Friday, February 15, 2013

Guest Post by Cindy C. Bennett (Rapunzel Untangled) + Giveaways

Rapunzel Untangled 

Author: Cindy C Bennett


A Girl Trapped in a Mansion.
A Mysterious Old Woman.
The Boy Who Will Change Everything...

Rapunzel is not your average teenager. For one thing, she has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from a certain destruction.

But then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is.

Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won’t want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale.

Published February 12th 2013.


Today, we have the author of RAPUNZEL UNTANGLED here at Bookcase to Heaven™ with a great guest post.

I asked her to share with us on what she thinks are the Top Ten Best Scenes in her modern fairytale re-telling and she gladly complied :) This is the fastest way to get to know the book and for you to see if it's your cup of tea!

If you like how the story sounds after reading these ten scenes, enter the two giveaways below (one for US and one for International readers), cross your fingers and hope to win.

May the Force be with you! I now pass the blog over to Cindy ;)


"Top Ten Best Scenes in Rapunzel Untangled"

It wasn't easy narrowing an entire book down into ten scenes. These ones are either my favorites, or ones I had the most fun writing. These scenes are sequential rather than in order of preference, each with a short excerpt to give you an idea of what the scene is.

1. Gothel’s first sighting of baby Rapunzel: Gothel supposed she could force herself to be patient. She'd waited this long, hadn't she? She would have to move quickly to prepare, but she could do it . . . she had to do it. She put the car into gear and followed the unsuspecting pair from the parking lot.

2. First contact between Rapunzel and Fane on Facebook: She heard the small noise telling her she had a message. Fab Fane Flannigan has accepted your friend request. She grinned, then shuddered. You have a message: “Hi, mysterious friend. There isn't much info on your page. Who are you, RG?”

3. Rapunzel arranging to meet Fane: RG: I live at Gothel Manor. The cursor flashed for so long without response Rapunzel thought he'd signed off. FFF: Are you saying you live at GOTHEL MANSION???  RG: My mother calls it Gothel Manor, so maybe that's different? FFF: No, Rapunzel, there's only one that I know of. Promise me one thing. Don't Google your house.

4. Their first face-to-face meeting: Fane glanced up at Rapunzel from beneath long, dark lashes and her breath caught in her throat. She’d never been so close to a boy before. She'd never been so close to anyone before besides her mother. His eyes dropped to her mouth and she unthinkingly licked her lips, remembering the kiss she’d watched in the movie earlier. His eyes came back to hers at that, and something within their depths, something intense and hungry, sent a skitter down her spine. He slowly lifted his face toward her. The movement caused her to draw a breath. As if that broke whatever spell held them, he blinked and backed away from her. He moved back to the sofa, and she felt the loss of ... something. She just wasn't sure what.

5. Just before leaving her room for the first time: "I brought you one more thing." Fane pulled a screwdriver out of his backpack and held it up triumphantly. "This is our key, Rapunzel. This is how we get out of this room and explore the house."

6. Fane uses Rapunzel’s hair to “climb up”: A loud crack reverberated in the morning air as the trellis sagged away from the wall. Rapunzel threw her braid toward Fane. He tugged against her hair as he scrambled up, falling to the floor with Rapunzel beneath him. He stared at her, his face inches from hers as they both breathed heavily in the aftermath of his near fall. Suddenly, he wrapped his arms around her and hugged her tightly against him. "Thank you," he whispered in her ear before standing, pulling her up with him.

7. First kiss: “Will you kiss me before you go? I don’t want to live my entire life wondering,” Rapunzel said. “Wondering if a kiss can kill you?” Fane asked. “Wondering what it feels like,” she answered. He leaned forward, never taking his eyes from hers. His lips moved gently across hers, soft and warm, the pressure slight but firm. His whiskers tickled her chin. Rapunzel’s pulse beat a frantic staccato in her chest at their closeness. Finally he lifted his mouth from hers, and the loss was immediate. He wrapped his arms tightly about her, burying his face in the crook of her neck.

8. A conversation between them via Skype: “Fane,” she admonished. “Stop teasing me.” He laughed. “Where would the fun be in that?” “You know I can just turn you off if I want, right?” she said, holding one finger threateningly over the power button. “Not possible,” he said, waggling his eyebrows comically. When she didn’t respond, he said, “Well, that was a wasted double entendre.” “What’s a double entendre?” she asked.

9. Her first visit to a playground: Rapunzel climbed on the monkey bars. Standing beneath her, Fane dramatically called, “Rapunzel, throw down your hair.” Rapunzel laughed and dropped it through the bars. He grabbed hold the end of it and began climbing as if it were a rope. “Lean down.” He pulled himself up, kissing her through the bars. Finally he dropped back to the ground. “Come down. It’ll be much easier to kiss you down here.” Rapunzel was happy to comply.

10. Fane finds Rapunzel locked in the dungeon: At the sound of his voice she dropped the glass shard, shattering it. The sound drew Fane’s flashlight her way. She rushed forward and launched herself against him. His arms wrapped around her as he stumbled back, his hands running down her braid. “Rapunzel,” he said. His arms tightened, lifting her, and he buried his face in the crook of her neck. He held her tight for long minutes before finally lifting his head and saying, “I can’t believe I finally found you.” He kissed her then, wildly and urgently.

About the Author
Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She and her husband - who happens to be her high-school sweetheart - raised two sons and two daughters. She's now blessed with two daughters-in-law as well. She developed a love of writing in high school when a teacher introduced her to the joys of escaping reality for ten minutes each day in writing.
When she's not writing, reading, or answering emails (notice there's no mention of cleaning, cooking, or anything remotely domestic), she can often be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home. (Yes, she rides a Harley.)

You can find Cindy on her blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads.

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A huge thanks to Cindy for writing this awesome guest post! Love her & Fane ;)


  1. I have this book on my kindle but I still haven't read it yet. I'm not that big on fairy-tale stories but after Tangled came out I think that might have changed ;P Definitely moving this up my TBR pile after reading about those ten scenes!

    Laura @ What's Hot?

    1. These ten scenes work wonders, don't they? ;) I do love fairytales though and Tangled actually ruined me for any other Rapunzel spin-offs because it was so good! But, this one could actually "untangle" that theory *winks*

  2. Hey, Selena, thanks for letting me stop by and guest post! :o)

    1. You're absolutely welcome, Cindy! You wrote a great guest post to begin with ;) So honored to post it!


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    1. Haha! Me too :D That's why I joined the tour and suggested this guest post topic in the first place :) I had to see how the story was like *grins*

  4. Is it weird that I actually get the double entendre haha >:) this book seems really... PG13... There seems to be tons of kissing going on :O

    1. YES. It is... What does that say about you? >:)

      I actually think that this book is not as steamy as many of the other YA novels! Kissing is nice when excellently written ;)

  5. Love the 10 scenes!! Have. To. Read. This. NOW!!! :o)


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