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Potential Movie Rights Contract

Potential Movie Rights Contract

 

Potential Movie Rights Contract

Several years ago I had a dream, a crazy dream, but with encouragement from friends and family, I decided to go for it. I wanted to write a children’s book series. With the convenience of the internet, I began making lists of all that I needed to learn.  The list seemed insurmountable, but as with any list, if one takes a step at a time, it is possible. I wrote the book, found an editor and published on Amazon.com.

The Mystic Princesses were more than a dream!

 

Reviews help sell books, so I sought feedback from trusted organizations. I entered my books into the Writers’ Digest Self-Published Book Awards contest. And I submitted them to IndieBRAG, LLC for review. The reviews came back and I was ecstatic with the messages. They listed a few things that could be improved, which I incorporated.

And then the email of my dreams came. I woke up one morning a few months ago and found a message that a studio was interested in a potential movie rights contract.  I’m honored to have been considered. With a little fanfare and a lot of grateful feelings, here is the message:

Dear PJ,

I am trying to track down the film/TV rights to your Mystic Princesses books. Do you have an agent or manager who handles the film/TV rights on your behalf? If so, would you be so kind as to forward me their contact information? We have a database for film/TV rights to books, and one of our clients was interested in your series. I can be reached at e****er@r*********er.com. Thank you and best wishes.

Next, I corresponded with the firm that contacted me, as well as found an agent and an attorney willing to assist with negotiations. However, it didn’t work out, but I thought I’d share the message anyway.

So my message for you is: follow your dream! You never know where it might lead if you don’t try. And if you do try, with a lot of hard work, surrounding yourself with professionals in the field, research and some luck sprinkled in, you could hit the jackpot.

The Mystic Princesses and the Olympic Games

The Mystic Princesses and the
Olympic Games

 

The princesses watched the Olympics at PJ’s house, eating popcorn and talking about their favorite sports.

“Mine is synchronized diving,” Coral said. Coral is King Neptune’s daughter, so it wasn’t surprising that she would love a water sport.

Catie said she loves gymnastics. The girls fly like birds. Catie’s mom, Iris, used rainbows to relay messages to the gods. Catie inherited her mom’s power to make rainbows, and being the air element, can also turn the girls into birds.

Breanna chimed in and said her favorite is track and field, but that she liked the shot put the best.  She thought it would be funny if the athletes had to throw flaming shots. Then she added that she loves the torch ceremony. She is Pele’s daughter and can throw fireballs and turn the girls into torches.

The Mystic Princesses and the Olympic Games
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Janna said equestrian dressage was her favorite.  That’s where the horse and rider complete assigned steps from memory, and Janna will grow up to command all of the land animals, like her mom, Mother Nature. She would have an unfair advantage since she can talk to the animals, so Janna knew she’d never compete in the sport.

The girls were all surprised when Harmonie said she liked that the Olympics promote peace and goodwill across the countries but that her favorite sports are boxing and judo.

“Why? That seems so violent and goes against your ability to make people feel peaceful,” Janna asked.

The Original Greek Olympic Games

 

“Well, wrestling was one of the original Greek Olympic games, but with my dad being Ares, the God of War, so I guess I just want to find a sport of which he would approve.”

The girls were still a bit shocked, and Coral asked Harmonie how she thought Harmonie’s mom, Aphrodite, would feel about that since Aphrodite is the goddess of love.

“The Olympics don’t have a competitive sport for making people feel happy. And, she loves my dad, so she’ll still love me when I finally get to meet her!”

Olympic Rings as Hearts
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The princesses felt sad for Harmonie, so they decided to hold their own Olympics. Breanna turned Coral into a torch and ran around the block before handing the torch to Janna. After running around, they all felt better and went inside to watch more of the Olympics.

Emoji Adventures Volume 1 The Horse Party

Emoji Adventures Volume 1 The Horse Party Book Blast

 

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to coordinate the Emoji Adventures Volume 1 The Horse Party Book Blast. This book is a children’s adventure book written by P. T. Evans. The blast will run June 20 – June 22, 2016.

