June 13, 2017

Organic by Jadah McCoy New Release


Jadah McCoy’s ORGANIC, pitched as Bladerunner meets Pitch Black, in which 18-year-old Syl has barely survived the genetic splicing that plagued her human body. After discovering the androids’ plot to wipe out human and Cull alike, Syl must return to Elite to warn the other survivors. However, with the realization that her group of survivors isn’t the only one, also comes the realization that some humans are just as bad as androids. Bastion and Syl grow closer, however, their relationship suffers under the weight of her past ghosts and a growing threat that endangers human and android alike. 


Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE
Syl
Breathing is a habit. The oxygen filters into my system, fizzles through my circuits then dissipates to nothingness. This new body is alien; it feels like my own, but I know it’s not. My eyes fall on the hole in front of me―the giant chunk of concrete ripped from the ground where the entrance to the Sanctuary used to be.
The music in my ear stutters to a stop, and the gun in my hand hangs limp.
We’re too late.
Bastion kneels beside me, leaning against his weapon as he studies the torn roots and claw marks that score the earth. His coattails catch in the dry dirt beneath him. He looks up, blue eyes lit with mechanical brightness. “I take it this isn’t the work of the Cull you’re used to?”
I step closer, peering into the hole. It’s probably fifteen feet in diameter. Gashes scar the walls all the way down until the tunnel opens up at the sewers. No sound comes from within―no sign that anyone inside might still be alive.
A frown pulls my lips down. “No.”
“Syl.” Bastion stands, prepared to stop me.
Ignoring him, I step off the uneven ledge. My body falls through the air, landing with a small splash in the sewers below. A fall at that height would have broken my human body’s legs, but the metal frame absorbs the impact and then some. I take off, running full speed in the direction of the Sanctuary. These muscles, they never grow weak, or tired, or burn with exhaustion. Bastion catches up quickly, his footsteps shadowing mine. Darkness isn’t an obstacle for us; we can see through it as if it were daylight.
The metal bars, the same ones I slipped through so long ago to escape this place, are bent open. I step over one that now lies placidly in the mildewed water. The others look like an old man’s teeth―jagged, uneven, broken.
But beyond the destroyed entrance…
I freeze, my body refusing to move any farther. Chicken feathers litter the area, dingy and bloodstained. Beneath them lie the bodies of people I grew up with. People I know. People I care about. Static fills my ears like a thick layer of cotton.
Symbols hover over a corpse, simulated by my brain―cortex―whatever it is. They shimmer and flicker before translating into letters: deceased. The word populates again and again, a dozen times, once for each body, and I choke.


Join her today, June 13th, for her Release party on Facebook.

About Jadah McCoy

Jadah McCoy currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she works as a paralegal. In her spare time she can be found traveling the world, reading, or (surprise, surprise) writing. 

The last book in the Kepler Chronicles trilogy is due for publication in 2018.

Author links: Facebook, Twitter


May 15, 2017

Ghost Code by Sarah Negovetich New Release


The wait is over! From the bestselling author of the Acceptance series, comes an all new YA-standalone that's sure to be the first summer smash-hit! Sarah Negovetich delivers and you won't want to miss out. Grab your copy today!

Title: Ghost Code
Author: Sarah Negovetich
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Release Date: May 15, 2017

"Ghost Code is a fast paced thrill ride that will take you to the very edge--of life and of love--and leave you begging for just one more page." 

-Bestselling Author Sherry D. Ficklin (The Hacker Series)





"Without dreams, what's the point of being awake?"

After a lifetime of fighting cancer, eighteen-year-old Viv Quiroga is dying. But she’s determined to go out on her own terms. Instead of wasting away in a hospital watching her mom worry over their mounting debt, she volunteers for a private research program.

For thirty days she’ll live in a coma as a human lab rat. When her time is up, they turn off the machines and pay off all her medical bills.

It’s supposed to be a one way trip.

Until Viv wakes up and learns what it really means to live.

     


Sarah Negovetich

Sarah Negovetich knows you don't know how to pronounce her name and she's okay with that.

Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it's accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.

Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and performing on stage at BE Theatre. Her goal in life is to never grow up.


FIND SARAH NEGOVETICH


Happy Release Day Sarah and Ghost Code! Join us in wishing Sarah all the best with her new release by reaching out to her via Facebook or Twitter at the links above you will not regret it!

