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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Guest Post: One Wish: The OF STARDUST Collection by February Grace


Of Stardust and In Starlight, two books, one unforgettable romance!

Till Nesbitt had no idea what she was getting into when she learned the truth about her future from her Great Aunt Tilda: that she was destined to become a Fairy Godmother, because the skills were written into her DNA.

Faced with a whole new world of rules to navigate and a heart full of confusion, will Till be able to live for her work, or will her partnership with sweet, handsome Gus Duncan lead to her downfall?

I got hooked to reading this book immediately. It was fun to learn about the courses of becoming an official Fairy Godmother. - Goodreads

Of Stardust is a light urban fantasy with a lot of magic and roots in fairy tales. Cute, humorous, and fun all come to mind when I think of this novel. That's not to say there aren't heartbreaking moments. There were several times I cried while reading. [...] This stagnant world of fairies seems ripe for change. If you like fantasies and fairy tales, be sure to add Of Stardust to your TBR list. - Goodreads

The Possibilities of Everyday Magic 

Why is it that time and again, magic, and the ability to make the seemingly impossible, possible, are themes carried through in stories, songs, and films? 

It’s my view that in addition to the fact people have always been fascinated by the beauty and unknown secrets of the mystical, that in these times that are so trying and sad in many parts of the world (and even in places where our daily lives don’t involve walking miles just to get to clean water, we still suffer pressures, problems, illnesses…) we need to believe more than ever in the potential that there is something more. 

Whether it means daydreaming that our Prince will come someday (or living happily ever after if he already has) or wishing we had a Fairy Godparent we could call upon in times of trouble, the magic tales I spin in OF STARDUST and IN STARLIGHT (the two books that make up the ONE WISH Collection) are all based upon a simple idea: acts of kindness, big and small, have the power to transform lives. 

Instead of taking up the old-school ‘glass carriage and slipper’ role of a Fairy Godmother, Till Nesbitt is faced with the reality of modern Fairy-Godparenting life when she is shown the ropes by her mentor, another young member of the ‘Godparenting community’, Gus Duncan. She sees him providing guidance for a troubled boy but more than that, even conjuring food for the family when their cupboards are empty. He has spent years working as a big-brother figure to the young man (who has no idea of Gus’s magical abilities) rather than just serving as a fairy-dusted, whimsical figure who pops in and out and gives gifts and makes one special night for a human under their watch. Being a Fairy Godparent is a job, and one Gus takes very seriously. 

My take on Fairy Godparents is much more practical than that most often seen in stories of old. They are people with problems of their own who just happen to be not quite human, and yet are still coping with very human dilemmas. Magic is not a cure-all and must be used with caution; it is a special gift to be protected, not shown off and thrown around to demonstrate their importance. 

My Fairy Godparents hold day jobs, and in that way they remind me of real people I’ve met (or perhaps, were even inspired by.) People who went above and beyond the call of duty in their jobs, and in their personal lives, doing all they could to be kind to those they met. 

I have been the recipient of many such kindnesses over the years, great and small, and I definitely have a little list in my head of my own personal ‘Fairy Godparents’. 

I hope one of the things that people take away from this book set is that we all have the potential to create magic in the lives of others: often just with the simplest act of generosity or kindness. And I will tell you something…it’s even more fun when you do it anonymously. 

If you’ve never done something like that before, I urge you, give it a try. So-called random acts of kindness are powerful, and they give, I believe, more in the end to the person who bestows them than they do to the recipient. 

Wishing you happy days and lots of magical surprises in your own lives… 
About the author:
February Grace is a writer, artist and poet who lives somewhere that is much colder than she would like most of the time.

She sings on key, plays by ear, and is more than mildly obsessed with music, clocks, colors, and meteor showers. 

Her poetry, prose, and/or flash fiction have appeared in The Rusty Nail Literary Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Rose and Thorn Journal. Her work can also be found in the following anthologies: Poetry Pact Volume One, Anything Prose...And Poetry, Too! and Orange Karen, Tribute To A Warrior.

GODSPEED, her debut novel, is a labor of love she refers to as "Literary romance with steampunk embellishments."

1 comment:

February Grace said...

Thank you so much for hosting me today, I really appreciate it! :~)