Chapter 3: A Knight of the Order
Hello, readers! TGIF. Here in FoleyLand, we are still totally jazzed about THE LOST HEIR going on sale for the Nook as of yesterday! (View it on the Barnes and Noble website here. Woot!) What a long, fun, and winding journey it's been for E and me from those first brainstorming sessions we had sitting on our patio - two summers ago!
To finally get to share the finished story with readers is an amazing feeling. (And by the way, Barnes and Noble is having a big sale on the Nook Tablet right now especially for kids. You have to buy it in-store rather than online, but they will sell you a Nook Tablet pre-loaded with a bevy of bestselling kids' books, including a J.K. Rowling book and other big names. You can save a lot of clams in the long run.
Plus, E has seen some educational studies that suggest that certain functions of e-readers like Nooks and Kindles should help to boost reading comprehension in kids who are not normally avid readers. Studies show that reading comprehension goes up when the size of the font is bumped up, and a san serif font is used. Interesting, huh? With an e-reader, you can make the font any size you want, and choose from several different fonts. For those of us who are starting to need reading glasses, believe me, this is a definite selling point!) You can find out more about the Summer Kids' Nook Tablet sale here.
In the meanwhile, we are continuing on with our Sneak Peek chapters and a new contest.
What would any fantasy or steampunk adventure novel be without at least one big, bad (in a good way) Warrior Dude? In this week's Sneak Peek chapter, you get to meet Guardian Derek Stone. And here's your new Contest Question:
Where does Derek tell Jake to go?
Here's a direct link to Chapter 3: A Knight of the Order so you can find the answer. If you're only just joining us, you'll probably want to start at the beginning, so go here for Prologue: An Urgent Message.
Send in your answer and you might win an autographed copy of THE LOST HEIR in paperback! The paperback does not officially go on sale until Aug. 1, so you'll be the only lucky dog on the block to have one. *g*
Last week's contest has concluded. For Chapter 2: A Family Resemblance, the Contest Question was: How did the old beggar in the alley die?
Answer: He froze to death.
That's why Jake saw the poor old ghost with icicles hanging off his nose. Come to think of it, I'm not so sure I would want to have Jake's ability! And for those of you who are Bill Murray fans, it might interest you to know that this old ghost character in the alley was kind of inspired by the elderly homeless guy in "Groundhog Day," who Bill Murray calls "Pops." We love that movie.
Little bits of inspiration can come from anywhere. Perfect example of that. Our love of Charles Dickens is probably also apparent by now to the observant reader, especially in that last chapter (Ch. 2: A Family Resemblance). Maybe some of you Dickens scholars will catch the wink from Your Humble Authors if you can spot the line where Jake echoes Oliver Twist's most famous quote. See if you can find it. *g* Non-Dickens-scholars, I'll give you a hint. "Please, sir..." Yes, that was on purpose.
(And BTW, boys and girls, if you are ever wondering what Jake's world would've looked like, go watch Disney's version of "A Christmas Carol" - the one with Jim Carey doing the voice of Scrooge. Victorian London is so lovingly reproduced in that CG-spectacular that it never fails to amaze and delight. At least that's our 4 cents on the matter! Besides, A Christmas Carol is one of the best stories ever written, in our 'umble opinion.)
Before we wrap it up for this edition of Foley Fridays, we wanted to thank those of you who have "Liked" The Lost Heir page on Barnes and Noble, and those of you who've expressed an eagerness to help us spread the word about our book! It's really helpful and we want you to know we appreciate it. Thanks for sharing your excitement with your friends, whether they are in cyberspace or just down the street.
One last little item to share. We celebrated after our book went on sale at Barnes & Noble by finally going out to see The Hunger Games. Loved it. "E" thinks it might be a little violent for some of the younger viewers. "G" was having flashbacks of being a super-protective big sister to her 3 little sisters all her life, and could totally relate to Katniss in that regard.
We were both wowed by the world-building in that movie. World-building is a storytelling or fiction craft term that includes all the details about the "world" in which a tale takes place. This can include mapping out the locations in your story; laying down the ground rules of what's possible or impossible... in fantasy genres, this is actually pretty important! (Example: Superman can't touch kryptonite.)
World-building also includes the history of a place; the manners and social customs; the type of government; quirks of language (no, we don't speak Klingon); roles of males versus females; what people eat, wear, how they warm their houses, modes of transportation, technology level, etc etc.
We had a lot of world-building to do for the world of the Gryphon Chronicles, and I'm sure it will continue to evolve and grow with each new story. It was really fun to weave fantasy and steampunk elements together with the real Victorian world.
At any rate, we were really impressed with the world-building in The Hunger Games movie. They didn't really have to explain anything to give you a really clear idea very quickly of what their society was like.
And btw, who knew that Lenny Kravitz could act? (He was Katniss's stylist in the movie. For those of you too young to remember, he was a rocker back in the 90's. Well, I'm sure he still is, but this is the first time we've seen him in a movie.) Also Donald Sutherland obviously is still going strong, though our favorite role for him will always be in that zany old classic, "Start the Revolution Without Me." (see clip below) Anyway, we followed up the movie with a celebratory ice cream binge. Is that so wrong??? *grins*
Well, take care, folks. Enjoy your weekend, and good luck on the next contest! We leave you with a classic clip from "Start the Revolution Without Me." Gene Wilder & Donald Sutherland to start your weekend off with a laugh.