Thursday, November 8, 2012

Once Upon A Twisted Time Anthology Book Tour

Once Upon A Twisted Time
An Anthology of Dark Adult Fairytales
By: Tara Stogner Wood, Trish Marie Dawson, Lindsay Avalon, and Miranda Stork

Genre: Fairytales/Paranormal

Publisher: Moon Rose Publishing
Date of Publication: 31st October 2012

Number of pages: 250
Word Count: 76,000

Cover Artist: Miranda Stork

Book Description:

Think you know your fairytales? Think again. These aren’t your normal happily-ever-after. Within these pages, a murderous Little Mermaid gets her revenge, the Cinderella doesn’t really want to wear the slipper, Snow White is up to her eyes in industrial experiments, and the Beauty is in fact the Beast.

This collection of four novellas will surprise you, make you gasp in horror, sigh with relief, and sit on the edge of your seat. And most of all…they will make you rethink everything you think you know about dark fairytales…

Song of the Abyss-Lindsay Avalon

Princess Nerissa had envisioned a perfect wedding to a handsome prince. Instead, she fell into a nightmare. When her new husband tries to murder her just hours after pledging his life to her, she must flee towards the sea. Caught in transition from woman to selkie, she is trapped by the dark waters she hoped would be her salvation. Now her destiny becomes that of luring young men to their death…until one comes along that reignites the spark of love inside her. However to ensure her future, she must first face her past. Revenge must be taken…for both her life, and the life of the young man she now loves.

Miss Cavendish and the Spark of Salvation-Tara Stogner Wood
In a city toiling under the iron fist of the Spiegel Syndicate and its monopoly on coal, Miss Georgina "George" Cavendish is on the brink of a breakthrough that could change the world forever. There's just one thing standing in her way, her aunt - Xenobia Cavendish. Threatened by her efforts, the Syndicate procures the services of a notorious assassin with a past tied to her own, known as The Huntsman, to dispatch the brilliant scientist. But once he gets a glimpse of the headstrong beauty, will he be able to do the job, or will Georgina sway him to The Cause? And will George find the breakthrough she needs in time, or is New London Town doomed to forever lie under the dark shadow of her aunt's factories?

Hawke and the Beast-Trish Marie Dawson

Some curses last forever, and some can be broken with the whisper of three little words. Isabella Rose Woodward fell in love with a witch's son over a century ago. Her punishment for breaking the young man's heart was a beastly one. Every month she turns into a different creature, aging on the full moon when her curse allows for a brief return to her human form. Her only salvation is to find a man that will love her as she is…be it adorned in feathers, fur or scales. Has she found this love with the handsome Jasper Hawke? Or will a mysteriously determined Hunter find her first, and snuff out the life she so desperately seeks? A life of normalcy, where she loves and is loved in return… just as she is.

Reborn City-Miranda Stork

Nyx has one mission in life; bring down the brainwashing of New Omsk’s citizens, and release them from their mundane lives of toil. The year is 2355, and the world is a new place. A Governor is in charge of every city in the world, and humanity is attempting to rebuild itself after recovering from a war that nearly killed it. But this Governor has set his eyes on the intrepid little hacker, Nyx, and he will stop at nothing to get her. But perhaps he needs her more than he ever dreamed he would…as do his citizens.


Song of the Abyss
Would you call Princess Nerissa a selkie black widow of her time in Song of the Abyss or a victim of circumstance?

I would call Nerissa a victim of circumstance. In the story, Nerissa is attacked on her wedding day and comes very close to losing her life. During the attack, she's trapped mid transformation so her lower body is that of a seal while her upper body is still human. She's left unable to transform back into a woman so she's trapped in the seas. The betrayal she feels at the horrific attack by the man who was supposed to love her drives her a bit mad in her quest for revenge. She can't leave the sea so she does her best to lure men to her using her voice.

Although she can't lure only her attacker to her, she does target only those men who weren't in love with a woman. After all, someone who tries to murder his new bride isn't likely to have fallen in love with another right? She doesn't enjoy having to kill the men who answer her beckon; it's more of a necessity because she's afraid if they are left alive, they could spread the word that Nerissa hadn't been killed. You may be wondering what's wrong with this as surely this would bring about her assailant. Well, she can't take the risk that he'll come prepared to fight her or with soldiers to overpower her.

Nerissa has her flaws, no doubt about it, but she is driven by feelings of betrayal, despair at being trapped between forms, and the magnitude of all she has lost. In her mind she can't go home, can never leave the sea, so revenge is all she has. When she must kill the men she lures, she gives them a quick, merciful death. If she'd been a black widow, she would have enjoyed the killing and likely would never have stopped. When Nerissa finally finds her happily ever after, she has no need to kill ever again.

Miss Cavendish

Did you have someone in mind when you created the character of The Huntsman in Miss Cavendish and the Spark of Salvation?

Did I have someone in mind? *snicker* It’s so funny that this is question is put to me, simply because without this person *coughdropdeadsexymancough*, there would be no Huntsman. And no, I’m not talking about Hemsworth. He’s tasty enough in his own right, but he is in no way responsible for the fine figure I cut for my favorite steampunk assassin, Asher Cole.
The Huntsman (or my twisted take on Snow White, for that matter), didn’t even exist in my fevered little brain until I came across this picture:

UNF. Here, have a tissue. You’re drooling. Now, this pic was given to me by one of my anthology partners in crime, the fabulous Trish M. Dawson. And when I saw it, I was reconciled to a series of garbled and ugly grunting noises. And then, BOOM! HUNTSMAN. ASHER COLE.
It usually takes me forever to create and name a character, but this time it was done almost instantaneously. He was, for lack of a better adjective, perfect. PER. FECT. Just look at him…he’s broody, a little dark, and with that thing in his hand, definitely dangerous. Everything a good assassin should be. It was my job to now take that and mold him into something hero-worthy. So, I gave him a healthy dose of true emotion that he certainly wasn’t expecting*coughlovecough*, a woman who could turn his hardened heart around (along with turning chemicals and salt water into a sustainable clean fuel), and a plan for revenge. It may not have worked out as completely as he thought, but, hey, do things ever really go as we plan them to?

