Chapter Five: Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey #Rainbowsnippets 150

Day Five of Thirty… Well, I know but you’ll have to wait to find out. Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow became available for purchase on July 21st. To celebrate its release and the fact that it is my tenth novel, I created a one-of-a-kind companion mixed-media art book, the Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey, but creating the book has become been more a personal challenge than anything. That said, I’m sharing the mixed media pages with you because the art created such a direct tie with the author’s, meaning my mind that it can’t help but enrich the reading experience.

Below you’ll find three opportunities to interact with the novel. First, you’ll see the chapter number and its corresponding epigraph. Second, you’ll find images including the book open to the chapter page, a digitally enhanced version of the same spread, and 1-2 detail pieces that may or may not be digitally enhanced. Lastly, you’ll see a link to the corresponding song from the Striking Balance playlist on YouTube and First Lines, one or two sentences gleaned from the start, or in this case, the middle of the chapter. This first lines also doubles as this week’s #Rainbowsnippets*.

Today, we’re delving into Chapter Five and one of the more lighthearted pages in the journey.



The Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey Book Cover – Jeanne G’Fellers
Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey Inner Cover and Title Page – Jeanne G’Fellers

Chapter Five: Lovely Calves and Other Summer Worries


SB Chptr 5 Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers

SB Chptr 5 Detail – Jeanne G’Fellers

From the Striking Balance playlist – Chapter Five Selection:

Elle King- “Can’t Be Loved”

First Lines/ #Rainbowsnippets 150


 I saw you kiss her.” Conall lifts his mug of draught to clink it against mine. We returned home at dusk, Conall so happy he sang, off-key and absurdly annoying, the entire walk. “If she kisses anything like her sister—”

     “’Twas pleasant enough.” I have no wish to speak on it, not with him, but this has been Conall’s singular line of thought since we returned home.

     “Pleasant?” He clicks his tongue at me. “Those Alcott girls are—”

     “My head hurts, so I am going to bed.” I finish my beer then climb the ladder to my loft without saying more.

If you wish to know what happened to prompt Ben’s headache you’ll need to head over to Angel Martinez’s website on July 31st to hear her read an exclusive excerpt. You can find her reading in her cave HERE.

That’s all for today, my dears. Be certain to come back tomorrow for Chapter Six and remember that I’m also on a blog tour so you can find out where I’m at by clicking HERE and scrolling to the chart. Everything’s listed by date so I’m easy to find.

*RainbowSnippets is a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ authors, readers, and bloggers to share 6 sentences each week from a work of fiction—published or in-progress—or a book recommendation. Feel free to join in.



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