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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 Booktube Video

September 23, 2016


This year for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m writing about the 1800s in celebration of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s race around the world in 1889, the subject of my new novel based on this adventure: Liz and Nellie.

Some letters are harder than others to find the right topic. G is for so many items in both the 1800s and in the story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s race around the world.

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G is for grip sack:

Nellie Bly only took one piece of luggage with her. A small sack  that looked more like a doctor’s bag than a bag to take around the world.


G is for ghillie hat:

Nellie wore the hat with front and back flaps as part of her now-famous ensemble.


G is for Ghormley:

The name of the tailor who made Nellie’s traveling dress. She went to him after getting the assignment and had her first fitting at 1:00, the second later that afternoon and it was finished.

“I want a dress that will stand constant wear for three months,” I added, and then let the responsibility rest on him.

Bringing out several different materials he threw them in artistic folds over a small table, studying the effect in a pier glass before which he stood.

He did not become nervous or hurried. All the time that he was trying the different effects of the materials, he kept up a lively and half humorous conversation. In a few moments he had selected a plain blue broadcloth and a quiet plaid camel’s-hair as the most durable and suitable combination for a traveling gown. –Nellie Bly


And a bonus.

G is for Gas Lamps

When I read about Mme. Verne lighting the gas lamps in the house of Jules Verne when Nellie stopped in for a quick visit, I was curious about how that happens. Here are some videos that show information about gas lamps.

Gas streetlights from the 1800s still being used in London today:

Interview with someone’s grandma and she talks about gas lights in the home
Part 1: start at 1:49 min

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Blog Tour Schedule:

Rafflecopter Giveaway: Paperback copy of the first book in the series (Cinderella’s Dress) and a CD Soudtrack of  the Disney Cinderella movie.

(links will go live as they are posted)

October 6:
History from a Woman’s Perspective – Review
Kitty Bucholtz, Author  The Descendants of Cinderella’s Stepsisters

October 7:
Movies, Shows & Books – Excerpt
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Excerpt

October 8:
Around the World in Books – #MyCinderellaShoes Challenge
PoetryBooksYA – Changing Technology
MomReadIt – The History Behind the Story of Cinderella’s Shoes

October 9:
AccidentalWriter – Let’s Talk Diamonds

October 12:
Author Poppy Lawless – The History Behind the Story of Cinderella’s Shoes
Paranormal Book Club – Excerpt

October 13:
Zerina Blossom’s Books –  Review
The Avid Reader – Excerpt and #MyCinderellaShoes Challenge

October 14:
Desert Rose Reviews – #MyCinderellaShoes Challenge
The Moral Of Our Stories – Review
Kelly P’s Blog -Excerpt

October 15:
Wishful Endings – The Descendants of Cinderella’s Stepsisters
books are love –  Review (Warning: *Spoilers*)
Driftless – The History Behind the Story of Cinderella’s Dress
Jrsbookreviews – Review

October 16:
The Cover Contessa – Excerpt
Andrea Buginsky, Author – #MyCinderellaShoes Challenge



*FALL YASH is over, and the limited-time-only exclusive content is gone! Thanks for playing. Be sure to follow for the Spring hunt*
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It’s almost time for the Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt. There are eight teems with twenty authors each! Wow, this is big.

I am going to be a part of #TeamBLUE! The Scavenger Hunt runs from Oct 1st through Oct 4th beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days.

If you’ve never been a part of the hunt before you should give it a try. It runs like a giant blog hop, introducing you to new YA authors and books along the way. There are tons of prizes including a grand prize for each team. If you win one of the grand prizes you will get a book from each author on that team! For more information and to make sure you get hunt updates, sign up for news on the #YASH website.

For my part in the scavenger hunt I will be hiding something with glitter!

You don’t want to miss out on this fabulous and fun event, but play fast because the hunt is only live for a short time. Here is the rest of the blue team. (Note:  I’ll be giving away a copy of Cinderella’s Shoes, not Dress as shown in some of the graphics.)

