Monday, December 1, 2014

Authors Being "Oncers"...

Happy Monday Everybody!

Hello! For those of you who don't know me, I'm author Bethany Averie. I'm also owner of this blog, and author of 4 published novels.

I’m so excited about today’s blog post. I’m doing something I’ve never done; although, I have talked about my love of the TV show, Once Upon A Time, I've never invited other authors who are fans to weigh in on what they love about the show. Well, all that changes today! Today you'll get to hear what myself, and other authors have to say about the show. Maybe they're authors you've heard of, maybe not. Perhaps there's a book they've written that intrigues you. You get the chance not only to find out more about Once Upon A Time (if you're a fan either agree or disagree with what we say) and maybe pick up new favorite author.

Once Upon A Time airs on ABC at 7 p.m. Central / 8 p.m. Eastern on Sunday nights. Sunday (November 30th) episode was really good. A show is really a hit when it can elicit a wide range of emotions from you, and draw you in. For all of us, OUAT has done just that. (P.S. A "Oncer" is a nickname for a fan of the show).

If you're interested in the show, it's highly recommend you start from the beginning. There's several ways to catch up on  all the episodes. You can try Hulu. It's possible they're available from NetFlix. And of course, Amazon, too.

All of us answered 5 questions having to do with the show. Information about each author can be found at the end of this post.


QUESTION:  Who is your favorite character on the ONCE UPON A TIME show and why?

CHRISTINA KIRBY: For me, it’s a toss up between Emma and Christophe – Emma because I like her character and Christophe because I like the actor playing him. (Cappy anyone?)

JOVEE WINTERS:  HOOK! Okay, now that I got that out of the way, yeah, it’s definitely Hook. Love him! For various reasons, but I always felt that poor guy got the shaft in the stories.

MAGGIE MUNDY:  Regina. I love her because she is so complex. Every time you think you have her figured out, she twists things. She has done awful things that you think you could never forgive her for, but then has done wonderful things to help people. She truly loves her son and would do anything for him.

LUCY GAGE: Emma Swan, because I love that her story is being written as we watch. We're witnessing the creation of a wholly new fairy tale, and that's exciting!

ELIZABETH JOHN:  My favorite character has to be Mr. Gold.  Although he’s a villain, we’ve seen how he came to be that way and we can sympathize.  He’s complex and has lots of secrets.  Just when we think he’s changed and really is good, he does something twisted.  He’s entertaining!

BETHANY AVERIE: Probably Rumpelstiltskin, for a lot of the reasons. He’s a complex character who can make you root for him one minute, wonder what the heck he’s thinking, and be afraid all in one episode. The actor who plays him, Robert Carlyle, does a superb job at showing each side in-depth. There are moments where he’s such a sympathetic character and other moments where you just want him gone. I believe he’s redeemable and I’m all for redeemable characters.

QUESTION:  As Romance authors, we like seeing couples come together, which 2 couples are you MOST rooting for on ONCE UPON A TIME and why?

CHRISTINA KIRBY: Emma and Hook. He truly loves her and is willing to do whatever it takes to help her. Also, and this may not be a popular answer, but I’d like to see Regina and Robin end up together. She deserves to find happiness, too.

JOVEE WINTERS:  I’m rooting for Emma and Hook, because I feel like the 2 of them are really just fated to be. I’m also, surprisingly, rooting for the Evil Queen (Regina) and Robin Hood. I was always curious who Regina’s true love was and once I found out it was Robin Hood, I thought, well, if there’s any chance of redemption for her, this could really be it.

MAGGIE MUNDY:  I love Belle and Rumpelstiltskin. He believes he is so bad and yet she sees the goodness in him. I really what them to get their HEA. Snow and Prince Charming have been through so much they deserve a break.

LUCY GAGE: If I have to pick one, I say Robin and Regina, because I really want Regina to get her happy ending. She has been through so much, and she's earned it after how she changed from the first season.

ELIZABETH JOHN:  I’d like to see Regina get some happiness with Robin Hood.  She has a soft side, and has had love stolen from her. Even villains deserve to be happy! Now that Snow and Charming are happily together, Emma and Hook would be my next pick.  I think they are evenly matched and their relationship would always be a challenge for them both.  Things would never get boring with those two.

BETHANY AVERIE:  I’m a huge Belle and Rumpelstiltskin fan. Belle has an ability to see past Rumpel’s crap and see the goodness in his heart. Something that’s not always easy to do. My second choice is hard because there’s two couples vying for that space, but I guess I’ll say Emma and Hook. What can I say? Colin O’Donoghue makes an awesome Hook and Emma is an incredible character, Jennifer Morrison does a fantastic job playing her. (If I was given another choice it would be Regina and Robin).

QUESTION:  If you could be any of the characters on ONCE UPON A TIME, who would you be and why?

CHRISTINA KIRBY: Emma because she’s independent, always tries to do the right thing and she’s a little bit of a badass. She also has a fashion sense I can get behind.

