Sunday, September 30, 2012


463 people entered the signed paperback book giveaway of "The Sound and the Echoes". The Giveaway ended today, and the 10 lucky winners are:

Shaun Kilfoy
Wendy Bloink
Justin Jensen
A. Mathes
Rebecca McMahon
Ashley Chepil
Bridgette Roundtree
Ann Tagg
Patricia Fuller
Isabella Festa

I'll be signing the books with my special crystal ball author's signature and sending them out tomorrow.

Congratulations to the winners! And thanks to everyone who entered!

And if you didn't win, don't forget to enter the Giveaway I created for Facebook Fans (

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New 4-Star Reader Review by Jennifer Forte

A big thank-you to Jennifer for sharing her charming book review of The Sound and the Echoes on Amazon and Goodreads. Here's how the review starts:

Fun, Fast-Paced Adventure!
By Jennifer Forte "Jenn" (PA, USA)

"The Sound and the Echoes follows a boy's journey into another realm, one he didn't know existed, where he comes face to face with his doppleganger. This book is an adventure tale, with a neat premise (the idea of the "real world" and the "echo world" where our echoes carry out their own lives). It has some great moments in it and the creation of the Echo-world is artfully done. Dew Pellucid's description of the world makes you feel like you're there.

"One thing I really enjoyed in this book was that most of the characters' motives were not obvious at first. For several pivotal secondary characters, you were never quite sure if they were "good guys" or "bad guys" until their motives finally became clear. It lent the story an air of mystery that kept the story moving along.

Continue reading Jenn's review on Amazon, Goodreads.

E-book $2.99 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Barnes & Noble
Nook ePub edition: $2.99

New Author Interview with Dew Pellucid

Rachel at Rai29BookRead Reviews interviews Dew Pellucid, author of The Sound and the Echoes.

1. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
“The Sound and the Echoes” is a high fantasy for middle grade and young adult readers, with 27 magical illustrations. There is a see-through, frozen world beneath ours, where our reflections live. They call themselves the Echoes, and we are the Sounds. And now, twelve-year-old Will Cleary is swept into this realm, to help his Echo find a secret passage that will save the kingdom and Will’s family.

2. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?
I wrote my first short story when I was eight. In elementary school my poems were published in the school paper. In short, literature has been the one subject I was actually good at. So when I grew up, it only made sense that I should lose myself in the realm of storytelling.

Read more on Rachel's book blog.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Weekly Character Unveiling: The Murdered Man

There's a murder mystery hidden in the plot of The Sound and the Echoes. And when Will and his Echo, the Prince, go to the Lake of Eternal Ice, they find the body... only it is no stranger.

From The Sound and the Echoes:

“My father’s grave,” said the Prince, his voice bitter. “And a cursed crystal ball to mark the spot.”

The Prince threw himself on the lake and pressed his face to the ice. Above him the ball of smoky glass hovered like a strange cloud trapped inside a sphere.

Will bent beside his Echo, pulling out the Waterweed he collected in Auralius’ tunnel. In the green, eerie glow, he felt the blood freezing in his veins. His father’s face, eyes glassy and bloodshot, was looking back at him through the frozen lake, as through a window leading to the realm of the dead. A dark scarf encircled the frozen man’s neck, monogrammed with the golden letter M. And only as Will realized that the M must stand for Monarch did his shock begin to fade, and he remembered that his father was still alive, back in the Sound realm.

Then silently, Will stepped back to give his Echo time to grieve alone."

E-book $2.99 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Amazon
Paperback $18.78 on Barnes & Noble
Nook ePub edition coming 10/5/2012

Unique Author Interview of Me as Myself

I've never given an author interview as myself (Tal Boldo). I've always answered as my pen name persona. But for the cerebral book blog, ZigZag Timeline, I made an exception.

I speak of the philosophical origins of The Sound and the Echoes, the storytelling techniques I invented to create this world, and I sprinkle a little insight into the creative process of world-building.

