Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cinderella of the Day: Emma Clifton

Hello all! Today is an exciting day on A Curious Thrill. Today I am thrilled to introduce to you one very unique and exciting book-- Five Glass Slippers. Maybe you’ve heard about this special book, but I’ll explain for those of you who have not yet heard.

Five Glass Slippers is a collection of five Cinderella retellings by five different and very talented young authors. These five authors and their stories competed against many other talented writers in Rooglewood Press’ first fairy tale contest last year, but these special five earned a place in the Five Glass Slippers anthology. I’ve been hearing tantalizing tidbits about these stories for a good long while now, and at last they are available to the reading public! Here is some more information:

About the Collection


What happens when Cinderella is so painfully shy that she cannot bear the idea of attending the royal ball? Or when the slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl? What happens when Cinderella is determined to oust an imposter prince from her rightful throne? Or when she is a cendrillon miner working from a space station orbiting a cthonian planet? What happens when Cinderella, a humble housemaid, is sent with a message for a prisoner trapped in a frightening fairy circus?

Here is Cinderella as you have never met her before, wearing glass slippers and off on unforgettable adventures!

Available now in paperback and Kindle formats!

Intrigued? Yeah, me too. But the fun has only just begun. Today I have the privilege to participate in the Five Glass Slippers blog tour. Emma Clifton, the author of “Broken Glass” featured in the collection, has graciously agreed to visit A Curious Thrill and share about this beloved story.

About “Broken Glass” by Emma Clifton

The slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl! Rosalind never once danced with Prince Marius at the ball, for she is in love with his brother Henry. If only Rosalind and Marius would stop bickering long enough to invent a scheme, perhaps the three of them can find the real mystery lady. But they must work quickly, for dark deeds are afoot, and the kingdom is poised on the brink of disaster.

About Emma Clifton

Emma Clifton has been thinking up stories since before she knew how to type them out.  Reading books such as the Chronicles of Narnia, The Door Within Trilogy, and Redwall inspired her to take her writing more seriously.  Though her rigorous homeschool education keeps her busy, she also enjoys sewing, reading, and spending time with her family in beautiful Northern Virginia. 

Q: The Cinderella tale is an old one that has been told and enjoyed by many different people for many, many years all over the world. What makes it special to you and how did you go about finding your own unique spin on it?

My big sis and I watched the animated Disney Cinderella many, many times when we were little--it was one of the only Disney princess movies that didn't have something "scary" in it (such as a creepy witch, a dragon, The Beast, Ursula...).  Thus Cinderella became very near and dear to me.  And last year, when I re-watched it, I got the inspiration for Broken Glass.  I had a what-if moment--what if the slipper had fit on someone else? Would she still have to marry the prince? Thus Broken Glass was born.  However, the story started out a lot more depressing and less humorous and so I overhauled it and made it funnier.

Thank you for sharing, Emma! It’s so cool that the story you loved as a child has come full circle and is now your own story.


Now, dear readers, the party continues! Keep reading to find out about how to enter for your chance to win a fabulous prize pack. Be sure to visit the other blogs participating in the tour today to learn more about Emma Clifton and Five Glass Slippers. Oh, and come back on Friday for more Cinderella fun!

Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 24th | Cinderella of the Day: Emma Clifton
·         A Curious Thrill
·         A Writer’s Heart
·         Fictionally
·         Flowers of Quiet Happiness
·         Jaye L. Knight
·         Jenelle Schmidt
·         Not All By My Lonesome
·         Tales of Goldstone Wood
·         The Wonderings of One Person
·         The Writer’s Window + Review

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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  1. I'm so glad you added that humor but still left some of the dark moments, Emma. You balanced it perfectly! :)

    Thank you for featuring her today, Rebecca!


  2. Thank you for putting this all together, Amber. And for letting me join the fun!

    Emma, it was a pleasure to feature you! I really relate to how you re-watched Cinderella and then had all sorts of inspiring what-if questions. That's exactly what happened to me with my current Beauty and the Beast retelling.

  3. So glad to hear that Emma decided to change it to a more fun story since it's my favorite in the bunch. I can't imagine it being dark and depressing.

    Vonnie @ Vonnie's Reading Corner