Blog Tour: The Fourth Wall by Elizabeth Maria Naranjo

The Fourth Wall graphic

The Fourth Wall by Elizabeth Maria Naranjo is part fantasy, part cold reality. With a knack for descriptive, vivid storytelling, the author brings the reader into the story as it unfolds for the main character, Marin, and interlaces with fantasy. The story begins in the tone of descriptive poetry when we first witness one of Marin’s lucid dreams and deftly recaptures that tone with the lucid dream which unfolds as Marin’s very real story unfolds.

As a way to cope after losing her mother in a car crash, Marin has latched on to this ability which her mother told her she had when she was just a small child and uses it as a way to cope, creating a world reminiscent of the land of the Hobbits and even friends with names that sound like ones you might encounter in one of the Hobbit books – namely her friend Banda the cougar.

The author uses characters in the story to introduce us to the very real concept of the fourth wall – an imaginary wall that separates actors in a staged production from their audience. This is an apt description of the way the main character feels- invisibly separated from but interacting with – almost dependent upon – the people around her.

It’s this image of the fourth wall that is used to bring the reader full circle through the story to the truth Marin must face.


Paperback: 237Pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
Publisher: WiDo Publishing (June 10, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1-937178-51-2

Twitter hashtag: #FourthWall

The Fourth Wall is available as an e-book and paperback at Amazon.

Variations In Styles Make E-publishing Challanging

So you’ve got your e-book down – at least in your favorite word or word type program. Great. Now you think it’ll be a piece of cake to distribute it to Lulu, Smashwords, Amazon …..

Not so fast. Before you make one copy and just go along happily uploading it to the site of the distributors you’ve selected, find out if they have a style guide.  Though you will find lots of similarities in the style guides (things like admonitions to stay away from hard returns at all cost) there are a few things you cannot take for granted.

I’m not going to go into all the little differences in all the style guides here and I’m not entirely sure all the e-publishers aren’t trying to make each of their procedures different from the other guys intentionally but I will say: Do whatever you have to do to get the style guides and get through them. Make copies, make coffee, record them and listen back to them; whatever it takes.

They are for the most part boring and repetitive but if you fail to catch the one difference in each of them then your book will not pass muster the first time and then you will be FORCED to read it. So just sit back, relax and take one at a time and make sure your book meets the requirements for each individual publisher.  You’ll be glad you did.


Next time: …No, you can’t just take it from Powerpoint!