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Four Before Their Time by Timothy Spillane

November is “National Prematurity Awareness Month” (Nov. 17 is “World Prematurity Day”).There are nearly a half million babies born prematurely in this country every year. 


Title: Four Before Their Time

Author: Timothy Spillane

Publisher: Skitterbird, LLC

Pages: 342

Genre: Memoir

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Anne had it all. She was a physician, an Army officer, and a great wife. She’d be a great mom, too. But the joy of pregnancy is short-lived after an ultrasound reveals that Anne isn’t just pregnant, she’s really pregnant – with quadruplets!

Now her dad, Tim Spillane, is a grandfather four times over, and much too soon. Just 24 weeks into her pregnancy, Anne delivered, and not one of Tim’s grandkids weighs more than half a mug of coffee. So underdeveloped that even calling them babies feels wrong, the odds of just one of them surviving – let alone all four – are heartbreakingly low. And even if the children pull through, they face the likelihood of disabilities so severe that they’d have no real quality of life. It all seems hopeless until Tim’s wife observes that just seeing the quads is like “being allowed a glimpse into the miracle that grows in a mother’s womb.”

Four Before Their Time is the true story of four babies surviving on a razor’s edge, one mom’s overwhelming and guilt-ridden entrance into parenthood, and an entire family’s experiences with extreme premature birth. It will take all the faith, hope, and resilience the Spillane family can muster – along with more than a few miracles – just to get the quadruplets home.

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Q: Thank you for this interview, Tim. Can you tell us what your latest book, Four Before Their Time: A Story of Hope, Resilience and Miracles, is all about?
A:  It’s a family memoir. Our daughter Anne is a physician, an Army officer and a great wife. We knew she’d be a great mom, too. But the joy of pregnancy is short lived when she learns she isn’t just pregnant, she’s really pregnant – with quadruplets.
   When Anne’s health deteriorates so rapidly that her pregnancy threatens her very life, the babies are delivered at 24 weeks. Not one weighs as much as a half a mug of coffee. They are so underdeveloped that even calling them babies feels wrong, and the odds of just one of them surviving – let alone all four – are heartbreakingly low. Hope begins to surface, however, when Anne’s mom notes that just seeing the quads is like “being allowed a glimpse into the miracle that grows in a mother’s womb.”
   Four Before Their Time tells the gut-wrenching story of my four grandbabies’ struggle to live, my daughter’s guilt-ridden entrance into parenthood, and our entire family’s experiences with extreme premature birth. Ultimately, it’s a triumphant story of love and survival that is almost too remarkable to believe.
Q: How did you come up with the idea?
A: Well, I wouldn’t have picked this experience for my family if I had a choice. But I wouldn’t trade what we’ve gained through this journey for anything, either.
Q: What kind of research did you do before and during the writing of your book?
A: There was an amazing amount of medical detail to sort through. I avoided it as much as possible while the babies were in the midst of their worst struggles. It was my coping mechanism. But to tell the story I knew I’d have to get a good grasp on what exactly they endured. Fortunately, two of our daughters are physicians and my wife is an EMT. They were an invaluable resource.
Q: If a reader can come away from reading your book with one valuable message, what would that be?
A: Hang onto hope. When it slips away, grab for it again. Miracles come from doing that.
Q: Can you give us a short excerpt?
A: I think writing about personal faith is one of the most challenging things for any author. I was reluctant to do it because I didn’t want this book to be seen as overtly Christian…
   “I don’t know exactly when it happened, only that it did. It wasn’t miraculous. I didn’t see God walking in the corridors of Wilford Hall [Hospital], just Timmy, Edda, Lily and Wyatt resting peacefully in their cribs one afternoon. Looking down at them I saw for the first time what God must have always seen in me. And what I saw was nothing. These tiny lives lying helpless in the NICU possessed nothing; prostrated, they could offer nothing; their only hopes were those given to them by others. Pitiable as they were pathetic at birth, their condition desperate as it was wretched, they could no more conceive of what they needed than they could ask for it. The wonderful paradox was although there was nothing the babies could do to make me love them there was at the same time nothing they could do to make me stop. Realizing that truth led to another: I could never love the babies in the way I did except that God had loved me like that first. As surely as His eyes were on Timmy, Edda, Lily and Wyatt, they had also always been on me. He saw my life no differently than I did theirs: lying helpless before Him I possessed nothing to gain His love, prostrating myself I could never merit it, forlorn of hope I could not even conceive of the possibility that He loved me.
   But He did. He had to. He could not help Himself.”
Q: In your own experience, is it hard to get a nonfiction book published today?  How did you do it?
A: We contacted scores of agents without any success. In the end, I decided our best route was to self-publish. I’m glad I did. Good stories need to be told. I believe this story had to be told.
Q: What’s a typical day like for you?
A: I’ve recently shuttered my construction business that I’ve owned for 25 years. It’s given me tremendous flexibility to work on this book. But I miss the routine that I’d known for so long. Being an author can leave you on something of an island. I don’t really have “typical” days anymore, and that can be unsettling.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: I’m thinking about writing a children’s book – a book that parents of premature babies can read to their children during those long, scary days in the neo-natal intensive care unit. I write in my book about reading to my daughter’s babies while they were still in her womb. The story I read them – Annie Proulx’s wonderful short story, Deep-Blood-Greasy-Bowl – was hardly a children’s story, but I believe that sharing it created a bond between us. And my daughter loved that I did it.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Tim.  We wish you much success!
A: You’re welcome!

