Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fairytale Giveaway Hop - The Other Slipper

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This hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and features YA Books with a fairy tale theme, or fairy tale retellings. And so I present to you, The Other Slipper by Kenechi Udogu. One random winner will receive an ebook copy by answering the question at the end of the post.


AND THE WINNER IS TecknicoleurGrl

The Other Slipper is a twist on the Cinderella story, it is not really a retelling, rather it weaves another story thread and new characters into the fairy tale. Jo is a teenager who is present at the dinner where Cinderella meets the prince. Things take a magical spin when Jo stumbles onto Cinderella's glass slipper and has to return it, leading to a journey of adventure and self discovery. The author tells it better...

1. Tell me more about the book, and what inspired you to write it.

I’ve always liked the idea of reworked fairytales, folklore or myths where back stories are explored. We get so used to hearing the versions we were brought up with that all it takes is a slightly different perspective to turn a story into a completely different animal and give readers something else to cherish. The idea for The Other Slipper came to me a few years ago when I was heading home from work and misread a sign for a café called “The Other Side” for “The Other Slipper”.

What happened to the other slipper on the night of the ball Cinderella attended? Did someone else find it and keep it or did it never get mentioned after the ball? I couldn’t get the thoughts out of my head and even though I did some research and discovered what the true story was, the idea had stuck.

The Other Slipper is an adventure story based on the idea that Cinderella’s glass slippers were part of a separate enchantment. A young palace worker, Jo, finds the other slipper on the night of the ball and realises that something isn’t right with it. She soon gets drawn into an unexpected quest to unite the slippers and return them to their rightful owner. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens to her. I really enjoyed writing the story and I hope readers enjoy the experience as much as I did.


2. Please share a brief interview between you and your favorite character in the book.

Kenechi:  Ehem, good evening sir, you appear to have been travelling a long way with your two companions. May I ask your relationship with them?  
Locke: I’m sorry, I’m not at liberty to share that information.
Kenechi: Why? Are you on some kind of secret mission?
Locke: Ha! That’s not a very bright question, is it? If I was, would I tell you? Ha, ha. 
Kenechi: Eh, no. I guess not. But ever since you three came into town, we’ve noticed that things haven’t been quite the same. It feels like energy is being drained from everyone – people, livestock – the horses are particularly restless. Surely this can’t be a coincidence.
Locke: Are you accusing us of some form of sorcery? I’d heard you people were superstitious but if this is the way you treat strangers in your town. Jo, Ron, I think we’ve overstayed our welcome here.
Kenechi: But sir…
(Sound of chairs scrapping on stone floors, feet shuffling away, then silence)


3. Spotlight your overall favorite fairy tale character and why?

I’m not sure I have a favourite fairytale character but I have a soft spot for the three goats in Three Billy Goats Gruff. They were cunning, resourceful and funny at the same time (the version I heard as a child was on a sing-along LP so this might have something to do with it). But ask me this question next year and I’ll probably have a different answer. My “favourites” tend to change over time.

Where can readers find you and your books?

To be eligible to win this book, state your favorite fairy tale hero in the comments and the book where they appear.

Below are other blogs taking part in this giveaway hop. Good luck!




40 comments:

  1. It would have to be the BEAST from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. He finds his humanity & love.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  2. Hmmm, that's not an easy question.
    I guess my favorite would be... LOL, the only one I can think of right now is Beast from Beauty and the Beast. I know there are others, just can't think of them right now.

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  3. That is a really hard question. I think it would be the Prince in sleeping beauty.
    susand1408 at googlemail dot com

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  4. Ron- harry porter series.
    Tamie.

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  5. my favorite is flynn from tangled : )

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  6. I love Odette from the Swan Princess, I loved her as a kid and I always thought she was beautiful!!!

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    1. I so agree with you on Odette. My daughter watched that over and over when she was young.

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  7. The Bear from Snow White and Rose Red

    =)

    regards,

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  8. I like Prince Eric in the Little Mermaid.
    Annawhitewrites at gmail dot com

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  9. Prince Charming from Sleeping Beauty.

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  10. Well, Rumpelstiltskin isn't a hero but I love that story. Anyway, it would probably be the Beast from Snow White. :D

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  11. It would have to be the lass from East of the Sun and West of the mOon

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  12. Beast from Beauty and the Beast

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  13. My favorite is also Beast from Beauty and the Beast.
    tressa dot sherman at hotmail dot com

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  14. Thank you for your generosity, and for participating in this blog hop!

    My favorite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast, a tale not only of romance but of friendship and redemption. And my favorite fairytale hero would have to be "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast, for her courage, her inner beauty and strength, her selflessness and her ability to get past the looks and love a person for who they are, and not how they appear! :)

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. my favorite fairy tale is cinderela story, this story has inspired many people especially woman to believe in dream and many author also write their story based on cinderela story

    eli_y83@yahoo.com

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  16. I love Belle from Beauty and the Beast!

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

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  17. Gerda from The Snow Queen. It's just a beautiful story of love and friendship. :)

    tecknicoleur AT gmail DOT com

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  18. I enjoyed Beauty from Robin McKinley's book of the same name.

    shelver506 at gmail dot com

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  19. The Beast from Beauty and the Beast.
    Gale Nelson
    pgan427@yahoo.com

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  20. I loved Gale from The Goose Girl:)He and Isi are darling together:)

    bchild5 at aol dot com

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  21. I really like the soldier in the tale Bearskin by the Brothers Grimm. If anyone has ever read an adaptation of this, I would love to know!! I plan on trying my luck at writing one for NaNoWriMo this year.

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  23. My favorite fairy tale character is "Ariel from The Little Mermaid" :)

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    sweety225(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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  24. Beast in beauty n the beast
    Hollybwrightatcomcast. Net

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  25. Fairytale hero? Cinderella's fairy god mother!

    michellesedeno AT yahoo [dot] com

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  26. Eugene Fitzherbert/Flynn Rider is definitely my favorite fairy tale hero from Tangled. <3
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)
    iamthegirlwhowasonfire@gmail.com

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  27. Cinderella...lots of different books :)

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  29. i love alladin from alladin :D because i like how he overcomes his greed and frees the genie instead of asking to be a prince again and to be with jasmine :D
    i also love sleeping beauty and the pure love that develops between the main characters :D
    thanks for the great opportunity to read this book!!

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  30. the beast from the beauty and the beast
    darksiry(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Belle from beauty n the beast
    Hollybwrightatcomcast. Net

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  32. My favorites are Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel.

    Lmackesy @ gmail.com

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  33. Belle was an awesome heroine from Beauty and the Beast.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  34. Beauty from Beauty and the Beast because of her good heart.

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  35. sorry, forgot my email
    meganlikesbooks(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  36. Yay!!! I won! I don't think I've ever one anything before. Not anything I remember, anyway.

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