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For The Book Lovers...

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You know who you are. You slip away from the crowds at a friend's party, going in search of beautiful treasures wrapped up in peaceful silence. You feel secret delight when the snow is too deep to leave the house. You smile and tell your coworkers you can't go out on Friday, because a handsome prince is waiting for you to save him from dark forces…. Um, okay, so maybe that's pushing it just a bit. But you know who you are.

"Baby, it's cold outside…." But you are warm with your blankets, your hot chocolate (or tea, or coffee), maybe a roaring fire in the fireplace, and a cat or two—or a dog of two—on your feet. Most importantly, you have a selection of books waiting on your Kindle, and a stack of paperbacks beside you.

It is February, and some of us have just come out of a deep cold spell or mountain-loads of snow, others of us are facing those things coming back around again. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, I have some reading suggestions for you, along wi…

Crown of Stars Book 4 Cover Reveal!

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It has been a busy 2018 already, and we're only in February! Firstly, getting "Finding Mera" (book 3 in Crown of Stars) approved across ebook and paperback platforms, now available through Amazon. Secondly, holding a giveaway for one signed copy on Instagram (find me at "elizabethdmariebooks" and "elizabethdmarie"!) and signing and distributing preorders and the winner's copy, along with some fun book swag bookmarks. And now, revealing the official cover and title for book 4!

Here is the somewhat-unofficial-before-final-editing-and-tweaking book blurb:

Sister to the King of Asteriae, Princess Jacquetta has no wish to conform to the ways befitting a royal. Especially a marriage alliance with a persistent old noble who sees her only as his next conquest.

She never backs down from a challenge; the reward could mean her freedom once and for all—an escape—though it could prove far more dangerous than she imagined. The walls she has erected around her hea…

Saving Beauty...Beauty and the Beast

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I love those classic Disney happily ever afters. But these stories are more than the wedding day and marrying the prince. I love that Cinderella never gives up, even when she is kneeling in the cinders in a tattered old dress, forgotten and unloved by the rest of the world; even though her stepmother hates her, she sings a song and still smiles. I love that silly, sweet Snow White takes care of a house of grumpy little old men and that her kindness to them never wavers. I love that Belle loves her father so much, she is willing to do anything to save him, and she won't cower or bow to the Beast's anger and abuse.

I fell in love with the story of Beauty and the Beast as a child. The Beast was rather frightening—yes, he certainly had a bad temper. Belle had a knack for getting into trouble by being just a little too curious for her own good. She craved adventure; she wanted more. She wasn't deceived by appearances: Gaston was handsome, but inside he was a cold and cruel beas…

PreOrder Special!

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For readers of epic fantasy, comes another book in the Crown of Stars retellings. An action-adventure romance retelling of the little mermaid.

Today is the day for my announcement on preorders for Crown of Stars: Finding Mera, my little mermaid retelling! I spent the weekend finalizing my manuscript and book cover for the printers and the proof is in the mail on its way to me. I cannot wait, and I wanted to extend my celebration special to include all of you, dear readers.

Every time I release a novel, I always make sure I have a supply for my own author bookshelf I have reserved here on the homestead. It is lovely to see those perfect thick spines all lined up in rows with my name on them! It reminds me that I have conquered and emerged victorious from the battle of word counts, editing, stubborn characters, and aggravating scenes. And it encourages me that as I have been victorious in the past, so I can continue to be so in the future. There are always more books to be written, and…

The Truth Behind "The Little Mermaid" Original

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I was in the midst of writing my little mermaid retelling, "Finding Mera", when I looked up the original story on Wikipedia. Now, I was already familiar with the Disney version, and that it is completely different in its conclusion, compared to the original Hans Christian Anderson tale. Actually, the original is considered more a tragedy than "happily-ever-after", although there has been some debate on that.

Here is the truth: (Spoiler alert for those who only know the Disney version)

In the original tale, the little mermaid does not gain the love of the prince, and throws herself into the ocean and dies. Yep. Not very Disney, is it? I much prefer a happily-ever-after ending.

However, reading through the original story and Anderson's comments, as well as a comment by P.L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins), about the meaning behind this ending, I was struck with some new insights. Shockingly, the idea behind the original strongly mirrors my own story. I had not e…

When the Choice is Feed the Mind, or Feed the Body...

It has always been my heart's desire to support authors by buying their books. Especially when, for many authors including myself, writing is more than a passion but the means of a much-needed income. Yet, very often, the budget simply will not allow for the kind of support I strongly wish to give. My book wish-list grows longer by the day, and sometimes I have to pick and choose based on how far the money will go, and sometimes that means no spending at all.

So, the question is: What are ways I can support my favorite authors even when I cannot afford to buy their beautiful new book off the shelf for $10-$20?

Authors put a lot of heart, dedication, time, sweat, and tears into writing and editing and polishing their stories. The passion only feeds us for so long. The process of bringing an idea to a ready-to-publish, complete manuscript can be downright brutal! So much of the time, these authors do not see a return of even half of each book sale made because everyone else takes th…

Monday's A Beast - So Read a Book Instead

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Monday is coming, and Captain Garren knows the struggle to not lose your mind and let loose the monster when the craziness begins. We all need an antidote. Grab an extra mug of coffee, turn up the radio in your car and sing at the top of your lungs, or travel away from the stress with a book into another world. So, ONE DAY ONLY, August 14, my book Saving Beauty will be nearly half-price from $8.99 to ONLY $4.99! What?!? Find it on Amazon.com



So, escape your Monday with a trip into a land of monsters and men—and the beauty that tames the heart of a beast. What gets you through a Monday? include #MondaysABeast on social medias like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and let me know!