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Clare Estrada

Clare Estrada

Peach Springs, Arizona

Clare Estrada is a 68 year old woman writing her first novel. She was born in New York state, but currently lives in a log home in Northern Arizona with an assortment of rescued animals. Clare received a B.A. in English Literature from the College of New Rochelle in 1969, but has worked most of her life in social service. She describes "Mariposa" as a cautionary tale about not deferring one's creative dreams.

"How," Clare has written, "Does an intelligent, sympathetic, fairly attractive young woman like I once was become the impoverished, desperately fatigued old woman that I am today? Does it have anything to do with my expectations growing up female?"

"At middle age, and actually approaching hagdom, it finally occurs to me to question prevailing wisdom. Is there still time to turn this wretched life around?"

Clare dreams of upgrading her current very low-tech status. She would like to bring electricity to her log home, buy a computer, watch television.

"I really do think I am on to something," Clare says. "Hopefully no more young women need spend their lives journeying to hagdom!"

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Success! Mariposa sold 39 pre-orders by June 5, 2016, was pitched to 6 publishers, and will be self published.

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(Native to Madagascar, this spectacular butterfly has multi-colored wings that change hues when they move to create kaleidoscopic patterns.)

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- A Certificate of Appreciation from the author

- A copy of "Mariposa" in e-book form

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(This ethereal looking, light blue butterfly is known as the worlds smallest. It is only found in one tiny area of Southern Sinai.)

BLUES will receive:

- A Certificate of Appreciation from the author

- A copy of "Mariposa" in ebook form

- One physical copy of "Mariposa"

- Donors name will be listed, if desired, on a "Donors' Thank You Page" in the finished product

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$40 Level Three

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(This East African butterfly perches on top of vegetation, then sails about in a loop before coming back to the same spot.)

SAILORS will receive

- A Certificate of Appreciation from the author

- A copy of "Mariposa" in ebook form

- Donors name will be listed, if desired, on a "Donors' Thank You Page" in the finished product

- Two physical copies of "Mariposa"

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(Pansy blue in color, with orange and black wingtips, the forester is a true migratory East African butterfly.)

FORESTERS will receive:

- A Certificate of Appreciation from the author

- A copy of "Mariposa" in ebook form

- Donors name will be listed, if desired, on a "Donors' Thank You Page" in the finished product

- Three physical copies of "Mariposa" with the author's inscription

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(This gorgeous orange and black winged butterfly is depicted in a 3500 year old fresco in Luxor, Egypt)


MONARCHS will receive:

- A Certificate of Appreciation from the author

- A copy of "Mariposa" in e-book form

- Donors name will be listed, if desired, on a "Donors Thank You Page" in finished product

- Four physical copies of the book with the author's inscription

- Opportunity for the donor to submit a dedication to and short description of "The Greatest or Most Influential Person" in his or her own life. This dedication will be included in the finished product

- An invitation to a "Meet and Greet" with the author.
Location: Fabulous Las Vegas
Date: Early Summer 2016
Details: To Be Announced

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Mariposa

Episode One: It Started In Las Vegas

The Butterfly Effect - Nothing is inevitable! Join Mariposa as she journeys to the world's most exotic trouble spots.

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Literary Fiction
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3 publishers interested

Mariposa

Episode One:   It Started in Las Vegas

Overview



"Mariposa" could be described as a cautionary tale about not deferring one's dreams.  Two twenty-something year old women from Las Vegas get recruited by the U.S. First Lady into a cadre of other young women called "The Butterflies".  (Mariposa is the Spanish word for butterfly and is also the protagonist's first name.)

The Butterflies travel the globe and contribute solutions to world problems by applying "out-of-the-box" thinking.  Along the way, the women discover their potential and purpose in life.  Above all, they will live the ramifications of a scary new idea: NOTHING IS INEVITABLE !

My Butterflies will begin to understand that the marvelous complex
creation that is homo sapiens has been flattened into a one dimensional
parody, where the male element in all of us dominates, and the female
element in all of us is denigrated.  Enjoy this short video.


Who is This Book For?

The protagonists are two women in their early twenties who struggle with life's challenges.  Their dreams are small, their expectations low.  But by embracing both new mental attitudes and new physical locations, big changes occur in their lives.

"Mariposa" is for all the butterflies out there, both male and female: discover your bliss early on in life and run with it!


Why Read This Book?

"Mariposa" is witty,  entertaining and relevant. The book explores such themes as the human potential, the power of attraction, and the male-female dynamic.  Two women and their "service animal" (an unusual and intriguing dog named "Z") journey to exotic locales and in an era of increasing xenophobia, become citizens of the world .


How Will Preorder Funds Be Used?

Preorder funds will be used to fulfill preorders, to pay Publishizer's commissions, for cover art and technical editing costs, and to upgrade the author's current very low-tech status.  Clare  wrote "Mariposa" by hand and then dictated the text over  her phone to a friend with a computer.  One of her goals is to join up with the 21st century, at least in a digital way!


Chapter Outline

"Mariposa" will be in episodic format available as an e book.  Episode One, titled "It started  in Las Vegas," sets the stage.  Mariposa is a 23 year old Anglo woman from Las Vegas, Nevada.  She has a 3 year old daughter nicknamed Jazzy.  Mariposa is drifting.  She never completed high school; her job history is sketchy; her self esteem is low.  But Mariposa has one very surprising gift.  This gift she inherited from Grandma Ruth Levine, the woman who raised her.
Mariposa's best friends are P, an Hispanic gay woman, Dr. Djamel, an Algerian disc jockey working at a Las Vegas night club, and "Z", an odd dog indeed.
Then the U.S. President and First Lady come to town, and Mariposa's life is turned upside down!

Chapter 1. Introduction to main characters: Mariposa, P, Z, Grandma Levine, Dr. Djamel, and the place they all call home -- Fabulous Las Vegas!

Chapter 2. The President and First Lady come to town.  The President addresses the crowd gathered at the same high school Mariposa and P had attended years earlier. The First Lady attends an education conference at the Luxor Las Vegas.

Chapter 3. Mariposa and P acquire temp jobs with a casino security firm during the Presidential visit.  They are assigned to the education conference at the Luxor.

Chapter 4. The young women interact with the First Lady's secret service detail.

Chapter 5. The First Lady's entourage experiences a crisis.  Mariposa and P are serendipitously involved in said crisis.  The two young women help contribute a solution.

Chapter 6. The first lady invites Mariposa and P to join a newly formed cadre called "The Butterflies."






Credits 

Cover photo of Luxor Las Vegas by Luis Villa del Campo (adapted) https://creativecommons.org/li...

Original cover art by B. Michael Garber and Will Ford 

Cover design by Clare Estrada and Will Ford 

Video Produced and narrated by Will Ford 

Written by Clare Estrada 

Filmed at Windy Ridge Farm, Stanford, KY



Thank you for your support!


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  • Vincent L. Guarisco
    on April 8, 2016, 8:57 p.m.

    Just from what I have seen thus far, I am ready to purchase it and read it in a snap! Great work, Clare! This book also deserves to be published in hard copy form. We may just have a best seller here.

  • Linda Gilmartin
    on May 26, 2016, 9:52 p.m.

    I can't wait to read "Mariposa". Good luck with the sales. I will watch the NY Times bestsellers list!