Huzzah! The cover art for the last book in the Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, The Last Winter Moon! Like with the first two books, the cover artist is Brandon Lacey, one of the conceptual artists for Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe. Check out more of Brandon’s artwork here! blue-paint-sea.deviantart.com
It’s release day for An Eclipsing Autumn! Here’s something cute I put together for the occasion 😀 BASICALLY all the characters’ arcs in a nutshell, hehehee.
From March 21 to March 25, YA Bounds Book Tours is hosting a Book Blitz for The Cycle of the Six Moons: An Eclipsing Autumn! All the information that can be found on the participating blogs is below.
I feel like showing off some artwork for An Eclipsing Autumn, so here we go! 😀
This is from the chapter “The Cycle Plays Out.” Michelle has made her hair longer for the performance, and Gediyon is wearing black because he’s working backstage.
Here’s the full, uncropped image:
A closeup of Michelle and Jayse’s costumes:
And the costume design sketch:
Pretty happy with how it turned out 🙂
Well, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll see that I’ve already posted the trailers individually X’D
But anyway! YA Bound Book Tours is hosting the trailer reveal for blogs! Check out that page here!
Here they are all together:
Or if you want to watch all the trailers in one handy-dandy playlist :3
The fifth and final audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons: An Eclipsing Autumn! With Rena Cook as Queen Trissa, David J.G. Doyle as King Oresonn, and John Archer as Gediyon.
Gahhh, this scene is so good. I love the tension between Trissa, Oresonn, and Michelle, and there’s still some mystery on both of their parts, and it’s just the beginning of a really epic climax! Eee!!
Anyway, during auditions, I was concerned that I might not find a voice that was mature and regal enough for Trissa. She’s the last female of the Arriscylean bloodline, the true mother of Arriscyal–having given birth to the reincarnation of their first king. I wanted someone with warmth, wisdom, and majesty to her voice. Rena finally submitted an audition, and I kept listening to it because her voice is just so amazing *_*
When it came to directing her, we had a Skype call complete with webcams, and it was awesome! She showed me around her studio. She had her own sound engineer. It was great 😀 I’m glad she found my modest little project.
I scouted Dave for the role of King Oresonn. Like with Edwyn and Saechin Kan Se, I sent him private auditions, and he nailed it. There’s actually a lot more I want to say about his performance, but I can’t without giving too much away, so I suppose I’ll wait until An Eclipsing Autumn has been out for a while before I go on that. I’ll say this though: I love the bass in his voice, and there was one delivery of his last lines that had me cackling with delight. For soon-to-be-revealed reasons 😉
Then there’s Gediyon, and he’s happy, sort of on a date with Dreana, completely innocent and oblivious to what had happened with Michelle and the king and queen. Uh. I guess there’s not much to say about John’s performance here 😛 Yay Gediyon ❤
Anyway, hope you guys enjoyed all of these teasers! 😀 You can find all of them–including The Starriest Summer’s–here at this link!
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The fourth audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons: An Eclipsing Autumn! With Steven Kelly as Jayse and John Archer as Gediyon.
This miiight be my favorite teaser out of all of them X’D Maybe because Gediyon has a bigger role in it, and, like, he’s my favorite character
and John’s voice is super hot here *cough*
But also, I love the music, because I feel like it sets the atmosphere, and the whole scene is mysterious and, what is with Gediyon?! Actually, I pretty much like this whole chapter. Something happens at the end of it, and a ship sets sail :’D…uh, literally. And figuratively. Ahem.
Anyway, enough gushing.
As usual, Steven and John were a blast to work with. I asked Steven to go back into an English accent for this one, since that’s his natural Arriscylean accent, and it’s what he speaks when he’s most comfortable. And he’s comfortable around Michelle and Gediyon, so duh. I love the part where he’s explaining to Michelle the girl from Gediyon’s past, giving these general descriptors like they’re the most important thing in the world, and Michelle’s just like, “Uh. BIG DEAL?!”
In this scene, Gediyon’s pretty sleep deprived. He hasn’t slept for at least three days because of the Third Moon, and he’s survived something like three hundred other contestants in the tournament, so he’s pretty exhausted. I was trying to schedule a recording session with John when he admitted he hadn’t been sleeping very well, so, heck, let’s do it. Method acting.
Asking him to do Gediyon’s last lines in an American accent was a last-minute directorial decision. Given where the lines he says are actually from, I thought it would be more appropriate to use a different accent, much like Jayse uses a different accent when he’s trying to appear more common in front of people he’s not familiar with. So, his accent switch is deliberate. As the writer and director, I think it’s cool, and I hope listeners won’t just be like, “What happened to his accent?”
Just one more teaser trailer left 😀
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The third audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons: An Eclipsing Autumn! With Kyle Land as Mr. Gum, Elissa Park as Dreana, John Archer as Gediyon, and Steven Kelly as Jayse.
I chose this scene ’cause I really wanted to do the part where Gediyon and Dreana “officially” meet 😉
I held auditions for Mr. Gum, and Kyle–who was the first to audition–was the one who nailed it. So, BAM! Role goes to him 😀 Since Mr. Gum only has one line in the book two promos (he’ll have more in book three’s promos), I asked Kyle to go ahead and just do the lines on his own without my directing. Actually, his third take was hilarious, but I felt it would be out of place if I included it because it was so over-the-top.
The other characters were already cast from book one’s promos. Fun times directing Elissa to act ridiculously seductive, John to act all sheepish with a few jokingly seductive takes himself, and Steven with just…two…very…small lines :’D
I also chose this scene because I thought Michelle’s reactions to Dreana hitting on Gediyon while they’re supposed to be in the final round of the tournament was hilarious. Michelle pretty much thinks Gediyon is a saint, and she thinks Dre is a slut, put ’em together, and Michelle gets overprotective like, “STAAAHHP.” Even Elissa was like, “Wow, girl, calm down.”
There was a fun bit when I was directing John to sound cut-off when he says “Lady Dre–” and I was laughing so hard that I just SCREAMED once he started the line, so we could get a proper cut-off kinda sound 😀 Fun times.
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The third audio promo of The Starriest Summer, with John Archer as Gediyon, and music by Jacob Cadmus!
John had auditioned for Gediyon way back when I was doing the audiobook stuff. Like I said in the previous post, casting Gediyon was difficult, but I’m happy that in the end that I cast John, because he’s greeeaaat. Like always, directing him was a blast, but I’m pretty sure my cat kept interrupting us during our recording session and I kept turning around to bark at her. Also, there were plenty of laughs when I told him to snore, and he joked, “The handsomest of snores!”
Jacob came along when I was searching for someone to compose “The Song of the Sea Angel,” which I unfortunately still don’t have any luck with. I had asked Jacob to compose something to reflect Michelle and Gediyon’s relationship, and I love how it came together in the end of this scene with Gediyon’s storytelling. In fact, I loved it so much that I started fangirling over the sound of it when I was mixing
I chose this scene because claren tea is Gediyon’s signature drink. It’s the first time Michelle is introduced to it, and the scene helps establish Michelle’s relationship with him. They’re incredibly warm and caring, but then there are the small nuances that make them interesting. Does she have a crush on him? Does he see him as a brotherly figure? Is he comfortable enough with her that he can treat her like an equal despite her rank?
Anyway, this scene fills me with happy fuzzies, so I hope you guys like it too 🙂
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