Free Fairy Tale Inspired YA Novel: The Princes of Tangleforest

What if the school’s misfits discovered a way to use mind control in order to become the popular group?

Free  January 7-11 2016

The Princes of Tangleforest by Dorlana Vann

The Princes of Tangleforest by Dorlana Vann

The Princes of Tangleforest

(Inspired by the classic fairy tale Rapunzel )

by Dorlana Vann

 ages 12+

Skater and reformed geek, Tanner Dobbs, soon learns that his new school, Tangleforest High, is ruled by the Princes. This group of brains used the techniques of Neuro Linguistic Programming to “persuade” the student body that intellectuals are cool, with an added bonus suggestion: “The Princes are the smartest and therefore the most popular.”

Julia Webster used to be part of the Princes’ crowd until they became obsessed and increasingly dangerous to themselves. Now she finds herself an outcast from her former “nerd” friends as well as the students who had ostracized her since elementary school. She’s worried when new kid, Tanner, is invited to join the Princes. She figures Tanner hides his smarts in order to fit in and worries that the popular status the Princes offer, even though geeky, might entice him.

When Tanner catches a glimpse of his golden-haired neighbor, Poppi, he thinks perhaps the Tangleforest community isn’t so terribly bad. But after climbing up to her window, he discovers she is locked in her bedroom by her wicked witch of a grandmother. Unfortunately, his only chance of saving the princess may be to become a nerd prince.

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About The Princes of Tangleforest:

My favorite story starter formula is fairy tale + supernatural element. The Princes of Tangleforest combines Rapunzel + mind control. Mind Control: During my research, I came across a Neuro Linguistic Programming book, Frogs into Princes. It fit perfectly in name and theme – and would actually be a great subtitle for The Princes of Tangleforest. BTW Frogs into Princes is a fascinating read.
Rapunzel: The Princes of Tangleforest was inspired by The Brother’s Grimm version of, “Rapunzel.” However, it is not a retelling of the classic. Instead, I’ve taken certain aspects of the fairy tale and mixed them with contemporary characters and setting. There are some obvious connections to the original story but also a few “Easter eggs” to discover.


What Book 2 “The Trouble with Scarecrows” is About

The Trouble with Scarecrows _3 Final (large) copy

In the Trouble with Men series, there will be returning characters who make minor appearances and minor characters who become our heroes and heroines. However, each book is a stand-alone read where new couples get their own stories. Characters move in and out of a downtown Houston multiplex – a 1920s house (some say it’s haunted) that has been renovated into four separate apartments. And my favorite trope “opposites attract” is the theme that also ties these books together. Below is the blurb for book 2: The Trouble with Scarecrows which will be released in April 2016.

The Trouble with Scarecrows

by Dorlana Vann

A scarecrow is the opposite of a wingman, a dating decoy used to scare away any “crows” who are giving unwanted attention, making it difficult for the right man to have a clear shot.

Thirty-year-old Brenda Fisher believes the best way to get over her ex is to face her past and find a new guy. She knows the type of man she needs in her life … and the type of man she does not, which includes alpha males like Neal Parker.

Neal Parker’s friend and former boss, Larry White, had been gracious enough to let him stay at his old apartment rent free while Neal pursues his culinary degree. But now the owner of the multiplex–Larry’s high-strung ex-girlfriend, Brenda Fisher–is threatening to sell it out from underneath him. Brenda is possibly the sexiest woman Neal has ever met. Nevertheless, he’s aware of her past destructive relationship with Larry and knows it’s best to stay clear.

When Neal finds out Brenda might be in need of some help in the romance department, he tries to trick her into an exchange: scarecrow services for the apartment. Brenda does not appreciate being manipulated. She ups the stakes, and if Neal wants the future he’d planned, he’ll have to play by her rules.


Love and Laughter,


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Drugstore Cowboy – December’s Book and Movie Review


drugstore cowboy book cover

Quick Book/Movie Summary:

Novel by James Fogle (Summary from Amazon): This rich and compelling story of four traveling junkies who lives revolve around looting drugstores was made into the movie voted best film of 1989 by the National Society of Film critics and is published here for the first time.

Movie: Screenplay by and directed by Gus Van Sant  :  (Summary from IMDB): A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law.

Book/Movie Club set up:

Our group (women ages 22-47) pick a book that has been made into a movie. We read the book and then get together for thematic food, to discuss the book, and then to watch the movie.

On the menu:

Book and Movie Club

Our group with a table of fun food. (minus me – I took the picture)

Each of us are to bring either a drink, dessert and/or appetizer and it is fun to use the story for inspiration. Below is what we ended up with this month. (A lot of munchies lol)

Appetizers: layered dip, egg rolls, tortilla chips, Cheetos

Drinks: moscato, margaritas

Dessert: peanut butter cookies, pretzel cookies, sugar cookies, powered donuts, chocolate filled croissants dusted with powdered sugar

Thoughts about the Book: I personally liked the book. My individual rating was a 3.5. There was some amusing dark humor and clever shenanigans, and I thought the unique style of writing made the book seem more authentic.

However, the majority of the group didn’t care for it. The biggest complaint was that there were no chapters. And it did jump around a lot and sometimes difficult to keep up because of the head-hopping and sudden scene transitions – or, actually, the lack thereof.

Thoughts about the Movie:

It did stay very close to the book but it left out the wittiness of the narrator, which to me was the entertaining part of the book, and it also missed a couple of key points where if I hadn’t have read the book it would have been confusing. However, I doubt I would have made it that far (if I hadn’t read the book first) because the movie was slow and boring.

Side Note: I thought Dianne from the book was way cooler than the character in the movie.

Interesting Discoveries:

The author spent 35 of his 53 years in prison.

We were surprised that Natalie was played by Heather Graham.

The Girly Discussions:

We weren’t sure how graphic the movie would be because the book had some explicit content – but it was very toned down compared to the book – no nudity and even the adult gibes were omitted.

Before reading the book, some of us knew the actors who played the characters in the movie, so that was how we read them in our heads. For me, Bob was Matt Dillon.

Since it is Christmastime, we had a gift exchange – We each brought our favorite book and exchanged white elephant style. It was interesting having each person describe their pick and why it was one of their favs. I brought “The Haunting on Hill House” and received a coloring book for adults, which is really cool.

The Group’s Average ratings:

Book: 2.75 glasses of margaritas out of 5

two margarita glass rating

Movie: 1.5 glasses of margaritas out of 5

one margarita glass rating

The bottom line:

The book is different and there is a huge chance that you’re not going to like it, but I thought it was interesting, maybe not by normal genre standards, but interesting. But I don’t recommend the movie even though it does have Matt Dillon – just put him in your head as you read the book and, there, you have the movie but better.

Next month’s Book and Movie:

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Love and Laughter,


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Cover Reveal: The Trouble with Scarecrows – (Trouble with Men Book 2)

I’m thrilled to share the cover for the second book in my Trouble with Men series :  The Trouble with Scarecrows. The contemporary romance will be released in April of 2016.

The Trouble with Scarecrows _3 Final (large) copy


Book 1 – The Trouble with Snowmen is available now at Amazon.

Love and Laughter,


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