Sunday, April 29, 2012

Let's hear it for the eyes...

I love the new cover for THE TRAZ!  I believe it is the girl’s eyes that draw one into the picture.

In the story, Katrina’s icy, clear, brilliant, deep blue eyes are mentioned often. In fact, everyone’s eyes are mentioned—Shrug’s slate grey eyes, Chad’s liquid dark eyes, Stack’s black eyes.  Eye contact and body language play a large part in THE TRAZ—highly reflective of what happens during street-level communication.
Clever members of criminal gangs seldom say what they really mean—motives are concealed, business is conducted in coded language, and exotic words and phrases known only to members bind the gang together. Those who possess secrets, knowledge, and information are those who become powerful.

To survive in a gang one must at the very least be able to interpret emotions expressed in basic body language. To advance in a gang, to attain a position of power, one must be able to both conceal one’s emotions and thoughts and see through the facades of others.

Katrina, as young as she is, is fairly adept at reading body language and rapidly hones that skill as she struggles to stay safe amidst the danger.

Learning to read others is a life-enhancing skill for all of us. Being able to tell if someone is joking or serious, sad or angry, focused or distracted is vital in both personal and work place relationships.
Not until we leave behind the self-centred thinking of childhood does our awareness of others become keen enough to read body language.  THE TRAZ may be a teen reader’s first exposure to the concept that much can be said without the use of words. 

It’s my hope that by the end of the book, my young readers will have lost a bit of the egocentricity of childhood and begun to develop the socially important ability to both ‘speak’ and understand body language.
THE TRAZ School edition eBook is free on AmazonKindle for THREE DAYS ONLY-- April 28, 29, 30th. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem—you can easily download Amazon’s free KINDLE FOR PCs software to read eBooks on your computer or Kindle Apps to download to your smart phone.

THE TRAZ is available in paperback and ebook formats and in a special School Edition that includes a Teaching Guide. Click on the following links to purchase or sample THE TRAZ

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If THE TRAZ is not on your local bookstore or library shelves, ask for it to be ordered in for you.

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Eileen Schuh is also the author of the adult Sci-Fi novella SCHRÖDINGER’S CAT

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Eileen Schuh, Canadian writer


Jessie B Tyson said...

Here's hoping you get to a higher rating that "just being in the top 100 lass."

I hope my name is in the draw to win a Kindle. I soooooo need one to read in bed...that's something I cant do any more, not since having to wear reading glasses. Drives me batty when the specs fall off and end up poking my ear or my nose when I fall asleep. So no more reading in bed..sigh :)

Eileen Schuh: said...

Of course your name is in the draw, Jessie. I love my Kindle. Did you know it can read outloud to you? In either a female or male voice? I turn it on when I'm driving and listen to stories. It's a 2 1/2 hr drive to our nearest major city. The trip seems very long especially if one is driving night...with nothing to see. The Kindle is entertaining.