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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Spotlight Saturday: Guest Post and Giveaway with Dew Pellucid, author of The Sound & the Echoes

Hi, everyone!

Welcome to another edition of Spotlight Saturday at Darlene's Book Nook, where we feature authors and their books!

To celebrate the holiday season , we will be featuring Christmas books for the entire month of December Spotlights!

We will be joined today by Tal Boldo.

About Tal:

Dew Pellucid is the pen-name of Tal Boldo. Ms. Boldo is a freelance writer on Yahoo! Finance among other sites. Her short story, Vera Icon, won first place in Spider Thief Publication’s anthology competition (out of print). The Sound and the Echoes is her debut young adult novel, self-published as an e-book and paperback.

Dew Pellucid first started writing books so he might have something new to read. Indeed, of the million books at the Orphanage of Castaway Children, there isn't one his watery eyes had not perused; this taking place in less than a decade.

But now, as this old Echo draws near his one-hundredth birthday, his hunt for a good story is only rivaled by his everlasting quest after Cold Fire Mushrooms. For it was as he scrapped the bottom of his crystalball mushroom container that Dew Pellucid first heard of Fredrick Fingeldy.

Then strange events began to happen in his beloved library. And watching faithfully down every corridor, every garden path, Dew Pellucid witnessed a wonderful story, happening there, right before his eyes (his many Eyes). And, best of all, even he had a part to play in the unfolding tale, which he set down at last in the pages of a book. "I will make you famous!" he promised the Prince's Sound. And so he has.


Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Dew!

Dew has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to him!

Imagine a place where your see-through reflection lives. It’s a cold place, glistening with ice. A winter wonderland. Such is the realm of the Echoes, the place where the reflections of Sounds live.

As I imagined that beautiful land, I knew at once that the unfolding mystery must take place during Christmas. I wanted to fill the sparkling world of the Echoes with flying Christmas ribbons and fireflies, with crystal balls instead of pompons on Santa hats ,and with giant, breathtaking Christmas trees. I wanted multi-colored parcels to flutter on strange see-through wings, colliding once in a while and raining down gifts. In short, I wanted the atmosphere of Christmas to add to the magical ambiance of the story.

People often ask me, how I came up with the idea for this twin realm, this reflection of ours. The answer goes back to ancient Greece. Trying to figure out where our ideas stem from, the Greeks pointed at reality and said. “We can see different cats around us, and yet we call them all cats. One is orange, another black. One lazy, one menacing. So how do we know that they are all—essentially—cats?”

Some philosophers thought that we were born with Innate Ideas, a pre-existing knowledge of all concepts. And so, when we see a cat, we say to ourselves, “Ah, yes! I remember now. This is an example of a cat.”

Plato thought that all such perfect concepts, the ideal examples of all things, reside in a higher plain. He called it his Realm of the Forms. We are just second-best reflections.

Hmmm… I wondered to myself. What a great concept for a novel. But what danger lies in such a thought, when you set one world above another.

So I created a see-through reflection of our realm. A world that’s not quite as a good as us. Not a sound, but an echo. And the people living there are see-through reflections of us. And they believe that when a Sound dies, his Echo should die too.

Now, twelve-year-old Will Cleary discovers that he is hunted down by Fate Sealers, because Echoes want to see the Prince dead. And the Prince is Will’s Echo. Once Will dies, the Prince will have to die too.

I hope you’ll join Will, Valerie and Peter, for Christmas at the Orphanage of Castaway Children, deep in the Echo realm, far on the other side of an alternate reality unlike any you have entered before.
Thanks so much for joining us today, Dew!

Five lucky winners will win a digital copy of Dew's high concept fantasy for middle grade and young adult readers, The Sound and the Echoes. The book has 27 magical illustrations.

Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law—no Echo is allowed to live after his Sound dies.

One Sound especially must die. The Prince’s Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that! Because after this Sound dies, the Echo Prince will have to die too.

Now, twelve-year-old Will Cleary is about to discover that he is the Sound the Echoes are hunting. And so begins his perilous adventure into a see-through, sparkling world, filled with spying crystal balls, an eerie fortress of castaway children, a hunt for clues in an ancient book of riddles, and a last-chance escape through a frozen gem-studded lake into a secret land that holds the key to placing the Prince on the throne and returning freedom to the Echoes.
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