The Friday Night Date Dress Media Kit

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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
Distributor: Ingram

Tag Line:

She sews runway masterpieces . . . but who will mend her damaged heart?

Short Description:

After suffering tragic loss, Melinda pours her grief into creating couture masterpieces she wears only once. Can Peter, an aspiring fashion photographer, break through her protective shell and bring her back to life?

Medium Description:

The Friday Night Date Dress is a sweet inspirational romance about Melinda, a diner waitress who makes a gorgeous couture dress of her own design every week, wears it once, and then puts it into a box and never looks at it again. She meets aspiring fashion photographer Peter, whose sister Preeti has just been promoted as the new fashion editor for a prominent Calgary women's magazine. Preeti is determined to "help" Peter further his career--whether he wants her help or not.

Peter makes it his mission to draw the beautiful, reserved Melinda out of her shell. But will his sister Preeti's meddling help, or will it be the reason Melinda never dares risk love again?

Long description:

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 his meddling sister seems determined to ruin any chance he has to help Melinda. Can he find a way to mend her damaged heart?

The Friday Night Date Dress is an inspirational novella about hope, healing, and love.


romance, inspirational romance, sewing, photography, Indian, interracial love, grief, loss, grieving, fashion, style, couture, Calgary, Canada, Alberta, faith-based fiction, inspirational, Christian,

Author Bio (Short):

Writer inspiring with stories, yarn, and food. Addicted to tea, books, knitting, and silver linings. Aspiring mermaid.

Author Bio (Long):

Talena Winters inspires with words, yarn, and food. Addicted to tea, chocolate, books, knitting, and silver linings. She is the author of The Friday Night Date Dress, has written several award-winning songs, and is a regular contributor to Move Up magazine. 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.

For more about Talena Winters, please see her author media kit.


Praise for The Friday Night Date Dress:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Lora Doncea, fiction editor

"What a wonderful story, beautiful writing, and intricate plot line. I love your book!!"

Annette Rosendahl, reader

"Thank you for writing such an easy and captivating read - I TRULY enjoyed it!"

Cara Corcoran, reader

"I thoroughly enjoyed your story. It was the perfect vacation take-along."

RB, reviewer

"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."

FerrisFam, reviewer

"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! "

Richard Lawry, reviewer

"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."

Doris Harter, Reviewer

"The Friday Night Date Dress is a fabulous book to read. I was captivated from the first to the last page. Great read for the hopeless romantic at heart. This is a perfect Christmas socking stuffer."

Quotes from the Book:

It took only a stuttering heartbeat to realize that 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.


One way or another, this girl would be in the magazine. She just didn't know it yet.

Shareable Media:

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Story behind the book: Wanna Friday Night Date with a Sweet New Book?

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Sample Interview Questions:

  1. What was your inspiration for The Friday Night Date Dress?
  2. How did you come up with ideas for the dresses?
  3. Is Fred's Diner a real place in Calgary?

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