Contest: Faery Tales & Nightmares and A Beautiful Evil

The last book in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series, Darkest Mercy, came out last year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go back to that wonderful world. Tomorrow, Melissa will be releasing Faery Tales and Nightmares, a collection of stories from the Wicked Lovely universe.

MMarr-Faery Tales and NightmaresDangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments, dark and light, by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from under the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.

From the gentle tones of a story-teller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with . . . or to fear.

Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.

Tomorrow also happens to be the release day for Kelly Keaton’s second Gods & Monster’s novel, A Beautiful Evil.

KKeaton-Beautiful EvilMyth and mayhem inhabit a richly reimagined New Orleans in this sequel to Darkness Becomes Her.”After the epic graveyard battle at the end of “Darkness Becomes Her,” Ari and her friends know what they’re up against: Ari is facing the Medusa curse and is haunted by the image of what she will become. To make matters worse, the heinous goddess Athena has kidnapped young Violet and is threatening to destroy Ari. Ari, along with the superhot Sebastian, is doing everything she can to learn more about Athena and to get Violet back. But the battle of good and evil is bigger than she realizes, and she’s about to be pulled into a world more horrific than she could ever imagine….

The two have come together to celebrate these releases with a fabulous contest. One lucky reader has the chance to win both of these novels – Faery Tales and Nightmares and A Beautiful Evil – signed by the authors themselves.  Want to know how easy it is to enter?  Keep reading….

Meet Melissa Marr!

Melissa MarrMelissa grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college lit for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing. Wicked Lovely, the first novel, was simultaneously released in the US and UK by HarperCollins in 2007 (with translation rights also sold in seven countries). It debuted as a NY Times Bestseller. Critical responses both here and abroad have been positive. Ink Exchange, the second novel, released in late April 2008 in North America. Currently, Melissa lives in the DC area, writes full time, and still believes in faeries and ghosts.

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Want to purchase Melissa’s novels?
Wicked Lovely

  1. Wicked Lovely at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Ink Exchange at Amazon | Book Depository
  3. Fragile Eternity at Amazon | Book Depository
  4. Radiant Shadows at Amazon | Book Depository
  5. Darkest Mercy at Amazon | Book Depository

Love Is Hell at Amazon | Book Depository
Faery Tales and Nightmares
at Amazon | Book Depository
at Amazon | Book Depository
Carnival of Souls
at Amazon (September 4, 2012)
Unbound at Amazon | Book Depository
Home Improvement: Undead Edition
at Amazon | Book Depository
Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions
at Amazon | Book Depository
Naked City
at Amazon | Book Depository


Meet Kelly Keaton!

Kelly GayKelly loves ancient history, fantasy, and mythology. She dreams of one day attaining magical powers, discovering the secret to immortality, ridding her home of pet hair, and being crowned Mardi-Gras queen. She likes pre-Raphaelite art, moonlight on snow, and RPGs. She lives in North Carolina with her family, one Great Dane, and two incredibly hairy cats.

Kelly’s alter ego, Kelly Gay, writes the popular adult urban fantasy series ‘Charlie Madigan’ for Pocket Books.

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Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads

Want to purchase Kelly’s novels?
Gods & Monsters

  1. Darkness Becomes Her at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. A Beautiful Evil at Amazon | Book Depository

Charlie Madigan (Writing as Kelly Gay)

  1. The Better Part of Darkness at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. The Darkest Edge of Dawn at Amazon | Book Depository
  3. The Hour of Dust and Ashes at Amazon | Book Depository
  4. Shadows Before the Sun at Amazon | Book Depository (July 31, 2012)


Contest Details!

Melissa and Kelly are each giving away one signed copy of Faery Tales and Nightmares and A Beautiful Evil to one lucky reader. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What is your favorite faery tale? Do you like the Disney version or the more nightmarish original? Is there a movie version that does the tale fabulously? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.

Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.

The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.

The contest will stay open until February 28th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.

I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.

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  1. My favorite is between Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. I prefer the Disney kind but I have read darker versions and those are interesting as well.

  2. My favorite is the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast.
    I am also liking the new take on tales on TV from Once Upon a Time and Grimm.

  3. My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella and I’ve always loved the Disney version. I think it tells the story in an imaginative, fun way and I love Disney’s film version.

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  4. My favorite is Cinderella and I do like the Disney version. Although there are many other related movie versions that do the theme justice as well. I think a lot of has to do with the hope that everyone will one day find their prince.

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  5. My favourite fairytale would be Snow White. I loved the Disney version when I was younger, but a recent reviewing left me disappointed. So I definitely prefer the darked original. Haven’t seen a amazing movie version of the story, but with two on the way . . .

  6. Oh this is a hard one. I like nightmarish stories, but I have to say I do like Beauty and the Beast. I think it teaches people to look past looks and personalities at first glance and really shows that there is beauty even in the ugly of life.