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About the Book

Title: Emoji Adventures Volume 1: The Horse Party | Author: P.T. Evans | Genre: Children’s Adventure | Number of Pages: 108 | Publisher: Montage Publishing | Publication Date: February 21, 2016

Book Description: OBSESSED WITH EMOJIS? LOL with your favorite emojis as they come to life in this fun, new series. Follow Annie with the constant smile; Kevin, her devilish brother; Billy, poop head and BFF; and Dot, the love-struck jock as they make their way through Emoji Elementary. amazon2 What others have to say about the book… “I LOVE this book! The dialogue is witty (and LOL funny); the characters are endearing; and the theme is universally sweet. The author has created a unique experience, blending modern inventions of emojis with classic lessons for kids (and, truly, all of us). It would make a fun read-aloud as well! Definitely a winner.” – Robin (Amazon)

“This book is darling! My girls fell in love with Annie and her emoji buddies! We can’t wait for the next installment so we can laugh and keep on reading!!!” – Amazon Reviewer

“The Emoji Adventures combines things that a lot of kids love- silly characters, fun storylines and emojis!” – Amazon Reviewer

Montage Publishing Summer Reading Program

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“We at Montage Publishing are committed to creating quality books for children; as parents and educators, we’re also aware of the academic backslide that can happen during summer. We’ve created some worksheets, a reading log, and a certificate of achievement to be used alongside our EMOJI ADVENTURES series. Feel free to use them as they are or adapt them to your specific needs. To further encourage summer reading, we’re having a drawing for two sets of EMOJI ADVENTURES books – one for the winning student; one for his/her library.” To print worksheets and enter the drawing visit montagepublishing.com.

About the Author: P.T. Evans

Emoji Adventures Volume 1 The Horse Party Book Blast P.T. Evans has been writing books for children under various names for two decades. With seventeen novels, numerous author visits, and state reading awards, Evans’ books have been translated into two dozen languages.

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Book Blast Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice Giveaway ends: July 4, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, P.T. Evans and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

 

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The Mystic Princesses and the Fireball

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PJ, Eros and the Mystic Princesses’ parents have gathered in PJ’s living room because the Children of Ares sent a ransom note after kidnapping the girls. The group worried quietly, but Athena was the first to speak. “It’s going to be okay. Remember, while we were in New Orleans,  I taught the girls the acronym SKARED. They will find a way to free themselves from the Children of Ares.”

The Mystic Princesses and the Fireball

“And they learned self-defense techniques while living in my underwater castle near Kauai,” King Neptune added.

Just then the door burst open, and the girls ran into the room and Harmonie said, “You should have seen Breanna. She was amazing!”

“Yes,” Janna chimed in. “The Children of Ares tricked the principal at our school. They told him they wanted to read to the class for Children’s Book Day. Then they separated us into groups to play hide-and-seek because the book was about playing outside.”

Breanna's Fireball copy“They trapped us in rope nets, but they forgot Breanna can throw fireballs,” Coral laughed. “So she waited until they were gone and lit the nets on fire above our heads.”

“Then Catie took over,” Breanna added. “She turned us all into birds so that we’d be smaller and wouldn’t get burned. As soon as a hole was big enough we each flew out of the nets.”

“You girls are so smart,” Athena said. “I’m proud of you for remaining calm and finding a way out of a scary situation.”

 

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The Mystic Princesses and the Ransom Note

The circular path of footprints in PJ’s carpet showed she’d been pacing the floor the last two hours. Where were the Mystic Princesses? They hadn’t come home from school nor had the police found them. She heard the sound of the postman dropping her mail through the slot and ran to the front door. She quickly scanned the postcard, noting its Jester City, Texas postmark. PJ immediately picked up the phone even though the note said she shouldn’t call the police. Next, she called the princesses’ parents, Eros and Athena.

How will PJ find the missing Mystic Princesses?

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The Mystic Princesses and the Secret Garden

 

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I’d like to thank indieBRAG, LLC for organizing the Colors of Spring Blog Hop and you for visiting my website to read “The Mystic Princesses and the Secret Garden”. Please check the end of the post for other participating blogs and the rules for prize giveaways by the authors and by indieBRAG.

The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool was awarded the indieBRAG Medallion after passing their rigorous tests of excellence. If you’d like to know more about the indieBRAG review process, please visit their website.

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Three Books for Appreciate a Dragon Day

“Guess what, PJ!” Janna said. ” I found these three books for Appreciate a Dragon Day. Can we buy?”

“Let’s take a look at the reviews and decide which books to buy.”

