EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Raising Sleeping Stones
(The Orora Crona Chronicles Book 1)
(The Orora Crona Chronicles Book 1)
by P. H. T. Bennet
Raising Sleeping Stones by P. H. T. Bennet is a fantasy adventure whose story and app will help readers learn more about their own dreams. It is recommended for children ages 9 and up and is ON SALE for only $0.99 to 2 April.
When sisters Kiva and DeeDee Stone discover a mysterious plot that threatens them and everything they care about, they have to take a crash course in the ancient art of DreamKeeping to survive. As two elder Dream Keepers lead them up the Varruvyen river to the Eyle of Return, they show the girls how to gain dream powers greater than anything they had ever imagined. But can they become strong enough to face the monsters that haunt their dreams at night, strong enough to fight the enemies that draw nearer each day? The answer lies somewhere in the broken history of Orora Crona, the Valley of Dreams lost centuries ago, and whoever can piece it together first will rule for centuries to come.
Winner of a 2013 Newbury Comics Award.
Please note that the full functionalities of the app (e.g., music, hidden illustrations, and other interactive features) are not included in the ebook. The app is available through iTunes.
The App: Raising Sleeping Stones has been released as an electronic book in app form because it will do what dreams do by weaving together a story, music, illustrations, and interactive features to create a richer, more layered reading experience.
Story: The adventures of Kiva and DeeDee will become clearer and richer if you pause at the end of a chapter to think about the new clues you could use to start unlocking the mysteries of the earlier chapters … or to predict what will happen in the next ones.
Dream Techniques: Kiva and DeeDee meet the DreamKeepers who teach them how to not only remember and explore their dreams, but also how to use them to develop incredible super powers including flying, changing shape, traveling to the past, living underwater, creating impossible buildings, looking into the future, and more. This may be a fantasy series, but most of the dream techniques the characters use in the book really work, so readers can actually get better at dreaming by following what the characters do.
Storyscore: The music tells the same story at the same time as the words, but adds additional musical cues to help you figure out what’s happening between the characters or who might be involved in the plot against them. The closer you listen to the music, the more secrets you can uncover.
Dynamic Illustrations: The illustrations represent the main characters and events in the story; but, if you answer the questions at the end of certain chapters, you can unlock hidden layers to the illustrations, layers that show what lies beneath the surface of the story.
Tumblr and Facebook: Readers will be able to share their ideas, questions, drawings, and/or their predictions about the book on Tumblr and will be able to find sound clips, albums of drawings, updates, and other extras on Facebook as well.
Praise for the Book
"This book is more than it seems at first glance. PHT Bennet’s book is also a soundtrack, a dream journal and a puzzle box, all contained in a highly presentable, beautifully illustrated, intuitive package. The story is right up the YA genre’s alley, and its message is self-enabling, inspiring and surely of interest to anyone interested in exploring their own dreamscapes … A highly recommended interactive experience." ~ Michael H., Amazon
"Full of fabulous settings and a myriad of imaginative creatures, wonderfully described, the novel brings the reader into a fully realized world that is both fantastic and real." ~ Thomas G., Amazon
"The ebook is a wonderful version with gorgeous illustrations, and the app (available for iphones & ipads) is an even more immersive reading experience with amazing original music scores throughout the book, rich and fun illustrations, and an extra bonus of challenges for kids to solve!" ~ Mimi, Goodreads
About the Author
P. H. T. Bennet began exploring the world of the dreams when he was a child and never bothered to stop when he grew up. He had the good luck to have two daughters, Juliette and Paola, who not only served as the inspirations for DeeDee and Kiva, but also shared their dreams and helped him turn their family dreamwork sessions into this book. His lucky streak grew when he married his lovely wife, Mim, who tolerates his turning on a light in the middle of the night to write down ever-crazier dreams and talking about them in the morning as long as he lets her sleep in, first.
Though flying dreams are his favorite, he also loves the challenge of rewinding, replaying, and revising nightmares until they have much more interesting (and less brutal) endings, the thrill of breathing and swimming at high speeds underwater, the surprise of creating new works of art, the dangers in meeting, battling, and learning from his Shadow as it changes forms, the delight of returning to Paris, where he lived for 5 years, for delicious meals, and the peacefulness he gets from dream visits with his father, who passed away four years ago. He can’t wait to hear what readers favorite dreams are and what dream skills they hope the book will help them develop. Readers can either share them with him at email@example.com or with everybody reading the book on Tumblr.
Enter the blast-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.