Monday, April 26, 2010

Upcoming Novella - A Way Back

As promised here is the tag line and a blurb for A Way Back. I look forward to the edits on this book and making a book trailer.

In the 1930s oil fields of Texas, a woman from the future finds new purpose as she helps a banker rebuild his financial empire.

Amber Mathis, a Wall Street investment banker, returns to her office after burying her mother. Distraught, tired of the rat race, she's determined to make a career change. In the elevator she falls and rises to find herself in a vintage lift. The date is February 25, 1930, and a man stands on the window ledge ready to jump.

Wellman Hathaway, owner and CEO of Hathaway Bank in New York struggles to pay his depositors half their losses. A woman claiming to be from 2009 appears in his office and involves him in a scheme that forces them into marriage. With Amber's knowledge of the financial history of the 1930s, they travel to the oil fields of Texas to recoup Wellman's funds.

Two people from different centuries are thrown together to survive a difficult time. Will they find more than A Way Back to prosperity?

For research, my husband and I visited the East Texas Oil Museum in Kilgore. Here is a picture of the replicated city street during the 1930s. Notice the mud.

This novella will be published by Champagne Books in January 2011.
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Monday, April 19, 2010

A New Contract!

I'm thrilled to announce my time travel novella, A Way Back, set in the oil fields of Texas in the 1930s, has been contracted with Champagne Books. It is scheduled for release in January 2011. I'll post a blurb soon and the cover as soon as possible.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

The First Female Flight Attendants

In May of 1930, Ellen Church, a registered nurse, convinced Steven Stimpson, manager of Boeing's office in San Francisco, that women could serve in the role of steward or flight attendant and that nurses were best able to care for ailing passengers. The first female flight attendants passed out sandwiches, water, and chewing gum. They also sold tickets, carried luggage, checked for gasoline leaks, and cleaned up after passengers. (See picture above.) It wasn't until 1933 that American Airlines followed suit and 1944 for Pan American.

The nurses earned $125.00 a month and worked alone--only one attendant per plane.

The rules to be an airline attendant were rigid. Due to small cabin size, they couldn't be over five feet, four inches and weigh no more than 118 pounds. They had to be between 20 and 26 years old and single. It wasn't until well into the 1960s that attendants were allowed to be married.

The information and picture for this post came from the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

March's Ebook Winner

Victoria Roder is the winner of my monthly ebook drawing. Congratulations, Victoria. Take a look at my books on my website and email me to let me know which one you'd like. I'll send  it to you right away.

For those of you who are new to my blog, each time you leave a comment your name is entered into my monthly drawing.

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