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Bonnie Anne dressed up as Aria Nightingale, a Renaissance fair fairy.

Greetings fans and friends,

I know it has been a very long time since I posted anything on this site.  In fact, I have been thinking about shutting it down, given that the focus of my life has changed drastically.  I have neglected those of you who at one time did follow my writings here, but real life is now my priority.

My husband is in the mild-moderate stage of Alzheimer’s disease, and although he is still very much present and with me–he does require my care and attention most of the time.  In addition to being his full-time caregiver, I have been fighting severe anxiety and depression for the past 3 years.  When everything started to spin out of control over the last few months, I decided it was time to seek professional help and I am currently taking prescription medication for the condition.

I continue to find outlets for my creativity on a limited basis, but my writing is now focused on a blog where I journal my husband’s experiences and thoughts, and write from my point of view as his caregiver and wife.  I had hoped to follow through with the new novel I started working on a couple of years ago, but I find it very difficult to concentrate my limited energy on such a large undertaking.  For now that novel is on the shelf.

There are no updates about Chanson de l’Ange, which is still available through Amazon, Kindle and other booksellers.  Book sales continue to surprise me and are easing the financial strain of life changes.

Nathan and I are still working on the Chanson CD as time and energy allow.  In addition to his full time job, Nathan has been very busy scoring and doing sound design for a video game. He expects to get back to work on the Chanson CD after the video game launches on May 21.

I think fondly of those that have followed me from the beginning and look forward to sharing the CD release announcement here when the time comes.  Meanwhile, I offer my thanks to all who have purchased and loved my Chanson de l’Ange series.

I share a photo of myself dressed as a fairy for a Renaissance fair last Summer.  This is something I do for myself as an escape from troubled times. We could all use a little fairy dust in times like these, so consider yourself fairy-dusted!

The Lord Jesus Bless you all,Bonnie Anne

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 5 May 2015 08:45

1149653_610336792386394_1511542587_oGreetings Phantom of the Opera fans!

First off, I’m pleased to announce that Book One of my 3 part Phantom of the Opera based novel series is now available for  FREE Kindle download: April 8-12, so be sure and get yours today!

Free on Kindle: Book One~Orphan in Winter

As a longtime fan of The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, and as a lover of many other Phantom of the Opera adaptations in book, film, and stage-I am always excited when new Phantom of the Opera-based projects arrive on the scene!  I’m especially excited when these projects are conceptualized by independent artists who possess the talent and courage to breathe new life into my favorite story.

I am excited to inform you about an “in development” Phantom of the Opera project I recently became aware of.  A talented group of animators are working on a full-length animated adaptation of the Gaston Leroux’s classic.  The animators are promising to create a Leroux accurate animated film, and are eager to please the fans in remaining faithful to Leroux in all aspects of the beloved novel: character development, facial features, clothing, the selection of voice actors, as well as the artwork and storyline.

The production team is asking for your feedback and YOUR financial commitment through their Kickstarter campaign, where fans may pledge their financial support and submit  suggestions, as they become partners in getting this production to the big screen!  Like all independent filmmakers, the artists behind this film are not being backed by a large studio, so they require the help of supporters to develop and promote this ambitious and visionary project.

Please take a look at the beautifully put together Kickstarter page for more detailed information about how YOU can get involved!

Animated Phantom of the Opera Kickstarter

The Phantom Animated Website

You must take a look at their beautiful film trailer!  Leave a comment and ‘like’ the video on the youtube page to help spread the word:

Samples of artwork :

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 8 April 2014 03:57

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-little-girl-sitting-beach-teddy-bear-image32005679Greetings fans and friends!  I have two exciting items to share with you, but first let me get to an update about the Chanson CD.  We apologize for such a long gap between postings, but we are happy to announce that as of two weeks ago-Nathan was finally able to block out time enough from his regular work schedule to resume work on the Chanson de l’Ange CD, to be released in 2014.  He is currently orchestrating That Summer By The Sea, a song I wrote in 2011 that will feature the ethereal vocals of UK artist Carrie Shaw.  This song takes us back to Christine Daae’s childhood, where we get a taste of the extraordinarily strong bond she shared with her widowed father, and where we are swept away by the magical world he created for her. 

I particularly love the antique music box sample Nathan used in the intro.  You can even hear the pings and gears!

Those of you who have read the favorably reviewed Chanson de l’Ange novel series will be able to visualize the chapters in the novel that this song depicts, and those of you who have not read the series, will, I hope, be inspired to order your own three volume set of this epic Phantom of the Opera retelling here:

Chanson de l’Ange by Paisley Swan Stewart

Nathan has given me permission to post a teaser clip of the work he has completed so far on the instrumentation for That Summer By The Sea.  Please be aware that this clip is only a partial glimpse into what the song will be like.  Nathan works in layers, so there will be more instruments and musical voicing in the final piece than what you hear in this clip, which is a sort of outline for Nathan and me to work with as we map out the song.  (Also, this is the accompaniment for about half of the actual song.)  We probably won’t share anymore of TSBTS’s progress until it is officially released.

Listen to sample:

 

That Summer By The Sea
Lyrics by Bonnie Anne Pinard
copyright March 24, 2011

Running along the shores, Papa’s yellow kite swirls and soars
He spins a tale, as the white gulls sail

Splashing all through the waves, exploring the pirate caves
My bucket in hand, fetching pearls from the sand

Red scarf in my hair, came loose in the wild ocean air
Beneath the sunshine, paradise was mine
 
That summer by the sea…

I long to return to that summer by the sea
When life was a dance for Papa and me
When he was near, I was happy and secure
All the years he’s been gone, I still hear his song.

