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Nurse Nate's Princess Persona



Good morning/day/afternoon/evening, wherever you are! Our Reluctant Blogger today is Nate Bingham, the protagonist of my book, Let's Be Frank.  Nate's here to share his thoughts and give you yet another chance to win a gourmet brownies sampler (more details below this post) as part of the Fairy Tale Fun Blog Hop. And now [cue the trumpets]... Princess... er, Nurse Nate:

When Brea posed the question, “If you could be any princess, which one would you be?” I balked a little at answering. I’ve been accused of being a queen a time or two, but I was told this is different. So I hopped right in that golden carriage, straightened my tiara, and tapped the ceiling with my scepter to get this thing rolling.

It’s not breaking news that I’m a guy who’s in touch with his feminine side. My brother would say a little too in touch with my feminine side, but he’s a dickwart, so… moving on! I’m also no stranger to princesses. Mostly the animated variety. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I hand out my fair share of pink princess Band-Aids every day, too. I know them all, from the old school (Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty) to the vintage (Ariel, Belle, and Jasmine) to the bad-ass (Pocahontas, Elsa, and Merida). We’re besties on a bunch of different levels.

But if I had to personally relate to any princess ever in the history of the world (real or otherwise), I’d have to go choose someone a little less… cartoon-y. I’m nothing if not a realist, after all. So I’d have to say I’d be Diana, the late Princess of Wales.



I can hear my brother now. “Bro, you could choose anyone, and you chose a dead English chick?” Knowing him, he’d pick the “hottest” one he could think of so he could stay home all day and do nasty things to himself. But this isn’t Nick’s show, is it? No. It’s mine. And I choose Lady Di. Here’s why.

Despite whatever else may have come to light about Princess Diana since her death (it’s easy to talk smack about someone who can’t defend herself, isn’t it?), nobody disputes that she was a kind-hearted, caring, sensitive person. When she was alive, she was a huge supporter of children’s hospitals. She also visited terminally ill people all over the world as part of her charity work, and her legacy continues due to her humanitarian efforts related to AIDS and leprosy. And let’s not forget her efforts to ban landmines. (At the risk of making a tasteless joke, I wish my family had received the memo on that ban. But anyway!)

Speaking of family, parenthood—something fairly close to my own heart—was also important to her. She loved her own children and was a caring, nurturing mother in a system that didn’t make that lifestyle very easy. She shunned a royal nanny in favor of choosing the person who would take care of her children when her royal duties, took her away from them. She also selected her sons’ schools, planned their outings, and took them to school herself as often as she could.

Source: UK Daily Mail

By now, you’re probably wondering how the heck I know so much about Princess Diana. It’s called Wikipedia, people. But the more I learn about her, the more I do feel a connection to her. I suspect we had similar personalities, for one thing, maybe prone to introspection more often than is healthy. Perhaps we both shared a bit of a hero complex, too, always thinking of ways to help, to fix things, to be part of the solution.

And something she was quoted as saying strikes me as especially poignant: “I’d like to be a queen of people’s hearts.” She was a true people-pleaser, which I can totally relate to.

So yes, if could be a pretty, pretty princess, I would definitely be Diana. Only… I’d prefer to have a happier ever after than she received. If it’s not too much of a bother, that is.

Thanks, Nate, for those insights and for being so brave about naming your princess alter ego. (Yes, I just thanked a fictional person for something I actually wrote... deal with it!)

Now for the reader reward. Here's what you can win!

This fabulous Congratulations Sprites 24 Gift Box from Fairytale Brownies includes a snack-size assortment of delicious gourmet brownies. Nurse Nate cautions you not to eat all of these at once if you win, because you could send yourself into a diabetic coma--or at the very least, give yourself a major stomachache. But how delicious do they look???? Let's look at them some more before I tell you how you can win them. [Pauses to let you look and wipe the drool from your chin]

Okay, now here's how to enter.

