The time it was about Ash & Bramble

Posted September 15, 2015 by Stacee in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Interviews | 12 Comments

I think we all know by now that I’m a sucker for a good fairy tale retelling, so I was super excited to get my greedy hands on Ash & Bramble.  And of course I signed up to be part of the blog tour as soon as I got the notification.


Before we get to Sarah’s interview, let’s check out the book, shall we?

Ash&Bramble finalWhen the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.

Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.

Sounds good, right?


Where did the idea for Ash & Bramble come from?

Two big questions led me to write Ash & Bramble. One, in fairytales there’s all this stuff: glass slippers, poisoned apples, sharpened spindles, and of course, the glittering, gorgeous ball gowns. But I wondered: where does all that stuff come from? The answer, of course, was the Godmother: she has enslaved the finest seamstresses and craftsmen to make things for her powerful stories.

The second question was: What if the stories tell us? That is, what if you got trapped inside a fairytale—like Cinderella—and it turned out you didn’t like Prince Charming very much, or the story’s plans for you? What would you do to get out of it?

Why do you love Pin and why should we root for her?

Pin is snarky and smart and not particularly nice. But she’s fierce, and a fighter, too.

Describe Ash & Bramble in 5 words.

When glass slipper doesn’t fit.

What is one thing about publishing you wish someone had told you?

That the most important thing to do is KEEP WRITING.

You wake up and find that you are Bella in Twilight. You know how it plays out. What do you do differently? {Huge thanks to Bookish Broads for letting me use this question!}

First I binge-watch all of Buffy, sharpen a whole lot of stakes, and then schedule an elective hysterectomy.


SarahHi there! I’m Sarah Prineas, author of the Magic Thief series published in the US by HarperCollins and in 17 other languages around the world, and the Winterling trilogy. I live in rural Iowa with my mad scientist husband, two kids, and two cats. My next book is called Ash & Bramble, and it’s a YA


Huge thanks to the lovely ladies at Rockstar Book tours for the invite and to Sarah for taking the time.  Make sure you’re checking out her website, following her on Twitter, liking her Facebook page, and adding all of her books to your Goodreads TBR shelf.

Definitely check out the rest of the tour for extra goodies.

And now…been dying to get your greedy hands on a copy of Ash & Bramble? The giveaway below is for 10 SIGNED copies! US only.

**Good Luck!!**

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12 responses to “The time it was about Ash & Bramble

  1. Danielle D

    This book intrigues me so much! Can’t wait to check it out, whether I win or not! Thanks for doing this interview. :)

  2. Valerie Pennington

    I’m so excited to read this! I’m getting into unique retellings and I want to see if I like this one. :))

  3. The (YA) Bookcase

    Oh my goodness I NEED to read this!!! Dark, twisted fairytale? I’m in. Also, the MC sounds fun. Would love to know what you think/thought of this Stacee! Thanks so much for sharing the giveaway!

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