Saturday, March 29, 2014

Guest! Crystal Collier - Author of Moonless! @Crystalcollier1

I'm so excited to welcome Crystal Collier to Kayla's Place today! She's the author of Moonless. I hope you read on below & go grab your copy! Thanks, Crystal, for coming to Kayla's Place! The floor is yours!

First of all, thank you Kayla for having me here today! 

Engaging media is all about character, conflict, and change. In film, these mediums are also considered by terms of hue saturation (coloring--warmth vs coolness), light vs darkness (for obvious mood-setting reasons), angles and close ups (to mimic first person story telling) vs distance shots (narrator/3rd person/larger picture). As a drama geek, I'd love to share my debut book via "Flash Fiction," film style. 

Let me introduce you to Alexia Dumont.
She has always been sheltered because of an unbecoming exterior,
until the night she steps out from Father's protection...
Into Kiren's path,
And his world explodes around her:
Haunted House of Stark,
Creatures in the night,
Something always watching her...
And love that will cost her everything.

There you have it. Character, conflict, and the promise of change in 6 clips. Did you notice the color scheme for mood?

Starting with full color (for normality), we keep a consistent theme of blues--a naturally calming hue except in this instance it contrasts with the action. We transition from day into night, then into black and white for a horror/in the shadows appeal. The majority of the shots are close ups to communicate the intimacy we develop with the characters, and you'll notice Alexia occupies the light, whereas Kiren is hidden in darkness. (Or maybe you're just noticing it now.)

It's like poetry!

Have you ever noticed the different coloring in film? Symbols? Do you have a favorite story or movie that's unique in one of these aspects?

Alexia’s nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless. 

MOONLESS is Jane Eyre meets Supernatural.

"MOONLESS is powerful, compelling, and packed with soul." --Bethany Kaczmarek, editor at A Little Red, Inc. 

"I fell head over heels for the characters." --TC Mckee, BookFish Books 

"Power-packed action, heart stopping mystery, unpredictable twists and turns..." --I Am a Reader Not a Writer

Buy MOONLESS HERE or add it on Goodreads.

Crystal Collier is a young adult author of CLEAN dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids with a thriller pace. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the slaves scientists locked in her basement). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. 

You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

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