Friday, 16 September 2016

Blog Tour,, Guest Post and Release Day Blitz! Eden’s Escape (Eden of the Lamp #2) By M. Tara Crowl


Eden’s Escape
(Eden of the Lamp #2)
By M. Tara Crowl
From Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Ages 9-12

Eden's new life on earth begins in New York City under the guidance of her new guardian: Pepper, a petite, bubbly genie alum who's also a Broadway actress. Before she has a chance to settle in, though, Eden is whisked away for a granting--only to find herself trapped in a laboratory. David Brightly, owner of the world's leading tech company, cares more about tapping into the lamp's power than making a wish and starts performing tests on Eden. With Brightly's plasma shield around the lamp, Eden has no way home. Left without a choice, she escapes the lab and goes on the run. After her daring exit, Eden finds herself on the streets of Paris--home to Electra's headquarters. Left in a strange city with a price on her head (courtesy of scheming Brightly), Eden has to keep her wits about her. She dons a chic disguise and flits around Paris incognito, investigating Brightly Tech. Assisted by Pepper and her old adversary Bola, as well as some new friends, Eden embarks on a quest to retrieve the lamp and protect the secrets of the genie legacy.

Eden’s Wish
(Eden of the Lamp #1)
By M. Tara Crowl
From Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Ages 9-12

All twelve years of Eden's life have been spent in an antique oil lamp. She lives like a princess inside her tiny, luxurious home; but to Eden, the lamp is nothing but a prison. She hates being a genie. All she wants, more than anything, is freedom.

When Eden finds a gateway to Earth within the lamp, she takes her chance and enters the world she loves. And this time, she won't be sent back after three wishes.

Posing as the new kid at a California middle school, Eden revels in all of Earth's pleasures--but quickly learns that this world isn't as perfect as she always thought it was. Eden soon finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between powerful immortals. A ruthless organization run by a former genie will stop at nothing to acquire the lamp and its power--even hurt Tyler and Sasha, the new mortal friends who have given Eden a home. To save her friends and protect the lamp's magic, Eden must decide once and for all where she belongs.


 M. Tara Crowl grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She studied Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, then received an MA in Creative Writing at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She lives in New York City.


The Guest Post

Dream cast if the book was made into a movie
            The Eden of the Lamp books are about a twelve-year-old genie who wants to live on Earth like a regular girl. In Eden’s Wish, Eden escapes her lamp, surfaces on the beach in California, makes friends with mortals, and tries to pretend she’s one of them. In Eden’s Escape, she changes history by being the very first genie to come to live on Earth, while remaining an active genie. That means she can still be summoned anywhere in the world to grant three wishes, any time the lamp is rubbed.
            I’d love to see Eden’s adventures onscreen. Movies have been a huge part of my life—I even studied film in college at USC. But doing a fantasy casting is tough! I’ll do my best.
            I have no idea who could play spunky, clumsy, adventurous Eden! I don’t know any tween actors. I’m thinking she might have to be played by an unknown. The same goes for Sasha and Tyler, the sister and brother she befriends when she first comes to Earth.
            The adult roles are easier to cast. Xavier and Goldie are the masters of the lamp, which makes them sort of like parents for Eden. Over the course of thousands of years, they’ve raised dozens of genies. They feed her, teach her in the lamp’s lesson room, and discipline her when she disobeys (which is often). Xavier is described as “tall and broad-shouldered, with dark hair that he slicked back and parted on one side.” He’s firm and stern, but he loves and protects Eden like a father. I think Pierce Brosnan would be a great choice to play him, or Hugh Jackman would be amazing.
The other master, Goldie, is “pretty, plump, and pink-cheeked, with kind eyes and a tiny perfect nose. As a rule, she was more indulgent than Xavier, but over the years Eden had learned that crossing her wasn’t wise.” We see the fiery side of her personality in Eden’s Wish, and even more of it in Eden’s Escape. I think Connie Britton would be wonderful as Goldie. I loved her in Nashville, and she’s got the ideal mix of grace and grit. Considering it’s a dream cast, I’d also love to see Meryl Streep in the role!
            Now, for the genie alumni. Every genie is required to grant 999 wishes before she can retire. At that point, she uses her thousandth wish for whatever she’d like for the rest of her life. Most genies choose to be immortal and live on Earth. In Eden’s Escape, as Eden continues to encounter more alumni, we learn that most of them have also wished for special powers.
            In Eden’s Wish, Eden meets a charming alum named Sylvana who wins her trust right away. But before long, Eden sees that deep down, Sylvana is conniving and cruel. I think Margot Robbie would be the perfect actress to play alluring, devious Sylvana.
            Minka Kelly would be great as Violet, an alum who’s used to being pushed around by her colleagues, but finally learns to stand up for herself. And when I think of Heloise, a mysterious alum introduced in Eden’s Escape, I picture Cara Delevigne.

