Monday, June 17, 2024

Private License - Book Blast

 



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Kevin R. Doyle will award a $10 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Storm Breaks

 

 Demon Storm, Book 6

Young Adult Fantasy

Date Published: 07-13-2024

Publisher: Shadow Spark Publishing

Love Under the Stars

 

 

The Lilac Lake Inn Series, Book 3

 

Romantic Women's Fiction

Date Published: June 17, 2024

Runaway Home

 

 

Dark Fantasy, Interracial Romance

Date Published: June 21, 2025

Friday, June 14, 2024

Crusader's Way

 

 

The St. Edmundsbury Mysteries, Book 1

YA Mystery

Date Published: December 1, 2021

Opium et Moi - Book Tour

 



Memoir

 

Every perfume is a unique work of art, no different than a piece of music or a painting in its ability to evoke feelings in its audience. In 1976, Yves Saint Laurent fell in love with the idea of creating a new perfume that would convey the lush, sensual mood of the name he had already chosen, OPIUM.

Working with Yves, his personal and business partner Pierre, and so many others in the world of high fashion and fragrance could be exhilarating, infuriating, and often, a simmering pot-au-feu threatening to boil over. This narrative takes you behind the scenes, providing a glimpse of that fascinating world and the people who kept it spinning.

It is a highly personal story, and one I know well. It is my story.





Read an Introduction below


About the Author

As a young boy, I was always absorbed in books about history—particularly that of the United States—and geography, yet still managed a healthy appetite of sports and a weekly outing to see the latest cowboy or adventure movie. Later, I was exposed to the Broadway stage and developed a great fondness for musical theater, at one point picturing it as a future career choice. But alas, as I grew older and realized I was not that talented, I became more serious about the future.

Fortunately, I wound up in a creative segment of the business world, which provided me the opportunity to travel the globe and stimulated my interest in world history. It also opened avenues into entertainment and politics. I found a home in the fashion industry and served as President of Charles of the Ritz Group, Ltd., then a wholly owned subsidiary of Squibb Corporation, where I also served on its Board of Directors. Here, I was deeply involved with well-known fashion designers, Yves Saint Laurent and Gianni Versace; Hollywood stars, Linda Evans and John Forsythe; and because of the success of the perfume, Opium, wound up in Washington meeting with senators, representatives and administration officials to obtain relief from gray market goods flooding the United States in the early 1980’s.

After my retirement, I wrote two novels based on my many years of experience in the fashion industry, and continually pursued my interest in history. Following a short break to write a non-fiction book on the relationship of taxes and jobs, I spent much of my time these past several years studying the biblical account of the rise of Christianity from the varying narratives of religion, history and archaeology. The results of that research were a source of information and inspiration for my wife, Leslie Schweitzer Miller, in writing her first novel, DISCOVERY.

Now my interest is in public policy on issues that affect the United States such as healthcare, taxes, job creation and foreign affairs, about which I will be commenting periodically.

 

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Excerpt from "Opium et Moi"

Introduction

Every perfume is a unique work of art, not unlike a piece of music or an abstract painting. It can reach deep into the primitive recesses of our brains and touch our souls, evoking feelings and emotions that are beyond language. Our sense of smell—the olfactory process—resides in the most ancient part of our brains, and for thousands of years, it has protected animals—as well as humans—from danger, warned them not to eat spoiled food, and aroused them with sexual desire. It still does.

The feelings evoked by a fragrance are not simply marketing ploys. An array of elements, called notes—sweet or leathery, fresh or spicy—are combined in a distinctive progression, not unlike turning musical notes into a melody that can stir the senses to despair or rapture. The powerful, heart-wrenching aria, “Un bel dì, vedremo,” can bring people to tears, even without understanding the words of Puccini’s opera, Madama Butterfly.

 In 1976, Yves Saint Laurent fell in love with the idea of creating a new perfume that would convey the lush, sensual mood of the name he had already chosen. And although I am not a perfumer, I know that the scent that Charles of the Ritz Group, Ltd. went on to develop together with the name merged into something greater than the sum of its parts; it was, and remains, a phenomenon that has lasted almost half a century.

It’s Opium.

