Eloisa James Brings Magic of Fairy Tales to Print, e-books

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With the release of an Avon Impulse novella, A-list romance writer Eloisa James gives readers an enchanting taste of her upcoming retelling of The Princess and the Pea

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James knows how to spin a tale—and most recently, she has been captivating readers by spinning fairy tales in new and surprising ways. She has given the readers a Cinderella with a sympathetic stepsister in A KISS AT MIDNIGHT and a Beast who bears strong resemblance to an unlikely combination of Dr. Gregory House and Alfred J. Prufrock in WHEN BEAUTY TAMED THE BEAST.

James’s interest in fairy tales, in the twisting and reimagining of them, is not random. When asked why she decided to take on some of the most beloved stories in history, she said, “The answer has to do with my father, Robert Bly, and his interest in reworking fairy tales (most famously, Iron John). But I also like them because they present a challenge: can I surprise my readers when they already know the outlines of my plot?”

James has garnered much praise for her novels’ transcendence of the romance genre. Library Journal says of her soon-to-be-published title, THE DUKE IS MINE, “With rapier wit, bawdy wordplay, and a stinging sense of fun, James targets social rigidity, explores the meaning of perfection (and heroism), and catches readers off guard with any number of unexpected twists.”

Building excitement for her next trip into the realm of fancy is a re-telling of The Princess and the Pea in THE DUKE IS MINE (on sale from Avon Books December 27, 2011; ISBN 9780062021281; e-ISBN 9780062096364; $7.99), a novel that touches on Asperger’s syndrome, intellectual disability, and, of course, lumpy mattresses. Readers can get a taste of the ill-sleeping princess in James’s e-novella from Avon Impulse, WINNING THE WALLFLOWER (on sale December 6, 2011; ISBN 9780062191823; $0.99), starring the best friend of the heroine from THE DUKE IS MINE.

In WINNING THE WALLFLOWER, which Romance Novel News calls “a romance…that will delightfully enchant readers,” Cyrus Ravensthorpe wants only one thing in his life: to reclaim his family’s status in society, lost after his mother married a solicitor scandalously below her station. To do this, Cyrus has a plan, one step of which is to marry a woman of eminent respectability. Lucy Towerton, unassuming and proper with a pleasing figure and no noticeable passions, is the perfect choice. So he meets he meets her, speaks to her father, and is promptly betrothed to her. He just might not have remembered to woo her…

Lucy Towerton, known not-so-affectionately as “The Tower” by the ton for her vertically-gifted appearance, has recently come into a large, unexpected fortune, and is now one of the most sought after society misses. Some would say her transformation wallflower to the belle of the ball is a real life fairy tale. All Lucy knows is that now she must break her engagement to the very attractive, but lamentably untitled Cyrus—a perfectly acceptable fiancé when she was penniless, but now her mother insists she must aim much higher.

And even though Lucy is undeniably infatuated with Cyrus, she will break the engagement. Because no matter how proper a girl is, she deserves some passion in her life. And she’s not sure Cyrus is the man to provide it. Cyrus, however, is quite sure that he is….

About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.

After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an associate professor at Fordham University in New York City. Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she's written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines such as More to writers' journals such as the Romance Writers' Report.

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