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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Once Upon A Princess Trio Box Set by Deborah A. Bailey - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Deborah A. Bailey and her new trilogy book box set, “Once Upon A Princess Trio”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $40 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Deborah and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Once Upon A Princess Trio

by Deborah A. Bailey


GENRE: Paranormal Romance



Formula for Fairy Tale Love:

1 adventurous Heroine + 1 tortured-but-noble Hero = Happily-Ever-After

For all the innate complications involved in finding the secret to blissful fairy-tale love with shape-shifters, three wise and discerning princesses trust their hearts instead of their eyes and fall in love with the unlikeliest of princes.

"Heart of Stone:" Leesa trespasses into a haunted palace, where she meets a gargoyle. Breaking the spell that cursed him may carry a price steeper than she's able…or willing…to pay.

"Beauty & the Faun:" Kayla flees an arranged marriage and falls for a faun shifter instead. But how can she ignore her duty by refusing to marry a prince?

"Land of Dreams:" Cicely knows she possesses magical ability. Falling in love with the courageous, self-sacrificing Willem may be the key to her awakening…or may unleash forces that will separate them forever. (Sequel to Heart of Stone)

Box set includes books 1-3 of the Once Upon A Princess paranormal fairy-tale inspired romance novellas.



Beauty & the Faun:

What are you fellows doing here?" A man walked out of the darkness and stood with his hands perched on his hips. About a foot and a half taller than Ren and Loren, he also had small horns and pointed ears. "Who is this?"

"I don't know. She was running away," Ren said.

"Then cut her loose," the man ordered.

Loren complied, easily cutting through the limbs holding her in place. A few hacks and Kayla fell to the ground.

"Thank you," she rubbed her arms, then slowly came to her feet. "I was telling them that I was running away." When she looked up, she noticed that they were all examining her with the same smile on their faces.

Kayla looked down and immediately wanted to run away again. All her clothes were gone, the remains were tattered bits of cloth on the ground. "Oh my! Stop looking." She wrapped her arms across her chest. Then realized that wasn't exactly covering everything, so she moved one hand further down.

"That's not helping," Ren said.

"I still don’t understand why she didn’t wear clothes when she ran away," Loren remarked.

"That tree – bush – whatever tore them off me." Kayla stamped her foot, unable to gesture without revealing everything. "I'm cold. Can we have this discussion another time?"

"You're right," the man bowed to her. "My name is Del. I'll take you somewhere to get warm."

"Del? That's an odd name," she remarked.

"Not as odd as being a naked woman in the forest after midnight. Unless of course she was here to meet a few satyrs."

"Well, I'm not." The nerve of him! "Is that what you are?"

The boys laughed, but stopped when they saw Del's annoyed expression.

"My good lady, I'm a faun. So are Ren and Loren. You come into my forest and compare me to a satyr? I should leave you right here."



Making It Believable: Writing Romantic and Intimate Scenes

When I wrote the intimate scenes for the novellas in the Once Upon A Princess Trio, I wanted to be sure they were a fit for the stories. What I mean is, I didn't want to drop them in just to have love scenes. They had to make sense in the context of the stories.

Since each novella features a different couple, I had a different way of presenting those scenes. In "Heart of Stone," the hero is a gargoyle shifter who is actually under a magical spell. So, I decided that the scenes could be based more on fantasy than reality. He's a gargoyle after all! The hero has been in love with the heroine from afar, and he's desperate to show her his love. Her falling in love with him can be the key to breaking his curse. Their intimacy is tied to his release.

For "Beauty and the Faun," I didn't introduce intimate scenes right away. In fact, the couple are more friends than lovers for most of the story. But once they do become intimate, it's handled differently. The heroine hasn't been intimate with anyone before. I wanted to emphasize that she was having her first experience. The hero is playful and a bit of a "bad boy" but he's patient enough to wait for the heroine to ready. And once she is, they both find that they're matched as lovers.

In "Land of Dreams," the hero has a more complicated origin story (I won't say more so that I don't reveal any spoilers). He's not expecting to fall in love with the heroine. He plans to help her learn magic, but that's it. Or so he believes! I didn't go into as much detail with their intimate scenes, though. In this story he's a world-weary type who is nursing a broken heart. And since it's in his POV – the scenes are more sensual and have less "insert tab A into slot B" kinds of descriptions.

Writing intimate scenes can be a big challenge for authors. Should there be a lot of detail? How soon should the intimacy happen? I think it all depends on knowing your characters and understanding the purpose of the scenes. The most important thing is to make the actions (and the emotions) feel natural. When that happens, romantic scenes can enhance the story and not feel out of place.



Deborah A Bailey's Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat. Her books include the Hathor Legacy science fiction romance series and the Family Pride and Once Upon A Princess shapeshifter paranormal romance series.

Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers' Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun and are included in, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. She's the author of non-fiction books, and articles for various online publications.

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  1. Deborah ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your exciting new trilogy box set and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Thanks so much for featuring me, Ally! It's great to be back. :)

  3. I love the cover and the book sounds so good.