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Gabbi Grey: Retelling a tale as old as time… (Contest)
Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

Hello, Delilah! Thank you for welcoming me back to share my new release.  As you might know, I’m always game to try something new when it comes to writing.  I was approached last year to write a gay romance retelling of a fairy tale and to say I was excited was an understatement.  Several tales were still available, and I snagged The Beauty and the Beast. I didn’t know much about the story beyond the two Disney retellings, so I set about doing some research. Which, of course, included buying the Disney combo and watching the movies again.  The one stipulation on my story was that I couldn’t include magic.  No singing candelabras, dogs as footstools, or little boys as teacups.

Undaunted, I tackled the project and…came up blank.  I knew I wanted to set the story in my Mission City, British Columbia world, but beyond that…I had nothing.  One day, I was chatting with a friend from Australia.  She said she wanted me to either write a story with a Canadian bloke in Australia or an Australian bloke in Canada.  Something clicked.  That morning (about 4 a.m. for me and about 9 p.m. for her), we plotted out a basic story.  About an Aussie forester coming to Canada to study, well, forestry management techniques.  So that was my Beauty – a lumberjack of sorts.  Then I needed a beast.  Since I was already flipping the trope, I decided to go with a slender, petite former model.  In stereotype parlance – a twink.  From there, we crafted out a story figuring out how Beauty (Dean) would wind up at Beast (Adam)’s castle (and yes, I have a real castle…of sorts…)  Throw in a dog named Chip, a cat named Maurice, and a pile of characters from the world I’d already created…and I had the skeleton outline of my story.

Executing this book turned out to be more challenging than I’d anticipated, and at one point I despaired of ever getting it ready to publish.  Toss in two amazing beta readers (one Aussie) and a fantastic editor and…we made it.  I hope readers will love the book as much as I now do.  A very different telling than the Brothers Grimm might’ve planned, but still something worth reading, I hope.

Thank you for letting me visit today.  I would love to give away a $5 Amazon Gift Card to one commenter.  Either tell me which fairy tale you would like to see modernized or feel free to mention an adaptation you’ve recently enjoyed.  Random Number Generator will select one lucky winner!

The Beauty of the Beast
A Contemporary Fairytale MM Romance


All my life, I dreamed about making the long trip from Australia to Canada to study forestry amid the old-growth stands of the Pacific Northwest. Now here I am, living the dream. Of course, nothing’s perfect. The only housing I can find is renting a room from a grumpy, reclusive guy who doesn’t seem to want me around. I should keep out of his way and focus on my studies, but there’s something about him that keeps drawing me in. I feel less homesick when I’m with him, and maybe I can make a difference for more than just the trees.


Life as I knew it ended with my horrific accident ten years ago. There’s no point to my existence now, but I can’t seem to stop living, so I hide my battered carcass in my mountain home. There, I can wander from room to room and no one stares, no one laughs, no one even remembers I exist. Until I make the mistake of offering a stranded Aussie a room to rent. It should’ve been a simple favor—two men with our own spaces, ignoring each other. Instead, he’s always close by, and he won’t let me wallow, and what’s worse, I think I’m starting to like that. But there’s no way someone like me can have a future with someone like him. Right?

The Beauty of the Beast is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, set in the wilds of British Columbia, where an Aussie forester a long way from home falls for the untouchable man he shouldn’t want. The novel has moderate angst, a feisty foreigner, and what happens when someone trusts again.

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About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Gabbi Grey lives in beautiful British Columbia where her fur baby chin-poo keeps her safe from the nasty neighborhood squirrels. Working for the government by day, she spends her early mornings writing contemporary, gay, sweet, and dark erotic BDSM romances. While she firmly believes in happy endings, she also believes in making her characters suffer before finding their true love. She also writes m/f romances as Gabbi Black and Gabbi Powell.

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9 comments to “Gabbi Grey: Retelling a tale as old as time… (Contest)”

  1. Debra Guyette
    · May 15th, 2024 at 6:43 am · Link

    How about Hans Brinker? I do not remember one with him

  2. Pansy Petal
    · May 15th, 2024 at 9:05 am · Link

    Wow! You had me at retelling of Beauty and the Beast, my second favorite retold story – Cinderella being my favorite. But then I started to read the blurb. The Pacific Northwest! My favorite part of the country. So beautiful! So now I have found a new must-read! Since you have just done it, I can’t tell you what I would like to have redone. Maybe Peter Pan? Or a real challenge, Bambi! A recent read . . . A bit harder. I read so much and right now all that is popping into my head is Pride and Prejudice. That isn’t exactly a fairy tale, but I read a fascinating retelling with Lydia. I need to go read now!

  3. Colleen C.
    · May 15th, 2024 at 12:52 pm · Link

    I remember taking a children’s lit class and reading fairy tales… I was truly surprised at the ending for The Little Mermaid… so sad… Love retellings! I would like more retellings of fairy tales from other cultures.

  4. Mary Preston
    · May 15th, 2024 at 4:29 pm · Link

    Heart’s Blood by Juliet marillier is a fabulous adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

  5. Jennifer Beyer
    · May 15th, 2024 at 8:42 pm · Link

    These sorts of adaptation are so hit or miss for me. Let me think about one I have really liked. I really enjoyed Tara Lane’s Ever After, New York series. I could see how they were based on the fairytales but were also distinctly modern.

  6. BN
    · May 15th, 2024 at 10:04 pm · Link


  7. flchen
    · May 18th, 2024 at 12:58 am · Link

    The Ugly Duckling! Would love to see more modern takes on it, especially if they don’t involve any kind of “ta da” makeover! I’ll be adding The Beauty of the Beast to my wishlist!

  8. Beth
    · May 19th, 2024 at 9:16 pm · Link

    Puss in Boots. Haven’t heard of many based on that.

  9. Eloreen Moon
    · May 20th, 2024 at 4:53 pm · Link

    Any of the Grimms fairy tales with happy endings. 😁

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