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Sale ends sometime today! Scoop it up while you can.

Cinderellas dress 99c sale

$1.39 Black Friday-Dec 1st sale!!!!

Have I found a deal for you! While Amazon and Barnes & Noble are having some trouble stocking Cinderella’s Dress, copies of the first and second printing are being sold at a discount this weekend for only $1.39 at Book Outlet.  Yes, you heard me right. Only $1.39. What are you waiting for? Buy one for you and one for a friend. Then you’ll be all caught up to read the sequel Cinderella’s Shoes.

cinderellas dress cover

T is for Tupperware

April 23, 2015

For the A to Z blogging challenge I’ve decided to blog about the 1940′s. And in the spirit of the 1940′s, at the end of the month, I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of one of my favorite books, Summer at Tiffany, to one of my newsletter subscribers (sign-up on the sidebar if you are so inclined.) It’s a light-hearted memoir of two college girls let loose in New York City for a summer. What a hoot.


Tupperware hit department store shelves around 1946 (alas, no agreement across websites, but the very brief history mentioned on the Tupperware company website says 1946 so we’ll go with them.) Named after the inventor, chemist Earl Silas Tupper, these innovative products were slow to catch on. People couldn’t see from the display how different these products were. They couldn’t hear the seal “burp.” Or drop the product and see that it didn’t break.

Enter single mom Brownie Wise. She knew how to sell Tupperware. She already worked direct sales for Stanley Home products, selling brushes and cleaning supplies in home parties. She is the one who made Tupperware a hit, holding the first Tupperware party in 1948, and launching the phenomenon of Tupperization in the 1950’s.

To learn more: Stay a Stay-at-Home Mom or The History of Tupperware Parties


For the A to Z blogging challenge I’ve decided to blog about the 1940′s. And in the spirit of the 1940′s, at the end of the month, I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of one of my favorite books, Summer at Tiffany, to one of my newsletter subscribers (sign-up on the sidebar if you are so inclined.) It’s a light-hearted memoir of two college girls let loose in New York City for a summer. What a hoot.


Seventeen first hit the magazine rack in September, 1944. Teen-ager was a new word on the scene, and Seventeen the first magazine aimed directly at teens. Seventeen was actually born out of a renovated version of a movie-magazine called Stardom. The publisher was looking for fresh ideas and contacted Helen Valentine, who had worked for both Vogue and Mademoiselle: The Magazine for Smart Young Women. She had the right vision, and he hired her.

Excerpts from the editor’s first letter to the readers:

“You’re going to have to run this show—so the sooner you start thinking about it, the better. In a world that is changing as quickly and profoundly as ours is, we hope to provide a clearing house for your ideas…..As a magazine, we shall discuss all the things you consider important—with plenty of help from you, please. Write us about anything or everything. Say you agree with SEVENTEEN or disagree violently, say we’re tops, say we’re terrible, say anything you please—but say it!” – Helen Valentine

When I was collecting research for my 1940’s YA novels, I purchased several old Seventeen magazines. These large editions were a lot of fun to breeze through. One of the magazines had a great article about different kinds of technical high schools, so I sent one of my supporting characters to a school for fashion design. (Her picture is even in the magazine!)

In this video, I show you those magazines and read some of the reader’s letters to the editor:


For more info and glimpses of past covers, check out this article:  When We Were Seventeen.

L is for Letters Home

April 13, 2015

For the A to Z blogging challenge I’ve decided to blog about the 1940′s. And in the spirit of the 1940′s, at the end of the month, I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of one of my favorite books, Summer at Tiffany, to one of my newsletter subscribers (sign-up on the sidebar if you are so inclined.) It’s a light-hearted memoir of two college girls let loose in New York City for a summer. What a hoot.


In our current culture of email and video chat, it’s hard to remember those days of hoping and waiting for a personal letter to come in it the mail, let alone waiting for a letter from someone fighting overseas during WWII. These letters were precious.

While I was researching for my 1940’s novel, I stumbled across a gem of a little book called Letters Home by Nan Snow. It documents the story of a teen named Floyd Davis who enlisted in the Army Air Force following graduation in 1943. The book gives a detailed picture of what life was like for these young men going through boot camp, and then off to war.

As I was reading this book, I kept a list of the slang he wrote in his letters, and used these terms to inform my characters. I used this technique with several books and vintage magazines to capture the cadence and voice of the times.

I just realized it now, but I inadvertently named my main character’s brother Floyd. Kate’s brother had gone through several different names as I was writing, searching for the name that felt right. I had long since put the book Letters Home on the shelf, having mined it for my slang and boot-camp timeline. I suppose, since I was patterning Kate’s brother’s career path after the real Floyd, my subconscious must have clicked in when I tried the name Floyd and found I liked it.

If it is any consolation to the real Floyd, the fictional brother Floyd is one of the characters my readers seem to like the most. I get enough comments about how wonderful he is that I am tempted to write a bonus scene told from his point of view. It would be swoon worthy, for sure.

UPDATE: After writing this blog post, I sent a letter to an email address I hoped would reach Nan Snow to tell her the impact her book made on my novel. I was thrilled to find an answer from her the next morning (again, the contrast in communications between now and the 1940’s!) She forwarded my email to Floyd’s sister, who had kind words to say. If you would like to see Floyd’s actual letters for yourself, Dorothy has donated them to the University of Arkansas’ archives. They have not yet been processed, but would likely be made available upon request. Thank you again, Nan and Dorothy for sharing Floyd with the world.

Unrelated to the book, Letters Home, here is a modern tale about a WWII love letter that never made it home, but the impact it had on this generation:

The new Disney Cinderella movie trailer came out today. Last trailer they only gave us the shoe…this trailer they give us a whole lot more: the stepsisters, the fairy godmother, the mice, the DRESS!