Grab your copy today!

April 30, 2017

Z = Zazu #AtoZChallenge

April 30. Sunday. The last day in April and the last day of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I had such fun with it this year, and I hope you all have enjoyed reading the posts.

Today, I am wrapping up my exploration into what fairy tale characters can teach us today with...

Z = Zazu

I adore The Lion King. I've seen it on Broadway, at Disney World's Wild Animal Park (several times), and a smaller production in San Jose, California, and of course I've watched the movie a gazillion times. My oldest daughter loved it so much that she wore out the VHS tape. Yep, VHS tape. She is 16, almost 17, after all.

What can we learn from Zazu today?

Love your job. If you have a job, find a way to enjoy it. Or, get a new one. Zazu certainly faced challenges with watching out for a willful, young Simba. But Zazu wanted to do his best for the future king. 

A sense of humor can get you through a lot. I truly believe laughter can be the best medicine. Zazu taught us this several times, but my favorite is the scene with Scar when Zazu is singing  It's A Small World.

Thanks for spending the month of April with me. I hope you'll take a look back at posts you have missed. 

April 29, 2017

Y = Yzma #AtoZChallenge

It's the weekend. I hope you have some awesome stuff planned. Believe it or not, we got a dump of snow last night here in Colorado. Good thing it's supposed to be in the 70s by early in the week.

Only two days left in April... time to wrap up the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. And I'm left with Y and Z. As you can guess, not the easiest letters. 

So, I'm pretty happy that I found...

Y = Yzma

Yes, the evil lady from The Emporer's New Groove. I'm sure you are wondering how I'll tie Yzma into my theme of what we can learn from fairy tale characters today.

Ah, but I can. In all honesty, we can learn something from anyone, no matter how evil they might be.

If you want something, go for it. Don't let others dissuade you if you truly believe in a goal. Yzma didn't. And let's be fair, initially Kuzco was a real jerk, so maybe he should have been replaced. Just saying.

Oh, and don't be a selfish villain in your own tale. They rarely get the prize.

How'd I do?

April 28, 2017

X = X Marks the Spot #AtoZChallenge

TGIF!

Wow. It's already the last Friday in April. I'm not quite sure where this month has gone. And that means the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is almost over.

And of course these last few letters are quite challenging.

After multiple internet searches for a fairy tale character whose name began with X, I decided to think outside the box.

So...

X = X marks the spot

How many fairy tales have a treasure map? And what indicates the ultimate goal on the treasure map? An X.

What can "X marks the spot" teach us today?

If presented with an amazing opportunity (we'll call this a treasure map for today's purposes), figure out your ultimate goal (the X) and go for it. Follow the journey until you get the prize.

But also enjoy and appreciate the journey. Don't just rush to the X and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Not only does the journey teach us, it helps us to further appreciate what we earn at the end.

If you had a treasure map, what would your X be right now? 

For me, it'd be hitting the New York Times bestseller list. Just saying. 

April 27, 2017

W = Wendy #AtoZChallenge

Happy Thursday!

Welcome to another day of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, where my theme is: what can fairy tale characters teach us today.

And we're almost through the alphabet, landing on W today.

W = Wendy

I love Peter Pan as witnessed by my previous posts: P = Peter Pan and T = Tiger Lily. Check them out if you haven't already. There's so much we can learn from characters who are in the prime of youth and considering whether they want to grow up. Ever.

What can we learn from Wendy today?

Lift as You Climb. I'm stealing this saying from hearing it for years at Utopia Con. As opportunities come your way, share information and experiences with others who have similar interests. Nobody wants to be on top of the mountain all alone. Wendy could have gone alone to Neverland with Peter Pan, but she shared the adventure with her brothers.

Young people can be leaders. Don't be content to just follow. Lead when you can, especially if you have experience. Wendy had to learn to grow up and lead, and she didn't shy away from it just because she was young.

Don't be afraid to try new things. Life is about growing and experiencing. Don't let fear be your guide. 

What did you learn from any of the characters in Peter Pan?

April 26, 2017

V = Vanessa #AtoZChallenge

I hope everyone is going well halfway through this lovely week, the last week of April and of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

As we get into these later letters, the challenge becomes, well, more challenging. So I cheated a bit today, but only a bit.

Yesterday, I featured Ursula as part of my theme of what fairy tale characters can teach us today.

So, I thought I'd cover Ursula's alter ego...

