A Bay of Plenty author has pledged all proceeds from his new book to the building of a wheel-chair-friendly house for Tauranga woman Amanda Lowry. After breaking her neck in a freak surfing accident at Mount Maunganui beach three years ago, Ms Lowry and her young family have had to adjust to her new life as a tetraplegic, including needing a new wheel-chair friendly home.
Barry's contribution is helping us write a new story in our lives.She and Gemma had been living in a renovated bungalow before the accident but sold it because the cost of making it wheel-chair friendly was too much. She said they had done the best they could saving up for the house but when Mr Rosenberg offered his book sales it was "incredible and gratefully received." It has been a busy three years for Ms Lowry, who has taken up wheelchair rugby - her "epic love" - and swimming using only a double armed backstroke without any kicking. She recently completed the 1.6km Bridge to Bridge swim and is competing in a bicycle race in Whakatane next month. Mr Rosenberg said she had always been a remarkable person in the 25 years he had known her and her accident had only made her more so. Mr Rosenberg said they were winning their battle in life. The book is Mr Rosenberg's fourth written in New Zealand and was the most fun he has had writing a novel. Signed copies are available at the Salveo Therapy clinic, 131 16th Ave in Tauranga for $30. "As many thousands of dollars will be required to finish construction, purchasers are certainly welcome to give more if they wish," Mr Rosenberg said. The Amazing Adventures of Spook&Ghost is a thriller, following a pair of Vietnam war vets who discover they have superpowers which they put to use after the war.