Cover Reveal and Giveaway: The Red Choker

Happy Wednesday! I have a special post for you guys today. Stephanie Alexander, who stunned me with The Cracked Slipper, has a new book coming out Friday called The Red Choker. This is a sequel to The Cracked Slipper and I cannot wait to read the follow up.

So today, I am giving you a sneak peek at what you can see this Friday. Here is the cover of The Red Choker:

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Here’s the synopsis of the story:
Eleanor Brice Desmarais, she of the cracked glass slipper and unladylike intellectual propensities, has learned that happily-ever-after is as rare as a frozen dragon, even for a happenstance princess. She survived a plot against her life, but her marriage to the alcoholic, womanizing Prince Gregory of Cartheigh remains at best a sham, and at worse, a potential noose around her neck.

 Eleanor understands the harsh realities of women’s lives in her kingdom, so she turns her energies to a school for impoverished girls. She hopes to give them new opportunities, but the temptations of the streets and an ominous plot to bring down the witches of Afar Creek Abbey threaten to close the school forever.

She finds joy in stolen hours with her lover, Dorian Finley, but her husband’s increasing suspicions, her stepsister’s continued scheming, and her own conscience create a rift between Eleanor and Dorian that seems insurmountable. A witch’s spell and a beautiful necklace are all that stand between Eleanor and a most permanent, and dangerous, heartbreak.

The Red Choker is the sequel to Stephanie Alexander’s bestselling debut novel, The Cracked Slipper.
Now, the best part of this post? I have an e-book copy of this book that I am giving away through Amazon and all you have to do is enter you name and email address in the comment section. We will pick a random winner on FRIDAY! So get your comments in, spread the word, unless you want to keep it to yourself to increase your chances of winning :)

AnnAlysis: The Cracked Slipper

We all know the story of Cinderella. However, we don’t know what happens after the run away into the setting sun. All we get is “Happily Ever After.”  Stephanie Alexander picks it up for us, but in this book, Cinderella is Eleanor. The names are different, story just picks up where we were left wondering.

And unfortunately for Eleanor, things arent’ quite what she hoped. She lives in a huge castle, barely sees the prince, and her intelligence and education are not appreciated at all. What makes matters worse, there’s another man in the picture. Eleanor can’t keep her eyes off him, and she doesn’t really have a choice because he is the prince’s best friend. Not quite sure this is what happily every after meant.

I am a huge fan of new tales about the classics. I always like to see how people intepret the fairy tales we all grew up with.

Stephanie Alexander made a phenomenal character out of Princess Eleanor. She is very strong-willed and extremely intelligent. She is well beyond the lady of the times. And you better believe that topic comes up time and time again. But in modern day, she is a wonderful role model for women. She would be a great princess today, although still maybe a little outspoken. She is a prime example of how intelligence can get you far and keep you on top… even if you do make enemies along that way

You may not think it could get more magical than Cinderella, but Alexander did it. Out goes the dancing and singing mice and the pumpkin carriage. In comes talking unicorns, parrots and vicious little fairies. And don’t forget the witches and oracles. You name it with magic and they are there. I am always a fan of witches and even though they don’t play a huge role in this, I love the ladies with the magic. Alexander took a snippet of a classic and made it into her own, amazing fantasy!

If you are into fantasy and a new twist to the classic, definitely check out The Cracked Slipper. I give it 5 out of 5 bookmarks.

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Released: February 29, 2012
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**If you are a Kindle Prime member, you can get The Cracked Slipper for free! Through the Kindle Select progam, you can get The Cracked Slipper for free November 6-7 and December 7-9. Make sure to check it out on the Amazon link above!