Guest blog by Aubrey Rose, author of Me, Cinderella?
Hi everyone, my name is Aubrey Rose and I just finished my first new adult novel, Me, Cinderella?. The story is about a young woman who longs to visit her mother’s grave in Hungary and ends up finding love along the way. Both of the main characters in the book are troubled by the violent deaths in their past, and at its heart the story is a fairytale about two broken people trying to find a way to let themselves become vulnerable again.
The Cinderella trope is very common in romance, and the first part of my book starts out the same way – girl meets boy, boy doesn’t know her name, girl runs away, leaving only a single clue to her identity... but from there, things take a different turn.
“Fate told me I wasn’t a Disney princess, and I agreed. When the other girls at school wanted to play in imaginary royal palaces built out of cardboard and imagination, I went along. But I was never the princess. I was the funny sidekick lobster that helped the princess get the prince. What I never saw in myself—what nobody ever saw in me—was the slim grace of the hand that rests the tiara on her brow.
Instead, I looked to the older legends, to the stories my mother told me about the goddesses: their vengeances, their fury.
Me, Cinderella? A dainty, feminine orchid, destined to be plucked? No. I was Artemis, strong and intelligent and cunning.”
This book is very personal to me – my father died when I was eight years old, and I’ve never been able to visit his grave. When I was younger, my mother would take me and my sister to the beach on his birthday, and we would attach notes to a balloon to send off into the sky. Later, whenever I visited a chapel, I would light a candle for him in remembrance. I have pictures of him, and my mom tells me stories about how much he loved us. But I’ve never been able to visit his grave.
Fairytales are meant to comfort us. I still miss my dad more than anything, and I still long to see the place where he is buried. But writing this book has given me some measure of comfort, and I hope that sharing my story with my readers will help anyone who has lost someone and has a hard time sharing their grief. Love is the most powerful force in the universe, and it’s what keeps us going through all kinds of tragedy. And love is what lets us know that—eventually—we will live happily ever after.
How has love helped you cope with the twists of life? I’ll be giving away a copy of Me, Cinderella? to one of the commenters below, so please check back in later. Thanks so much to Love Romance Passion for hosting me!
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One kind deed can change your life forever…
Brynn Tomlin could never afford to follow her heart. But when she sees a stranger shivering in the snow outside of the college library, an inexplicable urge leads her to buy him a hot cup of coffee. It’s just a small act of kindness, a few words of conversation. Brynn should be focusing on her finals, after all, not on the man who looked up at her gratefully with piercing blue eyes.
He could have been anyone - a janitor on break, a graduate student, a bum. But the man standing outside in the cold turns out to be Dr. Eliot Herceg, one of the most brilliant minds in mathematics and heir to a fortune. After years of reclusive isolation, he now finds his heart awakening to the kind girl whose name he does not know.
Brynn has spent her life trying to forget her desires, and Eliot’s deep wounds have taken nearly a decade to heal. After so much hurt, will either of them be able to open their hearts again?