I’m very excited to feature a new release retelling “Snow White and Rose Red”!
Yup, the lovely fairy tale that I am also currently retelling. So of course, I had to be part of the book tour!
“The Bear of Rosethorn Ring: A Snow White and Rose Red Story (Once Upon a Twist Tales, Book #4)” by Kirsten Fichter is available now.
Without further ado – let’s hear from Kirsten Fichter herself!
Snow White and Rose Red Elements in The Bear of Rosethorn Ring
Snow White and Rose Red is the fairytale of two sisters who work together to save an enchanted bear from the clutches of an evil, greedy dwarf. It should be the next big fairytale after ones like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, but it isn’t. And that, to me, is incredibly sad. Snow White and Rose Red (to be shortened to “SWRR” hereafter for obvious reasons) should be more known and loved, because it is a beautiful fairytale with gorgeous elements (I mean, how often do you come across an enchanted bear?) AND it has two loving sisters.
Hello, Disney, you should have done this instead of The Snow Queen and then we’d have some semblance of sticking to the original story. *not bitter at all*
When I chose to retell SWRR as the next fairytale in my Once Upon a Twist Tales, I knew it was going to be a fairytale that many people didn’t know. Disney hadn’t made a movie of it, so I couldn’t pull one of my signature moves of hiding Disney Easter Eggs in the story itself. Thus, I knew that – even though I was going to twist the story – I wanted to stay as true to the original as I possibly could. Keeping as many of the original elements as I could intact would allow readers to connect better with the SWRR storyline in The Bear of Rosethorn Ring.
I write all my stories without magic. It’s just a particular niche that I’ve settled in, and I like experimenting with things outside of magic to build a story. Adding an enchanted bear to my SWRR retelling wasn’t going to work, but I knew I wanted to keep the bear. He’s one of the focal characters in the original fairytale. Once I settled into the idea of a man in a bear costume, the idea of making the book a circus story wasn’t far behind. However, instead of the girls meeting a young prince, I changed the bear to be their father. Lucas Kadlec is a man who’s made plenty of mistakes, and becoming indebted to a traveling circus and forced to play a flying bear is only one of them.
I also kept the fairytale’s heroines intact: two girls, one soft-spoken and one a bit more fiery. In The Bear of Rosethorn Ring, Marita and Diamond are twins who have finally reconnected after being separated at birth. They’re still figuring out how to be sisters, but they’d do anything for each other – much like Snow and Rose.
Every fairytale needs a good villain, and in SWRR it is a dwarf. Long ago, this dwarf stole the treasures of a prince, and then turned the poor fellow into a bear. Only the death of the dwarf could restore the prince to his human form. My dwarf character is – in fact – human, but Lorcan D’vard is as greedy and vain as the dwarf from the original. When D’vard wins a substantial gambling game against Lucas, he knows exactly how he wants Lucas to pay off his debt – by playing the role of a flying bear in the circus’s finale. D’vard is slightly obsessed with bears, and he’s livid he can’t find one for his circus.
There is also the matter of the dwarf’s three rescues and his long, white beard. I kept those in, too. D’vard suffers three mishaps with his beard, and each time either Marita or Diamond is there to rescue him. And the arrogant fellow is extremely vain about his long beard; he is anything but pleased when it must be cut to free him from certain entanglements.
The only truly big element I didn’t include was Snow and Rose’s mother, a kind woman in the original – and that was simply because I’d already established Marita and Diamond’s mother as already dead in my previous books.
Since there was no Disney movie (or any movie, if I’m entirely honest) to use for Easter Eggs in this book, I decided to Easter Egg the fairytale itself. In the beginning of the original, Snow and Rose have a lamb and a dove with them in their mother’s cottage. I referenced the lamb quickly, but I chose to use the dove as an actual character in the book – Dove Darnell, a highwalker (or tightrope walker) at the Rosethorn Ring. Additionally, every character who works at the Ring has a name that, more or less, means “white” or “red” to honor the names of our original heroines.
There are a few more Easter Eggs of that nature, but I can’t give them all away, now can I? I need to give you some reason to read the book! I did my best to do the original fairytale justice, but it’s high time that SWRR got some more love in the fairytale world.
This sounds very intriguing, and I’m looking forward to reading this whole series!
About the Book:
When their father runs away, Marita and Diamond Kadlec realize how different twins can be. Marita’s ready to forget Lucas entirely, but Diamond wants to give him the second chance she’s never been able to give before. That’s before they discover that Lucas is indebted to the ill-tempered D’vard and his traveling circus, the Rosethorn Ring. The Ring’s entertainment lacks a bear, and Lucas must play the part of the savage creature to regain his freedom.
Lorcan D’vard cares only for three things: tending to his beloved beard, promoting his Rosethorn Ring, and eradicating the assassin out to kill him. With time running out, D’vard agrees to cancel Lucas’s debt and let him go free – if Marita and Diamond can apprehend the assassin before the assassin ends the show.
This is Snow White and Rose Red with a twist like you’ve never seen it before.
About the Series:
Once Upon a Twist Tales are your favorite fairytales retold backwards and upside-down, with a little bit of steampunk thrown in for fun!
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