Saturday, May 11, 2019

Audiobook Reviews on Online Book

Winner of 7 Literary Awards
🌷 TWO MONTHS AGO, I decided to offer the audiobook edition of my teen fantasy, The Crystilleries of Echoland, for reviews on I was hesitant at first. The community of book-lovers seemed focused on actual reading. I wasn't sure if reading with one's ears would appeal to them. Further, if the audiobook edition wasn't to their liking, they might give-up on a book they would have otherwise enjoyed reading.

For one reviewer this is exactly what happened. But for 8 others (so far) the audiobook proved to be a delight. They enjoyed the award-winning narrator I had chosen for the reading. They felt immersed in the unique atmosphere of Echoland. They lived in the story for a while.

🌷 NOW THAT ACX are offering enhanced promo codes for select books, I am thrilled to turn to again. I can't wait to share the codes and hear from more listeners.

Already, with the increase in reviews on Audible, I have seen a spike in sales. I have combined reviews from the Kindle and Audible editions in my Facebook ads, highlighting that many readers and listeners compare the story to the Harry Potter novels. Further, when Online Book Club listeners downloaded the book with a free code, this too counted as a sale.

🌷 THIS COMBINATION OF spontaneous sales and free-book-code sales, together with a rise in reviews, were responsible for why ACX selected The Crystilleries of Echoland to be included in the launch of their generous Enhanced Promo offer of 100 free audible book codes.

If you are an author with a professionally produced audiobook, I highly recommend reaching out to Scott at to find out if you can benefit from interacting with this rich community of book-lovers.

Best of luck to you!


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

🌷 Free for 3 Days 🌷

⭐️ 7 Book Awards ⭐️

The Crystilleries of Echoland is free for the first time. Get your free Kindle edition on Amazon.

“Harry Potter-like world with fantastic feats and beasts, full of mystery and danger.” —Hall Ways Book Blog

“…add a pinch of The Golden Compass, a dash of Narnia and throw in some of Harry Potter…” L. Del on Amazon

“Fans of novels similar to those within the "Harry Potter" series should find enjoyment in reading this one…” C. Foster on Amazon

“If you liked the Harry Potter series, read this!” —A. Lynn on Amazon

“If you love Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia, this will be a book for you…” M. Wilson on Amazon

“If you like the Harry Potter style genre then you will likely enjoy this book..” Dawn on Amazon

“I could make comparisons to Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia, but I feel The Crystilleries of Echoland is in a class of its own.” Mellisy on

“wonderful fantasy novel, comparable to the likes of Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia.” Lesler on

“I am a big Harry Potter fan and felt that this book channeled a similar energy.” Pricklypurple on

“The descriptions…reminded me of the 3rd book of the Harry Potter series.” —Sushan on

“Certain occurrences in the book reminded me of the Harry Potter series.” Shrabastee on
“anyone with a penchant for the world of Harry Potter would find it a fascinating and most enjoyable read.” Kelyn on

“There are some similarities between Harry and William's journeys, but…this book…is altogether unique.” Storm on

“this book reminded me of the Harry Potter series, mixed with a murder mystery.” Arielon

Monday, January 21, 2019

New Cover

I did it for me :-)

I wanted to change the cover, and this image always felt so right to me. The first dream I had about this story involved a girl flying a giant bird. This drawing by Andy Simmons captures the feel of the "Crystilleries of Echoland". It is a children's fantasy with a complex plot, whose theme is woven into everything.

Here's a glimpse of the old cover. As you can see, they are very different indeed.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Forever Here: Poems for Paintings, Number 1

~ My poem, dedicated to Forever Here, by Danielle Richard ~ 

I was inspired to write a poem for the painting, under my pen name, E. L. Neve (award-winning romance author). ~ 

I then composed music on Apple's Garage Band and recorded the poem under my real name, Tal Boldo. You can see more of Ms. Richard's art at

Monday, December 10, 2018

Very Special 5-Star Review on Red Headed Book Lover

I am deeply honored by this beautiful review. 

"..this is by far the best YA/children books I have read this year." 

