Allerleirauh

Chantal Gadoury

Genre:  YA Fantasy / Fairy Tale / Romance

Self Published © Chantal Gadoury

Date of Publication:  December 21st 2015

ISBN: 1522880801

ISBN-13: 978-1522880806

ASIN:  B019O4UAN4

Number of pages:  232

Word Count: 54,551

Cover Artist: Chantal Gadoury

Photography:  Ivan Bliznetsov

 

Book Description:

Once Upon a Time…
In the Kingdom of Tränen, a King makes a promise to his dying wife to only remarry someone who has her golden hair. With time, the King finds his eyes are turned by his maturing daughter. Realizing her father’s intentions, Princess Aurelia tries to trick her Father by requesting impossible gifts: dresses created by the sun, moon and stars and a coat made of a thousand furs. When Aurelia discovers his success, she knows she must run away from her privileged life and escapes the kingdom disguised by the cloak and under a new name, “Allerleirauh.”

Aurelia enters the safe haven of the Kingdom of Saarland der Licht, where she is taken under the care of the handsome and gentle Prince Klaus. Hoping to not be discovered by her father’s courtiers, Aurelia tries to remain hidden under her new false identity. Unexpected love is found between Aurelia and Prince Klaus and is challenged with an approaching arranged marriage between the Kingdom of Saarland der Licht and a neighboring ruler. With the possibility of discovery hanging in the air, Aurelia must face the difficulties of her past with her father in her journey of self-discovery before the Prince and his entire Kingdom learns the truth of her real identity, and she looses him forever.

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/lEB-X-A5f44

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#ASI: Amy Dawson

Hi Amy, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background. I live in South Dakota, originally from Iowa. I’m pretty much a goof most days. Always trying to be the funny girl and probably failing miserably. 😉 I went to school for video production and have worked in television for over ten years now. The last two years is when I just started writing books!

Discuss your newest book. My last book is called That One Moment. It’s book 5 in my London Lovers Series but reads really well as a standalone. It’s about a broken damaged hero who had a tragedy happen in his family over five years ago. He spiraled down a dark and twisty path and this book begins one year after he gets out of rehab. So he’s just finally starting to feel confident in himself again…and then of course a girl has to come in and shake things up for him! 😉

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I have a bit of a unique start in writing. It’s always come easy for me…with college papers, letters, etc. But it wasn’t until I had a story to tell that I thought I could maybe write a book. My first book is called Chasing Hope and it’s my true story of my struggle with recurrent pregnancy loss. It’s super emotional but inspirational at the same time. I’m so so proud of it. My fiction work blossomed from that basically! I’m sorry for your loss. I’m glad that you could take something like that and see the light in it.

What are your current projects? Right now I’m starting a British soccer romance series. Sexy Harris brothers. They were the siblings to the heroine in my last book and they all play professionally. They were too cute not to get their own series!

 What books have most influenced your life most? British chick lit. It’s what made me fall in love with reading and probably hugely why I based my series in London!

What inspired you to write your first book? My own true story of how I got my daughter.

 Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? The hero of my last book is special because he’s broken…and there’s just something about a broken man laying it all bare…putting it all out there for the world to see that is sexy as hell. You want to be the woman to fix him and when you get glimpses of him being strong…raar baby! Sounds like a great read!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I always seem to include some sort of message in my novels. For That One Moment, it’s really about loving yourself and trusting yourself to be okay. To not be afraid of your own shadow and to still continue to take risks because the payoff in the end can be magical.

 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? I totally see Robert Pattinson as my hero. He’s sexy, but in the dark, smoldering and complicated sort of way. For my heroine, Vi…Imogen Poot would be perfect I think! Maybe just a bit blonder though!

When did you decide to become a writer? I never decided. LOL. It just sort of happened. And even then I denied calling myself a “writer” for a long time. But with eight books out now, I’m starting to finally believe! Sometimes it just happens like that.

Why do you write? Because it is fun! I get to play God and make all sorts of decisions. And I get to have people read what I write and squeal with me about this world I created. So amazing.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? My miscarriages. I had my daughter and it was so wonderful but I was terrified I would forget all the bad stuff that led up to her…and I didn’t want that. Because the bad got me to the good.

