Hello and welcome to the Happy Endings Giveaway Hop.
Susana’s Parlour is offering two giveaways for participants of this hop:
- One lucky commenter will win a free e-copy of my new release, Treasuring Theresa, a sweet Regency short story. (Be sure to answer the comment question at the end and include your email address in the comment.)
- Click on the Treasuring Theresa cover at right and enter the Rafflecopter contest for a $20 Amazon Gift Card.
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Moving on to today’s main course:
A Happy Ending Is Not a Disney Movie
As a child, I loved fairy tales like Cinderella where the fairy godmother makes things right for the poor, abused heroine. One likes to think there is a fairy godmother out there somewhere to make things right for us when things go wrong. And it’s not just children who indulge in such dreams—people who faithfully buy lottery tickets every week do so with the hope that someday their persistence will be rewarded. Is luck a reward, though?
As an adult, however, I realize that something crucial is missing in the Cinderella story…Cinderella’s character. What did she do to solve her own problems? Not a thing. Remove the fairy godmother from the story, and what would you have? A poor, downtrodden waif. Where’s the story there?
As much as we adore rooting for the underdog, it’s because the underdog, with nothing to lose, is giving everything he’s got to bring down the favorite team. Would the movie Hoosiers be as emotionally satisfying if the big city players were all weak from the flu and the hick town team won because of a fluke? Hey, they still got the trophy and the prestige, didn’t they? But without both teams playing at their top level, there will always be doubts about the result.
And so it is with romance. The grownup in me wants to see my protagonists earn their happy ending. Luck is not enough. What did each of them do to deserve it? No fairy godmother or buried treasure. Because if I am convinced their love is strong enough for them to fight for it, I can feel certain that the pair will face the future with the same determination and will end up victorious no matter what hardships come their way.
What do you think about Cinderella-type happy endings?
In Treasuring Theresa, both Theresa and Damian must get beyond their narrow-minded prejudices in order to see each other’s true characters. It’s not enough that Damian is attracted to Theresa’s astonishing blue eyes and feels guilty about inheriting her father’s estate. Or that Theresa finds Damian charming and handsome and knows he can rescue her from penury. A marriage of convenience is not a happy ending. To come to a true meeting of the minds, this pair is going to have to face some hard truths about themselves.
Treasuring Theresa is a sweet Regency short story available at Ellora’s Cave, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo Books, Bookstrand, and AllRomance E-books.
Note: Free bonus reads include character sketches of both Damian and Theresa, a prequel, and an epilogue (be sure to read the story first, though). Enjoy!
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I like them.
I do like to read them. I just feel good at the end and makes me look at my life a little different in a positive way!!
I do like them. But if the characters are very modern and realistic, then the Cinderella-ending doesn’t work for me
I love happy endings.
Thanks for this giveaway! It’s great!
I like any kind of HEA it’s why I read romance. I like knowing going in that they will end up together. I love seeing the journey that happens on the way to the HEA
Thanks for the contest!!
Stories with HEA endings ALWAYS makes me feel good. I want the hero and heroine to go through good and bad times but for love to win! They can cheer me up when I’m sad or makes me all around happy. Thank you for the generous giveaway. cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com
I love a happy ending but it is good when the characters grow and learn something in the process. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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I love Cinderella-type happy endings! I think they are so sweet. The whole “defying the odds of society to be together” is lovely 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway!
there alright but i prefer it to still have some on going conflict i like the happy for now better than happily ever after
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I like both types. The only real requirement, that I have is a HEA.
I’m not a huge fan of Cinderella type endings, cause nothing in life is that easy. I like to see the characters work for their HEA.
The winner of the free e-copy of Treasuring Theresa is josiehink122026(at)gmail(dot)com. Congrats, Josie!