Going on the road! Come see me at the Las Vegas Book Festival.

 

Sat, Oct 21 12:00 – 12:45 in the Empowered Tent “SAVING OURSELVES…AND THE WORLD”

With authors: CHILDS, TERA LYNN , SWEREN-BECKER, DANIEL , SLAYTON, SHONNA , DE LA PEÑA, MATT

We’ll be signing our books afterward. Make sure you come say hi!

Today marks the start of the Liz and Nellie Kindle Countdown Deal! For the next few days you can buy the ebook for 99c, then it moves up to $1.99, and then up to regular price. Don’t wait too long! Click here to get the deal: Liz and Nellie Countdown Deal!

New York City, November 14, 1889.

Young newspaper reporter Nellie Bly sets sail on the Augusta Victoria for a trip around the world. She plans to beat Jules Verne’s fictional record from the novel Around the World in Eighty Days. She thinks she can circumnavigate the globe in under seventy-five days, and prove that a woman can do what no man has even tried.

Hours later, and unbeknownst to Nellie, another writer, Elizabeth Bisland boards a train going in the opposite direction attempting to beat Nellie back to New York. Elizabeth is a reluctant player in this high-stakes publicity stunt, but financial needs outweigh her pride.

Neither woman is prepared for what will happen on this trip, or how the race will change her.

The Fairy-tale Forum is a brand new Facebook group for all lovers of fairy-tales, old and new, classic and retold. Right now the Fairy-tale Forum is hosting an awesome GIVEAWAY in celebration of the new Beauty and the Beast movie. Four winners will be chosen! Here are the spectacular prizes!

1st Prize:
Fun snowflake string lights
Beautiful custom-made rose ring
Beauty and the Beast coloring book

Runner-Up:
Signed paperback of Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton

Runner-Up #2:
eBook of My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison

Runner-Up #3:
eBook or audiobook (winner’s choice) of A Wish Made of Glass by Ashlee Willis

Be sure to join the Fairy-tale Forum so you won’t miss any discussions or future giveaways. And don’t forget to share with your friends!

Note: physical prizes are for USA entries only.

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Monday, March 6, early screenings of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast were held across America at select Imax theaters. I was so excited to have scored two tickets…and then the night of learned that my two tickets were in fact tickets to stand in line to get tickets…and that I needed to have gone to the theater that morning when it opened to score the actual tickets. Okay, venting over. So instead of giving my own early review, I thought I’d post some more fun videos about the movie!

This is probably my favorite youtube review of Beauty and the Beast so far:

And for you behind-the-scenes nuts, here is a fascinating video showing the crew and actors working. I’ve got a teenager with the acting bug, so it’s great to be able to show her how her school play practices are similar to filming a movie.

And if you haven’t read my Beauty and the Beast short story called Beginnings, click here to get it. It’s my own re-imagining of a new beginning for the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale to tide my readers over while I sketch out my next novel.

I stumbled across a makeup video for creating a Beauty and the Beast look while doing a search for something else, and the next thing I knew I was watching all of them. Here is a selection:

Everyday Bookworm Look: This one is cute and do-able. No false eyelashes required. This Youtuber also has a 1950s Cinderella look and a vintage victory roll look! (Cinderella’s Dress anyone?)

Day to Night look including hair tutorial with some tricks:

Super Princess glam:

I’ve been looking for a place for fairy-tale fandom to gather and haven’t seen a one-stop shop like what I’m envisioning…so I joined forces with author Ashlee Willis and we created a group on Facebook. Groups are different from profiles or pages in that all members can start a discussion. I’d like our group to be a place that we can talk about upcoming fairy tale news, learn about unique fairy tale items for sale on etsy, learn how to build fairy gardens, hosts some contests, etc. We’re hoping to get things started and have you all join with us and keep it going. *I know you want to talk about the new Beauty and the Beast movie.*

It’s a closed group, so you have to ask for membership. (I’m just hoping to keep out the single guys looking for dates.)

Check it out here: Fairy-tale Forum

Spindle Playlist

December 5, 2016

I’m frequently asked about my playlist.

Many authors curate a list of songs to play while writing their novels. These songs can help set the tone for an exciting scene, for instance, such as a dramatic piece from a movie soundtrack. Or a love song can help the author create a romantic mood while writing the scene where the love interests finally declare their affections.

