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Broken Stone

Paperback: 5.5x 8.5
192 Pages
$12.99
Release Date: 2013-10-08

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ISBN #: 978-1-62510-309-3
Carton Count: 30

Product Category: FICTION / Spirituality / New Age /Christianity FICTION / Reincarnation / Romance
Distributor: Ingram Spring Arbor

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Broken Stone: A Real Fairy’s Tale

By N. K. Hertz

Consumer Copy


It has been said that we should not know the future, as it could scare us to death!Little did Steffen know one ordinary day during an ordinary walk through the cemetery that his future was about to be profoundly changed! He did not know that she was waiting for him, beside her broken headstone. She called to him, with her siren song that only he could hear. Hypnotically, he followed the song to her forgotten, broken gravesite. Hackles rose on his neck as he contemplated her name and date: Fairy Bright Gordon, 1917-1934. Was this eerie feeling a premonition of things to come?

So begins the story in Broken Stone: A Real Fairy’s Tale. It tells the tale of a young woman in the early 1900’s that lived a short mysterious life. Someone needed to hear her story so that her early death would not have been in vain. That someone was Steffen, a modern day architect that frequently walked on his lunch hour as a quiet break from his stressed-filled days. Unsuspecting, he could not know that Fairy Bright would become his confidant, mentor and tormentor, turning his life upside down and inside out as he questioned all he thought he knew about himself, spirituality and the world. He could not be prepared for the extraordinary, bizarre turns this and other strange encounters would provoke, forcing either his enlightenment or early demise!

 

Fairy Bright and Friends

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FairysFriends     Fairy Bright Gordon Song by Chris Hertz

Final Approval Form! Signed!! Sigh….. :)

My Goodness!!

It has taken so very long to get to this point, but Tuesday, I signed off on the Edits and can now move forward to Marketing and Publishing!!  Yippee and Yahooey! I will be ordering a limited number of pre-release books to be sold through this blog. That means, you get them first, before they are released to the public. You get first dibs! and I can autograph them to whomever you specify! Details to come, but I wanted to let you know, she’s ready to be born! Dear Fairy Bright, what a journey this has been. But soon, your story will be revealed!

Accompanying Original Musical CD

BrokenStoneSuiteDIGITALCOVERAfter two years, Broken Stone Suite has been mastered and produced into a phenomenal CD! I don’t know where all the inspiration, ideas came from, well actually I do, they came from deep recesses in Chris that surprised even him! The music, and the lyrics are certainly multi-dimensional. Combined with the book and illustrations, it should give the reader/listener the full experience of characters and story.

We plan to release both creations together as a limited edition package, just as soon as the book is published. Still waiting, and waiting and….. but will be worth the wait, I trust.

Here is a sneak peek of the CD written, performed, mastered by Chris, and illustrated by me. May you get a feeling of what is inside.

  Steffen’s Song by Chris Hertz

Final Edits with Sticky Notes in Adobe

After reading through my book proof yet another time, I was amazed at how many edits I found! It really helped having that actual book in my hands.  My conundrum was, how to explain what the edits were, and where! Because the Epilogue was left out by an oversight, the Table of Contents had to be changed, just as a start in the edits.

Then I noticed the categories that my book was labeled under. Mystery/Detective! No way. Those needed to be changed also. This was getting serious and I was only supposed to have 100 edits. Dang! As many were an oversight, I feel 127 edits should pass. But again, how do I correctly communicate the edits, using “sticky notes” in Adobe Reader. This is yet another new program in which I need to find my way around.

Tosha kept me cool and calm and assured me it should all be ok. I should received the final back in 2 – 4 weeks. Well, it’s almost 2 weeks now, and I feel I need to communicate with the editor and head off any snafu’s. We are so close, yet so far. This last has to be perfection, both for my sake, the book’s sake, and the professional product from Tate Publishing. I feel like I am in limbo, but I am trusting all will be just fine. There’s that word again, fine! (An inside book joke.)

To tantalize a bit more, here is another illustration – “The Gypsies!”

TheGypsies

On to the Illustrations!

Well, I am the perfect example of needing to work under pressure, I guess.  Somehow, I lost the month of February. I didn’t get much done, except finalizing the edits, and cover ideas. As for the illustrations, nada.

