- Decadent Publishing
- Release Date
- October 2014
- Book 1 of Beyond Fairytale
Action/Adventure Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Sabine Babineaux, daughter of the mayor of New Orleans and waitress at The Three Princesses bar, is snatched from the street after a late night at work and knocked unconscious. Waking in a cage, Sabine is determined to escape and take the other women in the basement lair with her.
Stuart Renwick and Kyle Novak, detectives with the New Orleans police department, are assigned a kidnapping case with multiple victims. However, when one of the missing women, Sabine Babineaux, arrives at their precinct, injured and terrified, they take the damsel in distress under their wings and into their home. But the gallant detectives find their princess a big temptation. What will she say when they tell her they like to share?
Can they work fast enough to find out who the kidnapper is and bring them to justice or will they take more victims or come for Sabine again?
Will Sabine survive long enough to explore her feelings for both detectives? Or will Stuart and Kyle fall at the hands of her kidnapper?
BOOK INTERVIEW on February 2015
Interview by Laura
Q: SAVING THEIR PRINCESS is book #10 in the Beyond Fairytales series. Please give us an overview of the series, and the inspiration for its conception.
Okay, a quick run of the series is simple. There is a storyteller, Nicodemus, who for a gold coin will tell you a story. Those are the fairytales we create, but they're not the fairytales you or I read as a child. No, these are souped up retellings made for adults. Check out the Beyond Fairytale Blog to see what we've been up to!
Q: What inspired SAVING THEIR PRINCESS?
Good question. I wanted strong heroes and I also wanted a strong heroine as well. What inspired the recreation of this story was the fact that the boy, though he gets help from the princesses, he actually does everything alone. I wanted to show a woman who did the same, but could also lean on someone for help when it came time. And, I wanted something empowering as well. I hope I did that with this story.
Q: What made you decide to re-imagine the fairy tale in an urban setting, with suspense thrown into the mix?
It is, even in The Brothers Grimm style, a suspense/action story. So for me, it was just bringing it forward in time. Make it modern. Make it dark, but keep the classic edge to it. When I created the world for this story, I used what I had—which trust me, wasn't a lot. I think the whole trick to these stories, and I am learning this as I go, is that even though they are hundreds of years old, they still fit for our time. We, as readers, can relate to them in any era we create.
Q: Do tell us about Sabine Babineaux. What made her into the woman we find at the beginning of the story?
Sabine is very independent. She had to be after her mother died. She was given to different nannies to take care of her and finally she left home. She got her degrees and she wanted to be someone. But, she never wanted to use her name to get ahead. She didn't even want to be associated with her father. So when you see her in the beginning, she's already a fighter. She already knows how to survive and no one is going to kidnap her and get away with it. So we see the way she plots and plans her escape. But, we also see her compassion. She even says it as well. She could walk out of that building and be free on her own, but she couldn't live with herself if the women got hurt. She's selfless. Another example is when she wakes up in the hospital after saving herself, she asks about the other women, not really focused on herself. She is what I would consider a modern day hero.
Q: What about Stuart Renwick and Kyle Novak? Please tell us more about these yummy men! I love Stuart and Kyle.
They are best friends and climbed the ranks together. It just so happened that they figured out pretty early into their friendship they like to share. I believe part of the reason they work so well together is because they can find the headspace to share. They have to work in tandem and for them to be efficient in their job. So in the beginning, you can see they are going step by step through one case, where Stuart might get a little frustrated with it, Kyle takes over and breaks it down even more and pretty soon they back on track. I want to say they're almost twins in a way because they're that connected.
Q: What did Stuart and Kyle do that was the most romantic?
I believe everything they did for her was romantic in their own way. They didn't have to take care of her, but they did. They knew it was hard for her to give up her life, and at every turn both men tried to make the transitions as seamless as possible. They encouraged her, protected her and fought for her life. It might not be flowers and wine, but to me, their selfless acts sealed the deal for Sabine.
Q: What scene was most difficult to write, either because of its emotional intensity or level of technical difficulty?
The hardest scene to write was Sabine waking up inside the warehouse again. All that work and the suffering just to be brought back to hell on earth leaves Sabine distraught, but still a fighter. The minute she meets the Master, and sees how charming yet vile he is, her world slowly begins to crumble, because the people she thought she could trust, she couldn't anymore…but you'll have to read the scene to find out who comes into the room. ;)
Q: How do you come up with such emotionally driven plots, yet still make the love scenes and romance so strong and memorable?
I think the love scenes should actually give you a sense of balance. When Sabine and Stuart are together or when it's all three of them together or even Sabine and Kyle those moments are about connecting. They can switch off the worry and the angst and concentrate on what is in front of them. I think if you can make their love the focus when their world is out of control, then you're doing something right!
Q: What was it about writing ménage that draws you?
I like the dynamic. I like throwing three people together and asking will this work. The whole relationship is about give and take. Each person brings in their own personality and quirks, but when they're together, they mesh. Everything about them works. In some respects it makes their relationship stronger and deeper, since all three have to have confidence and trust in their partners.
Q: What's your favorite story in the Beyond Fairytales series? Why?
Oh, good question. I liked Hunter's Mark and I liked Don't Call Me Ironman. I also liked Once Upon a Marriage. There are so many good stories. I have to keep reading them all. But the reason these three stories stood out for me was the storytelling. They took three already interesting fairytales and breathed new life into them.
I love in Hunter's Mark that Hunter is an assassin out to get his prey. It's a very action forward story with great areas of pure laughter which reduces the tension. I believe it was beautifully written and a great retelling of The Skillful Huntsman. The same can be said about Don't Call Me Ironman. And hit it out of the park creating another planet filled with huge carnivorous beasties, but also a dying civilization who depended greatly on a man to help them, to the point of they made him a slave. The political/climate change themes in the story are subtle but there and give you a wakeup call…or well it did me.
And Once Upon a Marriage. Wow…this story. If we ever evolve this much with technology, lives everywhere would change. Again, there are comedic parts that soothe the conflict, but at the heart of the story, yes, it was about reconnecting, I saw hope. I saw hope for two lovers and I saw hope for all those who might have some ailment or are an amputee that maybe one day, even though it's fiction, they too would be made whole again.
Q: What's up next in the series? Please give us a sneak peek.
Check out the Beyond Fairytale Blog for updates on what coming soon!
Q: What's up next for you?
Well I have a few things on tap so far this year. Soon to be release for the 1NS miniseries, I have The Dom and The Bodyguard and I have Their Secretary. For ROAR, Craving Cameo and I also have another fairytale coming out called, Good For Nothing. Which is the adaptation of She Was Good For Nothing by Hans Christian Andersen. Stay tuned for more details.
TL Reeve was born out of a love of family and a bond that became unbreakable. Living in the south, TL misses Los Angeles and will one day return to the beaches of Southern California to ride the waves at Huntington Beach. When not writing something hot and sexy, TL can be found curled up with a good book, or working on homework with a cute little pixie.
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