Welcome back to Books, Cats, and Whimsy for Day Four of the Five Glass Slippers blog tour! I hope you're enjoying all the features and reviews. I know I am!
About Stephanie Ricker
Stephanie Ricker is a writer, editor, and tree-climber. She adores the cold and the snow but lives in North Carolina anyway, where she enjoys archery, hiking, canoeing, and exploring with friends.
Stephanie’s fiction has been published in Bull-Spec, a magazine of speculative fiction, and in four consecutive editions of The Lyricist, Campbell University’s annual literary magazine. She was the editor of the 2009 edition of The Lyricist, which won first place in the American Scholastic Press Association Contest. Stephanie’s non-fiction has been published in an assortment of medical magazines and newsletters, and her senior thesis on Tolkien was published in the 2009 issue of Explorations: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity for the State of North Carolina.
"A Cinder’s Tale” by Stephanie Ricker
It’s a dangerous life, yet Elsa wouldn’t trade this opportunity to work at Tremaine Station, mining cendrillon from the seething surface of planet Aschen. Nevertheless, when a famous deep space explorer and his handsome son dock their starcraft at the space station, Elsa finds herself dreaming of far galaxies beyond Aschen's blistering heat. There is no time for dreaming, however, when danger threatens the space station, and Elsa and her fellow miners are tested to the limits of their courage.
I asked Stephanie this question about her story:
"Which of the characters in "A Cinder's Tale" is most like you in personality and interests?"
Hi, Jill! Thanks for your question. There are little bits of me in most of my characters, but I am probably most like my protagonist, Elsa. I too am a little bit of an adrenaline junkie, and while I don't risk life and limb at my day job, I do enjoy heights and speed. Like Elsa, I'm very responsibility-driven, and I value friends and family extremely highly. I'm blessed to have a wonderful, close-knit group of friends whom I would trust with my life, much as Elsa trusts the rest of her crew. I also enjoy tales of exploration and derring-do, an interest that I suspect Elsa shares with me. Unlike Elsa, however, I'm not terribly good with the science of propulsion or mining, and at 5'8", I can't personally relate to the woes of being vertically challenged. : )
Great answer, Stephanie! Thanks so much for joining us here today. I love your story and can hardly wait to read more about these characters in your upcoming series, The Cendrillon Cycle.
My Review of Five Glass Slippers
Rather than recap the plots of these novella-length fairy tales, I will mention their outstanding qualities. I could not choose a favorite from the bunch; each one is delightful in a different way. I honestly think most guys as well as gals would enjoy these tales—they are far from mushy. Every one has a fun plot and great characters! There is something here to please everyone.
What Eyes Can See is a Cinderella story without magic yet spilling over with enchantment! Elisabeth Brown’s warm, whimsical voice tells her story with gentle humor and honesty. This could be called a drawing-room-drama fairytale, for the conflict is entirely interpersonal and remarkably realistic without losing its sense of fun.
Broken Glass is the steampunk comedy of the collection. Filled with wisecracks and riddled with characters scrambling to make sense of their tangled-together lives, including an inept yet well-meaning fairy godmother and a scheming prince, this story from Emma Clifton will keep a reader smiling if not chuckling from beginning to end.
The Windy Side of Care is a clever political comedy with a Shakespearean flavor. Author Rachel Heffington has created a dynamic character in her Alisandra, a young woman prepared to retake her throne with the help of her power-playing godfather, come what may! Can Prince Auguste withstand Alis’s willpower . . . or her charm?
A Cinder’s Tale is sure to make converts of non-sci-fi fans, for author Stephanie Ricker has woven an outer-space saga with a remarkably appealing cast of characters! Camaraderie, high-stakes danger, and comedy sparkle on the pages of this Cinderella story, which is like a glimpse into a much larger world.
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The Grand Giveaway!
Here’s your chance to be Cinderella of the ball! One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Five Glass Slippers, several Cinderella-themed items (including a bookmark crafted by Belle on a Budget, a journal, and a DVD copy of the Disney movie), as well as special gifts handpicked by a few of the collection’s authors (a glass slipper cookie cutter with recipe, freeze-dried astronaut ice cream, and an Apple Tree Inn cup and saucer). This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.
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Thank you for joining me here today, and be sure to check out the tour schedule so you don't miss a single exciting feature!
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, June 23rd | Cinderella of the Day: Elisabeth Brown
· The Splendor Falls on Castle Walls + Review
· To Be A Person + Review
Tuesday, June 24th | Cinderella of the Day: Emma Clifton
· The Writer’s Window + Review
Wednesday, June 25th | Cinderella of the Day: Rachel Heffington
· Vonnie’s Reading Corner + Review
Thursday, June 26th | Cinderella of the Day: Stephanie Ricker
· Books, Cats, and Whimsy + Review
Friday, June 27th | Cinderella of the Day: Clara Diane Thompson
· Flowers of Quiet Happiness + Review
Saturday, June 28th | Giveaway Winner Announced at Seasons of Humility
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