Today we have Shonna Slayton on the blog, talking about the actual shoes featured in her book, Cinderella’s Shoes! I hope you’ll enjoy learning about them as much as I did and don’t miss the giveaway at the end! Not only will a lucky winner receive a copy of Cinderella’s Shoes, but also a copy Disney’s Cinderella Soundtrack (2015, U.S. only).
by Shonna Slayton
Release Date: 10/06/15
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
Okay, let’s talk diamonds!
I think I can give this spoiler since it’s mentioned in the Prologue—the glass slippers in Cinderella’s Shoes are made of diamonds. So, not only are they a unique, one-of-a-kind pair of footwear, they are also very valuable. Cinderella’s Shoes
contains a bit of a mystery plot. Kate’s brother sends her on a search for a diamond, and when she finds it, she’s surprised to discover it’s a square blue diamond. But what is this diamond? What does it have to do with the shoes?
The princess cut diamond, which is the name for the square cut, wasn’t created until 1961. But if I were going to have diamonds in a Cinderella plot, they had to be princess cut! Keeping with the 1940s theme, though, I never name the cut of the diamond, even though you will now be thinking “princess!” when you read about it.
Diamonds come in a variety of colors, based on shades of red, purple, orange, pink, gray, brown, yellow, green or blue. The natural blues are amongst the most rare, but one website I read said that yellow diamonds can be irradiated to produce the blue color artificially. The most famous blue diamond is the Hope Diamond displayed at the Natural History
Museum in Washington, DC. But at the time of Cinderella’s Shoes (in case you were wondering) the Hope Diamond was owned by Evalyn Walsh McLean, who passed away in 1947. In the book, Kate mentions the famed Tiffany Yellow Diamond, one of the largest ever found, which was (and is currently) displayed at the Tiffany store in New York near the department store where she works. It was cut in the late 1800s by a twenty-three year old gemologist who had studied the raw diamond for a year to determine how to cut it.
So there you have it. A quick primer on diamonds as they re ate to the mystery plot in Cinderella’s Shoes.
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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