Wednesday, April 21, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Once Upon A Princess Trio by Deborah A. Bailey @AuthorDeborahB @GoddessFish


Once Upon A Princess Trio

by Deborah A. Bailey

GENRE: Paranormal Romance


Formula for Fairy Tale Love:
1 adventurous Heroine + 1 tortured-but-noble Hero = Happily-Ever-After

For all the innate complications involved in finding the secret to blissful fairy-tale love with shape-shifters, three wise and discerning princesses trust their hearts instead of their eyes and fall in love with the unlikeliest of princes.

"Heart of Stone:" Leesa trespasses into a haunted palace, where she meets a gargoyle. Breaking the spell that cursed him may carry a price steeper than she's able…or willing…to pay.

"Beauty & the Faun:" Kayla flees an arranged marriage and falls for a faun shifter instead. But how can she ignore her duty by refusing to marry a prince?

"Land of Dreams:" Cicely knows she possesses magical ability. Falling in love with the courageous, self-sacrificing Willem may be the key to her awakening…or may unleash forces that will separate them forever. (Sequel to Heart of Stone)

Box set includes books 1-3 of the Once Upon A Princess paranormal fairy-tale inspired romance novellas.


Beauty & the Faun:

What are you fellows doing here?" A man walked out of the darkness and stood with his hands perched on his hips. About a foot and a half taller than Ren and Loren, he also had small horns and pointed ears. "Who is this?"

"I don't know. She was running away," Ren said.

"Then cut her loose," the man ordered.

Loren complied, easily cutting through the limbs holding her in place. A few hacks and Kayla fell to the ground.

"Thank you," she rubbed her arms, then slowly came to her feet. "I was telling them that I was running away." When she looked up, she noticed that they were all examining her with the same smile on their faces.

Kayla looked down and immediately wanted to run away again. All her clothes were gone, the remains were tattered bits of cloth on the ground. "Oh my! Stop looking." She wrapped her arms across her chest. Then realized that wasn't exactly covering everything, so she moved one hand further down.

"That's not helping," Ren said.

"I still don’t understand why she didn’t wear clothes when she ran away," Loren remarked.

"That tree – bush – whatever tore them off me." Kayla stamped her foot, unable to gesture without revealing everything. "I'm cold. Can we have this discussion another time?"

"You're right," the man bowed to her. "My name is Del. I'll take you somewhere to get warm."

"Del? That's an odd name," she remarked.

"Not as odd as being a naked woman in the forest after midnight. Unless of course she was here to meet a few satyrs."

"Well, I'm not." The nerve of him! "Is that what you are?"

The boys laughed, but stopped when they saw Del's annoyed expression.

"My good lady, I'm a faun. So are Ren and Loren. You come into my forest and compare me to a satyr? I should leave you right here." 

Interview with Deborah A. Bailey

What made you want to become a writer?

From a young age I've wanted to be a writer. I'd write stories and draw cartoons and share them with my mom. Writing has always been my dream and I'm happy I get to publish my books.

What inspired you to write the Once Upon A Princess Trio?

This book is a box set of three novellas that I wrote over a couple of years. The original idea came to me out of the blue. I had pictured a young woman getting lost in a forest and meeting a faun shifter (which became Beauty and the Faun). It took me a while to develop the idea into an actual story. After that I decided to write another story and that became Heart of Stone.

Since I like fairy tale retellings, I'd always wanted to try my hand at writing one. I enjoyed writing the first book, so I wrote another and another. Originally I'd planned to stop at two (the audiobook version includes the first two stories). But a writer friend mentioned how she liked the hero of Heart of Stone, so I decided to write a sequel. That's how Land of Dreams came about.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Once Upon A Princess Trio?

In Heart of Stone, Leesa is a princess who has survived a war and loss of her family and her betrothed. Because of magic used in the war, the land is barren. The people are hungry and have lost hope. She's brave and can hold her own, and yet she's been lonely. That's why when she meets Willem, she's confused about her feelings for him. He's a former soldier and he's also a romantic. He's not quite what he appears to be at first.

In Beauty and the Faun, Kayla is slightly younger and has never been in love. When she meets Del in the forest, she's not thrilled with him at first. But since they're similar in that they're rule breakers, they form a bond. She's forced to decide what is more important, love or duty?

In Land of Dreams, Willem is back again but in a slightly different form (I won't say more so that there are no spoilers). He's still a soldier and he's been hurt and not looking to fall in love again. However, he's a man of honor so he chooses to help Cicely. And since it's fairy tale inspired, he has some magical tasks to perform before he can have true love.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

Actually, I have a few favorites! The one I feel inspired by the most is Octavia Butler. She wrote science fiction, and she usually had smart and resourceful female antagonists. When I first started reading science fiction and fantasy, I didn't usually see heroines like that. Or, for that matter, people of color as part of the cast of characters. Reading her books made me realize I could write stories that included both.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

Right now, I'm working on a fantasy involving vampires and various types of shifters. There are also portals and magic and parallel versions of earth. I don't have a title just yet – still working it. I'm open to it being a series or at the very least 2 books. It's in drafts now and I'm hoping to be done before summer.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I enjoyed the worldbuilding the most. It was fun to dream up a fantasy world where all of the magical creatures could exist. Writing the novellas gave me the chance to create my own versions of my favorite fairy tales.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Deborah A Bailey's Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat. Her books include the Hathor Legacy science fiction romance series and the Family Pride and Once Upon A Princess shapeshifter paranormal romance series.

Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers' Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun and are included in, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. She's the author of non-fiction books, and articles for various online publications.

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Deborah A Bailey said...

Thanks for featuring my book!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great book.

Deborah A Bailey said...

Thanks for checking it out, Rita!

Deborah A Bailey said...

Thanks, Sherry!