Today’s book promotion comes from Warren Woodruff and his book called Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton. If you like fantasies, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!
[This book promotion was submitted by Kenneth John Atchity.]
Book: Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton
Author: Warren Woodruff
Publisher: Story Merchant
Format: Paperback and ebook
Released: June 25, 2012
SYNOPSIS (by Woodruff)
Young Tyler Harrington has nearly lost faith that the mysterious dying words of his mother—“someday you’ll be doing something wonderful…I will send you a clear sign. A great teacher will guide you!”—will ever make sense to him. But while walking home one night from a friend’s in his small New England town, he passes a reputedly haunted vacant hilltop mansion—and hears music that halts him in his steps.
It’s the very music his mother always played for his sister. Tyler musters up the nerve to creep toward the colossal house, peeps in a window, and sees a hair-raising sight: a ghostly, transparent man playing the piano. Not sure if he’s hallucinating, and determined to capture proof, Tyler attempts to videotape the scene on his cell phone, but the moment he begins, the entire scene disappears. He runs home, certain this is the long-awaited sign from his mother.
The next day Tyler talks Christina into returning to the mansion with him. Their first stop is to confide in his best friend Antonio Romero. Tyler persuades Antonio to meet him at seven p.m. At the appointed time, Antonio is already at the agreed location, with two other friends in tow, Kathy Goldman and her boyfriend Leonard Lang.
Tyler’s story intrigues Antonio, and gives Christina hope; but Kathy and Leonard are skeptical. The band of friends finds their way into the mansion through a back door, much to Kathy’s disapproval, and become trapped in a nightmare of bizarre events. Fearing they will never escape, they finally reach the room where the piano had been playing. The music begins again, complete with the ghostly apparition and a set of magnificent Golden Doors beyond.
The mysterious pianist gradually materializes before them, and introduces himself as Dr. Benjamin Erastus Fuddle, explaining that he has been waiting for them: they are “the Messenger of Music,” the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. The Golden Doors are a portal to the realm of Orphea, the land of eternal music, but Orphea is being destroyed by an unseen enemy who has taken possession of a legendary scepter of power, the Gold Baton, which magnifies beauty and gives a voice to every living thing. As a result, the world is filled with disharmony and cacophony. Dr. Fuddle asks the friends if they are willing to follow him into Orphea to reclaim the Gold Baton.
Tyler leads them into Orphea, where they are immediately hailed as long-awaited heroes. All but Christina are presented with sacred instruments matching their vibrational energies, and told they must not only master the power of the instruments through hard work and practice, but must also master the power that resides within each of them. Christina’s purpose in Orphea remains a mystery.
The dangerous quest to reclaim the Gold Baton begins. Dr. Fuddle’s arch-nemesis, Jedermann, and his fierce Seirens of Dis, employ every possible deception to get control of the sacred instruments one by one until only Tyler’s remains.
Dr. Fuddle leads the Messengers across the vast bridge between Orphea and Dis to join the musical army of the Orpheans, When Jedermann and Dr. Fuddle and Jedermann meet face to face, a fierce fight ensues and Dr. Fuddle is destroyed before the eyes of this young protégés. Christina is captured by Seirens and Tyler’s instrument is stolen–leaving the Messengers with only Dr. Fuddle’s final words: “Trust your hearts.”
Tyler, dauntless, leads his friends into Dis, where they first battle to rescue Christina, and then wrest their sacred instruments from the Seirens. At the climax of the battle, Dr. Fuddle reappears to aid the Messengers leading the Orphean army to victory. A grand celebration of the transformative power of music ends the epic adventure, with Christina wielding the Gold Baton, finally given her voice through music.
About the Author:
1. Why did you decide to write this book?
Because if wanted to create a fun adventure in a setting very different from anything used before. As a classical musician, I wanted to create an alternate world, one for the immortal composers, but one that, like our own world, has its own challenges and imperfections. How does this appeal to the reader? It’s nice for the classical composers but what does it do for the person who BUYS the book for money?
2. Do you have any secret writing tips you want to share?
Absolutely! Don’t be afraid to re-write several times, and from the first draft, READ EVERYTHING YOU WRITE OUT LOUD!
3. Tell us a funny, quirky or unexpected story about you?
It’s definitely not funny, but unexpected. Since age 13 I’ve been afflicted with a very rare auto-immune inner ear disorder, very similar to what Beethoven suffered. I did all my classical piano training in high school, college, and graduate school with one functioning ear. Since 2000, the other ear became affected and I’ve had to rely on a hearing aid in order to teach and perform. In the past decade the quality of my hearing has deteriorated, but using Beethoven as my inspiration, I continue for the sake of leaving behind what I feel I was destined for–to expose and inspire a whole new generation to the joy and excellence of classical music.
4. What books are on your nightstand right now?
The Ninth, Beethoven and the World in 1824, by Harvey Sachs
A Wish Can Change Your Life, by Gahl Sasson and Steve Weinstein
RareEarth by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee
And of course, all seven Harry Potter books are proudly displayed on the shelf nearby
5. What is you favorite quote?
As a writer, this is a no-brainer: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”
6. Who inspires you most?
Recent/Living: Stephen Hawking, award-winning scientist
Dead: Ludwig van Beethoven, immortal composer
WRITTEN INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
1. What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it?
The creation of the fantasy land of Orphea, because I’ve always loved mysteries and the possibilities of an afterlife. I don’t think this is compelling enough. I’d rather have it be something along the lines of “creating a world that would inspire young readers to achieve excellence in all they do—especially music!”
2. How long did the book take you from start to finish?
Two years, nine drafts total.
3. What aspect of writing the book did you find particularly challenging?
Learning the technical skills of writing, when my professional background is music.
4. Did you do any research for your books, or did you write from experience?
Both. Since I have a Ph.D. in Musicology, I have more information than anyone could ever dream of wanting off the top of my head, but there were some details I wanted to make sure were historically correct.
5. What surprised you most about this process?
How difficult it is to get a book to tell a story and make it read like a “real” book.
6. Did you have any notable experiences from writing your book?
Yes. There were times when I was working with my writing coach Mardeene Mitchell that I felt like I was no longer on earth, but that we were working on a spiritual plane.
7. What do you hope your readers will gain from reading your book?
Primarily, I want them entertained and feel as though they’ve actually been in Orphea with Dr. Fuddle and the Messengers of Music and that they’ve fought in the battle against Jedermann to reclaim the Gold Baton. Secondarily, I want to pique their interest in classical music. good
8. What other projects are you working on?
The screenplay of DR. FUDDLE AND THE GOLD BATON and a sequel to the first book. I’m also working on re-writing my six scene play BEETHOVEN in Final Draft.
9. Is writing your sole career? If not, what else do you do?
No. Writing is like a second career. I’ve been teaching the art of classical piano for over twenty-five years and with the autoimmune disease threatening my musical career, I’m transitioning to becoming a professional writer, but will always teach as long as my hearing allows.
10. When can we look forward to your next book?
Within one to two years, then one a year after that. I plan to make Dr. Fuddle a series of five to seven novels. I’m also envisioning a children’s picture book series entitled The Adventures of Dr. Fuddle, which would be more educational musically rather than fantasy adventure, but still entertaining, something like The Magic School Bus series.
I want to thank Kenneth John Atchity for bringing Warren Woodruff’s book to my attention and Warren Woodruff’s permission to promote it on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton!