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Thursday, April 14, 2016

I Love Fairy Tales Giveaway

As you've probably figured out by now, I love modern retellings of old fairy tales. That's why I ended up writing the Baba Yaga series, based on an updated version of the old Russian Fairy tales of a sometime wicked/sometimes not witch. Of course, like all modern retellings, my version is a little bit different from the original.

Barbara, my modern Baba Yaga, complete with her dragon-disguised-as-a-dog

A rendition of the classic Baba Yaga, riding in her mortar, steered by a pestle. (Barbara's now looks like a BMW motorcycle)
I've been thinking* about just how much I love these kinds of stories lately because my lovely friend Sierra (also my research goddess) recommended a cool book by Naomi Novak, UPROOTED. This isn't an updated fairy tale at all, really, just a new one set in a Slavic world like the one the Baba Yagas come from. There is a poor peasant girl who turns out to have magic, a powerful magician named The Dragon, and, well, it's just wonderful.

You should read this.
I have so many fairy tales, both old and new, that I love. Jim C. Hines did a great series that put an entirely new spin on the traditional princesses, starting with The Stepsister Scheme. Robin McKinley has written a bunch of them. So I thought we'd spend a little time celebrating all of our favorites. Which means a fun giveaway, of course!
I've put together a prize pack including the winner's choice of one of my Baba Yaga books (Wickedly DangerousWickedly Wonderful, or Wickedly Powerful), a cute stuffed dragon, a 3D magnet that says "You say WICKED like it is a Bad Thing" (that one cracks me up), a Wicked Good Beer bottle opener (I found those on Cape Cod last summer and couldn't resist--they're magnetic too, so they can go right on the fridge), a broom pen, and some bookmarks and such. A fun fairy tale kinda giveaway, you might say.

Sorry, black cat not included. She was just supervising, as usual.
 You can enter using the Rafflecopter form, and as always, you get extra points for doing the stuff that makes me really happy, like buying a new book or putting up a review of one of the ones you've read (it has to be a new review, but you can always copy an older one to a different place, like Goodreads). Or you can just leave a comment here, answering this question:

What is your favorite modern or classic fairy tale?

I can't wait to see what you all have to say!

*This is what happens when I'm laid up with a twisted knee.

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40 comments:

  1. Snow White and Rose Rec was my favorite as a child.

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  2. I'm fickle and my choice can change quickly. But... right now it's your fractured retelling of the Baba Yaga folk tales. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I'm happy dancing! I've been messaging my library all week trying to get them to order Wickedly Powerful.... contacted 4 different branches. Finally! One has messaged me back that they are ordering it and that I'll be first in the queue!!!! Happy Days!!!!! This will also mean that they will have three of your Baba Yaga books... Yay!

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    2. Yay! Good job! We love libraries :-)

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  3. I would love to read your Baba Yaga stories! :)

    I don't have a favourite, but when I was a child, I adored the Hans Christian Andersen version of The Little Mermaid.

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  4. I love retelling of fairy tales. My fave was Sleeping beauty.

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  5. I loved Christina Henry's Alice. It's very dark and very adult, which sets it apart from all the YA retellings.

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  6. Oh, yes! Rose Red is my favorite 😄 I enjoy the Grimm series on tv & Jack Zipes The Original Folk & Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

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  7. I would have to say my favorite fairy tale is a modern one, and you mentioned the author yourself. I can't stop reading Sunshine by Robin McKinley, it's become comfort brain food. Rae is just...loveable, a quality you don't always get to see in heroines.

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  8. I don't know if I can choose my favorite retelling of a fairytale there are so many good ones. I love the old and new!

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  10. I loved Pamela Dean's "Tam Lin", it retells the Scottish ballad "Tam Lin".

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  11. I love Alex Bledsoe's mountain fae series based, I think, on retelling of legends about the fae and magic in music.

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    1. The Tufa stories are among my favorites!

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  12. What is your favorite modern retelling or classic fairy tale? The Grimm, Sleepy Hollow, and Beauty & the Beast series that came out on TV.

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    1. The original, you mean? I loved that one.

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  13. My favorite tales are Red riding hood, Snow White and Grimm.

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  14. I love so many fairy tales; I especially love some of those I've read from other countries. One of my favorite books as a child was Tales from Silver Lands. It was filled with amazing fairy tales, including tales of Baba Yaga. I also love the tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses.

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    1. That sounds so cool! I'd love to find a copy.

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  15. I love Alice in Wonderland! It's a classic but any which way it gets spun I love it!!!
    zanes_mommy08(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. I don't think I can name a classic fairy tale that I loved as a kid (so many years ago now) but I really do LOVE ❤ your Baba retellings.
    Bonnie S.
    Windsongbreeze2001@yahoo.com

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  17. I loved the movie version of Red Riding Hood with Amanda Seyfreid. Sleepy Hollow on TV has been pretty cool also. I enjoyed Holly Black's Modern Faerie Tales too, and I am currently devouring your Baba Yaga series.

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  18. Alice in Wonderland!!! But now I see I have many more to read!!

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  19. I always liked the Little Mermaid except the version where she turned into sea foam. I also liked Snow White and Rose Red.

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  20. If we are going Disney version, I'll say Beauty and the Beast. No question there. But if we are looking at the older stories, I'm not really sure.

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  21. I just read The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins that is based on a The Brothers Grimm tale. It was very good.

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  22. Rapunzel is a fave of mine. I kept my hair long most of my childhood years. HAIR is part of our power, our identity, our spirit.

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  23. Rapunzel is a fave of mine. I kept my hair long most of my childhood years. HAIR is part of our power, our identity, our spirit.

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  24. Actually, I loved, loved Sleeping Beauty because I have a beautifully illustrated book of the fairy tale which has gorgeous fairies and a gorgeous Beauty!

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    1. Sometimes particular versions of books really stay with us. Some of the fairy tale illustrations are amazing.

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  25. Snow White because I'm a hopeless romantic <3 Plus, the witch & her mirror were pretty awesome!

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  26. I like the Cinder series by Marissa Meyer, which is a retelling of multiple fairy tails (including Cinderella) in a futuristic setting.

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