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Two children from Earth travel to the Land of Harmonia where they must learn music and magic to help save it from evil forces.
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What exactly is the purpose of this project?

1. The purpose of this Kickstarter project is to raise the money to edit and publish the first book in a series of books I've written. They chronicle the adventures of two children who travel to the magical world of Harmonia where they must learn music in order to help save it from evil forces. The book will be published as a trade paperback, a special hardcover edition, and as an e-book for multiple platforms. 

2. To further develop and print a fantasy-adventure card game that follows the story and characters from the book. Players learn musical skills in order to cast spells, acquire resources and level up in the game.

3. To lay the foundation for a variety of entertaining and educational future resources that will make learning music a magical adventure!

What is the Money For? 

1. To cover the costs of editing, publishing and printing.

2.  To contract the artwork and graphic design, layout etc. for the book, e-book and card game.

3. To fund the music production for the e-book. (all the music in the videos and on the website landofharmonia.com was composed and performed by me, JJ Frank)

What kids are saying about Harmonia:

Who is the Land of Harmonia for?

The Land of Harmonia is for everyone who loves fantasy and music, magic and adventure! It is also a great way for parents and teachers to introduce music in a totally new and exciting way that will inspire both kids and adults.

What is the Land of Harmonia?

The Land of Harmonia is a place where everyone plays music. It is a world of exotic natural beauty and magical beings. Some are very, very tiny, and some are very, very large. Some live on the land, some live in the water and some are even made of light. But all of them play music. They use music and sound to make magic, to heal, to communicate, to jam, and in times when evil threatens, to defend the land.

You say it teaches music so is it a Fantasy/Adventure story? Is it Educational? Is it both?

The Land of Harmonia is a fantasy adventure story set in a world where music is part of the very fabric of life. Sound, music and magic are all based on the secret lore of vibration. But in order to learn to use vibration, one must learn the art of music in order to organize and wield its power. The reader shares the journey of musical discovery with Johnny and Emily,  two children from Earth who travel to Harmonia where they must learn music and magic to help save it from and evil sorceress.

Do you have to know anything about music to read it?

Nope. 

What about the Card Game?

For years I have been playing a prototype card game with my students to help them learn concepts of music and to find notes on the staff and on the piano. They and their parents have been asking me if they could buy the card game as it is such a big hit with the kids and teaches them about music. While preserving the original rules on the homemade version, I am developing the next level of the card game that uses the mythology of Harmonia in the genre of fantasy-based card games. Of course all my students act as eager consultants for all things Harmonia. Here is an example from the new card game:

Oudovdun, Evil Sea Serpent
Oudovdun, Evil Sea Serpent

And here is the compendium of musical lore that goes with the game:

Hey, I heard one of the main characters is from Mexico and he speaks Spanish sometimes…that would be cool!

Sí. Johnny (his mom changed his name from Juan when they moved to the U.S.) is from a small village in central Mexico. His abuela is a curandera, or healer, and his abuelo, or grandfather, is a powerful nagual. a medicine man or shaman. Johnny often uses phrases from his native Spanish, but in Harmonia, tiny beings called Murrooms translate the words into English. You'll have to read the book to find out how they do it!

Speaking of JJ Frank, Who Are You?

I am a mild-mannered piano teacher and pianist in Santa Fe, NM. I have been teaching for 15 years and playing every kind of music in every kind of setting for over 25 years. You can find out more about me here. I am also on SoundCloud. My classical improvisations are represented here, and as mentioned earlier, I wrote and performed all the music in the videos and on the website, landofharmonia.com

About the Book

A blurb for the book cover by editor Greta Nelson:

Magic. It has no place in the real world of twelve year old Emily, except for in the novels she reads to help her escape from the unfairness that is her own life. However, this summer will turn her disbelief on its head as her unwelcome piano lessons introduce her to the power of music, and the discovery of a mysterious scroll and coin launches her (and her infuriatingly optimistic and superstitious almost-step brother Johnny) into the Land of Harmonia. In this world, where music is the pulse of life itself, a battle is raging between the forces of light and darkness, and, in spite of her doubts, Emily realizes that she and Johnny have a crucial role to play in saving the mythical creatures of this land from a fate in which joy and harmony are lost forever. Thus begins a magical, musical journey of unexpectedly epic proportions. Along the way, Emily and Johnny encounter a colorful cast of characters, including jamming Fairies, rhythm-regulating Metrognomes, a thespian dragon, a winged and wacky music professor, guitar-strumming Buddha Bears, an evil sea serpent sorceress, greedy Goth gargoyles, an enigmatic wizard, and many more. The adventure that unfolds is one that will leave Emily, and you, no choice but to believe.

