Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Very First Ever Goldstone Wood Musical Contest!


My dear imps, even though the winners have not yet been announced for the fan art contest (don't forget to vote!), I decided that I should probably get the contest and rules for this new contest announced right away, giving everyone plenty of time to work on their submissions. So here you have it: 2014 marks the first Goldstone Wood Musical contest.

1. You are invited to compose and perform music inspired by Goldstone Wood. This can be based on lyrics found in the stories themselves, your own lyrics, or simply based on themes, characters, or settings from the books. 

2. Lyrics are not a necessity. You may do instrumental-only submissions as well. But there must be a clear correlation between your composition and the stories.

3. You must submit a performance of your work. Now for this aspect we will probably have to work together a little to figure out various methods. I know that video recordings work well on my computer, though not every voter will have the proper filters on their computers to allow viewing. I would recommend that each performer upload her or his performance on Youtube and submit links, which I can then share. But again, since this is the first year and we haven't done anything quite like this before, we can work together to figure out good solutions for everyone.

Also, you don't have to be visible in your performance. If you prefer to keep your face anonymous, feel free to use a screen with the lyrics or Goldstone Wood-related images. Just so long as we can hear your voice and/or instruments, that's what counts!

4. You must be able to tell voters--either in writing or in a verbal introduction--how your composition connects to Goldstone Wood. This will be either in a written introduction which I will post before the performance, or in a recorded introduction at the beginning of your performance.

5. If you are not a musician but are a good lyricist, or you're a good composer but not a good performer, feel free to collaborate with friends and family! If a collaborated work wins, I will send prizes to all the musicians involved in that particular work.

6. You may also (copyrights permitting) perform your own lyrics to a classic tune, just so long as the performance is your own (and the music itself is public domain). If you use a public domain piece, please include the name of the piece and the composer in your introduction.

7. The winner of this contest will be decided via fan voting!  Let me clarify what I mean by this: the voting is only open to the fans. Family members and friends who don't actually read the series or have any familiarity with the stories or characters are asked to please withhold their votes. The winner is meant to be selected by honest-to-goodness Goldstone Wood Fans who think the winning piece is the best submission for this year.

8. If you (I'm looking at you, Clara Darling) have already written and performed works of Goldstone Wood music, those pieces are still eligible for this contest. Anything that has not been submitted to a previous contest is eligible . . . and since this is the first contest year, that means anything you've done.

9. Submissions are due by  Thursday, June 12. Nothing submitted after midnight that day will be accepted into this contest.

10. The compositions themselves will go live on Monday, June 16.

11. Because this is the first year and I'm not entirely certain what to expect as far as number of submissions, I am only offering a First Place Prize. But it's a fun one:

The winner of this contest will receive one autographed print copy of the Goldstone Wood novel of her/his choice--one beautiful Goldstone Wood mug (a new style . . . none of you who have won mugs in the past have this one yet! It's super pretty)--a collection of bookmarks for all the printed books (including Goddess Tithe)--a selection of notepads, pencils, pens, magnets, and other fun Goldstone Wood paraphernalia.

So basically, a whole bundle of Goldstone Wood fun.

Exciting Alternate Prize

Oh but wait! There is more.

Talented animation artist Melanie J. Morgan is looking for a vocal music/musical number to use for an animatic (a storyboard set to sound, dialogue, and music). And she intends to pick one of the musical compositions sent in to the Goldstone Wood Musical Contest!

This animatic will be included in Ms. Morgan's portfolio, which she will be sending, as she says, "everywhere." Disney . . . Dreamworks . . . Blue Sky . . . and everywhere in between. So the winner of this prize will have her/his composition heard by quite a number of great studios!

Ms. Morgan hopes to complete the animatic approximately 2-3 weeks following the contest. And we will, of course, have a grand viewing right here to celebrate!


What a fantastic wildcard prize, am I right? I am just giddy at the idea of seeing your music set to Melanie's talented artistic vision.

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 Let me know if you have any questions at all. Because this is the first time we've tried a contest like this there might be a few little glitches along the way that we'll have to work through. So we'll all be patient with each other.

