by Nancy Radke
I think every girl has dreamed the Cinderella dream, with the handsome prince rescuing her from whatever trouble she is in. I know I did when I was a young girl. But the harder thing to do is to write a new slant on Cinderella that hits all the major plot points of the wicked stepmother, and the ball, and the prince…even the glass slipper and fleeing at the stroke of midnight.
I welcomed the challenge to come up with a fun Cinderella novel. This is not one of my action-packed suspense/thriller stories, but rather a gentle, Hallmark-type story to relax and enjoy. It is more like “The Holiday,” a novella I wrote for the Love Christmas 2 collection.
My Cinderella’s name is Elle, and she lives on a horse farm in a small kingdom in Europe. The king has two sons, and the older one is threatening to refuse the throne, while the younger one never wanted to be king. The younger man competes in national show-jumping events, and when he sees Elle’s horse jump, he wants it for himself. But she and her horse are already entered into that jumping event.
I really enjoyed writing my Cinderella story. I’m thinking of re-telling some more fairytales, just omitting the fantasy parts, unless they simply have to be put in. In the comment section below, put what fairytales you would like to see written as romances.
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That’s all for today. Be sure to let me know about your favorite fairy tale you’d like to see turned into a romance.
A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse’s nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said “Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes.” It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.