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 ~

Readers' Favorite Winner

This award means a lot to me because thousands of books had competed from all around the globe (and perhaps from Echoland too). This is the book's 6th award.


The Crystilleries of Echoland on Readers' Favorite

Friday, July 13, 2018

Author Interview with Dew Pellucid

Here's a snippet from my interview about "The Crystilleries of Echoland"... and other things, really.

What advice would you give other writers? 
For me, reading a lot in preparation for becoming a writer was most helpful.

How did you decide how to publish your books? 
I first tested the waters with literary agents. But I decided to self-publish in the end. It gave me more creative control. After all, I am not writing in order to make money but because it makes me happy.

What do you think about the future of book publishing? 
There's a lot of good mixed in with the bad. Author's can reach out to readers directly. A niche book can find an audience. But the marketplace has a stronger voice now. Books don't have to pass a quality bar, so long as readers are willing to read them. But literature isn't easy to read, it's not fun in a meaningless way. So what will happen to literature if the bar for success is a sales ranking?

Keep reading on Book Goodies Blog.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

$0.99 July 12 through 19 SALE

🎈$0.99 BOOK SALE TODAY🎈
(original price: $4.99)

Purple Dragonfly Book Awards WINNER & Pacific Book Awards WINNER (and 3 other awards besides)--OK, it's time to celebrate my newly released teen fantasy!

Described by readers as "complex", "intriguing", "unique", "imaginative", "gripping"--Echoland is see-through and full of secrets. And duality!

REVIEWS:

"...A young hero must ally with his alter ego in an intricate parallel universe..." --Kirkus Reviews.
"This murder mystery fantasy takes place in a see-through world I never imagined before."
"Interesting, unique book, with a world unlike anything I have read before."
"...not only for YA readers but adults as well."
"A different take on the fantasy genre...complex..."
"Beautifully written! This story didn't hold back. I felt fully immersed..."
"Friendship, bravery and mystery...a page turner..."
"...magic and intrigue, love and loss, hope and friendship..."

http://bit.ly/Echoland_on_Amazon
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PLOT:

In the lucent land of the Echoes, how see-through your skin is determines whether you live or die. Until a group of 13 year-olds (Echoes and Sounds) unravel an ancient riddle at a strange Orphanage and set a chain reaction in motion that frees Echoland forever. (Book Trailer: http://bit.ly/Echoland_on_Youtube)

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 JULY 12--19 SALE:

The Kindle edition is $0.99 instead of $4.99, but only on Amazon US http://amzn.to/2FMOiCp & Amazon UK http://amzn.to/2FFu4P3. πŸ•―️ πŸ•―️ πŸ•―️ πŸ•―️ ILLUSTRATIONS: Here's a sneak peak. Andy Simmons created the large illustrations. I created the small ones, which begin each chapter (over 60).

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AUDIOBOOK: Just published! Read by award-winning narrator, B.J. Harrison. Over 40 voices.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Author Interview: Dew Pellucid on "Writers & Authors"

Quote from your Book | Favorite Quote “And on this sea of song, he floated for who knows how long.”
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I always loved literature passionately. I wrote poetry as a kid. I knew I wanted to get lost in storytelling. I always knew.
When did you write your first book and how old were you? I wrote my first short story when I was 8 years-old. In elementary school my poems were published in this school paper. I wrote my first (terrible novel) at age 24. It was beautifully written and utterly boring. So I decided to write for kids, and then I had to learn how to write a good plot. Today I write under two pen names, Dew Pellucid for teens, E. L. Neve for adults.
How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book? 
Keep reading on Writers & Authors

Thursday, June 21, 2018

5th Book Award for "The Crystilleries of Echoland"

So happy to share with you that "The Crystilleries of Echoland" is a winner in the prestigious Purple Dragonfly Book Awards (2018). This award comes from the delightful literary review for children's books, Story Monsters. This awards means a lot to me.

