Monday, April 9, 2012

What were you thinking?

Barbara Silkstone, Author

Be aware, this is not the Peter Pan story you want your kids reading, it is clearly intended for adult readers. Yet it appeals to the childlike part of us that loved the classic original stories. Combine that childlike love with modern politics and technology, and you get this smart, snarky, hilarious mystery. The story is richly developed and leaves you guessing until the very end. I am liking this grown up version of Peter Pan even more than the original.

5.0 out of 5 stars Snarky and smart, I loved it!, November 15, 2011

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This review is from: Wendy and the Lost Boys (Fractured Fairy Tales by Silkstone) (Kindle Edition)
When a deathbed promise to a friend leaves Wendy Darlin, feisty Miami real estate broker for billionaires, trapped on a super-yacht with Ponzi-king, Charlie Hook, she’s forced to join him on a quest to recover his hidden treasure. Along for the danger-filled adventure are an undercover SEC Investigator, who kindles a spark in Wendy with his ‘Johnny Depp’ eyes and Hook’s young female helicopter pilot who befriends Wendy as they sail the high seas, one step ahead of modern day ruthless pirates.

As the power behind Peter Pan, Wendy Darling was always one of my favorite heroines. She mothered a troop of motherless boys and brought them safely home after dealing with the evil pirate, Captain Hook. Wendy stood toe-to-toe against that ruthless villain and was even willing to walk the plank in defiance of him. I rewrote Peter Pan giving it a modern spin as I do with all my Fractured Fairy Tales.

Comedy is the best way to cope with the dark side of life. And no matter who we are we all get hit with a shadow now and then. If I can help my readers laugh at pirates and bullies then I will have accomplished my goal.

I was Wendy from the time I was seven years old. I cooked for my younger sisters, dressed them, iced their wounds, and when I could I protected them from our abusive mother. I kept our dark family secret from even my best friends.

As the oldest child it fell to me to protect my sisters and to take away the pain. I discovered the power of silly. I would gather my sisters in our bedroom and mock the cruelty we’d endured at our mother’s hands. We would quietly giggle in the darkness. Three misplaced princesses looking for a proper fairy tale.

Looney Tunes became my survival guide. I taught my sisters to laugh as the anvil came crashing down on Wiley Coyote's noggin or our little blonde heads. I showed them how Daffy picked himself up and started all over again after each smashing blow. We learned that nothing was permanent. It never hurt as much if you could crack a joke about it later.

I love bringing laughter and snark to difficult situations. My heroines are each strong in their own unique way. They are survivors who can laugh at the lumps. As an author, I treasure being able to share the wickedly delicious humor found in giggling in the dark with my readers, my siblings, my friends.

Barbara Silkstone is the best-selling author of The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters ~ Wendy and the Lost Boys ~ London Broil ~ The Adventures of a Love Investigator, 527 Naked Men and One Woman.

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. Wendy, Alice, and London Broil have been in the top 20 Amazon comedies at the same time.

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The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters

Wendy and the Lost Boys

London Broil

The Adventures of a Love Investigator, 527 Naked Men and One Woman

Sunday, April 1, 2012

What were you thinking?

Donna Fasano, Author

Professor Joshua Kingston thought he'd found the perfect nanny for his son. But once Cassie Simmons stepped into his life, she turned it upside down! His son no longer played by the rules – and Cassie kept making up new ones. He would fire her – if he didn't find her so utterly enticing.

Cassie had a huge secret to hide, and she couldn't afford to lose her new job. But her handsome employer wasn't making things easy. All those silly rules. How was an eight-year-old boy supposed to have any fun? The professor definitely needed a lesson in laughter – and love!

I can't tell you how many times over the course of my 20+ year career as a published romance author I have been asked, "When are you going to write a real book? You know a [insert genre of choice, such as mystery, family saga, historical, thriller, horror, western, etc]." So I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell readers why I write romance novels.

I suffered a lot of tragedy while I was growing up, the worst of which was losing my mother just as I was hitting my teens. I felt as though I went from 13 to 35, and when my friends were off having fun, I was cooking and cleaning and helping my little brother with his homework. Romance novels were an escape for me. The Wolf and the Dove, The Far Pavilions, Whitney My Love, Rebecca, The Thorne Birds…if the book featured one man and one woman falling in love, I read it! As a young wife and mother, I discovered Silhouette Romance Novels. These books were short and sweet and uplifting. Each and every story put a smile on my face, and the happy-ever-after endings always boosted my spirits. Are romance novels real? No. Does every relationship end in HEA? Of course not. But if I wanted doom and gloom, I'd watch the evening news.

As an author, I can't think of a better way to use my talent than to bring pure enjoyment to my readers. I tell people that I write cotton candy for the mind. Think about that. When you were a kid and you put a small cloud of that wispy confection on your tongue, what did you do? You smiled. And maybe you even laughed. That's the reaction I'm going for with my short, upbeat stories. That's why I write romance novels. So if you're looking to get lost for a few hours in a fun, cheery story, I hope you'll try one of my books. 

Donna is a bestselling, award-winning author of over 30 novels that have sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide. 
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