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All That Glitters
All that glitters is a rags-to-riches story about a small town girl who goes to the big city and makes her fortune. The snag is that she has been a victim of her mother's cruelty all her life, and once she becomes successful, her mother wants her share of the proceeds. It is the story of a girl learning how to stand up to her mother and assert her independence. In the growing process, she learns that she has strengths never imagined. She also learns that wealth can buy things, but only material things. The intangibles, things like love, are far beyond the reach of wealth.
There were things I tried to show with this book; for example, the contrast between society's treatment of people with cancer and people with AIDS, the lack of affordable day care for single mothers, and the plight of the homeless.
ALL THAT GLITTERS is basically a romance novel, but it touches on a lot of social issues. And many of the concerns I've mentioned are being addressed right now in Washington, D.C. Hopefully, we are becoming a nation which is once more aware and compassionate and caring about all its people, regardless of their differences. Ultimately, our nation's great strength lies in its diversity. My privilege as an author is to display the beauty of those differences, and to show the remarkable inner strength that people discover in themselves when times are hardest.
The message of this book is that we can overcome any obstacle, survive any devastation, weather any storm, because the wellspring of hope that lives in us like a tiny spark of divinity is equal to any challenge. I'm most grateful to Warner Books, and to my editor Jeanne Tiedge, for their faith in ALL THAT GLITTERS, and for their patience and tolerance with me.
Here's an excerpt from ALL THAT GLITTERS:
As he traced Ivory's eyebrows and then her straight nose, Curry Kells' lips tugged into a smile. "Will you want a lover one day?"
Ivory's body tingled with the thought of it. "Yes, I think so. But...I haven't felt that way with anyone, except you."
He traced her soft mouth and then bent to brush his lips over it in a way that made her spine tingle. "When you're ready to take that step, you can tell me." Then he looked thoughtful, searched her face and scowled. "I don't even know that I could live with myself if I had an affair with a virgin your age. It might be a very lengthy love affair..."
"You wouldn't want to get mixed up with somebody like me," she said sadly. "I'm a nobody in the fashion world," she added, wanting to tell him about her background of poverty and deprivation, but afraid.
"Then we'll make sure you become a somebody first," he replied. He chuckled at her expression. "Isn't that what you want? To be a very rich and famous designer?"
"More than anything," she confessed
"All right, then." He put her off his lap and sat back. "Let's see those new designs."
I'd love to hear from you. Send letters to me at: P.O. Box 844, Cornelia, GA 30531. Please include an SASE for a reply. P.S. To reiterate, I never wrote a book entitled Phantom!
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