V = Vanessa

Remember when Ursula knew she was losing and turned herself into a human to fight for Eric and make sure she kept Ariel's voice?

That woman was named Vanessa.


What can we learn from Vanessa today?

Don't let appearances fool you. Vanessa still had the black heart of Ursula even though she became a gorgeous woman with a beautiful voice. Ariel ultimately figured it out thanks to her friends. But just because something comes in a beautiful package doesn't make it a thing of beauty.

Don't rush into marriage. Take your time to make sure it's right. Or, in Eric's case, that you aren't under some evil spell and overlooking the actual love of your life. 

Okay, it's V, I'm trying. LOL

Can you think of a better V character?

April 25, 2017

U = Ursula #AtoZChallenge

Still chugging along with my Blogging from A to Z Challenge theme... what fairy tale characters can teach us today. 

And as I promised, I'm throwing in some villains. 

Today...

U = Ursula

The Little Mermaid is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies and THE favorite of my youngest daughter, which of course means I've seen it a million times. Plus, it has one of the most entertaining villains.

What can we learn from Ursula today?

Don't mess with another woman's man. Come on, I had to list this. I could have said: Don't get in the way of true love. But I think just staying away from a taken man is good as a general rule. LOL

Embrace your body. Yep, Ursula flaunted it. And she did so beautifully (we'll look past the fact that her heart is pure evil). We are all built differently, and we should celebrate that.

When something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Ursula sold Ariel a bill of goods by making it seem too good to pass up. You see what that got her. Never let a shiny object distract you from logic and research.

What did you love to hate about Ursula?

And join me tomorrow for another version of Ursula... do you know who it is?

April 24, 2017

T = Tiger Lily #AtoZChallenge

Happy Monday.

Before I get started on my Blogging from A to Z Challenge post, I have an announcement.

Season 1, Episode 1
War and Pieces: Frayed Fairy Tales
is LIVE!

A new episode will publish
every other day starting 4/27/17

Buy links for S1E1

Okay, now back to talking about fairy tale characters and what they can teach us today.

T = Tiger Lily

I love the character of Peter Pan, and I covered his lessons in P = Peter Pan. Tiger Lily only shows up for a few scenes in Pan, but she has a lot to each us.

When Peter questions about whether he'll fail to fulfill the prophecy, Tiger Lily says:

"What if you fail to try? 
If you don’t believe, Peter, then neither will they."

So many lessons from that single quote. First, if you don't believe in yourself, then how can others believe in you? We can't expect people to encourage and support us if we don't have faith in ourselves.

Second, failure happens for sure if we don't try. Success is only a possibility with effort. Better to fail at something than to never try it. Because then you'll absolutely never know what might have happened.

Would you have liked to see Tiger Lily get her own story/movie?

***

Well, if so, you're in luck. Tiger Lily is one of the characters who faces a new terror in our War and Pieces: Frayed Fairy Tales serial series (Season 7). This one was written by the talented Jo Michaels.

The cover...

For more information,

April 22, 2017

S = Sleeping Beauty #AtoZChallenge

Happy Saturday. I hope you have something fun in store for your weekend.

Thanks for stopping by. We are wrapping up the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge in the next week. It's been such fun! 

Today, another post on the theme of what fairy tale characters can teach us today.

S = Sleeping Beauty

Or Aurora. 

Sleeping Beauty is one of the classics of Disney cinema. A young princess is born to the delight of her parents' kingdom only to have a curse placed upon her by an evil, spurned woman. To keep their daughter safe, the King and Queen send her to live with three faeries.

Since I love songs, I have to quote a few lines from Once Upon a Dream.


I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream
I know you, that look in your eyes is so familiar a gleam
And I know it's true that visions are seldom all they seem
But if I know you, I know what you'll do

You'll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream 

Sometimes we have to trust our gut and give a person a chance. Trust your heart. And of course, keep dreaming!

But, we also have to take warnings seriously from people we love and trust. If they have more knowledge than we do (as Aurora's parents did), we have to believe their intent is to help us.

To go with that, if we try to help people without telling them everything (Aurora didn't know about her curse), we won't be able to gain their trust. Keeping secrets rarely produces the desired results.

Did you think Aurora's parents should have told her about the curse?


***

It's time to share about another princess in War and Pieces: Frayed Fairy Tales. In Season 9, you'll read about Aurora as she faces a new evil, as written by the lovely NL Greene.

