Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I love you Today Blog Tour - Interview with Marcia Gloster - Providence Book Promotions

Welcome to my stop on the I love you Today blog tour sponsored by Providence book promotions

I Love You Today

by Marcia Gloster

on Tour April 17 - June 17, 2017

Book Details
Genre: Women's Fiction
Published by: The Story Plant
Publication Date: April 18th 2017
Number of Pages: 402
Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Goodreads


Maddie Samuels is a woman of – and ahead of – her time. She knows she doesn't belong in the kitchen, and she refuses to become trapped in a secretarial pool. In mid-sixties New York City, she's not only determined to succeed in a man's world, but to prove her work is as good – or better – than any man's.
With “free love” redefining relationships with head-spinning rapidity, Maddie learns how to push the accepted boundaries of established old-boy networks while refusing to accept the all-too-pervasive harassment by men in power. And yet as a woman in love, she discovers that beliefs and actions are often very different things – especially when it comes to a man like the seductive and charismatic Rob MacLeod.
Set in the era of Mad Men, I LOVE YOU TODAY is passionate, sexy, liberating and deeply moving. With a story as relevant today as it was then, this is a novel that readers will take to their hearts and their souls.

Reviewers Are Loving I Love You Today!:

“Love, sex, lies, and advertising in the era of Mad Men. Compelling and provocative.” – James Wiatt, former Chairman and CEO, William Morris Agency
"A romp through the Mad Men era, told from a woman's point of view." – Pamela Fiori, author and former editor-in-chief, Town & Country
“Marcia Gloster paints an intimate portrait of life in 1960s Manhattan… Readers looking for a peek into the magazine publishing and advertising world of that era will be intrigued!" – Marilyn Brant, New York Times bestselling author
“I Love You Today pulled me right in, from the wrenching love story that could never have a happy ending, to the ultimate strength shown by the main character. An overall compelling journey." – Andrea Hurst, author of Always with You

Read an excerpt:

Maddie exited the subway and walked a block to the Status offices, arriving just at three. The stark simplicity of the reception area surprised her: a white leather sofa and a glass coffee table stood on a small beige area rug with two matching Barcelona chairs on either side. The only color came from large fashion photos that covered the walls behind the couch and reception desk. She had expected a bit more glitz.
The receptionist was tapping rapidly on her typewriter while talking equally as rapidly on the phone. Seeing Maddie, she looked up with an impatient expression on her heavily made-up face and whispered that she’d call back. Maddie told her she was there to see Mr. MacLeod. After an appraising glance, the receptionist unwrapped a piece of Juicy Fruit, popped it in her mouth and dialed an extension. Maddie straightened her skirt, suddenly wondering if she should have worn something other than a suit.
Have a seat,” the girl said in a bored voice, indicating the couch. “His secretary will be right out.”
Maddie sat, feeling nervousness creep in and her earlier, all-too-fragile confidence beginning to fade. A few minutes later, a short dark-haired young woman in a miniskirt came in and introduced herself as Tara, Mr. MacLeod’s secretary. Maddie followed her along a corridor lined with several windowed offices on the left and a bright open bullpen area on the right where it looked like some assistants worked in different sized cubicles. On the far side she saw two more large, sun filled offices. In one of the doorways two men stopped talking and glanced at her.
Tara stopped at the second to last office, looked in and grinned. “Rob, this is Miss Samuels, your three o’clock appointment.” There seemed to be an inside joke somewhere in there, but Maddie didn’t get it. Not then.
As she walked in he stood up, buttoned his suit jacket and stepped forward to shake her hand. She caught her breath; not only was he attractive, he had bright emerald green eyes and perhaps the longest eyelashes she had ever seen. Wasted on a man, she thought, trying not to stare. Or, perhaps not. His dark brown hair was cut short with long sideburns that framed his handsome face.
She sat down on one of the metal and leather chairs that faced his desk. A large drawing board, covered in layout sheets, rolls of galleys and photo stats was to his right. On the left, flat files were piled high with books of typefaces and stock photos. The office wasn’t designed for so much furniture; there was little room to move around.
He sat back and asked her to tell him about herself. Interviews generally didn’t faze her, but this time she was unusually flustered. She began by mentioning Today’s Bride, saying that she had liked working there.
“Why did you leave? You weren’t fired were you?”
“No. Not at all. It was just becoming uncomfortable. I’m not sure it’s something I should talk about.”
Her answer seemed to intrigue him. A smile lit up his eyes and he leaned forward, elbows on his desk. “Now you have to tell me, Miss Samuels. I promise I won’t tell anyone. Was it some sort of conspiracy?”
“No,” she stammered, wishing she had never brought it up. “Nothing like that. I was very close to Joan, the art director who hired me. She was a great teacher, actually a mentor for me. I was a kid just out of art school. But after two years her husband was offered a job at Publicis, the big ad agency in Paris and they decided to move there. Before she left she tried to have me named as art director. By then I was doing half the work on the magazine anyway. But the publisher told her he had already decided to bring in a well-known art director from a rival publication.” She stopped, unsure how to proceed.
“So what was the problem?”
“Well,” she took a breath, “not only was he hiring her, but his weekly meetings with his so-called ‘investors’ were really long afternoons at the Biltmore, a few blocks away.”
He leaned back in his chair and laughed. “You had to leave because the publisher was screwing…pardon me, sleeping with the new art director?”
She bit her lip, sorry she had mentioned it and realizing she had backed herself into a corner.
“It wasn’t quite so simple. Over the first couple of months she did everything she could to make my life miserable. Suddenly I wasn’t allowed to cover photo shoots and then she didn’t even want me doing layouts. She began quietly bringing in her own team. By the time everyone realized what was going on, there wasn’t anything anyone could do about it. I spoke to the publisher who I knew liked me, but he said it was now up to her. It was out of his hands. So I resigned.” Taking another big breath, she looked at him, hoping she hadn’t said too much.
He shook his head. “Too bad. It sounds like you were happy there.”
“Yes. I was.”
He asked her to tell him more: what her goals were and did she really want a career or just a job until she found the right man to marry.
His questions didn’t surprise her; she had been asked the same things at every interview.
“Mr. MacLeod. I have no desire to be married. I’m focused on my career. I hope to be an art director one day.”
“And how do you plan to become one?” She looked back at him wide eyed. It was a question she had never been asked. “I guess I’ll just have to keep on working and learning. I’m very motivated, Mr. MacLeod. If something needs to get done, I’ll make sure it happens.”
He nodded, green eyes flashing. “I’ll bet you will. Let me have a look at your portfolio.”
As she stood up, she noticed him glance at her legs. She wondered if her skirt was too short but not wanting to appear self-conscious she stopped herself from smoothing it down. Standing next to him, she answered his questions as he leafed through the pages.
“Miss Samuels, can you leave the portfolio with me? Unless, of course, you have other interviews today.”
“Yes. I mean, no.” She wanted to kick herself. What is wrong with me? “Yes, I can leave it, and no, I don’t have any more interviews today.”
He smiled, amused at her obvious discomfort. “Good. I’d like to show it to the managing editor. I’ve already seen several potential candidates and I expect to make a decision later today.”
She thanked him and he shook her hand, holding it she thought, a bit longer than necessary.

