A fresh new look at Jack and the Beanstalk -with a contemporary fantasy feel!
Read this sweet new novella from award-winning author Gail Pallotta
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About the Book:
Mountain of Love and Danger
Jack Greenthumb finds romance in Fairwilde Kingdom—a different day—a different girl. Then a cruel mystery begins. Dad’s beaten, the family farm destroyed and Jack’s true love, Gwendolyn Bante, kidnapped. Jack’s undercover operation reveals Gwenie’s a captive atop a mountain accessible only by helicopter. Reaching her is a dangerous expedition even for a champion rock climber like Jack. However, a Greenthumb Acres employee plants a miraculous seed from Heaven for the rescue. Suspense mounts as Jack scales the perilous cliff to face a brute and a treacherous descent in this retelling of the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk.
What motivated you to write Mountain of Love and Danger and how did you go about it?
An online friend asked me to participate in a fairy tale series with three other authors and her. Mine is the fifth and last in the Fairwilde Reflection Series novellas. As soon as I saw the words fairy tale, I thought of Jack and the Beanstalk. It seemed the story could lend itself to mystery and suspense, something I enjoy writing. I wanted a touch of romance, so I thought of giving Jack a girlfriend. Unfortunately, to facilitate the mystery, she had to be kidnapped and taken to the top of a mountain impossible to reach except by a helicopter. Then I needed a way to work in the beanstalk. I decided to make Jack’s father a plantation owner to provide a source for the plant. After that it was a matter of working out the details for the seeds, how and where the beanstalk grew. Of course, the kidnapper had to be a giant, a character named Burly Man. The part I hadn’t counted on----I knew nothing about mountain and rock climbing. I did lots of research and was able to get help from a friend who’s accomplished in both sports.
Gail, what do you love about it?
I love that it’s fantasy yet realistic enough for me to think it’s real while it’s happening. Also, the characters are fun because of who they are and what they say and do.
Jack’s a good-looking guy from a well-to-do family, and he has gotten a brand new car. He enjoys the attention of many young ladies in Fairwilde, but he’s loved Gwendolyn Bante since grammar school. He also loves his mom and dad, and is devoted to them. When Gwenie’s kidnapped, his life changes in the blink of an eye from that of a carefree person getting ready to embark on college to one with the responsibility of rescuing her. At the same time, the family plantation has been vandalized and Dad’s in the hospital suffering from wounds from an attack. Thank goodness, Dad’s able to return home before Jack undertakes his perilous journey to find Gwenie. He’s a champion rock and mountain climber, so scaling a peak presents no problem. But he must call on skills and courage he never knew he had to find out which alp she’s on and bring her down unscathed.
What do you hope readers will tell other readers?
I hope they’ll say Mountain of Love and Danger is a fun read with an uplifting message about caring for and helping one another. One person whose read the book said, “I enjoyed it because it took my mind off of everything that was bothering me.” That’s pretty cool too.
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About the Author:
Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She’s been a Sunday school teacher, a swim-team coordinator and an after-school literary instructor. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her teen book, Stopped Cold, was a best-seller on All Romance eBooks, finished fourth in the Preditors and Editors readers’ poll, and was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards. She’s published short stories in “Splickety” magazine and Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler. Some of her published articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Coming soon: Barely above Water from Prism Book Group. Visit Gail’s web site at http://www.gailpallotta.com.