Friday Friends: Sarah E. Boucher & Midnight Sisters

Happy Friday, Friends!  I love to host authors and bloggers on Fridays.  it is my way of thanking the community which has been so supportive of me.  Today I am delighted to feature author Sarah E. Boucher, author of Becoming Beauty and Midnight Sisters, both fabulous interpretations of traditional fairy tales.  Welcome, Sarah!

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1. So, what have you written?

I’m the author of two Young Adult novels, Becoming Beauty and Midnight Sisters. Becoming Beauty is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Bella, the Beauty character, is at least as beastly and entitled as she is beautiful. When she’s forced into servitude in the Beast’s household, she must learn to look past the Beast’s exterior to discover what true beauty is.

Likewise Midnight Sisters is an adaptation of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. The cast is crammed with mischievous noblewomen, their angry father, and a household full of servants. Jonas, a gardener who is smitten with the eldest of the ladies, must question everything he’s every learned and risk his livelihood to save Lady Ariela and her sisters from their father’s wrath and their own folly.

  1. What subjects & causes are near and dear to your heart?

I’ve spent fourteen years working with kindergarteners and preschoolers. Education is huge with me. I’m always trying to plant the idea of becoming a reader, writer, and a lifelong learner in the minds and hearts of my students. Anyone can get a college education, whether or not their family can afford to send them. Take it from me, there are countless programs out there for those who are willing to work hard.

  1. Are you a Pantser or a Planner?

I’m definitely a pantser. Character-driven writing is my jam. I’m never quite sure where my whackadoodle characters will lead me, but I always know the adventure will be incomparable, and so much more fun than planning every last story detail. Call it luck, fate, or inspiration, but because I write like I do, beautiful patterns emerge on their own. It’s truly magical.

  1. Tell us about your love of all things British.

British movies and TV—especially anything that’s a period piece—are a huge addiction for me. Sherlock, Downton Abbey, The Great British Baking Show, Doctor Who, etc. I adore them all. That means I’m completely in love with Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, and about a million other British actors. I’m also totally obsessed with Shakespeare and Jane Austen. Devouring their brand of literature and making a home in their worlds makes me feel smarter, like I’m part of a secret universe only a few others understand.

  1. What is one unusual thing about you?

Anyone might guess that I’m completely in love with fairy tales, but what they may not guess is that I have a pretty large collection of them in my home library. Also, even though I’m a grown up, I sometimes read them to myself at night, like my own personal bedtime stories. It’s just so cozy!

  1. Ranch or Blue Cheese?

If you’re talking about carrots or chicken wings dipped in either of the above, then the answer is ranch. All day long. Otherwise I’m one of those weirdos who usually goes for some type of schmancy vinaigrette, probably with berries or exotic peppercorns in it. Because I’m so fancy. You already know . . .

  1. What are you working on right now?

Another fairy tale twist is in the works! Rumplestilskin is the inspiration for my third novel. Elyse’s life is turned upside down when she loses her parents to illness and must seek employment in a new town. When she’s given an impossible task to prove her abilities, a mysterious stranger comes to her aid. A ball hosted by the crown prince draws near and demand for Elyse’s gowns grows. The stranger once again comes to Elyse’s aid and wins her gratitude. But is it enough to win her heart or will the crown prince claim it as his own?

I’m still in the early stages, but I’m loving this story! It’s a little Rumplestilkin. Cinderella, and The Shoemaker and the Elves rolled into one!

  1. What TV shows/ movies are you watching these days?

Other than Netflix I only watch superhero shows these days. That’s Arrow, because Stephen Amell is both beautiful and amazing and 100% to blame for my DC obsession. And Flash, because that entire cast cracks me up and I’m a little in love with Grant Gustin too. And Legends of Tomorrow, because most of that cast was on either Arrow or Flash at one point, so it was only a matter of time until I fell in love with Legends as well.

  1. Do you have a theme song?

Right now Sit Still, Look Pretty by Daya rings pretty true. Mostly because I can get really dolled up. The 50s are my era, my lovelies, and I will use any excuse to don red lipstick, a big dress, a crinoline, and pretty, pretty shoes.

Sure, I’m a pretty girl

Up in a pretty world

But they say pretty hurts

And I don’t wanna sit still

I’m a pretty girl

Up in a pretty world

But no, I won’t sit still, look pretty

 

Then, just when I look amazing, I open my big mouth and my personality falls out. I’m silly. I’m crazy. I’m witty and obnoxious. I’m honest. So no, I can’t sit still and look pretty.

Plus that sounds kind of boring anyway.

  1. What is one thing you would tell your younger self?

My journey has been vastly different from the picture I carried in my head when I was a girl. If I could talk to the young Sarie, I’d tell her to strap in and prepare for an amazing ride, because cool stuff is on the way and it will come from directions she’d never expect. Also, I’d give her a little life lesson I didn’t learn until I hit my mid-twenties:

Success doesn’t look the same for everyone.

About the Author:

Sarah E. Boucher is a lover of fairy stories, romance, anything BBC and Marvel, and really, really cute shoes. On weekdays she wears respectable shoes and serves as Miss B., the Queen of Kindergarten. On school holidays she writes stories about romance and adventure. And wears impractical super cute shoes.

