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with Barbara Silkstone!

Barbara Silkstone is the best-selling author of the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series that includes: WENDY AND THE LOST BOYS, LONDON BROIL, CAIRO CAPER, MIAMI MUMMIES, and the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider Boxed Set. Her Criminally Funny Fables Romantic Suspense series includes: THE SECRET DIARY OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND, AGE 42 AND THREE-QUARTERS, WENDY AND THE LOST BOYS, and ZO WHITE AND THE SEVEN MORPHS. For a squirt of paranormal comedy, try: COLD CASE MORPHS. True fiction fan? Try THE ADVENTURES OF A LOVE INVESTIGATOR.

Silkstone’s writing has been described as “perfectly paced and pitched – shades of Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen – without seeming remotely derivative. Fast moving action that shoots from the hip with bullet-proof characterization.” 

All books are available on Audible.com

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Fairy Tale Therapy

by Barbara Silkstone

Fairy Tale Therapy
When life tips your tiara, it can hurt like the worst toothache. All princesses endure this at one time or another. Sometimes the only relief from the pain of a tipped tiara is to re-write a fairy tale and mock all the bullies who tried to knock your crown off your head. I found riffing fairy tales to be quite therapeutic.

Therapy 101: Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland is insatiably curious and eager for adventure. Following a white rabbit down a hole, she finds a world that skates on the thin edge of logic.

My Contemporary Alice
Miami real estate broker, Alice Harte, follows the WRONG white rabbit and tumbles into a world populated by mobsters and their nonsense lawyers. The original Alice nibbled on mushrooms and EAT ME cookies to grow in size and strength. Alice Harte relies on Xanax when she stumbles across a beheaded mob boss. Will she keep her own head? And what about love? After all, this is romantic suspense.

How The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters Came to Be
Caught up in a relationship with a British man I met on the Internet in a holiday house exchange, I was jabberwockied to discover he was a professional conman. Like the original Alice, I tried to make sense out of his nonsense. But he confused my logical mind with his caterpillar smoke and mirrors. I had become Alice in Wonderland, and the only way out was through the portal I created by writing my own version of Alice. I became a twister of fairy tales. It’s great fun to use snarky wit to secure the tiaras of not only Alice, but Wendy Darlin and Zo White.

Comparing Alices
Both Alices are curious creatures but whereas the original Alice wanted only to escape the world of grownups with her tiara intact, contemporary Alice wants to live in England with a loving partner and stroll the sheep-lined country lanes.  She’d also like to escape her mobster employer. Unfortunately, Alice Harte is tossed down a dark rabbit hole with murder, mystery, thugs, fish-flingers, and a touch of romance. The usual suspects: the March Hare, Red Queen, and the Tweedles appear in the book, but with a Chandler-esque twist.

The Courtroom – Real Life
I found myself in a courtroom not unlike Alice’s encounter with the King, Queen, dormouse, lizard, and playing cards. It was easy to convert a pack of lawyers into a deck of playing cards. I fastened my tiara, rolled up my sleeves, and jumped in. I hoped that at the end of my godawful experience, I would have one heck of a fairy tale to share.

 In Wonderland, Alice is called as a witness. She accidentally knocks over the jury box with the animals inside. The King orders her to place the animals back into their seats before the trial continues.
In my real life courtroom, a portly, pompous lawyer berated me, then without turning, he backed into his seat. He missed the chair and tumbled to the floor knocking over a few stray barristers. When he fell on his bum with an earth- shattering thud, I knew my fairy tale was calling to me. This would make a perfect book.
As I grew in size to the point where the beheading judge was fast falling to pieces, I recalled the part in Wonderland where the Queen orders Alice to be gone, citing Rule 42: "All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.” Alice argues against their silly rule and refuses to leave. The Queen shouts her familiar, "Off with her head!" but Alice is unafraid, calling them “just a pack of cards.” The cards and characters swarm over her as she beats them off.

This final scene was enough to launch my career as a twister of fairy tales. 

If your tiara is painfully tipping or your chip has fallen from your shoulder, take one fairy tale and call me in the morning.

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Author: Barbara Silkstone
Release Date: March 8, 2010
Publisher: Barbara Silkstone

Miami real estate broker and terminal anglophile, Alice Harte, falls for the wrong White Rabbit. Nigel Channing is an international conman with a gift for crafting Byronesque emails. He sweeps Alice off her feet and down a rabbit hole laden with mugs, thugs, and be-headers. Will Alice be able to keep her head when all about her are losing theirs? Are the cards stacked against her or will she find true love? Is there a Joker in the deck? 

Books in the Criminally Funny Romantic Suspense series: 


For a paranormal giggle, try: 


For True Fiction with a smirk try: 

Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider Series - Comedy Mysteries 
Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider - Boxed Set 

WENDY AND THE LOST BOYS topped the charts in comedy, climbing over Tina Fey, Sophie Kinsella, and Ellen DeGeneres. 
THE SECRET DIARY OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND, AGE 42 AND THREE-QUARTERS has been a consistent best seller in comedy. Both Wendy and Alice have been in the top 20 Amazon comedies at the same time.


Ready to dive into
Barbara Silkstone's
unique novels?

To celebrate Fairy Tale Fortnight, Barbara has offered up ebooks of THE SECRET DIARY OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND, AGE 42 AND THREE-QUARTERS and ZO WHITE AND THE SEVEN MORPHS, as well as an audiobook of WENDY AND THE LOST BOYS!

This is not a prize pack; there will be 3 separate winners!

All FTF giveaways run until May 10th.

You must register on the Giveaway Registration Form during the event to be considered for any prizes in individual giveaways throughout the event.

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  1. Thank you so very much for having me. It's been very therapeutic.
    May this week be the best of fairy tales for all your readers.

    1. Katie (Crittenden Marziale) Wisconsinite here saying what a fun interview, Barb. Loved the video. Have yet to read the Alice book but it's on my Kindle lineup for Summer 2014.

  2. Barbara can spin an exciting and fun tale,I especially LOVE Wendy Darlin!!!!! Reading "series" stories are so fun, the characters become friends and you just can't wait for the next one to come out!!!! You have to see what they're up to next, I'm hooked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland Age 42 and 3/4 was a delightful surprise with twists I didn't expect!!!!!! Her style is fun and quirky, you got to watch for the subtle humor, Barbara doesn't disappoint!!!

  3. So right about fairy tales, Barbara. Your writing does it for me - takes me into that wonderful world of fairy tales with that twisted, hilarious touch I love. Keep it up!

  4. Alice was the first of Barbara's books that I read, but I've read them all since! I love this interview – like the books, it's quirky, funny and entertaining. Keep writing, Barb!

  5. All of these books look great to me, i havn't had the chance to read any of them or any of her books so i would so love to win one, i would love to read the alice in wonderland and 3/4 one but i would love any of them!! they all look great thank you for the giveaway great review and everything you all do thanks again


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