For Spindle, I tried to find old-timey music for my muse, but the further you go back in history, the harder it is to find music with a beat to keep you writing. However, I do mention three songs in Spindle: a hymn, an Irish reel, and a popular song from the era. If you are familiar with the songs, they’ll add a richness to your reading experience.

1. “It is Well” by Horatio Spafford from 1876.

This song becomes even more meaningful when you learn about the tragedy that led to it being penned. The short video below tells the story:

2. The Irish Farewell Reel.

During the Great Famine in Ireland in the early 1800s many Irish emigrated to other countries. When they left for North America, friends and family would play a farewell reel, calling it an American wake. They knew they’d never see their loved ones again. I couldn’t find a youtube video for it, but here is the story of it told in song: “American Wake” by The Elders.

 

3. “Daisy Bell,” otherwise known as “A Bicycle Built for Two” is such a cute, fun song from the era.

Here is a barbershop quartet version of the song:

And the original 1894 song from a phonograph:

(Note: This blog was adapted from a stop on my Spindle Blog Tour. You can read the original along with an excerpt here: Kindle & Me.)

Spindle Goodreads Giveaway!

November 29, 2016

Giving away a signed first edition copy. Enter here:

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Spindle by Shonna Slayton

Spindle

by Shonna Slayton

Giveaway ends December 12, 2016.

See the giveaway details
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How do you choose?!? The library is burning and you can only rescue one book. In this video I talk about the one book I would save, plus which books two of my characters in my new book, Spindle, would save.

I got a little carried away with this video on two fronts:

1. I had some fun with it. An actress I am not, but my teens say it’s not too embarrassing and it was okay for me to post it. *eep!*

2. I also created an ebook version of Briar’s one book selection. I’m giving it away as a thank you for signing up for my new release mailing list. If you are already on my list and want this book, just send me an email asking for the code.

Spindle Blog Tour

October 10, 2016

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Tour giveaway: Signed first-edition copies of Cinderella’s Dress and Cinderella’s Shoes (Oct 3 – Oct 14)

SPINDLE by Shonna Slayton for web

In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger

Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?

When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness…and Briar’s not immune.

If Briar wants to save the girls―and herself―she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.

The tour is hosted by Chapter By Chapter.

October 3, 2016 – Verbosity Reviews – Review
October 3, 2016 – A Book Addict’s Bookshelves – Guest Post “Inside the Mind of an Author”
October 3, 2016 – Lori’s Little House of Reviews – Spotlight
October 4, 2016 – Books,Dreams,Life – Spotlight
October 4, 2016 – Books Are My Fandom – How to Make a Fairy Tale Your Own Story
October 4, 2016 – Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps – Review
October 5, 2016 – Library of a Book Witch – Review
October 5, 2016 – Laura’s Interests – Review
October 6, 2016 – A Dream Within A Dream – Review
October 6, 2016 – Rattle the Stars – Review
October 6, 2016 – Fictional Fetish – Non-Spoiler Review
October 7, 2016 – Becca’s Book Affair – Review
October 7, 2016 – Kindle and Me – Spindle Play List

**Weekend Break**

October 10, 2016 – Margie’s Must Reads – Review
October 10, 2016 – Kayl’s Krazy Obsession – Excerpt
October 10, 2016 – Jennifer M. Eaton – Interview: Breathing Life into a Well-Known Fairy Tale
October 11, 2016 – Kimber Leigh Writes – Interview
October 11, 2016 – Book Briefs – Review
October 11, 2016 – Omg Books and More Books – Review
October 12, 2016 – The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Excerpt
October 12, 2016 – Kendra Loves Books – Review
October 12, 2016 – Taking It One Book at a Time – Review
October 12, 2016 – Becky on Books – Interview
October 13, 2016 – Book-Keeping – Spotlight
October 13, 2016 – The Alchemy of Ink – Review
October 13, 2016 – WS Momma Readers Nook – Top Ten Snacks for Writing a Novel
October 13, 2016 – Seraphina Reads – Dream Cast
October 14, 2016 – jrsbookreviews – Review
October 14, 2016 – Girl vs Books – Spotlight
October 14, 2016 – Chapter by Chapter – Interview
October 14, 2016 – A Thousand Words A Million Books – Review

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