JOVEE WINTERS:  I would be Regina. I love her dual nature. She’s bad, but she wants to be good she’s just not really sure how. Of course, it’s not so bad getting to be Emma cause her love match is Hook and yeah, that comes with its own set of perks. ;)

MAGGIE MUNDY: Rumpelstiltskin. I love the idea of having so much power and wondering if it would corrupt me. Would I use it for good or just to satisfy myself? If people wronged me would I hurt them?

LUCY GAGE: Emma! She got to kiss Graham, Neal AND Hook. Plus, she has magic, she's the savior, and she knows how to kick some butt.

ELIZABETH JOHN:  Now that’s a tough question.  I guess I’d wish to be Snow White.  No matter what happens, she tries to find the good in people, but she’s a fighter too and doesn’t appreciate people taking advantage of her or her family. Kind of like me, ha ha!

BETHANY AVERIE:  Emma…if I was thinking fantastical. She’s so strong and brave and has so much potential. But my friends would probably say I’d make a better Snow White or Belle. Belle is my realistic and “obvious” choice—hey what author doesn’t appreciate an avid reader? Plus she has her own bravery and awesomeness.

QUESTION:  Which character and/or couple would you like to see on ONCE UPON A TIME—that they haven’t had (yet)?

CHRISTINA KIRBY: I’m curious if Romeo and Juliet would ever be touched on. They are one of the original couples and it might be interesting to see how their demise would shake up Storybrook.

JOVEE WINTERS:  Flynn Rider. I bet he’d be awesome!

MAGGIE MUNDY: I loved the character of Maggie in Hercules. She is tough and no nonsense and has to make some difficult decisions. Hercules could be played as a more complex strongman who does not understand what he is. You could also involve other gods as well then.

LUCY GAGE: This one is hard! I'd like to see some more modern tales brought to life, along the lines of The Wizard of Oz characters and Peter Pan. Maybe CS Lewis' Aslan from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – I'm interested in seeing how they'd work with anthropomorphizing and maybe even some more shape-shifting the way they did with Red.

ELIZABETH JOHN:  Hmm, another interesting question.  How about the characters from Puss ‘n Boots or Hansel and Gretel?

BETHANY AVERIE:  Toughie question. I’ve been thinking that Jasmine and Aladdin would be fun to see.

QUESTION:  Do you have a favorite episode from ONCE UPON A TIME, and if so, which episode is it? (Which season, and either brief description of what it’s about or the title of the episode).

CHRISTINA KIRBY: I liked the early episode when we found out Graham was the huntsman. He was one of my favorite characters. Try Season 1 Episode 7 Here’s the synopsis: One of the town's residents begins to remember their fairytale past, and Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen attempts to find a heartless assassin to murder Snow White
(Looking forward to 50 Shades of Grey)

JOVEE WINTERS:  My favorite episode is the one where Hook and Emma finally had their first date. Yeah, I ship them hard!

MAGGIE MUNDY:  I love the episode in season three when they go to Neverland and Regina helps win because she doesn’t have goodness in her and is prepared to do anything. It’s that whole antihero thing and I love it. I thought the whole concept of Pan being Gold’s father was very clever and cried when he stabbed them both. I know I’m soppy.

LUCY GAGE: I don't have a singular favorite, but I loved the Snow Drifts/There's No Place Like Home double episode at the end of season 3. Not only did some of my favorite couples get together, but we saw some major character growth and potential for the next season's storylines.

ELIZABETH JOHN:  I’m really enjoying this season’s “Frozen” episodes.  What’s up with the ice cream lady?  Love her costume too!  It’s also fun to watch the Queen work together with her son Henry to find the author of the book, and I want to see her with Robin Hood.  Can’t wait to find out more!

BETHANY AVERIE: I always say I’m hopelessly romantic, so I’d have to say the episode SKIN DEEP from Season One is my favorite episode. I love the nod to Disney’s BEAUTY & THE BEAST, but I also really like how OUAT put its own spin on it. I think it was cleverly and very sweetly executed. I’ve loved that episode ever since. Sure, there’s other episodes I’ve really enjoyed, but that one has stayed with me through every single episode and season (and yes, I’ve seen them all).


Christina Kirby, debuted her short story in Frozen: A Romance Winter Anthology, which is available in E-book and paperback. You can learn more on her website.

Jovee Winters writes fractured fairy-tales. Her newest release, The Ice Queen, will be available in the Spring of 2015. You can find more about Jovee here.

Maggie Mundy writes Speculative Fiction and her newest release, Unknown Protector is available on Amazon Kindle. You can find more about Maggie here.

Lucy Gage is a Contemporary/Women’s Fiction with Romantic Elements author of Ward Sisters Series (1-4) Box Set (coming soon). Her new website is currently under construction, but should be available soon.

Elizabeth John writes Sweet Contemporary Romance and will be releasing Judging Joey February 2015 through Soul Mate Publishing. You can find out more about Elizabeth on her website.

Bethany Averie is the author of the Immortal Dreams Trilogy, a “coming of age” (straddles Young Adult & New Adult) Paranormal Romance. She also write Romantic Fantasy (with Paranormal Elements) all of which you can check out in depth on her website.

Have A Marvelously Magical Monday!

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