Blog Tour: The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm by Sybrina Durant

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The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm by Sybrina Durant

Genre: a science fiction/fantasy illustrated book For teens and older readers

 

“An illustrated unicorn fantasy – from the unicorn’s point of view.”

 

***Please Note***
This is the “Plain Text” with illustrations version of this book. The illustrations for this book are much smaller than the illustrations for the jpg only version of this book. The print version provides the most pleasurable reading and viewing experience.

This chapter book is a collector’s dream containing page after page of lavish artwork. It contains nearly 100 pages of story text by Sybrina Durant and the same number of pages of magnificent water-color illustrations by Dasguptarts. This book, written by Sybrina Durant and illustrated by Dasguptarts, offers readers a visual feast of over forty beautiful water-color pictures that each span two pages. Forty-two – easy to digest two-page chapters are chock full of adventurous and entertaining morsels. This illustrated book will become a favorite of teens and older fantasy readers. A companion coloring/ character description book is also available at any online bookstore.

Ebook – https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Unicorns-Journey-Plain-Ilustrations-ebook/dp/B06XD8KZVJ

Ebook (Looks like printed book) – https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Unicorns-Journey-Illustrated-Book-ebook/dp/B06X416LGX

Audio book (Listen to free sample) – https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Unicorns-Journey-Osm/dp/B071SDJQNW

Hardcover – https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Unicorns-Journey-Osm/dp/1942740093

Softcover – https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Unicorns-Journey-Osm-Illustrated/dp/1535127856

Black and White Print Book – https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Unicorns-Journey-Black-White/dp/1543073514

Coloring Book – https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Unicorns-Journey-Coloring-Book/dp/1537021842

Soft Cover – Unicorns From Unimaise Children’s Picture Book – https://www.amazon.com/Unicorns-Unimaise-Magical-Metal-Tribe/dp/1548375098

Hard Cover – Unicorns From Unimaise Children’s Picture Book – https://www.amazon.com/Unicorns-Unimaise-Magical-Metal-Horn-Tribe/dp/1942740174

About the Author:

I am the author of the “Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox” series of instructional books for boys and girls. I also co-write, edit and publish children’s books by other authors, Sandi Johnson (Children’s books) and Britt Brundige (Tween graphic novel). For the older crowd, there’s a little bit of romance by Historical Regency Romance author, Gina Rose.

I am also the publisher of the 4 volume set – Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus. Check out all of these books and if you like them, please recommend them to other Good Reads members.

Author Bio + Social Networking links

Amazon Author Central – https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009K3WGMS

 

Youtube (Book Trailers) – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLybqF-7D4W3FTbEZF_rZ45b7A1xJdubni

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Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/sybrinad/boards/

Zazzle – https://www.zazzle.com/collections/journey_to_osm-119557554153312638

Website – http://www.sybrinablueunicornbook.com/ and http://www.sybrinablueunicornbook.com/index_Blue_Unicorn_Book_Reviews.htm

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6455676.Sybrina_Durant

 

Read below for an excerpt from the book:

The firebird hovered at the entrance of the canyon watching the three of them.

 

Blue was crunching on a rock. He giggled and said something that sounded like “silly bird” to the pendragon and they all laughed.

 

It was ridiculous. Girasol felt completely powerless and her feelings were hurt, too. She had no idea how she could help them.

 

“How can I make them listen to me?” she asked the mountains. Her normally bright orange flames had become a faint red glow.

 

“You can’t,” a voice which seemed to come from nowhere and everywhere at the same time answered. “I have induced hebephrenia into their feeble minds.”

 

“Who are you and what is heb-phren-whatever you called it?” Girasol flared, melting some of the ice from the nearby rock faces.

 

“My, aren’t you a hot-head?” the voice chuckled at her display of anger. “I am Yegwa. They call me the spirit of false springtime. I have put your friends and the pendragon under a spell which makes them think this is a wonderful place to live.”

 

“Let them go,” the firebird demanded, blue-white sparks spouting from her feathered crown. She could not see the spirit and was very frustrated.

