Monday, March 28, 2011

Moonglass Inspiration 1: Crystal Cove

A few weeks back, the brilliant Kirsten Hubbard featured a series that highlighted the inspirations for her AMAZING debut novel, LIKE MANDARIN.  I was so intrigued and inspired by her inspirations, I asked if she'd mind if I borrowed her brilliant idea.  Since she's one of the nicest people I've ever met, she said yes!


We're gonna kick it off big here, with Setting.  Moonglass is set in Crystal Cove, CA, which is a REAL PLACE!  It's actually a State Park, and if you haven't come for a visit yet, you must. It's a place
made of magic.  Really.  There is something so poignantly beautiful about Crystal Cove that I can’t define it in any other way.  I grew up in the mountains, but I love this place like I’ve been here my whole life. Being here is like falling through a crack in history and going back in time to a place that captures the beauty of simplicity.  From the crash of waves over the rocks to the tumbling-down cottages and serene sunsets, this place inspired MOONGLASS in every sense of the word. 
See for yourself!

An old artist's studio that now houses educational exhibits.

The cottage that inspired Anna's mother's house.  It's actually the one they used in the movie Beaches.

View from a cottage.

The best time of day.

This week, in celebration of Crystal Cove, I'll be giving away the following prize pack to one lucky winner on Saturday:

Crystal Cove T-Shirt, Coffee Mug, Magnet, and assorted maps and other info about my favorite place in the whole wide world:

You know you want to enter...Here's how:

It's easy! Comment on this blog post and you'll automatically be entered to win. 

Wanna snag a few extra entries?  Do this:

*Become a follower of the blog (+1) Give yourself a point if you already are too.  All twelve of you.
*Post a link on your blog (+1)
*Tweet it (+1)
*Share it on FB (+1)

Leave your total numer of entries in your comment.  I'm willing to use the honor system if you are.  Contest closes Friday at noon, PST.  Winner will be announced on Saturday.

Happy Monday!


  1. Hey Jessi, hope I'm doing this right. I, too, love Crystal Cove. The irony is I grew up there (actually, in Newport Beach), and now I've lived in Mammoth for 26 years. I love the mountains, too. That's where my books BACK TO NORMAL and the about to be released MILLENNIAL FEARS are set, although BACK TO NORMAL has a fair amount of Newport Beach in it. But back to Crystal Cove. I remember stopping at the Date Shake Shack as a little girl and then wandering down to the beach below. It was semi-private property in those days (Irvine Ranch) so we never stayed long. Now, I go there all the time when I'm down visiting my family in the summer.

  2. Ok, I know your own mom can't win, but I did share on FB! xoxo

  3. Great idea! Crystal Cove is beautiful. I've been once. You are right it is serene. The cottages remind me of the Depression Era when life was simpler and people though struggling knew what was important. I am looking forward to reading the book.

  4. Awesome pictures! I want to go so badly and I can't wait for the book!!

  5. Boy, stuck here in Canada's winter, this sure looks like I place I'd rather be.

    I' at 2 points I believe. Congrats on your upcoming release--I took a peek at the blurb and it looks like a great book. :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  6. I composed a tweet, I am following your blog, and I am commenting. Beautiful place and loved the movie Beaches! Didn't know about that cabin being in Crystal Cove! Love ;)

  7. Those pictures make me want to go there! Bonus! It has my name in it! That kind of stuff is always fun.

    I'm a new follower and my blog link is (+2)

  8. Beautiful, it reminds me of one of the beaches I use to go to on the weekends when I lived in Antigua. There was even a small restaurant that looked similar to the old artist's studio.

  9. I have never been to Crystal Cove but it looks lovely!! I would love to visit. I *heart* the beach. Thanks for the chance to win!

    +1 for tweet: (retweet)!/bethrevis/status/52393326883778560


  10. Heya! Such pretty, pretty pictures. I tweeted which comes through to my FB, and am following, so that's . . . 4, I think?

    I'm also looking forward to the book. =D

    (I'm not really Chuck Carmichael. I used this account for really geeky things like RP logs.)

  11. The book sounds super interesting and these photos are beautiful! I would love to be there right now instead of freezing in this cold.

    tweeted: _loreal +1
    following + 1
    tumblr: +1
    FB: +1


  12. Crystal Cove is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world. Everytime I walk down the path leading to the beach, I get chills! Can't wait to recieve my two copies of Moonglass I preordered from Amazon MONTHS AGO!

  13. I cannot wait to read MOONGLASS, I've been wanting it for the longest time!!! :D :D :D

    I followed-+1
    I tweeted-+1-alexis_03912

    Thanks so much for this giveaway!

  14. I so need to visit Crystal Cove.

    Very cool giveaway

    Thanks for sharing.

    Comment +1
    Followed +1
    Retweet +1

  15. I'm intrigued by the book and the setting! Can't wait to read MOONGLASS!

  16. I sighed out loud when I saw that beach house! Loved BEACHES. It makes me want to ready your book extra extra extra bad now. Can't wait. Super prizes, Jessi.

    I also realized I need to update your blog address on my sidebar. I have your old one still up.

  17. Beautiful pictures! I tweeted, so...+1

  18. You've got me researching whether I can get there this summer. Looks beautiful -- and I'm looking forward to reading MOONGLASS!

  19. I love this series, Jessi! And I do want to know ALL your inspirations. :-) Please exclude me from the contest, though. I'm pre-ordered already and I would love for someone else to have a copy of Moonglass! Entries = 0

  20. What a brilliant idea for promotion, Jessi. So interesting it see the setting. I just noticed I wasn't following, so fixed that. Also tweeting this fab. contest. I can't wait to read this!

  21. New follower here and I tweeted it under @akossket.

  22. What a wonderful spot! I love it. *Daydreaming I'm in Crystal Cove now~

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  24. I wish I was on a beach right now...
    +1 comment
    +1 new follower

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  25. I'm so excited to read Moonglass, it sounds fabulous! I've never been far enough west to make it to CA but I'll be sure to visit Crystal Cove if I ever do.

    +2 for comment, and now following.

    greenparrot55 [at] hotmail [dot] com

  26. Okay, now I want to GO to Crystal Cove. I already can't wait to read Moonglass. New follower!
    javaintheam at hotmail dot com
    so...2 entries
    Sigh. I wish I was in that cottage right now...
    no, in a hammock next to that cottage...

  27. It looks like a very inspiring place! Congratulations on your upcoming release!

  28. What a beautiful place, I'm wishing I was there right now as we are expecting snow tomorrow...Can't wait to read the book, congratulations!
    2 entries

  29. Count me in! Crystal Cove reminds me of my hometown growing up. Very pretty!

    Am a follower +1
    Tweeted +1


  30. Great post and the pictures are amazing. Count me if it's international giveaway.
    I am a new follower via GFC as Diana
    Tweeted it:!/artdem83/status/53530078046453760
    Shared it on FB:

    total: 4

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  31. Beautiful! Would love to win!!

    i tweeted it

    i am a new follower

    so 3 points

    thank you

  32. Sure! I'll enter, and three extra points for following blog, providing a link on my blog, and tweeting. Please consider following my blog back.
    Twitter - @Joyce_Lansky

    Thanks for the contest!