Described by readers as a CS Lewis of today, Elizabeth D. Marie's fairy-tale retellings, Crown of Stars, pulls you into a fantasy realm of hidden truths, supernatural forces, subtle allegory, epic battles, and slow-building romance.
When she can't find a book to satisfy her imagination, she writes one. She enjoys life in the country, and playing fetch with her Bengal-mix cat, Captain Cal. Her works include: Web of Time, Captain Thorne of the SS Daring, and Crown of Stars series, and more!
Happy Birthday to me! Today, July 3rd, is my birthday and to celebrate, I'm giving the gift this year—1 signed copy of my newest book in the Crown of Stars series: Chasing Cinders! Just click the caption on the photo in this post to follow the link to the giveaway page and enter for a chance to win!
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…
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…
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…