Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Merlin's Shakespeare Series by Carol Anne Douglas

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the Merlin’s Shakespeare series by Carol Anne Douglas. This blog tour was organized by Lola's Blog Tours. Besides a spotlight on the series, I've also got a great guest post for you about Carol Anne Douglas' favorite Shakespeare play. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more guest posts, excerpts, author interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
Merlin’s ShakespeareTitle: Merlin’s Shakespeare
Series: Merlin’s Shakespeare #1
Author: Carol Anne Douglas
Publisher: Hermione Books
Publication Date: November 10th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Time Travel
Beth loves Shakespeare's plays, but does she want risk her life for them?

The immortal wizard Merlin transports high school actor Beth Owens to Shakespeare's London and the worlds of Shakespeare's characters in search of a missing play about King Arthur. Mercutio guides her and flirts with her, but Richard III threatens her sanity, her friends' lives, and the integrity of Shakespeare's plays.

The Mercutio ProblemTitle: The Mercutio Problem
Series: Merlin’s Shakespeare #2
Author: Carol Anne Douglas
Publisher: Hermione Books
Publication Date: May 6th 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Time Travel
High school actor Beth Owens faces a new challenge: She needs to bring a Shakespearean character she loves back from the dead. But she has to become a man and risk her life to do it. Richard III still menaces her.

Carol Anne Douglas
Carol Anne Douglas has loved Shakespeare since she watched A Midsummer Night's Dream when she was a child. She identifies with the character Nick Bottom because she wants to play every part, which only a writer can do. She is an avid reader of Arthurian and Shakespearean literature. Her previous fantasy novels, Lancelot: Her Story and Lancelot and Guinevere, feature Lancelot as a woman in disguise. When Douglas isn't reading or writing, she spends as much time as she can in the national parks, hiking and watching wildlife. She lives in Washington, D.C.

What is your favorite play by Shakespeare?
That question is almost impossible to answer. I have favorite dramas, comedies, and history plays.

I suppose I would have to say Hamlet is my favorite drama, and perhaps my overall favorite. Not a very unusual choice. But I have seen more versions of it than any other play because it is so compelling. The soliloquies are of course magnificent. Who hasn't worried about the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune?

When I grieved over a friend's violent death, I watched different versions of Hamlet obsessively. It was cathartic to watch the revenge plot since I was not going to seek revenge in my own life.

My most disliked version of Hamlet is Olivier's. I think it's far too artificial. I like a filmed version of a play with Kevin Kline in it because he makes Hamlet sad. I find that moving.

I've written my own take on the play. It's had some readings, and I'd love to see it produced.

Hamlet is a character in the second book in my series, The Mercutio Problem.

It is more difficult to decide on my favorite comedy. I am fond of many of them. I very much enjoy the strong women heroes and the gender confusion in Twelfth Night and As You Like It. But A Midsummer Night's Dream is the first Shakespeare play I ever saw, and it is my favorite comedy. Nick Bottom the weaver is my favorite character. I love his passionate, unconcealed desire to play all the parts. I think the mechanicals' rehearsal of Pyramis and Thisbe is the most delightful part of the play, though it's also fun to watch Puck intervening in human lives.

So Bottom is one of the characters in my young adult books. He's not a principal character, but I needed to include him. A life without Bottom would be dull.

My favorite history play is Richard III. I think that Shakespeare's Richard, regardless of whether he resembles the historical Richard, is the perfect villain. He relishes his villainy the way Falstaff relishes alcohol. That's why I made Richard the villain in my books.

My choices of Hamlet, Bottom, and Richard III seems to show that I like characters who tell the audience what they are thinking.

Shakespeare's variety, his ability to see life in all its complexity, thrills and inspires me.
The are the prizes you can win include:
- One set of paperback copies of both Merlin’s Shakespeare and The Mercutio Problem (US Only)
- Two winners will each win a set of e-copies of both Merlin’s Shakespeare and The Mercutio Problem (International)

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