Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Opal Crown Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway!

Today, I'm excited to host Jenny Lundquist, author of one of my favorite duologies, Princess in the Opal Mask and The Opal Crown!  She's here to talk about her top ten Fairy Tale movies!

Top Ten Fairy Tale Movies

I have pretty eclectic taste when it comes to fairy tale inspired movies. In no particular order, the following ten are my favorites:

1. Hook- Because I love Robin Williams, and was saddened by his death. Also, I love the premise of this movie.

2. Labyrinth- David Bowie. Need I say more?

3. Cinderella- Magic, Mystery and Midnight! And giant pumpkin carriages!

4. The Princess Bride- As…You…Wish!

5. Tangled- Beautiful Animation. Also, I want these lanterns. 

6. The Matrix- I know, that might sound strange as a fairy tale. But I once read an article that argued that The Matrix is basically a scifi retelling of Alice in Wonderland. After thinking about it, I have to agree. And I dig those fight scenes.

7. Edward Scissorhands- Best ice sculptures ever.

8. The Wizard of Oz- This might be slightly influenced by my deep, DEEP, love for the musical WICKED. Also, is it shallow if I say I really want a pair of these ruby slippers?

9. Disney’s Snow White- The witch still scares me to this day.

And finally…

10. Frozen!

This is hands down one of my favorites. I love how it turns some of the fairy tale tropes on its head (“Who marries someone they just met?!!?”). I love the fact that Elsa is a queen, not just a princess. And I love the point the movie makes that true love can exist between siblings, not just romantic partners. For those of you who have already read The Opal Mask series, I think you can see why that appeals to me. Also, I may or may not have listened to Let It Go a bazillion times while I revised The Opal Crown.

About Jenny:
Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers. They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with their two sons and Rambo, the world's whiniest cat.

 The New Book:
In the year since she was betrothed to the crown prince of Kyrenica, no one has suspected that the Masked Princess has been a decoy. That Elara, the secret twin sister, has been pretending to be Princess Wilha all along. The royal family has kept Elara’s identity hidden from the world, and for the girls, swapping lives has not been easy. Galandra is quickly declining, and the sisters continue to be a pawn in the Guardian’s ever-changing endgames.
But the stakes rise when Elara and Wilha’s younger brother, Andrei, takes the Galandrian throne after their father's death, and he reveals the girls' deception to Kyrenica’s royal family. Viewed as traitors, Elara and Wilha realize they are now fighting for their lives—and for their country. However, with only one crown and one throne to overthrow, Elara and Wilha must decide who will become queen. Or rather, the next savior for their people.


(1)  Winner will receive a $25 Amazon or Barnes &Noble Gift card and a set of THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK and THE OPAL CROWN. US Only.

(4) Winners will receive a set of THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK and THE OPAL CROWN. US Only.
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  1. Wow I had never thought of The Matrix as a retelling of Alice in Wonderland...but it totally works! I'd be interested to see similar retellings of other fairy tales!

  2. I loved Hook as a kid! Thanks for this giveaway :)

  3. I've never thought of The Matrix as like Alice but now you mention it...that makes sense! I love The Princess Bride too, one of my favourites :D

  4. Wow, i've never actually heard of these books or this author before! They sound great! Oh, and Hook and The Princess Bride are THE BEST.

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

  5. Tangled is one of my favorite movies, too! =)

  6. It sounds like an amazing story, identical twin sisters that swap lives. I would love to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  7. Jenny must have an amazing cover designer because this cover is just as beautiful as the first book. They're a must see cover in person so head to a bookstore immediately :)

  8. Interesting book!

  9. Fairy tales are my favorite!! I'm actually watching The Princess Bride as I write this! :D

    I can't believe I haven't started reading these books, though I've wanted to since I first saw the first one (I mean, that cover!!).