Tuesday, November 12, 2013

On Tour and a Giveaway! Beautiful Beautiful by Heidi Garrett

Beautiful Beautiful by Heidi Garrett
Series: Once Upon a Time Today #1
Genre: Adult Contemporary Fairy Tale novella
Release date: November 15th, 2013
Publisher: Half-Faerie Publishing

Movie director Kerrin Mayham has an eye for beauty. Now her years of struggling on the indie film circuit are about to pay off. She's the frontrunner to win Golden Pinnacle's Director of the Year. Winning will mean generous financial backing for her next project, and the most bankable actors in the industry are already signaling interest in the leading role. How will she decide which Adonis is right for the part of Demion Glass?

In this contemporary retelling of the eponymous Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, Kerrin's journey leads her to discover a deeper meaning of beauty.

Beautiful Beautiful, a contemporary fairytale novella, is the first release in Heidi Garrett's new Once Upon a Time Today collection. (Adult language & situations, no explicit sex)

My thoughts about Beautiful Beautiful ~~

I have read other books by Heidi and I love her stories. She is a fabulous writer with a wonderful imagination which allows her to create beautiful and exciting worlds for her characters to live in. I was entranced with her Queen of the Realm of Faerie series so was super excited to see that she was putting her spin on the fairy tales of old.

I love how, in Beautiful Beautiful, a fairy tale is woven into a story from the present so that the reader gets a sense of how the fairy tales relate to what is happening now. Kerrin tells her daughter bedtime stories which mirror her life stories as a way to teach her daughter life lessons.

'Kerrin had discovered a creative way to pass meaningful lessons from her life to her daughter, and Mibi cherished the opportunity to reshape the tale, each time it was told by asking questions and interjecting her own opinions and commentary.'

I love reading fairy tales and loved reading Heidi's version of this one. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. Here are some more quotes that I love.

"I'm going to be the only person on the planet who doesn't have any troubles!" Mibi announced.
"But if you ever do --"
"Mommy, I'll remember to look for something beautiful."
"No, it was the Wicked Witch if Iowa."
(Tee hee hee - growing up in Nebraska, this was extra funny to me.)

'What good are magic shoes and a fairy godmother if they can't save you from a witch?'
'As long as you believe.'
About the author

Heidi Garrett is the author of the contemporary fairytale novella collection, Once Upon a Time Today. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters. The Original Fairy Tale short stories: The Girl Who Watched For Elves, The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes, and The Girl Who Couldn't Sing are a prelude to that collection.

She is also the author of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series, a fairy tale/high fantasy mashup about a young half-faerie, half mortal woman who must save both the Enchanted and Mortal Worlds.

Heidi was born in Texas, and in an attempt to reside in as many cities in that state as she could, made it to Houston, Lubbock, Austin, and El Paso. Heidi now lives in Eastern Washington state with her husband, their two cats, her laptop, and her Kindle.

Being from the South, she often contemplates the magic of snow and hopes to remind readers that: Once upon a time, you lived in an enchanted world…

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  1. Susan,Thank you so much for having me at The Book Bag. You pick great quotes & I'm glad the Wicked Witch of Iowa gave you a laugh:D Heidi

  2. This is most enjoyable and intriguing. thanks.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Book sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway (:

  4. I *love* fairytales and different ways of retelling them!! This sounds right up my alley. :)

  5. I like the sound of this novella :)


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