Sunday, July 14, 2013

Top Ten Songs That Make Me Think of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl WITH GIVEAWAY!!!!!

I'm thrilled to be a part of Dragonwitch's Release Day Tour! If you've been around my blog *at all*, you know how I adore the whole Tales of Goldstone Wood Series! Dragonwitch has proved to be no exception. These are exceptionally beautiful fairy tale/fantasy books, and I always enjoy my *too* brief stay in them.

For the tour today, Anne is posting the top ten songs that make her think of the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. I've greatly enjoyed listening to them. If you are as big of a fan of Eanrin as me, I think you'll find as much humor in #10 as I did! ;)

About Anne Elisabeth:

Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the author of the award-winning Tales of Goldstone Wood series, adventure fantasies told in the classic Fairy Tale style. She makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and studies piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University.

Top Ten Songs that Make Me Think of Goldstone Wood
By: Anne Elisabeth Stengl

1. “The Old Ways” by Loreena McKennitt (
This song makes me think of the dichotomy between the Near World and the Far. I listened to it a lot around the time I wrote Veiled Rose. It still gives me chills!

2. “Frozen” – Madonna (
I don’t often “soundtrack” my novels, so I had to ask Rohan for some suggestions. He mentioned this song, and I said, “Um . . . Madonna?” Then he showed me the music video, and it really did make me think of Hri Sora in this most recent novel! And, if you watch the music video, you’ll even see one of the Black Dogs.

3. “Night on Bald Mountain” – Mussorgsky (
One of the major storylines for the Dragonwitch was inspired by this FANTASTIC piece of music! After all, didn’t the Dragonwitch fall from the sky and burn a mountain in the Near World so that is now known as Bald Mountain?

4. “Firebird Suite” – Stravinsky (
This fantastic piece by Stravinksy always makes me think of the storyline of Dragonwitch. It would almost work as a soundtrack for a mini-version of the entire story.

5. Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, “The Pastoral” (
Continuing on the subject of music used in Fantasia movies . . . This is one I listened to while writing Heartless. Again, I feel that is nearly a perfect soundtrack for the whole story, from the light-hearted beginning, to the dread and danger, to the triumphant conclusion. My favorite of Beethoven’s symphonies, and that’s saying something!

6. “The Never-Ending Road” – Loreena McKennit (
If there were ever a movie-version of Starflower, this song would be perfect for the end credits! So many of the themes for the story can be found in the lyrics, and the music is just gorgeous. Not quite Beethoven, but gorgeous! Loreena McKennitt is often a good fit for Goldstone Wood.

7. “Jupiter Theme” – Gustav Holst (
One of the major themes at the climax of Dragonwitch is that moment when the Near World, for the first time in hundreds of years, hears the Sphere Songs again. I was nearly to that scene in the book when one day, while I was driving back from the vet, of all things, this song came on the radio. I hadn’t heard it in years, and it thrilled me deeply! I believe I even cried. So this was what I heard in my head when I wrote that scene in Dragonwitch.

8. “The Ood Song of Captivity and Freedom” – from Doctor Who (
So, my husband and I don’t always agree on things. When I told him my pick for the Sphere Songs, he disagreed and said that he thinks they sound more like this piece from Doctor Who! He says the first part, “The Song of Captivity,” makes him think of the song the HymlumĂ©’s Children sing for their brothers who fell on the Night of Moonblood. Then the ending is what he hears for the climactic ending of Dragonwitch. I sneered at first . . . then I listened and thought, You know, that’s not bad! So I’m sharing it too. J

9. “Ten Years from Now” – Rev Theory (
For a COMPLETELY different mood! I’m not usually a big fan of this style of music, but, a couple of years ago, while road-tripping with my big brother, he played this song . . . and it really made me think of Lionheart and his struggle in Moonblood, which was the novel I was writing at the time. I listened to it quite often while working on that book.

10. “Guilty, Beauty, Love” – Vic Mignogna, English Lyrics (
Okay, we’ll end on a laugh! One of my Goldstone Wood Imps told me that this is the song that makes her think of Eanrin . . . and I listened to it and nearly died laughing! So Eanrin. It isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine him trying to sing something like this to Imraldera. Not sure how much she’d appreciate it . . . .

