Set somewhere in the past, the Singers of this world, a special breed of women who connect their voices to the vibrations of the earth to create balance and harmony, are dying. Unfortunately, six-year-old Eleanor’s mother, Maria, is one of them. When Eleanor tragically inherits the ornate hair comb that facilitates the connection between voice and vibration, she is too young to understand its’ use or her own extraordinary power. She is also completely unaware of the danger it puts her in.
Charles, her father is dumbfounded when Tsera, the being who gives the Singers their power, a being no man has ever seen, appears to him and insist that he hide Eleanor until she is sixteen. Only then does she come into her full power. She must be hidden from Lerion, an inter-dimensional being who wishes to use Eleanor and her power to gain control over the Three Vibrations. The Three Vibrations that allow the earth and indeed the whole universe, to flourish. If Eleanor can stay hidden and not use the comb until she is sixteen, and Charles teaches her all that he can about her gift, she has a chance of defeating Lerion. Charles is scared but agrees.
Charles is heartbroken when he realizes that he must leave Eleanor behind to look for work. He leaves her and her little pet goat Bella at the Abbey and into the care of an avaricious Mother Superior. He promises to return within a fortnight. Eleanor vows to wait for her father, but by her sixteenth birthday he has not returned and Eleanor must take vows and stay forever at the Abbey or her best friend Audrey, will be turned out.
Having no clue to her real purpose, and no desire to become a nun, Eleanor believes that Edward, who she assumes to be a simple peasant like herself, and whom she loves, will save her by marrying her. She is hurt and confused when Edward does not respond to her impeding imprisonment. Eleanor knows that Mother Superior has no intention of letting her leave for, she is the only one who can grow enough food to keep those within the abbey from starving.
Eleanor is devastated to learn that her childhood friend is indeed the heir to the throne. When Edward’s deception comes to light she rejects him, but it is the impetus she needs to leave the safety of the abbey and go in search of her father. Edward professes his true love, begs for forgiveness. Eleanor must reject him to follow her destiny, even though she is unsure of that is. Edward must stay and she must go. He is heartbroken and berates himself for being cowardly, for not telling her everything. He offers her the ship he himself commissioned to take her away and tells her the captain will know where to find her father. His sacrifice breaks her will, she can not resist his true love any longer. He vows to help her find will find her father. Together, with Audrey, Eleanor’s best and only friend, little Bella and, Edward’s valet, John, they flee across the ocean on the ship Edward has commissioned against his father’s wishes. They do not get far when Lerion attacks their ship and Eleanor, Audrey and Bella are swept overboard.
The Perfect Tear Synopsis
Upon waking, they find themselves in a strange land full of unknown dangers. Eleanor is astounded when Tsera comes to her and gives her a choice. Go home to Edward, never to sing again, and wait until her world dies or risk everything to find The Perfect Tear, a crystal that contains the Third Vibration and the only thing that will stop the destruction. Eleanor is terrified but knows she has no choice but to accept Tsera’s challenge. Surely Tsera would not ask this of her if there were not some hope that she would succeed?
Eleanor must continually conquer her fear and self-doubt and allow her instincts to help her find the Third Vibration before Lerion does. If she does not, if her fear subdues her inner knowing, Lerion will use her and her extraordinary gift to destroy all that she knows and loves. Eleanor is not convinced she can overcome her constant terror, but knows she must in order to be able to hear the song of The Perfect Tear.
Through strange lands and even stranger creatures, both funny and frightening, Eleanor must navigate her way by sheer instinct with no guarantees of the outcome. When Lerion leads her to believe that Edward has been killed, she can’t go on. But Audrey’s love and loyalty and Bella’s courage, show her that she must at least try–for them. Eleanor’s biggest surprise comes after she has defeated Lerion and succeeds in bringing The Perfect Tear home. She learns that, just like the notes of a song must form connections to create a melody, she must discover the connections needed to create the harmony required to release the Vibration and to truly save her world. She senses she is not alone in her task and by uniting her people she is able to facilitate the release of the Third Vibration and restore the land. There’s more but that would spoil the fun.
The Perfect Tear is written in a thoroughly modern, cinematic style. This approach creates a fast paced and entertaining adventure, allowing the Instagram generation to remain fully engaged. We can see the story unfolding clearly in our minds eye, with all its drama, humor and romance. The characters, both real and fantastical, are fully drawn and the themes of interpersonal dependence, honesty, courage, and even our own evolution are put forth in a unique and fascinating way.
In world where a young women’s instincts are her only weapon, The Perfect Tear takes us away from the dystopian tales clogging our collective unconscious and into the realm of hope, and the understanding of who we really are, and what we can achieve when love becomes stronger than fear.
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Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Australia. She’s had her original songs placed in some of Australia’s best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project, Alone with Bees, performs her songs written especially for The Perfect Tear. This is Connie’s first novel and the movie is coming.
She also received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created.
Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne and later, worked extensively with Marcy Kennedy on the book. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished by 2016.
The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn’t and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why.
Because, I’m not unique or different–I’m exactly like you and I love that.
We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry.
You may or may not understand what I’m trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same.