Chapter Thirteen: Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey

Day thirteen. You can look at the cover at the left for the answer if you really want to know how many mixed media spreads I’ve completed. Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow is now available for purchase. To celebrate its release and the fact that it is my tenth novel, I have 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 thirteen, where the dark fantasy aspect of this novel becomes readily apparent in the art.



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 Thirteen: The King’s Bad Bargain


SB Chptr 13 Spread – Jeanne G”Fellers


SB Chptr 13 Original Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers


SB Chptr 13 Altered Detail – Jeanne G’Fellers

From the Striking Balance playlist – Chapter Thirteen Selection:

The Devil Makes Three “Chase the Feeling”

First Lines

  “Mayland! Yer called tae th’ throne!” Ceardach reads from a large, leather-bound logbook sitting on a stand before him.

That’s all for today, my dears. Be certain to come back tomorrow for Chapter Fourteen. This is sadly the last day of my blog tour, but you can check back tomorrow for a recap of all the wonderful places I’ve been.

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