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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Eddie

Sister Suffragettes is inspired by an incident in the life of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, a Black journalist, newspaper editor and leader in both the women’s suffrage and the civil rights movements. Her pointed exposé of the practice of lynching, documented in the pamphlets Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in all Its Phases and A Red Record, ferreted out the real reason for the lynchings: black economic progress.

Because of her outspokenness and refusal to “play nice”, Mrs. Wells-Barnett often found herself at odds with the women’s suffrage movement. As a result, the leaders of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) insisted that she not march with the Illinois delegation at President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration, where they were demanding the right to vote. The reason? A black woman marching alongside whites would offend some Southern women.

But Ida had other plans. On March 9, 1913, she watched the parade from the crowd until the Illinois delegation had passed then joined in, protected from angry Southerners by white women sympathetic to the plight of all women, regardless of race.

"If the Illinois women do not take a stand now in this great democratic parade then the colored women are lost... I shall not march at all unless I can march under the Illinois banner."–Ida B. Wells

About the Author:

Dahlia DeWinters is a multi-published author of erotic and sensual romance with offbeat heroines. She enjoys crochet, gardening and reading anything from historical romance to science fiction. Her taste in music ranges from Frank Sinatra to Fuel and she prefers action movies to rom-com. She currently lives in the lovely Garden State, a Jersey girl through and through. Find her on Facebook posting unsolicited opinions on movies and random music/film quotes.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pre-Release Giveaway Party

In ancient times, women were regarded as sacred. They were thought to hold the mystical power of creation—responsible for the continuation of our species. With the rise of Science and Religion, these myths were dispelled and their plight began.

HerStory: Fiction Honoring Women’s History Month is a collection of Flash Fiction and Short Stories from today's top authors featuring female characters that exemplify strong strength of mind, body, and character. Some of these tales are based on real people while others are purely fictional. However, all are standing up for themselves and what they believe in.

Grab yourself a glass of wine or favorite hot beverage and get comfortable as you read about the lives of women who will light the fire in your soul.

One lucky winner is going to receive an ebook copy of HerStory when it hits virtual shelves in March. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end on 2/20/13. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply.


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Aelwyn

Aelwyn is the illegitimate daughter of Owain Glyndwr, the Prince of Wales. She has gladly taken up the fight of her people against the oppression of the English under King Henry IV and strongly believes that being the fairer sex has no bearing on being able to do so. But will her pride lead her into trouble or to the respect of the men in her life who would prefer she remain safely at home.

HerStory is Foolish Pride.

About the Author:

Justine Dee is an aspiring writer from New Zealand—or as she tends to call it—Middle Earth. With a lifelong love of reading, she made the decision to create her own worlds as a teenager and has been writing ever since. Currently she is writing solo and in collaboration to release a number of novels, the first being Nyssa’s Tale from the Shadows of Avalon series, which she hopes to have published this year to follow up the teaser novella A Queen’s Tale she published in 2012. 

Justine is a trained dancer and a natural rambler, who devours books in her spare time whilst building Lego masterpieces with her four-year-old son. The rest of the time she can be found flitting around the Internet and posting on her blog: http://writerinplay.wordpress.com/
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Granny


King and Anderson Plantation, ... Digital ID: 1260037. New York Public Library
Photo courtesy of New York Public Library
Granny is an African American midwife--or was until the law banned her from assisting in childbirths. Having helped birth 3,000 babies, the government decided--after she lost not a one--that she was unfit to continue. Granny midwives were a major part of American history. These women were there to assist in childbirths when white doctors didn't wish to bother with the African American community.

She tells HerStory in They Call Her Granny.

About the Author:
Toni Rakestraw is an editor by day and a writer by night. She has written another short story, The Longest Night, for Pagan Writers Press. She also co-authored Titanic Deception, a full-length novel, with her husband, John.


Monday, January 28, 2013

W.P.C. