Folks, I’m more excited than I can possibly convey to have author KT Grant here today to talk about her new F/F romance release, The Princess’s Bride. (If I said I was running in circles and flapping my hands in a classic girly OMG!! dance, would you believe me? It’s true.) Plenty of us know Grant as her alternate self, Katiebabs of Babbling About Books and More, and I’m so proud to be hosting a spot for her to talk about her work.
I knew you’d do make it, Babs! I always knew. Now tell us about about your hot gal pirate lovin’.
Why write pirate romance? How The Princess’s Bride came to be…
Being a lover of the romance genre and having over twenty years of romance reading behind me, I can say that I’ve read more than a few pirate romances. Sometimes the pirate romance gets a bad wrap. When I think of the old fashion bodice ripper romance, the pirate ones come to mind where the dark, seductive pirate captain kidnaps the pure and innocent heroine, has his wicked way with her on his ship, and spends his days ravishing her to the point where she faints from the plundering of her body. Some of my all time favorite pirate romances are by Jennifer Ashley and Julie Garwood. Garwood’s, The Gift, is one of my all time favorite romances, period.
I never thought I would ever write a pirate romance, let alone a lesbian one. But sometimes when an opportunity falls into your lap, you take it, and will be pleasantly surprised with the results. The idea for The Princess’s Bride was brought up to me after I submitted a short story to the Once Upon a Threesome anthology for Ravenous Romance, I was asked if I would be interested in writing a single title for them. The requirements were that it had to be a lesbian romance, and since Ravenous Romance loves themes, especially movie ones, they raised the idea of taking elements from the much beloved classic move, The Princess Bride.
The Princess Bride is one of American Film Institute’s 100 greatest film love stories of all time. As a little girl, The Princess Bride was one of those movies I watched time and again until I could quote the entire movie. It has some of the best movie quotes ever. The line, “As you wish” is one of the most beloved lines ever said in a movie. The love story of the farmhand turned masked gentleman, Westley, who loves Buttercup deeply, and tries to rescues her from the evil, yet somewhat silly Prince Humperdinck before she can marry him, is a near perfect fairy tale romance.
So here I was given a chance to take a classic romance and run with it, but with a twist. The twist was having two women fall in love. I would need to write a female Westley and Buttercup and make sure they achieved their happily ever after together. I was given free reign to write The Princess’s Bride in whatever way I wanted to, but still had to keep the core story. Since the original Princess Bride was in a historical type setting, I would keep that. The plot was a bit trickier. But through a little research on my part, I came up with the idea that would set the tone for my book.
In The Princess Bride, Westley leaves to find his fortune so he can marry Buttercup. Unfortunately his ship is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts. Buttercup assumes Westley is dead, and years later, becomes engaged to Prince Humperdinck. She is then kidnapped by three bumbling fools, and in turn, is taken from them by Dread Pirate Roberts, who to her surprise is her dear Westley she thought was dead.
I took the basis of The Princess Bride and made it into my own. I even did a play on my characters’ names. We have Daisy de Fleurre, an exiled princess, who is love with her servant Chelsey. Daisy and Chelsey engage in a love affair but are then separated. Chelsey will go off, make her fortune and come back for Daisy. But the years go by and Daisy never hears from Chelsey. Eight years later, as Daisy decides to marry the dashing navel hero, Lord Humphrey, she is kidnapped and falls into the hands of the scourge of the high seas, the lady pirate C.W. Dread who will hold Daisy for ransom because of her hate for Lord Humphrey. And it shouldn’t come as much of surprise in figuring out who Dread is.
The Princess’s Bride is all about young love that transforms into true love, as well as a high seas adventure, sword fights, a pirate ravishment scene or two (without the whole bodice ripper tone) and enough lust and passion to make you break out a fan while you read.
And as for the line- “As you wish”, you’ll just have to read to see my variation on that.
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The Princess’s Bride synopsis: Daisy de Fleurre, an exiled princess from a far away land longs for true love. She almost experienced that at the tender age of seventeen, when she and her servant Chelsey, engaged in a smoldering love affair for one brief summer before they were both separated forever. Eight years later, Daisy is now engaged to a man who wants to offer her the world. But Daisy still longs for the woman she has never forgotten.
The dastardly lady pirate C.W. Dread, lives for revenge against Lord Humphrey, the man who murdered her family. She will kidnap Humphrey’s fiancée, hold her for ransom, and introduce her to the delights of the flesh. Then her revenge will be complete! But Dread is in for a shock when her prisoner is a blast from her past who she once adored deep down to her very core.
Danger, adventure and passion are only a few things in store for this lady pirate and her princess as they both are overcome with lust for one another that can no longer be denied and contained.
You can read a “spicy” excerpt of The Princess’s Bride here: KTGrant.com
And you can purchase your own copy of The Princess’s Bride here: Ravenous Romance
Bio: KT Grant is a self-proclaimed eccentric redhead who not only loves to read a wide variety of romances, but also loves writing it. Under her alter-ego, she is a well known book reviewer and blogger who doesn’t shy away from voicing her opinion. A proud native of New Jersey, KT is multi-published and known for writing “out of the box” romances. KT has been quoted in such publications as the Romance Writers Associations’ Romance Writers Report and Night Owl Reviews. She has also been mentioned in the Guardian.UK, Publisher’s Weekly’s Beyond the Book and at Bookseller.com. You can visit her at KTGrant.com and at her personal blog at Babbling About Books and More.