Poem 11: This Isn't Really a Poem

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This isn't really a poem, it's more of a post to just talk.
To get some things off my chest. 
People keep asking me 
What I am to do after my test. 
The test of life
The test of school 
I'm so transparent 
That I can't make it as a tool. 
As a guide towards what I want to do. 
What do I want to do?
I don't know. 
I know I want to make it somewhere
Without having to rely on 
The heavier stuff. 
Like so many grown ups around me. 
But how can I do that without 
Knowing where I want to be?
The only thing I know is that I want to be 
Without letting myself get in the way.

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ENTER the U.S.-only Giveaway for 'CINDERELLA'S SHOES' in Paperback by Shonda Slayton and Disney's 'CINDERELLA' Soundtrack!!

Cinderella's Shoes
by Shonna Slayton
Release Date: 10/06/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
The war may be over, but Kate Allen’s life is still in upheaval. Not only has she discovered that Cinderella was real, but now she's been made Keeper of the Wardrobe, her sole responsibility to protect Cinderella’s magical dresses from the greed of the evil stepsisters’ modern descendants. 

But Cinderella’s dresses are just the beginning. It turns out that the priceless glass slippers might actually exist, too, and they could hold the power to reunite lost loved ones like her father—missing in action since World War II ended. As Kate and her boyfriend, Johnny, embark on an adventure from New York to Italy and Poland in search of the mysterious slippers, they will be tested in ways they never imagined.

Because when you harness Cinderella's magic, danger and evil are sure to follow...

First book in the series:

Giveaway Info: U.S. Only. A paperback of Cinderella’s Dress and a CD of the Disney Cinderella (2015) Soundtrack

About the Author
SHONNA SLAYTON is the author of the YA novels Cinderella's Dress, (Summer 2014) and Cinderella's Shoes (Fall 2015) published by Entangled Teen. 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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Changing Technology

One of the fun aspects about writing historical novels is that you get to revisit old technology. For example, when my characters travel to Europe, they don’t fly because commercial airlines didn’t really get started until the 1950s. There were some commercial flights, during the time period of Cinderella’s Shoes, but not anywhere near like we see today! Most people crossed the Atlantic via ocean liners like the Queen Mary.

Fun fact: Orville Wright, one of the inventors of the airplane was still alive during WWII. He died in 1948, the year after Cinderella’s Shoes takes place. (His brother Wilber died in 1912.)  I wonder what Orville thought about how his invention was being used in the war!

Another technology that has change since the 1940s is the camera. In Cinderella’s Shoes, Kate’s boss gives her a Kodak Brownie Flash six-twenty camera to take photos on her trip. A camera like this would have cost around six dollars, and was a bulky square shape. You would also need to buy film, and flash bulbs. For today’s generation, with cameras built into our phones, it would seem such a hassle to take a photo. Plus, you had to pay for processing, and couldn’t see how good a shot you had until it came back from developing. Oh, and the prints were black and white. Color film was available then, but more costly, and didn’t become widely used in the 1960s.

If you are interested in these 1940’s artifacts, check out my Pinterest board where I post photos and links to articles: 1940s Home Front

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Blitz Post + INTERNATIONAL Giveaway: #QUANTA by @Lola_Dodge @xpressotours @xpressobooks

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Quanta by Lola Dodge 
(The Shadow Ravens #2) 
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: October 13th 2015 
Genres: Futuristic, Romance, Young Adult


Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment.
The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. Everything is running like clockwork until he crosses paths with Quanta. As he watches her deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. A jailbreak would be suicide, but Tair is willing to sacrifice everything to give her a chance at happiness.
Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling, and acting knee-weakeningly happy is balanced by a much darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out?




Mother smiled like a cat, full of ambition and smugness. “Someone wants to meet you.”
Someone? Suddenly, I knew where this was going. “Mother—”
“There are the Astors.” Mother gave a demure wave and started gliding toward a trio standing near an ice sculpture. Her fingers clamped my arm, dragging me along. Father walked on my other side, sandwiching me in place.
No way to run without making a scene. Senator Astor and her husband stood waiting with their daughter.
A set-up.
My free hand bunched into a fist, but I tucked it into my pocket. I couldn’t make a mistake in front of this audience.
Mother exchanged greetings, then made a sweeping gesture. “This is my son, Altair. Altair, this is Layla Astor.”
Layla’s blonde hair tumbled in artful curls and braids. She wore tasteful neutral makeup that emphasized her full lips and emerald green eyes, but a hint of darker eyeliner smudged like a leftover from some previous night’s debauchery; that was half of what I needed to know to escape the conversation.
And I would escape. I had no interest in these shallow romances meant to gain my family position.
“It’s so nice to meet you, Altair. I knew your sister at academy.” And that was why Cass had been invited. Some common bond to me to a potential future mate.
Good thing Cass had stayed home. She’d hate the situation as much as I did.
The girl extended her arm, flashing her Green Helix and I couldn’t avoid the handshake. “Likewise.” Layla’s rough fingertips gave me the last clue I needed. Calluses from playing an instrument. Between that and the eyeliner, I had an excellent guess at how to get rid of her. Rather than sell her out in front of her parents, I offered her an arm. “I was just about to admire the ice sculptures. Would you care to join me?”
“I’d love to.” She smiled and placed delicate fingertips on my arm.
Our parents grinned conspiratorial smiles as we strolled away. No doubt they’d already picked a wedding date. I waited until we were out of modified earshot to speak. “How upset would your family be if I mentioned that you play in a band?”
“Very.” Layla tensed, and her expression and tone shifted from vapid politeness to shrewd consideration. “Not that you should know.”
I shrugged. “I won’t say a thing as long as you don’t press an engagement.”
“Thank God.” Layla shuddered. “Our mothers schemed this one. I thought you were in on it.”
I grinned. I didn’t often stumble onto others faking their way through Helix life, but every so often an ally dropped in my lap. “Should we small talk for a few minutes and then pretend to offend each other?”
Layla pressed her lips together, eying me up and down. “If you’re up to it, I have a better suggestion.”
“Oh?” I handed her a drink taken from a passing tray. Our parents still watched from across the room.
“Let’s meet for coffee. We could draw this out for months.”
“A faux courtship?” It had promise, although there were certainly risks.
“You’re the first guy they’ve set me up with who’s not a self-centered a**.” Layla’s mischievous smile made her eyes sparkle. “My girlfriend would love you.”
Her voice was clear of subterfuge and I found myself smiling back. “Next week? I’m sure our parents already exchanged our contact information.” And faking a relationship would save me getting blindsided at every event.


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  • $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • E-Copy of Quanta
  • PRINT copy of Quanta


Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University--and hasn't stopped moving since. When she's not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can't melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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