I’m so pleased to share this special story with you today. Not only is it a wonderful book, but it’s also my debut as a fictional character (Thanks Chauncey!).
I am such a fan of Chauncey’s work and I’d like to think after so many wonderful discussions with him, that we’ve become friends too. So when he told me he wrote a fairy tale at his daughter’s request, how could I not read it? I love fairy tale retellings and this one is fantastic!
Happily (Expected Release Date: April 3, 2018)
If the shoe fits, wear it.
If it doesn’t, make it.
Laure is a teenage street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests, if she can only manage to pay off a would-be cloth merchant, outrun the angry bandits, hoodwink the royal family, and survive to tell the tale.
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If you’ve ever wondered what the rest of the kingdom was doing while Cinderella was having wishes granted by her Fairy Godmother, then this story is for you.
Meet Laure, a feisty, no-nonsense kind of girl who does whatever she has to in order to get by. The way she figures is that if Robin Hood could steal from the rich to give to the poor, than who are we to judge if she steals from the “Haves” to give to the “Have-Nots”. Namely, herself. But she isn’t without morals. She possesses a strong moral compass, she just sometimes puts it in her pocket when it’s not pointing in the direction she needs to go in.
So when she devises a plan to set herself up for the rest of her life and it goes horribly wrong, she needs to improvise quickly because she hasn’t just ruined her own chances now, she has screwed up somebody else’s future happiness as well.
This “Princess Bride” like adventure is well-written, funny, action-packed, and very quirky. I loved it!
If you enjoy fairy tale retellings, you will really like this. Trust me, Cinderella has been done a million ways but never like this. And hey, don’t forget to look for my name 😉
About the Author
Chauncey Rogers was born in Arizona, and since then has hopped back and forth between the mid-western and western United States. He married in 2012 while attending school in Utah. His favorite movie since he was three is Jurassic Park, and he wishes very badly that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster were real, though he doesn’t believe in them as much as he used to.
He currently lives in Kansas City with his wife and two children.
Hey guys! There is going to be a blog tour for this book that I am co-hosting with the author. It’s coming up fast but you really want to be a part of it. Your readers will love it and of course, there will be a giveaway!
Here’s a note from the author!
- Q&A with Chauncey Rogers
- Q&A with the voice of Laure (Emily Brady, the voice talent who is making the audiobook version of Happily.)
- Q&A with the character Laure
- Q&A with the character Luc
- Evolution of a cover – designing and creating Happily’s cover
- The Glass Heist – original story of Happily
- My writing process – Moving from ‘what if’ to publication
- What’s next? – Chauncey’s upcoming novels
- Origins of Cinderella stories
- A real glass slipper? – the practicality of walking on glass
- Creating and describing characters – writing tips
- … Ever After? Thoughts on creating a series
- Backdoor storytelling and retellings – why we love them
- Self Publishing – my experience
Let me know if you would like to participate in the tour!