Excerpt from I Love You Today by Marcia Gloster. Copyright © 2017 by Marcia Gloster. Reproduced with permission from The Story Plant. All rights reserved.

Marcia Welcome to The Reading Frenzy
Tell my readers about I Love You Today.
I Love You Today is a novel about relationships. Set in New York City in the late-1960s, it tells the story of Maddie Samuels, a young art director determined to succeed in the male-dominated world of publishing, and Rob MacLeod, the charismatic and controlling creative ad director who hires her. Moving from New York to London, the story unfolds over five years, peeling back the patina of Maddie and Rob’s seemingly glamorous Mad Men world and ultimately revealing the truths and lies they tell one another, and themselves.

I am a child of the ‘50s and ‘60s and what a time of change it was. What made you chose this time period for your novel?
One inspiration for the book was the TV show, Mad Men. The early seasons echoed some of the experiences I had when I arrived in New York in the 1960s, determined to become an art director. Ultimately, though, I felt Mad Men didn’t really portray the era as I had lived it, so I decided to write a story that cast it in a different light, more from a woman’s point of view.

Within just a few years the conformity and conservatism of the 1950s had given way to free love, miniskirts and single’s bars. I wanted to show the problems and dismissive attitudes facing women in the workplace and at the same time explore what was happening to personal relationships in that volatile era of cultural change.

Tell us a bit about Maddie Samuels — what’s her motivation for wanting to succeed in a man’s world?
At the beginning of the story, Maddie isn’t fully aware that she will have to compete so intensely with men. As she interviews for jobs, she comes to realize the disadvantage of being female in a traditional man’s world where women are often ignored and excluded. Despite the obstacles, Maddie is strong and tenacious and her dream is to be an art director. She refuses to give up in the face of repeated rejection and is unwavering in her determination to land a job where she can prove her ability.

The novel is told in two POVs. Did you choose to tell your story in first or third person?
The two voices—Maddie and Rob’s—are actually in third person. It was the only way I could show their actions as well as their innermost thoughts, their responses to their daily lives and to one another.

This is your first work of fiction yet it will be your second book, the first one is a your memoir from the 1960s traveling through Europe. How did Marcia the artist/book designer/art director find her way to authordom?
I always knew I wanted to be an artist—I’m really a painter at heart. When I was a student at Rhode Island School of Design, I spent a summer studying painting at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision in Salzburg, Austria. After graduation, I moved to New York to pursue a career in publishing and advertising. As an art director I found my days were long and the work all-consuming, so I had no choice but to set my brushes aside.

Decades later, I was browsing in a shop in Manhattan, and I heard a song playing that prompted a powerful memory of my summer in Salzburg. Suddenly, I had the name and first page of a story from long ago. I ran home and began writing. I wrote for six months, 16 hours a day and then one day, after 45 years, I began painting again. Three years later, the Story Plant published 31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction, and I have been writing and painting ever since.

Meet Marcia Gloster!
After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in the 1960s, Marcia Gloster built a career in New York City as an award-winning book designer and art director. A decade later, she founded and ran a boutique ad agency specializing in fashion. Gloster is a member of the National Association of Women Artists and Studio Montclair and exhibits her paintings in the New York area. Her first book, 31 DAYS: A MEMOIR OF SEDUCTION, was published in 2014.
Visit Marcia Gloster on her Website, Twitter, and Facebook pages!

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  1. I enjoyed this book especially the time frame that it was set in. A RISD student!! I didn't realize how many authors are from this state. YAY RI!!

    1. A very creative place, Rhode Island. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks!

  2. Great interview as always Debbie! Thanks for the giveaway and excerpt as well!

  3. Debbie, thank you for hosting me on your blog today! I enjoyed doing the interview.

    1. Marcia it was my pleasure, thank you for your insightful answers to my meddling ;-) questions
      Good luck with the book!

  4. Loved the interview and the time period, yes so many changes and we lived through them! Appealing sounding book too.