Monday, February 29, 2016

Tarragon Character Introduction: James Porter

For those who wondered, yes you may enter every week. Winning one week does not exclude you from the future weeks.


This week's character introduction is James Porter.

James Porter is the husband to Margo Porter, and father to Anwen Porter. Descending from a long line of the same name, James was a devoted father, a dreamer, and a designer. A graphic artist by trade, he worked by commission on various projects, including illustrating books, designing maps, and occasionally spinning a few tales of his own.

Physical Characteristics: Not much is known about James' physical appearance. He was of average build, with brown hair, and wore glasses. He preferred comfortable clothes that were functional, and often had a studious air about him.

Personality: Though studious in his craft, James was easy to get along with. He loved to tease, but could be serious when needed. A devoted husband and father, James only wanted what was best for his family. He was dedicated, loving, and protective. Like his daughter, he was more than willing to give the shirt off his back to help another, often at the expense of himself. Perceptive and generally calm, he had a way of soothing over hurts and helping others see a broader perspective on life. He tended to bring the best out of people.

Brief History: James was born in New Hope to Nathan James and Jenna Loise Porter. After college, he met Margo, and they were married. Only a few years after Anwen was born, he felt compelled to move the family to Pallose, citing work as a reason. There, he worked various jobs to support his family, spinning fantastic tales to entertain his wife and daughter. When Anwen was around eleven, he died tragically. Before he died, he charged his young daughter to one day find their ancestral home and finish the work he'd started.
Now wait, you might say. This character is already dead. Well, so is Matthias. They're both important to the story though. So, who would you cast as James? Tell us for a chance to win a Key chain and bookmark set!

Last week's winner(s): While the suggestion of Josh Hutcherson was quite nice, Ashley Martinez's suggestion of Justin Gaston seems to fit the role of Mathias Porter so much better. What do you think?

Ashley Martinez, please email me with your shipping information so I can send  you your prize! karliemlucas@gmail .com 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Tarragon Character Introduction: Mathais Porter

This week's Character Introduction is Mathias Porter.

Matthias Porter grew up near the Village of Lindwurm. A direct descendant of the Porter line, entrusted with the protection of Tarragon, Mathias was a sturdy sort of man, willing to do whatever it took to protect and fulfill his duty as a Keeper.

Physical Appearance: Mathias was short, standing about five foot five, solid build, but well-proportioned. A bit rugged, he wore his dark brown hair a bit on the unkempt side. Not giving much stock to how he looked, he tended towards the more functional on clothing.

Personality: Mathias was a fighter. He was often serious, but held hints of geniality and compassion. But his loyalty stood him good credit. His motto included the charge "to stand at all costs" and "protect and preserve no matter what".

Brief History: A member of the Keepers, Mathias was born to his role. Born of and raised by Josiah and Carolina Porter, his education came from life. When the villagers decided to go against the natives of Tarragon, he sided with Tarragon, aiding in their escape, and ended up being exiled from his home, with all his family.

Make sure to comment with your actor pic for this character for a chance to win a set of marble magnets. (Pictured below)

Last week's winner is Laurie Bergh. Her suggestion of Kylie Jenner could very well fit the role of Daphne Millard. Laurie, please send me an email via karliemlucas@gmail .com to claim your prize!


Monday, February 15, 2016

Tarragon Character Introduction: Daphne Millard

Today's character is Daphne Millard.

 Daphne Millard is a popular girl in Lindwurm Village. Daughter of one of the upper echelon families, she grew up with a lot of privilege. At eighteen, she is engaged to Josef Forster, another local teen.

Physical appearance: Daphne has long, black hair. Her eyes are chocolate brown, and she's relatively thin, with a model's body. She prefers to wear fashionable clothing and likes to wear her hair loose.

Personality: Daphne is a bit of a socialite. She snubs anyone she doesn't feel is on her level, including Courtney. Born into a wealthy family, she grew up with all the modern conveniences the Village had to offer. Because her father holds a place on the town council, she feels a sense of superiority towards the majority of its citizens, but seems mostly engrossed with her boyfriend.

Brief History: Daphne has lived in the Village all of her life, except for a brief jaunt away due to curiosity. Finding she didn't like life outside the Village, she returned to train in her family's trade. Childhood friends with Josef, it was only natural that they become engaged. And though she doesn't consider Courtney to be a close friend, she hangs out with the blond from time to time.

 Don't forget to show/tell us your pick of actress for a chance to win a Key Keeper Key Chain! (Pictured below)

Last week's winner!

The winner of last week's character casting contest is T Windsor! The suggestion of Matthew Gray Gubler may just be spot on for the character of Josef Forster. What do you think?

 T Windsor, if you could contact me to claim your prize. My contact info is on the contact page, so please sen d me an email so I know where to send your bookmark.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tarragon Character Introduction: Josef Forster

Today's character Introduction is for Josef Forster.

19-year-old native of Lindwurm Village, Josef Forster is engaged to Daphne Millard. Josef is a relatively quiet individual. He lives to please Daphne, and would do anything for her. Although on the introverted side, he likes a good joke and is easy to get along with.

Tall, but not really lanky, Josef is fairly nondescript in appearance. His hair is dark and he likes to wear casual but rugged clothes. He maintains a day job in the Village, but spends most of his time with Daphne. He has no problem with showing a little PDA, but keeps it to a minimum.

I know this one's a bit vague, but that's what makes it fun. Perhaps, keep in mind, that he isn't bad looking and that will help.

Here's the challenge: Find an actor who you think would fit Josef's description. If your pick is chosen, you win a Key Keeper bookmark! (Pictured below) Good luck!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

It's almost time for.... a contest!

Greetings all!

How is everyone doing today this fine Saturday? I saw that the Groundhog did not see a shadow, which kind of disappoints me. Texas, Dallas area that is, hasn't seen any real snow this whole winter. And now they're telling me that it won't happen at all this year? NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, now that the mini rant is over.....


Yep, that's right. It's time for a contest. If you are signed up for my newsletter, you already know about the Character Casting Contest. Unfortunately, there aren't many entries as of yet. I'm hoping that will change, but since there's only a small number of subscribers... well, small numbers equal small numbers. But, wanting to be fair to all, I'm opening it up to everyone, but the rules will be a bit different.

I am going to start introducing the characters to my new book, Tarragon: Key Keeper. There will be one a week. To enter, simply comment on that week's post (or email if it's easier) your actor/actress pick for that character. Feel free to tell us all why you think he/she/it is a good choice, because not all the characters are "human", as it were. ;-)

(I admit, I'm having a bit of a time deciding on my own dream casting picks for this book and could use all the help I can get.)

I will pick the winner based off of how well I think your suggestions fit the character. There will be a prize for each week. Each prize will be different.  And yes, you can enter more than one image per character. Just know that I will try to be fair with all entries. The winner for each week will be announced with the next character introduction, so keep checking in.

This contest will officially open February 8th, which is when I will post the first character introduction, with a brief tidbit about each character. Some character descriptions will be more vague than others, so do your best. And feel free to share! The more entries, the better the next prize likely will be!