 

“Let them go? I wouldn’t dream of it. It’s not often I have this much fun,” Yegwa said in a voice hungry with anticipation. “My magic doesn’t seem to work on you though,” she said thoughtfully. “It must be that hot blood of yours.”

 

“What kind of spirit are you? How can you enjoy watching your victims freeze or starve to death?” Girasol asked. “You are so wicked. I don’t know what’s worse—you or that evil sorcerer, Magh,” she shouted disgustedly.

 

“Magh? Sorcerer? Do tell…he sounds like someone I would like,” Yegwa asked with interest. “Is he single?”

 

“Single? What?” Girasol blazed. “Forget about Magh! I don’t have time for this back and forth with you.”

 

“Ooh, well, la-ti-da…aren’t you the peppery dish,” Yegwa said, letting loose a shrill cackle. “If I had teeth, I’d eat you right up!”

 

“What about my friends?” the firebird asked again. She looked around the top of the canyon walls trying to find the owner of the ghostly voice.

 

“You’re welcome to keep company with them if you wish. I don’t keep anyone imprisoned, you know,” Yegwa said, trying to sound sugary sweet.

 

“Thanks a lot,” Girasol said sarcastically. She tapped her head with her right wing, trying to figure out a way to save her friends. “Hot blood. . .hmmm. . .Warmth. . .that’s it,” she realized. “If they’re going to snap out of this, they need to be warm!” she thought suddenly.

 

They were going to freeze to death if she did not help them soon. She remembered seeing Blue pick up some pepo seeds earlier. She searched the bag hung across his shoulder and brought one out. He was so far gone, he did not even notice her. One seed would give her enough energy for five days. “In this cold, I might need this and more to keep them warm,” she thought, while chewing the seed.

 

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Can you tell us about your book The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm, in 45 words or less?

This is a unicorn fairytale – from the unicorn’s point of view.

 

What was your favorite scene to write?  I am not a fan of bugs but in nature even the yuckiest bugs have a useful purpose.  With this scene, I wanted to express to others that things are not always how we imagine them. . .

In Defense Of A Bug

 

Girasol turned out to be a great guide.  She flew slowly enough for Blue and Gaiso to follow her smoke trails easily.  She flew high enough to scout out the best routes for the land bound travelers.

 

There was not much to see on the Phlat Plains below.  Vegetation was sparse except for a few low, wide-spreading trees and lots of tall grass.

 

The only thing the firebird ate was the seed of the Pepo tree.  There were not many on the plains. When she finally spotted one, she swooped past, plucked a seed and popped it into her mouth.  Pepo seeds were about the size and color of a purple plum. Each time she ate one, she gained a great deal of energy.

 

“A single Pepo seed gives me energy for five whole days,” she had told Blue the first time they met.

 

Watching her now, Blue decided it might be wise to store some of the seeds in his bag for her. . .just in case of an emergency later.

 

Several minutes after dining on the Pepo seed, something unusual on the ground below caught Girasol’s eye.  Two-leggers were pounding sharpened sticks of wood into the ground to hold a net over a captured Humongas Elutron.  Girasol raced back to Blue and Gaiso, hoping to convince them to help her rescue the poor defenseless beetle.

 

Helping a bug was not exactly at the top of Blue’s priority list. . .especially not a humongous bug.  “I don’t know. . .me and bugs don’t really get along,” he said, remembering the recent buzzy-biter encounter.  He felt a sudden jab of pain poking the place he had been stung.

 

Girasol refused to give up, “These Bugans are a filthy crew of bug bashers,” she told them.  “They make shoes and shields from Elutron wings. They even use their filmy under-wings for veils and scarves.”

 

Girasol’s next words were horrifying.  “After they’ve ripped it all away, they’ll just leave him defenseless to die on the plains.”

 

Blue did not need more convincing.  He knew he had to help the beetle. He swallowed his fear of bugs but he was still worried about his fighting abilities.  After all, he did not have any magic.

 

“You will do very well with your horn and hooves. Those are the weapons I use and I certainly win battles,” Gaiso said.  

 

“What if I can’t remember what you taught me?” Blue asked.  He did not want to let Gaiso down but he was scared.

 

“It will be fine, Blue,” Gaiso assured him.  The stag knew the unicorn had never faced an actual foe.  Though he was worried for him, he said, “You will know what to do once you are in battle.”