Perhaps you’re wondering how and why I fit into this story. Well, it’s complicated. In brief, Yves and his partner, Pierre Bergé, opened Yves Saint Laurent Couture in 1961 with financing from an American investor, Mack Robinson, in exchange for a controlling interest in this fledgling venture. The Company then registered YSL trademarks in an array of product categories, including perfumes and cosmetics. In 1965, Mack Robinson sold his controlling interest to Ritz. In 1971, Squibb Beech-Nut Corporation acquired Ritz, and after some fancy footwork, Ritz owned all YSL trademarks and Yves and Pierre owned YSL Couture.*

The bottom line is that Yves, the enfant terrible of the high fashion world, didn’t own his own trademarks and didn’t have the final authority to make decisions about the perfumes and cosmetics bearing his name. That responsibility became mine when I was named president of Ritz’s International Division.

Of course, in addition to YSL, I was also responsible for developing, producing, and marketing Ritz’s other cosmetics and fragrance brands outside the United States and exporting them from the US to countries around the world. It was a big job and an even bigger opportunity. I relished the challenge.

Working with Yves, his personal and business partner, Pierre, and so many others in the world of high fashion and fragrance could be exhilarating, infuriating, and often, a simmering pot-au-feu threatening to boil over. This narrative takes you  behind the scenes and provides a glimpse of that fascinating world and the people who kept it spinning.

 It is a highly personal story and one I know well.

It is my story.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Happy Harry


 "Nobody who loves dogs will be able to resist your book! A magnificent love story!"

- Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, international bestselling author of Dogs Never Lie About Love and When Elephants Weep.

 

In her dog memoir Happy Harry: A Magical Golden, psychotherapist Barbara Lampert, a lifelong dog lover, tells the story of her beloved Golden Retriever, Harry. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Monday, June 10, 2024

Scattershot

 

My Journey from the Projects to Paris to Rodeo Drive

Memoir

Date to Published: September 10, 2024

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Morgue

 

 

A Bones MC Romance

Iron Tzars MC, Book 11

Motorcycle Club Romance

Date Published: June 14, 2024

Publisher: Changeling Press

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Prayerful Warrior Mom

 

 

Christian Living, Non-fiction Christian, Memoir, Non-fiction Inspirational

 ⭐️ 2024 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Award Finalist

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Forever Now

 

 

Drama / Fiction

Date Published: May 19, 2024

Publisher: Mindstir Media

The Gnome and the Science Experiment - Book Tour

 



Illustrator: Angel Neha

 

Children's Book

Date Published: March 6, 2024

Publisher: Mindstir Media

ALLA - Book Tour

 



Iconic New Look of DIOR

 

Nonfiction

Date Published: March 18, 2024

Publisher: MindStir Media

Sophia Freeman and the Mysterious Fountain


What begins as a special trip for eleven-year-old SOPHIA FREEMAN and her billionaire father, leaves her trapped on a mysterious island with a tree boy and other fantastical creatures.

The moment Sophia thinks her situation can’t get any crazier, she is shocked to learn the island is under a deadly eternal curse. All living things are rapidly decaying and soon nothing and no one—including herself—will be left alive.

From competing in a three-round yearly held competition to reviving a long-lost magical spell, Sophia and her new companions must gather every ounce of courage, wit and skill as they are stepping closer to breaking the 150-year-old curse. But will they make it in time while surrounded by enemies and traitors aiming to stop them at any cost?

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Let's Run Our Schools Together - Book Tour

 

 

Self-Help

Date Published: 01-05-2024

Publisher: booklocker.com

Beyond the Lies

 


Nonfiction

Date Published: March 26, 2024

Publisher: MindStir Media

Arrested - Book Tour

 



 A Memoir of the American First Lady of Nice, France and the French Riviera

Memoir

Date Published: March 17, 2024

Publisher: BookBaby

Wrinkled Rebels

 

 

Literary Novel / Historical Fiction

Date Published: 07-23-2024

Publisher: Vine Leaves Press

Hatfield 1677 - Book Tour

 


Historical Fiction

Date Published: May 21, 2024

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Quantum Consequence - Book Tour

 



Physic, Lust and Greed Series, Book 5

 Sci-Fi

Date Published: 05-16-2024

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Cressida's Agents

 

 Steampunk

Date to be Published: June 7, 2024

Publisher: Changeling Press

 

Monday, June 3, 2024

I Sleep Around

 

 

The Humorous Memoir of a Nomadic Writer

 

Nonfiction, Travel Memoir, Personal Memoir, Humorous.

Date Published: 06/04/2024

Publisher: Harbor Lane Books, LLC.

Who's Your Daddy

 

 

Second Chances, Book 5

 

Romance

My Illusion of Normal - Book Tour

 



The Peculiar Case of Jean Stevens


Inspirational, Spiritual, True Crime

Date Published: March 21, 2024

Publisher: Mindstir Media