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Friday, April 5, 2013

Interview & Giveaway with Chloe Jacobs, author of GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING!

I have a confession to make: I kinda love goblins. I couldn't tell you why, and I know they're not supposed to be the most appealing of creatures, but there's just something about goblins - even the word goblin...
Of course, I blame it on Jareth.
And Christina Rosetti.

Whatever the reason, my ears always perk up at the word "goblin" - so if yours do, too, then this interview & giveaway combo with Chloe Jacobs may be just the thing. ;)

As much as we may love any particular tale, each has its own "problematic" aspects (for me, I can't get over the fact that Prince Charming has to find Cinderella, the glorious love of his life, by matching up her feet. I mean, really?). Which problematic aspect of a tale really gets under your skin?
For me it’s the part where the prince is always the one that saves the day. It seriously bugs me that Cinderella can’t seem to get a backbone and tell her step-sisters off, or that Sleeping Beauty falls in love with the first guy she sees when she opens her eyes just because he woke her up. It’s not completely unheard of for a fairy tale to have a strong, independent woman who knows how to take care of herself, but I want to see more.

Which fairy tale would you most like to spend 24 hours inside of, and which the least?
I think going to Wonderland would be fantastic! All that magic and craziness! Hopefully, I could last 24 hours without being captured by the Red Queen and losing my head! LOL

If you could merge any two fairy tales (introduce the characters, combine the worlds, etc), which would they be and what would result?
I want to see an axe-toting Red Riding Hood take on a real animal…like the Beast from Beauty and the Beast! But maybe when he’s not the Beast, he’s her best friend in the whole world.

Aaaaand now I need to read that mash-up. Someone get to writing.
You have a fairy godmother who is granting you one perfect day: what does that entail?
A perfect day would be spent at the lake in summer with the family. I’d have my laptop for writing, a board game to play later, and an amazing pot of spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove. I’m a simple girl, what can I say?

Your favorite obscure (or less well-known) fairy tale?
Have you ever read Hans Christian Andersen’s The Tinderbox? A twisted little story about a soldier who comes across a trinket that gives him the ability to make wishes. Kind of a take on Aladdin’s tale, but with three magical dogs and a death sentence.

Most overrated fairy tale?
I’m not a huge fan of Snow White. Maybe it’s just because it’s been retold so often in so many ways, but I’m really interested in seeing other, less well known fairy tales get a new life with modern twists. Anyone who can point me to a gritty, dark retelling of Swan Lake or the Last Unicorn wins my eternal devotion!

This or That:
- Tower or Dungeon? Dungeon!
- Seven League Boots or Glass Slippers? Oh, boots! It’d almost be like having a Star Trek transporter of your very own. You take one giant step and !boom! you’ve arrived at your destination! No twelve hour flights to England!
- Talking Birds or Talking Mice? Mice give me heeby jeebies! Plus, birds have the best sense of humor. Trust me! [Misty says: Mice are lovely, dammit! ;) ]
- Prince or pauper? A prince disguised as a pauper?
- Hans Christian Andersen or the Brothers Grimm? I love them all!

Would You Rather:
- have a prince who makes out with your, um...corpse, essentially, or a prince who can only remember who you are by your shoe size? Um…that’s a trick question, right?
- ride in a pumpkin carriage (sticky) or climb a hair-rope (tiring) to get where you're going? Well, the hair rope is pretty much only going in one direction, so I guess if I want to take the wheel I’m stuck with the pumpkin !
- face 3 Billy Goats Gruff or 3 Bears from Goldilocks? The bears are cuter, but the goats probably won’t tear my face off LOL
- be cursed with blindness (Rapunzel) or knife-like pain when you walk (Little Mermaid)? I think I can handle the walking pain in exchange for a chance to visit King Triton’s undersea palace!

This has been a blast! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to participate!

