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♥ Book Info ♥
♥ Title ~ The Color Keepers
♥ Series ~
♥ Author ~ Catriona Crehan
♥ Genre ~ Young Teen / Young Adult / Fantasy
♥ Release Date ~ May 1, 2013
♥ Cover Art ~ PhatPuppyArt
♥ Typography ~ BB Designs
♥ BOOK DESCRIPTION ♥
Hoping to have a good change and good ending to go with it, Emily, a 16- year-old girl from Ohio, has moved to sunny California.
Moving to a new town can be scary, especially a new school. So when Sam, the most popular kid there, looks her way, she can’t believe this is happening to her.
Everything seems to be working out fine. That is, until her mother buys an enchanted mirror by mistake.
Suddenly, Emily finds herself in a whole new world, full of talking animals, magic and more change than she was hoping for.
With the help of her new crush, Sam, and her annoyingly goofy 12-year-old brother James, Emily sets out to save their world and ours
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♥ EXCERPT ONE ♥
Damien flew through the window.
“Your Majesty!” I looked him over and saw his feathers ruffled dirty. His eyes were wide, and he sounded severely out of breath. “Yes, Damien? What have you seen?”
“Your sister! She hurt the Emily lady and the green keeper led her to safety. She has obtained the first key! What shall we do?”
“WHAT? She’s stronger than I thought! How could she have gotten the first key already? That’s impossible!”
“She has! She passed the green spirits character test! What are we going to do?”
“We’re going to have to intercept her at the Blue Spirit. That will most likely be her next destination. Let’s go.”
I will find her and end it now. I cannot risk her getting another key. It will be my own undoing.
♥ EXCERPT TWO ♥
James was special.
He was really a piece of work, always cracking a joke, always turning a serious situation into a laughing stock. Sometimes it helped alleviate the awkward. Other times it was pure hell. Though I had to give it to him. He was always there for me.
There wasn’t one time when I was in trouble that he didn’t back me up. For instance, now. Here I was, on the verge of dying in a world behind a magical mirror, and he came along for the ride. He didn’t really have a choice, but still. After looking at him, it made people wonder about me. How could this boring, weird girl be related to the comedian? My life was somewhat like a Tim Burton character. I felt as if every step I took, could be documented and put to a Danny Elfman soundtrack.
We made it to the shore and, instead of Sam tying the boat to the dock, he pushed it back out into the lake. I looked at him questioningly.
“Emily, if we leave it here the Crow Queen will think we’re back in the city. If we push it back out, it will delay her a bit, making her think we’re still with the Blue Spirit.” I nodded in agreement and pushed it with him. We all watched as it floated back into the lake, the current pushing it farther and and farther away. Suddenly, I saw a very familiar and terrifying crow on the horizon
♥ SOUNDTRACK ♥
*Can you share 10-15 songs with us that you think make the perfect soundtrack to your book?
Wow, I love these kind of questions. I’m such a huge music person in general so I’m definitely psyched to be picking a soundtrack to my book. When this kind of question is asked, I envision it with a movie as well, haha!
1. “Fix You” Coldplay
2. “Alone Again” Alyssa Reid
3. “Pick U Up” Adam Lambert
4. “Heart Attack” Demi Lovato
5. “Down the Rabbit Hole” Adam Lambert
6. “Sweet Dreams” The Eurythmics
7. “Radioactive” Imagine Dragons
8. “Sun of a Gun” Oh Land
9. “Set Fire to the Rain” ADELE
10. “ I’m Alive” – ELO
11. “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” Fall Out Boy
12. “Speeding Cars” – Imogen Heap
13. “Dog Days are Over” Florence and the Machine
(These last two are popular original compositions, made famous by other movies. In a perfect world though, they would go to my book!)
14. Dreaming – Coraline
15. Ice Dance – Edward Scissorhands
♥ PLAYLIST ♥
Ohana Day Academy would like you to share the playlist you listened to while writing The Color Keepers.
I would definitely have to say the overall inspiration to start the writing process, began with “What I’ve Done” by Lincoln Park. I don’t really have a reason as to why THAT song inspired the start of the book, but it did!
I think songs that would best describe the the feelings throughout would be:
1. “The Call” Regina Spektor – This being about the overall battle between Emily, her feelings and having to overcome fears. In the end, actually missing the journey she’s taken.
2. “I’m Yours” Jason Mraz – This song definitely is the romantic song I would give Emily and Sam, the love between them just fits this song perfectly. This song helped me write how I wanted their romantic relationship to feel.
3. “Fix You” Coldplay – I feel this is Sam’s song to Emily…trying to help her open up and be the person he knows she is.
4.”Magic Dance” David Bowie – Some might find this funny, but I must’ve listened to this song over and over. It really helped capture that fantasy feeling I was after.
5.”Pocket Full Of Sunshine” Natasha Bedingfield – This song helped me pretty much wrap up the story. I imagine this playing out in the final scene.
♥ DREAMCAST ♥
*If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?
I love doing this, as I can already envision it being a movie! That would be so cool, right?
♥ Emily, our main character would HAVE to be played by Hailee Steinfeld. I loved her in True Grit, she’s a fantastic actress.
♥ Sam, her crush, would be awesome if played by Josh Hutcherson, from The Hunger Games. I think he’s a great actor and would pull off Sam, perfectly!
♥ Her brother, the annoying and goofy kid James, would be played by Asa Butterfield. He was the star of “Hugo”. I loved that movie. I remembered seeing it and thinking, he would be PERFECT for James!
♥ Last but not least, The Crow Queen… HAS to be played by Liv Tyler. I’ve only ever seen her in nice roles. It would be a great change to see her play someone evil. Not to mention the Crow Queen is supposed to be extremely beautiful and she fits the bill
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