Asheville, NC, April 2020 — As one of the only women in the male-dominated industry of broadcast television for many years, Jeanne Charters got to hear all the office secrets and scandals of water-cooler gossip. Years later, drawing from her vast background and own experiences, she pulled it all together to form the backdrop for Yellow – a riveting story of lies, greed and scandal that keeps readers on edge until the final, grisly climax.
Yellow skillfully takes readers into a newsroom of the 1980s at the highest-rated television station in Pennsylvania. Finley Smith is its principled news director. When she learns from her top reporter that the Pennsylvania Governor has hired a mob-owned construction company to repair a bridge in Pittsburgh, she plans to report it. Her unscrupulous station manager orders her to “leave it alone.” But when a reporter’s probe reveals dangerous truths about the construction company’s shoddy work, Finley opts to buck the system and run the stories. This sets in motion a deadly dispute.
Although Finley’s reputation is irreproachable, making it difficult to fire her, the station manager and corporate president conspire to have her eliminated. Between the covers of Yellow, Charters expertly weaves a suspenseful web of ambition-fueled deceit, financial desperation and corruption that ultimately culminates in a grisly crime. A veteran of broadcast television, Charters draws from her own experiences to inform the character development and story arc, lending authenticity to every page.
Will Finley Smith emerge with the truth — and her life — intact?
Born in small-town Ohio, author Jeanne Charters is a veteran of the broadcast television industry. The former Vice President of Marketing for Viacom TV began her career in radio and TV marketing, where she proved to be an expert at writing and producing effective television campaigns. Her talents caught the eye of Viacom Television, and when they approached her with the position of Vice President of Marketing, she jumped at the opportunity. She would later open her own broadcast ad agency, Charters Marketing. For years, she traveled to television stations from New York to Hawaii, producing and placing television and radio campaigns for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. At the same time, Charters worked with select local retailers on their campaigns.
Yellow is Charters’ third novel. The first two, Shanty Gold and Lace Curtain are historical novels dealing with the struggles of Irish immigrants in the 19th century.
To learn more, please connect with her on Facebook at Shanty Gold or at Jeanne Charters, or on Twitter at Write that Story.
Yellow (TV News Corrupted by Political Muscle)
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Released: August 2019
Available from Amazon.com; BarnesandNoble.com; all other online retailers; Malaprops Book Sellers, Asheville, NC; the Book House, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY; and other places where great books are sold.