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A Place Called Grace
A Place Called Grace is Author Alison Rand’s first book. Struggling New York actress Alison has an outwardly good life: toned body, plenty of dates, a comfortable daily regimen. Still, she feels stagnant, empty, and as blocked as the river view from her Upper West Side apartment. Now divorced and in her mid-thirties, she has never gotten past an early childhood trauma of being torn away from her brother and sister when her parents separated. Since then, nothing sticks. No one stays. She craves a sense of permanence, a place to call home. A Place Called Grace is a humorous, hopeful, bittersweet contemporary memoir that shows how a seemingly unmoored existence can find its safe, solid center after all.
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Gayle Martz is a former airline hostess, fashion photographer, and handbag designer. Her unique vision for pet travel led her to create the SHERPA Bag, the first officially approved soft-sided pet carrier. She revolutionized pet travel by successfully, persuading airlines to allow dogs and cats in the passenger cabin. Gayle was the founder and CEO/President of the Sherpa Pet Trading Company from 1989 to 2016. From 2000 to 2005, she was president/CEO of Crouch & Fitzgerald. She is currently president of GMInc. (gaylemartz.com).
Gayle believes there should be “No Pet Left Behind,“ which is also the title of her first book, No Pet Left Behind: The SHERPA Guide for Traveling with Your Best Friend, published by Thomas Nelson in 2008. Her new book, It’s in the Bag: A Revolution in Pet Travel, published by New Voices Press on Feb. 14, 2021, is a candid recounting of her journey, including sage advice to budding entrepreneurs on how to recognize and hopefully avoid many of the pitfalls she encountered. It’s advice she is well-qualified to offer, given that Gayle started her business with nothing—literally no home, no job, no money—and went on to build a global brand that provided people everywhere the means to take their pets with them wherever they go—safe, comfortable and stylish in their iconic SHERPA Bag.
A graduate of Long Beach City College, Gayle currently resides in San Clemente, California. She continues to advocate for all aspects of pet travel, animal welfare, and honoring the precious human-animal bond.