The Mystic Princesses talked PJ into buying all three of the books about dragons, hurried to their desks to finish their homework. PJ was strict about school work so they didn’t try to sneak a peek at the dragon books. Fingers flew across their keyboards, five pairs of eyes took turns straying to their ereaders and the numbers on the clock crept slowly toward the evening. After finishing their homework, having dinner and cleaning the kitchen, PJ finally allowed the girls to begin reading.

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5 Bedtime Stories for National Bird Day

“Hey, look!” Janna said pointing at the calendar of unusual holidays she received for Christmas. “January 5th is National Bird Day.  The day was set aside to help educate people about birds’ issues.”

“Let’s read some books about birds,” Catie added.

“Yes!” the rest of the girls agreed.

Janna, the Earth element, is the daughter of Mother Nature and will grow to command all land animals. And Catie, the Air element, is Goddess Iris’ daughter. Because of this Catie can turn the Mystic Princesses into birds. So it is only natural that they’d want to read about birds. They looked in their ereader and found several books.

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Merry Christmas from the Mystic Princesses

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“Girls, will you please wish our readers Merry Christmas in your native languages?” PJ requested.

“I was born in Hawaii,” Breanna said. “We say Mele Kalikimaka. What do you say Catie?”

“In Louisiana, we speak many Cajun French dialects. My family says, Joyeux Noël.”

Harmonie and Janna chimed in together saying, “Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.”

“I was born in Hawaii, like Breanna, but my mom is from Japan. So we say Meri Kurisumasu,” Coral added.

“As you can see here, even in America, we have different traditions. And, if you look world wide, there are many more. But, no matter how you celebrate, may it be wonderful!” PJ said.

Merry Christmas from The Mystic Princesses

 

The Mystic Princesses and the Black Halloween Cats

The Mystic Princesses and the Black Halloween Cats“What did you do at school today?” PJ asked the Mystic Princesses while they ate their after school snack of bananas, peanut butter, crackers and milk so cold it would cause brain freeze if they drank it too quickly.

“One our friends brought her cat today for show and tell,” Catie answered before taking another bite of her banana.

The girls told PJ that the cat’s name was Magic because it was black and their friend found it right after Halloween the prior year.

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Nicu – The Littlest Vampire: In ‘Big Fangs’ by Elias Zapple

Nicu - The Littlest Vampire: In 'Big Fangs'“What are we going to read next?” Catie asked.

The princesses stared at the titles on their eReaders and Breanna spoke first. “How about the next Nicu book, Nicu – The Littlest Vampire: In ‘Big Fangs’? I want to find out whether he is still being bullied.”

The girls agreed and took turns reading aloud to each other. They quickly finished the book and looked at each other. They were surprised that Nicu continued to fall for his brother, Adam’s, tricks.

“What did you think, Coral?” Catie asked.

Coral, who had stopped a bullying shark in Hawaii said, “I’m glad he got even with his brother.”

“But trying to get even with people can cause bad situations to get worse,” Harmonie said. “Finding a way to get people to stop bullying is tricky.”

“That’s true,” Coral agreed. “But what should Nicu have done differently?”

Breanna said, “Sometimes parents can help. But in Nicu’s case, his parents never catch Adam causing the problems. They always see Nicu’s reactions. But if he didn’t let the others know they were bothering him, perhaps they would stop. But since he does react, then it gives them a reason to continue to pick on Nicu.”

“Yes, that’s not fair.” Janna agreed. “Sometimes teachers can help. If Nicu had asked a teacher whether drinking an ogre’s blood would make Nicu’s teeth bigger, he could have found out that his brother, Adam, was playing a mean and dangerous joke on him.”

Catie finished the discussion saying that she hoped Nicu’s next book would come out soon so that they’d find out whether Nicu learned not to let the other vampires’ teasing get to him.

The Mystic Princesses and the Supermoon Eclipse

Supermoon by KS Brooks
Supermoon by KS Brooks

The Mystic Princesses traveled to Washington State in the Pacific Northwest on a field trip for school. On their first day of hiking, in Olympic National Park to learn about rain forests. That night, they talked about how much fun they’d had, the wildlife and flowers they’d seen and how the cold made their noses red. They yawned as they checked their feet for blisters, hoping they’d be able to stay awake for the supermoon lunar eclipse later that night.

“The hot dogs are best when they are burnt,” Breanna said holding her coat hanger over the fire.

“No, they aren’t,” Janna replied. “I like them hot, but not burnt. Yuck!”

After they had eaten their hot dogs, the girls enjoyed s’mores for dessert, licking their lips and fingers to get every bit of the gooey marshmallows and chocolate.