I wasn’t sure how to proceed.  I finally decided to use illustration board which I found at Hobby Lobby and an assortment of Cansen pastel paper, so purchased a supply. I had some photos of children that I would use for reference. In fact little Mariah, was a perfect young Fairy Bright!

But to get the muse flowing, was hard indeed.

I ended up using a piece of board, with a mixture of pastel, colored pencil and marker for my first painting. Fairy Bright and her friends emerged on the board. Not bad.

I called my daughter and her best friend to pose for me for a portrait of an older Fairy Bright. This was on pastel paper with straight pastel. When I started drawing, it was like I was directed to draw things a certain way, and not as any particular person. It was remarkable. I am so used to doing a total likeness, and this was a unique person.

That night I walked up into my studio, and saw the unfinished portrait on the easel. I got chills and the hair stood up on the back of my neck. It was if she was telling me, I had captured her likeness! Well the finished portrait is not like anyone I know.  Wouldn’t it be something if she actually looked like my painting?!

I accomplished two more illustrations as I sequestered myself in the house for two weeks. I even cancelled a needed massage!

The result, four unique paintings that helps capture the elements of the story. I’m pretty proud. They will be added as a color insert in the book. I can’t wait!

The Cover Reveal

It was SO thrilling to get the email that the book cover process was about to begin! Tate Publishers asked me thoughtful questions about my book, such as- What feeling do I want the reader to experience when they look at my book? What is the main focal point or message of the book? How did I come up with the title? And, are there any recurring images that flow throughout the story? I gave them my info and thoughts of what I pictured the cover would look like. And then waited. I went on a trip to Florida to visit friends  and anxiously waited a bit more.

Finally, the cover arrived via email. I was beside myself with joy, to see a rendition of the cover with my title and name and an image of Fairy Bright. What a fabulous cover the graphic designer created!  Wow! My project of three years was starting to feel real! But then, I started thinking. Was the cover a bit too dark? Did it feel too Gothic? Was it a good representation of Fairy Bright? Would it attract customers, and on and on. I will let you decide. Maybe I think too much?  I now reveal the first rendition of “Broken Stone: A Real Fairy’s Tale” cover.

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Editing phase

I was beginning to think this wasn’t really real! Maybe I had been scammed! But alas, as promised, my edited version finally arrived via email!!

With trepidation, I opened the email. How bad was it going to be? I quickly read through the letter, and scanned my book. Then I had to re-read the letter, to crack the editing code.They did the edits in color. One color meaning dialogue, another as editor notes, gray for suggested deletion and so forth. It wasn’t bad. In fact, I really liked their thoughtful suggestions! Some I agreed with, some I wasn’t so sure. But I did like their suggestions to enhance a couple characters, and add another. That addition provided some real consternation, on my part, but I succeeded by adding an epilogue. I don’t know where that idea came from, somewhere in the hidden recesses of my brain, but I do say, it was the perfect solution! I am so happy that my brain still works, at least when I really need it.

Unfortunately, they wanted it back right away, and I was heading out of state, so I had to really focus, and get it done, quickly. On top of that, the cover department also contacted me, and wanted my ideas, support materials and other info, in 3 days!

Wait, wait,wait, then crunch, crunch, crunch!! But I did it. The result is a much stronger story, and a better ending. I hope you all will agree.

Now wait till you see the cover!! to be cont………..

Promo copy for the back of the book.

It has been said that we should not know the future, as it could scare us to death!

Little did Steffen know one ordinary day during an ordinary walk through the cemetery, that his future was about to be profoundly changed! He did not know that she was waiting for him, beside her broken headstone. She called to him, with her siren song that only he could hear.  Hypnotically, he followed the song to her forgotten, broken  gravesite. Hackles rose on his neck as he contemplated her name and date: Fairy Bright Gordon,  1917-1934. Was this eerie feeling a premonition of things to come?

So begins the story Broken Stone: A Real Fairy’s Tale. It tells the tale of a young woman in the early 1900’s that lived a short mysterious life. Someone needed to hear her story so that her early death would not have been in vain.  That someone was Steffen, a modern day architect that frequently walked on his lunch hour as a quiet break from his stressed-filled days.  Unsuspecting, he could not know that Fairy Bright would become his confidant, mentor and tormentor, turning his life upside down and inside out as he questioned all he thought he knew about himself, spirituality and the world. He could not be prepared for the extraordinary, bizarre turns this and other strange encounters would provoke, forcing either his enlightenment or early demise!