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PFS2012 Author Guest Post: Suzanne Selfors + Giveaway


Last year I read and reviewed Suzanne Selfors's MAD LOVE, which is a Cupid and Psyche retelling unlike any you've read. It wasn't an absolute favorite, but I definitely enjoyed it a lot, and so I'm really looking forward to the retelling Suzanne's tackling this year, particularly since it's a reimagining of a classic story I've never actually read. Suzanne is here today to talk to you all some more about her newest book THE SWEETEST SPELL, which released today!

A Chocolate Fairy Tale
My first fairytale, The Sweetest Spell, hits bookshelves this month. It was pure joy to write. And while I stuck with some traditional elements, such as a faraway kingdom, an evil queen and a handsome peasant boy, I added in my own twists—the main one being, chocolate. Yep. Chocolate.

When I began to sculpt the story, I knew it would be about a peasant girl named Emmeline who, because of her origins and her appearance, is rejected by most everyone. But she eventually discovers something amazing about herself and her status is elevated. This is the tradition of tales such as The Ugly Duckling and Cinderella—stories in which the hero is physically transformed/reborn, and thus achieves acceptance/love. An ugly duckling is really a swan. A servant is really a princess.

But I wasn’t happy just sticking to a physical transformation. I wanted deeper change to occur, so I began to think about King Midas. Midas touched things and they turned to gold. At first this made Midas very happy. It brought respect, power and wealth. But in the end it brought misery because he couldn’t touch the people he loved. I liked this idea but as I started writing, I realized that I felt no passion about gold. It was kinda boring and I needed something better.

So, after a night of searching my house for chocolate and not finding any, I realized that I had my story. Chocolate evokes all sorts of sensual, passionate, giddy feelings. That’s the power I wanted to give Emmeline. And so, my unwanted ugly duckling peasant girl discovers she has the magical ability to make chocolate in a kingdom that is bereft of the delicious concoction. And she goes from being the most unwanted to being the most wanted, which, like Midas, is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Toss in the handsome peasant boy, the conquering solider, and the charming prince, and you’ve got yourself a fairytale.
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And awesome Suzanne here will be giving away one copy of her THE SWEETEST SPELL to one lucky US winner! Be sure to enter and spread the word, because I have a feeling this is going to be awesome!

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Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher's daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman's son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline.

Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all.
You can find Suzanne on her Goodreads | Website | Facebook!

Make sure to stop by later today for a review of THE SWEETEST SPELL!
Find out what happened the first week of Paranormous Fantastival and enter to win some amazing prize packs!
Find out what happened last week and stay updated!
And, lastly, don't forget to check out this week's schedule!

I'm actually about to start THE SWEETEST SPELL now and I'm so excited! Thank you so much, Suzanne, and I'm sure I'll like this book as well! Comment down below if your touch is gold or if you've been chased by a duckling's mother.

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Tiffany Gomez said...

The Sweetest Spell sounds like it's going to be so good! I really love fairytale-like stories, and add on the fact that Suzanne Selfors also wrote Mad Love (which I loved), I'm definitely going to try and get my hands on this book as soon as I can! Great post and giveaway! (:

Lili said...

The Sweetest Spell has been on my TBR for a while! I love fairytales, anyone who grew up with Disney does! I love her tale of how she came up with her fairytale. Haha and she's right, chocolate makes everything better AND makes a story! I can't wait to read this!

DebzBookshelf said...

For so long I've wanted to read this! I think the fact that it's a YA fairy tale dipped in chocolate is pretty awesome! While reading this, I devoured a whole piece of chocolate pie, and now I think I'll grab a second...

DebzBookshelf said...

Oh, and my touch isn't gold, but I have been chased by both a duckling's mother, and a pack of angry llamas!

Amy said...

I love fairytale-like stories! And also Greek/Roman mythology, so I'm definitely going to have to check out Mad Love. The Sweetest Spell sounds wonderful, I already had it on my TBR list for awhile, so it's great to read a bit more about it. I like that the prince of the story is a peasant boy and that the heroine's power of touch is chocolate instead of the usually gold or jewels. And I love books that send positive messages to young readers. I'm looking forward to reading this book :)


Love this --> "An ugly duckling is really a swan. A servant is really a princess."


Thank you for the giveaway!

Amy said...

This book sounds AMAZING! saw it on Goodreads ages ago and have been pining for it ever since. I love seeing the inspiration behind the chocolate-making ability, and Suzanne's reasons for everything. Excellent post :)

Brandy Schaefer Dull said...

This sounds like a wonderful read! Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy of this novel! I hope I win.. this is now on my long to read list.

Erica said...

I love the whole thing with Midas. I am SUPER psyched for this one - I just love the idea of it.

alicia marie said...

Mix fairy tales and chocolate and it has got to be a great book!! I can't wait to read it : ) Also, I don't have a touch of gold and I haven't been chased by a ducklings mother...yet!

Celine said...

I probably bleed chocolate so this is the perfect book for me. I'm interested in the fairy tale aspect as well. This story is unique and excited to read something original. I'm sure while reading I'll be more chocolate obsessed.

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