Thursday, January 30, 2014

Juliet Madison wishes upon a star (or a fountain) a book giveaway

When I think of the pairing between fairy tales and chick lit, I am instantly reminded of Juliet Madison. Last year, she sent us 25 years into the future, introduced us to a love angel and showed us what can happen if we don't use spell-check on our electronic genie device. She has even started 2014 with a wish upon a fountain. Juliet's a genius at making fantasy into a fun reality for the modern era. We're so glad to have her back this year, just as she's approaching the one-year anniversary of her debut novel, Fast Forward, and introducing us to her new Tarrin's Bay series, one month at a time.

She's here to talk about fairy tales and Disney, as well as introduce us her first two Tarrin's Bay novels: The January Wish and February or Forever. Plus, one lucky reader anywhere in the world has a chance to win e-books of both novels!

Visit Juliet at her website, blog, Facebook and Twitter.

The January Wish (reviewed here):
When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it's the most out of character action she can think of for someone with a controlled life of order, plans and preparation.
A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia's small coastal town with secrets of her own. Soon, Sylvia's well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. They say be careful what you wish for, but, for Sylvia, the unexpected consequences may be just what the doctor ordered.

February or Forever (February 1st):
Yoga teacher and single mother, Chrissie Burns has a plan: move into the rundown beach house left to her by her deceased aunt, renovate it, sell it, and move on.
But Tarrin's Bay, where the house stands, is lovely and full of friendly people. Even Chrissie's young son finds friends and begins coming out of his shell. Employed at Serendipity Retreat as a yoga instructor, Chrissie is shocked to be given the role of private teacher to Drew Williams, Australia’s top singer/songwriter for the month.
While relationships between instructors and clients are strictly forbidden, Drew draws happiness out of Chrissie with his down-to-earth nature and sense of humour. However, there's no pose or position to aid her when Drew walks away and leaves her broken-hearted.

Check out the trailer for February or Forever:

Do you believe in happily ever after?
I see life as a journey, so rather than a person reaching a point where they will be happy from that moment on (in a relationship or life in general), I believe people can find happiness right now if they choose, regardless of what is going on around them. Life and relationships will have ups and downs, but the ‘happily ever after’ is the ability to keep getting back up and moving forward with a positive attitude.

When was the last time you made a wish (aside from wishing to become a published author)? Did it come true?
I’m always making wishes! I wish my house would clean itself (hasn’t come true), I wish my friends lived closer, I wish I could find clothing that fits me properly, I wish I could survive on two hours of sleep... ;)
But this year I have wished to be published in print as well as ebook, so time will tell if that is to come true

Which fairy tale would make a good chick lit novel (that hasn't been done already as one)?
Ooh a tough one! I don’t know how up to date I am with which fairy tales have formed the basis of chick-lit books, but a female version of Pinocchio could be interesting, what do you think? Except everytime she tells a lie she puts on weight, ages prematurely, or grows body hair, or something. She has to learn to be honest with herself and others before she can be turned into a real life woman to be with the man of her dreams. Hmm, maybe I could write this one day!

If you could be a Disney villain which one would you be and why?
I’d be the Queen of Hearts so I could always get my own way, and yell “Off with your head!” whenever things get to me! Of course, I’d never go through with such violence and would rather turn Wonderland into a safe, happy place instead! ;)

Which Disney princess could you see yourself becoming best friends with?
Hmm, let’s say Merida from Brave. She’s headstrong and determined, like me, and we could bond over our hair which has a tendency to get out of control. ;)

Which is your favorite Disney Pixar film?
It would have to be Toy Story 1 and 2. I loved watching these movies with my son when he was younger, and the idea of toys coming to life is a great premise. I haven’t seen the third movie yet as now my son is much older and of course, not interested. Maybe I will have to watch it by myself. ;)
To infinity and beyond!

Thanks to Juliet for making our chick lit wishes come true and sharing her books with our readers.

~Introduction by Melissa Amster

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Melanie Backus said...

I am going with Little Red Riding Hood.

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Jessica said...

Sleeping Beauty!

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Maureen said...

One that I would pick is Rumpelstiltskin.

jodi marinich said...

i would say little red riding hood too

Rita Wray said...

Sleeping Beauty.

bn100 said...

snow white

Karen S said...

That's a pretty tough question, but as I love fairies, I think Tinkerbell would be a great subject for a chick lit novel!

Mary Preston said...

I'd like something different like Thumbelina. I always loved that story as a child.

Nova said...

The Princess and the Pea or The Emperor's New Clothes would be my choice(s).