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Thursday, June 12, 2014

12 Random Facts about THE MYSTERY PRINCE by Mary Waibel

Have you missed my 12 Random Facts game? I know I have! What better way to restart the fun than with my critique partner Mary Waibel's new novella--The Mystery Prince!

12 Random Fact About THE MYSTERY PRINCE

-It's a Cinderella retelling, without the wicked step-sisters and step-mother.

-It began as a short story for an anthology themed around a compass-like device.

-Originally, Nor was called Noral while in Merlette, but it seemed too confusing, so I made him Nor all the way through.

-Zoe prefers moonlit strolls to stuffy dance halls.

-Tristan is an accomplished swordsman, although we don't get to see his abilities in this tale.

-Tristan's least favorite duty is anything where he must switch places with Prince Rand.

-During edits we discovered part way through the manuscript I switched Tristan's name to Trevor (the prince in Charmed Memories, my second Princess of Valendria novel).

-With Zoe's name having a Russian feel to it, I searched for another Russian name for her father, finally settling on Aleksander.

-Needing a Germanic name for Rand's father, I came up with Rolph (and yes, I did think of the Muppet when I thought of it).

-Every time I read Tristan's name, I think of Tristan and Isolde.

-The idea for a ball came from the ball scene in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Needing to keep identities secret, I decided to make it a masquerade.

-The song 'Ten Minutes Ago' played in my mind a lot while writing the first two chapters.

Cover by CK Volnek
The Mystery Prince, a novella 
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Book Blurb:

Tristan enjoys being in the shadows as Prince Rand's bodyguard. Similar in looks, the two often exchanged places in their youth, but he never expected the king to order him to impersonate the heir to the throne in order to win the hand of a princess.

Princess Zoe needs to find a husband. After a year of searching with no success, her father insists on hosting a masquerade ball for the eligible princes of the nine kingdoms. Not one prince piques her interest, until she meets the mysterious stranger who won't tell her his name.

When Tristan meets Zoe he finds the girl of his dreams. The only problem? She's a princess and he's impersonating a prince―a crime punishable by imprisonment and floggings. Unable to tell Zoe his real name, he gives her a special navigation device. One that leads to the owner's true love. Will this magic device lead Zoe to Tristan, or will her true love forever remain a mystery prince?
Mary lives with her husband, son and two cats. When she isn't twisting fairytales, she enjoys reading, playing games, watching hockey, and camping. HerPrincess of Valendria series (Quest of the Hart, Charmed Memories,Different Kind of Knight)are available from MuseItUp Publishing and other major retailers.  Her novella, The Mystery Prince, is available at Amazon. Her Faery Marked (book 1 in the Faery Series) will be available from BookFishBooks this summer.

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06/12/2014 8:32am
Thanks for hosting me today, Erin! Hope you all enjoy that picture of the stars from the ESA/Hubble as much as I do- it makes me think of a bunch of fairy lights spreading across the sky!

06/12/2014 4:26pm
Every now and then, I randomly burst out singing "Ten Minutes Ago", "Impossible", or "In My Own Little Corner". :) By the way, I'd take a moonlit stroll over a stuffy dance halls any night! Good luck with the release, Mary!

06/16/2014 2:45pm
Great songs Jimena. You picked several of my favorites.

Thanks for the well wishes.

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