box” with them. I’m looking forward to Alix’s new book!!!

    moc.liamynull@45lrigrettilg

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  13. ElizabethNo Gravatar
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    +1 I like the Disney version of beauty and the beast
    +3 Following you
    +1 Tweeted (eljho88)

    +5 TOTAL

    moc.liamgnull@sniksohjhtebazile

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  14. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    I love the Disney version…just singing along makes it fun!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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    Tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/tessaa99/status/88015374309785600

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  15. Jennifer KallhoffNo Gravatar
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    My favorite variation on the Beauty and the Beast is a book by P.C. Cast, called Goddess of the Rose. I know it is rather an abstract variation, but I love it all the same.

    Liked and shared on Facebook,
    Following on GFC

    moc.liamgnull@7002ardnaillaK

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  16. LexiNo Gravatar
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    Beauty by Robin McKinley has always been a favorite of mine. How McKinley describes the enchanged castle to the struggle and pain the beast goes through, just wonderful. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, so Rickloff’s version just made it into my TBR pile!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    eyesofblueice(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    I love the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast, and I loved James’ When Beauty Tamed the Beast.
    +1 comment
    +3 following
    +3 tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/mbreakfield/status/88421030435098624
    +7=total
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  18. Pam S (pams00)No Gravatar
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    I really like To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairytales so look forward to any retellings :). I really enjoyed Alix’s first book in the series and looking forward to this one!

    twitter follower pams00
    facebook – pamela freeman sinclair

    tweeted – http://twitter.com/#!/pams00/status/89524097977040896

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  19. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    Beauty and the Best has always been a favorite of mine. My fav version is the one done with the Shrek movies.
    +1 comment
    +3 http://twitter.com/#!/alterlisa/status/89560131439837185
    +1 I’m a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards
    +1 FB-Lisa Ann Richards
    +1 twitter @alterlisa

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  20. latisha depoortereNo Gravatar
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    My favorite is the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast
    always loved that one!
    +1 comment
    +1 Follow GFC/latishajean
    +1 follow twitter/latishajean
    +1 follow facebook/latisha D
    +3 Tweeted too
    http://twitter.com/#!/latishajean/status/89802647959388160
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  21. shadowNo Gravatar
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    My favorite movie is the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast. My favorite book would be When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James. What an awesome cover on your book! I love it! And your book itself sounds soooo good! Thanks!
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  22. NicoleNo Gravatar
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    I loved the movie of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, but book-wise, it would have to be Robin McKinley’s book, so far at least.

    moc.liamtohnull@925htimsn

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