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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.


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…

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.


Is it–can it be–a book review?

It is.

I read A Celtic Miscellany recently, which is a collection of Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic, Cornish, Breton, and Manx poetry and prose selected and translated by Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson. It’s aptly named; this collection is definitely a hodgepodge. Some of it is brilliant:

I shall not go to my bed tonight, my love is not in it; I shall lie on the gravestone–break, if you must, my poor heart. There is nothing between him and me tonight but earth and coffin and shroud; I have been further many a time, but never with a heavier heart.–Welsh; traditional verses; seventeenth century?

Some of it is wryly entertaining:

The world has laid low, and the wind blows away like ashes Alexander, Caesar, and all who were in their trust; grass-grown is Tara, and see Troy now how it is–and the English themselves, perhaps they too will pass!–Irish; author unknown; seventeenth-eighteenth century.

Granted, some of it is dull too, and I was disappointed that so many of the selections were fairly modern (sixteenth through eighteenth centuries) when I was hoping for more of the older, harder-to-find Celtic poetry of the first thousand years AD. Some of the excerpts seemed to leave off in odd spots. Overall, though, I enjoyed the somewhat random assembly of stories and poetry.

In other bookish news, I’m hooked.  Giving books away is almost as fun as getting them. This time I’m offering a free autographed paperback copy of The Battle of Castle Nebula, volume I in The Cendrillon Cycle!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Battle of Castle Nebula by Stephanie Ricker

The Battle of Castle Nebula

by Stephanie Ricker

Giveaway ends July 17, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway


At last, the third installment of The Cendrillon Cycle has launched today! You can now buy your paperback or ebook copy of The Star Bell on Amazon. I hope you enjoy the voyage!

Here’s what an advance reviewer has to say about The Star Bell:

“Ricker knows how to end a chapter with a good cliffhanger. Expect to read for longer than you intended.”

Are you a procrastinator? (If so, hello, fellow brethren.) Good news, though: It’s not too late to enter the Goodreads Giveaway for a FREE autographed copy of The Star Bell!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Star Bell by Stephanie Ricker

The Star Bell

by Stephanie Ricker

Giveaway ends June 06, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

If you don’t win this giveaway, put The Star Bell on your Goodreads shelf to be notified the next time a giveaway is listed.

It’s also not too late to get your ebook copy of The Battle of Castle Nebula on sale for only $0.99. Don’t wait too long, though–this deal ends the first week of June.

Happy reading!


We’re coming up on the release of The Star Bell! Interested in a FREE autographed paperback copy? Enter the Goodreads Giveaway below!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Star Bell by Stephanie Ricker

The Star Bell

by Stephanie Ricker

Giveaway ends June 06, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

If ebooks are more your style, go ahead and pre-order your Kindle copy of The Star Bell on Amazon for instant delivery on May 27th. And of course, The Battle of Castle Nebula is still on sale for $0.99 on Kindle!

The Cendrillon Cycle, Volume 1Hello, everyone! We’re now only two weeks away from the launch of The Star Bell, and I’m incredibly excited. In celebration of the event, I’ve put The Battle of Castle Nebula, Volume 1 in The Cendrillon Cycle, on sale for only $0.99 on Kindle. If you haven’t read it yet, this is your chance!

TheStarBellFinal (1)As we get closer to the launch, there will be other exciting opportunities, like a Goodreads giveaway of an autographed paperback copy of The Star Bell (assuming I can get the darned giveaway feature to work–we have not been getting along). Remember, you can preorder your Kindle copy of The Star Bell any time you want, so it’ll magically appear in your Kindle on the 27th. You can also add it to your Goodreads shelf.

Life has been jam-packed and then some for what feels like an eternity, but I’m shoveling the commitments into a pile out of sight for a while to take a break. It’s my June goal to return to blogging weekly again, with fun stuff like book reviews (remember when I used to post those?) and other cool things, not just spamming you with promotional news. Stay tuned for the return of the good old blogging days!

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:

The Cendrillon Cycle
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!

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.
The Cendrillon Cycle, Volume 1
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.

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!

I thoroughly enjoyed not one but two meetings of the Literary League recently, during which we ate delicious food and talked ourselves hoarse. I received several very helpful suggestions about things readers might like to see in the next volume of The Cendrillon Cycle. What about you? What things in The Battle of Castle Nebula intrigue you and make you want to know more? What things are you sick of reading about?

Other recent adventures included a girls’ night at the farm and watched Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. One day I meandered around the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina Museum of History with my beau (which is by far the best way to tour a museum, in my opinion). Last week I turned 28 and enjoyed a lovely dinner with loved ones to celebrate. I also got a haircut for my birthday; Mom obligingly chopped off a foot for me, since it was getting too long to manage easily. If anyone wants to make their own extensions or something, hit me up!

Also, if anyone knows any methods for inducing snow, give me a shout. I’m not above snow dances or building my own weather satellites in my quest to have enough frozen precipitation to build a snow man. This winter has been most disappointing in that regard.


Reality check:

A coworker gave me Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler with the uninspiring promotional statement, “I didn’t like this enough to finish it, but maybe you will.” I finished it, but not because I liked it; I just hate leaving things unfinished. I should know better by now than to expect to love anything on the best-sellers’ list–we don’t have a good history together. If Z had been exceptionally written, I may have been able to get over my distaste for the actual story, but sadly the writing was fairly mediocre. By the end of the book, I hated both Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald (or rather, these fictionalized accounts of them, since the book is by no means biographical). It seemed as though the author was trying to vilify Scott but at the same time give him a larger role than he deserved in the story. Every account was slanted to make Zelda sound like the victim–and maybe she was–but boy, that got old after awhile. The book meandered to a close with Scott’s death and was both unsatisfying and frustrating as a whole.

In contrast, reading Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr. (originally published under the penname Don A. Stuart) was a phenomenal experience. This story is classic scifi, written by the man who single-handedly shaped science fiction through the magazines he published. A whole slew of classic scifi writers got their start by selling their short stories to Campbell. Not only was Campbell a good judge of writing, though–the man was an exceptional writer himself. Who Goes There? grabs you by the throat from the very beginning and doesn’t let you go. It’s almost more horror than scifi; Campbell crafts the sense of panic so effectively. If you’re a fan of scifi at all, be sure to check this one out.

I’m working on A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. right now, and it’s fascinating. More to come!

You seem to have stumbled upon a storytelling of ravens. Watch for falling collective nouns; you may find a wing of dragons or a charm of hummingbirds caught in your hair. Hardhats are recommended.

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