E.E. Burke's Best of the West With Fairytales and USA Today Bestselling Author Caroline Lee

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This prince's Pea won't fit under the mattress...but the truth will!

Micah grew up in the Zapato orphanage, and is proud to take over Abuelo Zapato's role of providing for the family--the children that have become his siblings--in Everland's leather goods shop. Since being scarred in one of his brother-in-law's gunfights, he knows they're the only family he'll ever have. And he's at peace with that...until fate--or the Guild of Godmothers--drops two unexpected females in his path.

When his old childhood friend Penelope--Pea--shows up just in time to save him from a gruesome death, Micah is smitten. And when he sees her cuddling the new baby orphan, he's in love.

But Pea isn't in Everland on a whim; she's there on a mission regarding Micah's past, and refuses to tell him the truth. That secret is going to tear them apart, unless they get some help from a particularly dopey Godmother.

And that's when everything goes wrong...

Step into Everland, Wyoming, where the people on the street are more than what they appear, and there's just a hint of magic in the air. From evil villains to mysterious godmothers, handsome cowboys to hidden princesses... welcome to Everland, Ever After.

A word (or two) from Caroline:

I write #HistoryWithHeart. Sure, these days I’ve been writing plenty of contemporary (the River’s End Ranch series has new books every other week!), but historical romance is where my heart really lies. And my current series is just so much fun!
The Everland Ever After are reimagined fairy tales set in the Old West, and are really popular among both the historical western crowd and fantasy readers. For each story, I distill the original fairy tale down to its most basic elements, and then rebuild it in an old west setting.
There’s very little magic in my books, and what’s there is what I like to call “coincidental” magic, rather than “bibbity-boppety-boo” magic. In other words, everything could be explained away by coincidences, but there are some very important secondary characters—the Guild of Godmothers—who would be irritated if they heard me talking like that.
Each heroine is assigned a Godmother, and some are…well… Some are more efficient than others, we’ll just put it that way. The Guild chapter in Everland is made up of Godmothers who—again, coincidentally—share their names with some other fairy tale “helpers”. We have Happy, Grunhilda-who-we-call-Grumpy-for-obvious-reasons, Doc (don’t ask her what she’s actually a doctor of, though), Somnolena, and Sneez—excuse me, Suzy. Oh, and Bashful. No one makes the mistake of forgetting Bashful—not more than once, anyhow.
In the most recent book, The Prince’s Pea, I knew I needed a particularly dopey Godmother. But the word “dopey” wasn’t around in 1877, so I used the name “Dorcas”. No offense to the Dorcases out there, but I happen to think it’s a really funny name. And when you’re an author you can name people whatever you want. So the Godmother who accidentally-on-purpose burns down an orphanage is named Dorcas. I mean, who does that? Dorcas, obviously.
Anyhow, The Prince’s Pea is the ninth book in the series. And it’s special because it’s the follow up to the first book, Little Red (which is free for alle-readers!), featuring the brother of that heroine. There are a lot of parallels between the two books, and I think many readers will enjoy revisiting certain characters.
The reason I like this book so much is that I got to have some gender-bending fun. In the original Princess and the Pea tale, the prince is looking for a bride, and has rejected all of the choices. A wet, bedraggled, and very un-princessy-looking woman shows up at his door, and the Queen puts her on a bed with a gazillion mattresses, claiming that only a true princess could feel the pea buried underneath them (which by then was probably a candidate for mashed peas).
In my story, it’s the hero whose identity is uknown, who has to discover the truth under a mattress. Not only that, but I got to play with traditional romance gender roles too! My hero is gentle and loving, the primary caregiver for the children in the orphanage. My heroine is a gun-toting, independent businesswoman whose plan for the future gets all screwed up when she comes to Everland and meets Micah.
And then Dorcas happens.
Anyhow, all of the Everland books are fun to read, but this one is particularly special. I really think any fans of historical westerns or fantasy fairy tales would enjoy this story and the sometimes-whimsical world of Everland.
Happy reading!

Meet Caroline

Caroline Lee has been reading romance for so long that her fourth-grade teacher used to make her cover her books with paper jackets,. But it wasn't until she (mostly) grew up that she realized she could WRITE it too. So she did.

Caroline is living her own little Happily Ever After in NC with her husband, sons, and brand-new daughter, Princess Wiggles. And while she doesn't so much "suffer" from Pittakionophobia as think all you people who enjoy touching Band-Aids and stickers are the real weirdos, she does adore rodents, and never met a wine she didn't like. Caroline was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006 and is really quite funny in person. Promise.

You can find Caroline at:

Twitter: @LoveCarolineLee  #HistoryWithHeart

As Caroline mentioned, her first book in the Everland Series, Little Red, is FREE! You can download it from Amazon right NOW!

Do you love fairytales? What are some of your favorites, and why?


  1. Thank you for the opportunity to read one of your books for free. I'm always looking for new authors to read and a free book is an excellent way to discover one!

  2. Thanks so much for hosting me! I had a great time sharing Everland with y'all!

  3. I just love fairy tales and especially ones that I think everyone loves Cinderella,Snow white and those are just so good no matter the age! This book sounds so good loved todays blog.

    1. #2 in the series is Cinderella, and Snow White will come out next year. I've also got Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, the Little Mermaid....

      Happy reading!

  4. Welcome back to GLIAS, Caroline! I love this series--the concept is just plain brilliant! And the stories are wonderful. I've been curled up with Little Red while awaiting outpatient surgery. The nurse had to pry the e-reader out of my hands! Thanks for sharing this new book (Red's brother! Oh yeah!) and for making your first one free for our readers.
    Oh, and I will attest to the fact that you can be funny. Cue the joke. ;)

    1. "I was OK until I went to therapy. There, they told me to stop acting like a flamingo, so I had to put my foot down."

      --the joke I tell when someone asks for a joke. :D