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JESSILYN STEWART PEASLEE is the author of four fairy tale retellings. Her debut novel, Ella, was awarded the Silver Quill by the League of Utah Writers, and her third novel, Finding Beauty in the Beast, was awarded the Gold Quill, both in YA fiction. She loves encouraging youth in their writing and in achieving their dreams, and has visited schools throughout Utah and surrounding states. Jessilyn graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English. She grew up in Southern California in a family of avid readers, music lovers, movie quoters, and sports fans. She now resides in Utah with her amazing, science teaching husband and their five adorable, rambunctious boys. As you read this, she is probably folding laundry . . . or should b ...more

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Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee Hi Cayla! It's so great to hear from you! Thank you for your question. (I'm sorry it took me a while to see it!) Here is a link to the kindle version …moreHi Cayla! It's so great to hear from you! Thank you for your question. (I'm sorry it took me a while to see it!) Here is a link to the kindle version of Ella's Will. For some reason this one has been trickier to find in this format. It doesn't just show up like my other books, so I'm so glad you asked. Let me know if you have any more questions. Happy reading!
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Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee Hello Ella (What a beautiful name. :)) You are so sweet! I think you are on the right track with focusing on story line and characters. Those are the …moreHello Ella (What a beautiful name. :)) You are so sweet! I think you are on the right track with focusing on story line and characters. Those are the foundation of the story and are critical. Those are what I focus on first, making sure my characters are real and that the story line is compelling. I add descriptions later to make the story come alive. :) I try to immerse myself in the scene--what is the character seeing, feeling, hearing, etc.? When have I been in a similar situation and what did I see, hear, and feel? When I ask myself questions like that, I can hopefully convey those things on the page and hopefully the reader feels them too. A lot of the time, the descriptive phrases come to my mind when I'm not writing, just living life, which is when we really feel things anyway. Pay attention to those moments and write down those phrases and words that come to mind while you're really experiencing life, then fit them into your story. The more you experience, the more you can describe. I hope that answered your question. It was great to hear from you! (less)
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Finding Beauty in the Beast

Finding Beauty in the Beast

by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee

Corbin’s simple rose was supposed to drive the princess away. He never wanted her to choose his gift–or him. After all, no one would choose to marry a beast. Princess Rose’s fiery temper has kept every potential suitor away, until now. Corbin and Rose might be stuck living with each other, but no one can force them to fall in lov Read more of this blog post »
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Finding Beauty in the Beast by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
"A wonderful retelling!

I've read a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings over the years, and this is now one of my favorites. I loved how she was the Beast in this story, and the beauty, how he was the commoner made to stay, and that the romance was" Read more of this review »
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Les Miserables Par Victor Hugo by Victor Hugo
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Every word is poetry and genius. It's an absolute masterpiece and is still incredibly applicable today. I'm so glad I finally got brave enough to read it. Worth every second. Excuse me while I go ugly cry.
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Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
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Ella by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
"This may be the sweetest retelling of Cinderella I've ever read! It started off only 'reasonably interesting' but it slowly grew on me until I loved it. I especially loved how homemaking was presented as such a joyful task, even in Cinderella level c" Read more of this review »
Ella by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
"This was my second time reading this book, and I did so in preparation for "Ella's Will." And let me tell you, this story was even better the second time (probably because I had forgotten most of it), but still.

If you love Cinderella, the characteri" Read more of this review »
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
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Hi Cayla! It's so great to hear from you! Thank you for your question. (I'm sorry it took me a while to see it!) Here is a link to the kindle version of Ella's Will. For some reason this one has been trickier to find in this format. It doesn't just s See Full Answer
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"Possibly the best version of the Cinderella story I've ever read!"
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