Do you write full-time or part-time? I currently still have a day job at the TV station. I work soooo many hours. Maybe someday I’ll just write full time, but for now…I’m juggling both.

What is the hardest thing about writing? Finding time to do it all. It’s so much all the time.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? The stakes were high because it was HAYDEN! My readers were calling him #MyHayden for months before I even wrote the book. I was intimidated that I wouldn’t write something to live up to all they were  making him out to be. In the end…I think I just might have nailed it though. J

What is the easiest thing about writing? Writing is all a tremendous amount of work. But having fun with readers…that part is hella easy!

What book are you reading now? Marry, Screw, Kill by Liv Morris!

What is one random thing about you? I like to eat Doritos and Cottage Cheese together. Me too!

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? Computer! I edit as I go…pen and paper would be awful for me!

What does your writing process look like?  Ear buds, kleenx (I cry a lot when I write), snack, Diet Coke fountain pop…44 ouncer. 🙂

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I don’t write in the shower but I get my best ideas in the shower!!!

How important are names to you in your books? Sometimes important, not always. Sometimes I come up with names and I’m like…this will work for now, but then all the sudden I get attached to the name and I just can’t bring myself to change it. Makes me mad b/c it was just a filler name that stuck! Sometimes the first choice just …works.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  I want every book I write to be better than the last. On book #8, that is getting so hard and so intimidating.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I’m sure there’s TONS of mistakes I’ve made. You learn as you go though.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? “Success looks a lot like hard work.”

What is your favorite book and why? A Girls Best Friend by Samantha Young. It’s just light and frothy and British and sexy! I want to reread it right now!

Do you have any advice for other writers? Networking is huge in this industry. Meet other authors, make friends, make contacts. It all opens doors one way or another.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I love TV. I watch a lot of TV. Oh..and family. I have a husband and daughter I spend all my free time with…I probably should have said them before TV. EEK. Maybe I should revisit that with a therapist at a later date. Lol

From where do you gain your inspiration? Real life. I’m a watcher now. Everything around me is potential inspiration for a story. You’re never safe in my presence!

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? Self-published you get to have all the power…muhahahahaaaaaa.
Traditional…you can give up some of the power…and maybe have more free time! :O What is this free time you speak of?

How do you market your books? Social media, Facebook ads, newsletter, fan club.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Go for outside the box ideas. Don’t get lost in the sea of authors. Stand out!

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? A lot. Probably 50/50.

What do you do to get book reviews? I try to network with bloggers and then as I gain fans I find ones that want ARCs in exchange for a review.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Good I’d say!

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? I’ve learned a lot from good and bad reviews. I learn my strengths and weaknesses and try to apply them to the next book.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I feel like Anne Hathaway would be really interesting. I don’t know…I’ve always loved her and I love a lot of things she says. I think she’d be fun and inspiring.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Potter!!!! I want the Potter franchise to be mine.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? You won’t write a book until you just DO IT. Stop talking about doing it and just DO IT! 🙂

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

My website! www.amydawsauthor.com

High School Poem #2

Changes of life
Loss of loved ones
Friends come and go
But they stay in your heart forever.
They say love’s blind
But the greatest love that isn’t
is between you and your friends.
Sweet and kind,
Hurt and pain,
Hey life goes on.
Changes of life
Can hurt or they can help
Please,
We all love you,
Don’t waste the rest of
Your long life.
Smile
Even though we’re just friends
I hate to see you hurting.
When you hurt I hurt.
When you smile I smile.
I may just know a little
About you but
I still love you
Please don’t worry
You’ve got more than one
Guardian angel
Watching over you.

