Fran Orenstein, Ed.D., award-winning author and poet, wrote her first poem at age eight and submitted a short story to a magazine at age twelve. Her published credits include, Gaia’s Gift, a contemporary woman’s novel, three ‘tween novels, a young adult fantasy adventure, and two young adult historical romance novels.
Her 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 2012. She also plans to republish a book of poetry for children with additional poems. All books are available in ebook and paperback format.
Fran has been a teacher, a counselor, written professionally as a magazine editor/writer, and also wrote political speeches, newsletters, legislation, and promotional material while working for NJ State Government for 22 years. She wrote professional papers on gender equity and violence prevention, which she presented at national and international conferences. Fran managed programs for women in gender equity, early education, and disabilities, as well as serving as Special Projects and Disabilities Officer for the AmeriCorps Commission in New Jersey.
She has a BA in Early Childhood Education, a MEd in Counseling Psychology, and an Ed.D. in Child and Youth Studies.
Amber and the Magic Whipped-Cream Dress
Gillian’s future stepmother, Amber just won’t go away no matter what Gillian tries to do. Now Amber is planning her wedding, and Gillian hates the junior bridesmaid’s dress Amber has chosen for her to wear. Gillian thinks the color looks like something she smears on a bologna sandwich or worse. As the war of wills continues between them, Amber takes Gillian on a shopping trip for a new dress.
Death in D Minor
Behind the doors of Hull House lurk many shadowy secrets of love, anger, betrayal, and death that have haunted the Hull family for generations. Laura Hull thought she had escaped when she married a gentle poet and could pursue her love of music. Then the unthinkable happens and Laura returns to Hull House as a young widow with a child, to once again face a father who hates her.
Murder in Duplicate
Romance mystery writer, Lily Aaron is a young woman looking for a forever love and inspiration for her popular books. On a lunch break from her job as a magazine editor, she meets a sexy, gorgeous man in a coffee shop, and falls hard.
One Amber Too Many
Bad things are happening in Gillian Sandler’s life. Just after her ninth birthday her parents announce that they are getting divorced. If that wasn’t enough, her dad is leaving for a younger woman named Amber whom he intends to marry.
The Book of Mysteries
Enter The Book of Mysteries at your own risk with Tyler Trent and his best friend, Zack Vander. Tyler and Zack live in an apartment house in New York City. Tyler’s uncle sends him to a find a disappearing bookstore, an ancient bookseller, and The Book of Mysteries, where exciting and danger-filled adventures await them.
Haunted by the ghosts of Rachel's 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.
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