In the end, it couldn’t have gone better for all parties involved, myself included. So, I suppose, in answer to the question, yes. I did have someone in mind, just not the way I usually do. It required some thinking outside the box, which was surprisingly easy enough to do with the right inspiration. I’m happy with where this picture took me, and happier still with the direction it forced me to take the story. And I hope it’s something that readers can recognize and relate to. Only time will tell if I get that sort of happy ending. George and Asher did. And for now, that’s enough for me.

Hawke and the Beast
What made you decide to twist the story of the Beast into a female character, love this idea and can’t think of another story with this angle to it?

Turning Beauty into the Beast was my intention from the very beginning! There were a few ideas bouncing around in my head about what kind of beast she should be and the idea of having her turn human only on the full moon, but I knew I wanted her to be the creature from the start because I thought it was something I also had not seen yet. J I loved the idea of a curse being behind the reasoning as well. Seeing the 'Beauty' be the 'Beast' was a different perspective that made me, as the writer, have to create new rules behind the popular fairy tale. When the ladies of the Anthology and I were discussing which fairy tales to pick, Beauty and the Beast stood out to me right away. It was my favorite growing up but the rules have always been the same - Beast is a man! Why not shake things up a bit and let the woman take the lead for a change? Perhaps it is the feminist in me that spoke up so loudly that I had to listen…but I'm glad the story went in this direction!

I hope that readers will find the story unique and fun. It was a blast to write, and something that was very much out of my comfort zone. But it opened up a new paranormal interest for me and I can see taking a stab at more stories like this in the future. I fell in love with Isabella's wolf form…and I can see taking that idea into a future project. I do hope everyone enjoys this new twist to the tradition Beauty and the Beast story. J

Reborn City
I have always thought you would have to be a visionary to be able to write a story that takes place in the future, where did you come up with the idea for this government ruled future?

Okay, this is where I label myself as a bit of a game geek. I love the Fallout games...the storyline of them always really captured my imagination; that humanity would survive in some form, even with the worst war imaginable. I loved the ingenuity that people might have to rebuild a shattered civilization. On top of that, there are always rumours about Governments planning events that otherwise look random. So it’s something that’s played on my mind for a while, the idea of setting a story in a future where perhaps the Government would try to start again. Plan out a whole war, but saving a few citizens they could control. I don’t think this would really ever happen, but it’s a fascinating idea for a story. Or maybe I just love the idea of cheap food. Not to mention, I had never tried my hand at Sci-Fi before, so this was going to be a totally new genre for me.

In Reborn City, people are prevented from being ingenious and rebuilding by themselves, as there are already ways to control them. I guess this idea comes from the ever encroaching suggestions about I.D. cards and stronger security…a little like ‘Big Brother’ closing in. And yes, 1984 is one of my favourite books. Am I that transparent? *grin* A future where this exists is frightening and strange, which is always a good tone to set for Science Fiction. But humanity has its heroes and good guys, so this is where Nyx comes into play. Not everyone would allow themselves to be controlled in such a future, and humanity would ultimately decide its own fate once more…Governments can attempt control, but I feel they would never achieve it.

So I guess (after I’ve rambled on…hey! Wake up!) that the idea came from a lot of sources. It came from popular rumours, present day life, and books from the past. Although the story is set in the future, the idea overall of humanity adapting from horrific events and the attempt to control it is not a new one. And in all of my stories, there is one common theme-hope. I think whatever civilizations fall, however humanity is pushed about…hope always comes through. Some things will never die, and my story is not one of desperation and control…it is one of freedom. J

About the Authors:

Tara Stogner Wood-

Tara Wood divides her time between creating domestic bliss and creating hot paranormal romance with the occasional side of kink. When not playing June Cleaver for her hubby and daughter, she can be found at the local Starbucks slamming back Frappuccinos and plotting out her next idea. Or she’s watching the BBC. Tara resides with her wonderful and tolerant family in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She is currently at work on several projects, one of them being the next book in her In Blood series.

Trish Marie Dawson-

I was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where I live now with my  family and pets. I’ve been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, I began my first book ‘I Hope You Find Me’ in December of 2011. When I’m not writing, I am homeschooling my amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever I can get my hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, I hold a special place in my heart for animal rights and dash into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from our mini-lab/aussie shepherd/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey…who is always getting into some sort of trouble.

Miranda Stork-
I was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in 1987 and have lived in various places around Britain, including Newcastle and Glasgow.
My writing is inspired by various writers, including the vivid characters of Charles Dickens, the imagination of Stephen King, and the gothic imagery of Anne Rice.

My love of horror began at an early age, when I was only three or four. I could read proficiently at the age of three, and devoured fairy-stories, but I always had a bent towards the darker stories, such as the Brother's Grimm's tales...Red Riding Hood was always a firm favourite, although I always felt sorry for the wolf, despite him having tried to eat everyone!

Lindsay Avalon-

I am a wife, a mother to an adorable mini schnauzer, a programmer, and now an author. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.

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