The cover...


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April 21, 2017

R = Rose Red #AtoZChallenge

It's Friday, my favorite day of the week. I look forward to the weekend and spending time with my husband and children. And it's also a time to refuel for the next week ahead.

Throughout this month, I've been posting about what fairy tale characters can teach us today as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. When applicable, I've also been sharing about my upcoming serial series with my writing partners (Jo Michaels, Kelly Risser, and NL Greene): War and Pieces: Frayed Fairy Tales.

Without further ado...

R = Rose Red

Rose Red isn't as well known in popular culture as her sister, Snow White, especially since the Disney version drew inspiration from the Grimm fairy tale, not the German one. In the German tale, Rose Red is the more outspoken and lively sister, and both sisters fall in love with bear princes and marry.

What can we learn from Rose Red today?

In the German tale, the sisters save a bear by letting him into their home to warm by the fire on a very cold night. They see in him something beyond his terrifying exterior. We should all listen to our hearts instead of letting our eyes make decisions about a person. Our eyes can take in physical appearance and facial expressions, but only our hearts and minds can get to know someone deeper.

No matter what they are faced with, Snow White and Rose Red work together, without rivalry or jealousy, and in the end, they both marry a prince. I've always said that women have been the best part of my life--and the worst. We tend to be our own worst enemy sometimes. As the oldest of three girls and the mom to three girls, that makes me sad. We could take over the world if only we'd work together and put our differences aside. 

Do you know the story of Rose Red?

***

On April 24, the first episode of our serial series--War and Pieces: Frayed Fairy Tales--will debut with Rose Red's story as written by me and NL Greene. She will face an evil further empowered by her own insecurity. You can pre-order your copy here now.

And the cover...


The synopsis:

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there were zombies…

That’s how it all started. Authors have created a major problem with stories like Cinder, The Dark Queen, and Asleep, and it’s wreaking havoc here in Ever After. Our queens are fighting for their lives.

Rather like Mother Nature, keeper of the fine balance that’s life in your world, tales that begin with “Once upon a time” were never meant to be messed with.

Now, Ariel is underwater with all the defenses she’s been launching, Aurora hasn’t slept in weeks, and Rapunzel is tangled in… Well, I can’t even begin to tell you.

Rather than try, I’ll let you see for yourself. You and I will talk again afterwardif I survive long enough. So, as our fateful story begins:

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…

Note: A new episode will publish every other day.

For more information,

April 20, 2017

Q = Queen #AtoZchallenge

Another Thursday in April, and another installment of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge series. We now get into the part of the alphabet with some challenging letters, starting with today's letter--Q.

All month I've been exploring what fairy tales can teach us today. When I set out, I wanted to cover a wide range of fairy tale characters, including villains.

So for today...

Q = Queen

As in the Evil Queen from the Snow White tale. The woman so obsessed with being the most beautiful person in the kingdom that her heart turned black.

What can we learn from the Queen today?

Social media has only exacerbated the image of beauty and how far you can go to achieve it. It seems like every other ad is for some anti-wrinkle cream, smoothing ointment, or cover up. Not to mention plastic surgery. There is a point where we must learn to love ourselves. No amount of products or surgeries will do what embracing who we are will.

And further, we all have insecurities. Everyone. We should always work to accept them--nobody is perfect. Otherwise, those insecurities will grow, causing us to make poor choices as the insecurities take over. 

From these points, the biggest lesson comes through: Real beauty comes from within.

Who is your favorite Disney villain? What did you learn from him/her?

April 19, 2017

P = Peter Pan #AtoZChallenge

Happy hump day!

We're halfway through the week and more than halfway through the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Thanks to my theme, I feel like I'm rebooting my year with positivity and new goals. All the positive messages from the fairy tales has given me a boost, and I hope it's left my readers thinking. 

If you haven't read any of my posts, feel free to take a journey backwards from A to O and explore what fairy tales can teach us today.

But first stay for...

P = Peter Pan

Some versions of this fairy tale paint Peter in a poor light, showing him stealing children for his own nefarious purposes. But in my new positive trend, I'd like to focus on the good side of Peter Pan, the boy who never wants to grow up.

What can Peter Pan teach us today?

I thought I'd share some amazing quotes from Peter Pan...

"All the world is made up of faith, 
and trust, and pixie dust."

