Chapter Fourteen: Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey

Day fourteen. We’re nearing the halfway point so you can begin to get a sense of this novel’s length. 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 Fourteen.



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 Fourteen: An Unspoken Pledge


SB Chptr 14 Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers


SB Chptr 14 Original Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers
SB Chptr 14 Detail 1 – Jeanne G’Fellers
SB Chptr Altered Detail 2 – Jeanne G’Fellers

From the Striking Balance playlist – Chapter Fourteen Selection:

Shawn James “Haunted”

First Lines

“Silence!” King Dane bellows, and the hall’s chaos reduces to whispers. “Is it fear?” She lowers her voice, so only we hear.

That’s all for today, my dears. Be certain to come back tomorrow for Chapter Fifteen… and it’s not merely fear. (casts a wicked grin and saunters off)

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