"The Crystilleries of Echoland is an exceptional novel that will introduce the reader to the young protagonist, Will, a twelve-year-old boy who, along with the readers of the book, discovers a new and slightly frightening new realm. Will will soon learn that he is a Sound and that he has an Echo. An Echo is a reflection of somebody, and Echo’s live in Echoland. However, Will’s Echo is special as he is a Prince destined to be King. Yet his corrupt Uncle has taken the throne, and so it is up to Will and his friends to make sure his Echo takes the throne, restores justice and peace, as well as finds out what truly happened to the Prince’s father--and this, book lovers, is the premise of the excellent The Crystilleries of Echoland! 

Never before have I read a YA book quite like this one and I am going to type a bold statement, but this is by far the best YA/children books I have read this year. I understand that this statement is bold but I have read a lot of children books of books with a similar nature and although many of them are fantastic, they were missing something for me. The Crystilleries of Echoland, however, has everything I wanted and so much more. It has excellent writing, poignant moments, action-packed scenes to keep children entertained and a great steady, streamlined story that is guaranteed to keep readers captivated from start to finish.

The story of The Crystilleries of Echoland was exceptional and has blown me away. I had such high expectations for the book, especially since when I read the description so you can imagine my surprise as well as my delight when I found that my expectations were exceeded! Yes, book lovers, the phenomenal author Dew Pellucid managed to impress me more than I could ever have imagined. Pellucid has injected an abundance of energy into the novel and wow does it thrill and excite you but also move you!

Dew Pellucid is a genius, I know this is a bold statement, but it is true; the fact that she has incorporated poignant themes into her story and weaved it with entertaining themes make her a genius writer. Authors, in general, are incredible because they can reach so many people in the world and the fact that this book will reach many children makes me a happy parent as all children need to have the pleasure of reading this book and to learn about the topics explored as well as be entertained.

Dew Pellucid is not only an excellent writer for the themes she explores throughout her story..."

Keep reading on Red Headed Book Lover

Thursday, November 8, 2018

For Authors: How I Revived My Book's Amazon Ranking

I’ve been talking to fellow author’s about as an unequal tool for promoting my self-published book. Powered by an honest review system from club members, the site has enabled me to revive my book sales. Despite winning 6 book awards, The Crystilleries of Echoland’s Amazon ranking in the over-crowded genre of YA Fantasy was slipping into the million plus. But after I purchased a review package from, within about a month, as reviews started coming in, people started discovering the book. Though sales are still sluggish, people are reading the book on Amazon Unlimited. As a result, the ranking of the book remains below 350,000 and mostly better. In addition, 2 audiobooks have sold as well.

Only an author can appreciate how excellent these numbers are. Further, as the book achieves more 4 out of 4 star reviews, interest from book club members keeps growing.

I have come to really appreciate this community of readers. The reviews of the book are exceptional in quality and insightfulness. Each reviewer gives a unique perspective. I find that sharing the reviews on Facebook provides my 900+ page fans a glimpse into the intricacies of the plot and the complexity of the themes. 

Depending on your budget, if you’re an author with a self-published book that you know is good and worthy of success, I recommend testing the waters with I think you will be happy you did. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

4 out of 4 Star Review by Lesler

I am humbled that my story, though written for teens, engages intelligence adults, who write so beautifully! This review captured my heart because the reader's favorite character was not a human at all but a mischievous dog, who was based on my dog :-)

Here's a little of Lesler's 4 out of 4 Star Review "In The Crystilleries of Echoland by Dew Pellucid, Will Cleary is an unusual 12-year-old. His twin sister Emily disappeared ten years ago, and the whole in his family's soul has been hard to fill. When Will discovers he needs to enter Echoland to find his sister, he has a pet wolf and falcon who help him on his mission. Experiencing dangers of all kinds, Will must persevere to find his sister and make his parents feel better.

In an eleven-day journey through Echoland, Will works with Echoes to fight against the Fate Sealers. Fate Sealers are determined to end Will's life, and his companions do what they can to keep their charge safe. Can Will survive this hazardous land? Can Will find his sister once and for all? If Will finds and saves his sister, can they make it out of Echoland? Only time will tell in this thrilling Young Adult fantasy.