Wow. Sometimes we just have to trust people or situations and have faith, and other times we have to believe in a little magic to get through this thing called life. The motto for my shapeshifter books series--the Tala Prophecy series--is "With Faith, We Fight." I truly believe to fight for something we have to believe in it.

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, 
you cease for ever to be able to do it.” 

This goes back to believing. Usually, the biggest obstacle to achieving something is conquering your own fears and doubts.

“Never is an awfully long time.” 

Don't rule something out based on an emotional gut reaction to pain and suffering. Every day can bring a lot of growth and learning, so don't be quick to judge something as completely out of your life.

There are so many more lessons from Peter Pan. What has Peter Pan taught you?

April 18, 2017

O = Olaf #AtoZChallenge

Wishing everyone a terrific Tuesday!

Thanks for joining me for another installment of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. So far we've chatted about Ariel, Cinderella, Elsa, Jasmine, Mulan, and more. And today is a super fun one. A fairy tale character sure to make you smile.

O = Olaf

I'm sure this character wasn't in the original fairy tale, but who can forget the lovable snowman from Disney's Frozen who only wanted to bask in the sun?

What can we learn from Olaf today?

Smile. Olaf's pure joy in living is infectious. Sure, we can't be happy all the time, but the more we can put a smile on our face and recognize our blessings, the happier we will be. And, as a side benefit, we'll make those around us happy, which will bring us even more joy.

Dream big. Let your mind conjure up your dreams before you dash them with any reality or practical worries. Dream first. After Olaf sang his inspiring song about summer and wanting to enjoy the sunshine, Kristoff wants to ruin the dream with reality. Anna won't let him. Which is another good lesson... don't poo-poo other people's dreams--instead, support and encourage them.

Do you like warm hugs? 

April 17, 2017

N = Ninfa #AtoZChallenge

Happy Monday!

We are more than halfway through the fun of the Blogging from A to Z challenge. Continuing with my theme, what fairy tale characters can teach us today, today we will discuss...

N = Ninfa

When the ladies of Ferocious Five discussed which princesses to include in our serial series, War and Pieces: Frayed Fairy Tales, we wanted to find a Latin American princess. After much research, we found the story of The Bear Prince. 

For those unfamiliar with the story, a quick recap:

A hunter came across a bear in the woods and had to bargain for his life by offering one of his daughters in marriage (Ninfa, his youngest, agreed). Ultimately, Ninfa finds out the bear is a prince who is cursed, and she is sworn to keep his secret. When she visits her sisters, they bully her into telling them her husband's secret by teasing her, and then she has to go on a journey to save her prince.

What can we learn from Ninfa today?

Stand your ground. Nobody can make you feel inferior if you don't let them. I know that is easier said than done, but we have to stand our ground and believe in ourselves. When we give into bullies and those who make us feel less, we give them power to continue hurting people. You might not be able to change what a bully believes, but you can at least take away their power over you.

Never give up. Ninfa faced an incredible journey to save her husband, but she never quit, pushing through some pretty incredible odds. But she never gave up, and in the end, she was reunited wit the love of her life.

Have you ever heard of Princess Ninfa?

***

In the final season--Season 10--of War and Pieces: Frayed Fairy Tales, Ninfa must face another journey and a terrifying enemy in order to keep her family intact. Check out the cover...

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April 16, 2017

Fairy Tale Coloring Book

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates. 

I hope everyone is enjoying my month of fairy tale exploration.


Do you love to color?

As a companion to War and Pieces: Frayed Fairy Tales, a serial series by me, Jo Michaels, NL Greene, and Kelly Risser, we have an adult coloring book filled with the shoes from the covers and a scene for each princess. 




It's only $7.99. Not bad if you consider the hours of enjoyment for you (and totally appropriate for your kiddos) and the stress relief it provides.

Buy your copy today here.

April 15, 2017

M = Mulan #AtoZChallenge

My favorite day of the week -- Saturday! Happy Easter to those who celebrate. I hope tomorrow is filled with family and special moments for everyone, whether you celebrate Easter or not.

Today brings us the letter M in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

As I continue to explore fairy tale characters and their modern messages...

M = Mulan

Is there a more inspirational Disney character than Mulan? She goes to war to save her aging father from having to and has to pose as a young boy to do so. There's so much we can still learn from her character today, so let's get started.

What can we learn from Mulan today?

