A Suddenly Cinderella Night on Broadway

Broadway Theatre Marquis#2_Jan_28_2013For Christmas, my boyfriend surprised me with two tickets to see Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway. It was such a great gift! Along with loving all things to do with the fairytale, I have fond childhood memories of watching the annual televised broadcast of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical with a very young, very lovely Leslie Ann Warren in the title role.

Last night I took a break from working on revisions for Project Cinderella to attend the performance at the Broadway Theater. The music, cast, costuming, and set design were all fabulous. In addition to cherished numbers such as “In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful” ((sigh)), there were some new-to-me songs that had been cut from the shortened TV version. There was also some updating of the storyline, notably Cinderella persuading the prince to permit democratic voting and then voting herself.

Cinderella as suffragette — why not? <g>

At the play’s end and after the cast took its final bow, “Prince Topher” called a couple up on stage. The gentleman, a NYPD officer, had arranged in advance to propose to his long-term girlfriend onstage–and on bended knee, of course. That he did surrounded by a glittering cast and a rapt audience, including several friends holding up signs, “Will you marry me?”

Play Sign_with glass slipperRaj&Hope_Bway Theatre_Jan_28_2013Happily she said yes. 🙂

It just goes to show that Happily Ever After beginnings aren’t just the stuff of storybooks. They happen in Real Life, too!

Glass slippers are so back–indeed!

Hope

 

Celebrate the Season with A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS CAROL

A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS CAROL, my Suddenly Cinderella winter holiday novella, released a few days ago, huzzah!

Think Cinderella meets the Dickens’ classic, with several storyline twists, notably the heroine, Starr, is Cinderella and Scrooge!

Many of you have met Starr, Macie’s magazine editor boss, in the series launch, OPERATION CINDERELLA. The holiday novella gives Starr her own shot at Happily Ever After with sexy seven years’ younger art director, Matt Landry–assuming she’ll set aside her Scrooge-like ways in time. Fortunately she has a visiting Christmas Spirit on her side as well as a great pair of traveling–and possibly magical–vintage red shoes.

I hope readers will enjoy A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS CAROL, available at the Amazon Kindle Store and Barnes & Noble Nook Store for just 99 cents.

Wishing you a holiday season brimming with fairytale dreams come true!

Hope

 

More Suddenly Cinderella Giveaway Goodness: Cinderella Basket

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Congratulations to my winner, Melinda H of Miami, Florida! Melinda, your giveaway bag o’ Cinderella themed goodies is en route!

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I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. What better time than the proverbial Season of Giving to celebrate my Suddenly Cinderella Series launch with a Cinderella-themed gift basket of goodies. See deets below:

Happy Happy & Merry Merry!

Hope

PS Look for my in-series winter holiday novella, A SUDDENLY CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS CAROL, releasing later this month as an Entangled Flirt.

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OPERATION CINDERELLA Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

My Suddenly Cinderella Series launch, OPERATION CINDERELLA, is coming up on it’s one month release milestone — woot!

To celebrate, and to thank all of you who are sharing the love for this book, I will give away three $25/each Amazon gift cards to three lucky winners!

There are several ways to enter:

  • Be my Fan on Facebook (extra easy entry)
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  • Share a review about OPERATION CINDERELLA on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

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Operation Cinderella HEA Release Week!

October has been a good month for me, a very good month.

Off the bat, October 2nd was my birthday!

October 2nd was also the Blu-ray DVD release of Walt Disney’s “Cinderella,” my foremost favorite among the animated fairy tale film classics!!

And October 15th was the release for OPERATION CINDERELLA, the launch of my new “Suddenly Cinderella” contemporary series for Entangled Publishing!!!

Currently the book is available for download, $2.99, on Amazon & Barnes & Noble with additional e-tailer links coming soon…

Reviews will be rolling in over the coming weeks and months but for now please join me in celebrating this scrumptious cover quote I received from #1 New York Times Bestseller and Lady Jane Salonâ„¢ guest author, Susan Wiggs:

“This is not your mother’s Cinderella story. Hope Tarr’s rendition is funny, sassy and sexy, a fast-paced treat that strikes all the right notes. I loved it!” –Susan Wiggs

Many thanks, Susan, and thanks to all of you, my readers, who’ve patiently waited for my next contemporary romances to be born.

Happily Ever After–it’s about time, don’t you think!?!

As always, with warmest wishes for fairy tale dreams come true,

Hope

 

 

 

 

Suddenly Cinderella Series & RT BOOK Reviews

So the super secret shadow side of being a writer is that we, meaning me, are eternally behind on our reading. Alas, it is so. By reading, I mean not just all the great books piling up on our night stands or now our e-readers, but also industry publications including the ever-popular genre fic review magazine, RT BOOK Reviews.

And so even though September is still more than a week away, my RT BOOK Reviews September issue has been in my hot little hands for three weeks now. Unread. ((Pausing to hang head in shame)).

In the spirit of “better late than never,” I just cracked open the mag and found my own self included in staffer Audrey Goodson’s wonderfully informative article on the pop culture resurgence of fairy tales, “Still Happily Ever After,” RT BOOK Reviews, pp-10-12.

