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Book Launch – Out of the SHADE

The painted image of a nude rested on an easel in the corner of the room whilst guests circulated around the room.  A watercolour created by her friend in Australia.  This was the inspiration that encouraged Thea to make ‘Manda’, the protagonist in her latest novel, an artist.

PET_8271The book launch was organised by Westridge Publishing and hosted at a private function in a West Auckland winery.  It was well attended with over 100 people celebrating the release of, Out of the SHADE.

Described as ‘inspirational fiction’ this novel is an artist’s journey, but more than that, it is the story of a woman’s progress towards emancipation.

Thea welcomed her guests and spoke a little about her own journey as a writer.

‘Having decided that ‘Manda’ was going to be an artist, something I knew little about, there was much to learn and a lot of research to do…’  This included many visits to galleries and conversations with artists. ‘..and then it was done.’

The next step was the editing and publishing process.  At 77 yrs, Thea finds the technology of modern book publishing can be a bit baffling.

‘ I thought a Mobi was a whale and an ePUB, was somehere you could get a quiet drink…’ she mused.  ‘ with kindle, kobi, e-readers and ipads… and websites,  yes we have one of those.. I am quite happy to leave the technical side to my daughter- in-law.’

PET_8291 Book sales were well supported by the guests who were present and Thea was available to sign them.

All in all a very successful event.

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Books are available from this website at the retail price of NZ $19.90

The  list of bookstores stocking the novel will be regularly updated on this website.

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A novel way to fundraise

A fundraising initiative was also announced whereby clubs and organisations can invite Thea to speak at an event and retain 25% of all book sales.

Find out more about the novel way to fundraise..


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Out of the Shade

Out of the Shade
Price NZ $19.90

COVER1A_cManda’s husband Steve regards her sketches mere bits of paper and has no qualms in burning them.

Devastated she feels she’ll never be able to draw again. Yet, lacking something to do in the new flat in Mission Bay, she is soon drawn back to her old passion.

Slowly her life changes as her passion turns to obsession she finds she no longer wants to fit the mould of everyone’s expectations. Her rebellion widens the rift between her and Steve and divides family and friends as they take sides.

This is an artist’s journey, but even more, it is the story of a
woman’s growth to emancipation.


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