25 January 2013

Book Launch Guest Post: Barbed-Wire Butterflies by Jessica Kristie

Ignoring the Whispers

Unexpected opportunities were brought my way in 2012. I was pulled towards serious social issues that stole my heart. I had every intention of taking a side road away from my poetry and writing a novel, what I didn’t expect was to have it revolve around the very serious and worldwide issue of human trafficking. 

There were times when I had to overcome the negative voices that told me I couldn’t pull it off; that I wasn’t good enough to tackle not only a novel, but the issue of human trafficking with sensitivity and tact. The last thing I wanted was to sensationalize something that needed an abundance of positive attention and a serious movement to take place. 

The best thing I ever did was ignore the whispers of no’s and follow the yes’s. Taking on a positive attitude allowed me to finish my novel with pride. Almost immediately, wonderful people appeared to help support the book and cause. Once my attitude changed, the pieces fell into place. I partnered with the international non-profit organization Courage Worldwide, who rescues children out of sex trafficking. I volunteer at Courage Worldwide and will also be donating 100% of my print royalties to them.  

I’ve discovered that this venture is not about me, but about giving freedom to the caged and a voice to the voiceless. I will use Barbed-Wire Butterflies to evoke conversation, educate, and free slaves around the world. This is only the beginning of my advocacy and I hope you will join me in this very important movement. 

Jessica Kristie

Barbed-Wire Butterflies on Amazon US and Amazon UK

Jessica Kristie is an award winning author, a writer, and a lover of poetry. She is an advocate for art, an activist against human trafficking, and a soulful contributor to the strengthening of our creative communities.
Barbed-Wire Butterflies, her first novel, released January 2013, is a fiction account of a young girl faced with the atrocities of human trafficking and her struggle to find freedom. Jessica has committed 100% of all print royalties and a percentage of digital copies and merchandise to Courage Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that is building homes around the world for children rescued out of sex trafficking.
Dreaming in Darkness, Jessica’s first volume of poetry, was the winner of the 2011 Sharp Writ Award and was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Jessica’s second collection, Threads of Life, published through Winter Goose Publishingalong with her eBook offering to writers, Weekly Inspirations for Writers & Creators, are available through all major retailers. She is also the co-creator of the art and poetry collaboration Inspiration Speaks Volume 1.
You can find her fusion of poetry and music with the collaboration, KRISTIE & CLOVERFIELD, released through Ultrasonic Music Germany, and available everywhere.
Jessica has been published in several online and print magazines such as Zouch, Muse, and The Huffington Post. You can find all of Jessica’s appearances under her Press Page at JessicaKristie.com.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jessica Kristie discovered her passion for writing as a child. Along with her creative side, she works in the publishing industry, is an avid supporter of all creative souls, and hopes to draw readers into her world through shared emotion. She inspires to forgive, remember, and heal, while continuing to dedicate herself to the eradication of all forms of human trafficking.
Follow Jessica at Jessicakristie.com 
on Facebook: facebook.com/JessKristie and Twitter: @jesskristie

Courage Worldwide: http://courageworldwide.org/

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