With the holidays coming up, I’m checking my day planner every chance I get to make sure I don’t forget something or someone. Flipping ahead, I noticed that I’ll soon be celebrating the 1 year anniversary of publishing Nobody’s Cinderella. I love this book so I thought I’d talk about it today. Happily, readers seem to love it too. In fact, who doesn’t love a Cinderella story?
The Cinderella Myth is still one of the most popular folk tales in the world. You’ll find it in not only European countries but also in India, Vietnam, and Africa. In truth, it crosses all cultural lines. There are hundreds of folk tale versions of the Cinderella story.
You might be surprised to learn that one of the earliest recorded versions comes from China. According to the Chinese story, the heroine doesn’t have a fairy godmother, but a magical fish who helps her. However, a golden shoe leads a prince to her, and they marry. Some sources say the story actually originated in Greece even earlier.
Nearly 1200 years later, Cinderella is still having her story told by countless authors – including me. Don’t let the title of my romantic comedy, Nobody’s Cinderella (Book 1 of San Antone Two-Step), fool you. Heroine Darcy Benton is a Cinderella who wishes on a Christmas star instead of waiting for her fairy godmother to cast a spell and send Darcy her prince.
In this case, Darcy’s prince is Chase Whitaker, owner of an oil exploration/production company. Of course, I put pretty shoes on the cover of this romantic comedy. After all, what is Cinderella without a pair of knock ’em dead shoes?
Most Cinderella stories don’t show her and her prince living happily ever after. I plan to show that they do in Cinderella Blue, (Book 2 of San Antone Two-Step), which stars Darcy’s brother Bruce. You’ll meet him in Nobody’s Cinderella, and he’ll meet his match in Cinderella Blue.
I chose to give readers a glimpse of Darcy and Chase’s happily-ever-after in the second book, to be published before Christmas, because I like to see love validated. Isn’t that what a sequel is for?
About Nobody’s Cinderella
In this sassy, sexy romantic comedy, Darcy Benton is the oldest cliche in the world–a woman in love with her boss.
Other than that little quirk, Darcy is no-nonsense, practical, mature, and sober. She’s just the kind of woman Chase Whitaker wants as head of accounting for his company. She’s definitely not the kind of woman he wants in his bed.
Enter Darcy’s meddling, matchmaking best friend who has a plan to transform Darcy into a hottie designed to attract Chase’s interest. All it takes? A couple of little lies. Oh, and a wish on a Christmas Star. Darcy should have heeded that old advice. Be careful what you wish for.
Happy Reading and Happy Thanksgiving!
(Joan Reeves writes funny, sexy Romances. Her books are available at all major ebook sellers and in audio at Audible and iTunes. Joan publishes Writing Hacks, a free subscription newsletter for writers, and Wordplay, a free subscription newsletter for readers. Info? Visit SlingWords or Joan’s Website.)