Blue Team

Blog Tour Sign Ups

September 23, 2015

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Quick! Sign-ups are live:

New Facebook Fan Page

July 29, 2015

Feels strange to create a fan page for yourself (Narcissus anyone?) but I’ve been under-utilizing my Facebook profile because I didn’t want to go all bookish-1940’s-Cinderella on my friends and family who may or may not want to read about those things *so often* from me. And not everyone wants to send a friend request to someone they’re not friends with IRL. So, now you have options if you want to hang out with me on Facebook. You can find my profile and send me a friend request. Or, you can like my page. (And Note: Please like my page because it’s new and lonely.)


Hey, Bloggers! Want a first peek at the Cinderella’s Shoes cover? (It’s SO beautiful!!!) Sign up for the cover reveal on March 18th here:

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Mito Awareness Week

September 16, 2014

I know a little girl, they call her Spunky Princess, who has had 14 hospitalizations in her short four years of life. She is the cutest thing ever. Kind of reminds every one of the little girl named Boo in the movie Monsters Inc. When she is having her spunky moments, you would never realize how sick she is. But you might notice that she always has a backpack with her. It carries her food pump which is running 24/7 to help keep her alive.

“Mitochondrial disease is a group of disorders caused by dysfunctional mitochondria, the organelles that generate energy for the cell. Mitochondria are found in every cell of the human body except red blood cells and convert the energy of food molecules into the ATP that powers most cell functions.” – Wikipedia

For all that she and her family have had to endure, they are given moments of light in their trials. From visits from sports figures or beauty queens, to therapy dogs and cool cakes, the community is reaching out to help and support.

Here is the Minion cake for her 4th Birthday, celebrated in hospital. This specially cake was donated through Icing Smiles.


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From the Icing Smiles Website:

We are Baking a Difference.

Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child.  We understand that the simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness.  Our goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time.

Memories have magical powers.  Long after the cake is gone, the memories linger – memories of the kindness of a stranger, of the art of the design, of the sweet smells of a special treat, of the smiles and laughs, of a normal childhood experience so often stolen from these children.  These memories are why we say, “It is so much more than a cake.”

Before meeting Spunky Princess, I had never heard of mitochondrial disease. I suspect that until reading this post, many of you hadn’t either. Especially scary is point #4 below:

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I have learned so much from this family—not only about mitochondrial disease and the daily care needed for a chronic illness, but greater lessons about faith, love, and compassion. It is lessons like these that can change the world.

For more information, visit

The book launch tour is over, but you can still visit these websites for

reviews, excerpts, interviews, and guest posts.



Cinderellas Dress blog tour prizes

Prize pack based on items in the book: Signed copy of the book, bookmarks, an amber pendant, a dress-form ornament, tatting shuttle and thread. To enter, just visit any stop along the way and enter the Rafflecopter:
Week One:
6/2/2014- Zach’s YA Reviews– Review
6/2/2014- Dark Novella– Excerpt
6/3/2014- Angelic Book Reviews– Review
6/3/2014- Pages From My Thoughts– Interview
6/4/2014- YA Book Madness– Review
6/4/2014- The Cover Contessa– Guest Post
6/5/2014- Crossroad Reviews– Excerpt
6/5/2014- Such a Novel Idea– Guest Post
6/6/2014- The NerdHerd Reads– Review
6/6/2014- Fire and Ice– Excerpt
Week Two:
6/9/2014- Racing To Read- Review
6/9/2014- Paranormal Book Club– Interview
6/10/2014- The Phantom Paragrapher– Review
6/10/2014- Addicted Readers– Guest Post
6/11/2014- Creating Serenity– Review
6/11/2014- Every Free Chance Book Reviews– Interview
6/12/2014- A Backwards Story– Guest Post
6/13/2014- The YA’s Nightstand– Review
6/13/2014- Curling Up With A Good Book– Excerpt
6/13/2014- After the Tour Tell All–Google Hangout on Air 11:00am pst.
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