Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dress Like Rose and Blanche!

Princess in Disguise Contest August 1-15 2015

“She remembered that once, when she was a little girl, she had seen a pretty young woman with golden hair down to her knees in a long flowered dress, and had said to her, without thinking, "Are you a princess?" The girl had laughed very kindly at her and asked her what her name was. Blanche remembered going away from her, led by her mother's hand, thinking to herself that the girl really was a princess, but in disguise. And she had resolved that someday, she would dress as though she were a princess in disguise.” Regina Doman, The Shadow of the Bear

A significant element of being a princess is a signature style, and the Fairy Tale Novels are no exception! On the Fairy Tale Novel Fan Forum, for instance, there is an entire thread devoted just to finding images of the heroines’ wedding dresses, not to mention all of the fan art that has been done depicting different iconic dresses worn by Blanche, Rose, and the rest of the Fairy Tale Novel ladies.

But while not every fan can draw, we can all wear clothes! We want to see how YOU would dress like a princess in disguise! Recreate an outfit from the books, or assemble something new that you think fits the style of our heroines! 

Contest Parameters:

When: August 1, 2015 - August 15th, 2015

Where: On the Web! Use the hashtag #PrincessinDisguiseFTN whenever you post!

  1. Create an outfit that Rose or Blanche would wear. Wear it for a day. 
  2. Take a photo of yourself in the outfit (holding one of the books or your favorite FTN-oriented book if you want)
  3. Share your photos with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or your blog. Make sure to tag it #princessindisguiseFTN and #reginadoman so that we can find it.
  4. Enter as many times as you like!


All the winners will have their pictures posted on this blog (so if you're a minor, be sure to check it's ok with your parent before you enter: we're going to presume any hashtagged photo we find online will be ok for us to post).

If you need some inspiration, check out some suggested photo categories below:

Inspiration: Reading poetry at night

At evenings at home, the Brier girls read poetry, drink tea, practice piano or violin, or just chat with their new friend Bear. What would you wear for a relaxing evening in the Brier apartment/cottage?

Inspiration: Going to the Opera

A surprise night out with a good friend -- what to wear? This is the dilemma Blanche and Rose face when Bear shows up on their doorstep with three tickets to the Met. What could you throw together for a surprise nighttime outing to an artistic destination?  Bonus for doing it in five minutes like Rose does! :)

Inspiration: Thrift Store Shop Outing

Thrift Store shopping A trip downtown to browse flea markets and thrift stores in search of the perfect prom dress: what would you wear to go out shopping? What sort of outrageous outfits would you try on at a thrift store?  (“Remember, it’s no fun unless you try on something you know you won’t buy.”) Bonus for doing this category at an actual thrift store!

Inspiration: The Unlikely Cinderellas

Rose and Blanche both end up going to the senior prom - and have completely different adventures! What would you wear for a special occasion?  You can emulate Rose or Blanche’s prom outfit, or do something completely different!


Inspiration: Saving Your Prince

On the last day of school, the girls can wear whatever they want…but their last day of school ends up being a big adventure as Rose tracks down a murderer and rescues Fish, and Blanche makes a lonely journey to try to save Bear’s life… If you had to go on a sudden quest to save a life, what would you want to be seen wearing while doing it?

Inspiration: Roses in Bloom

At the end of the adventure, Rose and Blanche have a chance to dress up like princesses NOT in disguise to meet with their princes. If you had to show your true self as a princess, what would you wear?  What significant colors or items would you choose? Bonus for dressing up with a sister or friend!

Inspiration: Ongoing Adventures!
What other outfits might Rose and Blanche wear that don’t fit into these categories? Post your own inspirations and creations here! Extra points for using thrift store finds or homemade items, just like Rose and Blanche did!


When you post your picture, include the inspiration (“Saving Your Prince”) and mention any important details. ALWAYS include the contest hashtag #princessindisguiseFTN. For an @, use @ChestertonPress. And please share your photos and this contest with your friends!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Recycled Baby Parts - Not Just Fiction

At Chesterton Press we released the first novel in a future dystopia series last month titled I Am Margaret.

In Margo's world if you don't pass your Sorting at 18, you are recycled - LITERALLY.

But in our world, BABIES are being LITERALLY recycled before they are even born.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Missing Joshua today

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

And the Awards are in...

.... and this year, books available at Chesterton Press have brought in a few kudos!

Sisters of the Last Straw: the Case of the Missing Rosaries won third place for Best Children's Book at the Catholic Press Association Book Awards.

And we just found out Pope Francis: I Believe in Mercy tied for 3rd place for Best Children's Book for the Excellence in Publishing Awards given by the Association of Catholic Publishers.