Tara Lain on Driven Snow (A Pennymaker Tale) ~ Guest Blog, Excerpt, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: Driven Snow (A Pennymaker Tale)
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

Blurb:

A Pennymaker Tale

Young Snowden “Snow” Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he’s shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he’s a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn’t keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires: Riley Prince, championship quarterback.

When Riley needs a physics tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up—but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow’s one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater—literally. In a car!

Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he’s the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince.

Snow White – the Chess Master!

Hi! I’m Tara Lain and I write the Beautiful Boys of Romance. Today I’m celebrating one of the most beautiful and full-on quirkiest of my heroes, Snowden Reynaldi, the hero of my new novel, DRIVEN SNOW. This book is one of my Pennymaker Tales. This series is made up of contemporary romances based loosely on fairy tale themes and tropes. All the books are stand alone (like the fairy tales) and are united by a character named Mr. Pennymaker, a mysterious elf of a man who seems to enjoy involving himself in the happy ever after of others. The first book in the series (although they can be read in any order) is Sinders and Ash, which is loosely based on Cinderella. Driven Snow, as you might guess from its name, is a Snow White theme.

All the Grimm Brothers fairy tales were based on long-standing legends and stories, some of them very old. Snow White appears to be a newer story, originating early in the nineteenth century around the time that the brothers Grimm wrote their first collection, although some antecedents might stretch back to the sixteenth century.

Some people have believed that the tale is based in truth. One German scholar wrote that the story was based on Margarete von Waldeck, a German countess born to Philip IV in 1533. At the age of 16, Margarete was forced by her stepmother, Katharina of Hatzfeld to move away to Wildungen in Brussels. There, Margarete fell in love with a prince who would later become Phillip II of Spain. Sadly, she got no happy ever after, but died mysteriously at the age of 21 – reputedly of poison. According to a study group in Lohr, Bavaria, Snow White is based on Maria Sophia von Erthal, born on 15 June, 1729 in Lohr am Main, Bavaria. She was the daughter of 18th-century landowner, Prince Philipp Christoph von Erthal and his wife, Baroness von Bettendorff. After the death of the Baroness, Prince Philipp went on to marry Claudia Elisabeth Maria von Venningen, Countess of Reichenstein, who was said to dislike her stepchildren. The castle where they lived, now a museum, was home to a ‘talking mirror’, an acoustical toy that could speak (now housed in the Spessart Museum).

How about that? There are also variations on Snow White’s story from various parts of the world. According to Wikipedia –

    • In a version from Albania, collected by Johann Georg von Hahn, the main character lives with 40 dragons, and her sleep is caused by a ring. The beginning of the story has a twist, in that a teacher urges the heroine to kill her evil stepmother so that she would take her place. The origin of this tale is debated; it is likely no older than the Middle Ages. In fact, there are possibly two Albanian versions of Snow White: one in which her stepmother tries to kill her, and another in which her two jealous sisters try to kill her.
    • “The Jealous Sisters” is another Albanianfairy tale. In both fairy tales the death is caused by a ring.
    • Bidasariis a Malay tale written around 1750 A.D which tells the story of a witch queen who ask her magic mirror about the prettiest lady in the kingdom.
    • In parallel to the stepmother’s question of her magic mirror, the Indian epic poem Padmavat(1540) includes the line: “Who is more beautiful, I or Padmavati?, Queen Nagamati asks her new parrot, and it gives a displeasing reply…”;
    • Nourie Hadag from Armeniawas the daughter of a woman who asked the Moon, “Who is the most beautiful in the world?”, and the response is always “Nourie Hadag”. The mother plots to kill her daughter.

I hope you find my variation to be a fun and exciting new way to enjoy a familiar theme. Chances are you’ve never seen Snow White as a beautiful, slightly weird young guy who is also a chess master and a physicist. I hope when you meet him, you love him!

Excerpt

Riley walked him backward until his calves hit the edge of the couch, and he fell onto soft cushions with Riley planted on him from knees to chest, his big rod hitting Snow somewhere around the thighs. The best possible topping.

Snow opened his legs and grabbed the protuberance between them, then rubbed them together in his best caterpillar imitation.

“Holy shit!”

“Feel good?”

“Jesus, yes. Where did you learn to do that?”

“Made it up.”

“Genius.” He thrust into Snow’s tight hold. “What do you want? Anything. I’ll give it to you.”

“No, it’s your turn. You tell me what to do. Then you’ll have to show me how. But I’ll do it. I love vanilla. Want me to try to give you a blowjob? That’s why I was sneaking around.”

Still humping Snow’s legs, Riley whispered, “That sounds good, but you know what I really want?”

“No, what?”

“I want you to fuck me.”

“What? Oh God.”

“Have you ever fucked a guy?”

“Jesus, Riley, I hadn’t been kissed until you did it. When would I have gotten around to fucking?”

“Do you want to?”

His cock throbbed so hard it neared pain. “I want to do anything to you.”

“It’ll come naturally.” He rolled off Snow onto the floor, grabbed the huge bottle of lube he’d dropped earlier, and pumped some into his hands. “Let me grease up that lovely cock.” His breath came fast. He slipped Snow’s elastic down and grabbed his penis. “So beautiful.” He stroked the cool gel over it.

“D-don’t I need a condom?”

“You’re a virgin, and I haven’t had sex without a condom in years.” He shrugged. “I barely have sex, since I don’t really get turned on by girls, and I have to go a long way away to find a guy who doesn’t know me, so mostly I use my hand.” He glanced at it. “No STDs. Plus, I’ve been tested.”

Snow swallowed and nodded. The discussion made this whole thing very real.

Riley stroked more lube on Snow’s penis.

“Oh God, don’t do much of that, or I’ll never do anything else.”

“I want you in me so bad.” He pushed onto his hands and knees and started shoving lube into his butt.

Snow swallowed. He might be terrified, but his cock knew right where it wanted to be.

Riley peered over his shoulder, the lubing still underway. “You understand the principle of fucking, right?”

“Uh, I believe so.”

Riley pointed at Snow’s now very erect penis with the lube bottle, then squeezed more into his hand. “You put that in here.” He waved at his ass.

“Yes, I understand.” The last word came out as a squeak. Suddenly that idea sounded so far beyond good he bobbed up on his knees and ripped the pajama bottoms down to the floor, then sat back and pulled them off.

Riley grinned. “I like your enthusiasm.”

Links

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About the Author

taraTara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”

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2 thoughts on “Tara Lain on Driven Snow (A Pennymaker Tale) ~ Guest Blog, Excerpt, Rafflecopter Giveaway

  1. Thank you for sharing those snippets of different version of Snow White from around the world. I don’t think I would have found out about them otherwise.

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