Map of Harmonia (click to enlarge)
Map of Harmonia (click to enlarge)
...And their lives were changed forever...
...And their lives were changed forever...

Meet Some of the Characters!

Selena the Dená Princess
Selena the Dená Princess
Kali, Warrior Queen of the Fey
Kali, Warrior Queen of the Fey

Now we are going for the Stretch Goal!!!

Projects can be funded for more than their stated financial goal. These are called stretch goals. If we have the the good fortune to achieve these, then the following amazing and wonderful things could happen.

 $12,000 -  This will enable the creation of an Enhanced E-Book that will feature more stunning graphics, interactivity, music and animation. 

(Read about the Land of Harmonia Enhanced E-Book here)

$15,000 - The card game will receive an add-on feature of musical money called Tala Coins.

Over $25,000 - Development of a Land of Harmonia App that teaches music through gaming and interactive creativity, Music  Lesson Books, and a Board Game. 

Cast of Collaborators:

I want to express my deepest gratitude for the following people who worked on this project and are continuing to provide skills at the highest level of wizardry:

Editor - Greta Nelson

Artwork, graphic design, web design:  Alexandra Mihai (please click on her name to check out her work on Deviant Art)

Web design, all things internet and computer and visionary consulting: Canton Becker

Story Consultant/Contributing Editor - Sarah Doyle

Project Review Consultant - Jessica Haynie 

Videographer, Video Editing: Chris Chilton

Voice Over - Maria Johnson

Recording Engineer - Jon Gagan

Student Consultants: Emma Brandt, Alexis Elliott, Hannah Spiegleman, Camilla Selujah, Jasmine Markinson

Invaluable input: ALL MY STUDENTS and PARENTS, THANK YOU!!!


The Myth of the Runes

A story told to children all over Harmonia

There is a very special tree in a mystical wood overlooking the Rhythm River. It is called the Grand Staff Tree. It is home to the fourteen guardians of the twelve sacred Music Runes. They are children; very special children. Selected from different races in Harmonia, there are seven girls and seven boys. Each of them live in a different note - Angels, Buddha Bears, Centaurs, Dragons, Elves, Faeries and Ghosts. They spend their days playing music and learning magic - particularly the magic of the Runes in the event that they should ever return. You see, the Runes were stolen by an evil wizard over a thousand years ago. And ever since, their magical power has been slowly fading from Harmonia. It was this very power that kept the world in balance and free from fear.

After mysteriously coming into possession of one of the long lost Runes, Oudovdun the evil sea serpent used its power to imprison the fourteen guardians and their music teacher the Dená sorceress Selena.

It just so happened that at precisely the same time, two children from an unknown world called Earth found another of the Runes. Appearing to be a mysterious dull gray coin, it awakened upon their touch and a portal between the worlds opened. Hordes of demons cascaded through and they had no choice but to escape through the portal where they found themselves in the Land of Harmonia. 

They were given a choice by the powerful wizard Pythagoras: join the quest to find the rest of the lost Music Runes and return them to their rightful place on the Grand Staff Tree, or return home home through the portal which would then be closed forever.

Should they decide to stay, they would then learn the secret lore of music and magic in order to find and awaken the remaining Runes and use their power to defeat Oudovdun and her legions of fear and darkness.



Sacred Circle of Fifths - The Chalice Rune
Sacred Circle of Fifths - The Chalice Rune
The Chalice Rune
The Chalice Rune

Thank you for your support!!!

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that after spending 12 years of my life creating Harmonia, if we don't meet our goal, I'll have to spend a lot longer to save the money to finish and publish the book, and even longer to produce everything else Harmonia, music, games etc. PLEASE HELP ME TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!

I have really researched the rewards and as long as Earth doesn't get hit by an asteroid, I don't see any major obstacles to seeing this project through to completion.

The biggest challenge lies in hoping people love the book. So far, the first sixteen chapters have been read by a class of 7th and 8th graders at a local private school and they LOVED IT!!!

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    You get the TRADE PAPERBACK, the E-BOOK, and the ENHANCED E-BOOK if we meet our Stretch Goal. (see STRETCH GOALS for more info) Plus, a signed postcard, and two custom bookmarks with artwork by Alexandra Mihai!

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    With this reward you get the full LAND OF HARMONIA CARD GAME illustrated with incredible art by Alexandra Mihai. You ALSO GET the E-BOOK. and the ENHANCED E-BOOK if we meet our Stretch Goal. Plus, a signed postcard from Harmonia!

