With 5,000 copies soon to be available at $15 each and 100 percent of the proceeds going towards Special Olympics BVI (SOBVI), Alison Knights (AK) Bramble – SOBVI national director – has made what can well be considered a priceless contribution to the cause dearest to her heart and the heart of the territory with her new novel ‘The Eye of the Storm’, bvinews.com reports. [Our thanks to Colleen Cohen for bringing this item to our attention.]
The book was revealed to the BVI press and a section of corporate sponsors on Tuesday at the Government House where it was labeled to hold the potential of becoming the “BVI’s version of the Harry Potter series”.
The publication, which took some two years to produce, features an adventure novel for middle readers to young adults, with a story that has all the desirable elements of exploration, suspense, romance and discovery.
Although it was not written about the BVI, it was written in the BVI and most would consider it to be a notable reflection of Nature’s Little Secrets.
The publication received 100 percent donor contributions for its production and printing and all proceeds from its sales will go towards the BVI Special Olympics Foundation.
In a statement issued at Tuesday’s launch, it was noted, the “Special Olympics BVI have been given a perpetual fund raising prospect by the author.”
“With the success of the SOBVI Sailing Team in Athens, Greece earlier this year bringing back gold and silver medals, the reputation of the Virgin Islands as producing world class athletes will need to be upheld again in four years time! This challenge demands continual funding, The Eye of the Storm, will serve to supply a major part of these expenses.
The book will be officially launched in Tortola on November 4 by to the Department of Culture with a special invitational book signing hosted by the Patron of Special Olympics BVI Jenny McCleary and her husband Governor Boyd McCleary to celebrate the efforts of the sponsors that made this innovative project a reality.
Speaking at Tuesday’s event, Governor McCleary said he has and continues to follow with interest with which the Special Olympics BVI has developed and surmised, “they can only go on from strength.”
Both the Governor and his wife provided positive reviews of the book, for which they have at least one copy. “I’m very surprised. It is very well written.”
The 5000 books have already arrived in the BVI and boasts a cover designed locally with a unique font exclusive to it.
The author describes the book as being one of “freedom” with no definite inspiration behind it other than promoting the spirit of reading in young people. It targets specifically ages 9-16 but is interesting enough for all ages.
Following its official launch on November 4, the book will be available to the entire community as early as November 6 from the Water Sports Centre and several other locations.
It is being promoted with an emphasis on families, and buyers can have their books signed by the author herself. The first day of sale also provides the option for buyers to pick up a young readers’ competition entry form to vie for a Kindle.
LIME, INTAC and Caribbean Insurers Ltd along with Rotary Clubs – Sunrise and Road Town collectively supported the overall production costs.
Sean Auguste LIME General manager said this of the novel; “Simply reading the back cover of this exciting novel immediately captured my attention. Then, turning to the Table of Contents, the chapter headings promised an exciting adventure about sailing for young and old. This novel embraces LIME’s promise of connecting people, places, communities and societies in many positive ways – everyday.”
A second launch will take place in Virgin Gorda on November 20 where the community can visit The Fat Virgin’s Café – North Sound, from 11.00am till 2.00pm and get their copy of the book signed, as well as picking up a copy of the young readers’ competition entry form.
For the original report go to http://bvinews.com/bvi/sobvi-director-writes-book-to-raise-funds-for-the-organisation/