Here's how the interview starts:

QUESTION: The premise of The Sound and the Echoes begins with the idea that each time a person is born, an otherworldly twin—an Echo—comes into existence as well. What inspired this idea?

ANSWER: I am a strong believer in free will. We each have a choice about our actions, no matter how limited our options seem. But what would happen, I wondered, if choice was taken away from us in the most fundamental way? What if at any moment life itself could be snatched away from us or the people we love?

This idea floated in my head almost simultaneously with another. I was thinking of Plato’s Realm of the Forms. As an early Greek philosopher, Plato was concerned with where our ideas of concepts originated. After all, we never see a cat in its abstract form, only many different versions of cats. So, the Ancient Greeks wondered, how do we come up with the idea of cat-ness.

Plato concluded that we are born with Innate ideas, a memory of these perfect “Forms”. The Forms exist on a higher plain, and we are merely imperfect reflections of that place.

From this to imagining a reflection world, an Echo to our Sounds, was a short leap of the imagination.

QUESTION: The majority of The Sound and the Echoes takes place in the icy fantasyland the Echoes live in. How did you go about developing the history and magic system of this fanciful universe?

ANSWER: As with human history, the basic customs of the Echoes developed from their ideas. If the Law of Death sentences every Echo to die when his Sound dies, it is logical that Echoes will start to hope fervently for good luck. “Please, please don’t let it be my son the Fortune Tellers come to kill.” Hence, I created a superstitious culture that, over generations, began to worship Fortune...

**Read the rest of my author interview on ZigZag Timelines.**

Sunday, September 23, 2012


The most intelligent and spot-on review to be written so far comes from Mary Fan, creator of the cerebral Book Blog, Zigzag Timelines. If you want to truly understand the plot, plot-theme and theme of "The Sound and the Echoes", step into Mary's outstanding review.

Here's a snippet of the conclusion:
"In The Sound and the Echoes, Pellucid has demonstrated an amazing knack for world-building. The atmosphere glows ice blue, sparkling with charm and whimsy. It’s easy to visualize the many wonderful, otherworldly objects and places in the Echo realm, all of which follow carefully laid-out rules. Crystal balls, glowing see-through beings, smoky specters, ice-like coins… these are some of the things that glitter within the story..."

I'm proud to add that Mary posted her review on Amazon and Goodreads as a 5-star review.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


In the past, authors used to write a personal note to their readers at the beginning of a novel. When I invented my pen name persona, Dew Pellucid, I jumped at the idea of doing the same.

Here is a recording of Dew Pellucid's opening to "The Sound and the Echoes". It's just a letter, but it reveals so much about the Echo realm and what's to come, while leaving so much unsaid. The perfect taunting teaser.

Would you like to hear it? Then click here.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Weekly Character Unveiling: Deá & Damian

This week I'd like to introduce you to Will's childhood friends... only he didn't know them in their true forms. If you've read "The Sound and the Echoes", you already understand the significance of this scene. But if you haven't, you'll still enjoy the description of these beautiful Echoes.


A boy of about sixteen was standing not far from Will. The boy’s skin, proud face and curly hair were as dark as coffee. His eyes were darker still, and they glittered with intelligence. He wore shimmering black clothes, and everything about him was see-through, so that Will could see a snowy tree showing right through the boy’s face. It felt like looking through a brown-glassed window.

“Who are you?” marveled Will.

“I’m Damian,” answered the boy, in Damian’s voice. “And this is Deá.”

The see-through boy stepped aside, and a beautiful girl of about fifteen emerged from behind the same tree. Her skin was as white as the snow at her feet, and her shimmering clothes were as white as her skin. Her long hair and large gray eyes were both so pale that for a moment Will thought she was made entirely of mist—like the mist inside his crystal ball clock—especially since the girl, like the boy, was see-through.

