Welcome to the Featured World of Ink Network here on BlogTalkRadio Wed. August 26, 2015. The World of Ink Network brings you shows each week on topics such as books, writing, author interviews, self-help and much more. Your hosts today are Virginia S Grenier and Marsha Cook.
On today's show, Author Lynn Steward returns to chat about her Dana McGarry series. Lynn Steward spent many years in New York City’s fashion industry in marketing and merchandising, including the development of the first women’s department at a famous men’s clothing store. Through extensive research, and an intimate knowledge of the period, Steward created the characters and stories for a series of five authentic and heartwarming novels about New York in the seventies. A Very Good Life, Steward’s debut novel, was published in March 2014 and twice ranked #1 on Amazon.
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Although Lynn Steward’s debut novel, A Very Good Life, takes place in 1970s New York City, the emotional story transcends any period. Dana McGarry is living a privileged lifestyle of a well-heeled junior executive at B. Altman, a high end department store. With a storybook husband and a fairytale life, change comes swiftly and unexpectedly. Cracks begin to appear in the perfect facade. Challenged at work by unethical demands, and the growing awareness that her relationship with her distant husband is strained, Dana must deal with the unwanted changes in her life. Can she find her place in the new world where women can have a voice, or will she allow herself to be manipulated into doing things that go against her growing self-confidence?
A Very Good Life chronicles the perils and rewards of Dana’s journey, alongside some of the most legendary women of the twentieth century. From parties at Café des Artistes to the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony, from meetings with business icons like Estée Lauder to cocktail receptions with celebrity guests like legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. Steward’s intimate knowledge of the period brings to life a relatable story about a woman’s quest for independence.
A Very Good Life ranked #1 on Amazon’s list of 100 Top Free eBooks in Literary and Fiction
At the cutting edge of women’s fashion in the 1970s, an underestimated young woman leaves a broken marriage and her lethal charm goes to work to remake retail, and herself, at New York’s most glamorous department store.
Newly single, Dana McGarry learns she must divorce herself from more than a bad marriage to succeed. Not only must she prove to overly protective family and friends that she can make it on her own, but she also must challenge an antagonistic boss who keeps standing in her way. Moving out of her comfort zone and into the arms of a dynamic businessman, Dana bets it all on a daring new move that will advance her career, but at what price? Her dreams within reach, Dana’s world is shattered in a New York minute when a life is threatened, a secret is revealed, and her heart is broken.
The series follows Dana McGarry’s rise in the fashion industry from a buyer at the legendary B. Altman department store to the youngest woman owner of a couture house on Seventh Avenue. It may be the dawn of the women’s movement, but, in the world of women’s fashion, there’s no sisterly-love. Dana is stymied by an unyielding boss who bonds with a jealous fashion director whom Dana has replaced as the executive vice president’s protégé. In her personal life, not unlike Coco Chanel, Dana’s wealthy suitors open doors and opportunities to further her career, and, like Chanel, Dana “never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.”
Intermingling fashion legends, iconic business women, real events, and untold stories of that time, The Dana McGarry Series is rich with historic content. In Dana’s world are spirited multi-generational women who are determined to make their mark, and conflicted men who are keeping up appearances with secrets, lies, deception, and manipulation.
Learn more about Lynn Steward at http://lynnsteward.com
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