Sara Daniel Romance Author: Fairy Tale Magic Blog Hop: Twist a #Grimm's Fairy Tale into #BeyondFairytales

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fairy Tale Magic Blog Hop: Twist a #Grimm's Fairy Tale into #BeyondFairytales

Love...All things Fairy Tale? We're celebrating them in all their forms...originals, adaptations, twists and retellings. Sweet or steamy or a little bit twisted! Hop through all the blogs for giveaways at each stop! And don't forget to enter for the $100 Amazon gift card grand prize drawing too!

Some fairy tales have been retold countless times, and some are so obscure most people have never heard of them. Yep, you guessed it. I went the obscure route!

The Three Army Surgeons is a little gruesome and definitely not a romance in its original form. Basically, there are three guys who cut out their eye, hand and heart. They put them on a tray and give them to an innkeeper, intending to put them back in their bodies the next day. Instead, the parts are taken, so a soldier replaces them with the eye of a cat, the hand of a thief and the heart of a pig. The new parts then make the guys act like a cat, a thief and a pig. The guys discover they’ve been tricked and return to confront the innkeeper who gives them some money to pacify them. (You can read the full original story here.)

I put a twist on this fairy tale, keeping the original tale as a framework and a bit of comedy (yes, comedy!) to weave my second chance romance story around.

Once Upon a Marriage
Time is running out for Armina Keer to have the baby she’s always wanted. Before she can move on with her life, she needs her estranged husband to sign their divorce papers. When she can’t get him to respond, her meddling uncles arrange for a trip to his inn. Despite vowing to guard her broken heart, she has to settle the past before she can have a future.

Ian Keer might not deserve a second chance with his wife, but he’s not going to give up one either, not with the immediate flaming attraction still between them. While her uncles’ antics wreak havoc on life at The Inn, he offers her the ultimate gamble: Spend the night with him, and afterwards he’ll sign the papers if she still wants to leave.

With everything riding on one night together, Ian must convince her that their love is strong enough the second time around, and Armina must decide if love is worth sacrificing her dreams.

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Leave a comment letting me know your favorite fairy tale retelling, and I'll pick a random winner to receive a copy of Once Upon a Marriage. Make sure you leave an email address for me to contact you and your e-book format preference. Bonus points for liking me on Facebook and following me on Twitter.

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  1. I have lots of favorites but the one that I've been mentioning today (since so many of the hop stops asked this question) is Stacey Jay's Of Beast and Beauty. It's YA but such a unique take on a favorite that I love it.

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  2. My favorite retelling is probably Beastly, although I like almost all of the Beauty and the Beast retellings :)
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  3. Beauty and the Beast

  4. Red Riding Hood retellings.
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  5. Hands down, Cinderella!
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    cinderella and robin hood

  7. I haven't read many retellings, though I enjoyed Bitter Greens. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com.

  8. All of the Cinderella's retellings!

  9. Construction beauty queen is my favorite calendar man. All of beauty and the beast retellings.

  10. My favorite fairytale is Sleeping Beauty - so many wonderful possibilities. LOL! My e-mail address is: and I have a Kindle, so a Mobi file is perfect. Thanks!