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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.)

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



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

Spindle Cover Reveal Day!

April 11, 2016

Today is the day! I can start sharing the striking cover of SPINDLE, my Sleeping Beauty inspired YA novel set in the late 1800s.  My publishers is running a contest to win copies of my first two books: Cinderella’s Dress (ebook sale ending sometime today) and Cinderella’s Shoes. How to find where a reveal is being hosted? Search on Twitter for SPINDLE and several links will pop up, especially as we get closer to the noon reveal.

I found some blogs hosting the tour. There may be others, but these are the ones who tagged me:

A Backwards Story

Emily Cox / Nicole Allen

A Book Addict’s Bookshelves

Mama Reads / Hazel Sleeps

Devouring Books

Anxious Canadian Mom

Christy’s Cozy Corners