Chapter Seven: Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey

Day Seven of Thirty…. You keep guessing, my dears, but we’ll be well into next month before this post series ends. 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 get to read First Lines, one or two sentences from the beginning of the chapter.

Today, we’re delving into Chapter Seven.



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 Seven: Death Comes Knocking


SB Chptr 7 Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers
SB Chptr 7 Original Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers

SB Chptr 7 Altered Detail – Jeanne G’Fellers

From the Striking Balance playlist – Chapter Seven Selection:

The Devil Makes Three – “The Angel of Death”

First Lines

Conall built Emeline’s coffin, Mary lined it with white cotton so she would be comfortable, Widow Alcott washed then dressed her daughter in what was to be her marriage dress, and Davy dug her grave.

That’s all for today, my dears. Be certain to come back tomorrow for Chapter Three, 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.

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