BOUND–Inspiration (Let’s talk fairy tales…and a giveaway!) Back to Blog
Update: The winner of the Amazon.com gift card is…Khristine Stain. Congrats!
Fairy tales inspired all of the BOUND novellas that I wrote. What can I say? I am one serious fan of fairy tales. Though I’ll confess, sometimes, I wanted to twist things up a bit with those fairy tales, and that twisting? That’s how the BOUND stories came to be…
For BOUND BY BLOOD, well, you may have guessed that one. It’s a classic tale, and I’ll confess, my all-time favorite fairy tale…Beauty and the Beast. Our heroine is forced to stay with the hero in order to protect those that she cares about…only in my tale, Belle became a vamp and the beast? Well, who better to play a beast than a wolf shifter.
The inspiration for BOUND IN DARKNESS? Snow White. I know many girls root for the prince when they are younger and reading fairy tales. But I wasn’t exactly a prince kind of girl, so…for my take on Snow White, I wanted my heroine to fall for the man who was *supposed* to kill her. Remember the huntsman with orders to cut out fair Snow White’s heart? Well, in my take on the fairy tale, this guy becomes our anti-hero. And, of course, he’s a werewolf.
Another werewolf hero and vampire heroine…I do love that pairing! Opposites can make for a powerful attraction, and I so enjoyed pairing vampires and werewolves together in my BOUND books. For BOUND IN SIN, the fairy tale that inspired me was Cinderella. Only instead of Cinderella wanting to marry the prince and escape from her evil family, my heroine’s job was to save the hero. To keep him safe. To protect the guy from his evil family. Who says a Cinderella heroine can’t kick butt?
And, for the most recent BOUND release…
Am I the only one who ever wondered…was Sleeping Beauty asleep for so long because she was a vampire?! Because the Sleeping Beauty tale is one that has always intrigued me. BOUND BY THE NIGHT is my take on Sleeping Beauty, if, you know, Sleeping Beauty had been a vampire queen. Here’s the blurb for the story (can you see the inspiration that Sleeping Beauty gave in the blurb?):
For the last fifteen years, vampire queen Iona has been dead to the world. Trapped under the power of a brutal curse, she has been helpless. A prisoner, locked within her own still body. Then alpha werewolf Jamie O’Connell fights his way to her side. After defeating the guards that surround her, Jamie gives Iona his blood…and she rises.
The world has changed a great deal in the last fifteen years, and Iona has changed, too. Once known as the Blood Queen because of her dark reputation, she now finds herself longing for the blood of only one man…only he isn’t just a man. She wants the blood of her werewolf—Jamie’s blood. But Iona doesn’t realize that Jamie has been keeping secrets from her. Very dark, dangerous secrets. And Iona may have traded one curse for another.
Now that he has Iona, Jamie vows to never let her go. He needs his Blood Queen in order to defeat his enemy, he needs her to make his own beast stronger, and…he just needs her. Jamie has risked his life to claim Iona, and he won’t let anything break their bond. Not time. Not spells. Not even a wild and reckless vampire queen…
Inspiration. It can come from so many places…and I love that I was able to write these Bound stories based on fairy tales that have always made me smile.
Do you have a favorite fairy tale? Please share with me! I’ll pick one commenter to win a $15 Amazon.com gift card.