NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jan 22, 2014) - John Colby, CEO and Publisher of ibooks J. Boylston & Company Publishers, is pleased to announce the impressive testimonials for "Escape from Plauen" by Renate Stoever. Representing Ms. Stoever is Agent Alan Morell of Creative Management Partners. The much anticipated publishing release date will be March 2014 and available at Barnes & Noble, BAM!, Amazon, and the finest booksellers.
Said Publisher Colby: "'Escape from Plauen' by Renate Stoever is a remarkable story told from the heart. It is a rare publishing gem."
Said Author Stoever: "I am pleased with the testimonials for my book and to have a premier publisher like John Colby of J. Boylston & Company recognize the quality of my literary work. I am very excited to work with my publisher John Colby and my agent Alan Morell on this amazing story."
Said Agent Alan Morell: "'Escape from Plauen' by Renate is receiving impressive testimonials. Renate's story is a true story about the ravages of war and its aftermath seen through the eyes of a 9-year-old girl in Plauen, Germany. 'Escape from Plauen' not only tells the story of war's depravation but also a story of faith and the will to triumph against all odds. Our agenda for 'Escape from Plauen' after a successful literary run with ibooks J. Boylston & Company is to have Renate's true story optioned to a major Studio and Production company for film release."
About "Escape from Plauen" Testimonials:
"Escape from Plauen" is a first-hand account of life in the German City of Plauen before and after Hitler's defeat, the end of Nazi Germany and occupation of the Soviet Army. Caught between Stalin's advancing Communist Army in the East and the Allies march from the West, the women, children and elderly of Germany had no place to hide long after the collapse of the Wehrmacht.
"An artist as well as a writer, Renate Stoever has an artist's sensibility that lends beauty to her writing. As a result, the reader is not just an observer, but also a participant in her experience. This memoir of a remarkable life is a polished gem. It will keep you turning pages until the last word."
--Christine Royer, retired Vice-President of Public Affairs, Barnard College, N. Y.
"I've been a professional editor for more than thirty years, and 'Escape from Plauen' is better writing than the work of most professional writers I've edited. This is an amazing story and it is incredibly well written."
--Mike Slizewski, professional editor
"As an old-time friend of the author, I had the privilege to read many chapters before the book's publication. The chapters were vividly written and I waited impatiently for the next one. The book reads like a novel, but having gone through similar experiences, I know that all the stories are true. Escape from Plauen is a wonderful, entertaining book that is easy to read but very hard to put down."
--Marian von Hanstein
"Parts of this book moved me to tears... creating powerful images of destruction... great choice of words describing the emotion, terror, and horror of war... as seen first hand through the eyes of a child. What a great read... riveting..."
--Carol Kreit, author of First Wives Tool Kit
About J. Boylston & Company, Publishers:
J. Boylston & Company, Publishers imprint, ibooks, was named "America's fastest growing small publisher" by Publishers Weekly in 2004. Besides ibooks, J. Boylston & Company, Publishers includes the children's imprint Milk & Cookies Press, iPicturebooks, and Byron Press Visual Publications, a book packager with licensed books to Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Dutton, Scholastic, and Reader's Digest. Brick Tower Press is a trade book publisher of quality nonfiction titles including cookery, gardening, autobiography, maritime, military history, and financial guides. John T. Colby Jr. is the founder and publisher of Manhattan based Brick Tower Press, ranked in the top 100 United States independent book publishers.
About the Author Renate Stoever:
Renate Stoever was born in the German city of Plauen in the state of Saxony before the start of the Second World War. Renate's early childhood was safe and happy, but all that changed drastically during and after World War II. Those years were a constant struggle to stay alive.
At the end of the war, Renate's home state was first occupied by American troops, but six weeks later, Russian troops moved in due to the Allies decision at the Yalta conference in February 1945. Consequently, Renate's part of Germany became known as Communist East Germany.
Renate's father Kurt fled to West Germany in the spring of 1947. Braving ice, snow and great danger, Renate, her mother Gertraud and little sister Margit, followed him Christmas 1947.
After 5 years of living in primitive barracks outside a charming, medieval Bavarian town in the American Sector of West Germany, Renate and her family emigrated to The United States of America in 1953. Within a week of her 1953 arrival in the United States, Renate started a job beading moccasin-tops. A year later she used her artistic ability to become a top designer in the Lace and Embroidery industry, where she became the first female in a male-dominated profession.
Life as a German immigrant was not easy, but through hard work and frugal living, Renate and her family, were able to create a new home, their first real home since 1945. Renate married Fred Stover in 1962 and helped her husband establish a successful Wall Street firm. They became happy parents when their son Roland was born in 1971 and Renate became a stay-at-home Mom.
In time Renate started to paint, specializing in flowers and Native American themes, which resulted in a lot of exhibits and interviews with TV News Media. After winning a writing competition in the "New Yorker Staats Zeitung," a German-American weekly newspaper, friends encouraged Renate to spend more time writing.
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