Barbara Brett’s lively and colorful publishing career includes stints as a proofreader for Esquire magazine and as the meat-and-poultry editor of a trade magazine. For several years she was the editor of, consecutively, True Romance and True Confessions magazines, the nation’s leading confession publications. During this time, she began writing mainstream novels, and after the publication of two of them, she was named vice president and publisher of Thomas Bouregy & Company, where she oversaw Avalon Books, the company’s hardcover fiction line for libraries, and Airmont Classics, its softcover reprints of the classics. Many of the writers she worked with over the years have gone on to great success and even bestsellerdom. In 1993, Barbara left Bouregy to establish her own publishing company, Brett Books, devoted to hardcover inspirational nonfiction. The first book she published was the international bestseller Where Angels Walk by Joan Wester Anderson, which was on The New York Times bestseller list for over a year and has sold over two million copies. She has been interviewed in the media and has lectured on writing and publishing around the country.
Barbara is the author of Between Two Eternities and Love After Hours, originally published by Avon Books, and Sizzle, originally published by Zebra. With her husband, Hy, she wrote the critically acclaimed mystery novel Promises to Keep, originally published by Harper & Row, and a Mystery Guild main selection. Time constraints forced her to give up her writing after first joining Bouregy and later running her own company. No longer willing to make that sacrifice, she has now closed her company to return to what has always been her first love—writing. First on her agenda, however, is joining the e-book revolution with the publication of her earlier novels here on Smashwords.
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Between Two Eternities
by Barbara Brett
Married ten years, Robert and Marcie are more in love than ever. With two adorable children and successful careers, they have everything to live for. But a terrible secret is breaking Robert’s heart: he knows that Marcie is about to die.... Intensely romantic and unforgettable, this is the story of a man, a woman, and the breathless romance that comes to mean more than life itself.
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- Marilyn, The Prequel
on July 07, 2013
Though she died more than a half century ago, Marilyn Monroe remains a love goddess around the world. Her star shines brighter than ever. Piles of books have been written about her and the mystery of her death. But none has been able to shine a light that penetrates through the ever-deepening mystery of her birth and her beginnings. Until now.
In her unique and mesmerizing novel, MARILYN, THE PREQUEL: A Mother’s Struggle to Save the Life of the Future Goddess, author Jean S. Arbeiter delves deep into the mystery of Marilyn’s birth and early years. Narrated by Gladys Monroe, Marilyn’s free-spirited yet star-crossed mother, this page-turner transports the reader from a clairvoyant’s awesome prediction that Gladys will one day bring into the world a child destined for fame and glory through the sensational circumstances that led to that birth. We are taken on an exciting, whirlwind tour of the glory days of Hollywood, with its star-struck flappers, wild parties, drugs, sex, and revivalist preachers. And we are witness to one of the most exotic and erotic love affairs of the 1920s—that of Gladys and sexy movie legend Rudolph Valentino. But illicit love has its price, and suspense soars as Gladys must flee those who would destroy her and the precious child she carries in her womb.
Written with warmth, perception, and wit, MARILYN, THE PREQUEL opens a window on a world and time that might have been lost forever. And it explores a love that readers will never forget. “The truth is,” Gladys tells us toward the heartrending end, “none of us can imagine the sacrifices love may demand. We can only hope to endure them.” For the sake of her child, the future Marilyn Monroe, Gladys endures them with a passion and fearlessness that will long warm the hearts of readers of all ages.