Monday, October 8, 2018

Fragments of Ash by Katy Regnery ~ Interview & Giveaway

Fragments of Ash 
Katy Regnery
(A Modern Fairytale #7)
Publication date: October 1st 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, Romance

From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!
My name is Ashley Ellis…
I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.
When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.
With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father
…dead or alive.
** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**
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Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.
The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – available now
Sheer Heaven (Rapunzel) – available now
Fragments of Ash (Cinderella) – coming October 1, 2018
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – coming soon

Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract, and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.
Forty books later, Katy claims authorship of the multititled New York Times and USA Today bestselling Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other stand-alone novels and novellas, including the critically-acclaimed, 2018 RITA© nominated, USA Today bestselling contemporary romance, Unloved, a love story.
Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, became a New York Times e-book bestseller.
Katy’s books are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.
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Author Interview

  • There have been so many wonderful Cinderella inspired stories.  Yours seems a bit different.  How did you come up with the idea?  Stepfather?

To be really honest, Cinderella isn’t one of my favorite fairytales, but over the years I noted that my fans always suggested it. Please do Cinderella! When are you going to do Cinderella? If I had to choose one fairytale for you to re-write, it would be Cinderella! So my challenge was to find a way to make the story palatable to me as a writer. And sometimes, I find that turning the fairytale on its head is the best way to make that happen.

Instead of an evil stepmother, how about an evil stepfather? Oooo! And she’s a young girl so he can really frighten her and threaten herl! Yes! And, hmm…how about a fairy godfather, instead of a fairy godmother? And while we’re at it, let’s make him this amazing, charismatic gay man! YES! Perfect! And Prince Charming…hmm. What if he’s fallen from grace before the story even begins? Neither charming, nor a prince, on the outside, maybe his valor is waiting to be proven? YES YES YES! And suddenly….I had a story. 😉

  • Shoe.  Every Cinderella story has a shoe and they're on your beautiful cover.  Anything you can safely tell us about the shoe?

On my cover, it’s more about the glass than the shoe. Julian is a glass-blower, and when we first meet him, he’s trying to perfect his skill at miniatures. But he becomes—um, er—distracted by Ashley’s arrival, and ends up ruining the figurine.

Because my fairytale retellings are “inspired by” fairytales, not exact re-writes, there will be parts of the fairytale I use, and others that I don’t. I think that’s what makes them so much fun!

  • I love stories that have more than romance.  It seems like this has a lot more.  Does the mix include suspense?  

SO MUCH SUSPENSE! In this version of Cinderella, Ashley’s mother dies, leaving her with her evil stepfather and two evil stepbrothers (remember Anastasia and Druzilla from the Disney version? Meet Anders and Damon in mine!) Once she figures out the “work” her organized crime boss stepfather has in store for her, she literally goes on the run. (I mean, this is a man who sells women as sex slaves and trades automatic weapons on the dark web!) She’s being hunted for the majority of the novel, and I think it’s a nail-biter!

  • The title intrigues me.  How did you decide on it?

Thank you so much for asking this question!! If you look in the dictionary under CINDERS, the definition is “fragments of ash,” and since this is a CINDERELLA story, and the heroine’s name is Ashley, I felt it was fitting.



  1. Thanks so much for bringing to our attention another great book out there to read. I appreciate hearing about them since I have so many readers in my family.

  2. This book sounds wonderful. I enjoyed the synopsis.

  3. Sounds like Kate Regnery is using the darker version of the Cinderella trope

  4. Sounds lovely. I love the cover too.

  5. Kate Regnery has once again outdone herself.

  6. The cover reminds me of Cinderella's shoes :)

  7. Fabulous interview! I'm going to a book signing next year and she'll be one of the authors attending and this sounds like a great series to start with for her books!

  8. Thanks for the chance and enjoyed interview!

  9. Looking forward to reading this series. Thank you

  10. Cinderella is not my fave fairy tale, but I do like how authors revamped it to new heights. Thank you for this opportunity!

  11. Love her stories
    Love her writing
    Love fairy tales
    Love Cinderella
    Love everything.......

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  12. Big fan of Katy’s. This sounds awesome

  13. I love Katy Regnery's books! Cannot wait to read this one!