Most fairy tales have a common event. The wait. It's when everything has already happened, but the ending has yet to arrive. It's that period before the resolution. The shoe fits. The poisoned apple is dislodged. A kiss awakens a long-sleeping princess. The woodcutter splits open the wolf's stomach. But before that, it's the wait. … Continue reading Waiting with the Fairies
In a few days, my first book is being released. I am both excited and exhausted. For those of you who have gone through this process, you know what I mean. I'm at that nit-picky stage where a missing punctuation mark feels like a cosmic calamity. Today I discovered that multiple corrections to my cover … Continue reading Joys and Sorrows of a Indie Newbie
I'm a bit of a news junkie. I get most of my news from newspapers both at home and abroad. But, I will admit that lately I've had to take news breaks because it's become frustrating and ugly. This is not a post about the news. I won't write about politics, nor will I push … Continue reading Diamonds or Toads?
Welcome to the first posting of the FTBC. And today we'll start with The Goose Girl. Fairy tales are something we keep discovering. I know I am. Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised when I read a new story. This was not one of those times. The Goose Girl, one of the many stories from the brothers … Continue reading Fairy Tale Book Club–The Goose Girl, or how to be a princess without really trying
Exciting news FF readers! After years of writing (and rewriting and rewriting and rewriting…did I mention rewriting?) I finally have a publication date for my first novel, A Smuggler’s Path. It’s available for pre-order through Barnes & Noble Digital, iBooks, Kobo & Kobo Plus, tolino, Scribd and 24symbols right now. https://www.books2read.com/A-Smugglers-Path A Smuggler's Path will … Continue reading A Smuggler’s Path – Available July 24th!
I hope you’re all as excited as I am to start the ball rolling on the FTBC. There is still one more week before I open the forum to comments about The Goose Girl. As an added bonus for our inaugural club “meeting”, anyone who posts a comment will automatically be entered in the random … Continue reading Fairy Tale Book Club (FTBC) update
Hey FF readers! In an attempt to generate some buzz about my upcoming novel, A Smuggler's Path, I wrote a guest post for Outland Entertainment about the search for universality entitled, Fairies with Dark Faces. Drop by the website and then feel free to learn more about my book on my other website, booksbyilcruz.com
As a young girl, I wanted to be a witch. They were mystical and wise. People came to them for help. Most importantly, witches had magic. They could conjure spells, brew potions, and divine the future. In short, they effected real change with power, knowledge and will. Who wants to be a princess when that's … Continue reading The Witch
A couple of days ago I was reading a post on a blog I follow, Life in the Realm of Fantasy, and it posed the question about crisis points for a character. Her example was driving down a road where the signs are missing, but the character keeps driving anyway. I think of a fork … Continue reading Bad Choices and the Epic Adventure
I cordially invite you to join a unique book club. It's the easiest book club you'll ever participate in because you don't have to read a book! (Unless you want to because I never discourage reading.) The Fairy Tale Book Club will only ask its members to read one story a month and then leave … Continue reading Fairy Tale “Book” Club