Saturn's Moon Press Acquires New Novel by Alayne Smith
Former CNN advisor is set to release her first novel in 2017 - "Ellen and the Three Predictions." This historic fiction YA details the life of eighteen-year-old Ellen Jones and the predictions of Old Luella, a seer in the small town of Marshall, Alabama. The novel also contains a special insert, "Ellen’s Notebook," reflecting Ellen’s journalism education at the George W. Newman College of Journalism at the University of Columbus in Miami.
The historic fiction YA details the life of eighteen-year-old Ellen Jones and the predictions of Old Luella, a seer in the small town of Marshall, Alabama. Old Luella predicts Ellen will defend the beauty, foil a dictator, and find the soldier. When Ellen reads the predictions after her mother’s unexpected death, this all seems quite far-fetched.
Through the political and social changes of the early 1960s, Ellen, a budding journalist, comes to terms with her role in the world, as she encounters each of Old Luella’s predictions. These encounters take her through the social taboos of Callendar Plantation, Alabama, to the promise of love and a career in Miami, and finally, to a daring rescue in Castro’s Cuba.
The novel also contains a special insert, “Ellen’s Notebook.” The notebook reflects Ellen’s journalism education at the George W. Newman College of Journalism at the University of Columbus in Miami.
A former advisor to CNN, Alayne Smith grew up in Alabama, lived in Denver and Tripoli, Libya, and settled in Atlanta, Georgia in 1969. She received masters and education specialist degrees in Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia. She served as a media specialist in Gwinnett County, Georgia for eleven years. In 1989, she moved to the high school level, initiating a high school program of broadcast journalism and video production where advanced students produced a monthly video magazine. With great honor, two of her top students were awarded an Emmy in 1999.
For more about Ellen and the Three Predictions, visit the author’s web site at www.alaynesmith.com. Alayne Smith is represented by Johnnie Bernhard, Literary Agent with Loiacono Literary Agency, www.LoiaconoLiteraryAgency.com .
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