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Most of you who have read my books know that my first novella was published in Five Glass Slippers, the first Rooglewood Press anthology. Winning the contest gave me my start and launched the rest of the The Cendrillon Cycle; that single event has had the greatest impact on my writing.

Now Rooglewood Press is inviting YOU to join in their final creative writing contest for the Five Poisoned Apples anthology. If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of submitting an entry for the previous contests but did not, don’t hesitate this time: do it. This contest is an amazing opportunity for writers, whether brand new or established. Click here for the contest details!

And just check out this gorgeous cover, folks.

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Learn more about the photographer, Wynter Clark, here at her website. Julia Popova has done all of the covers for the Rooglewood Press anthologies (Five Glass Slippers, Five Enchanted Roses, and Five Magic Spindles), and more of her beautiful work is here on her website.

Now go get busy writing your very own retelling of Snow White…
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If by some dark miracle you have not yet read Five Glass Slippers, here’s your chance to get a taste of the anthology for free. The Moon Master’s Ball by Clara Diane Thompson is currently available for free on Smashwords, Nook, Kobo, and Kindle. After reading the story, you’ll immediately want to pick up the whole collection in Five Glass Slippers, which also includes my book, A Cinder’s Tale.

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This is not an April Fool’s joke! I just have terrible timing. At long last, the next volume in The Cendrillon Cycle is available for pre-order! The Star Bell will launch in Kindle and paperback formats on May 27, and you can pre-order your Kindle copy now on Amazon. Go ahead and add it to your Goodreads shelf too!

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Elsa Vogel has left her cinder’s life behind to sail with her companions aboard the Sovereign as it embarks on an exploratory mission. The crew’s destination is past the star bell, the last marker of civilization, into uncharted territory.

Elsa is determined to find out what lies beyond the star bell or perish in the attempt. But life aboard a Fleet frigate isn’t at all how she dreamed, and old ties to the Tremaine Mining Company—and to her past on Anser—are not so easily severed.

Pick up the story where A Cinder’s Tale, published in the internationally best-selling anthology Five Glass Slippers, left off! And don’t miss the first volume in The Cendrillon Cycle, The Battle of Castle Nebula.

You may be wondering, why Volume III? What happened to Volume II? You’ve probably already read it. Here’s the lineup:

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Volume I: The Battle of Castle Nebula

Volume II: A Cinder’s Tale 
(published in the Five Glass Slippers anthology)

Volume III: The Star Bell

Clear as mud, no? But I thought it would be less confusing than someone reading The Battle of Castle Nebula and hopping straight to The Star Bell without knowing what happens in A Cinder’s Tale.

Either way, I’m so excited for the upcoming launch of The Star Bell, and I hope you enjoy the story!

The winners for the Five Magic Spindles anthology contest have been announced! Check out the news on Rooglewood Press’ page.

Congratulations to the winners! I know a lot of hard work and creativity went into these tales, and I can’t wait to read them! Being published in the Five Glass Slippers anthology was a wonderful experience for me, and I’m excited to see the literary tradition continue with this new collection.
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Great news! The Battle of Castle Nebula, Volume 1 in The Cendrillon Cycle, is now available for sale in paperback! The ebook is of course still available in Kindle and Nook.
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I’m so excited to see this volume in tangible form, and I love how the wraparound cover turned out. Catching my first glimpse of that Quoth the Girl brand on the back was thrilling!

Unfortunately, the less-great news is that Volume 3 in The Cendrillon Cycle has been pushed back to a spring 2016 release. However, my goal is to simultaneously release Volume 3 on both Kindle and paperback.

Haven’t read Five Enchanted Roses yet? Not sure if it’s your thing? Well, it is, and I don’t know what’s taking you so long to read it, but just in case you need further convincing, The Wulver’s Rose is now permanently free on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo! Check out this story, one of the five tales in the Five Enchanted Roses collection. You’ll immediately want to pick up the whole collection, as well as Five Glass Slippers, the first fairy tale retelling collection put out by Rooglewood Press, which includes my book, A Cinder’s Tale. Quit dragging your feet!

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I’m happy to announce that Emma Clifton, one of my fellow authors of Five Glass Slippers, has published another fairy tale-themed story!

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The story:

A fairy godmother—in prison? Madeline can’t remember even being a fairy godmother, let alone doing something bad enough to land her in a cell. When a mysterious lady sends her back to her old village with cryptic instructions and no answers to her many questions, Madeline must find a way to free her father, who has been imprisoned in a tower by a terrible beast.

First banished by his father the king, then cursed by an angry fairy, Prince Darcy will do anything to escape this fate and achieve revenge and power. Just when he thinks his chance has arrived, by some cruel trick of fate a girl from his past returns and once again wreaks havoc on his life. Worse still, he begins to question what he truly desires.

Check out Corroded Thorns on Amazon and add it to your Goodreads shelf!

I interrupt frenetic last-minute wedding planning to bring you great news!

Rooglewood Press is delighted to introduce their third fairy tale novella contest—

Five Magic Spindles

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a collection of “Sleeping Beauty” stories

The challenge is to write a retelling of the beloved fairy tale in any genre or setting you like. Make certain your story is recognizably “Sleeping Beauty,” but have fun with it as well. Make it yours!

Rooglewood Press will be selecting five winners to be published in the Five Magic Spindles collection, which will be packaged up with the phenomenal cover you see here. Maybe your name will be one of the five listed?

All the contest rules and information (how to enter, story details, deadline etc.) may be found on the Rooglewood Press website. Just click HERE and you will go right to the page.

Rooglewood Press’s first collection, Five Glass Slippers is available for purchase, and the second collection, Five Enchanted Roses is scheduled to launch on July 27, and is currently available for pre-order. Be certain to get a copy of each and see what previous winners did with their wonderful retellings.

I was honored to be a winner in the Five Glass Slippers anthology, and I can’t recommend entering highly enough. Publication gave my writing a huge boost, and I am so grateful for the opportunities afforded me through this contest. Check it out!

Imagine being sucked into whirling vortex of happiness, white tulle, and stress. What’s happening? Is it a tornado at the Russian ballet company? Nope. It’s getting engaged to the best man in the world and planning a wedding for 300 guests in a mere 2.5 months. That’s what I’ve been up to since March 26th and what will continue to occupy my thoughts until June 14th, the day upon which I become Mrs. Stephanie Anderson*…and leave all talk of napkins and tablecloths far behind me, I fervently hope. I am beyond excited and ecstatic to be marrying Ross (seriously, you have no idea), but I have discovered I am singularly unsuited to wedding planning.

As you may have noticed, I’ve been pretty scarce around here. Delirious happiness and insane workloads will do that to a blogger. But I do have some exciting news! Five Glass Slippers is now available in Italian! So, you know, pass that along to all of your friends in Italy.

And wish me luck; the wedding dress I ordered sadly will not work, so I’m about to loot David’s Bridal in what I hope is the fastest wedding dress shopping excursion known to woman. One month to go!

*Don’t worry, I’ll still be publishing under Stephanie Ricker, by the way.

I had a professor once who said, “Oh boy, I get to use the phrase, ‘critically acclaimed!’ ” and proceeded to give us examples from critically acclaimed films. I feel the same way about the phrase “international bestseller”…and I get to use the phrase literally!

Five Glass Slippers is now a bestseller in the US, Canada, and UK! We hit #1 in several categories, including Fairy Tales. All of us are thrilled (and dazed) beyond measure! As a result of the renewed interest in Five Glass Slippers, The Battle of Castle Nebula has also had a nice spike in sales on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Not on the bestseller list yet, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

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