Friday Kindle Freebie: The Princes of Tangleforest
As I’m sure a lot of writers do, I draw from many things as I write the rough draft of my stories. The Princes of Tangleforest in particular brings up a lot of memories. Not only was 2007 the first time I had participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month ) and the book my first fairy tale inspired YA, but the main character, Julia, was inspired by my daughter, Darah. She’s in college now, but when she was in her early teens, she was a unique individual whose outward style didn’t always match her personality. And also during that time, she had gone through a lot at school, and I really tried to focus on Darah’s inner strength as part of Julia’s character.I’m happy to be able to give it away as this week’s Friday Freebie, April 13, 2012. (The eBook will be free at Amazon – links below.) The Princes of Tangleforest is a light read suited for readers ages 12 and up.
Here’s a little more about the YA fairy tale inspired novel:
Inspired by the classic fairy tale Rapunzel and sprinkled with the question: What if the school’s misfits discovered a way to use mind control in order to become the popular group?
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.