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    A special limited edition, signed (if you want) HARDCOVER EDITION of the book, plus the E-BOOK, and the ENHANCED E-BOOK if we meet our Stretch Goal. Plus, two bookmarks, a signed postcard and a POSTER of the Map of Harmonia!

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    The BOOK and the CARD GAME level. Here you get the SIGNED HARDCOVER EDITION of the book AND the CARD GAME. You also get the E-BOOK, and the ENHANCED E-BOOK if we meet our Stretch Goal. Plus, two bookmarks, a signed postcard and a poster! (Note: Card Game estimated delivery is September 2014)

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    You will get 1 SIGNED HARDCOVER EDITION OF THE BOOK (with two bookmarks, a signed postcard and a poster!) PLUS, THE CARD GAME, and the ENHANCED E-BOOK if we meet our Stretch Goal. Your name will be listed as a special benefactor AND you get a 30 minute PIANO LESSON at my home studio or via Skype.
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    You get 2 of any combination of the SIGNED HARDCOVER EDITION, TRADE PAPERBACK, CARD GAME. (plus 4 bookmarks a signed postcard from Harmonia and a poster!) You will also get 2 ENHANCED E-BOOKS if we meet our STRETCH GOAL.
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    EVERYTHING from the previous level but with 3 of any combination of the HARDCOVER, TRADE PAPERBACK OR CARD GAME and 3 ENHANCED E-BOOKS if we meet our stretch goal. PLUS, TWO HOURS worth of PIANO LESSONS at my home studio or via Skype.
    ALSO, at this level, you get a special FAIRYTALE/STORYBOOK edition of the Land of Harmonia ENHANCED E-BOOK perfect for kids 8 and under. (for iPad only) (Note: Card Game estimated delivery is September 2014)

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    ***You get 4 of any combination of the SIGNED HARDCOVER EDITION, TRADE PAPERBACK or CARD GAME; or I will DONATE any number of the book and/or card games to a local library or school with your name inscribed on a book plate in the books.***

    ***You get 4 ENHANCED E-BOOKS if we meet our STRETCH GOAL***

    ***You get the FAIRYTALE/STORYBOOK version of the LAND OF HARMONIA ENHANCED E-BOOK perfect for children 8 and under (you get 2 at this level for iPad only)***

    ***You can either have an IMAGE OF YOUR SELF IMMPORTALIZED AS A CHARACTER and/or help create their personality, what race they are and their name etc. (could be your name or a derivative) There's no guarantee what will happen to your character or how prominent they will become, but they will be in the books. Their graphic will be in the enhanced ebook.***

    ***FOUR HOURS WORTH OF PIANO LESSONS at my home studio or via Skype.***

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    ***I will play a 2 HOUR PERFORMANCE at the venue of your choice within 100 miles of Santa Fe, NM. (some restrictions apply and a tuned piano must be provided) OR via Skype. (oh yes, and you get a signed postcard, bookmarks, poster and your name listed as a benefactor in the book!)

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    ***THE LEVEL OF THE RUNES - YOU GET A FINELY CRAFTED MUSIC RUNE CAST IN PURE SILVER BY ELVEN MAGIC! This is one of only twelve that will be made!***

    ***You get any combination of 5 signed hardcover editions of the book, trade paperbacks or card games. You can get these as gifts, or we can donate them in your name to schools, libraries or students.***

    ***You get 4 ENHANCED-EBOOKS if we meet our stretch goal***

    ***YOUR NAME WILL BE INSCRIBED in the books on a bookplate AND you will be one of 12 listed on your own special page where you will be listed as an HONORARY GUARDIAN OF THE RUNES.***you get a special FAIRYTALE/STORYBOOK edition of the Land of Harmonia ENHANCED E-BOOK perfect for kids 8 and under. (you get 3 at this level for iPad only)***

    ***You can either have an IMAGE OF YOUR SELF IMMPORTALIZED AS A CHARACTER and/or help create their personality, what race they are and their name etc. (could be your name or a derivative) There's no guarantee what will happen to your character or how prominent they will become, but they will be in the books. Their graphic will be in the enhanced ebook.***

    ***EIGHT ONE-HOUR PIANO LESSONS at the location of your choosing or via Skype. OR, I will play a THREE HOUR PERFORMANCE at the venue of your choice. (Please see details in preceding reward level.)***(oh yes, and you get a signed postcard, 5 bookmarks, 2 posters and your name listed as a benefactor in the book!) (Note: Card Game estimated delivery is September 2014)

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