The Crystilleries of Echoland won second place in the Middle Grade Fiction category (as well as an honorable mention in the Young Adult category.) This is the book's 5th award.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Audiobook Release: The Crystilleries of Echoland

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Dear Unlucent Sounds,

The Crystilleries of Echoland audiobook is here! I love how it turned out!


"In this middle-grade fantasy, a young hero must ally with his alter ego in an intricate parallel universe in order to rescue his sister and save his own life." --Kirkus Reviews

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MAKING AN AUDIO BOOK
3 months ago I picked my favorite narrator for my story. It wasn't an easy choice. I spent hours listening to audio samples...until I found B.J. Harrison. I bought one of his books and spent many nights listening to him. At last, I thought, "This is my dream narrator. Now what? How do I convince him to record my book?" I REACHED OUT to B.J. with a link to the story and illustrations. In a few hours, I heard back. He read the first chapter, loved it and agree to narrator the story. Yay!!! ☺️

2 MONTHS LATER
We started work on the book. After lots of brainstorming, we came up with over 40 character voices. I have no idea how B.J. kept them all straight, but he did! And just as I hoped, he proved to be an exceptional reader. He breathed my words to life. His gift for acting out emotions made every character real. He never over or underacts a part. And his narration style carried me so deep into Echoland that I forgot I invented it.


 

Friday, May 25, 2018

2018 Pacific Book Awards WINNER


THIS AWARD makes me very happy. Previously, the book was a runner-up at the 2018 Los Angeles Book Festival, and received an Honorable Mention at the 2018 San Francisco Book Festival--but this time the book won first place in its category, Young Adult fiction.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Kirkus Review: The Crystilleries of Echoland

"In this middle-grade fantasy, a young hero must ally with his alter ego in an intricate parallel universe in order to rescue his sister and save his own life."

"Twelve-year-old Will Cleary was only 2 when he and his twin sister, Emmy, became two of hundreds who “simply vanished” without a trace, whose disappearances were recorded in a dusty tome known as the “gravestone book.” Only Will returned, brought back a week later by DeΓ‘ and Damian, a wolf and a falcon who became his inseparable companions. Now Will, with DeΓ‘ and Damian at his side, sets off to rescue his sister. His quest leads him to unexpected, magical destinations, including a land where a boy relived his birthday over and over before uncovering the secret of Echoland, a shadow version of Earth. There, everyone has a translucent counterpart—an “Echo,” who can only live while their “Sound,” or earthly equivalent, remains alive. Will’s Echo, the Prince of Echoland, has dangerous enemies; they plan to murder Will in order to destroy the Prince. Will must negotiate the dangers of this strange world to help the Prince before the murderous Fate Sealers kill them both. Author Pellucid appears as a character in this novel. In Echoland, she creates a complex, detailed world, filled with crystalline imagery. The relationship between Sounds and their Echoes is intriguing, if sometimes confusing, and the narrative weaves in elements of Hamlet (the prince must avenge his dead father) and Christianity (both young heroes were born on Christmas). The plot features several twists as Will painfully learns who his friends and enemies are. Some of the action scenes are chaotic, and there are some grisly scenes, but the suspense is handled well. The ending leaves several loose ends unresolved, suggesting a future third volume."

"A gripping, if sometimes dark and perplexing, fantasy coming-of-age novel."

Kirkus Indie Reviews

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Birthday Celebration with $0.99 Sale

The Crystilleries of Echoland is 1 month old. How the days flew by πŸ™‚ So I created a count-down deal on Amazon, to celebrate. Today the book is $0.99 and will go up by a $1.00 each day until it returns to $4.99.

So what has happened in the past month?

The book won its first award (2018 Los Angeles Book Festival Runner-up).

The paperback editions were published after the Kindle, both black & white and color.

The book trailer (video) surpassed 22K views.

More readers liked the book than not.

Everyone loves the swag giveaway. (If you haven't entered, what are you waiting for?)

The book's Facebook page surpassed 800 followers.

My dream narrator agreed to record the audiobook (work starts in May).

I changed the cover a bit (check out Will's eyes).

People are actually buying the book. πŸ™‚

Hope to see you in Echoland.

