Music is always very inspiring to help get the creativity flowing. If you'd like to hear what The Lost Heir "sounds" like, (to us) here are the main songs that we listened to many times while writing to help us get into the feeling/mood/atmosphere of the story.
THE LOST HEIR Playlist:
Waldrick & Fionnula's theme - this is the probably "the mad waltz forever playing" in Waldrick's head - the Waltz from the Masquerade suite by Khachaturian.
Gladwin's song - Who doesn't love Celtic Woman? In this song called "Dulaman," they are singing in Gaelic, and I have no idea what they're saying, but note the Celtic pipes, the tin whistle, and the bodhrain (Irish drums).
Magical theme - The group is the famous English boys' choir, Libera, the album is Angel Voices, and the song is called Lacrymosa, which is a remix of the Saint Saens "Carnival of the Animals." Gorgeous, mystical, and magical!
God Bless Us Everyone - As heard at the end of Disney's Christmas Carol movie (which you know we love!) Sung by the master Andrea Bocelli.
Water Nymphs theme - Flower Duet from Delibes' opera Lakme (You may recognize it from the first Lara Croft Tomb Raider movie!) - The video is shown here for education purposes only - someone edited together a bit of Charlotte Church singing the Flower Duet with a clip from Disney's "Fantasia" movie of 1940. See video:
Congrats to Sandy from Ontario, winner of Contest 1! Her email was randomly drawn from all correct answers to the first contest question.
If Jake gets caught by Constable
Flanagan with the mincemeat pie that he stole from Harris the Pieman, what's the name of the infamous prison where he will be sent?
Many of you guessed it!
Whoa, look at that old place. I wouldn't want to end up there. But I have feeling Jake just might...
By the way, if you were wondering what the heck a mincemeat pie is, anyway originally it meant simply a potpie with ground beef inside of it, you know, like the crumbly meat on a taco (though not with those spices, of course). They used to blend it with fruit like apples and raisins and various spices. At some point, they took the meat out and nowadays the mincemeat you can buy in jars in specialty shops no longer contains any - it's just the fruity bits. But I digress.
Fear not if you did not win this time. We are back with a new chapter and a second chance to win. Here is your Contest Question for Contest 2. You'll have to read Chapter 2: A Family Resemblance if you want another shot at winning a free, autographed copy of the paperback LOST HEIR. Ready?
How did the old beggar ghost in the alley die?
Send in your answer as before. (No repeat winners.) Contest 2 closes on June 22, next Friday. Good luck!