Blog Tour: Four Reviews, a Giveaway, and a Guest Post on Writing a Contemporary Retelling!

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A New Beginning by Andrea Boyd

Who is she? Acacia Martin raised by an impostor mom serving a prison sentence for her sins, or Jasmine Callahan abducted at birth from a family she’s yet to meet? Luckily, she has Drake to help her untangle the mess that is her life. Will he ensnare her heart in the process?

Thoughts

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story but I quickly found out that it is a different but sweet retelling of Rapunzel! And the characters aren’t really what I expected but they still made for a wonderful story.

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About Andrea Boyd: Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God. Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible. Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC. Visit her at www.andreaboyd11.com.

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An Ever After Summer

The employees of In a Bind are terrified of Jean-Luc Thibodeaux, so Bellamy Larson hops on a plane to France to deal with the beastly client. Yet once she arrives, she’s convinced he merely needs a friend. Then her heart begins to want ever after, not just one summer.

Thoughts

I don’t think there is any story by Toni Shiloh that I don’t love! Each book I read from Shiloh is better and better. And, this little Beauty and The Beast retelling is just absolutely darling!

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About Toni Shiloh: Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist. Visit her at www.tonishiloh.com.

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Gwen and the Three Dates

Life isn’t a romantic movie, but Gwen Lochs is determined to find her leading man. When she joins a cheesy dating site, Gwen agrees to just three dates. Can Ben Smith watch his best friend and soulmate find someone else? A romantic comedy about searching for that just-right love.

Thoughts

Oh my goodness, this was ADORABLE! I just loved this little story to pieces! And, Ben, oh he was just the sweetest guy!

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Teresa Tysinger is a wife, mother, and communications director for a national non-profit. She writes charming Christian romance, inspired by grace. Teresa now resides in Texas, though part of her heart remains in North Carolina. She loves Jesus, coffee, and happy endings. Visit Teresa at www.teresatysinger.com.

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Unkissable

Reality diva Charlotte Lavigne’s on-camera meltdown reminds former teen-TV prince Jaime Reyes exactly why he left Hollywood ten years ago. A chance encounter leads to a bargain that transforms them both. When it’s time to face her past, will their rediscovered love be strong enough to build a future together?

Thoughts

I wasn’t sure if I how I would like this novella as it is different than what I normally read but I found it to be so lovely and the redemption was beautiful.

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Lover of Jesus, family, books, coffee, music, and crafting (in that order), Jaycee Weaver is perpetually pursuing at least one of her passions. She writes contemporary Christian romance with realistic characters in everyday situations where they always find a happy ending. Visit her at www.jayceeweaver.com

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Writing a Contemporary Retelling by Andrea Boyd

My first retelling was actually a reimagining of Jane Austen’s Persuasion which I titled Persuaded. It’s the second book in my Walden Beach series, so the main character had already been introduced. I had not planned for it to be retelling but Felicity Sutton reminded me so much of Anne Elliot, well, I really had no choice but to go for it! I mean, Persuasion is my favorite.

After that, I was asked to collaborate on Once Upon A Christmas, a collection of fairytale retellings. My contribution to that first collection was Upon A Dream, a retelling of my favorite sleepy princess, Aurora. And now our second collection, Once Upon A Summer, is here and I chose Rapunzel as my inspiration for A New Beginning.

So you might wonder what is involved in doing a retelling. For one thing it isn’t an exact retelling. Take Sleeping Beauty for instance. The original is a creepy, tragic tale of a girl named Talia. Disney changed her name to Aurora and gave her a much better outcome. Then I came along, modernized the story, and named her… well, it’s back to Talia, but she works in a theatre and has a true to life sleeping disorder that wasn’t brought on by an evil witch.

I always start out with the original and then watch the Disney version a gazillion times, taking copious notes, but that’s just the starting point. Usually an article I read at some point in the past jumps to the forefront of my mind and ends up inspiring my retelling. In Upon A Dream, I remembered reading about Kleine-Levin Syndrome, also known as Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, which was perfect for my character.

For A New Beginning, I read an article years ago about a girl who’d been abducted at birth but once the truth came out, she wanted nothing to do with her real family. So now we have Stockholm Syndrome. I didn’t really plan to have a syndrome backing both stories. Sometimes things just come together that way.And all the in-between tidbits that ties all this together? That’s what a writer’s imagination is for. And I thank God every day for it!

Giveaway

Enter to win this fun summer bundle perfect for your relaxing summer reading! Includes a $10 Amazon gift card (snag a copy of Once Upon a Summer if you’d like!), mesh tote bag, tumbler, and cute sunglasses! Open to readers in the US. Enter to win at  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/764869f8100/. One winner will be contacted by email in early June.

3 responses to “Blog Tour: Four Reviews, a Giveaway, and a Guest Post on Writing a Contemporary Retelling!”

  1. I’m normally not a fan of contemporary or retellings, but Once Upon A Summer sounds like such a sweet collection that I’m definetly adding it to my TBR now. XD

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    1. I love contemporary and retellings so this was perfect for me though I wasn’t sure if I would like it. I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. I love fairytale retellings, so this sounds really fun!

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