The two strange beings exchanged radiant smiles, as if they hadn’t seen each other in years and were trying to make up for lost time. Then the pale girl turned to Will.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Weekly Quote & Illustration: THE DINING HALL at the Orphanage of Castaway Children

"The dining hall was magnificent. Light from at least ten crystal ball chandeliers gleamed off the curving icy walls of the great white hall. Ice sculptures of fairies fluttered between the pearly lights, their frozen wings actually moving, and their crystal lips blowing iridescent bubbles that rained down on the hall like many, many more crystal balls.

"As in the garden, fountains splashed here too, though not in straight lines but in arches of blue water that shot across the ceiling from fountain to fountain, creating a liquid sky. Will had seen it all yesterday, but the Orphanage dining hall was just as enchanting on second sight.

"The three curving tables stretching before Will still amazed him by looking longer than any tables he had ever seen. And, like his uniform and so many other things in this strange Echo world, the tables glistened in perfect imitation of ice in sunlight. By the middle table, no one sat. But on the right, Sounds were jostling in a thick throng of white, cold breath spilling from their mouths, enveloping their faces in mist. While on the left, Echoes lounged so comfortably spread apart that they had to shout to have a conversation.

From "The Sound and the Echoes" by Dew Pellucid.

Read the first 50 pages on Amazon

See more illustrations on The Sound and the Echoes Site.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


So what was hardest to write in the novel, people ask? The Beginning! Definitely.

In fact, there were more than eight versions of chapter one.

In my first version, a strange Echo came to fetch Will in the middle of the night (that character was cut from the novel).

In another version, there was no Gravestone Book. The conversation about all those children disappearing and no one remembering anything… it all took place without reference to the book, which records it.

Only the last version included the crystal ball clock, now featured on the cover. Readers find that amazing. That’s the best part, they say, unable to imagine chapter one without that glowing basketball with its secret holograms.

Ironically, in the end, chapter one doesn’t begin the novel. To immerse the reader in the strangeness of the Echo realm, I invented my pen name persona, Dew Pellucid, and wrote his letter to the reader.

“Dear Un-Pellucid Reader,” it begins. “Far, far away, in a land few Sounds have ever seen, stands the palace of Agám Kaffú... The walls are carved from gleaming ice that never melts, and the floors look like silent ponds you can walk on.”

Dew Pellucid is a mystery and remains so until the end of the novel. Who this old Echo is, you may ask? To quote his letter to the reader, “You’ll have to find it out in the proper way, turning page after page in this strange story.”

I hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes peek at The Sound and the Echoes. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post? Do you like the way the book starts? Would you come up with a different opening? And what was your favorite part?


Sunday, September 16, 2012


My crystal thanks to Linda Pumphrey for making me aware of something that was probably obvious to every Sound but me (after all, I'm just an old Echo).

So what is this book about, and where can you find it?


The Sound and the Echoes is a high fantasy for middle grade and young adult readers, with 27 magical illustrations. Readers have compared the book to Harry Potter, though calling it "by NO means a Potter knockoff."

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.


"The Sound and the Echoes is an extraordinary tale that will be loved by many children, teachers, and their parents alike... It is a must in any school or home library."
-Author Anna del C. Dye.

“This is a story rich in detail and depth. You can see the images and feel the emotions that the characters are feeling.”
-Trina Wing for Goodreads.

"Friendship, loyalty and strength of character shine very brightly in this book."
-Stephanie D. on Readers Favorite.

"Dew Pellucid offers a reader much, awakening an indefinable, irreverent child-like depiction of an imaginative, strange, beautiful world."
-Sean Randall, Goodreads Librarian.

“Fantastic book that I highly recommend for anyone who loves the Potter series.”
--L. Franco on Amazon.

“I dare you to read this and not enjoy it.”
--Claire Carey on Goodreads.

"If adventure is what you crave, The Sound and the Echoes delivers."
-Anastacia Hawkins for Readers Favorite.


All the links to bookstores and my social networking are on So do visit!

eBook: Amazon (Nook, iPad and more editions coming Sept 25).
Paperback: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CreateSpace and more.



