Blog Tour: Once Upon a Time Today series & giveaway


3 Awesome Short Stories that chronicle the journey of a girl who believes in fairy tales.

These Contemporary Fairy-Tale Fantasies, published by Half-Faerie Publishing, are preludes to Heidi Garrett's Once Upon a Time Today  collection!

Short Story #1:

-Title: The Girl Who Watched for Elves (Once Upon a Time Today #0.0)

-By: Heidi Garrett

-Published: October 24th, 2013

-Pages: 27

Synopsis:

Do you believe in fairy tales?


One afternoon, a young woman visits a tarot reader. When he interprets the images in a twenty-card spread, she begins to understand her past, present, and future, in a new way.

Follow her transformational journey as she rediscovers a sense of life's magic.

 

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If “The Girl Who Watched for Elves” was made into a movie, and you could cast anyone you wanted to star in the film, who would you choose?


Jennifer Lawrence as the Young Woman


Michael Caine as the Tarot Reader

Ryan Reynolds as the King of Wands



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Short Story #2:


-Title: The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes (Once Upon a Time Today #0.5)

-By: Heidi Garrett

-Published: October 19th, 2013

-Pages: 31

Synopsis



When she listens to the cantadora tell an old fairy tale, her life changes.

Disconnected from her spirit, a young woman lives a life of longing. She feeds herself reckless amounts of doughnuts and candy, but there's never enough to fill the void inside her.


What will?

She comes across an audiobook exploring an old fairy tale, and can't resist buying it. When she gets home, and listens to the story of The Red Shoes, the threshold between her dreams and daydreams begin to blur...

 
If you don’t have a Kindle reader, you can find an app for any device here!


If “The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes” was made into a movie, and you could cast anyone you wanted to star in the film, who would you choose?




Lily Cole as The Young Woman


Salma Hayak as The Cantadora









Talyor Momsen as Raven
Ciara Bravo as The Girl

Ellen Burstyn as Gertie
Nicolas Cage as The Coachman





Anthony Hopkins as The Executioner








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Short Story #3:


-Title: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sing (Once Upon a Time Today #0.75)

-By: Heidi Garrett

-Published: November 3rd, 2013

-Pages: 29

Synopsis:

Heather Baker struggles to find the balance between fantasy and reality in her everyday life. Enticed by Neptune, the planet that rules everything hazy and glamorous--she's desperate to become the next indie singer/songwriter sensation. Dogged by Saturn, the planet that rules obstacles and everything practical--she's confronted with the limitations of her abilities and talent. Which planet will win?

***Includes links to songs from the original CD, The Faith of a Crucified Child, and the DVD, My Name is Heather Baker, Welcome to My World***

 

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Your character in “The Girl Who Couldn’t Sing,” Heather, is in love with music and singing.  Can you share some songs that inspired her to work toward her dream of becoming a singing sensation?


Heather Baker’s Old Skool Musical Influences


The Sound of Silence/Simon and Garfunkel

Hell is for Children/Pat Benatar

Little Earthquakes/Tori Amos

Highway to Hell/ACDC

Troy/Sinead O’Connor

Cats in the Cradle Harry Chapin

Dream On Aerosmith

Childsong Neil Diamond

The Little Drummer Boy Traditional/Mary J. Blige


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Book 1 of the Once Upon a Time Today Collection

A Contemporary Fantasy Fairy-Tale Romance, published by Half-Faerie Publishing

-Title: Beautiful Beautiful (Once Upon a Time Today #1)

-Author: Heidi Garrett

-Published: November 15th, 2013

-Pages: 90

Synopsis:


Every night, Kerrin tells her daughter a fairy tale. Mirabella's favorite is "Beauty Beauty"--the story of when her mother met her father. As Kerrin spins the tale wrapped around the most dark, and equally light, period in her life, she considers these questions:

What is beauty? When is it nourishing... And when is it treacherous?

Indie-film director, Kerrin Mayham was the frontrunner for the Golden Pinnacle's "Director of the Year." Winning meant generous financial backing for her next project, and the most beautiful men in the industry competing for the leading role of Demion Glass. The opportunity Kerrin had sacrificed to achieve was within reach. So were her personal demons.
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The core story is a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale "Beautiful," and the novella is the first release in Heidi Garrett's Once Upon a Time Today collection. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters. (Adult language & situations, no explicit sex)

 


Author's DREAMCAST
If “Beatiful Beatiful” was made into a movie, and you could cast anyone you wanted to star in the film, who would you choose?

Charlize Theron as Kerrin Mayham

Simon Baker as Mark Chisolm





Avriella Ford as Mirabella
Jake Abel as Anthony Zorr










Kirsty Alley as Marnie Lamb


Al Pacino as Frank Gianopoulos



Rachel Weisz as Norah
Robin Wright as Joanie












Could you share with us your idea of the perfect soundtrack for Beautiful Beautiful?




Beautiful/Christina Aguilera

Pieces of Me/Britney Spears

Bad Romance/Lady Gaga

Paint it Black/Siobhan Magnus

You Learn/Alanis Morrisette

The Prayer Cycle: Movement V - Grace/Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Yellow/Coldplay



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About the Author

Heidi Garrett is the author of the contemporary fairytale novella collection, Once Upon a Time Today. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters. The Original Fairy Tale short stories: The Girl Who Watched For ElvesThe Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes, and The Girl Who Couldn’t Sing are a prelude to that collection.

She is also the author of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series, a fairy tale/high fantasy mashup about a young half-faerie, half mortal woman who must save both the Enchanted and Mortal Worlds.

Heidi was born in Texas, and in an attempt to reside in as many cities in that state as she could, made it to Houston, Lubbock, Austin, and El Paso. Heidi now lives in Eastern Washington state with her husband, their two cats, her laptop, and her Kindle.

Being from the South, she often contemplates the magic of snow, and hopes to remind readers that:

Once upon a time, you lived in an enchanted world…

Learn more about Heidi and enjoy her stream-of-consciousness reading journal, Eating Magic, at: www.heidigwrites.blogspot.com

If you want to say Hello, give her a shout out on Twitter: www.twitter.com/heidigwrites

She is now on Facebook: www.facebook.com/heidigwrites




Giveaway

5 Winners!!

1st Place: $25 Amazon Gift Card, 1 Exclusive T-Shirt, and 1 “Happily Ever After: Bracelet
2nd - 5th Place: 1 Exclusive T-Shirt and 1 “Happily Ever After” Bracelet

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