If I had a Boat

Monday, June 30, 2014

~A Heffington Post~

I wonder how Cinderella would wear her eye makeup? In books, writers don't often take time to describe what color eye-shadow their heroine is wearing -- at most they describe her dress and hair. But how would the beautiful and innocent Cinderella wear her eye makeup?  
A question for a pro, if you ask me. 
Thankfully, dear Slipper Sister Rachel Heffington happens to know a thing or two about makeup...
...and is willing to share a few of her cosmetic secrets with each of us today!
So assemble your brushes, lip glosses, and powders to prepare to transform yourself into Cinderella!
We all have those (very) occasional days when our hair behaves perfectly, we feel pretty, and we're on quite  good terms with everyone and everything. But sometimes we feel like the pre-fairy-godmother Cinderella and it's all we can do not to wish someone hadn't dropped her glass slipper last night and ruined it all. On these days, one of the best things a girl can do for herself is to dress the part of a capable, graceful woman. (The rest usually follows suit.) In that spirit, I have answered Clara's call for a Cinderella makeup style with a style any girl can perfect: a beautiful, bright-eyed, simple look worthy of any princess at a ball. Here, my lovelies, is the Unadorned Me:

I started with a palette of purples and blues by Rimmel London, which just looked Cinderella to me, rubbed a bit of primer on my eyelids so the makeup would stick better, and curled my eyelashes.

I took the lightest shade of blue and swiped it across my lid, paying special attention to the inner corners of my eyelid and fading it toward the outer edge. I took the second blue and worked it from the crease into the outer corner and a bit up into the middle. The silver, I swiped onto my brow bone. Which this was applied, I blent (yes, I claim that as a word) the colors together till they looked muddled in a beautiful way. Then it was time to deepen the drama by working a bit of the plum into the crease. I blent this and outlined the top and bottom of my eyes with it as well.
Cinderella's essence is the gentle, doe-eyed sort of beauty, I've always felt. (Though I paid little enough attention to this aspect in The Windy Side of Care) Thus, I decided on a kitten-eye with black liquid eyeliner. You don't have to use liquid liner, but I feel it helps keep a clean edge, which you want with this look. No smokey, smudgy eyes here, please! The difference between a kitten-eye and a cat-eye is that you don't extend the line far outside your natural eye-line. Instead, you just flick the end upward a bit in a playful manner. Next, I applied mascara liberally as I pleased until it looked pleasant to me. As an aside, I pencilled in my brows just a bit to create a uniform bit of glam. You know the routine.

I dabbed a bit of concealer under my eyes (essential for dark circles gained by scrubbing pots and pans after the midnight ball) and puffed on the tiniest bit of blush on my cheek-bones and across my nose with a puff on my forehead and chin. This technique gives the sweetest look of sunkissed-ness. Last but not least, I used a bit of Rimmel Stayglossy in a nude shade so that the eyes would be the focus of this gentle, girlish makeover.

A green dress and aqua shrug nodded to Disney's light blue Cinderella while keeping my look casual and modern while simple pearl earrings played up the innocence. And there you have it! A makeup look capable of charming the heart of any old prince. ;)


Discover more about Rachel Heffington and her various writings at The Inkpen Authoress.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sunflower Blog Award

Oh, goodness me, did you SEE Elisabeth Brown's beautiful dress for the blog tour? Why, that purple color is simply beautiful on her. This blog tour is loads of fun, isn't it? The music, the dress, and her Cinderella story were all such fun to see, hear, and read! I simply can't wait to see the other authoress's dress picks.

Not part of the blog tour? Follow the link to see a beautiful dress, hear a beautiful song, read a fun story, and enter your name for a chance to win a one-of-the-kind giveaway!

Moving on to other matters, Rina (from the lovely blog Rina's Reading) tagged me for the Sunflower Blog Award. What fun!

The Rules

1. Share 11 facts about yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions the previous blogger asked
3. Tag 11 bloggers and ask them 11 new questions

Alrighty, so here are eleven facts about me! I'll try not to be too boring.

1. I become incredibly attached to TV characters.
2. My dog is secretly a prince.
3. I don't know how, but I wound up with the Dwarf blood of the family. My brother and older sister inherited the Elvin blood, and look perfect no matter what they're doing. No such luck with me. Phooey.
4. I love to buy antiques.
5. I am the World's Biggest Procrastinator.
6. I have never read the first three LOTR, but I have read The Hobbit. What? Hannah, stop giving me that condemning look! I will read them...eventually!
7. One of my all-time favorite books is The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.
8.  I used to threaten my sisters that if they ever got engaged, their wedding would be sabotaged. By me.
9. Disney's "The Lady and the Tramp" and "The Great Mouse Detective" greatly influenced The Moon Master's Ball.
10. Basil from "The Great Mouse Detective" was one of my biggest crushes. Oh, come on, he's the handsomest mouse ever!
11. Forget Mr. Darcy, give me Henry Tilney!

Eleven Questions for Me

If you could travel back in time and be the proverbial fly on the wall, when and where would you go?

Hm...I would love to be a fly on the wall when Jane Austen finished writing Pride and Prejudice.
I wonder if she was excited, relieved, or just mildly pleased with herself, and I wonder if she had any idea what mark her books would make on literature.

Favorite genre?
Fantasy! No doubt about it.

Favorite aspect of blogging?
Meeting new people in the blogosphere.

Least favorite part of blogging?
Getting over the scary fact that people are actually READING what I write.

If you could swap places with a book character, who would it be (and for how long)?
I would eagerly swap places with Christine from The Phantom of the Opera. Perhaps I could change a few plot points by acting different than the original Christine. If not, and if things start going south with Erik, I would like to go back to my normal life, please!