Tim and his wife live in Chester County, PA and are the parents of three daughters. They became grandparents when their daughter, Anne delivered quadruplets in April, 2010. A graduate of Colorado College (1979) with a degree in English Literature, Tim returned to school to earn his Masters of Public Health from Drexel University in 2005. He has worked in residential construction for more than three decades but is now focusing full-time on his writing. He currently serves on the executive board of Graham’s Foundation, an organization for parents and families going through the journey of prematurity. 



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Would a Maharajah Sleep Here? by Stephen and Leanne Troy Book Feature

Title: Would a Maharajah Sleep Here?

Author: Stephen and Leanne Troy

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 324

Genre: Memoir

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Inspired by a movie, television show, book, or stories from friends, we may find ourselves daydreaming about trips to exotic locations with exciting adventures. For some lucky ones, these dreams become reality.

Would a Maharajah Sleep Here? presents firsthand stories of luxury travel and discovery by two fun and experienced travelers. Authors and travelers Stephen and Leanne Troy provide accounts of historic exploration, luxury hotel stays, and encounters with interesting people around the world. Each trip is private and planned in great detail to make sure each and every adventure is unique and experienced in five-star luxury. Chronicling their exploits at the end of each day, the Troys describe checking into the finest hotels in the world and getting whisked away for incredible tours of some of the world’s greatest treasures.

In addition to personal anecdotes, this travelogue shares information about sites, history, culture, and food in countries around the world. The Troys reveal the good, the bad, and, of course, the fun and funny events that they encountered on their trips around the globe.

Stephen Troy earned a BBA from the University of Miami in Florida. He is the founder, owner, and CEO of AeroFund Financial. He is also the author of Business Biographies: Shaken, Not Stirred … With a Twist. He and his wife, Leanne, have visited six continents and more than forty countries. They have three children, two grandchildren, and live in Carmel, California.

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Four Noble Truths by J.D. Buxton Book Feature

Title: Four Noble Truths

Author: J.D. Buxton

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 397

Genre: Action/Adventure

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Dragon is a handsome, passionate and deeply devoted young man with a hidden, horrible past that haunts him into his present life. After suffering unimaginable abuse in a child pornography ring in Taiwan and an addiction to Heroin, Dragon’s only light on a path of darkness is his love, Raven, who more than fulfills his physical and emotional needs.

United by the organization that found and ultimately saved Dragon, he and Raven happily bask in the love of an adopted family of lost souls touched by similar pasts that includes their mentor Sensei, and Wax and Sarge, Dragon’s right-hand men. As they execute their missions to explore the underbelly of the world of human trafficking and the sex trade, and serve the purpose of the organization: to right the wrongs, they have no idea the path they are on will lead them to unlock the door to their freedom.

In this compelling story about redemption, love and fate, a young man, his love and his devoted team embark on a dangerous journey to execute vigilante justice for one purpose; to seek out and eliminate the perpetrators of the very crimes from which they all suffered.

J D Buxton was born and raised in Southern Ontario. After graduating from college, she pursued a career in sales and marketing and lived in Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta where she raised her family. She is married with three children and currently resides in Southern Ontario where she enjoys all things equine, country and western music and home cooking.

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Warrior of the Way by Nathan Chandler

Warrior of the Way
Title:
 Warrior of the Way

Author: Nathan Chandler

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 376

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Ebook

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Civil war is a curse that touches everyone, including King Tashdar of the Mulamar. When he is ordered by a powerful and mysterious stranger to send warriors toward Kanai and Kadisha to slaughter everyone, Tashdar has no choice but to obey. As the Hebari emperor’s palace is invaded, only one man escapes—a captain of the guard to whom the emperor has entrusted the safety of his remaining two children. Moments later, the emperor’s legacy is erased from the face of the earth.

More than forty years later, Pasha Nuvahli of the Sashramans tribe, greatest of the king’s warriors, is devastated when his wife is murdered and his son is kidnapped. Overcome with despair as war and a dangerous sorcerer threaten the southern tribes, Pasha soon finds himself in a crisis of faith as he ponders why Daiyu has allowed such sorrow to befall him. But after he learns of an ancient prophecy and his hidden connection to the last emperor of the south, Pasha is sent by King Juktan to seek an alliance with the five other Hebari tribes and lead them against an ancient enemy from the north. Suddenly, his life takes on a new meaning.

In this compelling story, a worried king looks to his greatest warrior to unify the south with the hope the young soldier can save his people before all is lost forever.

 

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Nathan Chandler received an associate’s degree in technical Spanish translation from Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City and currently attends the University of Oklahoma, where he is majoring in international business with an emphasis in Chinese language. Nathan resides in Norman, Oklahoma, where he continues to write.

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How Many Drafts Are Enough by David S. Brody, author of The Oath of Nimrod

Title: The Oath of Nimrod

Author: David S. Brody

Publisher: Eyes That See

Pages: 283

Genre: Historical Suspense

Format: Paperback/Ebook

A mysterious race of North American giants.

An ancient Hebrew inscription in a Cherokee burial mound.

A blood oath made by blindfolded Freemasons.

Are these three historical oddities the reason the CIA is trying to brainwash historian Cameron Thorne and his fiancée Amanda Spencer-Gunn? The answer lies buried in the legends of the Knights Templar, within the rituals of the secretive Freemasons and, most significantly of all, inside the bowels of the Smithsonian Institution. The problem for Cam and Amanda? If they go rummaging around the Smithsonian, they may find themselves buried alongside the ancient giants.

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How Many Drafts are Enough?
Hemingway famously once said that he never finishes a novel, he only abandons them. At the other extreme I have heard of authors (Robert B.Parker is one) whose first draft is, but for the proofreading, the final
version. So how many drafts are enough?
I think for a novel of any complexity, the author should plan on four or five drafts before moving to the final version. I think of writing as a bit like sculpting—we start with a lump of clay, give it rough
shape, rework it with an eye toward scale and proportion, add the fine details, and then finally polish and buff it. The analogy is not exact, but each draft of the novel should likewise move toward a more polished version of itself.
So why can’t most authors, like Parker, simply pound out a final draft? I think the reason is that most writers don’t know exactly where their story is headed. Unlike a sculptor with a clear vision in his or her
head, most fiction writers approach a story by creating three-dimensional characters and setting them loose under a set of challenging circumstances. These characters do amazing, startling, infuriating and brilliant things, most of which the author never sees coming. Our characters are like teenagers—we give them life, but we have no control over them beyond their early, formative years. Once the wild ride is over, the author needs to go back to the early chapters of the story and realign these sections with the ending. This process, in turn, can lead to a few more flashes of inspiration which change the later chapters. It is at this point where most authors share their manuscripts with trusted readers, who, with fresh eyes, suggest insightful and appropriate modifications.  It is only now, after four or five drafts, that the story truly comes together and is ready for
polishing and buffing.
I enjoy the Spenser novels as much as anyone, but I think on this question Hemingway is more in the right. Every draft makes the story better, and even the most talented of writers should not expect to begin the
polishing process before they have worked through a handful of drafts.

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David S. Brody is a Boston Globe bestselling fiction writer named Boston’s “Best Local Author” by the Boston Phoenix newspaper. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown Law School, he is a former Director of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) and is an avid researcher in the subject of pre-Columbian exploration of America. He has appeared as a guest expert
on documentaries airing on History Channel, Travel Channel, PBS and Discovery Channel.

 

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Writing My Book by David Bernstein, author of I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: You’re Old

Title: I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: You’re Old
Author: David Bernstein

Publisher: Dynamic Learning

Pages: 202

Genre: Health/Fitness

Format: Paperback/Ebook

Life is an aging process. Each of us will go through it in our own way. How we lead our lives when we are old, particularly as we near the end, is, I believe, worth pondering. In this way, “I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: You’re Old” serves as a guide for all of us as we age, providing topics for contemplation and discussion with friends, family and colleagues. “You’re Old” uses real patient experiences to explore what happens as we age-physically, mentally, and socially. The book also examines the tremendous abilities of medicine today as well as its limits, and the social issues that adults in America face as they age. Each chapter concludes with Notes on Living Longer, and a resource section, providing topic-specific information on organizations, websites, and other expert sources that can help the reader better understand and prepare for the prize of surviving youth and middle-age: becoming old. “You’re Old” is written for the aging and the aged, their children, and younger people who aspire to grow old. It is written for the physicians, nurses and other providers who care for the elderly. The experiences explored in this book include the “good news and the bad” as the inevitable ravages of age intrude into the lives of Dr Bernstein’s patients. From the most mundane situations to the truly sublime, the tales illuminate the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of aging along with the diverse strategies people use to adapt to its realities.

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Writing My Book David Bernstein, MD

 After practicing geriatric medicine for nearly 30 years and swirling hundreds of stories about my patients in my head, I decided it was time to fulfill a lifelong promise I made to myself to write a book,  “my” book.  One of my earliest motivators was my high school commencement speaker, David Fisher.  He had graduated from my high school just 10 years earlier and in that short span of time had established himself as an author.  Although he started out writing about sports figures did not diminish his accomplishment in my eyes.  (I have come to find out that he has sold over a million books in his career on various subjects besides sports)

My first  book, I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News:  YOU’RE OLD: Tales of a Geriatrician what to expect in your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond  was published after 5 years of hard work.  When people me ask about the process,  I elaborate that  2007 was my starting point when I attended a writing course coordinated by the Harvard Medical School’s department of continuing medical education.

At that time, I made a commitment to myself that it was time to get serious and start my project.  Both of my children had gone off to college, and I had plenty of free time.  I enrolled in the Harvard writing course also known as Achieving Healthcare Leadership and Outcomes through Writing and Publishing which was directed by Julie Silver MD. The journey of writing my book began with that memorable trip to Boston.  When I entered the auditorium filled with 100 other medical professional, I anticipated it would be a competitive environment (just like in medical school) with everyone expecting to write about the same subject as I had in mind. I soon learned that nothing could be further from the truth.  The auditorium was filled with physicians who had many different ideas and interests; I was amazed.  The presentations were excellent; the subjects were varied; including many of the elements one would need to succeed in getting a book published. Coffee breaks were arranged in a way that enabled the attendee to network with one another and with professionals from the publishing establishments.  Agents, publishers, PR professionals and writing coaches were available at those breaks to provide the attendee the opportunity to present ideas and get much needed professional feedback.   My networking resulted in meeting Martha Murphy who became my writing coach.

When I returned home from Boston, I was energized, motivated, and ready to start writing my book.  Martha helped provide focus, direction, and specific tasks that led to the eventual completion of my book.   What I also experienced was that just because I wanted to write my book, the world did not stop… I still had my day job; practicing geriatric medicine.  During the five-year project there were delays. I dealt with family issues, graduations, illness, and death in my family.  I put my writing on hiatus to study and pass my geriatric recertification board exam. I waited months while one particular agent considered taking on my book.  Martha also had family concerns of her own which added to the length of the project, but in the end, it was all worth it.

