Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Fun Book Launch for The Unhewn Stone

Here at last! The award winning  e-book is now available in PRINT! 
The three day book launch event, in Shellharbour, NSW, for my YA historical novel, The Unhewn Stone, was hectic and satisfying.

The SVES -Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space, venue for the book launch.


 Because the novel is a new take on the Wilhelm Tell legend, and my hero travels back to 1307 AD, I thought I should dress for the medieval era. So I made this costume and felt way too comfortable in it. I wondered if I'd actually been in the 13th and 14th centuries before.

 Bürglen, Altdorf, Lake Luzern and Hohle Gasse retain a medieval atmosphere and they certainly feel like home to me.   They are important settings in the modern world and the medieval world of the novel.

Medieval music in the background, and the twenty-five minute, on location, photo display at the book launch made it possible for the reader to walk in my fictional Stefan Gessler's footsteps as he attempts to prevent the Legend of Wilhelm Tell from happening.    
Birthplace and home of my Stefan in The Unhewn Stone, and Wilhelm Tell, Switzerland's national hero of liberty.  The chapel marks the site of Will Tell's house.

This lovely old guesthouse in Bürglen, built in 1578, inspired the fictional 'Gessler Inn' owned by my Stefan's parents in The Unhewn Stone.
Altdorf -Fountain Square

The Wilhelm Tell monument marks the spot where Tell shot the apple off his son's head.
Lake Luzern


This chapel is on the rock Tell jumped onto when he escaped from Governor Gessler's boat on Lake Luzern

Hohle Gasse - The Hollow Way

the narrow path where, legend has it, Tell ambushed and killed the tyrant governor. The chapel marks the spot. 
Weeks of hard work and promotion  went into this event, but it was well worth it to be surrounded by so many smiling people and well wishers.
We  danced to the medieval music and ate authentic Swiss cookies and meringues. 
Now my book is a tangible reality, thanks to MuseItUp Publishing.
The Unhewn Stone is available from all  online book stores including Angus & Robertson and Fishpond in Australia.


Renee Duke said...

Looks like it was a lot of fun. Too bad it was a few thousand miles too far for me to drop by.

Wendy said...

It would have been great to have you there Renee. Thank you for stopping by now. :)

Joel Huan said...

Nice to see those pictures. I have been to many of the places you mentioned. Thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

That's right, Joel. I'd forgotten. I think you told me about the William Tell monument in Altdorf. Thanks for stopping by.

Joel Huan said...

Thanks, Wendy. I'm glad to have offered a small space in your novel ;)

Rosalie Skinner said...

It looks fantastic and I love your dress.
Perhaps you are reliving a past life?
I would have helped devour the cookies. :) As well as dancing and twirling in delight at the launch of The Unhewn Stone.

Wendy said...

Rosalie, thank you and they were real cookies this time which I baked. As for twirling you could have joined Gabriela and me. I just added another pic of us dancing medieval style.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Another great dress, and image. I can hear the music and the twenty first century fades to a medieval backdrop... complete with wolf hounds, straw on the floor and bitterly cold stone.
Okay, so Hollywood has a lot to answer for, but so does your imagery in the Unhewn Stone. :)

Annie said...

Delighted the book launch went so well and I love your dress. Wish I could have been there too. Congratulations on a wonderful book and an inspired event.

Wendy said...

I wish you could have been there too, Annie. Glad you like the dress. We did have fun. I'm going to ask the newspaper office if I can buy some of the photos their photographer took.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Wendy, can you add an image of the newspaper cutting. :) It is a lovely photo, and the article is great too.

I love the dresses and the hats!!! Did you make them too?

Wendy said...

Hi Rosalie,
I asked the editor for permission to use the article and the photo on my websites and she said yes. So I'll put it up as a separate blog. Ted made the metal frame for my hat and I covered it and added the veil and wimple. I didn't make Avelia's hat.