Google+ Reading Teen: Giveaway, Gemstones and SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron {Guest Post}

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Giveaway, Gemstones and SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron {Guest Post}

by Erica Cameron:

There were several things that were strange about my upbringing, but most of these differences weren’t obvious to me until way later in my life. For one, my mom is a chiropractor and has always been my main source of medical advice or attention. Apparently that’s not normal? She also raised my sisters and me vegetarian, a word most of the other kids in my elementary school couldn’t even define let alone comprehend. That one was pretty clear, though, because they kept trying to bribe and/or coerce me into eating meat. They thought that was hilarious. On top of that, my sisters and I were brought up knowing about things like the concept of universal consciousness and the frequencies of the human aura.

Then I began telling people about my novel and how the gemstones and crystals in the book have specific strengths and abilities. I already knew my knowledge base was different than most of the population’s, but it still shocked me when someone looked at me and said, “Wow! That’s really cool! How did you come up with the concept of giving crystals particular powers?”

I didn’t! At all. Not my idea. I may have stretched the truth of it and given the stones a more active power than I have ever seen them capable of in our reality, but the metaphysics of crystals and gemstones is part of a belief system going back thousands of years. In fact, one of the reasons humans began using pieces of gemstones in jewelry was to make best use of the stones perceived properties. Amber, for example, has always been seen as a healing stone while rubies were believed to promote passion and courage.

So, in short, I do not now nor shall I ever claim that this portion of the book is in any way my original creation. It’s simply a beautiful yet underutilized piece of our world that I have been able to make use of. Yes? Okay. Moving on!

Although I have known about the metaphysical properties of crystals for years, I didn’t instantly see gemstones playing a part in my book. I planned on playing with the (blatantly false) psychological theory that humans only use a small percentage of their brains, but it wasn’t until I was a good
portion through the very first version of the book that I added the stones as a tool for Hudson and Mariella to use. My idea was to take the natural inclinations and abilities of the stones (and you can see a list of the ones I use in the book here) and enhance them, make them exponentially more powerful when activated by the energy frequency found within the dreamworld. Thus, I can have stones that will literally give you strength or protect you from physical harm or heal your emotional wounds. Add these protections to the side-effects of escaping the dreamworld intact and, well, my book just got a lot more magical. To see how, you’ll have to pick up Sing Sweet Nightingale and find out!

The Author

Erica Cameron knew that writing was her passion when she turned a picture book into a mystery novella as a teen. That piece wasn’t her best work, but it got her an A. After college, she used her degree in Psychology and Creative Writing to shape a story about a dreamworld. Then a chance encounter at a rooftop party in Tribeca made her dream career a reality.

Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dancer, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon d├ęcor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.

Her debut novel Sing Sweet Nightingale releases March 4, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press. It is the first book in The Dream War Saga.

Erica is represented by Danielle Chiotti at Upstart Crow Literary. However, for subrights inquiries on Sing Sweet Nightingale, contact Rebecca Mancini at Rights Mix. Regarding publicity for The Dream War Saga, contact Cindy Thomas at cthomas {@} spencerhillcontemporary {.} com.

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