The Friday Night Date Dress
She sews runway masterpieces . . . but who will mend her damaged heart?
Tragic loss has made Melinda Myers invisible. She hides as a nondescript waitress at an average diner during the day. But each night, she sews runway masterpieces that she wears only once before putting them into a box forever.
Peter Surati, an aspiring Asian Indian photographer, can’t help but notice beautiful, sad Melinda. He makes it his mission to help her find her smile again. But can he find a way to mend her damaged heart?
The Friday Night Date Dress is an inspirational novella about hope, healing, and love.
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Release date: June 26, 2015
Publisher: My Secret Wish Publishing
ISBN (print): 978-0-9947364-0-6
ISBN (ebook): 978-0-9947364-1-3
Genre: Inspirational Romance
About the Author:
Talena Winters loves tea, travel, music, whole food, sewing, knitting, reading, and chocolate. Besides fiction, she also writes a blog, knitting patterns, freelance articles, and musical theatre (among other genres of music). She currently resides on an acreage in the Peace Country of northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, three surviving boys, a Golden Retriever named Sunshine, and an assortment of farm cats and chickens. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.
Praise for The Friday Night Date Dress:
"What a wonderful story, beautiful writing, and intricate plot line. I love your book!!" - Lora Doncea, editor
"Thank you for writing such an easy and captivating read - I TRULY enjoyed it!" - A. Rosendahl
"I thoroughly enjoyed your story. It was the perfect vacation take-along." - C. Corcoran
"Talena Winters writes with an easy style that draws you into this book. The characters are believable, the story enjoyable, yet thought provoking, as the heroine deals with the grief of her loss. I found the cross culture element in the story intriguing, and of course the hero very charming. A well written story, I highly recommend." - RB, from Amazon.ca review
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I found myself taking a few minutes (or more!) during the day to read 'just one more page' -not a usual occurrence for me, so easily finished the novella in a couple days. This would be the perfect book to read at the beach or for a road trip. I'll be watching for the next one! " - FerrisFam, from Amazon.ca review
"The Friday Night Date Dress is an interesting inspirational romance. The story deals with the topic of grief and how the main character deals with it. In spite of the overwhelming grief that paralyzes her life, Melinda copes by using her creativity as an outlet. Although she is dealing with loss in her life, the tone of the book is hopeful not gloomy. The story moves along quickly and draws you into the characters' lives. I recommend the book to anyone who wants to read a good story that leaves them feeling hopeful about life." - Richard Lawry, from Amazon.com review
Quotes from the book:
"One way or another, she would be in the magazine. She just didn't know it yet."
"It took only a stuttering heartbeat to realize he actually recognized the enchanting woman behind the glass."
"She hated lying to him, but the lie was the only thing protecting him. Protecting herself."
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I reference several songs in the book, but the one that is most meaningful for the story doesn't show up until the last chapter. Maahi ve means "beloved" in Hindi. This English translation captures the nuances of the words.
If a book could have credits, this is the song I would choose to play beneath them. :-)
Posts about this book:
Wow, so much has happened last week/will be happening this week that I'm going to be posting a couple times this week. For today, because it's Monday, because it's been a while, and because I'm much better at posting these moments on Instagram and Facebook than keeping my blog updated, here's a 7 Things summary of what's been going on.
What happened when my book was captured by pirates. Turns out, it's a lot more fun when it's in fiction than when it happens to your fiction...
One cold winter's night in 2013, I was sewing myself a summer dress (because that is completely logical, right?), and for the first time ever, I used the couture technique of setting my zipper in by hand.
And as I sat and hand-stitched my zipper, I wondered what might inspire someone to self-teach themselves to be a top-level designer.
How long would that take? And why would they do it?
Thus, the spark of an idea for The Friday Night Date Dress was born.
I haven't read a ton of "Christian fantasy" books, but I have read some. And I always wonder afterwards if the real God of the Universe would behave as the author imagined he would. And I wonder if I really have the right while "playing God" with my own characters to cast the real God as one of them.
I am getting so excited about my upcoming book! Last week, my editor (Lora) contacted me with a super deal to help get my book formatted for print and eBook. I would have been an idiot to turn her down. So starting this weekend, my book will be getting formatted--and I can still work on my taxes! (Not sure if I'm excited about that last part, or not.)
Here is a teaser excerpt from the first chapter to whet your appetite: