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Behind the Taffeta Curtain by Verne Castress Book Feature


Title: Behind the Taffeta Curtain

Author: Verne Castress

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 102

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Clair, a small-town girl attending Iowa State University in 1940, has her palm read for a laugh—and gets a surprisingly specific prediction about her career, marriage, and children. She laughs it off, with no idea of how accurate it will turn out to be.

After a failed romance, she hastily marries a man named John, has two children, and very soon finds herself miserable. John is not only abusive and controlling, but also a compulsive gambler. In an effort to support their family, Clair finds work in a nearby department store, and her career in fashion begins.

In the sixties and seventies, Clair works her way up through the industry, chipping away at the glass ceiling of a field with far fewer women executives than the ad firms of Madison Avenue at the time. As an executive buyer for numerous retail conglomerates, she travels the globe searching for innovative fashions and meets regularly with iconic designers such as Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Oscar de la Renta. Among the fashion elite living the high life, there are steamy affairs, drugs, and suicides, as tragic elements mark the lives of these women in fashion whose insecurity remains hidden beneath their stoicism.

This novel tells the story of Clair’s journey through the fashion world, a single mother contending with the conniving wiles of men and women and facing obstacles in the devious, behind-the-scenes political struggle of those climbing to the top.



Verne Castress retired following a forty-five-year career as a fashion executive, for which she traveled the world in search of innovative fashions for the American market. The mother of two adult children, she currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

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Interview with T.W. Fendley, author of The Labyrinth of Time – Win Prizes!


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: The Labyrinth of Time
Author: T.W. Fendley
Publisher: Silent Partner Publishing
Pages: 226
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Can Jade restore the Firestone’s powers before the First Men return to judge humanity? 

Spending spring break in Peru with her grandmother isn’t sixteen-year-old Jade’s idea of fun. She’d much rather be with her friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Then she meets Felix, a museum director’s son. Jade discovers only she and Felix can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones in the age of dinosaurs.

Following the ancient stones’ guidance, they enter the Labyrinth of Time and–with a shapeshifting dog’s help–seek a red crystal called the Firestone. But time is running out before the First Men return on the night of the second blue moon. 

 

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Could you please tell us a little about your book?

THE LABYRINTH OF TIME is a young adult contemporary fantasy: Spending spring break in Peru with her grandmother isn’t sixteen-year-old Jade’s idea of fun. She’d much rather be with her friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Then she meets Felix, a museum director’s son. Jade discovers only she and Felix can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones in the age of dinosaurs.

Following the ancient stones’ guidance, they enter the Labyrinth of Time and–with a shapeshifting dog’s help–seek a red crystal called the Firestone. But time is running out before the First Men return on the night of the second blue moon.
Can Jade restore the Firestone’s powers before the First Men return to judge humanity?

Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?

The engraved river stones I saw at a tiny museum almost two hundred miles sound of Lima were my inspiration. I visited the Library of Stone Books of Ica while touring Peru in September 2008.

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Who is your biggest supporter?

I’m lucky my husband is also very creative. As an artist, he faces many of the same kinds of obstacles in his career, so he’s more understanding than many men would be about the time and energy it takes to be an author.

Your biggest critic?

I’ve always been my own biggest critic. When I was younger, I was a full-blown perfectionist, but now I can appreciate the concept of “good enough.” I can always find ways to improve work that is supposedly “finished,” but I’ve learned when to move on.

In the last year have you learned or improved on any skills?

I published my first audiobooks this year. Since February, I’ve published audiobooks of a novella and a short story, with two more short stories in production. THE LABYRINTH OF TIME will be my first novel in audio, scheduled for release in December. It’s a lot of fun to work with actors and see how they interpret my work. I’ve also started learning Scrivener, the writing software.

What are some of your long-term goals?

I’d like to publish a few more installments in the Zero Time Chronicles. I’m also planning to write a third story to accompany my award-winning stories about longevity—“The Fourth Treatment” and “Origin of the Species.”

What do you feel has been your greatest achievement as an author?

Finishing my first book, ZERO TIME, marked the completion of more than ten years of study and false starts. I wanted to share the amazing cultures of ancient America, and I continue to do that in THE LABYRINTH OF TIME and many of my short stories.

What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?

While many young adult fantasy books involve quests, few are set in Peru. Inspired by the unique lore of the Stones of Ica, my book explores an alternative history involving aliens, comet spaceships and messages from an ancient race that lived in the time of dinosaurs.

If you could go back and change one day, what would it be?

I still cringe when I think about one of the feature stories I wrote as a young journalist at a small newspaper in southern Arkansas. We didn’t have copy editors or proofreaders, just deadlines. I was thrilled when my piece about a local beekeeper got widespread pickup by the Associated Press, until I got a note from one of the readers who wondered why bee stings caused puppies (whelps) instead of hives (welts).

What is your favorite past-time?

I enjoy reading. Whenever I take some time for myself, the first thing I do is grab a book. Lately, I’m usually reading three at a time: a print book from a local indie author, a digital book by one of my favorite authors from the library, and an audiobook (for when I’m in the car or doing dishes).

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T.W. Fendley is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and science fiction for adults and young adults. She began writing fiction full-time in 2007 after working twenty-five years in journalism and corporate communications. In October 2011, L&L Dreamspell LLC published her debut historical fantasy novel for adults, Zero Time.

She fell in love with ancient American cultures while researching story ideas at the 1997 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Since then, she’s trekked to archeological sites in the Yucatan, Peru and American Southwest. When she’s not writing, T.W. explores the boundaries of consciousness through remote viewing and shamanism. She currently lives near St. Louis with her artist husband and his pet fish.

Her latest book is the young adult fantasy, The Labyrinth of Time.

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One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second by Rebecca Marie Book Feature – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second

Author: Rebecca Marie

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 113

Genre: Self Help/Personal Growth

Format: Ebook

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Abuse knows no boundaries. It doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, old or young. It can enter your life at any time and stay as long as you let it. In One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second, author Rebecca Marie discusses that the key is to release the secrets, talk about the abuse, and take the power away from the abusers. In this memoir, she shares her personal journey surviving sexual and physical abuse, describing how abusive patterns started at a young age, how negative self-esteem continued to grow, and how it ended in her falling in love with a psychopath. One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second narrates how Marie was victimized and lived in daily fear and despair, but discusses how she chose not to remain a victim and took power over her own life. Hoping to break the cycle of domestic abuse one victim at a time, Marie tells her emotional story to call attention to the problem of domestic violence. Her story shows there is hope for others.

 

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Rebecca Marie enjoys being a mentor and her goal in sharing her story is to help others see there is hope.