07 October 2016

Blog Tour & GIveaway: Spindle by Shonna Slayton



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Spindle by Shonna Slayton.
Audience/Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retellings.
Publication: October 4th 2016 by Entangled: Teen.
In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger…
Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?
When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness…and Briar’s not immune.
If Briar wants to save the girls—and herself—she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.


Guest Post: Playlist for Spindle...

When I wrote my Cinderella books I tried to use 1940s music to put me in the mood. Boogey Woogey Bugle Boy and all that. But I found it more distracting than helpful, so I reverted to my 70s/80s mix tape made up of mostly ABBA and Brian Adams.

For Spindle, I tried to find old-timey music for my muse, but the further you go back in history, the harder it is to find music with a beat to keep you writing. However, I do mention three songs in Spindle: a hymn, an Irish reel, and a popular song. They are:

1. “It is Well” by Horatio Spafford from 1876. This song becomes even more meaningful when you learn about the tragedy that led to it being penned. The short video below tells the story:



2. The Irish Farewell Reel. During the Great Famine in Ireland in the early 1800s many Irish emigrated to other countries. When they left for North America, friends and family would play a farewell reel, calling it an American wake. They knew they’d never see their loved ones again. I couldn’t find a youtube video for it, but here is the story of it told in song: “American Wake” by The Elders.



3. “Daisy Bell,” otherwise known as “A Bicycle Built for Two” is such a cute, fun song from the era.

Here is a barbershop quartet version of the song:



And the original 1894 song from a phonograph:






She never asked Henry to walk her to the cottage. But that was the way with a Prince, as everyone said. They acted out of habit, and once a habit was established, it stayed that way. His new habit appeared to be trying to keep her mind off of Wheeler.

“They’re ridiculous,” he said scornfully as the couple in front of them touched hands for a few moments before separating again.

Briar’s heart cracked a little more. She remained silent, but fingered the fancy comb holding up her hair. The comb that Wheeler had given her for Christmas. And now they’re going to our pond. Is there no other place he can take her?

“You can hold my hand if it would make you feel better,” Henry said. He held out his calloused, grease-laden fingers for her to grab. His hand had grown since the last time he’d offered it to her.

She sighed. Henry. He was there when her family moved into the valley and would likely still be there when they moved out. She was told there’d never been a time when Sunrise Valley didn’t have a Henry Prince in it. From son back to father to grandfather and beyond, and none of them had ever gone anywhere. They were known as a reclusive family, hardly leaving their farm. Except for Henry. He was different.

Briar’s family had only been in the valley since Pansy was born. They were supposed to be traveling through, but then Da got a job at the new factory and they stayed. Mam worked, too, but developed the coughing sickness from all the cotton in her lungs. She died when the twin boys were born, and then when Da died of consumption, the Jenny children were stuck there, like weeds that nobody wanted.

Briar didn’t intend for them to stay any longer in Sunrise Valley than they had to. She would find a way out for her sister and brothers. Back to the Old Country like Mam wanted for them. Back to where they would fit in. And Henry Prince was not that way.

He wiggled his eyebrows at her.

Unguarded, she laughed. This particular Henry Prince was also known for being an audacious flirt.


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SHONNA SLAYTON writes historical fairy tales for Entangled TEEN. Cinderella's Dress and Cinderella's Shoes, set in the 1940s are out now. Spindle, a Sleeping Beauty inspired tale set in the late 1800s, will be out October 2016.

She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.

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7 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the collection of soul musics.

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  2. Hmm, I feel like most of the fairytales have already been re-told. My favorite is Cinderella, then probably Beauty and the Beast. I think the flapper-era is a really neat time period for fashion (I actually like most, except the 1990s LOL). Thanks for the great chance!

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  3. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite. I have read several different retakes that I like.

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  4. I would like to see sleeping beauty retold

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  5. Thanks for being part of the tour, Kelly! It's fun to show off the 1800s history a little with these songs.

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  6. I love the fashions from the Victorian age as well as the 1930s and 1940s.

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