Stay tuned for the upcoming 2014 release of Chicago writer Elizabeth Blackwell’s first historical fiction novel “While Beauty Slept”…….
“Storybooks say that Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on a spinning wheel and fell asleep for a hundred years, only to be awakened by true love’s kiss. But the truth is no fairy tale. Elise Dalriss, the onetime companion to the real girl who slumbered, is the only one left who knows what really happened. While the help may be invisible to their masters, the masters are not invisible to the servants. Elise saw it all—the beautiful queen who awoke each morning with tears on her pillow; the elderly spinster who in heartache shut herself away; the king’s brother, second in line to the throne yet first in line for revenge; the princess who yearns to be free; and the ambitious and frightening sister who cannot accept the fact that she will never rule. As Elise succumbs to the palace’s charms and riches, she may pay the ultimate price for abandoning her heart. In this rich and compelling novel of love and terror, friendship and fate, we are introduced to a heroine of extraordinary determination—the true heart of a legend—who reveals what it really takes to reach happily ever after.”