--Dew Pellucid.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Behind the Scenes: 3 Covers & 82 Illustrations

The illustrations in The Crystilleries of Echoland began with a letter.

 “Your intriguing work captured my eye and imagination. I’d therefore like to see if I can harness your skill to make a dream come to life…”

I didn't write this. It was my best-friend. He sent an email to the very talented Andy Simmons. Andy was magnificent. The see-through, sparkling world of the Echoes intrigued him. He started sending illustration after illustration our way.



Here's Andy's work on the cover. This is the cover for an earlier edition of the novel called, "The Sound and the Echoes". Look carefully and you'll see that my pen name changed during this process from Lucid Pellucid to Dew Pellucid...but that's another story for another day.



After changing the original novel considerably, I decided to publish it under its current title: "The Crystilleries of Echoland". And then I worked on a new cover for the novel, working with the old image files on Affinity Photo for Mac.
  

Next came the illustrations inside the novel. I included all of Andy's original illustrations, scattered throughout the book. But I also wanted each chapter to begin with a small illustration. This was a daunting prospect, because the novel has over 60 chapters. Using Andy's art, free online photographs and my own photographs, I used Affinity Photo for Mac and Photoscape X to create the images I needed. Here are some of my favorites:

Discover "The Crystilleries of Echoland" for yourself:

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Amazon France
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

First Echo Swag

I created new bookmarks to share with Sounds who visit Echoland. Follow this blog by email (tab on the right) for news of my coming giveaways. And more Echo swag coming soon!

News: I just added a SWAG GIVEAWAY, with 4 beautiful items open for grabs: a dartboard, a clock, a lamp and a puzzle. Visit the giveaway tab on this blog and enter for free.


Monday, March 19, 2018

New 5 Star Review

Reviewed By Liz Konkel for Readers’ Favorite
The Crystilleries of Echoland by Dew Pellucid begins as thousands of children disappear with only one child ever having returned. Will Cleary returned with a falcon and a wolf to watch over him, but his twin sister remained behind in Echoland, another world filled with reflections of us called Echoes. All Will's parents have done since he came back is to plot ways to find his sister, often barely acknowledging his existence. When his faithful protectors reveal a shocking truth, Will is pulled back into the world he doesn't remember on a journey to find his sister. Along the way, he turns to new allies for help as he's swept into the discovery of the missing children, into solving a murder, and into helping the rightful heir onto the throne. 

Dew Pellucid blends together an exciting fantasy adventure with a murder mystery in a journey of growing up. Echoland is a unique and ghost-like mirror world with transparent trees and people. Everything is described in ghostly detail, but often reflects our own world with a mix of absurd and ominous twists. Every little detail of this world matters in the larger picture of the story. It's a wondrous and yet dangerous place that pulls you along for the journey. The stakes are high with Will's life constantly at risk, but his journey through this world teaches him bravery and true friendship. Will's friendships are the strongest connections he has as both of his parents seem to shrug him off whenever he's around, too occupied with trying to find his sister to really see him. Dea and Damian are more than just his pets, they're his protectors, the ones watching over him since he returned home, and the ones that lead him back to Echoland. His life at the beginning is only briefly touched upon, but it's clear he's alone except for his pets so, when he makes friends in Echoland, it further illustrates how important that bond is for him. 

His new friends liven the story up while also giving a sense of heart to the tale and providing him with people he wants to protect. Peter is his first real friend in this world. He's a magician who starts off a bit suspicious, but quickly turns into Will's strongest supporter. He has a mischievous side to him, but he's also loyal and compassionate. Animals play a large role throughout the story as Will's pets are the catalyst for his return to Echoland, but it's the Echo Wolf he bonds with later that fills a certain void. Peter has a strong attachment to his dog Poudini, who has an emotional place in the story. Fun nods to common things in our world maintain a lot of the humor throughout as Echoland has Crystalmas instead of Christmas and Poudini is a fun play on the famous magician. The illustrations are stunning and capture important moments throughout with an array of blue hues that capture the lucent essence of the world. The Crystilleries of Echoland is a hero's journey in a story of strength and courage with a dazzling array of illustrations.