What's the longest you've stayed awake?
Six o'clock in the morning.

What are the next three books on your to read list?
Five Glass Slippers (currently reading), Fly Away Home by Rachel Heffington, and The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis Leakey.

Where do you get most of your books from?

Favorite place to read?
The sun room in my house. It's so bright and cheerie and has the world's most comfortable reading chairs ever!

You've been invited to a costume party. Who will you dress as?
Angelina Jolie in the movie The Tourist. The black ballgown she wears at the end of that movie...I want to wear it. Of course, I'd look nothing like her while wearing it, but I can dream, right?

What's the most memorable thing you've learned from a book?
That the yellow dog does not like the pink poodle's hat from Go Dogs Go by Doctor Seuss.

What great questions, Rina! They were fun to answer.

Now it's time for me to tag eleven bloggers...but methinks I'm going to cheat and only tag a few.

ghost ryter

Please keep in mind that there's no need to participate if you'd rather not, and if any of you who I haven't tagged would like to participate, then please feel free to do so! 

My Questions for You

1. Who was your first literary crush?
2. What "type" of story do you see yourself retelling in different ways in your writerly future?
3. Do you snack while you write?
4. Favorite movie star?
5. Pretend your literary crush asks you to go on an adventure with him. How do you respond, and what sort of villains will you face?
6. What's your favorite fairy tale and why?
7. If you could choose to spend one day with anyone, who would it be?
8. Who do you most look up to in the writing world?
9. What character from LOTR would do you think you most resemble in personality?
10. Where do you spend most of your time?
11. What weapon would you prefer to fight with: sword, dagger, bow and arrows, or pistol?

Alrighty, I hope to see you at the Royal Ball on Friday!

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Well, the release date of Five Glass Slippers is so near, I'm practically pinging off of walls with excitement! But you can actually order it now on Amazon. Be sure to grab your own copy!
 And can you believe that only yesterday I was trying to convince someone not to buy it? What kind of writer am I?

 It was a somewhat gruff gentleman, who probably hasn't read a fairy tale in his life, who was writing down the title and saying he would buy it, and that he couldn't wait to read it on his Kindle. I told him, "But my story is a fairy tale! It's kind of weird, too..." But he still said he would read it, which is slightly nerve-wracking...  

My Grandmother pre-ordered her copy of Five Glass Slippers, and she recieved it Monday! Since I don't have my copy yet, and Anne Elisabeth doesn't have hers, she's got herself one of the earliest editions...a fact my Grandmother is proud of!
Isn't it such a beautiful book? So thick and shiny...

But she isn't the only person to get their copy before me.

Jakob Cook, British Instagramming friend, just got his copy as well! Now, I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty cool :)

(have an Instagram account? follow him @jakob_cook)

There have been several lovely reviews for, not only The Moon Master's Ball, but the other stories as well.
Check out the book's Goodreads page to read what the first readers thought!

Best-selling author M. I. McAllister was kind enough to read and review as well! And do be sure to check out her very own blog, From the House of Stories. Also, her new book, Archie's War is due to release July! I don't know about you, but a book that includes a boy, a dog, and the first world war sounds rather good to me...

Amazon also has a few reviews up, so be sure to check those out as well. After reading the reviews, I can't WAIT to read the other four stories!

Are you excited for the blog tour hosted by the experienced Amber Stokes (aka The Fairy Godmother)? I am! There will be lots of fun happenings and giveaways during the tour. The theme is, "Cinderella for a Day".

There have also been some more posts on the Five Glass Slippers blog. One post is by the lovely Emma Clifton, and Rachel Heffington. Don't you want a little more insight to their characters? Well, then, follow the link!

You might've seen a blogger by the name of Ghost Ryter about the blogs. Well, she has a blog of her own, and now has a followers gadget! Do pop on over to anything, everything, and leave her a note!
She asked the other day how To Find a Castle was coming along, and I thought it was high time I did a little spoiler-free post on it! So be looking for that in the near future.

Also, Ashley Willis Leakey's book is now officially released! Woohoo! Do you have your copy of The Word Changers, yet?

Goodness, that was a lot of updates, but I hope you're excited about all the goings on in the blogosphere!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Rooglewood Press Announces ~FIVE ENCHANTED ROSES~

What you're about to see here is what you've probably already seen on quite a few other blogs.
It is something quite beautiful and exciting.
It is everything I was hoping for.
It is--
Five Enchanted Roses
Oh, have you ever SEEN a more beautiful cover in all your life?
Rooglewood Press is delighted to introduce their second fairy tale novella contest--
Five Enchanted Roses
a collection of “Beauty and the Beast” 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 “Beauty and the Beast,” but have fun with it as well. Make it yours!
Rooglewood Press will be selecting five winners to be published in the Five Enchanted Roses collection, which will be packaged up with the gorgeous cover you see displayed here. Perhaps your name will be one of the five displayed on this cover?
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 pre-order now and will be released on June 14. Do grab yourself a copy and see what these talented writers have done with the timeless “Cinderella” tale!
Well, what do you think about this exciting new contest? I know Beauty and the Beast is a fairy tale that is quite popular, It's certainly one of my favorites, so I'm sure you all have a story or two up your sleeves for Five Enchanted Roses...

 Will you be participating? I hope you will! Also, be sure to grab this lovely little blog button to add a little more decoration to your blog. :)

This cover illustration was rendered by Julia Popova, “ForestGirl.” You can find out more about this gifted artist on her website: www.forestgirl.ru