First off, thank you so much for making THE SECRETS OF THE DEEP launch such a great success. Our readers are AMAZING!
Now, this is one massive book -- the longest in the series so far -- chock full of details (some real/some made up). So, just as we've done for all of the other Gryphon Chronicle books, we are creating a series of Bonus Extras to enhance your reading of the novel. :)
Be warned, though, it might be better to wait until after you've finished to book before perusing the Bonus Extras. Though we've avoided "spoilers," we don't want to ruin any of the surprises waiting for you inside THE SECRETS OF THE DEEP.
When you're ready, just click any of the titles/images below to be taken directly to that particular Bonus Extra.
We hope you enjoy these Bonus Extras. And if you have a topic that you think would make a great addition to the list, please leave us a comment below. Wishing you all the best! Thanks so much for reading our books.
Eric & Gael
I love having this blog where Eric and I can take you behind the scenes for a little peek into the inspiration for our books. We must be careful, however, not to reveal too much and give out any spoilers! We don't want to ruin any of the surprises.
With that in mind, one of my favorite minor characters whom you'll meet in RISE OF ALLIES, Part I, is Constanzio, King of the Tenors! It is actually very rare that we would take inspiration directly from a real person, but when I saw this classic clip of the late, great Luciano Pavarotti, I knew we had our opera ghost.
Since the arts play such a prominent role in this book, it seemed like the perfect chance to pay a humble fictional tribute to one of the greatest musical artists of the last century. Enjoy this brief clip of the larger-than-life Pavarotti ~ or maybe, like Jake, you're just seeing a ghost!
Amazing voice aside, I love his crazy facial expressions and contagious smile. I can see why millions around the world hailed Pavarotti as the rightful owner of the title, king of the tenors! But did you know that Pavarotti was actually an elementary school teacher for two years before becoming a worldwide star? Can you imagine having him as a teacher?? Now that would be a fun day at school!
La Donna e Mobile ~ from "Rigoletto" (1851) by Guiseppi Verdi
Everybody's heard this classical song in commercials, but what does it mean? Now you know!
(Translation from www.classicalmusic.about.com)
To watch an excellent mini-biography video of Luciano Pavarotti, click here.
In BRINGING HOME BIGFOOT, Nate Dunning is the lone computer geek in a family of Eagle Scouts and football heroes. He has four older brothers, each one, bigger, badder, tougher, stronger, and more outdoorsy than the next. Even Nate's mother has more of the killer instinct than he does. Don't get me wrong, Nate has his strengths, just survival skills isn't one of them.
So right at the beginning of the book, Nate is forced into the forests of Northern Arkansas, to learn how to be a "MAN." One of the things his dad teaches him is how to set a snare trap for catching small game. Nate finds the technique rather simple and, quite to his dismay, he actually catches a squirrel. The poor thing is right there in front of him, bouncing around on the line like a fish just pulled out of the water. The newbie hunter is horrified as he watches his dad kill, clean, and cook the little creature. Nate is then scolded by his father until he has at least a small taste. Yuck!
Not being a hunter myself, I had to do some research on the subject. Here is a cool video that explains how to set up a simple snare trap. If you are squeamish, don't worry, no animals were harmed in the making of this video. There aren't any animals in the video.
There are dozens of variations on the same basic principle. The snare trap plays a much larger role in BRINGING HOME BIGFOOT than simply snagging squirrels from the wild, however, for that, you'll have to read the book (Amazon). I don't want to give any spoilers, just thought you might like to see how it works if you have no experience, like me, with hunting.
Well, the British settlers, being oh so clever, nicknamed Dutch cheese makers, John Cheese. “Let’s go visit the John Cheese.” “Righto, my good man. Splendid idea!” *gg* In the Dutch language, the letter J is pronounced as an English Y. So, when the Dutch tried to pronounce their new pet name, “John Cheese”, it came out as Yan Kees. Pretty close, huh? This theory works for me. How ’bout you?
So what happened to the word Yankee through history? It seems to have different meanings for different folks. So glad you asked. Briefly:
Until next time,
So, without giving away too much of the book, when Rusty changes for the first time, his body feels so foreign to him, he can barely walk. I mean, come on, the poor kid has paws. He's clumsy and awkward in his new, radically different body. His father ends up showing him the most effective way to get around: the four-legged running style of my childhood nightmares.
I thought I would share with you a short video that provided me with the inspiration for how the vicious, snarly, pack of werewolves were gallivanting through the wilderness of Aspen Colorado. You might remember the scene. This guys got the technique down. Could you beat him in a race?
He kind of gives me the creeps. How 'bout you? And just when you thought it couldn't get any weirder, apparently there are four-legged running races with world records. "Monkey Man" is world record holder and somewhat of a celebrity over in Japan. There's lots of video on this guy, I just grabbed one clip so you could get the flavor.
That last guy at the end wincing in pain, that would be me. I assume no responsibility if you injure yourself attempting to run like Rusty through your own woods.