• Guest post: Fairy Tale Romance by I. L. Cruz, author of The Enchanted Isles series

    Guest Post: Fairy Tale Romance by I. L. Cruz

    The Lily Cafe is thrilled to welcome I. L. Cruz! She is the author of The Enchanted Isles series, an enchanting Latin-inspired fantasy series. Currently, the first two books, A Smuggler’s Path and A Noble’s Path, are available for purchase (see below). I adore I. L. Cruz, her books, and her blog, Fairy Tale Feminista, because she takes a different approach to looking at and understanding fairy tales. Her posts are fun, informative, and thought-provoking. Enjoy her guest post below about fairy tales and romance, just as I did! Fairy Tale Romance We are quickly approaching Valentine’s Day (what happened to January?) and that means thinking about love and romance. For some, it…

  • Book review: Pricked by Scott Mooney

    Book Review: Pricked by Scott Mooney

    Title: Pricked Author: Scott Mooney Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing Publication date: August 13, 2019 Genre: Fantasy Summary: Briar is summoned to meet with Count Grimmour and hired to find his daughter’s boyfriend, a Know Not that doesn’t know about the fairy tale world hidden from view in New York City. The boyfriend, Rick, has been kidnapped, and Briar is tasked with using her unique magic to find him as all the wizards have failed. At her side is the knight Antoine, who both protects her and divulges important information about the Royals. With time working against them (they only have three days to find Rick, and it’s actually less than that as some of that…

  • Fairy tales

    I had planned to actually start typing up The Blue Caverns over the weekend (it’s been easier for me to write in a notebook before typing things up lately) so I could at least post part of the beginning. But… pregnancy isn’t always kind to me, so that never happened. Now forced to abandon those plans for today, I thought I’d write a little about fairy tales and why they figure so largely in The Blue Caverns. It all started with my mom. My mom never, ever, ever read a single fairy tale to me. Ever. Instead, she let me watch Disney movies to my heart’s desire. Since then, I’ve…