A cursed lamp, 80s fashions, and dogs all figure in these modern, comedic versions of two classic fairy tales
The Genie’s Curse
The magic of push-up bras, hip music producing jobs, and trendy clothes can’t undo Agnes Frump’s horrendous moniker. Nor can they make her neighbor, Dillon McKenzie, see her as anything but his best buddy. A midnight walk, a fateful fall, the discovery of a magic lamp, and Aggie switches priorities. In her efforts to help Ebony, the kitten-genie and undo the curse of Aladdin’s lamp, she makes a fateful mistake—an inadvertent, “I wish I was in Dillon’s arms,” and Aggie wakes up in his arms, all right—as a stray dog.
Will Aggie and her genie figure out how to undo a wish gone wrong, or is she doomed to a life of Milk Bones, flea baths and loving Dillon from the foot of her doggy bed?
Shoe-In for Love
For shoe-designer Nessie Helph, 1984 is another year in the struggle to keep herself safe from her malicious supervisor, Grace Hart. Nessie’s problems worsen when she finds out the company, Victor & Victoria, has been sold to Leo Schumacher. Known as “The Lumberjack,” Leo’s reputation for cutting costs and hacking jobs is legendary, but Nessie’s prepared for any contingency…except the effect he has on her heart. She may not be able to get her hair to feather like Heather Locklear’s, but with a little effort and a lot of luck, she’s about to prove she’s not only the best girl for the job, but a shoo-in for love, as well.
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 8, 2011)
A book title like Sneakers, Sandals, and Stilettoes is sure to attract the attention of ladies everywhere, and readers won’t be disappointed. Fairy-tales for the well-heeled woman-in-you princess is a delightful concept. Deen superbly delivers with the kind of wit and hilarity that leaves chuckles echoing, even after the book is put down.
The very nature of a fairy tale means anything can happen. Dreams can come true but the path to happiness is sure to be fraught with unexpected twists, earth-shattering disasters, and curses that seem irreversible!
Sneakers, Sandals, and Stilettoes contains two stories–The Genie’s Curse and Shoe-in for Love. With a deft skill for weaving original romantic comedy, Deen places her romantically-inclined characters in situations more frustrating than the most lovelorn woman will likely ever have to endure. Her use of language lures readers to a place where they will be happily perplexed–pleased to read such unpredictable stories yet wondering how fairy-tale endings could ever result.
But with splendid style, Deen presents solutions that startle and astonish. And as if writing a compelling narrative is not enough, she delivers laugh-out-loud humor that saw me reading passages aloud to my husband and raving about the book to friends.
Five stars to Natasha Deen for Sneakers, Sandals, and Stilettoes.