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Fairy Tale Video Monday

Here’s your treat for today, from my reading at Capclave this past weekend!

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Music Monday (Fairy Tale Edition)

Every Monday while I’m on book tour for Enchanted, I’m going to share a fun music video that features love, fairy tales, magic, or my inspirations.

Today’s song is, appropriately, “The Frog Prince” by Keane.

Several years ago I was looking for a new CD at the HMV in London, and a random woman handed me Keane’s Hopes and Fears album. “You will love every song on this,” she told me. She wasn’t wrong. Under the Iron Sea, Keane’s sophomore effort, wasn’t as popular in the US, but it has some of my favorite songs on it. Like this one.

An old fairytale told me
The simple heart will be prized again
A toad will be our king
And ugly ogres are heroes…

I can’t find an official video for “The Frog Prince,” but here’s a fun fan-made one featuring a collage of great pictures of the band.

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WoW!

Apparently, there’s a trend in the book world that I’ve TOTALLY MISSED up until now called “Waiting On Wednesday.” On Wednesdays (surprise!) bloggers mention the upcoming books they’re really looking forward to reading.

I had no idea about this phenomenon. And then my inbox started to be flooded with Google Alerts about Enchanted. The links sent me to sites like:

Chloe’s Thoughts, by Chloe Summner

La Femme Readers

Endlessly Bookish

Oh My Books!

Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf

Spades High Reads

I have discovered a few things from reading all these blogs:

1.) The cover is GORGEOUS. Yes, I definitely agree. I’ve been told it’s not officially “finished,” but I hope when it is, they don’t change a thing.

2.) Everyone is excited about fairy tale retellings. I can’t tell you how over the moon I am about this, since it’s kind of been my life’s work. Personally I hope Once Upon a Time and Grimm stay on TV for a very long time so that I get to play in Fairy Tales FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.

3.) A lot of folks find the Frog Prince storyline unique. As it’s a Fairy Tale, it’s by definition not unique, and has even been done by Disney (but, thankfully, not in the movie called Enchanted — that would be too confusing.) While what you get from the cover and the blurb is that this begins with the Frog Prince retelling, it actually includes the original “Cinderella” and “Fitcher’s Bird” in large quantities as well.

4.) People I don’t even know have the ability to spell my name correctly. THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!!! I love you.

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Please feel free drop by any of these blogs to say hello! Or click over to Goodreads and see what folks are already saying about Enchanted.

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[Edited to add: There is a list of the WoW bloggers over at Breaking the Spine. As of this entry, there are almost 300 bloggers participating. If you would like to start a WoW on your own blog, be sure to contact them and get added to the list! Thanks to my dear friend Vane for this info.]

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Cuppa Awesome

There are riots in London. You might have heard.

What you might not have heard about is Operation Cup of Tea, the online home of the anti-riot tea movement. Their mission: to unite everyone against the riots as a show of solidarity during these difficult times. How do they do that?

Why, stay inside and drink tea, of course! It’s the British thing to do.

This movement is the brainchild of Sam Pepper, one kid who thought it would make a difference if people in the UK banded together and posted pictures of themselves drinking tea. So they did. And now the rest of the world wants to chime in. Myself included. Drinking Tea is a very Princessy Thing to Do. Plus, I get to show off my awesome Frog Prince teapot.

If you’d like to find out more about Operation Cup of Tea (or donate money, or post pictures), go to their website HERE, and you’ll find out what to do.

MAKE TEA. NOT WAR.

Love you guys. xox

 

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