Boy-friend

I sent my cousin off to Alaska the other day and felt a bit nostalgic about high school. It’s foolish of me to do so, because high school is but a drop in the bucket compared to the rest of life, but still it was a happy time. Now it is marred by a black spot of stupidity. A couple actually, but those are small compared to my ex.
After saying that, it may seem that I am still hung up on the man but honestly I don’t miss the romantic relationship but the friendship we had before and a tiny bit during that the romantic relationship destroyed. I don’t think it is accurate to say that is what destroyed it but the romantic relationship did start the deterioration of friendship.
We met in fifth grade when I moved into town and I was petulant not wanting to make friends. Then we bonded over music. We were in band together for a year, when he left the trombone behind and decided to focus on his singing. He and I were in choir for eight years as an alto and bass. Somewhere along the way we went from acquaintances to friends. It is odd…I don’t remember how or when but we had come to a point where we wanted to try being more than friends. Tried many times, but it never quite worked. He wanted more than I was ready to give, so we would break off and just be friends for a short time before we wanted to try dating again. For some reason we couldn’t stay away from each other. It was like there was an invisible tether pulling us together. After high school, I moved to Alaska and we seemed to move on. Then I got sick and we started talking again for a time, where things heated up again.
This time we let things grow wild and the friendship we once shared withered and died to allow the romantic relationship to flourish. As our story seems doomed, it was very short-lived, as indiscretions and lies began flowing from him.  I was an idiot who went along with whatever he wanted, and paid dearly for it. I allowed my heart to be broken because I believe I’m not worthy of true love and perhaps he was my true love.
I mean who could ignore the fact that for years we kept being brought back together, no matter the circumstances? Could someone who believes in past lives and partially remembers one such that involves him, ignore the thought that the two of us had been together in at least one past life? Then again many of his lying webs were weaved in my naivete centered around my beliefs that silver-tongued devil played like a harp.
I know a large part of my lost friend is mine but so much more is on him. My point is I have since moved to Hawaii and become a recluse. Estranged from other dear friends, yet only one strikes as deep as the loss of my best friend. She and I still speak occasionally but we were never as close as my ex and I. There are things that I could never tell her, but him I told practically everything. It is hard not having a friend to talk to and when I wish to speak to him I remember all the pain he put me through and stop. Sometimes that doesn’t work to stop my wishes, and I remember our deep friendship, in those times I think of how he has moved on and doesn’t need me mucking up his life.

#BookReview: The Last Town (Wayward Pines Trilogy book 3) by Blake Crouch 3/5 Stars

Overview: The town knows the truth and are now running for their lives. Monsters have been invited in and are hunting for human flesh. Many are slaughtered in the streets or their homes, but those who survived are out for the man responsible. Safely tucked away, Ethan leaves every one behind in order to take control from the man who claims to be God. A nomad blast from the past in the form of Ethan’s old boss, Adam Hassler, wanders into town and saves Ethan’s wife and son from being killed in a jail cell. After over throwing the dictator, Ethan finds himself in charge with another man as co-captain. Working to out the town back together, they make another startling discovery and faced with one of two options; die in town or face the outside world. Choosing a third option, the town sets off on a another questionable journey.

Opinion: The ending sucks. By now everything has become predictable and the only thing no one sees coming is the ending, so you would think that it would be epic. Sadly it is not, you first think they decide to stay in town, then you are led to believe they are leaving only for a third option to arrive. This choice needs more explaining, and then the epilogue leaves so much room for another book but I don’t think we will get one. It had so much promise to be great but turned out to only be good.

Land of the Midnight Sun

In the land of the midnight sun
You are surrounded by eternal light.
Light that almost haunts you and makes it seem like you can do nothing.
You do nothing, for you can’t find anything to do, but sit and watch.
Watch the people with normal fulfilling lives get up and go.
Go to work, go to play, go and live.
Live with friends and family and while you’re watching you start to wonder,
Wonder if your move here was right.
Was it right to move away from all of your new found friends and life long ones?
Friends that had stuck by you through everything?
Everything you left behind you sit and wonder was it worth it?
Worth losing touch of everyone you cared about?
Everyone you cared about in the end will still love you when you go back.
Go back to visit or to stay they will be there for you till the very end.
The very end is far off. Spend the time you have making it joyous and remember,
Remember that very soon the sun must set in the land of the midnight sun.

