Today I am so pleased to welcome Anna Martin to Joyfully Jay. Anna has come to talk to us about her latest release, Rainbow Sprinkles. She has also brought along a great tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Hello! And welcome to my blog tour for my Dreamspinner Press ‘States of Love’ novella Rainbow Sprinkles.
Rainbow Sprinkles tells the story of Cooper, a down-to-earth guy who makes ice cream at the Dreamy Creamery, and Drew, who’s a Prince at Disneyland. I’d actually had the idea for the characters for a while when I saw the open call for States of Love novellas, which gave me the perfect excuse to write a ridiculously fluffy little story about two guys falling in love in California.
I’m a big, big Dis-nerd. Unapologetically so, with a huge amount of love and an abundance of opinions. Since Rainbow Sprinkles is only a novella I don’t want to give too much of the story away, so I’ve got a little excerpt for you and then through my blog tour I’ll be covering some of my favourite parts of Disneyland!
Up today is my favourite ride in Fantasyland. Please do leave a comment and let me know your favourite attractions and places at Disneyland!
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Peter Pan’s Flight
Oh, man, Fantasyland is just an embarrassment of riches. I mean, Dumbo, Snow White, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan… when you even think of classic Disney, these movies are that come to mind. Fantasyland is one of the best areas of the park, in my opinion, just because of the number of rides packed into such a small space. And they all have such short wait times! You can hit half a dozen rides in an hour and have the time of your life on every one.
For me, though, there’s still one ride that rises above them all… literally! It has to be Peter Pan’s Flight. Peter Pan is my mum’s favourite Disney movie, and I can remember the first time I ever went to any Disney park (Disneyland Paris) how enchanted she was with this ride. It was probably the beginning of my love affair with Disney, and seeing how swept up she became in the whole experience was proof that Disneyland wasn’t “just for kids”.
I love the theme of Fantasyland at Disneyland. With the exception of Dumbo, all the movies I mentioned earlier are set in Europe, and the ‘Alpine village’ look is so much more warm and inviting than the ‘medieval fayre’ look that Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom has going on. I really appreciate how Disney has been able to keep that intimate feel to this area of the park, while still being able to adapt and modernize by putting the homes from Frozen and Tangled into Storybookland, for example.
Peter Pan’s Flight is a brilliant example of what Disney can do when everything goes right. It’s got the best characters, the most beautiful music, sweet nostalgia and modern elements that come together to make three minutes of utter joy.
California was sweltering through an early heat wave, the temperatures hitting the low 90s—and it was only April. Cooper’s hottie was sweating at the temples, just a little, just enough to dampen his dark blond hair.
“Can I get a….”
He looked over the menu like he didn’t stop by here at least once a week. Cooper would have expected anyone who got two sundaes a week to be a little chubby around the edges, but not his hottie. He was tall and broad shouldered, with a narrow waist and long legs. Most of the time he came by in workout gear. Whoever thought to put an ice cream parlor on the same patch as a gym was either an idiot or a genius. Probably a genius, since the Dreamy Creamery was signposted on billboards for miles, and they were on the main route into Disneyland.
The place saw a lot of tourist traffic.
“Birthday Cake and Green Tea.”
Cooper winced. “You sure?”
“You’re sure something,” Cooper laughed, turning back to the freezers and his scoop. “In a cup, right?”
“Yeah. And with—”
“Rainbow sprinkles,” Cooper finished for him.
Always the same. Always gross combinations of ice cream, topped with rainbow sprinkles, and if that wasn’t code, Cooper was going to die.
Cooper Reed has a fairly relaxed life for someone who lives in LA. He’s no celebrity—just the guy who makes sundaes at the Dreamy Creamery, and that’s the way he likes it. The highlight of every week is the beautiful guy who turns up and orders a sundae with rainbow sprinkles. Cooper still isn’t sure if that’s a code, because he has a huge crush and the hot guy is terrible at flirting.
Drew Tanner, it turns out, is an original California dreamer. He’s as wholesome as apple pie and twice as sweet, a real-life Disney Prince at Disneyland. But while Drew’s head is in the clouds, Cooper’s feet are firmly on the ground, and their different outlooks might be more than their new relationship can take.
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything that’s put under her nose.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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