    In all honesty looking back I think my life really related to it. I love to read, with all my heart it consumes me and my every waking thought and I fell in love with a beast, who deep down inside is as soft as marshmallows, but he is not everyone ideal man and I love his darker nature.

  7. Cinderella has always been a favorite of mine. I enjoy any version of it. As of late I’ve liked watching the tv show Once Upon a Time.


  8. I love Disney movies, but I also love the original Grimm’s tales as well. It’s hard to say what any favorite might be, I love so many of the original tales – Beauty and the Beast, Cinderrella, Snow White and Rose Red, and more.

  9. My favorite faery tale is Beauty and the Beast. I do prefer the more nightmarish original to the Disney version, although I was obsessed with the Disney movie and knew every word by heart when I was younger. The only non animated version of Beauty and the Beast that I have really found intriguing is the TV show Once Upon a Time. The characters are so well developed and the acting is superb.

  10. My favorite faery tale is Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel. Tim Burton did it in the early 80’s as a live action tv movie, but I wish he would do it as a darker animated film. So many details get left out from the original story that it would be nice to make it into the film it was written to be in story form.

  11. I love the darker faery tales. I am a HUGE fan of the “fae” in the Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning. I enjoyed Alice in Wonderland the movie, and I am excited to see the twist on Jack and the Beanstalk coming out soon “Jack the Giant Killer”! :-)

  12. While i love beauty and the beast and snow white and the little mermaid in disney and grimm form, there is one tale that i have always loved but no one has ever done as a movie. It can be classed as a “fairy tale” too. I love the tale “Psyche and Eros” because no one has ever really changed it. It doesn’t really need to be changed, not like what disney has done to change the grimm’s stories. Not that i’m saying i hate disney; i love disney, but it sometimes would be nice to know the grimm’s verison on the big screen.

  13. My favorite fairy tale is Snow White and Rose Red by The Brothers Grimm. There has not yet been a movie released based on these tales but I do love Disney’s Snow White. However, I prefer the dark and twisted tales better than the revamped Disney versions. The retelling of this story in Bill Willingham’s Fables graphic novels are my absolute favorite.

  14. I love fairytales. My favorite girly/Disney fairytale would have to be Sleeping Beauty… but I love some of the dark modern twists on some fairytales that have come out recently. And I have my very own collection of Grimm’s Fairytales. Love those dark tales.

  15. I used to be in love with the disney movie of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. A few years ago, I decided to find other versions of the story.In the original it isn’t the kiss of a prince which wakes her up. The king rapes her whilst she is in deep sleep and eventually she gives birth to two children (while she is still asleep). One of the children sucks her finger which removes the piece of flax which was keeping her asleep. She wakes up to find herself raped and the mother of two kids.

    Despite the fact it is truly sickening, it is a lot more realistic because you can’t just expect your ‘prince charming’ to come to your rescue. The world is a lot harsher than that and when you fall, people take advantage of you. Though really, I prefer the original as an adult. As a child it’s perfectly normal to delude yourself that the world is perfect.

    I remember when I was in high school we had to make an adaption of a fairy tale, and I made sleeping beauty into a lazy obnoxious girl. When the prince came to kiss her, he decided against it because she had morning breath. I was a lot younger at the time so it was a bit bad but it still gives me a chuckle from time to time.

    I really love Marr’s books because they are so deliciously dark and beautiful.

  16. My favorite fairy tale is “The Little Match Girl” written by Hans Christian Anderson. This is such a tragic story that really just gets to me. The short that was created by Disney is a good interpretation of the actual story and it always makes me so sad to see or read!

  17. My favorite is Beauty and the Best. I don’t care if it is Disney or a darker version. I love the message behind it. Beauty is on the inside and the outside, and when someone really loves you it doesn’t matter what is on the outside but what is on the inside. This is a story of hope, and everyone needs hope.

  18. I have always loved Snow White (Disney). I have read the “original” versions of many other fairy tales, but not this one. Maybe thats why I love it so much – I dont have different versions of it so my first impression of the story (even if its not the “real” version) is not “tainted”..


  19. It’s hard to choose a favourite fairy tale but I do know I adored Beauty and the Beast when Disney brought it out, a slightly darker grittier version of it probably would be better then the disneyfied version like with Snow White, I like the Disney version but I caught a showing of a darker version of it on T.V. once Snow White A tale of Terror that I did like better, I do prefer the grittier takes on fairy tales like Red Riding Hood directed by Catherine Hardwicke and the new series Grimm where the creatures of fairy tale are living amoung people looking like people and the tales are sort of a history of events that happened turned into fables to warn people. After all though I haven’t rad the original versions I do believe the Grimm brothers fairytales were actually written very darkly but made child friendly later!

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