 

The companions raced to the bug’s rescue.  Even though the fighting was intense, it ended very quickly.  Gaiso skewered two of the Bugans while the firebird roasted another with her fiery breath.

 

The battle was over before Blue even had a chance to be involved.   Gaiso and Girasol were happy they had spared him that experience but the unicorn was surprised to feel left out.  “Why did you stop me, Gaiso? I was ready for that fight.”

 

“Ah, my young friend.  Don’t be in a hurry to be part of such violent events,” Gaiso told him.

 

Blue was confused.  “But, isn’t this what you’ve been training me for?” he asked.

 

“No, I’ve trained you for survival.  I’ve trained you to defend yourself. This is different. It’s hard to end the life of another, especially when it’s not your fight.  You’ll be fighting your own battles soon enough.”

 

Blue was not happy but he accepted Gaiso’s explanation.  Working quickly, they freed the Humongas Elutron from the net.

 

“His name is Leder,” Girasol told them as they tried to help him with his wounds.

To their surprise, he refused their medicines.  Blue watched, dumbfounded, as the bug jumped into a big mud pit.  It rolled back and forth until entirely coated with the slimy stuff.

 

Blue could not understand what the bug was doing.  “The minerals in the mud have healing powers,” Girasol explained.

 

Sure enough, Leder walked out of the mud, completely healed.  Blue was glad the firebird knew that the mud was like medicine for the bug. He had been thinking of using one of Cuprum’s water purification tablets to make a nice clean pool of water.

 

It felt strange to think his good deed might have killed Leder or that it might have even have ruined the environment for all Elutron.

 

Giving thanks to his saviors, the bug ended with, “Someday. . .repay.  Home now…” Then, he scuttled away into a giant hole covered with so much tall grass that no one had even noticed it was there.

 

“Glad no one broke a leg,” Gaiso muttered.

 

The battle had been thirsty work so Blue placed a green water extraction pebble in a cup of mud.  Gaiso was doubtful that an ordinary colored stone could turn mud to water.

At first, nothing much happened.  He was just about to say, ‘I told you so‘ when the mud turned to crystal clear fluid.

 

Blue took a taste and grinned.  “Ummmm. Refreshing.” He offered Gaiso a sip.

 

“This is great,” Gaiso said, feeling much better. “Cuprum’s water magic is wondrous.”  

 

Later that night, Blue decided he was glad they had stopped to help the giant beetle.  Sometimes putting oneself aside to help another was the right thing to do. This bug was not so bad after all.

 

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

I originally intended for this book to be a full-fledged novel but after I became acquainted with the illustrator, I realized that it really deserved to be presented to the reading public as an illustrated book.  So, I decided to cull it all down to just two pages per chapter followed by a two page illustration. Because of that decision so many scenes were edited out of the original story that it is difficult to say which was the hardest to let go of.  

 

What are readers most going to love about The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm?

I hope that readers will love getting into the minds of this unicorn tribe.  Each one has his or her own distinct personality and magical ability. Each individual unicorn has their own insecurities and fears but  as their stories unfold they discover that they are much more capable of contributing to the tribe’s well being than they had ever imagined they could be.  Every unicorn working together is necessary for achieving their ultimate goal. There’s a saying that I just love that perfectly reflects what I mean here, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

 

What book would you recommend next for readers who loved The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm?

Watership Down by Richard Adams would be an excellent choice for fans of The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm.  It is an amazing rabbit fairytale – told from the rabbit’s point of view. It made quite an impression on me because I had never before considered that animals could be capable of humanistic feelings and actions.  Maybe they aren’t really…but that book made me think that anything is possible in the fantastical realm of nature.

 

What is next for you?

I am going to finish the Blue Unicorn novel because there’s a lot more that readers might want to know about him and his metal-horned tribe.  At the same time, I am also compiling an extensive glossary for the novel. It will be called The MarBryn Compendium and will contain lots of information about the unicorn characters and how I came up with their magical abilities.  It will also delve more deeply into the worlds of MarBryn and Unimaise and all of the creatures and lore from both places.

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