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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Indie Spotlight: The Tales of Gymandrol by Melissa Buell


Melissa Buell

I listen to music while I write. If I’m writing a moody scene, I listen to darker music like “Underground.” (Well, dark for me!) If I’m writing a romantic scene, I listen to something more romantic like “Today Was A Fairytale.” If I’m writing about my feisty main character, I’ll listen to “Who Says.” Do you listen to music while you read?  Does it make the reading experience different for you?

Playlist for THE HIDDEN BLESSING

Arms  - Christina Perri
Jump Then Fall - Taylor Swift
Put Me Back Together - Weezer
Prelude in C Major - Bach
Serenade No. 13 in G - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Underground - Avril Lavigne
Cello Suite No.1, 1. Prelude - Bach
Who Says - Selena Gomez
Today Was A Fairytale - Taylor Swift

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Unlike most royal eighteen-year-old girls, Samantha finds it difficult to be a prim and proper princess. When she discovers her seven fairy blessings that were bestowed at her birth are a lie, her entire world is turned upside down. Although she can forgive the feuding fairies who made this large error on her behalf, she must find a way to control her real blessings--which may be more trouble than its worth. Things start to become complicated when her best friend's brother becomes seriously injured just weeks before the annual knight competition. Samantha realizes the only way to help him and his family is to enter the competition by disguising her true identity. Balancing her mandatory princess lessons while hiding her secret blessings on top of this becomes difficult, but things begin to get challenging when Prince Nolan, a childhood friend, reenters her life. Samantha, bitter about their constant bickering relationship, suddenly begins to see Nolan in a new, and often confusing, light. But when she finds out her seventh blessing has yet to be decoded from the ancient tongue, Samantha's most dangerous quest of all is discovering the true power her real blessings hold. Now, the fate of herself, her future, and her kingdom lie in her hands.
Nine years ago, Emma became orphaned as a result of the Zynachnean-Mittra War. Although her memories are gone and she has no idea who she is or where she came from, she's kindly adopted by a fairy and raised in the small village of Weymouth. Now eighteen, Emma has come to love the life she's made with her fairy mother. But tragedy strikes Emma's home just as Prince Will and his sister, Princess Allessia, travel incognito through Weymouth on their way to Mittra. Allessia offers to hire Emma as her lady's maid, despite Will's reluctance. Once they arrive at the home of Queen Samantha and Prince Nolan in Mittra, Emma's life rapidly becomes entwined with the lives of the royal family. There are rumors that Princess Emmalyn Meredith, tragically found dead when she was eight years old, did not really die. As a result, girls swarm to Mittra to try and prove they are the missing princess. The idea is presented to hold a series of tests to see if any of the girls are indeed Princess Emmalyn. Talia, Samantha's fairy godmother, puts together a series of "princess tests" in order to discover the true identity of the long lost princess. Emma volunteers to help with the tests, which creates more opportunities for her to interact with Prince Will. But emotions run high as Emma tries to decipher her own feelings for Will, who has offered to help her find a proper suitor when it is discovered that she is suddenly heir to a large fortune. Can Emma discover the truth about her past and attempt to plan her future while navigating the stormy waters of courtly intrigue?

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