And together, I think we can put on a concert performance worthy to be performed before King Iubdan and his queen in the glorious Hall of Red and Green!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: THE SEAHORSE LEGACY

Dear imps, I'm sure many of you are already familiar with Serena Chase and her epic fairy tale retellings. Therefore, I know you will be excited to learn that she has a new book releasing very soon now . . . and this one looks to be the most fantastic yet! Behold:


a Pirate
bound by a centuries-old oath

a Knight
determined to prove her calling

a Legacy
demanding surrender

As Keeper of the Seahorse Legacy, Cazien de Pollis is a King among pirates, divinely appointed to dispense justice on the seas. Bound by the sacred oath of a long-dead ancestor, he must fulfill a contract to wed the green-eyed Oracle’s Daughter named therein—or risk losing everything he and his people hold dear. But at nineteen, with the identity of his betrothed only recently revealed, Cazien resents the contract—and the urgency within him to see it satisfied.

Erielle de Gladiel returned from the quest for the Remedy, changed. Not only are her formerly-blue eyes now a brilliant shade of green, but she must don gloves to hide inky evidence that her prophetically-bestowed title, the Oracle’s Daughter, demands more from her than the task already completed. Erielle’s dearest-held dream is realized when she is knighted by her King, but unbeknownst to her, that very honor jeopardizes the prophesied purpose to which she and Cazien have been called.

Just as Cazien summons the courage to collect his bride, dark rumors and darker deeds crawl up the coasts, calling its guardians, the Seahorse Pirates, into action—and Cazien away from Erielle. But even though the Oracle’s Daughter knows nothing of the contract to which she has been consigned, Cazien’s enemies have somehow learned of his interest in Erielle. And if they reach her before his ancestor’s weighty oath is executed, the Seahorse Legacy will be forfeited . . . and darkness will be given reign.

Subtly paying homage to several classic tales including Peter Pan, Robin Hood, The Little Mermaid, Much Ado About Nothing, and even The Three Little Bears, THE SEAHORSE LEGACY begins an epic re-imagining of the classic Grimm fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses which will conclude in Eyes of E’veria, Book 4: THE SUNKEN REALM.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Serena Chase lives in Iowa with her husband, two teen daughters, and one very spoiled (but really adorable) dog, Albus. A frequent contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, she also writes for Edgy Inspirational Romance. Serena has served as a youth leader for high school students at her church, coaches her local high school’s Color Guard, and drinks entirely too much coffee between these and her daughters’ activities. You can find Serena on Facebook, Twitter @Serena_Chase, and Pinterest.  Visit her website www.serenachase.com
 
Serena is generously offering two giveaways today! The first one is unique to the Tales of Goldstone Wood blog, so all of you devoted imps should definitely enter.



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Serena is also hosting a Grand Prize giveaway, and the winner of this one will receive a signed paper back of The Seahorse Legacy as soon as it is available. Thank you so much for your generosity, Serena. And for your amazing and versatile creativity!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Goldstone Wood Fan Art Contest: 2014 - First Set


Welcome, dear imps and readers, to the Goldstone Wood Fan Art Contest of 2014. This year's contest is far and away the biggest one yet, and I know you will have a wonderful time looking through all of these works of art by so many talented artists.

Remember, the winners are chosen by fan voting . . . so your vote counts! To vote on this contest, email me (aestengl@gmail.com) with your top three picks. Label them 1st Pick, 2nd Pick, and 3rd Pick. Your 1st Pick will will receive 10 points, your 2nd Pick will receive 5 points, and your 3rd Pick will receive 3 points. So choose carefully!

The rest of the rules can be found here, if you want to see them again. The first place winner will receive her or his choice of any FOUR Goldstone Wood novels (no novellas, sorry). The second place winner will receive two novels, and third place will receive one.

Have fun and enjoy all of this creativity on display!

