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Title: The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland
Author: Joe Cosentino
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic “Cinderella” tale, as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after. Enjoy “The Naked Prince” and three other reimagined Tales from Fairyland, each with a unique spin on stories we all know and love, including “The Golden Rule,” where eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden, after being thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents, breaks into the cottage of three burly men on Bear Mountain, “Whatever Happened To…?,” in which friction ensues between a celebrity with a growing appendage and the reporter who has a thing for giants, and “Ice Cold,” where young Gaelen must save his love Kieran after a handsome but evil prince freezes Kieran’s heart and bewitches him into being the prince’s slave.
The Magic of Fairytales (Why I Wrote THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND)
THE MAGIC OF FAIRYTALES
Why I wrote THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND
Published by Dreamspinner Press
As a kid my older sister (She’ll love reading that) read me fairytales in bed each night before sleep. I was totally entranced by the beautiful stories of peasants becoming princes and princesses and finding true love. The gorgeous locations, wit, wonder, drama, and happy endings filled my young mind like honey in a beehive. I wanted to live in those palaces, meet the charming princes, and bring financial equality to those kingdoms. So my sister and I put on shows in our living room for unsuspecting and gullible family members. Since our budget was small, like us, we used blankets for royal capes, wooden spoons as scepters, and serving bowls for golden crowns. As I grew older I read and reread those fairytales myself (My sister went on to major in Science). Later as an adult I wrote musical plays for professional theatre companies (Interborough Repertory Theater, Pegasus Productions, and TSF Productions) that toured to young audiences. Many of them were based on fairytales like Princess and the Pea, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Aladdin, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. More recently I read them again and was saddened to see no openly gay characters in any of my favorite fairytales. I asked myself, ‘Why aren’t there any gay people in fairyland? Why couldn’t a peasant boy fall in love with a prince? Wouldn’t a tired, hungry, homeless blond boy seek refuge in a house with three bears? What was Pinocchio’s growing appendage trying to tell him? Did Jack enjoy his time with the Giant more than he let on? Could the Snow Queen be a handsome, frigid prince?’
Having written three successful novellas published by Dreamspinner Press, I knew it was time to write a fourth. Unlike my three contemporary romances (AN INFATUATION, A SHOOTING STAR, A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS), this one would be a fantasy featuring my favorite fairytales turned into rainbows. So I wrote four humorous, romantic, adventurous, touching, and magically gay tales from Fairyland. “The Naked Prince” is a different take on the Cinderella story. Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Will Cinder and Prince Charming confront their manipulative mothers, bring equality to the kingdom, find themselves, and find one another? In “The Golden Rule,” when he is caught with nimble Jack, eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden is thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents. With nowhere else to go, he breaks into the home of three men living on Bear Mountain. Bo and Butch enjoy having a young roommate, but Ben isn’t convinced. Will Gideon and Ben make vinegar or honey? “Whatever Happened To … ?” takes place on Christmas Eve. A reporter living on Andersen Lane interviews a celebrity for the Queen Newspaper series, “What Ever Happened To … .” Friction ensues between the celebrity with the growing appendage who can’t tell fact from fiction, and the reporter who has a thing for giants. Eventually a romantic spark is lit between the two as Christmas Day arrives, and they realize they have more in common than living in Fairyland. Finally in “Ice Cold,” after losing their families during the great ice storm in the northernmost kingdom of Fairyland, young Gaelen and Kieran pledged their love for one another. When Isidore rides into Frost Village on his elaborate sleigh, Kieran follows the handsome prince to his castle in Arctic Kingdom, where Kieran becomes Isidore’s bewitched slave. This leads Gaelen on an amazing adventure to find his true love and melt his frozen heart.
I hope everyone reads these amazing tales. They will no doubt bring you back to the fun and fantasy of your youth. I also hope the movie studio producing those amazing animated fairytales finally realizes that fairytales should include everyone—including the peasant boy Cinder and his Prince Charming.
Once they arrived at Isidore’s castle, the handsome young man led Kieran inside to an enormous white room with elaborate white furnishings. He beckoned Kieran to join him on a huge chaise, and Kieran obeyed.
“This room is so beautiful,” said Kieran.
Isidore handed Kieran a glass of blue liquid.
Kieran took a sip. It felt like swallowing ice. He noticed a mirrored wall opposite them. “What an odd mirror. I don’t see our reflection.”
Isidore smiled. “That is the Mirror of Memory. It holds the memories of every young man who has stayed with me.”
“Where are these young men now?”
“Gone. I live here alone.”
“Where are your parents?”
“Gone as well—in the great ice storm.”
Isidore moved closer to Kieran. “Let’s talk about you.”
Kieran laughed. “There isn’t much to say about me.”
“There is much to say about everyone.”
Kieran told Isidore about his childhood and his newfound family at the cottage without mentioning he and Gaelen were lovers.
Isidore took Kieran’s hands, sending a shock of cold through the boy’s body. “You are very beautiful, Kieran.”
“Thank you.” As hard as he tried, Kieran couldn’t stop looking at Isidore. “You are very handsome too.”
Isidore wrapped his arms around him. “Do you like me, Kieran?”
Unable to stop himself, Kieran nodded.
“Do you want to please me, Kieran?”
Again Kieran found himself nodding.
Isidore covered Kieran’s mouth with his own. Kieran winced as his lips turned numb from the cold. As Isidore leaned over Kieran, resting Kieran’s back on the chaise, Kieran thought about Gaelen.
“I should get back home. My family will be worried about me.” Kieran slid out of Isidore’s grasp and rose from the chaise.
“It is still quite early. Why not stay for lunch?”
“I really shouldn’t. Can you please take me home?”
Isidore reached for a small pearl-white box on the end table next to the chaise. He opened it and carefully placed a tiny silver sliver onto his index finger.
“What is that?” Kieran asked.
“Come closer, and I’ll show it to you.”
Unable to resist, Kieran moved closer to the box.
“This gem is one I collected from the great ice storm. It is very tiny. You’ll need to come even closer. Peer into it, so you can witness its beauty.” When Kieran did as Isidore asked, Isidore flicked the spec into Kieran’s eye.
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About the Author
Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming releases are Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (Nine Star Press) and Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press releasing March 15).
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