I’m so grateful for this guest post opportunity. It is such an exciting time since not only am I launching The Forgotten Dream (book 3 in the Obsidian Series), but I’m also launching Coloring Novels™. You may have guessed by now that I love coloring. Why do I love it so much?
This post seems like a great time to talk about that and some aspects of my motivation for launching Coloring Novels™. If you love to color, you may relate. If it’s not for you, perhaps you’ll understand a little more why some people enjoy it so much, and if you’re interested in giving it a try due to the huge popularity of coloring books for adults, this post may be insightful. These are just some quick thoughts that come to mind (and are based on my experiences and opinions).
Why I Love Coloring (and Some Benefits of Coloring):
- Coloring is an opportunity for creativity
- It is emotionally and mentally therapeutic
- I find it nostalgic (I have good memories of coloring on my own and with friends)
- It feels as if it physically releases tension
- The colors seem to make me feel more alive and they tap into emotions
- It is relaxing and my mind can wander
- Coloring has brought me joy and helped me heal during hard times
- It helps keep fine motor skills sharp
- I enjoy the emotions of connecting to the material – some examples are peacefulness coloring precious moments coloring books or fun/energy coloring Lisa Frank artworks
Coloring Books for Adults and Teens (Coloring Novels™):
The reasons above are reasons why I want to help push the movement further. As someone who is tremendously inspired by books and art, I love the idea of escaping into our favorite stories or even processing through thought-provoking books while having opportunities throughout the books to color and draw (or even write in blank spaces and in margin areas).
Can you relate to any of the reasons why I love coloring or do you have any to add if you were making the list? Has coloring meant a lot to you personally?
Beauty and the Beast: Coloring Novel Edition
Beauty and the Beast is a treasured fairy tale passed down through generations that explores the love story of a beautiful young girl captured in the enchanted castle of a frightening beast. Now, Beauty and the Beast has been creatively reimagined in this delightful Coloring NovelsTM edition which includes 56 colorable designs as well as featured art by author and artist, Emilyann Girdner. This is a short story length publication.
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Sense and Sensibility: Coloring Novel Edition
Perfect for fans of romantic classics like Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey, Sense, and Sensibility (a Jane Austen novel) tells the tale of the lovely Dashwood sisters. They face difficult times after their father passes away and must each find a suitable husband if they are to be accepted in society. This special Coloring NovelsTM edition features vintage 1800s inspired pattern designs as well as adapted digital artwork by Emilyann Girdner.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Coloring Novel Edition
Inspired by Greek mythology, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the adventures of young Athenian lovers, a group of actors, the Duke and Duchess of Athens, Theseus and Hippolyta, and the fairies who inhabit nearby moonlit woods. This classic tale is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare written around 1594 to 1596. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works and is widely performed across the world. This Coloring NovelsTM edition is the public domain version and has 40 imaginative colorable illustrations including featured artwork by author and artist, Emilyann Girdner. This is a novella length publication. Buy on B&N/Amazon
The Labyrinth Wall: Coloring Novel Edition
The fantasy charm of Eragon meets the gritty flare of The Hunger Games in the Amazon Best-Selling Obsidian Series books which offer a surprising and fresh magical labyrinth adventure. Imagine a labyrinth world from the perspective of its native people… Araina’s lonely teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man with supernatural powers emerge through a rippling wall into the dark and deadly labyrinth she calls home. Araina must solve many mysteries surrounding the newcomer and the labyrinth she thought she knew so well. And, as a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s creators have unleashed a series of attacks against the labyrinth inhabitants. She must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to survive.
“It is a book that all fantasy lovers will find addictive and thrilling.” — Readers’ Favorite
An Amazon Best-Seller
A Dante Rossetti International Award Finalist
Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Rated
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About Coloring NovelsTM:
Novels have been refused the love of artistic interactivity and brilliant colors for far too long. Not anymore…
Coloring novels were dreamed up by author and artist, Emilyann Girdner. She launched Coloring Novels™ because she wanted to bring the joy of reading novels and coloring together. Reading is an inspiring experience, so you are invited to color the provided pictures, draw your own art, and jot down your ideas as you enjoy this adventure. For more coloring and reading enjoyment, collect all classic stories available by Coloring Novels™.
*Note that colored pencils are ideal for this paper.
Markers and some gel pens may bleed through pages.
Attempting to color the paperback edition covers may cause smearing and is not recommended.
About the author:
Emilyann Girdner is the creator of Coloring Novels™ (a new novel format) and author of Amazon Best-Seller, Dante Rossetti Award Finalist, and Reader’s Favorite 5 Star rated young adult fantasy novel, The Labyrinth Wall.
Emilyann discovered at a young age that reading imaginative books gave living an extra flavor. She has loved stories ever since. She has appeared at events with organizations such as Barnes & Noble stores, Wizard World Comic Con, Supercon, AltCon, and MegaCon Fan Days. KCFV 89.5, City Surfing Orlando, Miami.com, and Tallahassee Magazine are some of the media outlets that have mentioned Emilyann. Emilyann tries to love God and others in all she does.
She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul. Emilyann’s writing and art have appeared via many publications, some of which include Sound & Communications Magazine, The TV Shield, Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, and Examiner.com. Discover more of her writing and art at www.emilyanngirdner.com.
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