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Friday, March 6, 2009

Calling All Princesses...

When I was growing up I was all about the princess thing. At Halloween, I never wanted to be something clever. I had to be a character who wore a pretty dress, preferably a long dress. And then of course there's the "romance writer" thing. That goes along with the princess fantasy perfectly.

Still, despite my childhood princess goals and the fact that I've been writing romance novels for years, I had never written a book with a princess heroine until now. Next month, The Cowboy and the Princess will make it to the shelves. I’m pretty psyched about it (more about the book in the weeks to come). And since I wanted to run a contest at my website that plays into the princess/cowboy theme, I hit the Internet.

All I can say is the princess fantasy has certainly picked up steam over the years. As the mother of two boys I missed out on this, but there are all kinds of princess gear a girl can buy to make that dream a reality (or as close to a reality as us non-royals can get). There are actually entire stores dedicated to selling princess gear as well as one called Tiara Town where you can get (among other things) replicas of various tiaras worn by Princess Diana, including the one she wore on her wedding day. Or, you can get scepters!

Would-be princesses (children and adults) can buy dresses.

Or jewelry, room décor, party favors, princess outfits for your dog and storage trunks and carousels to hold all those princess outfits.

I wonder if it's too late to act out that princess fantasy…

Maybe next Halloween. Or maybe I'll just write another princess book. Keep watching.

So…if you could be any fairy tale princess which one would it be?


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Blogger Brandy said...

I always liked Belle. She was smart, loved, loved books and could see someone for more than their appearance.

March 6, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Linda Goodnight said...

I wanna be a princess, too,Myrna! In fact, in my classroom, I wear a tiara sometimes to remind 4th graders that I'm the queen bee.

March 6, 2009 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Myrna Mackenzie said...

Brandy, good point about Belle being smart. Being a princess would be great, but being a smart princess would be so much better. (Is it weird to confess that I've been thinking of buying some of the Disney DVDs for myself? When my kids were growing up, they had most of the tapes, but the VCR is going the way of the dinosaur and these days I can't use my kids as an excuse to sit down and watch The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast).

And Linda, I love that you wear a tiara in class! How fun! I think we should all keep a tiara or two in our closets. It's a good reminder to value ourselves (and to let others know that we should be valued). Besides, dress up is still fun after all these years!

March 7, 2009 at 8:54 PM  

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