"To be honest I have never read any Harry Potter books but my two children have and their ages are 15 & 13. My kids said it was a great read and it brought out the different realms as the Potter books without the magic. Trying to get a book report out of two teenagers are challenging enough but I knew they liked it when they read it a second time, each..." Continue reading on Amazon.

My crystal thanks to John for taking the time to post his review on Amazon.


The Sound and the Echoes is filled with unique characters. And I thought it would be fun to unveil one character a week with a quote from the novel and an illustration.


"She was a slightly see-through girl dressed in a glistening Orphanage uniform. Her enormous blue eyes were lost in deep dark circles, and her short black hair was a jagged mess, as if she had given herself a haircut without looking in a mirror. She looked deeply unhappy, and, muttering under her breath, she kept twirling an enormous sapphire ring around her thumb.

'Is that Valerie Valerian?' asked Damian, his voice full of pity.

'Her uncle rescued her from Shadowpain,' said Deá."

Friday, September 14, 2012

Philosophical 4-STAR REVIEW, by Kevin Dave

A review written by a brilliant young thinker. And it starts with a wonderfully controversial opening:

"I loved this book, I really did, but I'm going to say it right now; I think this book will
be misunderstood.

I tried reading it from the point of view of a child, as this was the target demographic. But when I read it, I found myself delved into something deeper. Something... more."

Read more on GoodReads...

Fascinatingly Intellectual Book Review by Sean Randall

It's only a three-star review, but it's a fascinating read!

Sean is a Brit, which shows in his style, and he is ruthlessly generous and critical with a single stroke. This is his review summary:

"Dew Pellucid offers a reader much, awakening an indefinable, irreverent child-like depiction of an imaginative, strange, beautiful world." Read more on GoodReads.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Shannon at LL Book Reviews Interviews Dew Pellucid

An Interview with Dew Pellucid, author of The Sound and the Echoes
By Shannon Yarbrough on September 12, 2012

Tell us a little about your book.

In a frozen, sparkling land, our see-through reflections live, like Echoes of our Sounds. And when one of us dies up here in the Sound realm, his reflection is executed in the Echo realm, as dictated by the Law of Death. The story begins when a Sound, a twelve-year-old boy, discovers that Fate Sealers are hunting him because after he dies, his Echo, the Prince, will have to die too. And so Will Cleary is swept into a perilous adventure 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 and equality to the Echoes.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was thinking of the Greek philosopher, Plato, and his Realm of the Forms. If we accept his premise that we are only imperfect reflections of that other place, what would that mean for life here on Earth, I wondered.

Read more on LL Book Reviews

Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Barking Inspiration

His name is Dorian (after Oscar Wilde’s character). He almost died of starvation and flea bites, before we found him. And now he is famous!

One spring morning in 2006, I sat on the floor with mounds of books and a buzzing idea. ‘Come on’, I thought to myself, ‘create that Echo realm, the place where our reflections live.’

Easier thought than done! I had no idea where to start, and Dorian kept eating my pens.
But at the end of the day, I had come up with the main characters of the story (can’t say who they are, or you’ll figure out the name of the villain)—and I also invented a fictional dog.

That dog, later to be named Poudini, gave birth to another idea. Every child at the Orphanage of Castaway Children will have a pet, I decided. Dogs, cats, birds, snakes, frogs… a whole menagerie of animals was born in an instant.

Dorian asked to be a shade braver than he is in life. I obliged. His alter-ego, Poudini, saves the day more than once.

I would later spend many months inventing the world of the Echoes, followed by years of writing and more periods of intense planning mixed in. Now, the Echo realm is as real to me as my own life, but far more magical and inviting.

If “The Sound and the Echoes” charms the imagination of readers, I will one day write a sequel so my little white dachshund, Sophie, can fulfill her dream of becoming a Fate Sealer’s pet.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Four-Star Reader Review, by Joana

What a wonderful review, written by Joana, who describes herself as someone who "lives to read".

