Saturday, May 28, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: A Cinderella for the Prince's Revenge (A Cinderella for the Prince's Revenge #1) by Emmy Grayson

Title: A Cinderella for the Prince’s Revenge
Series: A Cinderella for the Prince's Revenge #1
Author: Emmy Grayson
Publisher: Harlequin Presents
Publication Date: May 24th 2022
Print Length: 198 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance

This Cinderella romance from Emmy Grayson has it all—drama, revenge…and a royal proposal to remember!

His royal ring is on the table…

Her destiny is in his hands!

Small-town bartender Briony Smith’s exhilarating flirtation with customer Cass is a welcome distraction from her very ordinary existence. She’s speechless when Cass reveals he’s a prince and she’s a long-lost princess!

She’s even more shocked by his convenient proposal! Marrying Cass will allow her to be part of the family she’s never known. And their powerful attraction can only sweeten the deal. But will it still feel like a fairy tale after Cass’s admission that making her his bride is part of his plan for revenge?

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He glanced back at the front door of the bar, an unexpected smile lurking about his lips. Based on Alaric’s file, he had anticipated a quick and breathlessly grateful “yes” to his proposal, perhaps even a few appreciative tears. Not the display of furious independence or the grand exit into the cold.

She would be there tomorrow morning, he thought as he turned the lock and let himself out the kitchen door. Without him, her family would plunge into ruin within months, if not weeks.

His mind conjured up the last image of her framed in the doorway, red curls splayed across her shoulders, emerald eyes flashing fire, lush lips set into a firm line as the snow swirled behind her. Even in her worn coat and jeans, she’d exuded a regal fortitude befitting the descendants of royalty and a frustrating yet admirable stubbornness.

She might not show. A possibility he had not accounted for. But the thought didn’t fill him with anger or concern. His smile grew as he walked around the bar towards the snow-covered parking lot.

The possibility of going deeper into battle to make Briony Van Ambrose his wife filled him with a heated excitement. No matter what happened tomorrow morning, she would be his.
Emmy Grayson's interest in romance can be traced back to her love of Nancy Drew books, when she tried to solve the mysteries of her favorite detective while rereading the romantic chapters with Ned Nickerson. Fast-forward a few years when she discovered a worn copy of "A Rose in Winter" by Kathleen Woodiwiss on her mother's bookshelf, and she was hooked. Over 20 years later, Harlequin Presents made her dream come true by offering her a contract for her first book.

When Emmy isn't writing or reading, she's chasing around her baby boy, feeding her menagerie of fur babies or carving out a little time on her front porch with her firefighter hubby.

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Bringing Cinderella to Life
by Emmy Grayson

I love fairy tale retellings, especially when they’re tackled from a sexy romance angle. In creating Cass and Briony’s journey, I wanted to incorporate elements from the original tale into their story while giving it a modern approach. I really enjoyed rewatching the 1950 Disney animated classic. It was one of my favorite cartoons growing up, which is why I incorporated elements like a bartender named Gus in honor of my favorite of Cinderella’s mice helpers. But my absolute favorite film rendition (so far) of Charles Perrault’s original fairy tale is Ever After starring Drew Barrymore. Not only do Barrymore and Anjelica Huston rock their respective roles as Cinderella and the Evil Stepmother, but I love the strength and courage Barrymore brought to the role. It’s what inspired Briony’s feistiness and determination as she fights to find her place in the world and allow herself to fall in love with a man who has captivated her even as he's withheld a terrible secret from her.

While I loved including Easter eggs like Gus, I shied away from some of the original story’s less-Disney-friendly details. For example, unlike the eye-rolling antics Cinderella’s stepsisters employ to get the glass slipper to fit in the cartoon, Perrault’s 1697 version involved a paring knife. The less said about what transpired to get the slipper to fit, the better!

Probably my favorite element: making Anna Vega from A Deal for the Tycoon’s Diamonds, the third book in my Cabrera Brothers trilogy, the fairy godmother. It was hard to say good-bye to the Cabrera Brothers. Being able to gift Briony with beautiful dresses and bring back a member of the Cabrera family for one final hurrah was a special treat!
Win a prize pack that includes a $10 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of A Cinderella for the Prince's Revenge by Emmy Grayson, a copy of A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James, and a romance novel candle from Novel Candle Co. (Open worldwide)

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  1. Love a good romantic. The candle sounds great too! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  2. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  3. This sounds like a great book. I like the cover and excerpt.

  4. I love the sound of this story. Emmy is definitely on my reading list.

  5. Do you have any advice for new writers?

  6. I like it, I'll add it to my reading list!