 Contest Submissions


 

A Wedding

By: Gabriella Silverstein
Digital Art
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Aethelbald Proposing to Una

By: Martha (age 9)
Crayon
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Aethelbald's Sword

By: Rebekah L.
Pencil Drawing
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Diarmid

By: Micailah
Clay Model
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Inside All Along

By: Erin Jones
Photo Manipulation
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Princess Una

By: Jan Omega
Acrylic on Canvas Board
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Come Here, Mouthful - Your Heart Belongs to Me

By: Rebekah L.
Colored Pencil
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Fire Burning Low

By: Kaylee S.
Colored Pencil
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



The Flowing Gold

By: Jennifer M.
Crochet
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



 Hello Una

By: Kailin
Charcoal Pencil
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Una

By: Mercy
Chalk Portrait
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



 

The Old Bridge

By: Joseph W.
Crayon
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



A Neverending Love

By: Kristene
Pencil Drawing
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood




Princess Una

By: Micailah
Clay Model
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



 

Rest In My Love

By: Kat O.
Pencil and Colored Pencil
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Una and the Yellow-Eyed Boy

By: Rebekah L.
Pencil Drawing
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



 

The Dragon

By: Micailah
Pencil Drawing
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Won't You Return to Me?

By: Rybrynn
Crayon and Colored Pencil
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



 Princess Una

By: Micailah
Colored Pencil
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



The Claiming of Her Heart

By: Kristene
Watercolor Paint and Ink
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



The Haven

By: Brenna Jones
Photo Manipulation
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Trust Me

By: Christa W.
Watercolor
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



The Old Bridge

By: Rebekah L.
Colored Pencil
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



 Una the Dragon

By: Jessica (age 12)
Pencil Drawing
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



  

Una and Monster

By: Kailin
Photography and Digital Editing
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Things from Heartless

By: Rebekah L.
Colored Pencil
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Lost But Not Forgotten

By: Courtney E. Dusenbury
Photo Manipulation
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Una's Transformation

By: Kaylee S.
Colored Pencil
From: Heartless 
Book 1 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Scroll down to the next post to see the second set of fan art!

Goldstone Wood Fan Art Contest: 2014 - Second Set

CONTEST SUBMISSIONS


Ashamed Rosie

By: Kaylee S.
Colored Pencil
From: Veiled Rose
Book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



An Unlikely Friendship

By: Kristene
Acrylic Painting
From: Veiled Rose
Book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



A Younger Mousehand

By: Tori
Pencil Drawing
From: Veiled Rose
Book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Beana

By: Micailah
Clay Model
From: Veiled Rose
Book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



 

Playing on the Lake of Endless Blackness

By: Caitlyn
Photography and Stick Ships
From: Veiled Rose
Book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood


Tell Me What You Want

By: Abby C.
Pencil Drawing
From: Veiled Rose
Book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Leo

By: Micailah
Clay Model
From: Veiled Rose
Book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Monster Hunting

By: Christa W.
Watercolor
From: Veiled Rose
Book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood




 

Rose Red in the Netherworld

By: Tracey
Pencil Drawing
From: Veiled Rose
Book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Noorhitam

By: Brenna Jones
Photo Manipulation
From: Veiled Rose
Book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Rosie's Faerie Form

By: Kaylee S.
Colored Pencil
From: Veiled Rose
Book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Leo and Rosie, Together Again

By: Jessica M.
Watercolor
From: Veiled Rose
Book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Carrun Corgar

By: Brenna Jones
Photo Manipulation
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood





 Eanrin and Imraldera

By: Micailah
Clay Models
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Varvare's Choice

By: Allysa F.
Mixed Media Sculpture
Metal, Stone, Fire, Water, Feather, Rose Vines
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood
 

 

 Princess Varvare

By: Christa W.
Watercolor
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood


 Queen Bebo and Lady Hymlumé

By: Micailah
Pencil Drawing
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Queen Anahid and Varvare

By: Chloe
Lego Art
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Lady Hymlumé

By: Beka
Watercolor
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Orfhlaith

By: Micailah
Clay Model
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Castle of Arpiar

By: Brenna Jones
Photo Manipulation
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Ragniprava 1

By: Micailah
Colored Pencil
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Guardians of the Haven

By: Gabriella Silverstein
Photo Manipulation
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Rebirth

By: Erin Jones
Photo Manipulation
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Princess Varvare

By: Micailah
Pastel Portrait
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Night of Moonblood

By: Brenna Jones
Photo Manipulation
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Ragniprava 2

By: Micailah
Colored Pencil
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood



Hymlumé's Garden

By: Hannah W.
Acrylic and Digital Painting
From: Moonblood
Book 3 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood


Scroll down to the next post to see more fan art submissions!