Midnight has passed. You're almost to your carriage when one of those pesky glass slippers slips right off your foot. You trip, and then wince at the clink of something delicate shattering as you tumble down the last step leading away from the castle.
"Are you all right?" It's a gentleman's voice. You roll over - as gracefully as possible - and glance up at your dancing partner. Once again, he holds a hand out to you; it's an invitation. You place your hand in his, but before he can help you onto your feet, you glance at the shards of broken glass. It seems to be all that you can see, the lights from the windows reflecting off those little pieces.
He follows your look. "I'm sorry about your shoe." To your surprise, there's a hint of laughter in his tone.
"You know, I really don't care." You smile up at him. "When else would I have the chance to wear such things?"
As he raises you effortlessly, he declares, "Why, at another ball, of course."
Your eyebrow lifts slightly. "I don't get invited to many balls."
You realize there must surely be a tale there. You're about to ask him more about it, when he kisses your cheek and whispers near your ear, "I'll get you five more glass slippers, and we'll invite ourselves to as many balls as we can find."
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Before you all hop into your carriages, we never did get a chance to share about our own dresses and favorite dance songs, did we?
Here's a dress (discovered via Pinterest) that I think is simply beautiful!
Sweetheart Empire Waist Elegant & Luxurious Wedding Dress
Of course, it's a wedding dress, so perhaps not appropriate for a ball. ;) But I would also be happy to wear any of the dresses on these gorgeous book covers:
As for a song, I thought I'd share a semi-dance scene from a Hallmark movie I adore (Remember Sunday), with a perfect dancing song ("Dancing Queen" by Abba):
Tell me, what have you been wearing to the ball this week? Which song are you hoping to hear before the orchestra leaves?
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Ah, yes - we haven't forgotten! It's time to announce the winner of the "Cinderella of the Ball" giveaway! The winner receives all of the following prizes: a paperback copy of Five Glass Slippers, several Cinderella-themed items (including a bookmark crafted by Belle on a Budget, a journal, and a DVD copy of the Disney movie), as well as special gifts handpicked by a few of the collection’s authors (a glass slipper cookie cutter with recipe, freeze-dried astronaut ice cream, and an Apple Tree Inn cup and saucer).
And our Cinderella is...
Super congrats, Tammy! We hope these prizes will make you feel like Cinderella of the ball. :)
Huge thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and spread the word about it! Even if you didn't win the giveaway, everyone's a winner with the fabulous $.99 Kindle sale for Five Glass Slippers:
But hurry! The sale ends at midnight (or thereabouts). Fitting, no? You can also buy the book in paperback. And as you can see by all the positive reviews rolling in, this is a book you'll definitely want to have on your real or virtual bookshelf!
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As you enjoy a last glass of punch and a final song, let me take a moment to say "thank you" to all of the amazing bloggers who participated in the tour this week! Seriously, I sent them a lot of information, and there were a lot of tidbits and dates to keep track of - yet things came together quite smoothly! Everyone's enthusiasm and attention to detail made this a tour to remember, and I'm so grateful for the effort and time the bloggers put in to make this happen.
I also have to thank Anne Elisabeth Stengl and Rooglewood Press for giving me the opportunity to work on this awesome tour, as well as the five fabulous authors (Betsy, Emma, Rachel, Stephanie, and Clara) for writing touching, entertaining, and astoundingly creative stories. Plus, they also put a lot of time and energy into making this tour fun for all of you with their great interview responses, picture/song hunting, write-ups, and comment responses. *round of applause*
This concludes the Five Glass Slippers blog event, but let's continue to celebrate life's Cinderella moments and dance the night away!