Bio: Fran Orenstein, EdD, published author and poet, also edits both poetry and prose. She wrote her first poem at age eight and has written and published academically and professionally since then. This included working as a magazine editor and writer, writing political speeches and material for state government and writing newsletters for various organizations. Her author credits include six published 'tween novels and a book of children's poetry, and?there are more books waiting in the wings. Dr. Orenstein just finished an adult anthology of paranormal short stories and an adult novel of human frailty and redemption, with bursts of poetic creativity in between. Check her website at www.franorenstein.weebly.com and www.myspace.com/franorenstein for more information. Her academic credentials are: BA in Early Childhood Education from CUNY's Brooklyn College; MEd in Counseling Psych from The College of NJ; and, EdD in Child & Youth Studies from Nova Southeastern University.
In 1685, Jean-Claude Dubois, son of a French spice merchant, escapes from the violence against Protestant Huguenots and sails to Prussia. Jean-Claude falls in love with Marie and they marry and have a daughter, Katy. At thirteen, fluent in French, Katy is sent away to be the companion of spoiled, aristocratic Charlotte to tutor her for a marriage into French nobility. Katy must accompany her to France, where she meets the blacksmith's apprentice, Gilles. Their love appears doomed when the family... more info>>