Author Hope Tarr believes that fairy tales endure “because they are so wonderfully helpful.” Tarr, who says she “grew up breathing, eating and dreaming fairy tales,” is currently working on a contemporary Cinderella-themed series that will be released by Entangled, beginning with OPERATION CINDERELLA in October. “Fairy tales teach us that we cannot only improve our lives but create the lives we want,” she adds. “The protagonists in fairy tales are sometimes flawed, but they’re also bold and brave and strong. Cinderella could have skipped the ball and cowered at home, only she didn’t. When her breakout chance comes, when her fairy godmother arrives, she seizes her ‘Cinderella Moment’ and ventures into that scary, glittering larger world that the ball represents.”

While it’s always lovely to be quoted, or at least usually so, this one is super special. For years now, I’ve been signing off on blogs and literally signing my books with “Wishing you fairy tale dreams come true…”

Thanks to Audrey and to RT for decades of making HEA dreams come-true for romance readers and authors!

Hope

Back from Paris

I’m back from my work trip to Paris, a whirlwind week if ever there was one. In my just six days in the city (one day spent in travel), I toured the offices of three French publishers: J’ai Lu, Bragelonne, and LeDuc, met with the senior editors at each house as well as their art and marketing staff, and had multiple meetups with a bevy of lovely and enthusiastic French bloggers including those from Au Boudoir Ecarlate and Onirik.

The meetups were held at the J’ai Lu offices and coordinated with help from the French romance review site and webzine, Les Romantiques. Merci a tous!

A dinner at La Fresque, a charming laid-back bistro situated on the site of a former open air market in the first arrondissement, followed the Monday meetup. Delicious wine, food, and conversation — e.g., the romance industry in France vs. America — kept us at the table well into the night.

Hope with Margaret Calpena, Responsible editoriale, of J'ai Lu.

As some of you may remember, J’ai Lu bought the French print rights to my Men of Roxbury House trilogy. Vanquished, renamed La Rose de Mayfair, released last spring with the publisher’s Aventures & Passions romance line. The lovely translator, Viviane Ascain, with whom I also met, will soon be hard at work translating books #2 and 3, Enslaved and Untamed, into the French as well. Bon courage, Viviane!

I also gathered photos and information for my upcoming travel articles for EuropeUpClose, including one focused on Bastille Day or, more properly, La Fete Nationale as it’s referred to in France. Viewing the shimmering spectacle of a light-bedecked Eiffel Tower and later the fireworks display from a rooftop restaurant in Monmartre was a rare and special moment, a memory for a lifetime, as well as research for my travel tips piece.

The meetup at J'ai Lu on July 16th drew nearly 20 romance bloggers from Paris and its surrounds.

Now it’s nose to the grindstone time, or at least posterior planted in the office chair, as I finish up edits on Operation Cinderella, Book #1 in my new contemporary romance series with Entangled Publishing, complete my travel articles–and occasionally take time to dream of my next trip to Paris.

Many thanks–un grand merci–to my new French friends for making this American (romance author) in Paris feel utterly welcomed and at home.

And yes, there was cake, les macarons, as well as other treats.

Hope

If the Slipper Fits…

Photo: "Cinderella," Disney, 1950.

OK, so those of you who keep in touch with me via Facebook and Twitter know I’m all kinds of aflutter over selling my Suddenly Cinderella Series to uber fab digital-first publisher, Entangled.

Even so, there comes a time once deals are struck and contracts are inked that as writers we must descend from our swirling pink clouds to terra firma and well, write some stuff.

But before the writing, mes cheres, comes the research and depending on your subject, that can be the very best part. In the case of my Suddenly Cinderella Series, the plot device that connects all three books is shoes!

1930's vintage velvet peep toe heels from Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo: Etsy.com.

Behold my very own take on Cinderella slippers, late 1930’s vintage red velvet evening shoes from the legendary Saks Fifth Avenue. In the spirit of “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” these princess worthy heels will be passed among my three heroines, starting with women’s magazine editor, Macie Graham of OPERATION CINDERELLA, coming this October ’12, then going to fashion photographer Francesca St. James (PROJECT CINDERELLA) and lastly to plus-size personal chef Stefanie Stefanopoulos (THE CINDERELLA CAPER).

How can one pair of high fashion heels fit all three heroines? Well, for starters, they’re magical shoes. (In the words–word–of ever-eloquent actor Charlie Sheen, “Duh!”) Secondly they’re strappy, not enclosed, so there’s more wiggle room, so to speak. Lastly, if we can suspend our disbelief and accept that a single pair of jeans–jeans for gosh sake–can be worn by multiple women, shoe sharing should be a snap.

For now, join me in playing dress up!

Hope

Suddenly Cinderella Series: It’s Official!

Who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story? (Note: not really a question).

I love the Cinderella story so much that writing one such themed book wasn’t going to be enough for me, not nearly. So, instead, I’ve signed on to write three of them!

My “Suddenly Cinderella” Series (Operation Cinderella, Project Cinderella & The Cinderella Caper) will be published with Entangled Publishing starting this fall 2012. As per the deal report on Publishers Marketplace:

“Three unlikely Cinderellas are helped along by uber-cool fairy god friends and princess-worthy red stilettos as they meet their matches in these contemporary re-tellings of the classic fairytale beginning with OPERATION CINDERELLA, wherein a goth-girl editor is paired with a sexy conservative radio talk-show host, to Stacy Cantor Abrams at Entangled, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication starting in fall 2012, by Louise Fury at the L. Perkins Agency.”

Bonus: the books’ digital releases will be followed by audiobooks with Dark Desires Audio, my wonderful audio publisher for Tempting! I’ll be sharing sneak peak snippets from the series in the coming months, so please check back. For now…

Huzzah to Happily Ever After!

Hope