The Mystic Princesses and the Supermoon Eclipse
Sol Duc Falls by PJ LaRue

Harmonie said her favorite waterfall that day was Sol Duc Falls. “I love the way the three waterfalls join together falling into one stream. It reminds me of how the five of us have become friends and think alike.”

“Janna, can you explain the difference between a ‘supermoon’, a blood moon and an eclipse?” Coral asked. She wanted to understand the unusual feat of nature that they were to see that night, if only they could stay awake  long enough.

Janna, who is Mother Nature’s daughter, confirmed her mother’s description when she read the news that morning. “A supermoon occurs when a full moon or a new moon is closest to the Earth. An eclipse occurs when the full moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. And, a blood moon occurs when the light from the sun is reflected by the moon.”

The girls thought about Janna’s description and hoped that there wouldn’t be any clouds that night to prevent them from seeing the supermoon.

“That will be so cool!” Breanna said. “I’m glad PJ said we could stay up late to watch it.

“Where do you think we’ll go hiking tomorrow?” Catie asked.

Harmonie answered that she didn’t know, but that she hoped the chaperones let the girls sleep in to make up for staying up late that night.

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3 Bedtime Stories for Sweet Dreams

3 Bedtime Stories for Sweet Dreams“Summer’s almost over,” Breanna said. “We are going to have to start going to bed earlier, so we can get up for school the next day.”

“I’m excited to go back to school because we will meet new friends,” Harmonie added.

Then Catie said, “I’m glad my parents taught me a bedtime routine. It makes me fall asleep faster.”

“We’ve read several bedtime story books as part of our summer reading challenge,” Coral added. “If we share them, maybe parents will be able to get their children to go to sleep easier.”

“Hmm, where do we start?” Janna asked. “I know! I loved The Night of the Magical Flight by Melinda Kinsman. It is an excellent bedtime story that will surely give children dreams of wizards, magical carpet rides, far away lands and daring rescues.”

“I liked that one, as well,” Breanna said. “And I liked Night Night My Child by Ryann Hall. The book was about a mom and daughter’s bedtime routine. It made me think of my mom teaching me to brush my teeth, wash my face, brush my hair and kiss everyone goodnight before I went to bed.”
3 Bedtime Stories for Sweet Dreams

“I always greeted the moon and stars ‘hello’ before going to sleep,” Janna said. “And I told the volcanos not to erupt.”

“That was sweet,” Harmonie told Janna.

“What about the book we read a while back about puppies?” Catie recalled getting the girls back on the subject.

3 Bedtime Stories for Sweet Dreams“That was Tell Me How You Say Goodnight by Teddy O’Malley,” Janna said. “It had goodnight in different languages and I dreamed of puppies several nights in a row after we read it.”

“Just talking about these books is making me sleepy,” Coral said right before she yawned. “I think it’s time to get ready for bed.”

 

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Nicu the Littlest Vampire: In Fangless by Elias Zapple

Nicu the Littlest Vampire: In Fangless by Elias ZappleThe Mystic Princesses sat in front of the fire pit at Breanna’s house in Yellowstone National Park. They’d just finished reading Nicu the Littlest Vampire in Fangless and were talking about Nicu being teased because he didn’t have his fangs although he was 9-years-old. The mean spirited teasing wasn’t just from his brother and school mates, even his parents were disappointed and hit Nicu because he was fangless.

“Poor Nicu,” Breanna said starting the discussion. “If I were there, I would have thrown a fire ball at those bullies.”

“That wouldn’t have solved the problem,” Harmonie said. “Bullying is wrong. It might have helped if Nicu understood that the other vampires teased him because he was different. Letting them see he was bothered by the teasing made them tease him even more. What did you think Coral?”

“It sounds like you are blaming Nicu for reacting!”

“No! I should have added that it would have helped if his friends had stood up for him instead of joining in the teasing. I didn’t like his friends or family. Even Nicu’s parents were mean to him.”

The girls thought about this and commented that they’d been taught that being included in a group of friends normally helps children who are bullied. This is because having friends form a protective circle reducing the time that a person is alone and doesn’t give the bullies as many chances to tease. And they’d learned that when children feel loved they don’t let the teasing bother them as much.

Catie spoke next saying, “I agree. Friends and family aren’t supposed to be mean to each other.”

Janna finished the discussion when she said, “We sometimes we tease, but were are never mean when we joke around.”