Title – The Shoe
Series – The Believe Series – Book #2
Author – Trista Jaszczak
Genre – Romance, fairy tale retelling
Publication Date – 6 August 2013
Publisher – Front Porch Romance
Cover Artist – Designs by Charisma
All Blair Miller has ever wanted was to study fashion in New York City. But as one door closed for her, another door opened. A bright and beautiful door that led her straight to a job at celebrity frequented, high end fashion boutique, ATTRAYANT, where she has now worked for years. When an invitation arrives for a masked ball that is being thrown to celebrate a world famous rock band’s new album, Blair finds herself being transformed into Cinderella for the night. When Blair not only falls for Prince of Rock, Hunter but also loses a precious $8,000.00 shoe, she finds herself in possibly the biggest mess of her entire life. How can she reveal who and what she really is to Prince Charming? How can she afford to replace such an expensive shoe? With the help of her two “Fairy God Fathers” who are pushing for her happily ever after…anything could happen.
It’s difficult to feel at ease here. The guests are all so…expensive? Perhaps that’s not the right word. They’re…elite. A far cry from the girl who sells them all the goods. I wander around, taking in each person, their costumes, who they’re talking to. I float among the guests, a few even taking a moment to say hello, as though they truly recognize me. Ugh. Why did I let Christian and Anthony talk me into this? What the hell am I supposed to do here? Really try meet “Prince Charming?” Honestly, does Prince Charming exist? Is there some man out there ready to sweep me off my feet, fly me to exotic places and treat me like a queen? I manage to hold back a laugh and I smile as I work my way passed the masked waiter with the tray of champagne and wiggle my way to a corner. I look up to immediately connect my eyes with his. I’m shocked. So shocked that I glance away as quickly as I can. For some reason though I find it hard not to look at him and instead of keeping my gaze on the floor, I find myself staring, trying to keep control and a closed mouth. He finally smiles underneath the simple black mask that covers only his eyes, but even with part of his face covered, he is a vision of perfection in his traditional black tuxedo. The same masked waiter passes him and he gingerly takes two champagne flutes from the silver tray. He begins working his way through the crowd, moving bit by bit, closer to me. Suddenly he’s standing right in front of me before I have time to truly make sense of any of it.
“Hi,” he says, softly.
I look at him and force myself to speak, “Hi.”
“Would you like a drink?” He asks, extending the champagne to me.
“Might as well, you were sweet enough to bring me a drink. Thank you.” I say, taking the glass from him.
“What’s your name, Princess?” He asks.
I look up and into his deep blue eyes. Even under the mask there’s no mistaking who he is. His dark, messy styled hair, that sly smile, and hypnotizing eyes. His tall, well built frame. He is Hunter. He is the man throwing this masked ball for the release of his band’s album “Hidden.”
I swallow a gulp of champagne. What the hell have Christian and Anthony gotten me into? I finally smile, “Just call me Cinderella.”
He laughs, “Oh really?” He glares around us for a moment, “No Prince Charming?”
I give my head a shake and have another sip of the rather tasty champagne, “No Prince Charming. I’m here alone, actually.”
“What a coincidence, I’m here alone, too.” He beams, his sneaky little smile almost making me go weak in the knees.
“What?” I say, “You don’t count your band mates?”
He grins and gives me a little “you got me” smile. “You can tell me it’s me?”
I laugh, “Please, anyone in the world would know Hunter, even under a little mask.”
He laughs again and has a drink of the champagne, “You got me.”
“I’m just that good,” I smile.
“Well, what do you say to a dance?” He asks. “Since, you are the only one in this room to guess that it’s me.”
I think for a moment. It’s a dance. What could one dance possibly hurt? I finally nod. He takes the champagne flute for me and places them both on a table draped in a silvery cloth and then reaches for my hand. His face meets mine, “Better go easy on me.”
I laugh, “I think I can do that.”
“Mind if we stick with the slow ones?” His hand immediately finds my waist and he draws my body near his and the song changes to a slow paced ballad.
I hesitate and then finally nod. He begins to gently sway our bodies in a circular motion, “Remember, go easy on me.”
I laugh, “What, they don’t teach you to dance in rock star boot camp?”
This makes him laugh as he gives me a gentle squeeze. He shakes his head, “I sing and play guitar. That’s the limit to my abilities.”
“For some reason I doubt that,” I tell him.
Height : 6’1” ish
Eyes: Blue eyes
Hair: Short, styled dark hair
Facial hair: Stubble most days, shaved the rest
Tattoos: yes – right bicep, half sleeve. Both wrists, both ankles, down the spine.
Build: Extremely well defined and muscular.
Huntsmen band role: Lead vocals and guitar
A tee shirt and jeans kind of guy. He’s laid back, charming, sweet and romantic. He’s the ultimate prince charming armed with a guitar, killer voice and deadly good looks.
Tattoos: yes – just one, so far….left bicep, a Les Paul guitar
Build: Muscular, very well defined
Huntsmen band role: Vocals and guitar
A basic kind of guy who uses his guitar and good looks to snag the ladies. A well known ladies man that is just waiting for the right kind of girl to come around and knock him down a peg or two.
Hair: Short, brown, always styled
Tattoos: Planning one across the upper back
Build: Muscular, very lean and toned.
Huntsmen band role: bass and some vocals
Basic jeans and tee shirt kind of guy, grew up poor so he appreciates what he has now. Loves his family but is a bit of a ladies man and does shuffle from one gal to the next leaving a trail of broken hearts.
