The Compulsive Reader: A True Princess Blog Tour!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A True Princess Blog Tour!

I love a good fantasy, especially one that reads more like a fairy tale, and A True Princess is exactly one of those books, a retelling of The Princess and the Pea! Here's what it's about:

"Twelve-year-old Lilia is not a very good servant. She daydreams, she breaks dishes, and her cooking is awful! Still, she hardly deserves to be sold off to the mean-spirited miller and his family. Lilia refuses to accept that dreadful fate, and with her best friend Kai and his sister Karina beside her, she heads north to find the family she's never known. But danger awaits. . . .

As their quest leads the threesome through the mysterious and sinister Bitra Forest, they suddenly realize they are lost in the elves' domain. To Lilia's horror, Kai falls under an enchantment cast by the Elf-King's beautiful daughter. The only way for Lilia to break the spell and save Kai is to find a jewel of ancient power that lies somewhere in the North Kingdoms. Yet the jewel will not be easy to find. The castle where it is hidden has been overrun with princess hopefuls trying to pass a magical test that will determine the prince's new bride. Lilia has only a few days to search every inch of the castle and find the jewel—or Kai will be lost to her forever."

This is a charming, whimsical story with it's plucky heroine is the perfect read for younger and older readers alike, and it's out today!

More about Diane Zahler:

Diane Zahler, author of A True Princess, has loved tales of fairies and magic since before she was old enough to read. She has worked in the children’s room at a public library, in children’s book publishing, and as an elementary and high school textbook writer. The Thirteenth Princess, her first novel for young readers, was published in 2010. She lives with her husband and dog in an old farmhouse in the Harlem Valley that is held together with duct tape and magic spells. Diane’s website is: www.dianezahler.com.

Diane is doing a blog tour, so you can follow her to her next stop at thebrainlair.com tomorrow!

And now, one lucky person will win a copy of A True Princess! Just fill out this form!


Anonymous said...

It sounds more like The Snow Queen (with elements of The Princess and the Pea) to me. (especially as the boy's name is 'Kai'.)

Or perhaps it's the other way around? Either way, it sounds like a good book. :)

Diane Zahler said...

Thanks so much for hosting me, Tirzah! And thank you for your comment, Anonymous -- A True Princess is set in the far north like The Snow Queen, but in high summer. In fact, Midsummer's Eve plays an important role in the story. Hope you enjoy the book!

Unknown said...

A True Princess sounds like a delightful book. I am really looking forward to reading it and sharing it with my nieces.

Catherine Stine said...

Congrats, Diane, from a fellow She-Writer,
The book sounds great!
Catherine Stine

Anonymous said...

A True Prinhcess is a fascinating narrative that entwines a well known fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, with less familiar and decidely eerie elements of Tutonic myth. Zahler's evocation of the Elf King is seductive and unsettling--he's a figure at once menacing and irresistable, and gthe writer channels him brilliantly thorugh Goethe's haunting poem. Indeed, Zahler quotes the poem in the novel--an inter-textual nod that few childrens' writers would dare to make. A True Princess is an exhilerating and surprising hybrid tale that will hold bright, young readers spellbound, while also gratifying more sophisticated tastes along the way. I should add that Zahler's blend of mystery and comedy is expert--the drawfen nisse and the protragonist's devoted dog,m Ove, are sources of continual amusement. Bravo!

Anonymous said...

Looks lovely. My oldest daughter really enjoyed reading your first book, and we look forward to getting this one, too. Maybe my youngest is even ready to read them now. They will make a nice set (or maybe a collection, if more to come?!).
Thanks for writing another one!
Marianne Wells

Diane Zahler said...

There are actually two more to come! Not sequels, but all princess stories. Hope your daughters enjoy A True Princess!

Anonymous said...

My librarian says she can't keep Zahler's book one on the shelves, so it will be fun to see whether book two has the same fan base!

Gwendolyn B. said...

I'd like to read this with my niece. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!