It was great having you! Thanks for stopping by!!
As for the rest of you, you can enter to win a copy of Greta and the Goblin King below, and if you want more Chloe, visit her online!

Chloe has offered up a copy of Greta & the Goblin King to one lucky FTF reader! This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL (anywhere Book Depository ships), and ends April 10, 2013. Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck!
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While trying to save her brother from the witch three years ago, Greta was thrown into the fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon.

To survive, 17-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil being knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the boys she finds stranded in the woods will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back . . .

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  1. Love the synopsis. I think goblins appeal to me since they're different. I read a lot of fantasy ( both high and urban) and after a while you get a bit tired of the classic characters. And they have pointy ears, who can resist pointy ears?

  2. I can't wait to read this book! I've been to several book stores and they've all been sold out! I think goblins are pretty cool:)

  3. I admit I imagine as somewhat ugly creatures with sticking-out pointy ears, so I'm open to new versions.

  4. I grew up thinking goblins were ugly sneaky, mean, little creatures that invaded your sleep and hid under beds and behind doors, I wonder if I thought they were like Isaac if I would of been so afraid of things that go bump in the night. WOuld like to read this book..

  5. I just finished reading this, and I loved the new take on goblins. Like Dorothy, I always thought goblins were yucky little knobby guys who'd bite your ankles. I rather liked Chloe's take on them! *coughIsaaccough*

    I have to agree on the seven-league boots. I want some!

  6. Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone! This was such a great interview to do. I had a wonderful time! And I LOVE trying new things, making a hero or heroing out of someone completely unlikely. :)

  7. I usually don't read Author interviews, but this one was great! I like goblins too...they're fun...even the word goblin is fun.

  8. Okay, I just got what Seven League Boots are! I just thought they were like boots for the woods. Duh! Thanks for making it clear, who wouldn't want those?? Loved your answers! Hope Red doesn't kill the Beast and discover he's her best friend as he's dying and changing back to his real form. Maybe there's a trauma center nearby?? lol

    I don't know about Goblins. I'm reading the Goblin Wars by Kersten Hamilton and they are apparently very handsome so my mind has really changed about them. I used to think they were ugly monsters. Issac is really yummy! So yeah, Misty, I like Goblins!

    I'd love to read Greata and The Goblin King!


  9. Oh my word. Could you please do that Riding Hood/Beat mashup? Pleeeeeeease?

    1. I think I might have to now LOL. it's almost become a dare. I can't ignore that!!

  10. Seriously, could someone write that Red Riding hood mash-up?!

    I'm very intrigued by goblins, the whole need for shiny gold isn't that far a stretch in society... and it never hurts for a fairy tale character to be attractive! :)

  11. I think of them as small, green ugly characters almost like Gollum. I also think of that one bouncer in the Sookie Stackhouse books that is a goblin. He can burn people with his hands! Makes a great bouncer!

  12. Whenever I think of goblins, I either think of Harry Potter's house goblins, or the goblins in Lord of the Rings. I have a feeling that this is a different kind of goblin... ;)

  13. Thanks for a lot of fun, everyone!!

  14. This book sounds really interesting. I've never seen goblins portrayed like this before.

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  16. The only goblin stories I have ever read were for children, so I must say I am curious.

  17. since i'm a roleplaying game player i do have a idea of goblin as little ugly and terribly annoying creatures^^ i'm really curious about this book now thank you a lot for the int opportunity to win

  18. I would also prefer seven league boots to glass slippers. At least you wear the boots without fearing the damage they could do to your feet if they broke or got damaged.

    Goblins? Tolkien's goblins are the first that come to mind, but don't really think I have read that many goblin books. More than willing to try some though! :)

  19. Ha! Great interview! I'm thinking this whole Red Riding Hood Beast/best friend thing....this needs to happen. Perhaps a cameo in a Greta sequel??

    (And I love goblins. Blame it on Labyrinth. Or Mudwart, from the Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose graphic novel series).


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