In the book's conclusion, the author states that he took twelve years to conceptualize the world of Echoland. This was time well spent, as I absolutely loved this book. The imagery provided was vivid, and I felt well connected to the main characters. I enjoyed Will Clearly, but my favorite character had to be Poudini, Will's trusty dog who traveled with him through Echoland. Poudini stole the scene at times, which provided much joy. The book also provided excellent illustrations that aided in telling the story.

This storyline was engaging, and the writing flowed smoothly. I found myself reading through the book quickly, wanting desperately to read as much as possible each session..." Keep reading on Online Book Club...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

4 out of 4 Star Review

This review on Online Book Club is so beautiful in its penetration into the heart of the novel that it kindled in me the idea of sharing my favorite reviews here. This reviewer not only understood the intricate plot but the double-meaning (the theme) that the events were intended to illustrate. I am always very grateful for a reader like Karina Bordas. Here's a preview of her review:

Review by KarinaBordas -- The Crystilleries of Echoland 

The Crystilleries of Echoland by Dew Pellucid is a young adult fictional novel full of betrayal, life-threatening escapades, the search to uncover the truth, and discovery. Pellucid also approaches in a captivating manner concepts such as racism, equality, sanctity of life, bullying, and kidnapping. Although geared towards mature young adult readers, this novel will appeal to anyone that wishes to escape into a world of intrigue.

Echoland is named for the place where the translucent beings that are called Echoes live. Those that live in what the reader considers the human world are considered Sounds. For every Sound there is an Echo and if something happens to one of the beings, there are negative repercussions to the other. Within Echoland there are charms that can read past events, open doors, and other wondrous magic – each one different from the other. These charms – crystillaries – have been deemed illegal by the current ruler and thrown into a lake of frozen abyss.

You first meet Will, a twelve year old boy who has spent his life dealing with the loss of his sister, Emmy. When Emmy and Will were one year old they were both kidnapped. No one knows exactly what happened, but Will returned with a wolf (Damian) and falcon (Dea') a short time later. Since that time, Will's parents have been obsessed with finding Emmy – his father in books, his mother in water. Through a twist of events, Will – along with Dea' and Damian – travels to the parallel mystical universe of Echoland. There, with the help of his friends, Will ventures to find Emmy and bring her home.

Keep reading on Online Book Club 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

My Secret: I Discovered the Best Way to Promote My Self-Published Book

I’m writing this post for other authors promoting their book on a small budget. Though I have tried advertising with Facebook, Google, Goodreads, Twitter and Amazon, I eventually discovered that the best return on investment came from the little known site

This is a community of book readers with over 1 million users, who actually leave reviews after they read your book. And in many cases, the reviewers will also agree to post their honest review on Amazon. At no point do you pay the reviewer or communicate with him or her, which keeps the system honest. 

I took this screenshot on October 20th, 2018
Check out The Crystilleries of Echoland today

I began by purchasing an initial review, which was then featured on the forum. I later decided to buy a review package. This meant that I paid for making the book available to 50 readers to review. After about 3 weeks, reviews started to appear on the forum. What I love about these reviews is how in-depth they are and how unique to each reader. I also found that the more the reader liked the book, the more enthusiastic she or he were about sharing their opinion on Amazon. As an added bonus, the reviewers list any typos they encountered. update me by email when a review posts. The site’s Author’s Dashboard is very easy to use, so with one click I can request that a review be shared on Amazon too. I haven’t yet tried any advertising with because my budget is truly small, and I wanted to focus and getting the book into the hands of readers. I have decided, however, to spend all my future budget here and nowhere else. It is an interesting experience in itself, because any success The Crystilleries of Echoland will achieve will be due to this book club.

So many places online just seem to grab your money and offer little in return. I hope this trade secret helps you spread the word about your book without leaving you feeling flea-bitten all over.

Award-winning author, Tal Boldo
Pen names: "Dew Pellucid & E. L. Neve

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Echoland on Audible

Audible Edition

Audible Edition

Read by award-winning narrator, B. J. Harrison. 
~ 2018 Pacific Book Awards winner ~ 
~ 2018 Purple Dragonfly 2nd place winner ~   
~ 2018 Readers' Favorite 4th place winner (HM) ~
~ 2018 Los Angeles Book Festival runner-up ~
~ 2018 New York Book Festival Honorable mention ~
~ 2018 San Francisco Book Festival Honorable mention ~