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Tattered Slippers Blog Tour: Poison's Dance by Tricia Mingerink

Beyond the Tales #3

If he falls to the lure of the curse, the dance might trap him forever.

Alex has survived his first year as high king. The new counsel has improved cooperation between the kingdoms, and peace seems achievable. When the Tuckawassee queen sends him an invitation he can’t refuse, Alex must once again face his greatest threat for the sake of peace.

Princess Tamya of Tuckawassee, along with her eleven sisters, has danced from sunset until sunrise every night of her life. It is her gift and her curse. When Queen Valinda wishes to use the power their cursed dance gives them to rule all of Tallahatchia, Tamya must decide if she will do what is right even if it betrays her own sister.

Daemyn Rand has survived a hundred years' worth of battles. All he wants to do now is safely marry his princess. Will he be forced to choose between the love of his life and the high king he has loyally served for years?

They have faced certain death before. This time, they might not make it out alive.

Don’t miss this re-envisioning of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale.

Author Interview:

1) What inspired this retelling of 12 Dancing Princesses?

I love the 12 Dancing Princesses fairy tale and have been planning to retell it as part of the Beyond the Tales series from the moment I started writing Dagger's Sleep (book 1). I took a lot of inspiration from the various versions of this tale and had a lot of fun weaving in nods to the original versions.

2) What is your favorite fairy tale and why?

Beauty and the Beast has always been a favorite since I was little (and not just the Disney version). I guess that's kind of cliche, since a lot of writers connect with bookish Belle, lol.

3) Which fairy tale has the best heroine?

I am fascinated by the heroines of the Goose Girl and the Wild Swans fairy tales. In both of these stories, the heroine perseveres through a lot of trials and hardships in order to rescue a kingdom or her family. As it would have it, my next book in the Beyond the Tales series is going to be a Goose Girl and Wild Swans mash up.

4) Why did you choose to tell this story this way?

Since I was writing this tale as part of my Beyond the Tales series, I adapted it to fit my already established world building, such as the way curses work in this series and the Appalachian-meets-medieval setting. I was already working with a lot of characters from previous books, especially Alex. This tale especially worked well to present him with a number of temptations and challenges to test the character development that has been happening throughout this series.

5) What about fairy tales attracts you to them?

I love how fairy tale retellings can take a familiar tale and rework it to make it surprising, and I love reading a fairy tale retelling and finding all the little nods to the original versions. It's kind of like finding Easter Eggs in a movie, lol.

6) What other projects do you have in the works and when can we read them?

Besides the Goose Girl and Wild Swans retelling that will be Beyond the Tales book 4, I'm also working on a Bluebeard/Robin Hood novella. Both of these should be releasing in 2021 sometime, though I don't have release dates or more details that I can share just yet.

7) Why do you enjoy writing and what is your favorite part of the process?

I love the joy of crafting a story and watching it come together. I love both the drafting and the editing process, and usually by the time I'm sick of the one, it's time to switch to the other.

Author Bio:

Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn't writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

Find her online at: Website || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Amazon

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