Free piece of advice: Write posts for blog tours at least three days in advance. Especially when you have multiple post or the last possible day you can write it is a Monday. It’s probably only the beginning of Monday for most you, but it’s quite late here and I’m only just starting this post.
So hello everyone! This is the beginning of the three Sleeping Beauties blog tour. I have posts the next two days as well, so be prepared. There will be much mentioning of fairytales and possibly more late night posts.
Today I have the pleasure of Interviewing Morgan Elizabeth Huneke and reviewing her book Twisted Dreams. Which is a great book. If you like your sci-fi and fantasy mixed, you should read it. If you like funny characters or surprises you should read it. If you like fantasy adventures with political elements you should read all her books.
“I, Calandra, of the Wingans, do bestow upon you, the Princess of Hanover, a gift. You have been given long life. I cannot interfere with that, but when you are sixteen years of age, you will prick your finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an everlasting sleep.” She stepped closer so that she could be heard only by Liesel and her parents. “Then you will at last see the truth. Be wary. Be wise. Your fate rests upon yourself.”
On her sixteenth birthday, Princess Liesel Rosanna falls victim to a sleeping curse—but wakens in another world, a prisoner of war. As the bait in a trap for her fiancé, the crown prince of Hanover, Liesel longs to escape back to the fairy tale world. The world where she is only wanting a true love’s kiss to set everything to rights.
As situations quickly grow dire, Liesel must choose which story to live, which life is real. The fate of her country rests on her decision.
See I told you it was interesting. Now onto the interview. I asked Morgan a series questions about her favourite things. It’s turned out quite fun.
Welcome to my blog, Morgan. Let’s start this off with a question that fits the tour. What’s your favourite fairytale?
Morgan: I’ve always had this strange fascination for Rumpelstiltskin. I’m really not sure why. Maybe it has something to do with my obsession with spinning and weaving. There’s so much that’s intriguing about Rumpelstiltskin, so much that’s unexplained. Like, why did the miller insist his daughter could spin straw into gold? Why did Rumpelstiltskin want the baby? Why was guessing his name the way she could get out of giving up her child? I feel like you could do so much with that story.
It is fascinating. you just made me wonder why I hadn’t tried mixing Rumpelstiltskin with Rapunzel since Spinning and weaving once were significant in what has become Girl of the Rumours.
Of all your published books, which is your favourite?
Can a parent have a favorite child? Every book is special to me in a different way. I try to choose, and, well, I can’t. I love all seven of them.
I would probably have to say the same. Except I don’t have seven books and none are published.
That’s a tough one, but I think I’ll go with baked potato soup. Potatoes + milk + cheese + bacon = awesome. I’m a bit of a dairy addict, and I love potatoes. When I cook, potatoes and cheese are almost always involved.
I can never answer that one one either. But that sounds delicious.
Favourite board game?
I’m going with Balderdash, even though these days we usually play with too many people to use the board and just keep score on a sheet of paper instead. It’s a lot of fun, good for a laugh, you find out about some really strange laws and weird movies, and you learn a lot about people and how they think. I always have a good time when we play.
I’ve played that game out of the box only a couple of times. At home we just do it with a dictionary. It is fun.
Favourite book you’ve read in the last few months?
Exiles by Jaye L. Knight. It’s such a good book. Quite an emotional roller coaster, but so good. Every storyline was gripping, there were some twists I didn’t expect, moments that made me sad, moments that made me mad, moments that made me tense, moments that made me extremely happy. Everybody should read Ilyon Chronicles.
Yes, yes, yes! I haven’t read Exiles yet, but I am so looking forward to it. Emotional roller coaster and all.
Favourite character in Twisted Dreams?
Matthew. He’s the crazy one, and he’s just so much fun to write. He’s cast as Matt Smith and inspired by the Eleventh Doctor. He’s also the only one of the main trio who isn’t twitterpated. He’s a great character.
I’m not surprised my that answer. I think Matthew is my favourite as well.
And because I really do want to know, What was the first inspiration for Twisted Dreams?
Well, Rooglewood Press announced that their fairy tale retelling contest was to be Sleeping Beauty and I wanted to enter. I started brainstorming ideas for a twist, one of which was “what if the enchanted sleep is actually a good thing?” From there, it merged with the Doctor Who episode “Amy’s Choice” where the characters keep flipping back and forth between two places and have to figure out what’s real and what’s a dream. I took that concept and ran with it, throwing in BBC Merlin, Star Wars, and Michael Vey for good measure. It’s certainly been quite interesting.
That’s a great premise and I really like where you’ve taken it.
Morgan: Thanks for having me!
It was a pleasure.
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. Her other interests include reading, playing and teaching piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment as well as the Time Captives fantasy trilogy.
You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. And do. I’ve got to know Morgan over the last few years, and I’m really glad to have her as a friend.
I have a confession to make. I have a tendency to rush through books and skim them a bit. I catch what I missed on the second pass. However, I’ve not done my second read of Twisted Dreams. So this will be short and a bit spotty.
It’s a sound story with fun characters and strong themes.
I love the beginning. It’s told from Leisel’s point of view when she’s a baby. The confusion when she falls asleep only to awaken in another world is very realistic.
The theme of trusting God, not in a prince to rescue is beautiful.
I recommend it.
Add on Goodreads. Preorder on Kindle so you can get it when it releases in a couple of days.
Waitwaitwait, Merlin influenced Twisted Dreams? How? (@Morgan: if you actually see this and you feel like answering but it’s spoilery, you can tell me on the Google hangout chat.) Sorry, but I love BBC Merlin.
Great interview! Now I want to read a good Rumplestiltskin retelling . . .
Poison Kiss actually has some references to Rumplestiltskin. (Because when would Kendra ever now reference a fairytale.)
I have read one good Rumplestiltskin retelling recently. Spinner of Secrets by Annie Louise Twitchell. I think it might be free at the moment.
Well… I needed a spinning wheel expert.
(And the answer is never.)
Oooh, cool beans. (And yeah . . . I can only think of one book with more fairy tale references than Kendra’s retellings usually have.)
I just checked and it is indeed free. Definitely downloading it; thanks!
Edit: Darn it. It’s not actually free unless you have Kindle Unlimited, which I don’t. Oh well . . .
That’s frustrating. It had been free for a short time, and I couldn’t remember the timing.
There’s some Merlin influence in the worldbuilding of Hanover, and a bit of Arthur/Uther in Will’s relationship with his father. The scene towards the end when they arrive back in Hanover and see Hildebrand has some heavy Merlin influence…or maybe it’s just because I rewatched the Series 4 episode “The Wicked Day” around when I was writing it. 🙂 Merlin is the best. I actually cast Bradley James as the main guy in another story, Anthony Head is older Will, and Colin Morgan is the friend of the main guy in the story about Will and Liesel’s daughter I plan to write.
Ah, cool. I agree, Merlin is the absolute best. And I have a suspicion that I’ll like this friend-of-the-main-guy . . .
Thanks so much for taking part in our blog tour, Bria!
Thanks for your review! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I hope you enjoy it even more on your second read. 🙂