During the process, I maintained a small tight circle of advisors and eventually decided self-publishing my book was the way to proceed. With the kind of technology available today, I found a way to publish at reasonable cost while I maintained my independence. Since self-published books are printed on demand, I had minimal overhead or inventory to maintain.

Publishing my book has been one of the most exhilarating experiences in my life, having no regrets about the path I chose to take.

One of the gratifying experiences I have is when I meet my readers and listen to them tell me what the most meaningful part of my book was to them.  Sometimes, when I hear how my messages of GRACE resulted in actions that helped the reader and their family manage a specific problem or situation, I am deeply moved.

I have learned a tremendously from the experiences shared with my patients, that I have already started working on my next several books!

David Bernstein, MD is a highly respected physician who is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics practicing in Clearwater, Florida. His 30+ years of experience have provided him with opportunities to observe and empathize with thousands of adults as they age. His compassion and ability to see the souls of his patients has compelled him to share his stories in his book “I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News You’re OLD: Tales of a Geriatrician What to expect in Your 60s, 70s, 80s and Beyond”

Dr. Bernstein has served as chairman of his hospital’s Pharmacy and Therapeutic committee for 20 years helping to improve patient safety and outcomes. During this period of time, he also served on the board of the local Jewish Family service and as chairman. As an associate clinical professor in the department of medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, he has taught the skills he has acquired over the years to first and second year students.

Dr. Bernstein has been a nursing home medical director for 20 years. He was responsible for addressing administrative and quality assurance issues.

“When you give, you get back” he says about what his patients have told him and taught him about life and aging. His writing style of telling stories about his patients allows the reader to understand the complex emotions and struggles of growing older and losing independence. He lovingly tells these stories adding his own insights about this complex process.

Dr Bernstein is an avid public speaker, addressing various medical topics with his colleagues and with the community at large with a focus on families facing the complex problems as they near the end of life.

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Interview with Steven Fujita, author of Toe Up to 10K

Toe Up to 10K 1Title: Toe Up to 10K

Author: Steven Fujita

Publisher: BookBaby

Pages: 168

Genre: Self-Help

Format: Ebook

In June 2012, Steven Fujita went to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with meningitis. After four days of improvement, he was scheduled to be discharged when his condition worsened dramatically. His blood pressure, body temperature and sodium levels all became dangerously low. He started to lose consciousness. He was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit. He had suffered spinal cord damage at the T4 level. Upon regaining full consciousness, Fujita could not speak, eat, breathe independently, control bodily functions, nor move his legs.

“Once we understand what we have to go through, become resolved to see it through, and know we will survive, we feel our ordeal is not so bad,” Fujita writes. In this book, he takes the reader on a journey of recovery from a spinal cord injury. It is not only a journey of determination and hard work, but of positive attitude, of drawing inspiration, of gratitude towards those around him: his family, his friends, co-workers, and medical professionals.

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Could you please tell us a little about your book?

Toe Up to 10K is about my road to recovery from spinal cord injury.  Chronologically, it covers the time from when I was diagnosed with meningitis, and became a paraplegic, to when I was walking without a cane and working to run again.  As far as the subjects I discuss, I write about the physical and issues I dealt with, where, what and who I drew inspiration from, my exercise regimen and the strategies I employed to adapt to the issues caused by the spinal cord injury.

Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?

In June 2012, I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with viral meningitis.  Four days later, I lapsed into semi-consciousness, and when I regained full consciousness, I was paralyzed from the chest down.  Although doctors thought I might walk again, it wasn’t guaranteed, and if so, only to the point of “well enough.”  It was implied that I would spend about a year in a wheelchair.  However, within six months, I was walking around with the aid of only a quad cane, and within 15 months, was walking without a cane.

So, the triggers for writing this book were the meningitis, the damage to the spinal cord, the resulting paralysis, and recovering from that paralysis much better than anybody expected.

Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?

There were two main inspirations.  One, when I was in the hospital, I really wanted to know what would happen next – the chronology of recovery.  Now, I know every individual recovers differently, both in areas that recover, and the amount of recovery.  However, I wanted to share my experiences and be a point of reference for those who experience spinal cord injury.  Although everybody’s experience is different, there are some common ground.

