Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Guest Post: CandleWax by C. Bailey Sims

by C. Bailey Sims
Title: Candlewax
About The Book: 384 pages
Expected publication: April 3rd 2012 
Published by: Terabyte Press
A medieval masterpiece of adventure, romance and horror, younger readers of Paolini and Cashore will gobble up this award-winning debut.
About The Book: An Ancient Prophecy. A Powerful Relic. An Insatiable Evil. When all three converge, the fate of every living thing will be in peril. All her life Catherine had hoped to see a fairrier cat. No book, no scroll provided to her by her tutors had ever mentioned this legend, much to her frustration, and now-at the worse possible time-she was getting her wish. Only, in her wish the cat wasn't about to kill her. A 732-year-old fairrier cat the size of a horse has killed his fair share of hunters. Driven to the brink of extinction for the supernatural powers of his coat, is he indeed the last of his kind? Sheltered, 16-year-old Catherine is about to find out. Unwitting heir to the Ancient Onyxes, she flees an arranged marriage only to stumble upon the cat's secrets, the force of the ancient relic she wears, and the dangerous mission they must undertake. Hidden under a desert that was once a fertile land, millions of predators are waiting to feast again. Catherine must discover the secret of the Ancient Onyxes and stop the creatures known as trodliks before they consume everything in their path. A whispered prophecy becomes her only guide and a rejected suitor just might be the one warrior she desperately needs.  Join The Hollow Tours for a MONTH LONG TOUR! On April 3th The Hollow Tours will be doing a REVEAL of the art on the BACK COVER of Candlewax which no one has seen unless they have a trade paperback of the ARC.

What is in a name? by C. Bailey Sims Coming up with names for characters is one of the cool parts about being a writer. In Candlewax, there is a blend of real and unique names. I used some classic names to create a sense of the story as placed in the continuum  of  our sense of me-dieval reality. (Unless you have a time machine, none of here will experience medieval reality, but we do have a sense of it through history, film and books). Catherine, William, Conrad, Sebastian, Bessie, George, etc. are all very familiar names to most of us. They give Candlewax a foot in the real world. I especially like Bessie and her father George’s last name: Brine. They come from Swiggins, the heart of Lackanay, and they are indeed the salt of the earth—warm, honest, strong,  and good. Cyril is a also a real name, but less familiar. And no, it’s not CRY-uhl!  Cyril (pronounced SEER-uhl) sounds a bit more exotic than John or Joe, which is great, because Cyril comes from an exotic land where burning trees illuminate the landscape at night.  "Cyril" means lordly ruler or gem and comes from ancient Greece (with other spellings). By the way, if you read Candlewax all the way through thinking Cyril was pronounced CRY-uhl, don’t feel bad. When I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone aloud to my boys, I murdered Hermione’s name! (HER mee own). Ha! I guess I wasn’t alone because I remember a broadcast of the author politely informing the world at large that it was (her MY oh nee). Imagine my surprise! I’ve included a pronunciation guide in Candlewax to help readers. Candlewax has plenty of original names. The necessity is to make each made-up name sound like it is the only possible name that character or place could have had. The name has to have the right flavor when you pronounce it. It has to conjure up qualities. Made-up names can be dangerous if they don’t fit, there are too many of them, or they’re just plain wrong. The huge, legendary fairrier cat named Spelopokos (rhymes with Galapagos) is a main character of the book. Spelopokos sounds Greek. At 732-years old, this amazing fairrier cat needed a wise, powerful name, and yet, those close to him are permitted to address him as Pokos and scratch him behind the ears. The other fairrier cats also have regal, multi-syllable names, befitting their noble hauteur. (Don’t forget that if/when you enter the “Name a Fairrier Cat Cub Contest” by Terabyte Press! I’ll be using the winning name in the sequel to Candlewax, Tabrek. Learn more about the Name a Fairrier Cat Contest at Sometimes I think I have made up a name only to find that it exists in the real world. Like Menard, Cyril’s counselor. I was driving in Vermont near the Canadian border when I ran across “Menard’s Garage.” Funny how life imitates art.
About The Author
Photo Credit to Shannon Hicks
C. Bailey Sims was born in CA. and as a teenager moved to the Colorado Rockies where she attended a very small high school, learned how to ski race, ride a horse, mountain climb, and target shoot at tin cans.  She now lives with her family in the much tamer but equally beautiful hills of Connecticut in a very creative household of artists and musicians.  This book is a book that I had to write because Spelopokos wouldn't leave me alone. 
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