Girl Behind Glass FREE!

To celebrate the upcoming release of Girl Beneath Stars, my first novel Girl Behind Glass is FREE on Kindle and Smashwords.

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Follow these links to order your copy (for free!) now.

Amazon

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And if you feel the urge once you’ve read it, I’d appreciate if you left a review 🙂

The sequel is due for release July 23rd, but why wait until then? Head over to the Kindle or Smashwords store now to pre-order your copy.

The Perception Project

The Perception Project is a creative collaboration raising awareness for Dyslexia. Organised, and dreamed into creation by Tui Johnson, writers were asked to submit text, up to 200 words, with a theme of communication or miscommunication. The text was then distributed to artists who were to interpret them into a form not requiring words.

The aim is to raise awareness of Dyslexia, not as a disability, but as a communication and learning preference, and also, to showcase some creative forms of communication that everyone can use in their daily lives.

I was privileged to be involved in the project, and on Saturday night, attended the exhibition opening. As well as the video, painting, sculpture and photography that was on display, we were treated to live musical and dance performances.

My photos didn’t turn out as I wished, but I have believe that some will be uploaded to the Facebook page and that the exhibition may go online. I will post the link if it does so you can see the work of the artists.

If you would like to see it yourself, pop along to the Queenstown Arts Centre, 12th – 19th of July 2015.

To give you an example of the concept, here is my story and the (amazing!) artwork inspired by the text.

After he left it took me three months to go and see him.
I sat alone and wallowed in my despair.
I let my emotions wash over and consume me.
Sadness and Guilt. Pain and Love. Anger. Betrayal. Loss.
I wanted to yell and scream.
Ask, why he left me.
Cry, and wonder why I wasn’t enough.
Kiss him, stroke his face, and ask why he didn’t care enough to stay.
In his letter he said he loved me, but knew I would be better off without him.
He wasn’t good enough for me.
Goodbye.
I never wanted anything more of him other than to simply be.
But he was thinking only of himself.
His pain. His fear. His loss. Now, he was gone, and I was left holding the pieces.
“Hi,” I said, barely a whisper.
No answer came but the wind whistling through the trees.
Tears fell and anger surged, but I did not yell.
Instead, I bent down and placed my lips on the cold, hard rock.
With my finger I gently traced the letters of his name where it was etched in stone.
“I love you,” I whispered.
And I hoped somewhere, someplace, he would hear.

By Tui Johnson

For more information please visit the following:

The Perception Project’s Facebook Page

Tui Johnson’s Website

Dyslexia Foundation NZ

And if you need even more of an excuse to visit the Queenstown area, take a look at some of the photos I took while on a walk up there. It’s an absolute winter wonderland! (Click to enlarge)

Girl Beneath Stars Release Date

GBS Release Date

Well I’m done with editing and finally have a release date for Girl Beneath Stars – July 23rd 2015.

If you pop across to the Kindle store, it is available for pre-order now.

If you would like to read the first chapter, click here.

And here’s the blurb . . .

Having escaped Nuovo, Willow Stanton struggles with life on the outside. Away from the shelter and safety of the Protected Area, she and her companions must hide from the Guardians who hunt them.

When Bracken comes back into her life, Willow is left unsure whether she can trust him. But when finding her father becomes a problem only Bracken can solve, she has no choice but to rely on the boy who betrayed her.

Once they find a hiding place at the Rebel base camp, Willow and her friends must risk everything to rescue her father, and join the Rebel cause. But the more Willow learns, the less certain she becomes of whose side she wants to be on.

I feel duped. I was taught there was a right and a wrong in this world. Good and evil. I grew up thinking Mudders were ignorant and Rebels were wrong. Then, I came to believe that it was the Establishment that was evil. I thought the Rebels were the good ones. Now, I realise neither are good and neither are bad. They’re a mixture of both, each begging me to take a side.

I’ve had so much fun writing the sequel and I hope you enjoy it. To all the people who have contacted me to say they enjoyed the Girl Behind Glass, I just want to say thank you. I can’t wait to hear what you think of Girl Beneath Stars.

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