Sunday, 16 September 2012

New Contract and Children's Films

I was excited to sign a new contract with MuseItUp Publishing yesterday for my next tween book, The Jigsaw Puzzle. This story has a slightly creepy fantasy element to it as well as an added rhyming puzzle to solve and hopefully it will appeal to boys as much as girls! I'll no doubt mention more about it at some point. The tentative release is March 2013. I've posted the blurb on the Flights of Imagination blog.

It seems appropriate the children's book was accepted just at the moment, as I've recently seen and enjoyed two children's films - one classic and one new. I happened upon the original version of The Wizard of Oz while ironing one day and was completely engrossed in Dorothy's adventures with her three strange friends. Love the way it ends when they eventually find the Wizard is not what they expected.

The other film was Brave, the new Scottish set animated film from Pixar. Have to say the scenery is stunning and the characters brilliant. A definite plus is the fact the main character is a fiery girl with the most gorgeous long curly red hair. As well as a satisfying storyline, it's very funny - not least the parts with the little triplet brothers. I went with an equally grown up friend and we laughed more than the few children in the audience. It really did us good to watch something so entertaining!

Think I'd better get on with redrafting the historical novel over the next week or two before I have to deal with edits for the tween book!



Suzanne Ross Jones said...

Congratulations on your new contract, Rosemary. Your book sounds fascinating.

I've always loved The Wizard of Oz. Haven't seen Brave yet, but it's on my to-do list (although I'll probably miss it and end up waiting for the dvd).


Pat Posner said...

Congratulations, Rosemary.
I'm another Wizard of Oz fan.

Hard to believe the first book was published in 1900!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ros! Can't wait to read it. Stick at the Regency too! TangoQueen

Freda Lightfoot said...

Well done, Rosemary. Can't be an easy market to get into.

Wishing you every success,

Teresa Ashby said...

Congratulations - that's great news :-)

I haven't seen Brave yet, but it is definitely on my must watch list x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, Suzanne - I'm sure you'll love Brave!

Thanks, Pat. I can't believe it was published that long ago!

Thanks, Tango Queen - and for the encouragement to get the other novel finalised!

Thanks for your good wishes, Freda - much appreciated!

Thanks, Teresa! You'll love Brave - it really is one of the best films I've seen for a while.

Vikki said...

Congratulations again! Looking forward to reading it!x

Jean Bull said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to reading your new book in March 2013.
I watched The Wizard of Oz last Christmas, and saw the stage musical in London with Michael Crawford and Danielle Hope. Fantastic!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Vikki!

Thank you, Jean! How great to see the stage musical of Wizard.

Patsy said...

Congratulations, Rosemary - that's great news!

Joan Fleming said...

Well done, Rosemary. Congratulations!
I saw Brave with two other adults. The cinema was full of people of all ages. We really enjoyed it: lovely Scottish scenery and lots of humour.

KatieO said...

Congrats on your new contract! How exciting!

Joanna said...

Congratulations, Rosemary! This is marvellous news and The Jigsaw Puzzle sounds fantastic. March 2013 doesn't sound all that far away. I feel really excited for you. Well done!

I'd love to see Brave. It sounds like a good family film. All our girls love those and the husband does too! xx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, Patsy!

Thanks, Joan - it was a lot of fun, wasn't it!

Thanks a lot, Katie!

Thanks so much, Joanna - it's all very exciting again! You'd love Brave - it's great to see a female lead and a good story with humour.

edna d'lima said...

Congratulations Rosemary ,wonderful news ,I am delighted for you Well done !!

I have the original Oz on video and have watched it over the years with my sons and all my 7 grandchildren.

I always joke that Dorothy was born the same yar as me 1939.

Its almot worn out but we love it and keep going back to it.

I was delightd whn it came to London on stage and I went with my grand daughters.We had a fantastic day.

Love your bloggs
God bless

Carolb said...

That's wonderful news, Rosemary, congratulations.

Janice Horton said...

Congratulations on your new contract, Rosemary!

I saw Brave too and loved it. I watched it even more keenly after attending Julie Cohen's session at the RNA conference on learning about building storyline from Pixar films!

Janice xx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hello Edna - thank you very much for leaving a comment! Glad you're still enjoying The Wizard so much.

Thanks, Carol!

Thank you, Janice - I remember you talking about Julie's session!

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

How wonderful. I am so happy for you.
I love Brave. I can't wait to own that one. I've seen it twice.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Many thanks, Pen & Ink! I think Brave is one I'd like to own too.

Talli Roland said...

Huge congrats, Rosemary! It sounds like another fantastic read.

Katbalou Edwards said...

Great news Rosemary:-) Your hard work pays off eh?


Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks a lot, Talli!

Many thanks, Karen - it's an incentive to keep going!

Anita Chapman said...

Congrats on your new contract Rosemary! I've seen the trailer for Brave-must take the kids to see it-sounds great.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Many thanks, Anita! Your children (and you) will love Brave.