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“Swoon. Sigh. Beautiful, gorgeous love story. You renew my faith in true love, Katy Regnery. And a brilliant take off on the little mermaid. People are going to love this one.” –Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice
From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.
In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman’s daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of the North Carolina governor at a fancy party where she is working.
Laire, who wants more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.
Years later, when fate finds them together once again, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.
All novels Katy Regnery’s ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated.
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I have been reading since I am a teeny tiny girl. Well now, that sounds dumb now, doesn’t it? I mean I have been a READER. From the time I first learned to read if you were looking for me, you would be most likely to find me hiding somewhere off by myself with a book in my hand. And my favorites were fairytales. I have a book of fairytales that is so well loved… I think I read from it every night for a few years… I just couldn’t get enough. But my all time favorite fairytale has always been The Little Mermaid— in every form the tale has come in… story, cartoon, musical, Disney… I just can’t get enough. If you walk into my room, you will see elements from The Little Mermaid throughout it. So of course you know I had to jump at the chance to read Katy Regnery’s Don’t Speak!
One of my favorite things about books like this is seeing how authors handle these modern retellings of classic fairytales. They all handle it so differently. I have been loving the entire Modern Fairytale series that Kay Regnery has been putting out and this one may be my favorite one yet! I love the spin that she puts on them, letting me completely lose myself in these stories and then just smile as a reference to the classic fairytale comes up.
We have Laire… our innocent girl., the daughter of a fisherman. She is our ‘little mermaid.’ When she first meets Erik, the governor’s sons, it is like two worlds colliding. While it might not be under the sea and land their worlds are so different it just as well may be. Laire is from a tiny island that is steeped in tradition. She is sheltered here and doesn’t encounter all of the same modern amenities and experiences that those on the mainland do. When Laire and Erik meet as teens, their connection is instantaneous. On the surface they have nothing in common… they were raised completely differently. But to them none of that matters.. they only see each other and the connection they have. Until people and circumstances tear them apart. Then years later during a stormy night, they find each other once again. Will their love be strong enough to make up for all the hurt, misunderstandings and years that have passed between them?
I loved watching their relationship grow. Watching Laire blossom from a shy, innocent girl to a strong young woman who can stand on her own. Watching Erik trust in himself and follow his heart to find happiness. I was captivated from the very first page and transported to this world that Katy Regnery created. Swept away with the tides as I pictured myself on the island with Laire and how different it would be and to have that desire to want something more to be a part of that great big world out there.
I highly recommend this one. For me not only did this have that magical spark it also had the romance, the sweetness and all of the emotion. Don’t miss out on this modern fairytale retelling of The Little Mermaid.
I received a complimentary copy of Don’t Speak.
(Excerpt from DON’T SPEAK, a modern fairytale by Katy Regnery. Inspired by “The Little Mermaid.” All rights reserved.)
She heard his voice before she saw him.
Had she known the ultimate cost of that simple glance heavenward, maybe she wouldn’t have stopped. Maybe she would have just kept on walking with her head down. But fate held no warnings for Laire Maiden Cornish.
Shielding her eyes, she looked up at a deck wrapped around the second floor of the mansion, waiting a moment for her eyes to adjust as he came into view.
There, in the glittering sunlight . . . a boy.
No, a man.
A young man, a little older than she, tall and muscular, with jet-black hair and a square jaw, dark brown eyes, and a deep tan. He wore a robin’s-egg blue bathing suit with Kelly green palm fronds in a small repeat and a pair of sunglasses buried in his thick hair. In one hand, he held a phone up to his ear, and in the other, he slowly swirled a glass filled with ice and clear liquid. He stared out at the sound, concentrating on his call.
“Hey!” he yelled. “Can you hear me now?” He huffed with annoyance, pulling the phone away from his ear and squinting at it before trying again. “Pete? It’s Erik. Can you hear me?” He set the glass down on the balcony’s wooden railing and gave his phone his full attention. Staring down at it, he muttered, “Shit. No reception.”
His name is Erik.
Feeling a sharp burn in her lungs, Laire realized she’d been holding her breath and sucked in a huge gulp of air as she stared up at him, frozen in the moment, utterly mesmerized.
She had never seen a more perfect, more handsome person in her entire life.
The sun glinted off his dark hair and wrapped his body in gold, making him appear godlike so very far above her. Were she the type to swoon, Laire imagined she would have been a puddle of goopy longing on the ground below him, content to sacrifice her pride for a glimpse at his beauty.
Don’t Speak is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:
The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – new release!
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – available late-2017
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.
Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.
Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.
In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.