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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”


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.

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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