Release Week Party and Giveaway!

My, how time flies!

This time last year, I was still working on my two debut novels, Cinderella: Ninja Warrior and Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer, and now they are both being released–on the same day!–to launch the Twisted Tales series!

The official release date is April 1, 2011, but they are already shipping from some online retailers. I can’t wait to actually see/hold one myself and/or hear that someone has spotted one in the wild! If you see a copy in a store, please let me know! Even better, take a picture and send it to me. :)

In spite of the long and twisty road I took to this point (worthy of any challenging fairy tale fraught with evil witches) I’m not letting the April Fool’s Day release date temper my excitement. Tune back on Friday to find out whether the joke’s on me. LOL.  I might tell some of the twisty tale that day.  :)

In the meantime, here’s what the publisher and some fabulous bloggers/reviewers have said about the first two books in the Twisted Tales series.


In this thrilling story full of adventure and romance, Sleeping Beauty is more than just a lonely princess waiting for her prince—she’s a brave, tenacious girl who never backs down from a challenge. With vampire-slaying talents that she practices in secret, Sleeping Beauty puts her courage to the test in the dark of night, fighting evil as she searches for a way to break the spell that has cut her off from her family. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Sleeping Beauty and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you’ve ever read!
Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer is an entirely new type of fairy tale–one that will keep today’s kids guessing and offer them hours of magical fun.

“If you’re just a fan of retold fairytales, then Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer is exactly what you’ve been looking for.” Maianka Verstraete of I <3 Reading

“It’s a fairytale full of teen angst, comedy, romance, mystery and adventure! The ‘choose a path’ option was brilliant and made the book a lot of fun. I will be looking at other works by this Author and look forward to any other writing she has coming out.” – Kristi Stern of The Book Faery

“Once upon a time a story comes along that makes your heart soar and transports you to a world filled with royalty, magical beings and immortal creatures. Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer is one such story.”  -Aobibliophile of Aobiblioshpere

“This was a wonderful new twist on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. … Lucette was one butt-kicking vampire-slaying princess.”  –ReaderGirl of NightOwl Reviews


In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince—she’s a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you’ve ever read!

“An extremely funny, enjoyable and entertaining read that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and brings a fabulous twist to a well-known fairytale.”  Majanka Verstraete of I <3 Reading

“My favourite princess made even stronger, it couldn’t be better!  A world filled with magic with love being the strongest magic of all.  A wonderful concoction of Maureen McGowan: a retelling of Cinderella mixed in with wizardry, martial arts, and choose-your-own-adventure!”  Tien of Tien’s Blurb

“I was never fan of Cinderella to tell you the truth. But this book…oh my…! I wish the original stories were like that! Forget the sweet cliché love story and the poor girl. Here we have witches, championships, warriors, villains and even dragons! How awesome is it?” Yiota of Splash of Our Worlds


All week at Get Lost in a Story we’ll be celebrating the books’ release. 

Stop by there, every day this week, for up to FIVE chances to win one of four books — 2 of each.


In addition to the drawing on Get Lost in a Story, I’ll give away two additional copies to commenters on this blog. That’s right. If you comment here, and every day on Get Lost in a Story, you’ll have even more chances to win. :)

Thanks for stopping by to help me celebrate!

  9 comments for “Release Week Party and Giveaway!

  1. Anonymous
    March 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Hi Maureen,

    Yesterday I stopped by Chapters on the Queensway and they have four on order but none in the store yet. I was all set for a good evening’s read, too!

    Don’t put me in the draw cause I’m buying the books anyway. Just wanted to let you know.

    I’ll send a picture of the book. This is so exciting after all you’ve been through!

    Best wishes for many sales,


  2. March 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm


    Thanks for letting me know (and how sweet of you to check).

    I’m excited to hear that they’re coming in!!

  3. March 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Whoo-hoo, Maureen!!!!!!!!!!
    CAN’T WAIT to read these books and am SO excited for you that the release week is finally here!!
    Celebrate! Celebrate!

  4. March 29, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Congrats on the book release! I so want to read both of your books! They look fabulous!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  5. March 29, 2011 at 2:54 am

    This is so exciting!! No need to enter me. I’ve already ordered these books for myself, oops, I mean child #4!

  6. March 30, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Congratulations on the release of these two books – I loved the names and covers before I read the premise. Looks great!!

  7. March 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Your premises fascinated me from the first time I heard them. Love, love, love the spin you put on the traditional fairy tales. I’ll take these heroines over the fairytale princesses any day.

  8. March 31, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Happy early release day! I wish you much success, my friend:)

  9. April 2, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Followed the trail of streamers and champagne bottles over here. Congrats Maureen! No need for an entry — these books have been on my “must-buy” list since I heard about them!

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