I am thrilled to introduce our Author Spotlight book of the month, The Eye-Dancers by Michael S. Fedison! Throughout the month of January Lovely Books Blog will be hosting exclusive interviews, character profiles, and other exciting features! Check back on alternating Friday's and Saturday's to be the first to see exciting new posts!
To introduce the book we have a great plot summary that gives a deeper look into the plot of The Eye-Dancers and offers insight on the characters. To get a real feel of the novel check out the summary below!
Mitchell Brant is not your typical seventh grader. He is a compulsive liar, who adamantly defends his lies, no matter how outlandish they are. When he is tormented by a recurring nightmare of what he has come to call “the ghost girl,” he is certain that no one will believe him. Three nights in a row, he has dreamed of this “ghost girl” and her blue eyes that expand and swirl when he gazes into them. He is sure she is not of this earth, and that she is trying to draw him in to her world—wherever that may be—through the hypnotic power of her eyes.
Desperate to tell someone about his dreams, he decides to confide in Joe Marma, his best friend. To Mitchell’s surprise, Joe believes him; because he, too, has been having the same dreams—three nights in a row. They soon discover that their friend, Ryan Swinton, is also haunted by the “ghost girl.” What does it all mean? Who, or what, is this girl? And will she indeed transport them to her world the next time they fall asleep and dream?
Banding together, and convincing their classmate Marc Kuslanski to stand watch as they sleep, the three boys, along with Marc, are unwillingly thrust into an empty blue void. When they awake, they find themselves in a world that seems much like their own, and yet very different at the same time. The layout of the streets, the contours of the land, the feel of the place is familiar, almost like a replica of their town on earth. Yet the differences are puzzling. Old-fashioned cars that resemble 1950's designs; currency they've never seen before; an absence of PCs and cell phones. Even the spelling of words is slightly off. They wonder if this is all an extension of their dreams—or if it is actually real.
To solve the mystery, they need to work together, as a team. Joe, a natural leader and take-charge person, is short, with a chip on his shoulder, eager to think with his fists instead of his head. Ryan is the class clown, always wanting to elicit a laugh, but unable to make a decision on his own, preferring to go along with the group. Marc is a science whiz, and looks at the world through a rigid lens of rationality and logic. He continually tries to view their situation through scientific reason. This naturally collides with Mitchell’s storytelling and less logical, more intuitive nature.
Marc suggests they are not dreaming at all, but rather marooned in a parallel world, a variant of their hometown in a different universe, and the mystery deepens when they spot a poster of a kidnapped girl nailed to a telephone poll. They realize with astonishment that the picture is of their “ghost girl,” who is, evidently, not a ghost at all, but a seven-year-old girl named Monica Tisdale who has been missing for several days. It all adds up, though the conclusions strain belief. This kidnapped girl has somehow managed to pull them into her world, in a parallel universe, because she needs their help.
Will Mitchell, Joe, Ryan, and Marc be able to find her in time? Because, as the truth sinks in, they realize that the “ghost girl” is their only hope to get back home. And they are her only hope for rescue.
To succeed, the boys need to confront life-threatening dangers, unexpected pitfalls . . . and themselves. They bicker, argue, disagree on what the correct path should be. They come face-to-face with their own insecurities, and in order to survive, they must learn to overcome them.
Throughout it all, they ultimately learn that everything is connected. Events and people that seem so far away, a universe away, are, in actuality, much closer to us than we ever dared to think.
If you would like to buy The Eye-Dancers the novel is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo!