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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
(from Microsoft Clip Art)

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
(from Microsoft Clip Art)

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.

The Mystic Princesses and the Fireball

Continued from this post.

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?

MP Kidnapped Postcard copy

 

 

Merry Christmas from the Mystic Princesses

Christmas - Happy Holidays

“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 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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The Mystic Princesses Go Camping

Breanna Bloom 8th Birthday
Happy Birthday, Breanna!

 

“Where would you like to go on vacation, Breanna?”

“Janna talked about a place called Gorges State Park. Can we go there, Mom?”

“Of course. I’ll call Janna’s mom and find out more about it.”

Later that day, Pele called Mother Nature and learned that Gorges State Park is in North Carolina. The day hikes range from easy to strenuous and the campground is primitive, having only eight campsites, but not having running water for the bathrooms. Pele asked the girls whether that was a place they wanted to stay for Breanna’s birthday.

“Yes!” Janna replied quickly. She’d grown up in Yellowstone National Park and was used to camping.

“No!” Harmonie and Catie said. They were both city girls and couldn’t imagine a weekend without running water.

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The Mystic Princesses and the Missing Necklace

 

Janna walked into the bedroom and found Harmonie standing in front of the mirror. Harmonie, who was Aphrodite’s daughter, had the power to make people feel happy. But today, tears slid slowly down Harmonie’s cheeks. Janna saw that Harmonie was staring at her neck in the mirror.

“Where is your heart necklace?”

“I don’t know. I’ve looked everywhere. How will I reach my brother Eros without it?” The necklace had a spell on it, which allowed Harmonie to call Eros if she needed to see him.

The remaining Mystic Princesses, Catie, Coral and Breanna heard them talking and came into the bedroom. When Catie asked why Harmonie was crying, Janna told the others that Harmonie’s necklace was missing. They weren’t used to Harmonie being upset and wanted to help her.

“When did you last see your necklace?” Coral asked.

“Yesterday morning.”

The Mystic Princesses and the Missing Necklace

 

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Holiday Traditions, Mystic Princesses Style

“PJ, we miss our families,” Breanna said. “It’s the holidays and we’d like to be with them, but they are so far away.”

PJ smiled because she knew a secret that she wasn’t sharing with the girls and said, “When I miss my family, I think of the things we did on holidays. It makes me feel like I’m back at home, even for just a few minutes. For instance, I always went to Christmas Eve services with my parents. It was beautiful, because at the end of the service, the lights were dimmed and everyone would light their candles one at a time. Once they were all lit, the church glowed softly. Our breath caused the flames to slowly flicker as we sang Silent Night. After we finished singing, we’d blow out our candles and quietly leave the church.  When we returned home, my brothers and I would beg to open a present. And our parents always let us open one small gift. But we had to wait until Christmas morning to open the rest. After that we’d watch the Macy’s Day Parade while mom prepared a the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie for dessert. Later in the day dad watched football while we played with our new toys.”
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