#Musical Monday Review #12: Phantom of the Opera

Overview: The Opera Populaire is up for auction in 1919. The broken chandelier is raised, blowing a wind that transports the patrons back in time to 1870. The troupe members are doing rehearsals for a show when the new owners, Monsieur’s Firmin and Andre, are being escorted around by the old owner. While introducing their new patron, the Vicomte de Chagny (Raoul), the leading soprano becomes upset and quits. She is then replaced by a chorus girl, Christine. Showing she has tremendous potential, Christine becomes the permanent replacement. The Phantom makes his first appearance and demands for how his threatre is to be ran. During the performance, Raoul realizes Christine is his childhood sweetheart and rushes to her after the show. However the Phantom whisks her off to his underground home, seducing her to stay with him. He allows he

r to go back and sing in the operas and makes new demands of the new owners, but they do not wish to comply and bring back Carlotta, the original diva. A stagehand dies, and operas are sabotaged for their disobedience. Christine opens up to Raoul, who brushes it off and proposes to her. After weeks of no sign of the Opera Ghost, there is a masquerade where he appears and demands they perform a new opera written by himself. For this they comply and Christine is once again taken into the bowels of the theatre. In an attempt to save her, Raoul is trapped and threatened with death if Christine chooses to leave with him. Telling the Phantom she would never love him, he releases the two realizing his mistakes and disappears into the night never to be seen again. We are brought back to 1919 and Raoul is taken to Christine’s headstone. He places the music box he bought at the auction next to a red rose with a black satin bow. The Phantom’s calling card.

Review: The world’s most recognized opera, expresses the battle between light and dark. Raoul is light, where most people live and thrive. The Phantom, seductive darkness, where people are free to be themselves without consequences of society. Some may view this musical as a fight between good and evil, but the Phantom was not evil. He was simply a disfigured man who fell in love. He was not shown much compassion himself growing up so of course he is going to go about expressing his love awkwardly.

I have seen and heard a few others perform the part of Christine, and in my opinion Emmy Rossum is the best so far. I have ear issues, and most soprano high notes hurt them. The notes tend to sound screechy and almost like a scream, causing an immediate headache. However Emmy’s voice is so nice and clear voice and her work in “Think of Me” clinched it for me. The last twenty seconds or so were magnificent. Emmy is the only one I have heard perform those note jumps so beautifully and crisply. Most go through slides in order to reach the notes, but Emmy hits them precisely without the use of runs. Now I’m not saying she is perfect, because there were spots where her voice hit some rough spots for me, but she is the best.

Now Gerard Butler, dreamy! Honestly I think he is a big part as to why I fell in love with the musical so much. I usually enjoy baritone voices more then tenors, but his voice has a nice mix of the two and is perfect for the dark and brooding Phantom.

Maybe I am just more in tune with the darkness, but I hate Raoul. He is just another rich guy, where the Phantom is one of a kind. He loves her and wants to be loved. He should have been the one Christine ended up with.

I first watched this musical in choir and band classes. Having them back to back I literally had to watch it twice in a row, which was OK with me because I fell in love with the darkness of the story. It was amazing how both classes bonded so well with the music and storyline. After we completed the video, we begged to perform a medley at our spring concert both for choir and band. Even after the concert, we would use the medley to warm up as we were so attached as a class to this one musical. It is actually one of the things that brought me and my high school boyfriend together. We would spend hours talking about it.

My favorite song has always been “Masquerade” but I’m not sure why. It it always the one that gets stuck in my head for days and the choreography is interesting. It tickled me to see a performer doing a little popping while surrounded by lords and ladies dancing something more traditional, but it still didn’t seem out of place.

Together, my ex and I dare say the class as well, had a deep seeded love for “The Point of No Return” as well. It is up to this point everyone believes that Christine belongs with Raoul, but once the song belongs you can see that it is The Phantom who is her soulmate. Even Raoul is so overcome with the passion shown between the two. Sadly the moment is shattered when she is reminded of Raoul through a reprisal of “All I Ask of You.”

I did have a song that I don’t really care for. It could be because it was too sappy or it was too slow, but I never have cared for “Wishing You were Somehow Here Again.”