Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Guest Post ~ The Chancellor Fairy Tales Series by Melanie Karsak

The Glass Mermaid

I'm the last mermaid.

On the shore of Lake Erie, I spend my final days hunting beach glass, making jewelry, and waiting for my mermaid glamour to leave me. Then it will be over. I resigned myself to the fact that there's nothing more for me. Until I saw Cooper.

He comes to the beach every day to paint the sunrise and sunset. Nothing in this vast world has sparked my attention as much as him. I have no business falling in love with a human. Not now. And Cooper seems to have secrets of his own. I should leave him alone, but the curious mermaid in me can't let that shiny bauble go.

More than anything, I want to be part of his world...before it's too late.

The Cupcake Witch

They say the course of true love never runs smooth.

That's nothing a magical cupcake can't solve.

Buttercream. Vanilla. Fondant. Dark chocolate. Strawberry crème. Brown sugar. Lemon curd. Molasses. Baking has always been my true love. But it wasn't until I unexpectedly inherited Serendipity Gardens that my bliss called me. Bittersweet.

Everything's going to work out perfectly as long as the local land baron and his annoying but undeniably handsome son don't bulldoze my dream first.

I'm going to need a little magic to win this battle, but in Chancellor, a pinch of enchantment is always in plenty.

Devour The Cupcake Witch, Book 2 of The Chancellor Fairy Tales by New York Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak. Journey to the quaint town of Chancellor where fairy tales live, dreams come true, and happily-ever-after always reigns supreme.

The Fairy Godfather

What happens when a fairy godfather falls in love?

With my excellent track record as a fairy godfather, the elders sent me to Chancellor on a mission to help Alice, the quirky owner of the local bagel shop, find her Prince Charming. No one has managed to find a match for Alice. Where they failed, I will succeed.

The only trouble? My head isn't in the game because I'm too busy falling in love with my best friend's sister.

I'll need to get my feelings in check before I blow it for Alice. The upcoming Cherry Blossom Ball should give me the perfect venue to make a little magic happen. Can I pull it off before the clock strikes midnight on both our dreams?

Join Rayne in The Fairy Godfather, book 3 of The Chancellor Fairy Tales, a modern day retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale by New York Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak.

Welcome to Chancellor where fairy tales live and happily ever afters always reign supreme

I’m delighted to stop by today to discuss my series, The Chancellor Fairy Tales. The Chancellor Fairy Tales is an adult fairy tales series set in the little lakeside town of Chancellor. When I began writing the series, I knew the town would be an important piece of the puzzle. I think that many times the settings of stories are a lot like characters. Think about how Hogwarts changed over the course of the Harry Potter series. In the first book it was a light, bubbly, and magical place. By the last book, the place had taken on a dark and gloomy atmosphere. The setting was like a person reflecting the theme of the book. For me, world-building and setting is really important.

The first book in The Chancellor Fairy Tales is The Glass Mermaid. Setting wise, it all begins with Kate. Kate is a mermaid. But she is unique. She is a mermaid, or actually, a lumpeguin, from Lake Erie. She represents a new kind of mermaid. I wanted her to be different, a freshwater mer pulled from early American mythology. As well, I spent a significant portion of my adult life living along the shores of Lake Erie, and I know how magical the place seems. Lake Erie sunsets have been voted amongst the most beautiful in the whole world.

I envisioned Chancellor as a place that is magical at its core. Sometimes we visit places that just seem to have a magical vibe. Chancellor is a place much like that. Our mermaid Kate isn’t the only supernatural creature floating around. In Chancellor, we also have our witches and their historic grove. As well, Chancellor’s fairy population currently numbers at two. There are also many other unique magical people and creatures floating around in Chancellor. We’ll see more of those soon.

I wanted Chancellor to be the scene of a lot of many lovely old folktales such as the magical waterfall and waterwheel at Falling Waters restaurant, Arden Estate and its unusual stained glass windows that may be more than they seem, and many curious and quaint little shops. As I wrote Chancellor, I envisioned European style small towns with brick or stone sidewalks and sweet little shops: cafes, restaurants, bookstores, boutiques, etc. It was like my Pinterest boards spring to life! I wanted a town that appealed to me aesthetically. With rows of grapevines and lavender fields perfuming the air, delicious cupcakes to eat, gourmet food for dining, and all the works, I wanted Chancellor to be a magical place that was a feast for the senses. And of course, this special little town needed a host of unique characters.

The words and characters seem to take shape so easily, at times I feel like I’m just channeling them. I hope you will enjoy them too!

Thank you so much for having me by today!

The Chancellor Fairy Tales Series:

The Glass Mermaid ~ Review
The Cupcake Witch ~ Review
The Fairy Godfather ~ Review

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Celtic Blood Series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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