The second inspiration is the recovery itself.  I don’t think I was expected to recover my ability to walk as well as I have, nor as quickly as I did.  I wanted to share not only what I did physically, but also wanted to share the importance of attitude and drawing inspiration from outside sources, whether it is from creative works, such as songs, or from people, such as friends, family and healthcare workers.

What are you currently working on?

Outside of writing, I’m currently working on running. I currently walk at the same speed as pre-injury.  When I finished the book, I still had trouble sprinting.  Currently, I can sprint – I just need to work on speed and endurance.

As far as writing, I’m returning to my “roots,” so to say: supernatural fantasy.  I use the word, “fantasy” because I like to write about monsters that don’t exist in real life such as stereotypical vampires and zombies.  Specifically, I am working on the sequel to my vampire novella, Sword of the Undead.

Do you have any advice for writers or readers?

My one bit of advice to writers is to be yourself.  Not only does the sincerity come out, but you, as an individual comes out.  You will also notice that words flow easier, making the process more enjoyable (or less painstaking).

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

Other books on spinal cord injury are compelling and inspiring stories about people who’ve overcome obstacles.  I believe mine is the same.  However, Toe Up to 10K is different because it can also serve as a point of reference as to what issues what one can expect when the spinal cord is damaged.  And regarding this, I cover some issues that are glossed over in other books, such as bowel and bladder issues.  Toe Up to 10K can also be a handbook as far as finding examples of dealing with some of the issues caused by spinal cord injury: the exercises, the act of drawing inspiration from others, the importance of support from others, etc.

I didn’t include as much person to person interaction as I could have, and in that respect, I think this book has a little more of an objective feel to it than other books. I actually think it would make a good reference book for fiction writers who want to have a character whose spinal cord has been injured – and still enjoy the compelling and inspirational tone of the book.

What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far?

Life is a priceless gift, and one of the best ways to make use of this gift is to practice gratitude.

Steven Fujita was born in Los Angeles and raised in Torrance, California. He attended college in Washington, D.C., and currently lives in Long Beach, California.

Listen to Steven Fujita’s interview on the Book Club with John Austin, which aired November 2, 2010, about his novella, Sword of the Undead, a re-telling of Bram Stoker’s vampire novel, Dracula.

His other book, $10 a Day Towards $1,000,000, is available on Kindle. This book promotes the idea of using time and savings to build wealth.

His new book, Toe Up to 10K, was released in September 2014. This book chronicles his recovery from spinal cord injury he sustained in 2012.

Visit his website at: www.stevenfujitaauthor.com

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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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The Darkest Side of Saturn by Tony Taylor

 

THE Darkest Side of SaturnTitle: The Darkest Side of Saturn

Author: Tony Taylor

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 492

Genre: Science Fiction

Format: Ebook

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It’s 1997 at a mountaintop observatory in Southern California where spacecraft navigator Harris Mitchel and astronomer Diana Muse-Jones discover a dangerous asteroid which may hit the earth within two decades. As the asteroid tumbles through space towards an uncertain impact, Harris and Diana fight bitterly over how to announce their discovery. When Harris goes public to a skeptical world—at the cost of his and Diana’s careers—he sends their already turbulent relationship into a blaze of conflicting passions. As his notoriety builds, a fanatical preacher and his unhinged followers stalk him while an obnoxious radio personality provides disruptive help. Harris becomes an unwilling Pied Piper for his own overzealous followers hungry for belief and eager for guidance into an uncertain and tumultuous future. In this science fiction drama the characters battle each other in contests of Damn your world view! against a background of hard science, religion, romance, metaphysical speculation, and the forces of nature versus human passions and dreams. Meanwhile an asteroid hurtles through the solar system and global salvation or disaster hangs in the balance. “A courageous and visionary work … an instant classic.” —BlueInk Reviews
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Tony Taylor spent a long career navigating NASA spacecraft—including Voyager, Cassini, Mars Polar Lander, Galileo, and MESSENGER—to every planet in the solar system. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and earned an MS in physics from the University of Arizona. Tony and his wife, Jan, live in Sedona, Arizona.

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One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second by Rebecca Marie Book Feature

Title: One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second

Author: Rebecca Marie

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 113

Genre: Self Help/Personal Growth

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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.

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