Thursday, October 4, 2012

Not Your Average Fairy Tale Blog Tour!

Today I'm here to share the debut novel of the fabulous Chantele Sedgwick.... Not Your Average Fairy Tale!

SA-WEET, right?!

I was completely hooked by the cover, and the story totally lives up to your expectations! It ROCKS! 

Ash (MC) is totally crush-worthy and the story between him and Kendall is so fun to follow. It's the kind of book that you don't want to put down. Plus, it has some fun little twists that keep you guessing and I LOVE that in a book!

Here's the Blurb on Goodreads:
Ash Summerland has it all–good looks, popularity, and the best grades at The Academy of Magical Beings. Ready to complete his last assignment in order to graduate, Ash is confident he will get the apprenticeship he wants. When he opens the letter from the Council, he is shocked to discover he has been assigned to apprentice Lady Shenelle, Keeper of Happy Endings. A.K.A. the head fairy godmother. Ash is forced to grant three wishes to a troubled human girl named Kendall, and ultimately give her a "happy ever after". But Kendall turns out to be more than he bargained for. Still grieving over her father's death, Kendall doesn't want anything to do with him. And worst of all, she doesn't believe in happy endings.



And since Chantele is so freaking cool, she has agreed to answer a few questions for us! So here we go...
1. Briefly tell us a little about your journey to publication.  
Ha! Briefly. ;) Well, long story short, I had an agent who subbed my book to a few publishing houses. I realized we weren't right for each other (sounds like a marriage or something...Ha ha) and we parted ways. I still loved my book and realized there were more options than just the big publishing houses, so I submitted it to Crescent Moon Press and was offered a 2-book contract a few days later.

2. How did you come up with the idea for NOT YOUR AVERAGE FAIRY TALE? 
I had just finished reading a re-telling of Cinderella. I love re-tellings and had a thought. What if Cinderella didn't end up with the prince? And what if she fell for a fairy-godmother who was a guy? The rest is history.

3. What do you think is the best thing about being an author?
 
Oh, the life of an author. I think my favorite thing is letting my writing brain take over to get the stories out of my head. I LOVE writing. I love putting my own words on the page and seeing my characters come to life. It's crazy and exciting and HARD! But I love it anyway. There's something special about knowing you've put your whole heart into your book. Published or not. :D

And a few "chocolate chip questions."
4. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
I've always wanted to fly.

5. If you could be any "fantasy creature" what would you be and why?
 
Hmmm... If we're talking about fantasy creatures from my book, I'd have to go with a fairy. Reason one: They can fly. Reason two: They have super cool magic! And ... Ash is a fairy ... and I love him. ;)

6. And... share a favorite thought or quote!
"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
? Toni Morrison

SA-WEET!
 You are awesome Chan! Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your blog tour! I love this book and I can't wait for everyone to get their hands on it!
And... just for you uber-smart peeps... Chan has an awesome giveaway going along with her tour! 2 Kindle E copies of her book, NOT YOUR AVERAGE FAIRY TALE! You can enter here!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

35 comments:

Susan Roebuck said...

That is a lovely book cover. Great interview - and I always wanted to fly too. Good luck Chantele

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is an interesting twist!

Kyra Lennon said...

This is such a brilliant book! I definitely encourage anyone who hasn't read it yet to do so! :D

Laura Marcella said...

I remember hearing about this book awhile ago! It's definitely an original and clever twist on the Cinderella re-telling. Congrats to Chantele!!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I can't wait to read this book. Good luck Chantele!

Suzi said...

This sounds like the kind of story where you go--how cool, I wish I'd thought of that. It's so unique and fresh. And I look forward to reading it.

Konstanz Silverbow said...

I think I would wish for a Time-Turner. That way I would be able to go back and have endless amounts of time to read books!

Konstanz Silverbow
nothoughts2small.blogspot.com

Rebecca Taylor said...

Great interview and congrats Chantele!

Samantha May said...

I'm so happy for Chantele! I really want to read this, so an e-book version of this would be swell...*cough*

Angela Brown said...

A guys as a fairy tale is just too awesome a premise to pass up.

Loved what you shared here, Chantele and thanks, Leigh, for having her here today!

Charlie Holmberg said...

Definitely an interesting premise! I should look into this one ;)

Coleen Patrick said...

I'm hooked by that cover too! Thanks for the review Leigh. :)
And I love that Toni Morrison quote too!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Yay, you're back! You've been gone for like a million years.

David P. King said...

I just got that book in the mail recently. How about that? :)

Lynda R Young said...

This sounds like such a great book!

Kelley Lynn said...

Ah! This is on my TBR list! I HAVE to get through my current book so I can read it :)

Nick Wilford said...

I love books that offer an interesting twist on fairytales. Great quote from Toni Morrison!

Shallee said...
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Shallee said...

Yay Chantele. I still completely love the concept for this, and can't wait to pick it up once my book budget allows for a new book... :)

And I would wish for sleep, a day off, and chocolate. My needs are simple right now. ;)

Rosalyn said...

This sounds great!

Jenilyn Collings said...

This book sounds like so much fun! I love fairy-tale retellings.

Nicole said...

Sounds like such a fun read!

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

I can't wait to read that book! But the wishes thing:
1) Get my student loans paid off, my credit cards, my hospital bills, and my car--oh, and my sisters', too.

2) Get published.

3) To be self sufficient enough to NEVER have to live with a roommate again.

Angela Cothran said...

I love Chan and I love this book :) Great interview!

Leslie S. Rose said...

Love the cover. I'm all over anything and everything fairy tale. Gotta grab this.

David P. King said...

Btw, I tagged you for The Next Big Thing. Check out my post today and see if you'd like to play along. :)

Patricia T. said...

Like the book cover and the title. Actually, I think I'd enjoy reading this book. Great interview. I love fractured fairy tales.

Peggy Eddleman said...

Fabulous interview, ladies! I want to fly, too. :)

Favorite line: "And ... Ash is a fairy ... and I love him. ;)"

Tyrean Martinson said...

Loved the interview! This book looks awesome!

Sabrina A. Fish said...

This book looks like a fun read. What a twist to make a guy the wish granter. I'm going to have to check it out.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I would wish for all those who are suffering to get aid, to be able tp provide for myself and my friends and family and lastly a never ending supply of books. I've heard of this book before and still love it.

Cortney Pearson said...

Gaaah, loved this cover since the first time I saw it! And I so want to read it! I had no idea Chantele had an agent first, glad she found a way to publish that worked so great for her! And I'm *dying* to read this book! I looked for it on my nook when she first released it but couldn't find it...I'll hafta try again!

michelle said...

Great interview!
The title alone grabs ones attention!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Ooh! I love your blurb, and your cover is fantastic. Looks like a good read. Glad to have heard about it. :-)

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