Height: About 6’
Hair: Blonde, shaggy and usually messy like a surfer’s
Build: Medium build, toned
Huntsmen band role: drums
Another laid back and basic guy. Loved the ladies until Blair’s best friend Lyndsey stole his heart. He’s a lover, not a fighter, and while he loved the fast life before he’s loving slowing down with Lyndsey and being the second Huntsmen to take the plunge.
Height: Somewhere around 5’8”
Hair: Long, blonde and beautiful
Tattoos: One recent, right shoulder.
Blair is level headed, wide eyed, and outgoing. She’s fun loving and dreamed of being a fashion designed. She’s got her wish as she’s now the head of wardrobe for The Huntsmen. Best friend’s Christian and Anthony have her back in hair, make-up and life.
Trista could you please share the soundtrack to The Shoe for your guests:
How Cinderella and Prince Charming Rock Out
The Shoe, book II in my Believe series is without a doubt a clever little spin in Cinderella. While I did make the decision to keep some things traditional to the Cinderella story…I had to make a lot of changes. One huge one being…Prince Charming is Rock Royalty…meaning, he is one of the world’s BIGGEST rock stars. When it came to the soundtrack…I knew it had to rock. And, I have the perfect soundtrack that makes The Shoe rock.
“Hungry Eyes” by New Found Glory – All right, I’ve loved the song since the 80’s. Who doesn’t recognize this song and what movie it’s from? But, I couldn’t use the original because it just didn’t fit Blair and Hunter. He’s the front man for a huge rock band…it had to be harder than that. Enter New Found Glory and I have the main theme of The Shoe. This song screams Blair and Hunter and every time it plays, I imagine Hunter and his band performing it.
“Listen to Your Heart (slow)” by DHT OR “Listen to Your Heart” by Roxette – This song, over all, is very powerful with a deep meaning. There’s more than one occasion in the book, where in true Cinderella fashion, Blair had to be reminded to listen to her heart. “Listen to you heart…before…you tell him goodbye.” When you read The Shoe, you will know the part that this applies to the minute that you read it.
“High on You” by Survivor – “Such complete intoxication…I’M HIGH ON YOU!” I know this is very 80’s but when I hear this…it just screams Hunter and I imagine he and his band rocking this song hard. Every single word of this song applies to my gorgeous Prince of Rock, Hunter.
“If You Leave” by OMD – I don’t know why but when I heard this all I could think of was Hunter and Blair. For some reason there’s an unknown connection with this song. Read The Shoe…tell me what you think.
“The Glory of Love” by New Found Glory – Another song that I just could not go with the original. For my Prince of Rock, it had to rock. The song is perfect and enter again New Found Glory to have a hard version of a love song that fits Hunter and Blair so well. Just imagine Hunter…one stage…backed by Richie, Ty and Sean…sweating from the lights.
“Take Me Home Tonight” by Hinder – Another one that I needed the cover. Hinder steps in this time with a version of take me home tonight that nearly made me drool while thinking about Hunter performing this. Not only that…the important part is just how much it applies to Blair and Hunter.
“Don’t Stop BELIEVING” by Flight 409 – I adore Journey. I mean, I ADORE Journey and this song…“Don’t Stop BELIEVING“…how perfect is that for a book in the BELIEVE series? But, again, it had to be harder…I needed that loud guitar with that rock star voice. Enter Flight 409 and “Don’t Stop BELIEVING” is more than perfect for The Shoe.
“Just The Way You Are” by Pierce the Veil – When I hear this song…I imagine Hunter singing this to Blair. The lyrics are perfect, the sound is what I needed and it’s a perfect fit for my Cinderella and her rock star Prince Charming.
“I BELIEVE In a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness – Notice how the songs that stick out the most right now not only tell you to BELIEVE but they rock. “I BELIEVE In A Thing Called Love” is more than perfect…it’s Cinderella…and if there was one thing that Cinderella taught me, it was to BELIEVE in love!
“No Matter What” by Def Leppard – I suppose the original could apply but for some reason when this song popped in my head, I really bounced back and forth. The lyrics apply to Blair and Hunter…”no matter what you are…” I won’t spoil it, but read The Shoe and you’ll know exactly why this song is here. When it came down to it…Def Leppard won.
Title – Little Red
Series – The Believe Series – Book #1
Author – Trista Jaszczak
Genre – Romance, fairy tale retelling
Publication Date – June 18, 2013
Publisher – Front Porch Romance
Fall back in love with fairy tales with, Little Red, the first installment of “The Believe Series” by Trista Jaszczak.
Ride along with Sam Wentworth through the winding back roads of Louisiana, on a desperate escape from her past. Where she falls into the arms of the unlikely and sometimes unwilling hero, Ethan Parker. When circumstances and fate seal the two together, entangling them with his 6 older brothers, feuding families and old bayou magic can Ethan put aside everything he has ever known to keep Sam safe from the dangers their lives and their love poses. Can he keep her safe from himself?
Trista Jaszczak (pronounced jazz-ick) is an Air Force wife and mother of two who is originally from Hamilton, Ohio but calls Anchorage, Alaska her home. She’s published 4 novels so far and written more than 30. She has a deep passion for writing, music, her guitar, her kids and her four-legged babies.
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10 – eBooks of Little Red
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