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Reading Extravaganza!

It was a great honor to be featured at The Reading Extravaganza in Laurens, SC.  This free event organized by Michelle Caroll, an area teacher, offered free books, school supplies, food, and entertainment to area children.  What a great way to get children excited about reading and the upcoming school year!  To read an article with details about this event, click here.

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Free E-Version of FTK

Click here to visit the very beautiful book blog Burgundy Ice and enter for a chance to win a free ebook version of The Fairytale Keeper.  While you’re there check out my latest interview with the Laura Armstrong, the site’s editor,  and see what she has to say about her favorite books.

Grimm’s Cinderella: A Far Cry from Disney

Andrea CefaloAndrea Cefalo is a Medieval fiction author and Medieval history blogger. Her debut novel, The Fairytale Keeper,  was a quarter-finalist in Amazon’s 2013 Breakthrough Novel Contest. The sequel–The Countess’s Captive—was published earlier this year.  She regularly posts about Medieval history on Facebook and Twitter.

CinderellaAs a Millenial, I was raised on Disney-fied versions of Grimm’s most famous fairytales. I loved these innocent tales with their neat, happy endings…when I was six.  As I got older,  I craved darker tales.  It wasn’t until college that I bought a leather-bound volume of Grimm’s fairytales and fell in love.

So how exactly is Grimm’s Cinderella different than Disney’s?


Aschenputal1. Not just a slave

Not only does Cinderella’s stepmother force her to tend the fires, she also tosses Cinderella’s supper of peas into the hearth, forcing her to eat the dirty peas or starve. This is how she earns her monicker.


2.
No fairy godmother

When Cinderella wants to go to the ball, there are no furry friends to help her make a dress and a fairy godmother doesn’t come to her rescue. Cinderella asks her stepmother if she can go to the ball. Her wicked stepmother says that Cinderella can go…if she can find and eat all the peas she tosses into the ashes. Birds swoop in to help Cinderella eat the peas, but the stepmother doesn’t hold up her end of the bargain. The birds lead Cinderella the to the beautiful gown that she wears to the ball. It’s hanging on a tree above her mother’s grave.  Creepy.

3. Amputations and Eye-Gougings Galore

In order to fit their gangly feet into Cinderella’s dainty slipper, the stepsisters slice off parts of their own feet. Cinderella knows she has the shoe, but stands idly by and watches the amputations. How’s that for vengeance? But there’s more. For their cruelty to Cinderella, a bird pecks out the stepsisters’ eyes. (Read Grimm’s version of Cinderella)

So if you’re sick of Poe and in desperate need of some dark Victorian Romanticism, I highly recommend giving Grimm’s fairytales a read.  Once you’ve finished, check out The Fairytale Keeper and The Countess’ Captive to see how I’ve incorporated this famous fairytale into my award-winning Medieval fiction series.

Event at Library in Easley, SC

The Capt. Kimberly Hampton Branch Library (304 Biltmore Road, Easley, SC 29640) is hosting a meet and greet featuring yours truly on July 9 at 6:30 p.m.  Books will be available for purchase so come out and get a personalized copy if you like.  Everyone is invited!  For more information, call 864-850-7077.

Shh….The Secret Blogger is Giving it Away

The amazing Calum of The Secret Blogger is giving away a copy of The Fairytale Keeper.  Here’s another secret, ever if you don’t win my book you might win a little something else.  Check out the article and enter to win your copy here.

Goodreads Give-Away!

Only 8 more days left to enter for your chance to win a copy of The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen.  Don’t miss your chance to win it before you can buy it!  To enter the contest click here.

Win a Free Book!

Want your very own autographed copy of The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen?  Enter the Magical Giveaway on The Anfractuous Bookaholic Young Adult Book Blog and you just may walk away with a free copy.