Friday, August 12, 2016

Beauty for Ashes and Monstrous Beauty by Carol E Keen

Once upon a time a girl who loves to read got to go on another book tour.  Ready to grab your wand, pumpkin and slippers with me?   Let's roll!

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Some people never outgrow their love of a good fairy tale.  I'm all about magic!  So when I had the chance to read and review two adult fairy tales I jumped at the chance! Let's get the magic rolling. 

In Beauty for Ashes (Book 1 in the Beauty Series): Jazz is being forced to move and her mom has given her a major task to accomplish. She has to pack up the attic. What Jazz finds in the attic changes her life in ways she never imagined, and opens her up to life altering possibilities.

This is a nice short read that manages to pack a whole lot of action into a short book.  In this modern adaptation of Cinderella we meet Jazz who gets transported into her own fairy tale.  We all know how Cinderella goes, but you throw in a few unexpected twists and turns, amazing characters, and an overlying Christian theme you have an almost new story!  I didn't want to put it down and wished it was longer.  

So after I went through the first book I was super stoked to dive into Monstrous Beauty (Book 2 in The Beauty Series).  From the back: Ethan's father was a piece of work​,​ to put it mildly. His father managed to become quite wealthy before he died, yet he left Ethan deeply damaged in more ways than one. Can the love and care of a strange young woman with a past of her own free him, or is he doomed to never change?

This one was my favorite of the two books.  Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite tale and I eagerly devour about every adaptation I can find.  Ethan and Annabelle were beautiful together and I loved how they came together.  The story flowed beautifully and once again even if you think you know the story there is enough new material in here to keep the reader engaged and guessing what's going to happen next!  

Both stories were incredible and I throughly enjoyed both of them!  Would you like a chance to score some awesome reads?  You are in luck!  Celebrate Lit is having a giveaway! 
Click on this link and enter to win these great books!  Make sure you follow the tour stops as well! Happy Reading!  

About the Author

Carol E. Keen currently resides in Alabama with her husband and family. She spends her time writing, reading, working on photography, and working with her much loved critters. She started creating stories to share with others at the age of two years old. She was published for several years in FAMA magazine (Freshwater And Marine Aquarium) as a contributing editor. She published her first book on CD, called Simply Seahorses. She is overjoyed to be publishing her fiction to share with you now. Carol currently has more books in the “works”. Please feel free to follow her for updates.

On a personal note: Carol really enjoys coffee and a good book.

Guest Post from Carol E. Keen

Can you believe it? I’m on my second tour with Celebrate Lit! Wow! I’m floored and happy and close to tears too. I have to say a HUGE thank you to Sandy and Denise for their encouragement and patience and help.

Today we are talking about my first series, The Beauty Series. The first book, Beauty For Ashes is the very first published fiction book that I have released. It started out as a contest entry. When it didn’t make the winning selection, I expanded it and had several trusted people read it. It was well received over all, and so I braved the scary world of navigation Amazon and published it.

Beauty For Ashes is based on Cinderella, and it was a challenge to write. I had always had some questions about why certain things weren’t covered in that story, so in my version, I added them. I answered my unanswered questions. I also have always felt that Cinderella had to be Christian to survive what she did and still be who she was.

My third published book is the second book in this series, and one of my favorite fairytales of all time. Monstrous Beauty is based on Beauty and the Beast. As with Beauty For Ashes, I always felt a “back story” to what drove the Beast was missing. In this version I have added all that, as well as having other answers to why “Beauty” was in this situation to start with. How would either of them relied on God to get through their situations?

I had a lot of fun writing Monstrous Beauty, and I’m looking forward to the next book I plan to write in this series.

Thank you so much for joining me on this adventure, and please feel free to ask questions!

Blessings, Carol 🙂

Blog Stops

August 11: A Baker’s Perspective

August 12: Eat, Read, Teach, Blog

August 13: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

August 14: Back Porch Reads

August 15: Pause for Tales

August 16: It’s Storytime with Van Daniker

August 17: A Greater Yes

August 17: inklings and notions

August 18: Karen’s Krayons

August 19: Blossoms and Blessings

August 20: simpleharvestreads

August 21: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

August 22: The Power of Words

August 23: Cassandra M’s Place

August 24: ArtisticNobody


  1. Thank you for your review!
    I'm very glad you liked them.
    Blessings, Carol :)

  2. I haven't read Carol's books but your review of them lets me know they are action packed and keeps the reader turning page after page until finished. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I love the re-invented fairy tale renditions.