Wasn't that wonderful picks?! I'll have to make myself a soundtrack now! :D

There are LOTS of giveaways happening during this tour, PLUS sneak peeks and interviews. I highly recommend you check out all these other posts and join in the fun!

Tour Schedule
July 14 - Day 1
Rebecca's Book Blog - Interview
Jennette Mbewe - Sneak Peek
Bluerose's Heart - Top Tens List
The Wordsmith's Shelf - Sneak Peek
The Wonderings of One Person - Guest Post
Seasons of Humility - Interview
Worthy 2 Read - Guest Post
The Endless Road - Interview
Tea and Bree - Interview/Sneak Peek
JoJo's Corner - Interview

July 15 - Day 2
Letters to the Cosmos - Guest Post
The Writer of Dream Things - Character Interview
The Sassy Sister - Sneak Peek
Makai Queen - Interview
JoJo's Corner - Sneak Peek
Crafty Booksheeps - Interview
Young Adult Books - Sneak Peek
Darling Diaries - Interview
Blooming with Books - Interview/Sneak Peek

July 16 - Day 3
The Writer's Window - Character Interview
Penning Praises-Guest Post
Crimilia- Interview
Rachel Herriman - Guest Post
Rina's Reading – Top Tens List
JoJo's Corner - Guest Post
Living On Literary Lane - Interview
Onto Her Bookshelf - Interview
An Ink-Made Maiden - Interview
July 16 Evening
Blog Tour Finale and Prize Awarded back at the Tales of Goldstone Wood!

Anne Elisabeth has generously offered up the WHOLE Tales of Goldstone Wood Series during this tour. You want these books!

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And, for a second giveaway, one of my readers will win a copy of Dragonwitch. It's a lovely book, so you want it, too! :)

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  1. Just listened to "Guilty Beautiful Love" . . . Oh, that's so totally Eanrin all over. xD Love it! Now I'm listening to "Songs of Captivity and Freedom". So beautiful, and it definitely does fit. I have no idea how many of these songs I'll listen to . . . probably a lot.

    I love the Goldstone Wood books. They're so amazing. I especially love the characters, and especially especially Eanrin. He's awesome.

    Thanks for this lovely giveaway!

  2. I haven't been keeping up with blogs very well so I haven't even heard of this series, but if you love it then I'm sure I'd enjoy it too! I have to say that Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale. :)

  3. Hey! Love this idea of the list of songs that inspired the books and all. Awesome idea. and Blue + Rose, love your blog title!

  4. I am extremely pleased to see two Loreena Mckennitt songs on this list! :) She always makes me think of fantasy books and thost particular songs are perfect for The Tales of Goldstone Wood series!
    The cello solo on The Old Ways is one of my favorite parts.

  5. I really like the beginning of #7, and I can't believe how much #9 is like Lionheart's struggles. Rose Red even did look at him and say "You're lost."

    And Madonna's song is absolutely chilling. The verses remind me of the Dragonwitch's struggle and descent into darkness, but the chorus reminds me of her talking to the guy she wanted. Creepy.

  6. favorite Tale of Goldstone Wood so far is Moonblood - it was just gorgeous & i loved how the stories from both Hearless & Veiled Rose intertwined & the reader got a lot of answers!

    My favorite fairy tale is probably Beauty & the Beast - I just love that Belle is usually a reader even in re-tellings :) My second favorite would be the twelve dancing princesses.

  7. My favorite Tales of Goldstone Wood is Heartless. I just love the picture of Christ's love for us in it.
    My favorite fairy tale is Disney's retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It's such a beautiful story.

  8. Wow sounds like some interesting songs! I will have to check these out!

  9. EEEEEEEE Anne Elisabeth have you watched Doctor Who, then? OH MY GOODNESS I am on freak mode. :D I love Doctor Who.

    HA! #10 IS Eanrin. That is so hilarious.

  10. Wow! Thanks so much for this list! I can't wait to look up all these songs!

  11. Haven't read these novels yet. There is so much love around the blog community for this author and the books, guess it's time I get on board. :)

    Favorite fairy-tale? Hmm... in book form, either Bewitching or Once Upon a Prince. Have lots more awaiting me on that TBR stack. :)

  12. I have read two of the Tales of Goldstone Wood Series and can't wait to read the others!


  13. I love this post - I love finding theme songs for my stories and it is fun to know the author's theme songs for their respective books. Thanks for sharing! :D