Friday, June 3, 2011

Princess Robin as Parody

It's taken some time for PRINCESS ROBIN to find her place in the categories of publishing. What type of book is it exactly? Historical romance? Well, sort of. Except that there is absolutely nothing historically correct about it. In fact, one customer reviewer was driven to the heights of 1-Star ranting. If history had gone as portrayed in my book, the Magna Carta would have never been signed and we'd all still be living as serfs. So, history buffs beware!

Let's set the record straight. PRINCESS ROBIN is a spoof, a valentine to my favorite old romances and movies. It was largely inspired by the earliest work of Julie Garwood and the colorful Errol Flynn version of Robin Hood.

PRINCESS ROBIN is a parody. It is an homage to medieval heroines turning the tables on burly arrogant heroes. It is also recalls technicolor chases through Sherwood Forest with the magnificent silver screen music heightening the emotions. Of course, the ending has to include a fight-to-the-finish duel between Sir Basil (named after actor Basil Rathbone) and my new hero, Sir Simon of Loxley.

I've moved PRINCESS ROBIN into the parody category at Amazon. I think she's finally found her place.

Dana Taylor

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Letter to Princess Robin from Mom

Dear Princess Robin-- I'm so sorry I have been neglecting you. You know how it goes, as the "oldest child" (first e-book), I've let you pretty much fend for yourself. Of course, as your "mother," I did give you a new "outfit" (Bookcover) that is far more flattering. And since I dropped your price to 99 cents (you're not cheap, you're a bargain), you seem to really be finding your way in the world. The readers get a real kick out of your adventures with Simon, except for that one ranting stickler for historical accuracy. But, on the whole, I've been very proud of you. You are bringing smiles to readers around the world--even the UK & Australia. So, bravo, my girl. Keep fighting injustice in Merry Olde England with all your heart. Love you muchly, MOM

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Excerpts here and there

Looking for places to read excerpts of "Princess Robin"? Well, take your pick: AuthorsDen

Of course, you can always "try before you buy" through Kindle at!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Author Hang-outs

You might think from reading this blog that Princess Robin is my only book and my only project and you would be wrong.

Robin is a step into the Kindle world of publishing, but author Dana Taylor has been around...awhile. My first magazine article was published in the Ladies Home Journal in 1979. Echelon Press published my first book, Ain't Love Grand? in 2004 and there was always a lot of writing going on. Here are some places on the web to find more work:

Amazon Author Page (still under construction) for Dana Taylor author page

and my latest endeavor,

See you around,

Princess Robin at Amazon Free Excerpt at Scribd

Friday, March 5, 2010

Simon the Magnificent

One of the greatest joys of writing Robin was finding Simon's character. I was tired of reading "girly-men" heroes (to quote my governor). I wanted a supremely arrogant man; a man who takes his superiority for granted.

Simon emerged as a sort of Henry Higgins on testostorone. He truly believes women are the weaker, inferior sex. As I wrote dialog I remembered the Henry's lyrics from My Fair Lady:
On men:
"Why can't a woman be more like a man? Men are so honest, so thoroughly square.
Eternally noble; historically fair"
On women:
"Their heads are full cotton, hay and rags"

So we have this guy with a very established world view of meek women who now encounters a brave, strong woman-in-charge: Robin. At first he totally dismisses rumors of the intrepid Princess Robin. No woman could possibly exist! Upon meeting her, she presents a puzzle, a mystery and ultimately a challenge. Oh, yes, in Robin, Simon has met his match!

Doncha love those stories?

Princess Robin at

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

This little speck

Hip-hip hooray, the Princess Robin Blog finally has a follower. Hello Mary!

When friends ask about "a new book coming out" they have no idea what it entails. The writing of a book is a creative adventure; the publishing and marketing of a book is a daunting challenge.

It's like going outside and shouting to the man on the moon. "Hello! I'm this little speck on planet earth. Can you hear me?"

Some days the effort hardly seems worth it, especially when my old writing buds are signing three-book deals for the Harlequin mill. The jealousy bug takes a little bite. But then, that is their path, not mine. I walked away from that.

So I shout and wave in cyberspace, "Buy my book. I promise, you'll love it."

I check the numbers at Amazon, selling one book at a time. Slowly it goes. At night, just as I drift off I wonder, "Is somebody enjoying Robin and Simon right now?"

They are too fun to let languish in obscurity. So, the marketing continues.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Independence Day

I received a Kindle for Valentine's Day and, of course, had to pull up Princess Robin just to see it in my hot little hand. With the announcement of the IPad, the use of I-phones for downloads and the various e-readers, the digital age is finally upon us.

As an author, I am excited about the freedom this will give me to write "outside the box" and not be forced to consider what a publisher is "going with." Of course, quality should still be a high consideration for the reader's enjoyment.

Hooray and halleluia. It's Independence Day.

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