Have a look and tell me what you think:

The movie is out March 13, 2015. You can look at promo photos on Lily James’ website:  And you can read about the costume design on Vogue.

What Would Cinderella Wear? Costuming Lily James and Cate Blanchett in Kenneth Branagh’s Forthcoming Film

Given I’ve written a book called Cinderella’s Dress (Entangled Teen, 2014) set in the 1940’s I was eager to read:

About the setting:

Though the fairy tale is timeless, Powell was aiming for the look of “a nineteenth-century period film made in the 1940s or ’50s,” she says.

About the dress:

As for the Dress—the magical raiment that arrives courtesy of Cinderella’s scatterbrained fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) on the eve of the royal ball—it’s a cerulean gown with a voluminous skirt composed of more than a dozen layers of gossamer-fine silk in different shades of pale blue, turquoise, and lavender. “When I first put it on, I felt both empowered and scared,” James recalls. “How could I live up to this? Then I realized I could use that fear to show me how Cinderella would feel at that moment.”

And considering I’m editing Cinderella’s Shoes (Entangled Teen, Fall 2015) right now, I was very interested in reading this:

About the shoes:

Cinderella’s signature slipper, meanwhile, is made of crystal, designed in collaboration with Swarovski, and based upon a shoe from the 1890s that Powell found in a museum in Northampton. That shoe had a five-inch heel and no platform. “So besides the fact that Cinderella’s slipper is crystal, the shape of the last makes it impossible to walk in,” Powell says. “I was amazed that I was allowed to do it—that nobody wondered how they were going to reproduce it for children. But then,” she muses, “I guess the glass slipper is the ultimate fetish shoe, isn’t it?”

  For more updates go here: Disney Live Action Cinderella Behind the Scenes and Trailers


book signing today Cinderellas DressI’ve got a signed copy of the hot-off-the-presses 2nd printing of Cinderella’s Dress burning a hole on my bookshelf. So, let’s have a giveaway!

Follow the link to Goodreads: Cinderella’s Dress

Contest is live and ends November 20th. It would make a good Christmas present, just sayin’.

One reviewer called it the “hot chocolate of fairy tales.” I love that description.


*Note: Goodreads Giveaway is USA only. But if you live near Toronto, you can snag a copy at the Toronto Book Fair next weekend. Look for Entangled Publishing. I’ve sent up specially autographed bookplates just for you. Limited quantities, so visit their booth early!

Going into 2nd Printing!

September 4, 2014

I was just going about my life (grocery shopping, gardening, settling in to continue work on the sequel) when I saw this on Twitter and had to go check my email:

Cinderellas dress reprint announcement on twitter

Wahoo! Thanks to the great team at EntangledTeen for making this possible, and thank you readers for spending your precious reading time with Kate and Cinderella’s Dress.

Novel Fashion Week 2014

August 29, 2014

I’ll be on the runway Sept 1st at Kindred Dreamheart talking about 1940’s fashion and Dior’s New Look.

Kindred Dreamheart Novel Fashion Week

A Summer of Book Signings

August 9, 2014

Last Saturday was my final scheduled book signing for the launch of my debut YA novel, Cinderella’s Dress. I guess this means I can officially say my book has been launched. *throws confetti*

So today, I thought I’d post some of the photos taken along the way. A book launch can be a bit of a whirlwind and now that my feet are back on the ground I can take the time to reflect and enjoy the experience. I met a lot of interesting people along the way and have added a number of new friends to my social media accounts so we can stay in touch.

From my book launch party, to Phoenix Comicon, to ALA in Las Vegas, and to bookstore signings, here are some highlights:

Cinderellas Dress dress cake

 Book Launch Party at Changing Hands Bookstore


Book launch speech

I gave a little talk (thank you Toastmasters!) and answered questions.

Phoenix Comicon 2014

Look, I’m in the program for Phoenix Comicon 2014 (along with a few famous faces)!

phoenix comicon 2014 Friday

BnN display Cinderellas Dress

Barnes and Noble book signing Cinderellas Dress

Look at these decorations. I didn’t even notice until now, but the garland
is made up of paper dolls and dresses!

ALA 14 signing line

  ALA was so much fun–both as a reader and as an author. This was my book signing on Saturday. My editor from Entangled Teen, Stacy Abrams, was there with me. It was great to meet her in person.

caricature by Doug Shannon eventtoons

I waited about an hour and a half to have Doug Shannon of draw my caricature.
So worth it.


Shonna caricature from ALA

Otter Books

Otter Books is this fabulous bookstore in Nelson, BC. Cute sign, eh?

book signing today Cinderellas Dress

view from a signing table Otter Books Nelson BC

View from my signing table on a hot afternoon.

author row by dallas parke

Final event: SF/F Day at Metro Center Barnes & Noble in Phoenix. What a great way to end my summer tour. Dallas Parke (who took this photo) even convinced me to dress up.

with solitaire parke 2

 My table buddy was Solitaire Parke. His dragon book was flying out the door.

Tera Lynn Childs Aprilynne Pike and Shonna Slayton BnN

 Here I am making friends with YA authors Tera Lynn Childs and Aprilynne Pike.
Funny, but I’m Shonna Lynn Slayton.

Cinderella and Gamora Guardians of the galaxy girl

I met this cosplay artist in the parking lot and had to get my picture taken with her. Her costume was amazing; she made it herself–Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy.

storm trooper with Cinderellas dress book

 And, my final photo has to by the Stormtrooper posing with my book.
These guys cracked me up.

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.
Cinderellas dress after the tour header