1. Leave a comment, answering the question I will tell you at the very end of this post.

2. Include your e-mail address at the end of your comment, so we have a way to contact you if you win. (You will not be spammed by me or the organizers of this blog hop, promise!) Comments without email addresses will not be eligible to win. Contest open to U.S. residents only. (Sorry 'bout that!)

3. Continue to the other participating sites and repeat the process (see list below for links to blogs). You can earn one entry per site, so get clickin' and answer those questions!

And now... the question you've been waiting for: If you could live happily ever after with any fictional person, who would it be? Answer in the comments below to enter to win the brownies prize from Remember to include your email address in your response! I look forward to seeing who you choose! (My answer is Nurse Nate. Cough, cough.)

Other participating blog sites where you have a chance to enter to win the brownies prize:

April Aasheim

Sheryl Babin

Kathryn Biel

Geralyn Corcillo

Patricia Eddy

Erin Emerson

Jamie Farrell

Hilary Grossman

Rachel Hamm

Gina Henning

Celia Kennedy

Tracy Krimmer

Ophelia London

Becky Monson

Theresa Munroe

Diane Rinella

Samantha K. Williams

Reader Comments (17)

Mine isn't just one person. I'd live to have the March sisters as my sisters because they seem like a wonderful, close knit family and I love that feeling.

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

That's a lovely sentiment, Ash! The March family IS wonderful. (Hey, if you want to be entered to win the brownies, make sure you let us know your email addy so we can tell you if you've won.)

February 10, 2015 | Registered CommenterBrea Brown

for me, it would be Col. Brandon in Sense & Sensibility. I swoon. And pat my fevered brow.

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMartha Reynolds

That's a really tough question...I think I'd want to live out my life with one of the brothers in The Tiger's Curse series. lilacqueen75(at)gmail(dot)com

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Nice choice, Martha! He's pretty swoon-worthy. Katie, I am not familiar with these brothers of which you speak. Must consult Google now. Good luck in the contest, ladies!

February 10, 2015 | Registered CommenterBrea Brown

Danny from The Mindy Project. :)

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Nice, Melissa! Yeah, he's a cutie.

February 10, 2015 | Registered CommenterBrea Brown

mark Darcy...he is dreamy!

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Oh wow. That's really difficult. I'm a gigantic Supernatural fan and I'm not real picky so any one of the guys there would be superb (though they would have to be the characters not the really real people since they are all married I believe so, um, yeah there's that). The funny thing is, now that the question is asked, I can't think of anyone else! I'm going to be thinking about this for awhile now!

I hope all of you have a very Happy Valentines Day!

Shelly H

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShelly Hammond

I would have to go with a childhood favorite and say Nancy Drew. Would never be bored.

February 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarahMoon

it might sound dumb but bat man i would love see the big cstle and roam around in it with the cute bulter

February 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdesiree

These are great answers! Very original! Good luck with the giveaway. If you win, think about me while you're eating your brownies. Unless that's weird. Then don't do that.

February 11, 2015 | Registered CommenterBrea Brown

Lol Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl. He's so good looking and life with him would be very entertaining, lol.

February 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJessica M

Darcy from pride and prejudice because he's caring

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

February 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbn100

Jessica, grrrrrowl.

bn100, I'm a major Mr. Darcy fan, too. He's a little gruff and tends to say all the wrong things, but his heart is in the right place.

Good luck, ladies!

February 14, 2015 | Registered CommenterBrea Brown

Hard question. I seem to love many of my fictional heroes. I think id go Mr Darcy or Rush from Abbi Glines. Both men were so loving and caring, protective of there own, and they loved so deeply! They fought for what they wanted! I love em both! Thank you!

February 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShadow

Shadow, thanks for the thoughtful answer. There IS something quite sexy about a caring man who knows what he wants. Good luck on the giveaway!

February 15, 2015 | Registered CommenterBrea Brown
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