“Winds of Wonder” is the working title of the the third book in the White Gates Adventures series. The first in the series “The Kicking Tree” is officially released this week. The second, “Ultimate Justice” is in preparation for publication possibly early next year.
Winds of Wonder picks up the story of the original characters of The White Gates Adventures and introduces new ones along the way. As they travel around the universe through their white gates into fantastic new worlds they are wowed by the wonder of it all. But that doesn’t stop them running up blind alleys where wonder and beauty are ignored, brushed aside or deliberately destroyed as the desire for power and control becomes paramount.
Tina and I have just returned from a wonderful few days in Middleton, Leeds where we lived and worked in the 1980s. Much has changed – most, it seems, for the better. The Middleton Arms that features in The Kicking Tree has been replaced by a much more universally useful supermarket! Huge estates of modern housing have been built and new facilities added.
There are still many familiar faces in the congregations of St Cross and St Mary’s Middleton and we had a successful and very enjoyable book launch on Thursday, 19th competing with England v Uruguay. Those who preferred to attend the pie and pea supper rather than watch the match probably had the better time. At least it was more fun – and far less painful.
With Stephen Makinson who grew up in Middleton
The Summer Fair was an enormous success and the books went well too. I was talking to people and selling books throughout the day.
Thank you Middleton for being such an inspiration and so very supportive.
What a wonderful day at Queen Charlton Village Fete. I met many people of all sorts – some were clearly avid readers, others told me they hadn’t read a book in 25 years! A lot of interest in The Kicking Tree and some copies sold too. (Managed to give £28 to the fete fund!) Thanks to the fete organizers for their kind invitation to be part of the proceedings. The weather, by the way, was magnificent.
My next outing with The Kicking Tree will be to Middleton, Leeds. St.Cross Parish Room (LS10 4HT) where we are putting on a Pie and Pea Supper. This is on Thursday, 19th June at 7.30 pm.
I regret I did not look up the times and dates of the England matches properly and we are clashing with England v Uruguay! What a debacle for an England fan! However, it might be somewhere especially good for those trying to escape wall-to-wall football. And a way of avoiding the anguish as we play well and still … I shall no more. I am old enough to remember July 1966! (These days we think it is all over before we’ve begun!)
Those who read The Kicking Tree will know how sensitive I am to the horrific crime of rape. It destroys on every level of being. It is far, far more significant than a physical act. I am not a woman, but if I were I know I could not separate sex from the calling to motherhood. To be deprived of the freedom to choose a sexual partner is to loose so much – apart, of course, from the violence, the pain and the despicable ugliness of it trammeling over a God given opportunity to express love, commitment and creativity.
Many, many men think they can detach their sex drive from their identity. They think they can have physical sex without it affecting who they are. They believe the short-term thrill of sexual relief and power in dominating another human being is just an event that will not affect their lives. That is not true. It is about identity, being love and wanted and the honour of fatherhood. Rape destroys the males too. The self-esteem comes from having a willing sexual partner – having someone think you are special enough to enjoy the deepest intimacy. To take another just because he is physically stronger does not mean that at anytime a man has “possessed” a person. At the very point of violence a man has to build up a wall against the hatred that is diminishing him. From that moment onwards he has to find ways of dealing with the knowledge that he is despised. He can no longer be the person he was created to be without hating himself.
I do not believe our male dominated world cultures have begun to take rape seriously enough. Sadly, the horrific hangings of teenage girls in India is seen as horrific for the murders rather than the raping. Too often authorities, the police, politicians and governments turn a blind eye to this crime. Let us not deceive ourselves, this happens in the West too. In war, rape has always been used as a weapon, but it appears to be on the increase as access to modern arms has led to the greater intensity of long standing tribal conflicts or given opportunity for dictators to prevail over larger areas. South Sudan (with which I am associated) with all the current reported atrocities there is a prime example.
This Global Summit could be the start to changing this. It acknowledges that rape is destructive and addresses the culture of turning the blind eye. It acknowledges that women are fully autonomous human beings with a right to determine their own lives, and it takes this message to the governments that are represented here – and those that aren’t. What needs to happen now is that we extend this discussion, consciously, to all walks of life – not just in war.
I hope and pray that the conference concludes with clear and decisive rules by which we, humanity, can begin to change things in our world.
My first outing with The Kicking Tree will be on Saturday, 14th June at the Queen Charlton Village Fete from 2 pm. I shall be selling (and signing!) copies and will donate £2 for every book sold to the village fete funds.
I have heard from the publishers of The Kicking Tree (Matador) that I should have printed copies delivered to me during the first week of June. The official publication date is 28th June.
If you would like copy early and post free in the UK, then contact me (Trevor Stubbs) through this website or via http://www.whitegatesadventures.com.
I have three book signings lined up for the launch of The Kicking Tree
- LEEDS. St Cross Parish Room, Middleton Park Road (corner of Acre Road), LS10 4HT. Thursday, 19th June at 7.30 pm. The author is offering a pie & pea supper but if you want to partake of the supper you will need to book either through the church or with me via this blog. Otherwise just turn up for a cup of tea and a bun. I will also be at the St Cross Summer Fair on Saturday, 21st June.
- BRIDPORT. Good Books, St. Mary’s Old School, Gundry Lane, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3RL. Saturday, 28th June from 10 am. to 4 pm. The author will do presentations at 10.30 am. and 2 pm.
- BRISTOL/BATH. @One Youth & Community Centre, 1 Park Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2BL. Tuesday, 1st July between 2 pm. and 4 pm. The author will do a presentation at 2.30 pm.
These are open to all comers.
If anyone would like a presentation in their own neck of the woods then I am open to invitations!
Very interesting day yesterday at the CPI printworks in Chippenham. We had detailed tour of factory and input concerning self-publishing from Matador. And the hospitality was brilliant throughout!
I also got the hard copy of “The Kicking Tree” from the proofreader. Fantastic job. There were so many things. Grateful for the diligence!
I’m just getting started on this new blog. You are all welcome!
The idea of this blog is to tell you about how things are going on with me as a new author with my first novel due out on 28th May 2014.
The Kicking Tree already available for preorder at Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Kicking-Tree-Trevor-Stubbs/dp/1783063874/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397481378&sr=8-1&keywords=trevor+stubbs at their mark down price! Amazing.
The printing will soon be under way. I’m going to the print works in Chippenham on Wednesday, 7th May to see how they do it all and the, hopefully, to make sure we get good material for the paperback edition. Sadly, I have come across one or two paperbacks recently where the binding is OK but the laminated paper is becoming delamintated – if that’s an English word.
I have my first book launch arranged thanks to the wonderful folk of St.Cross, Middleton, Leeds, on Thursday, 19th June at 7.30 pm. We are meeting in the St Cross Parish Room (inside the church) on the corner of Middleton Park Avenue and Acre Road (LS10 4HT). This is exciting. Everyone is welcome. I will be supplying a “Pie & Pea Supper” as well as general refreshments. If you would like Pie & Peas then please let me know through my website: http://www.whitegatesadventures.com
More blogs soon.
Just been contacted by Matador to say that unfortunately the process of publication is unlikely to be completed by 28th May as previously announced. The new date is 28th June because publication dates are always the 28th of the month. However, we strongly expect the books to be completed before then – at least in time for the launch in Middleton, Leeds on Thursday, 19th June. Just say a pray or two!