Sarah is a graduate of Brigham Young University. She lives and works in northern Utah. Her novels include Becoming Beauty and Midnight Sisters. Visit Sarah at SarahEBoucher.com or connect with her on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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Finishing up the Book Tour with a Sweet Treat!

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It has been such a  joy touring with this book. Special thanks to Melissa Flicks for her excellent organizing and promotion!

Stop by today’s post by C. Streetlights on her blog here.

Join us tonight for the party on Facebook, if you can!

Peace,

Denise

 

Friday Friends: Booklovers: Maile Alau

Happy Friday, Friends!  For the past year I’ve been interviewing authors and bloggers on Fridays.  This summer I decided to interview readers a.k.a #humanswholovebooks ! Please welcome my friend Maile Alau!

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1. What are you reading right now?
Right now I’m actually re-reading the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher – I just finished White Knight. He does such an amazing job of creating this world where a wizard lives and works in modern day Chicago. I love it!
2. What did you read last?
Before Dresden, I was reading the Dark Legacy of Shannara series, which takes places several hundred years after the Shannara Chronicles. A fun journey back into that world.
3. What book has most influenced you?
That’s a tough one. Honestly, I would have to say that the books that most influenced me as an adult was the Sweet Potato Queens books by Jill Connor Browne. Great stories about women who are who they are and who live crazy mixed up lives and live to tell the tales – which are hilarious and full of food and alcohol. Lol.
4. How many books did you read last year?
Probably in the neighborhood of 35 – I usually do 3 books or so a month. I wish I could read more! Some of those are re-reads – I do love my favorite books.
5. What book would you recommend for your younger self?
I wish I had read the Sweet Potato Queens books in my early 20’s, rather than in my 30’s. I think all young 20 somethings should read the Tipping Point and Blink by Malcom Gladwell. Oh, and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson so you don’t take yourself too seriously.
6. What book have you disliked?
I’m not sure because if I dislike it, I stop reading it and put it in the “forgettery” – Lol! If I don’t like a book, I tend to just walk away from it.
7. Do you prefer a genre?
Definitely fantasy/science fiction and young adult novels. I truly enjoyed the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and the Hunger Games series.
8. A popular book is becoming a film. Do you read the book first, or see the movie first?
I’ve done it both ways, and I would rather read the book first. Even if the film screws it up, I like having the background. That being said, what the movie did to Percy Jackson was criminal.
9. What would be the title of your life story?
How to find love and happiness despite yourself.
10. What is one thing you have learned from books?
Imagination and seeing the world through different lenses is the best gift you can give to yourself and your children. Even if all you read is fantasy and science fiction, you imagine new and different worlds and your mind expands.
11. Is there anything you would like to add?
My parents’ response to “I’m bored” when we were kids was “Go find a book.” I confess I say the same things to my kids. I have walked into so many households where there is nary a book to be found, and I think the very best thing a parent can do for their child is to encourage a love a reading. It will change that child’s world.

Have you read any of the books Maile mentioned? What did you think? 

Friday Fun: Mix Tapes

One of my favorite local radio stations has just switched to all-80’s, all the time. #IHeartthe80s I do enjoy the music of the 70’s as well, but it is the music of the 80’s which holds a special place in my heart.  I didn’t get the 90’s.  I spent the 90’s still listening to my favorite 80’s music.   A couple of years ago, I tried listening to 90’s music.  I was in a bad mood for a week. #truestory

So earlier this week, this happened. I was annoyed because I was put on hold, but the hold music turned out to be terrific! I listened to a song I had never heard before, and I became inspired to make an Advancement playlist for my dear son upon his Advancement from 8th grade (remember when we used to call this a graduation?).  I whipped up a playlist for him the night before the occasion.  I had always made mix tapes for my friends back in the day #IHeartthe80s and I have enjoyed making birthday playlists for each of my children, to commemorate their birthday party theme and favorite tunes of the time.

 A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to make a Pirate Fairy cd for my daughter’s birthday, as well as a Discernment cd for a dear friend who was considering Episcopalian priesthood. Surprisingly, more than a few songs were the same.  You might not think that a 6 year old girl and a Episcopalian Aspirant would net the same musical selections- but I found that as both playlists called for girl power, believing in self, and inspiration from above-  they did.

Who I Am by Natasha Beddingfield  (Theme from The Pirate Fairy)

  I Have A Dream by ABBA.

It’s Amazing by Jem.

You get the idea. I was pleasantly surprised when I found the Discernment cd spoke to Me, as I found myself with a deep question to ponder.

 So I wasn’t too surprised that my son’s Advancement playlist contained songs previously heard on various other playlists: Superheroes, Amazing Race, Raise the Bar, and even Girl Power.

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What surprised me, what how the mix and the message spoke to Me.

 

It’s Your Life by Francesca Battistelli

I Could Not Ask for More by Sara Evans.

 

Don’t you find that the Divine speaks to you through your ipod shuffle sometimes?

What music is speaking to you today?

 

 

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