Today's book spotlight as part of the #VBT is Books #1 and #2 by Liz DeJesus in her Frost Series here on The Phantom Paragrapher.
Synopsis: First Frost - Book #1 The Frost Series - Liz DeJesus - June 2012
For generations, the
Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing
down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets
to “family only.”
Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection
dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has
acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the
evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…
Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or
photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She
knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of
course, magic doesn’t really exist.
She’s about to find out how wrong she is.
Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘First Frost’ with us?
I listened to A LOT of Mumford and Sons while I was writing First Frost. So you can basically put their first album on this list. And if you have no idea who this band is then you have to check them out. They’re AMAZING. Also Imogen Heap, I’m a HUGE fan of hers. I’d listen to her any time of the day. She just has a way to put me in a dream-like state and it makes it easy for me to write.
That having been said I’ll share the top ten songs I listened to while I worked on First Frost:
1. First Train Home by Imogen Heap
2. Little Bird by Imogen Heap
3. Between Sheets by Imogen Heap
4. 2 - 1 by Imogen Heap
5. Aha! by Imogen Heap
6. Canvas by Imogen Heap
7. The Cave by Mumford and Sons
8. Timshel by Mumford and Sons
9. Thistel and Weeds by Mumford and Sons
10. Enchanted by Taylor Swift
I know it’s not a lot of variety but it’s the only way to get me to write sometimes. The music helps me get to a certain mind set. Especially if it’s music that I know my characters would listen to.
Synopsis: Glass Frost - Book #2 The Frost Series - Liz DeJesus - July 2013
When joined together, Cinderella's slippers grant the wearer her heart's desire. But whose wish will be granted?
Cinderella’s glass slipper is stolen, Queen Felicia sends her faithful
steward Terrance to the real world to retrieve his love and
witch-in-training, Bianca Frost. The power of the glass slipper in the
wrong hands could ruin peace in Everafter. Bianca must gather every bit
of magic she has learned in the past few weeks to find the slipper and
protect her new love. Together, Bianca, Ming, Prince Ferdinand, and
Terrance venture deep into the heart of Everafter to seek clues as to
who has stolen the slipper and why. Along the way, they uncover what
happened to the Seven Dwarves after Snow White married the prince, but
also learn the awful risk of tampering with black magic and the high
price that must be paid for magical aid, even when used for good.
and Terrance’s relationship is put to the test. Through the pain of
suffering and loss, Bianca must determine if following her gallant
boyfriend into his faraway world is in fact her heart's desire.
Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Glass Frost’ with us?
Last year while I was thinking about how to start writing Glass Frost, I was listening to "The Catalyst" by Linkin Park. I hadn’t written a single word yet, but as I listened to this song I had a clear image of Bianca crawling out of a pit. I was driving at the time (which is a dangerous thing to do if you have my brain because I literally go somewhere else when I’m writing) and I just burst into tears. I wanted to know what happened that made Bianca fall into that dark place. How was she supposed to get out of there? Why wasn’t there someone there to help her? So that was another plot point that I could reach.
Like memories in cold decay
Transmissions echoing away
Far from the world of you and I
Where oceans bleed into the sky
Lift me up, Let me go...
It was that particular part of the song that just got to me for some reason. I can’t wait for you all to read that scene in the book. I hate torturing my characters, but sometimes that’s the only way they will learn and grow.
Here’s another list of songs I was listening to while I wrote Glass Frost.
1. Enchanted by Taylor Swift
2. I’m Shipping Up to Boston by The Dropkick Murphys
3. 2-1 by Imogen Heap
4. Glittering Cloud by Imogen Heap
5. Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap
Did I mention that I love Imogen Heap? LOL I do! She’s my favorite singer/songwriter.
6. Set the Fire to the Third Bar by Snow Patrol (featuring Martha Wainwright)
7. The Last Time by Taylor Swift (featuring Gary Lightbody)