June 27, 2014

Five Glass Slippers :: Clara Diane Thompson (+ Review & Giveaway!)


And we're back again! :) Today, you get to meet one more lovely young lady, plus get to hear what I thought of the stories, as well as get to enter a giveaway. So let the awesomeness begin!

Today, Clara Diane Thompson is here to answer my question:

You seem to enjoy music and song quite a bit, were there particular songs which helped set the mood for your story?

Oh, I do enjoy music very much! While this song might not have been on my mind while writing my story, Dark Waltz is a beautiful song with an eerie melody that fits it perfectly. The song has a haunting melody that is both whimsical and chilling...I can definitely see the musicians playing a song very much like this one on the autumnal night of the Moon Master's Ball! Hayley Westenra sings my favorite version of the song...I hope you will listen to it and love it as much as I do.

Thank you ever so much for having me on your blog today, Kara!




Thank you for visiting and sharing that song with us! Haunting and whimsical is a very apt description. :)


Clara Diane Thompson lives in the swamps of Louisiana with her loving family, dashing dog, and a very confused frog that resides in the birdhouse outside her window. Aside from writing, she enjoys playing guitar, singing, Broadway plays (particularly The Phantom of the Opera), ballet, tea with friends, and long BBC movies. An enchanted circus may or may not appear occasionally in her back yard.

You can find out more about Clara and her writing on her blog: To Find a Castle.



The Moon Master's Ball

After her terrifying experience there several years ago, the one place young housemaid Tilly longs to avoid is Bromley's Circus. But when kindly Lord Hollingberry begs her to deliver a message to the mysterious Moon Master hidden away among the circus dwellers, Tilly can't refuse...and finds herself ensnared in a web of enchantment cast by the loathsome Mrs. Carlisle and her beautiful goddaughter.





Review

What fun! I so enjoy re-tellings and these ladies have done a fabulous job re-imagining Cinderella. I was quite impressed with their writing! They obviously had lots of fun sending Cinderella on so many different adventures. All the way into outer space even! :) Each short story has it's own feel and atmosphere, making it easy to get swept away. They were all delightful in their own way, but I confess to enjoying What Eyes Can See the most. By shining the spotlight on someone atypical of the Cinderella storyline, I really enjoyed watching it all unfold. But that's not to say the other's weren't entertaining! I'd never thought to imagine Cinderella in all the places these ladies took her, yet still staying true to the original story. You might not recognize her name, you may not recognize her situation, but the triumph of love and the importance of staying true to oneself are clearly visible. And how can you help but enjoy the bickering in The Windy Side of Care, the eerie yet irresistible Moon Master in The Moon Master's Ball, the friendships and fun of Broken Glass, and the camaraderie and heroism of A Cinder's Tale?  All five stories are charming and I closed the book well satisfied that these "Cinderella's" had found their happy ending. I look forward to seeing what these ladies will write in the future! :)


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9 comments:

  1. Wow, I really liked that song, I think I'll use it for when I am writing. Normally, I can't use music with lyrics, but this one just might work! Thanks so much! Cannot wait to read Five Glass Slippers. (Awesome giveaway, btw.)

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    1. It's a fun group of stories, Michaela! Happy reading! :)

      And isn't that song wonderful? I knew as soon as I heard it, that I needed to post a video with Clara's answer. It's very inspiring! :)

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  2. This would be a fantastic song for the Moon Master's ball! Beautiful. And yep, chilling, too!

    Thanks for the great question and post, Kara! :)

    ~Amber

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    1. P.S. Awesome review!! :) Thank you for reading the collection and sharing your thoughts! I, too, loved the variety of adventures and the lovely writing. :)

      ~Amber

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    2. Thank you, Amber! This was a fun blog tour to be a part of. I really did enjoy the stories. Those ladies did a fabulous job! And that song is gorgeous, isn't it?

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  3. Ooh, thank you so much for posting the song, Kara! It's beautiful, isn't it? :)

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    1. It really is, Clara! I knew once I heard it that I needed to post a video as well. Everybody needed to hear how wonderful it is! :) Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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  4. Lovely thoughts, Kara. I'm now even MORE eager to read this. Soon as I get through some of these review books... and I need to quit perpetually saying that. *sigh* ;)

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    1. Ha! Yes you do, Rissi my dear! ;) But seriously, I understand. You have SO many awesome stories to read! And only so much time. *sigh* I hope you do get to read this though! These ladies did a wonderful job. :)

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