Buy on Amazon

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Story Behind the Story

In 2006, I sat on the floor of my living room and started imagining a see-through realm. I took notes of all my bad ideas. And my dog ate my pens.

Over the next years, I wove a story about a twelve-year-old boy whose life is torn apart by see-through beings from another realm. And slowly the story of Echoland took shape.

And though it all started with a philosophical idea, it ended up being a fun story. So now, I'm going to write about the philosophical part. And if you just yawned so much that you almost swallowed your screen (or phone, or whatever), I suggest you move to the ILLUSTRATIONS tab of this blog. Or start reading your copy of THE CRYSTLLERIES OF ECHOLAND.

The philosophical idea behind the story.... 

Plato was a Greek philosopher. He tried to answer a question that troubled the thinkers of the past. When we look at a dog, any dog, we know that we're looking at a dog (not a cat.) But every dog is a little different. I mean, my Pomeranian doesn't look anything like my neighbors Mastiff. Well...not often.

So how do we know a dog's a dog?

Plato invented another plain...a place where the idea of a perfect dog actually exists. The dogs we see here are a reflection, a less than perfect copy. And every dog we see here is less perfect in a different way. Which is why they all look a little different.

Hmmmm....I thought to myself. What if I invented a world that was a reflection of ours, a see-through reflection. And what if that world thought that we were the perfect ones, but they were less than perfect. So what if they called us "Sounds", and they were just "Echoes? And what if they thought that when a Sound dies his Echo should die too?

A story began.

Echoland Stories from Readers

The best story I heard from readers was Stone & Journey's. The two twins have the most wonderful mom. Lisa would read to them at night, and this encouraged the 11 year olds to start reading more. And the lovely thing was that Stoney & Journey would use a blow dryer to melt a hole in an imaginary frozen pond, so they could get to Echoland.

Another story I love comes from Spain. My nephew speaks Spanish, Catalan, Hebrew, French and English. He isn't even a teenager yet. So he read the story in English, which I found to be amazing!

Finally, my favorite review of the story came from a 4th grader on Amazon's kids' corner. And he read the book in just a few days.

And finally final, here's my real-life kid, who was the inspiration for Poudini in the story.

Book Trailer: The Crystilleries of Echoland

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Crystilleries of Echoland


~ A magical fantasy for all children (young and young at heart) with 82 illustrations ~

Thousands of children disappear from our world. No one sees the kidnapping; or if they do, they forget. But one toddler returns after a week, riding a wolf, with a falcon circling over him.

That boy is Will Cleary.

 Will tries to live a normal life. But his twin sister is still missing, and their parents never stop searching for her. Then just before his thirteenth birthday, Will's pets reveal a secret to him. (Though how it happens will remain a secret, until you read the book.)

A hidden world lies beneath our feet, a land filled with see-through trees and lucent people. They call us Sounds, and they are our Echoes; for each one of them is a reflection of one of us. It is a sparkling, beautiful place, a winter wonderland. But there is evil there, a terrible law, the Law of Death.

When a Sound dies in our world, his Echo is executed in Echoland. And there are those who reverse the order of things, to achieve their wicked ends. They hunt the Sound of the Echo they want to kill. Then the first death leads to the second as surely as lightning leads to thunder.

Is that what happened to the missing children in Will's realm? Did someone want to murder their Echoes? Or are these Sounds still alive, trapped somewhere in Echoland?

Will tries to escape the frightening answer. But dangers sweep him into that magical, see-through land. And there, in a fortress filled with castaway children, a two-hundred-year-old riddle lies buried. The most important boy in Echoland will help Will solve it, with a handful of other kids. For the fate of Echoland, and of the Sound realm, depends on the answer.

An answer hidden in an ancient book…
Deep in a frozen lake of gems…
Beyond a buried door…
At the foot of the greatest Crystillery of all.

But many men and monsters, crystal balls and spying eyes, will try to stop the brave children from changing Echoland forever!