Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Guest Post with Suzanne Selfors

We're welcoming a special guest today. We normally don't feature or review any YA books but The Sweetest Spell is a fun read and a twist on the story of The Ugly Duckling. We do love our fairytales with a twist :) And there's a girl who can turn cream into chocolate. Who doesn't like chocolate?


Meet Suzanne:
Bon Bon Candies on Bainbridge Island
photo credit: Suzanne Selfors

Suzanne Selfors is the author of Mad Love, Coffeehouse Angel and Saving Juliet as well as middle-grade novels, including Smells Like A Dog. She held a number of jobs before becoming a writer, including children's photographer, video producer, organic flower grower, and marketing director. She lives in Washington.

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Love + Chocolate = The Sweetest Spell
By Suzanne Selfors

How do you take the fairy-tale formula of peasant girl meets prince and make it even more romantic? In my opinion, you add chocolate.

Because look, I love me some sexy men but honestly, there are days when I can’t deal with men but I’ve never had a day when I couldn’t deal with chocolate. I’m passionate about it. I crave it. I LOVE it.

So with this sweet idea in mind, I wrote my first fairy tale, which is also my first true romantic novel. My hero is Emmeline Thistle, a lowly dirt-scratcher who is shunned by her people because of her club foot and her mysterious birth. She discovers that she has the magical ability to churn cream into chocolate, a delicacy that is a legend in her kingdom. Because she’s the only person who can create this concoction, Emmeline suddenly finds herself desired by everyone.

Bring on the men.

There’s this guy named Griffin Boar, a dirt-scratcher boy whose gorgeous good looks make him arrogant beyond measure. There’s the prince who may be charming but are his intentions what they seem? And then there’s the adorable Owen Oak, a dairyman’s son, and while Emmeline longs for him, she feels unworthy of his affection.

Her struggle to be true to herself, her people, and her heart take Emmeline from the small village of Root, to the grazing pastures of Wander, to the corrupt court of the King and Queen of Anglund.

I hope you enjoy her journey.


Genre: YA
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Walker & Company (August 21, 2012)

Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher's daughter has escaped death twice--first on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability, she can churn cream into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund is desired by all. But Emmeline wants only one--Owen Oak, a dairyman's son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances tempt her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. Others, however, will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains, no matter what the cost to Emmeline.

Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all.
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A huge thank you to Suzanne for stopping by the blog to share her latest release.
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