They hadn't planned on seeing an explosion--Alece and Blue. They were simply stargazing...
So begins Quarter Press's second book-length publication and first novel, written by Christopher W. Smith and illustrated by Tessa Pray.
When a nearby star on Orion's belt went supernova, everything changed--including Blue being blinded in one eye and a rainbow-colored meteor hurtling towards earth.
Then, the colors start to fade.
Red goes first. Cardinals turn gray, stop signs almost black, and taillights become invisible. And that's when Alece loses Blue.
As the meteor nears, erasing the rest of the world's colors, Alece awaits its impact, its destruction of all things. However, when it breaks Earth's atmosphere, only a fragment survives, crashing into the field outside her home. But it's not a lump of iridescent metal; it's an old man who speaks in riddles and seems to be aging in reverse.
Now, Alece must navigate her life in a world without Blue, solve the mysteries of this celestial being, and figure out how to bring color back into her world.
This Limited Edition Hardcover book
- has only 250 copies in existence!
- is 6x9",
- printed in FULL COLOR,
- 7 full-page illustrations, 3-half page ones, and embellishments throughout
- 128gsm coated, matte paper for the interior,
- has a full color printed cover,
- a RISOGRAPHED dust jacket (This process allows for small "misprints" that provide color shadows, as seen in some of the detailed photos.),
- and has a total of 212 pages.
Limited Edition Merch
You can also add additional merch to the book at discounted prices. Grab your copy along with an enamel pin, a SIGNED and numbered risographed 8x10" print, a bookplate signed by the Author and Artist, or a set of five postcards. All of these items feature artwork created by Tessa Pray.
About the Author
Christopher W. Smith is a Dr. Pepper addict. He also teaches at a Georgian University and lives in a 131-year-old folk Victorian home with his partner, two kids, and two cats. When he's not attending to the aforementioned, he spends his time creating, packing orders, thinking about new projects, and trying to make it all happen. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing (along with a BFA in Film Production), and his work has appeared in various online and print venues.
About the Illustrator
Tessa Pray is an Illustrator and Background Artist, currently located in California. She attended Ringling College of Art and Design in 2014. She has since illustrated numerous children's books, as well as created concept art and backgrounds for the animation industry. She loves all things creepy, especially Halloween and true crime, and also likes to garden, write, eat sushi 'til she passes out, and listen to R&B and hip-hop.