THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT Blog Tour & Giveaway: 5 Places Melissa Grey Would Go with the Aid of Shadow Dust
Posted 05/21/2015 by alicemarvels in Author Guest Post
Today Melissa is sharing five incredibly cool places around the world she would visit with the aid of shadow dust. Scroll down to enter to win a copy of The Girl at Midnight!
In The Girl at Midnight, Echo and her friends (and enemies) travel great distances in a matter of seconds with the help of a magical substance called shadow dust. The secret of making shadow dust is highly guarded and some say it’s created from harvesting the ashes of a phoenix. By smearing it on a door or sprinkling it onto the surface of any other acceptable gateway, one can access the in-between – the nebulous zone between all the heres and all the theres – and exit into the location of their choosing. Here’s a list of five of the places I’d visit if shadow dust existed anywhere but my imagination:
The Red Seabeach in Liaoning, China
When I first saw a photo of this magnificently crimson marshland, I thought it had to be photoshopped. Located in Dawa County in Panjin, Lianoning, the Red Seabeach is the biggest wetland in the world. The scarlet color comes from the grass that lives in its highly alkaline soil.
Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan
This is an underground lake of such ethereal beauty, I may have written it into The Shadow Hour, book two of The Girl at Midnight
Temple of Athena Nike in Greece
This is one of those places that just oozes history. I’d love to walk among the ruins and touch the pillars and watch the moon rise over the Acropolis.
Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria
This is the closest thing to a Disney castle that exists (and it served as inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World) so of course, I’d have to go see it.
Peterhof Palace in Russia
I tried to stick to just once castle/palace for this list, but I couldn’t. Peter the Great set out to create the Versailles of Russia and he and his descendants outdid themselves, quite literally to the point of their excessive wealth, embodied in this palace complex, inspiring a revolution.
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.
Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.
Melissa Grey penned her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn’t stopped writing since. As an undergrad at Yale, she learned how ride a horse and shoot a bow and arrow at the same time, but hasn’t had much use for that skill since graduating in 2008.
Her debut novel, THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT, is out now.
Thanks to the fabulous folks at Random House Children’s Books, we have one copy of THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT to give away. (US entries only for this giveaway, please).