            Finally, there’s Pepper, Eden’s guardian in New York. Pepper is radiant, child-like, and talented. Over the course of her time on Earth, she’s had several careers as a Broadway actress, under the guise of different identities. I’d choose Anna Kendrick to play her. I think she could nail the character, and she can sing!

This time Eden landed on her feet.When she opened her eyes, she saw that they were planted on black pavement. Black pavement meant a street. She was standing on a street.Okay, she thought. But where? She lifted her eyes.Directly before her were four yellow taxis, side by side, like the front line of  a battalion. To her left and right were buildings so tall, she was as small as a bug in comparison. And in the distance, a narrow slip of bright blue sky framed by more sky-high buildings, as far as she could see.She’d never been here before; of that, she was certain. And yet, she’d received a genie’s education. She’d seen enough photos to know without a doubt where she was.“New York City,” she said softly.RERRR!!! Car horns rang in her ears.“Get outta the road!” yelled a man leaning out of a taxi’s window. “You tryna get killed?”The light had changed, and the battalion was ready to charge.As Eden sprinted to the sidewalk, taxis ripped through the space she left behind. Something heavy bounced on her back, and she felt straps around her shoulders. She was wearing a backpack. Suddenly, it started to vibrate against her back---but there was no time to figure out why right now.There was no less traffic on the sidewalk, but at least it was made up of mortals on foot rather than cars. The prospect of a collision wasn’t nearly as dire.Mortals. She took a deep breath. She had to stop calling them that.After all, she was living among them now.

Happiness pulsed through Eden’s veins. She felt like the luckiest girl in the world.The song ended in an uproar of applause, whistles, cheers, and shouts of “Bravo!” Laughing, Pepper curtsied and hurried off stage.“Pepper!” Eden said as Pepper reached the table. “ You were amazing!”“Do you really think so?” Out of the spotlight, she was still the same old Pepper. And just like in the apartment, she actually cared what Eden thought.“Are you kidding? That was the best thing I’ve ever heard!”Pepper hugged her tight. “It was all for you, kid.”She settled back into her chair, and three men appeared, each from a different part of the room. Each looked desperate to meet her.As the first man introduced himself, Eden felt a strange shudder through her body. There was a sense of acceleration in her chest---a distinct feeling that she knew well.It was a good thing all eyes were on Pepper, because that meant no one was watching when Eden disappeared.

“Wow,” Eden said. “You do love clothes.”      
 “I told you.” Melodie started to sift through the racks. “Now, what we’ve got to do is find something that looks like the opposite of anything you’d ever wear.”            “Isn’t the point for me to go unnoticed?” In Eden’s line of sight were an orange jumpsuit that looked like a prison uniform, a shiny green skirt like a mermaid’s tail, and a feathered Native American headdress. “I don’t think I’d blend in wearing most of this stuff.”            “We’ll put you in something subtle.”            Taking it all in, Eden wondered where exactly Melodie planned to find that.            Though Melodie’s wardrobe seemed chaotically disorganized from an outsider’s perspective, she seemed to know precisely where everything was. After careful consideration, she pulled out a white collared shirt, a navy blazer, a pleated green-and-navy skirt, shiny black shoes, and a navy beret to top it all off. Eden put all of it on as instructed.            “See?” Melodie said delightedly. “You’re just a regular student in Paris!”

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