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“Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World” by Susan Hood


Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World

by Susan Hood

Genre: Children/Biographies/Historical/Girls & Women

Fresh, accessible, and inspiring, Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young women—each paired with a noteworthy female artist—to the next generation of activists, trail-blazers, and rabble-rousers.

From the award-winning author of Ada’s Violin, Susan Hood, this is a poetic and visual celebration of persistent women throughout history.

In this book, you will find Mary Anning, who was just thirteen when she unearthed a prehistoric fossil. You’ll meet Ruby Bridges, the brave six year old who helped end segregation in the South. And Maya Lin, who at twenty-one won a competition to create a war memorial, and then had to appear before Congress to defend her right to create.

And those are just a few of the young women included in this book. Readers will also hear about Molly Williams, Annette Kellerman, Nellie Bly, Pura Belprè, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne, Frances Moore Lappé, Mae Jemison, Angela Zhang, and Malala Yousafzai—all whose stories will enthrall and inspire. This book was written, illustrated, edited, and designed by women and includes an author’s note, a timeline, and additional resources.

With artwork by notable artists including Selina Alko, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Hadley Hooper, Emily Winfield Martin, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Sara Palacios, LeUyen Pham, Erin Robinson, Isabel Roxas, Shadra Strickland, and Melissa Sweet.

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“Searching for Gertrude” by D.E. Haggerty

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Searching for Gertrude

by D.E. Haggerty

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Romance/Historical/German

While growing up in Germany in the 1930s, Rudolf falls in love with the girl next door, Gertrude. He doesn’t care what religion Gertrude practices but the Nazis do. When the first antisemitic laws are enacted by the Nazi government, Gertrude’s father loses his job at the local university. Unable to find employment in Germany, he accepts a position at Istanbul University and moves the family to Turkey. Rudolf, desperate to follow Gertrude, takes a position working at the consulate in Istanbul with the very government which caused her exile. With Rudolf finally living in the same city as Gertrude, their reunion should be inevitable, but he can’t find her. During his search for Gertrude, he stumbles upon Rosalyn, an American Jew working as a nanny in the city. Upon hearing his heartbreaking story, she immediately agrees to help him search for his lost love. Willing to do anything in their search for Gertrude, they agree to work for a British intelligence officer who promises his assistance, but his demands endanger Rudolf and Rosalyn. As the danger increases and the search for Gertrude stretches on, Rudolf and Rosalyn grow close, but Rudolf gave his heart away long ago.

How far would you go to find the woman you love?

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“First Families: The Impact of the White House on Their Lives” by Bonnie Angelo


First Families: The Impact of the White House on Their Lives

by Bonnie Angelo

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs/Historical/Presidents

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What is it like to be America’s First Family? In this wonderfully engaging book, Bonnie Angelo, Time correspondent and acclaimed author of First Mothers, probes two hundred years of American history to tell the story of real life within the White House walls—how presidents, their wives, children, and extended families worked to create a home in an imposing national monument while attempting to keep their private lives from the public domain.

First Families chronicles exhilarating moments as well as dark days at the nation’s most famous address, with fascinating, behind-the-headline accounts of picture-book weddings, gossipy love affairs, rollicking children, domestic squabbles, and tragic deaths. From activist wives Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton to reluctant occupants Bess Truman and Jacqueline Kennedy, to those such as Mary Todd Lincoln, Dolley Madison, and madcap debutante Alice Roosevelt, who embraced their new address and status, here is an unforgettable human portrait of our First Families and how they coped, stumbled, or thrived in the national spotlight.

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“Sinners Take All (The Quest for the Shroud Book 1)” by K.R. Richards


Sinners Take All

by K.R. Richards

Genre: Historical/Romance/Regency/Scottish

SINNERS TAKE ALL is the first book in the exciting, new Quest for the Shroud series by K.R. Richards.

Scholars are being murdered, and the only thing that the victims have in common is their search for a shroud brought to Scotland by Templars fleeing persecution in the fourteenth century. Francis Nightshade and Lucien Saintmaur, Lord Wyldhurst, are Department and Avalon Society members assigned to the investigation. Their mission is to travel to Scotland, hunt down the villains responsible for the murders, find the shroud, and keep it safe.

Due to the dark sins of his past, Nightshade never planned to marry. Meeting Miss Violet Frost changes everything. Shunned by society, the two loners and misfits strike up a friendship. Will Nightshade’s feelings about Violet change his mind about marriage or will he leave her behind to marry another?

Luc is perfectly happy living the life of an unrepentant rake – until he meets odd and prickly Hazel Graham in Scotland.