Stand up for what you believe in. Always. For too long we've all looked the other way. Silence doesn't change anything. Action does. I need to take a lesson from this. Brought up by Southern parents, I was taught--especially as a girl--to be seen and not heard. No. If you feel passionately, do something. On the other hand, if you don't, don't blabber just to hear yourself speak.

Don't set any limits on yourself. If you want to do something, do whatever is necessary to do it. You are only limited by your own thoughts.

Don't be a bystander in your own life. Get out there. Try new things. Be brave.

What life lessons did you learn from Mulan?

***

As promised, I will highlight each of the ten seasons of War and Pieces: Frayed Fairy Tales. Season 4 features Mulan--which I'm so excited about. I wrote this one with Jo Michaels. Mulan must face a creature that had been a friend before. 

And the cover...

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April 14, 2017

L = Lady #AtoZChallenge

Happy Friday!

It's time for the L installment of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I've always loved fairy tales, especially since becoming a mom, so it's been fun to find fairy tale characters and explore their impact on us today for this month-long challenge.

And today...

L = Lady

Ah, Lady and the Tramp. I love dogs (we have three!), so any movie or book about dogs... count me in. At first Lady comes across as a privileged, stuck-up princess, but then she starts falling for Tramp--the dog from the wrong side of the tracks. Although I can see why her falling in love with a tramp might not be the best life lesson, what I loved about her was her confidence and innocence.

What can we learn from Lady today?

Take time to enjoy the romance and beauty of life. Is there a more iconic scene than the spaghetti scene as Belle Notte plays in the background? In the hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to get caught up in stress and responsibilities. But taking the time to smell the roses is important. Nobody lies on their death bed wishing they had stressed more.

Be receptive to love and new relationships. Sometimes people come into your life that upon first impression aren't the perfect fit. Give them a chance. They just might add the unexpected to your life.

What do you remember about Lady and the Tramp?

Note: I must say as much as I loved this film as a kid... as the mother of three daughters, I'd want my daughter to listen to the girl who said the guy was a tramp. Just saying.

And for fun... a pic of my three puppies: Serabi (Abby), Nala, and Alice. Anyone see any significance in their names? 

April 13, 2017

K = King Fergus #AtoZChallenge

It's Thursday... and time for another Blogging from A to Z Challenge post. Today is all about the letter K and how it relates to my theme: What can we learn today from fairy tales.

K proved a challenge. I couldn't think of a fairy tale character off the top of my head, so I did an internet search and found...

K = King Fergus

Brave! I loved this movie. As the mom of three daughters, I loved the spunky Merida. Her strength and bravery were the kind of characteristics I wanted my daughters to see in a Disney princess. And I liked the arc of her father's character.

What can we learn from King Fergus today?

As a parent, we should listen to our children, even if what they have to say goes against what we believe is best. King Fergus is stuck in tradition, but he raised his daughter to be strong and then didn't give her a voice. If he would have listened, maybe they could have come to some kind of agreement without sending her on a path that ultimately endangered his wife and other children.

I also loved what King Fergus taught us about strength and protecting your family. In the end, he protected his family above all else. When we decide to have a family, we have to put their best interests and safety above anything else.

What did you learn from Brave, particularly King Fergus?

Please join me tomorrow for L = Lady (Lady and the Tramp).

April 12, 2017

J = Jasmine #AtoZChallenge

Happy Hump Day.

I hope everyone is enjoying the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Today is brought to you by the letter J (LOL -- I felt like I was on Sesame Street for a second.)

In continuing with my theme of how fairy tales are relevant today...

J = Jasmine

Aladdin is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies and mainly because I loved the character of Jasmine. Sassy and outside the typical Disney beauty profile. 

What can we learn from Jasmine today?

Stand up for what you believe in. The Sultan wanted to marry his daughter off and had tradition to back him up. But that was not what Jasmine wanted. And she stood up to him. We have to stay in touch with what really matters and be strong in our efforts to protect those things.

And in the same vein... don't settle. She wanted love, not just a prince. And she fought for it. Don't settle because something gets too hard. 

What did you learn from Jasmine?

***

Jasmine is another princess we explore in War and Pieces: Frayed Fairy Tales, this one written by Kelly Risser and NL Greene. In Season 8, you'll find out more about what happened to Jasmine after the tale you all know and love as she faces a new terror.

For more information,