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About the author:
Fran Orenstein, Ed.D., award-winning author and poet, wrote her first poem at age eight and received her first rejection for a short story at age twelve. Her published credits include a 'tween mystery series, The Mystery Under Third Base and The Mystery of the Green Goblin, a fantasy series for 'tweens, The Wizard of Balalac and The Gargoyles of Blackthorne, a 'tween fiction novel dealing with childhood obesity and bullying, Fat Girls From Outer Space, two young adult historical romances, The Spice Merchant's Daughter and The Calling of the Flute. Her poetry book for young children is out-of-print, but she plans to reissue it with additional poems in summer 2012.

Moving into literature for adults, prize-winning short stories and poetry have appeared in various anthologies. A book of poetry for adults is currently in the works for publication in spring 2012.

Fran has been a teacher, written professionally as a magazine editor/writer, and also wrote political speeches, newsletters, legislation, and promotional material while working for New Jersey State Government for fourteen years. She produced professional papers on gender equity and violence prevention, which were presented at national and international conferences.

She has a BA in Early Childhood Education, a MEd in Counseling Psychology, and an Ed.D. in Child and Youth Studies.

Fran is currently writing the third book in the 'tween fantasy series, The Centaurs of Spyr, and has more YA and adult books in the works.

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Gaia's Gift

Authored by Fran Orenstein

Rachel Wells loses everything she cherishes in a brief summer storm off the coast of Florida. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, driven to the point of insanity by survivor's guilt, Rachel turns her back on the world and retreats to a deserted island with her cat. Here she plans to live out her life in isolation, frozen behind an impenetrable veil of pain. That is, until she receives a gift from the sea that opens a slit in the veil and allows the world to intrude. Ignoring her conscience, Rachel learns too late that some gifts are not meant to be kept forever, and that forgiveness and redemption sometimes require sacrifice. The gods and spirits watch as the many layers of love unfold to reveal a complex finale.

Publication Date:
1937593827 / 9781937593827
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Contemporary Women

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