Something about shy and fearful Hazel tugs at his heartstrings. Because of her past, Hazel is certain she can never marry. Can Luc help Hazel overcome her fears and take a chance on love?

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“3 Ginger Gold Mysteries: Cozy, Historical Ginger Gold Mysteries” by Lee Strauss


3 Ginger Gold Mysteries: Cozy Historical Ginger Gold Mysteries

by Lee Strauss

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Historical

99¢ at time of posting! Reduced price ending SOON!

If you like CLEAN AND INTRIGUING mysteries, give Ginger Gold a try!

(See Amazon page for full story blurbs!)

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Women Writers… writing | J. Helen Elza

J Helen ElzaJ. Helen Elza grew up second oldest in a rowdy household with seven brothers and two sisters in Hurst, Texas, a Dallas suburb, where, early on, books became Elza’s best friends. Her love for reading and writing never diminished and, in 1972, a chance encounter with a stranger redirected the course of her life and birthed Elza’s dreams of becoming a novelist.

She became an American best-selling author with Rosemillion, book I of The Appalachian Trilogy. Readers comment that Elza’s portrayal of Appalachia and its people from the early 50s to the mid-70s is so real, they can smell the biscuits baking and feel the weight of the beautiful handmade quilts.

Elza experienced the amazing people from the Kentucky and West Virginia Mountains of Appalachia throughout her thirty-year marriage to a man from “W” Hollow, Greenup, Kentucky. He and his family were neighbors to the beloved novelist and poet laureate of Kentucky, Jesse Stuart, who mentions them in his books.

Elza writes and people watches full -time from the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee where she lives with her family, three dogs, a visiting raccoon, and a variety of other woodland critters.

In her own words, “I love what I’m doing and I’m doing what I love.” She appreciates each and every reader and always looks forward to meeting new friends.

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“Hard Mountain: Book III of the Appalachian TrilogyHard Mountain Cover

Genre: Historical/Romance/Saga

Release Date: July 25, 2017

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“Family is the most important thing in the world.” Diana, Princess of Wales

Amazon’s #1 best-selling author of Rosemillion, J. Helen Elza, has captivated hearts worldwide with her first romantic saga, The Appalachian Trilogy. In the author’s own words, “I work to give my readers more than good books they can read, I work to give them unforgettable narratives they can feel.”

To followers and newcomers alike, the author guarantees, “You will feel Hard Mountain.” This emotional epic of trials and tragedy will rip at your heartstrings. With more twists and turns than West Virginia’s US Route 33, Hard Mountain keeps readers guessing beyond the shocking betrayals that rock Widows Hollow and that put the importance of family to the ultimate test.

It is 1975, vandals plague Rose’s S&S Ranch. While portents and nightmares add to the horrors, The Train Man returns. He knows trespassers have become a greater menace to Rose and Jan than the accident that has crippled them, a threat that possesses the power to steal their dreams-if not their lives.

And to The Train Man, Quayle Johnson’s, mind, Rose and Jan are more than friends. They are family.

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“Black and White (Lincoln County Law Trilogy Volume 1)” by Jerri Blair


Black and White (Lincoln County Law Trilogy Volume 1)

by Jerri Blair

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Thriller & Suspense/Historical/Legal/African-American

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This dramatic legal thriller examines the impact of racism on the judicial system. Brilliant young trial attorney J.T. Lockman is appointed to represent an African American man accused of murdering a wealthy white man in a county where the Klan has ruled supreme for many years. His client, Lindsey Wilkens, is a proud family man believed by many to be innocent of the crime with which he’s been charged. J.T. is faced with the ultimate challenge for any trial attorney, defending an innocent man from the possibility of death by electrocution. Even worse, the racially charged atmosphere where the trial is to occur could mean death for his client even if the evidence is found to be faulty and insufficient to prove death beyond a reasonable doubt. Lindsey fears he won’t even make it to the trial when he’s placed in the bowels of a jailhouse run by the sheriff whose reputation is what gives the county its shameful notoriety.

J.T. embraces the chance to right what he considered a terrible wrong, but he faces the wrath of public opinion, as well as the anger of his friends, family, and the woman he loves as he takes on the establishment of the county, bringing to the surface the many ghosts of its racist and violent past. In doing so, he must also come to terms with his own past if he will have any chance to save his relationship with the first woman he’s ever really loved. This is a book that makes us face the reality of our past, but carries within its pages a hope for a future where we, as a society, may be able to move beyond the disease of racism, although the journey may destroy the lives of many along the way.

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