Down we would ride to the fair, a fiddler’s tune to share
He spins a tale, as the white doves sail

Later that silver night, performing by bright moonlight
Life is enchanted, all wishes granted

Violin tucked beneath his chin, let the fairy tale begin   
The bow in his stride, plays the magic he writes

That summer by the sea…

I long to return to that summer by the sea
When life was a dance for Papa and me
When he was near, I was happy and secure
All the years he’s been gone, I still hear his song

The crowd lifts its voice to cheer, they’ve come all this  way to hear
A gypsy melody, to set their hearts free

He tucks me in at night, a story by firelight
The old wicker chair, salt breeze in his hair

Kissing me on my cheek, he sings his child to sleep,
A gypsy lullaby, ‘neath the Milkyway sky

That summer by the sea…

(instrumental interlude)
 
Bridge: It was snowing, the wind was blowing
That winter day, they carried him away

Come to me again, my angel, Father friend
Papa calm my fears, kiss away my tears

Oh, take me back…take me back…take me back to that summer by the sea….ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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In addition to introducing you to the new song, I am pleased to present the book trailer for the Chanson de l’Ange series; produced by Nathan Allen Pinard and me.  We used a medley of orchestrations from the Chanson de l’Ange CD soundtrack for the trailer’s background music.  The trailer is being released in conjunction with the Kindle FREE Giveaway for Book One~Orphan In Winter: set for April 8-12!  So if you haven’t yet read the series-now is your chance to get started for FREE!  To get your FREE Kindle download, simply visit this link April 8-12: Orphan In Winter

Please enjoy the trailer!   ‘Like’ and comment on the youtube page to help us spread the word about Chanson de l’Ange!

Thank you for your support!  Paisley

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 10:37

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I am thrilled to announce that Toni Gibson has been cast in the role of Christine for New  Zealand’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera!  As you may recall, Toni is the featured vocalist on the Chanson de l’Ange CD, now in production by Immortal Aria.  Toni has recorded 3 of our original songs, including

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The following article appeared on the New Plymouth Opera’s face book page:

“New Plymouth has an “Angel of Music”

New Plymouth Operatic has great pleasure in today announcing that 21 year old Toni Gibson will play the iconic role of ‘Christine’ in the New Plymouth season of ‘The Phantom of The Opera’.

While new to both New Plymouth Operatic and Musical Theatre, Ms Gibson brings a wealth of experience to what is her ‘dream role’ “I’m bursting with excitement” comments Toni “I can’t wait to get into rehearsals – I know the words of all the songs already”

Toni began performing at the age of 7. She was part of a group called the Starlight Kids at the ages of 9-11, a group of 5 pop performers that travelled the north island performing numerous shows. Toni has studied singing and opera extensively, including under the tutelage of Ellen Barrett and two years of Classical Voice (or Opera) training under Linden Loader at the Young Musicians Academy at Victoria University Wellington.

Of recent times, Toni has performed with the NZ POPS Orchestra at the Auckland Town Hall, as well as at Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, on the Good Morning Show on TVNZ, as well as performing alongside well known New Zealand icon Gray Bartlett, and singing in numerous competitions and concerts.

In 2013 Toni released her first Debut Album ‘Echo in My Soul’ and was awarded ‘Top Female Artist’ for the New Zealand VAC AWARDS, and is working with Ambition-Fanfare Record Label, who also represent Michael Crawford (the ‘Original’ Broadway and West End Phantom)

“The audition process for this role in Phantom attracted an incredible number of very talented auditionees,” said New Plymouth Operatic president Kevin Landrigan “It was a very competitive process”.

“Toni has real star quality” said Mr Landrigan. “Her voice is angelic.” “Toni embodies much of what we at New Plymouth Operatic stand for. As a young women with exceptional potential, we look forward to seeing her develop into a true star through this role”.

Auditions for other principal roles, and the company, for The Phantom of the Opera will be held next weekend (1/2 February) at the New Plymouth Operatic rooms.

A further casting announcement regarding the role of Phantom is also imminent.

The Phantom of the Opera opens at New Plymouth’s TSB Theatre of 3 July 2014, and tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster King Street.”

 

Check out their website for more information: New Plymouth Opera Society

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 09:27

countdownSPGreetings fans and friends!  Please let me take a moment to extend Thanksgiving best wishes to all of you!  I pray that as you gather around the table, you will experience warmth and happiness!

I am hoping that by now a few of you have read, or are reading Chanson de l’Ange.  If you have completed the series, I hope you will engage with me by commenting on this post.

As most fans of Phantom of the Opera know, there is a bit of mystery that surrounds the Phantom’s name.  Although “Erik” is the name he is given in Leroux’s original novel, the ALW musical never uses the name “Erik”, and we never actually learn the Phantom’s first or last name.

In my retelling of the story, I also call my Phantom “Erik”, but I also make it clear that this is not his true given first name.   Although I never tell the reader what that name is outright, I have deliberately woven clues through the trilogy, a little trail of insights into what his actual Christian name is.

I would like to invite my readers to reply to the following questions: 

 

  1. Did you pick up on the name clues woven throughout Chanson de l’Ange?
  2. Do you think you know what my Phantom’s Christian name is?
  3. Do you think it matters what his name is?
  4. Do you have a guess?
  5. Are you interested in knowing why his name is important to this retelling?

I will tell you that there is a remarkable true story all wrapped up in my choice for the Phantom’s name in Chanson de l’Ange.  Would you like to hear it?

Let me know!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:35