"In the world of Echoes everything is strange, especially its rules. Fortune determines everything and ever
yone. One rule stirs an elaborate plot of murder of all who rule the throne. If a Sound dies, then his Echo should too.

This book is quite imaginative and even though it was written for a younger audience, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The description of its foreign land brings you right into the story as if you were really living it. Filled with mystery, suspense and adventure it's sure to capture the attention of your teen. The characters are easily likeable. Tales of magical objects stirs the imagination and pulls you right it..." Read the rest of Joana's review on GoodReads, or on Amazon.


I thought it would be fun to share a quote and an illustration from The Sound and the Echoes every Friday. Here's the first one from... the first chapter.

"It was a crystal ball that glowed faintly like a strange basketball made of shimmering glass. There were numbers inside, falling through a bright mist, the big ones like snowflakes, the small ones like rain in slow-motion. At the moment the number eight was the biggest, and it hovered beside the smaller forty-one, with a tiny two raining down on the right, then three, four, five… It was eight forty-one in the morning according to the crystal ball clock, the start of a new day. But the falling numbers that disappeared in the fog made it seem as if time was raining out of existence...

"Inside the crystal ball a miniature boy appeared, looking tall and lanky, with long gangly legs and glasses. The falling seconds bounced off his curly brown hair, and the large hour and minutes hovered over him like a cloud. But the boy inside the crystal ball never noticed." -- from The Sound and the Echoes.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Many years ago my brother took a photo of me in a dark room, using the B setting on the camera. While the film was being exposed, he flashed the flash three times, and each time I moved to a new posture. The result? A Picture with three me's in it, and two of them a little see-through.

So this gave me the inspiration for the me & my Echo photo contest. All through September, create a photo of you with another, see-through you in the picture. Use photographic magic, photo-editing or whatever you like. Then post your photo on The Sound and the Echos Facebook Page. Everyone can vote on their favorite picture, and the one with the most likes will get a signed 8.5x11 front cover of The Sound and the Echoes.

Above is my Dew Pellucid and his Echo image to start us off. Check out the Facebook page tomorrow to see the author and her Echo in her non-pen-name form.

I hope you'll join the Echo fun!

4.5 Star Reader Review from Trina

A huge thank you to Trina for reviewing The Sound and the Echoes. Trina will be automatically entered into my $25 September Reviews Giveaway. Here's a snippet from her review:

"This is a story rich in detail and depth. You can see the images and feel the emotions that the characters are feeling. It has everything that you could want for a great quest. The author writes in a style that is vividly lyrical and the story flows together. As Will learns what he must do and how to go about doing it, there are some unexpected twists to the story. I really enjoy when I do not always know what is going to happen next in a story. I recommend reading this book to find out what happens next. If you like Harry Potter or other YA type books like that you will really enjoy this book." Read the rest of Trina's review on GoodReads

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

4 Star Review by Anastacia Hawkins

Every time something comes to life, gas is released into the air. Two forms of life come into existence together, a Sound and an Echo. The Echo is made of gas. This gas is alive. It is a living being. And it looks like a reflection.

"The Sound and the Echoes" is a high fantasy novel that takes its reader to another realm, the Echo Realm, the place where all reflections live. It is a place of see-through beings, snowy cloud-like blankets that exude warmth, flavored floating bubbles, crystal ball technology, and the Orphanage of Castaway Children.

Will Cleary’s twin sister is one of those castaway children, having been stolen from the Sound Realm ten years earlier. Will discovers a way to enter the Echo Realm, and a mission far greater than just bringing his sister home.

