Monday, December 7, 2015

Fooling Around with Cinderella by Stacy Juba Blast {Review and Giveaway}

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Storybook Valley #1
Stacy Juba
Released November 9th, 2015
Self Published

What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella's toes?

When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom.

First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.

Dylan scrutinized Jaine, arms folded across his royal blue shirt with the Storybook Valley logo stamped over the left in white block letters. “Do you wear contacts?”

“I have plenty of media contacts. Wait. Did you say wear contacts? You mean instead of these?” Jaine fingered the earpiece of her gold-rimmed glasses.

“Right. Contact lenses.”

She gave a nervous chuckle. “I scheduled a consultation in college, but was too squeamish to insert the lens. I was more comfortable in glasses.”

Was she really justifying her vision enhancement choices to her prospective new boss? Maybe he intended to discuss medical benefits. Or did he think she looked nerdy? What was the saying? Guys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses? Not that she wanted him to make a pass even if he was hot.

“How blind are you without glasses?” Dylan persisted.

“You wouldn’t want to drive with me.”

“How about if you’re walking around a building? Are you in danger of hurting yourself?”

This interview had taken the Mad Hatter Freeway from Fairy Tale Land into Wonderland where nothing made a damn bit of sense. Did this guy have a glasses fetish, like those weirdoes with shoe fetishes?

“I should be okay. I take them off for special occasions.” In fact, Jaine’s older sister Bree, who was getting married in August, remarked just last week, “You are losing the glasses for my wedding pictures, right?”

What the hell. She’d be a good sport and hope Dylan would be so grateful to pick the brain of a real, flesh and blood, bespectacled person that he would appoint her marketing director. Jaine removed her glasses and the fine details of her surroundings fuzzed. She nodded toward the framed print hanging on a side wall, the picture a wash of symbols and colors. “I can tell that’s a park map, but the words and images smear together.”

And that was myopia in a nutshell. Jaine adjusted her glasses back into place so she could see his reaction. Dylan examined her with such intensity that a blush stained her cheeks. She patted her blonde French braid, in case stray strands were straggling out.

“Here’s the situation,” Dylan said. “I took over the general manager position a few months ago. I’m evaluating possible changes and researching how other theme parks run. My grandfather and father have worked with a marketing firm for years to create our brochures, billboards, print, and radio ads.”

Jaine’s shoulders caved, imperceptible to him, but it felt as if her whole body was sinking. No fairy tale job ending for her.

The book starts out with Jaine desperately trying to find a job. After pitching herself to a theme park, she is offered a job...but only after a summer of playing Cinderella. I love a good fairy tale and this was an expected bonus for me, because it was kind of two in one. Not only does Jaine pretend to be Cinderella, but her real life shows some similarities to the princess's life.

Jaine is a great character. She shows a lot of grit when it comes to proving herself worthy for this new position. How many women with a college degree would agree to dressing up every day and immersing herself into Cinderella's world? She knows what she wants and does what it takes to get it. That determination carries over into her love life. She's got two great guys to choose from--Prince Charming and her boss, Dylan. Following her heart is the best course of action, but not necessarily the easiest, as a little mystery crops up in the workplace. I really liked with Jaine, as she's very selfless and does what's best for those around her. Sometimes, she gets stepped on a little too much, especially by those whom she loves the most.

The romance in the book is great! Everyone deserves a second chance, or even a third, and it was fun to watch the relationship blossom and mature.

There are some great secondary characters as well, that really make this fun setting all the more intriguing. I love the enthusiasm they each have for this theme park and its success. The story flows at a good pace and there are a few surprises in store for the reader. This is a great read for Cinderella lovers.

Content: mild, clean romance (kissing); mild-moderate language; no violence.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars    



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About the Author:

Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. She has had a novel ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. 

When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers), or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series, Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty.



  1. Thank you so much for participating in the tour, Katie, and for taking the time to read and review at such a busy time of year!

    1. You're very welcome! What a fun diversion from the busy times. :)

  2. Thank you for hosting FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA!