Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mistress Of the Wind Book Tour + Giveaway


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Mistress Of The Wind
Michelle Diener
Published: December 19th, 2013
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Retellings
Bjorn needs to find a very special woman . . .

The fate of his people, and his own life, depends on it. But when he does find her, she is nothing like he imagined, and may just harbor more secrets than he does himself.

Astrid has never taken well to commands. No matter who issues them . . .

She's clashed her whole life with her father, and now her lover, the mysterious man who comes to her bedroom in darkness and disappears to guard his mountain by day as a bear, is finding it out the hard way. And when he's taken by his enemies, no one is prepared for Astrid's response.

It is never wise to anger the mistress of the wind . . .

A captivating and magical adult retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
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Praise for Mistress of the Wind:

“Diener’s adaptation retains the familiar elements of the original, echoing both the structure and spirit of the classic, but true to form, she puts her own spin both the plot and the narrative, crafting an intricately alluring tale of self-sacrifice, steadfast devotion and enduring love.“ Flashlight Commentary

“The story is fast-paced and never boring, the world a beauty and Michelle’s writing so wonderfully detailed that I felt I was with Bjorn and Astrid on their journey.“ Book Bird Reviews

Author Michelle Diener takes this re-telling to another level. She doesn’t restrict herself to an East of the Sun, West of the moon retelling. Instead we are also given parts reminiscent of Psyche’s quest. Which just allowed for a much more richer story. Paperback Wonderland


A Fine Balance: 
The Art of Writing a Fairy Tale Retelling
By Michelle Diener
When it comes to retelling a fairy tale, sometimes an author just uses the merest hint of the fairy tale to inspire his or her story, or, having written a story with a similar theme to a fairy tale, they weave the tale in as an extra layer, for depth and interest.

Sometimes, the fairy tale and the retelling are almost the same, with the author just writing it from their own perspective and in their own words.

I took the road somewhere in the middle of these two extremes when I retold the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon as my fantasy novel Mistress of the Wind, and there is no wrong or right way to do it. That's the beauty of the creative process. Take what works, and leave the rest out. But all fairy tale retellings come with a little bit of baggage.

Firstly, if you claim the story to be a retelling, it had better have SOME connection to the tale in question, or readers will want to know why. But also, there is a danger, with not adding anything new to the story, that it will become too predictable, and as a writer, that is not something I actively try to do!

There are retellings that mix really unusual elements into the tale, making it futuristic or contemporary or science fiction, and I have to say, I love reading those, but for me, because of my personal love of the original of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, I chose to set Mistress of the Wind very much in the same world as the original tale is set, and make use of a mythology that sits very easily on that landscape and in that culture.

For me, it was about revelling in the world I had fallen in love with in the original tale. Perhaps I could have contemplated shaking things up a lot more if I didn't adore the tale just as it is, but I do, and it was fun and satisfying to set Mistress of the Wind in that world. I felt like I was honouring the original.

What I then did was find a new twist to add to the tale, but one, again, that would fit easily into the world of the story. Weaving the Wind Hag myth through the retelling was my solution, and by the time I finished Mistress of the Wind, I found it difficult to image the tale without the Wind Hag mythology included, it seemed to fit so perfectly.

A few of my other twists I took from other fairy tales in the same Aarne-Thomson classification system as East of the Sun, West of the Moon, which is the 'husband' group of fairy tales. The extra threads are from Psyche and Eros, and Snow White and Rose Red. This was a lot of fun to do, and I really enjoyed weaving those threads through the story.

There are retellings out there for everyone's tastes, and I'd love to know if you enjoy ones that stick close the the original, or are really nothing more than a hat tip to the classic, or both.

 International Giveaway:
10 copies of Mistress of the Wind, Kindle or print, winner's choice.

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Image of Michelle DienerMichelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court, Keeper of the King's Secrets and In Defense of the Queen.

Michelle's other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor's Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies (loosely connected to The Emperor's Conspiracy).

Michelle's first fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind, is set for a December 23, 2013, release.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.
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  1. I would be Belle in the Beauty in the Beast. That is one of my favorite fairy tales and I do like the Disney movie of that fairy tale as well.


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