{Interview/Giveaway} Pauline Creeden,co- author of ARMORED HEARTS

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Pauline Creeden stopped by The Book Rat last week
with a guest post on ARMORED HEARTS and a giveaway!
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Keep reading for today's interview with Pauline and ANOTHER giveaway.
That's right, DOUBLE your chances to WIN!

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ARMORED HEARTS is scheduled to come out April 30, 2013!
Read an excerpt NOW!

In simple language, Pauline Creeden breaks down Biblical stories and applies them to real life in new ways. Her methods of teaching have brought new light to old scriptures. 

Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. 

In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
Visit Pauline on her website, Twitter, and Facebook!
An interview with 
Pauline Creeden

As much as we may love any particular tale, each has its own "problematic" aspects (for me, I can't get over the fact that Prince Charming has to find Cinderella, the glorious love of his life, by matching up her feet. I mean, really?). Which problematic aspect of a tale really gets under your skin?

The fathers of children with wicked stepmothers. Why is it that they never, ever defend the children, and ultimately leave the children alone with the woman who hates them? Are men really that dense and oblivious?

Which fairy tale would you most like to spend 24 hours inside of, and which the least?

The most – Cinderella – wouldn’t you love to go to that ball? 
The least – Hansel and Gretel – All that candy and a wicked witch inside – temptation with bite.

If you could merge any two fairy tales (introduce the characters, combine the worlds, etc), which would they be and what would result?

It would be rather funny to combine The Boy Who Cried Wolf with Cinderella. She’s over here. Nope, wait, over there.

Someone gives you a key ring and says you can open any door you want, save one. Then they leave you alone with all those keys and doors. What do you do?

Well, in a fairy tale situation, there is always a reason for those rules – the door that’s left will likely hide something that will eat me on the other side, right? Um…I definitely will not open that door, I’ve seen enough horror movies to know that would be a mistake!

You have a fairy godmother who is granting you one perfect day: what does that entail?

Wow, lots of quiet and alone time so I could get more done…like reading…or writing. I’m one of those authors who have to do a little here and a little there, amid the demands of my day. I know some who need at least 2 hours of alone time to get anything done – if I needed that, books would never get written – if I have 20 minutes, I can belt out a quick scene, and I make progress. But to have a perfect day of peace and quiet. In a cabin, by a lake, with a hot tub, lots of Snapple teas and an errand boy…would be nice.

Your favorite obscure (or less well-known) fairy tale?

Right now, I’m very much into The Six Swans.  One of my authors for my press has written a very interesting modern interpretation of the tale which involves no magic. It’s quite interesting and has been a fun ride – due to be out by the end of summer.

Most overrated fairy tale?

Sleeping Beauty – A guy falls in love with a girl who never speaks or does anything but lay there. Really? That’s your perfect girl?

What made you fall in love with fairy tales--and decide to write one?

Fairy tales have moral fiber, with delineated good and bad. Innocence is rewarded, but ignorance is not. They take the essence of truth and make it tangible and palatable. What’s not to like?
This or That?

Tower or Dungeon?

At least in the tower you have a good view, and I’m not afraid of heights, so I’d rather be there.

Evil Queen or Wicked Witch?

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. An Evil Queen has more power than a witch, even without the magic.

 Castle or Cottage? 

When I think castle, I honestly think cold and impersonal. Nothing like a cottage for a warm sense of home.

Talking Birds or Talking Mice?

Who wants mice?

Prince or pauper?

Often love can blind a girl. And so can money. A Prince with money and power tends to be a fleeting asset – he’ll go where the best “investment” is – it’s rare to find true love and money in one who can change his mind at any time. So the question really becomes would you rather be wealthy and unhappy or have love and poverty?

Thank you so much, Pauline!
Before Fairy Tale Fortnight, I'd never heard of THE ARMORED HEART,
but now I'm excited for it to come out.
I'm also looking forward to this summer's retelling of The Six Swans from an author with your press now.  I want to know more!
O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Author: Melissa Turner Lee and Pauline Creeden
Release Date: Out April 30, 2013
Publisher: AltWit Press

When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother's side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales. Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park, left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair. Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.

This is an exciting collaboration between a Steampunk writer and a Paranormal Romance author. Together we are blending the two cultures as seamlessly as possible so that fans of both genres will love what we’ve come up with.


Pauline has offered up 2 Fairy Tale Fortnight giveaways!

The one live at The Book Rat is for an ebook of Armored Hearts AND a $10 Amazon gift card

The one today is for a paperback copy of Armored Hearts! 

Everyone may download the prologue, WINTER FAE, mentioned above!

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and ends April 10th, 2013. 
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  1. The absentee fathers in some fairy tales have always bothered me too, especially in Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella. Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted is the only book I've read that provided a good explanation for this. Armored Hearts looks very interesting, adding it to the TBR.

    1. Agreed! I love when the parents are actually around and good parents!

  2. Anyone interested can now add Armored Hearts to their "want to read" list at goodreads! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17736129-armored-hearts

  3. I can't wait for ARMORED HEARTS!Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Ok with that said,I have always loved fairy tales and been captivated by CINDERELLA.Like you said Paula,who wouldn't want to go to a ball but also what girl doesn't dream of becoming a princess,especially one who is from a lowly life or lowly self-esteem. I love the movie EVER AFTER~a remake of CINDERELLA.Also,I became fascinated with QUEEN ESTER after a message our Pastor preached.I love reading her story over and over.Then the movie ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING(which is my favorite movie) came out and as I watched it I realized,Ester(Hadassah) was the original CINDERELLA.


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