Mary Waibel Author of The Mystery Prince on Twisting Fairy Tales

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on June 9, 2014 in Books, Guest, Mary Waibel, Writing, Young Adult |

My good writing buddy Mary Waibel is celebrating her newest release The Mystery PrinceMary is a master at taking fairy tales and giving them unique twists and she’s sharing her inspiration behind some of these tales. Let’s all give her a big welcome on her release day!

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Fairy tales are so much fun to read, and I’ve found they make great stories to twist into something new. My first book, Quest of the Hart, is a reverse Sleeping Beauty tale where the princess goes on the quest to save the prince. It all started when a friend suggested I write a story about the girly-girl saving the guy, and I fell in love with taking these well known tales and changing them into something else.

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Cover by CK Volnek

THE MYSTERY PRINCE  is a twist on Cinderella, without the wicked step-sisters and step-mother. And, instead of the prince searching for his true love, the princess is the one roaming the countryside for the mysterious stranger who captured her heart at the masquerade.

Add in class differences that could result in imprisonment, flogging, or exile, and the hope for a happily-ever-after seems dim. But, as Nor (my version of a Fairy Godfather) continually tells Tristan, “You have to have faith.”

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Cover by CK Volnek

The Mystery Prince, a novella

Book Blurb:

Tristan enjoys being in the shadows as Prince Rand’s bodyguard. Similar in looks, the two often exchanged places in their youth, but he never expected the king to order him to impersonate the heir to the throne in order to win the hand of a princess.

Princess Zoe needs to find a husband. After a year of searching with no success, her father insists on hosting a masquerade ball for the eligible princes of the nine kingdoms. Not one prince piques her interest, until she meets the mysterious stranger who won’t tell her his name.

When Tristan meets Zoe he finds the girl of his dreams. The only problem? She’s a princess and he’s impersonating a prince―a crime punishable by imprisonment and floggings. Unable to tell Zoe his real name, he gives her a special navigation device. One that leads to the owner’s true love. Will this magic device lead Zoe to Tristan, or will her true love forever remain a mystery prince?

Buy The Mystery Prince on Amazon.

Author Photo- Mary WaibelAuthor Bio:

Mary lives with her husband, son and two cats. When she isn’t twisting fairytales, she enjoys reading, playing games, watching hockey, and camping. Her Princess of Valendria series (Quest of the Hart, Charmed Memories, Different Kind of Knight) are available from MuseItUp Publishing and other major retailers.  Her novella, The Mystery Prince, is available at Amazon. Her Faery Marked (book 1 in the Faery Series) will be available from BookFishBooks this summer.

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