Andrea Laurence is on CABR today 🙂
She’s written a wonderful, modern take, on Beauty and the Beast – A BEAUTY UNCOVERED,
and has taken over this blog post to tell you about the inspiration behind her novel.
There’s a giveaway too.
Good luck 🙂
I love fairytales. I think most women do.
It’s some of the first stories we’re told as little girls. I couldn’t wait to go see Cinderella in the movie theater. I think I own every Disney full-length animated feature ever done. In VHS. And then DVD. And now BluRay with digital copy.
Why do I like them so much? What other kind of story combines romance, adventure, excitement and fantasy together so perfectly? And shoes. Can’t forget the shoes. Whether you’re five, thirty-five, or sixty-five, you’ve got to love a good fairy tale. Being a modern, do-it-myself kind of woman, I always find myself drawn to the stories with the spunky, tomboy heroines who don’t necessarily NEED that Prince, but if he’s hot and he earns her love, then great!
I especially loved Beauty & the Beast. Disney’s portrayal of Belle, especially, spoke to me. Head in a book, caring for a sweet dingbat of a father, not interested in the obnoxious town stud. I loved that. And I loved the idea of the Beauty & the Beast storyline. It’s easy to fall in love with a handsome, well-mannered man who treats you like a princess. Cinderella didn’t stand a chance. But Belle had a diamond in the rough.
The Beast was not traditionally good looking. He was grumpy with a nasty temper. Despite everything that happened to him, he still had a pompous attitude that refused to acknowledge his weaknesses. And yet, I’d take him over Prince Charming any day.
Why? Because under those prickly defense mechanisms is a sweet and thoughtful man. Perhaps a bit arrogant, but kind. When he gives her that library, I about die. Not just because it’s an awesome library, but because he knows it’s the one thing she loves more than anything and he’s happy to give it to her. That’s the kind of man that gets to me.
I didn’t set out to make A BEAUTY UNCOVERED into a Beauty & the Beast story, but it didn’t take long for it to happen. My hero, Brody, was horribly scarred by an abusive father and put into foster care. As an adult, he’s very successful, but he hides from the world. It’s a self-imposed prison designed to keep him from getting hurt. If the walls, the security measures and the locked doors don’t keep people out, his bad attitude will. At least, it keeps out everyone but Samantha. She’s a beautiful, sensible woman who calls it like she sees it and is determined to break down the physical and emotional barriers that Brody keeps around him.
I loved writing the story. I spent four months staring at this picture of Matt Bomer, my inspiration for Brody, and loved every minute of it.
The only thing I wished I could change was to make Samantha’s kiss magical and take away the curse put on Brody. Unfortunately, that’s where reality and fairy tales divert. But in a way, Samantha’s kiss is magical. It heals him on the inside, then the outside doesn’t matter as much anymore. How could it not be a great story?
Oh, and let’s not forget about the dead body… that’s important too (although it has NOTHING to do with Beauty & the Beast).
I love this book so much. I hope you do too.
One lucky commenter today will win a copy of A BEAUTY UNCOVERED for their very own.
Tell me what your favorite fairy tale is and why!
Samantha’s never met a man as guarded – and gorgeous – as billionaire CEO Brody Eden.
She doesn’t want to fall for her boss, but beneath his gruff exterior Sam senses his intense passion waiting to be unleashed.
And she makes it her mission to enter his life…and his bed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age.
She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world.
A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she’s working on her own “happily ever after” with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody’s business.
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