Dew Pellucid’s "The Sound and the Echoes" starts out strong. Mr. Pellucid’s writing is beautifully descriptive as he takes us immediately into Will’s humble and sad world where his parents have lost themselves in the pursuit of finding their lost child, adversely affecting the child left behind. Once we find ourselves in the Echo Realm, Will’s story becomes a non-stop chase through a surreal, cold, and distant land... Read more on Readers Favorite.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Author Interview on "I'm a Reader, Not a Writer"

Author interview with Dew Pellucid on the charming book blog: I'm a Reader, Not a Writer

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

A mirror, so I can have someone to look at. A tape recorder, so someone wise can answer back. And my library of a million books, of course.

What is one book everyone should read?

A book that makes them think.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?

Evil Eye (there’s a double-meaning in that). But you'll have to read the book to find out what that is.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

Reading at the speed of light.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

My great grandfather, Lucid Pellucid. They say I am an exact replica of him. In which case, we’re bound to have a splendid time together.

Read the rest of the interview on I'm a Reader, Not a Writer

Sunday, September 2, 2012

5 Star Book Review from Author Anna Del C. Dye

This is a delightful story, written for middle-aged kids. I found the tale refreshing and full of new ideas for fantasy. It is great reading both for hot summer days or cold winter nights. It portrays a new world shared by characters, so much alike yet so different that they will entertain young men as well as young women.

Life has changed a lot for Will since the moment his twin sister disappeared when they were three years old. His parents spend their days looking for clues of how to get her back home. This has now been going on for more than ten years. The problem is that though Will understands their sorrow, he yearns for some kind of love and attention of his own from his parents. This is how life proceeds in his home until everything changes one night as his friend, Ben, brings him the book "Disappeared without a Trace." In it he finds a tale his parents haven’t shared with him. That same night, Will finds out that his pet wolf and falcon are not what they seem to be. Will, his pets and his new friend will embark on a trip that will test his sanity to the maximum in a place where castaway children live. Still, even if he manages to find what he is looking for, he may never return to his world and family.

"The Sound and the Echoes" is an extraordinary tale that will be loved by many children, teachers, and their parents alike. It has very interesting and beautiful drawings to add to the overall effect of the book. It is a must in any school or home library.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway for Echo Lovers

I'm having such fun hearing from readers! And I'd love to hear from you too!

So, I'm running a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway for book reviews.

Write a book review for The Sound and the Echoes in September, 2012. Post your review on Amazon and GoodReads, and you'll automatically be entered into my $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway.

I'll draw winners using on October 1st, 2012.

Readers have called the tale an “alternate Harry Potter” and a “fantastic book for anyone who loves the Potter series.” Indeed, it was J.K. Rowling’s world that inspired me to write for this age group (which appeals to the child in all of us).

I hope you''ll visit the Echo realm soon. The Kindle book is now priced for $2.99. And if you don't have a Kindle be sure to download the free Kindle for PC application, or the Kindle for Android, so you can read on your phone.

New 5-Star Reader Review from Laurie Franco

Laurie wrote:

"Fantastic book that I highly recommend for anyone who loves the Potter series. Don't get me wrong, this is by NO means a Potter knockoff, but a brilliantly executed tale that is slightly reminiscent of the Potter books.

"Pellucid's Fate Sealers remind me just a bit of Dementors (although not QUITE as scary! Lol) and the Orphanage had a bit of a magical quality to it....sort of like Hogwarts....but yet still completely original. While I admit that it did take a few pages before I was "into" the book, once in, I didn't want to leave. The author manages to put together a captivating story, and at the same time, subtley bring about a wonderful, relevant point about a land where everyone can live together in "Harmony" regardless of whether they are a Sound, an Echo or a "Mongrel" which is another name for someone who is half Sound and half Echo.

"I received this book directly from the author when she noticed I had entered the giveaway for her book. She offered me a copy in exchange for a review. Best decision I've made in a while! I unashamedly admit that I have already contacted Ms. Pellucid and asked if she is going to be writing a sequel to The Sound and the Echoes because I want more (which is another reason it probably reminds me of Potter, as I could never get enough of those either).

"The most amazing thing about this book is..." read the rest of Laurie's review on Amazon and Goodreads.

Thank you, Laurie!!!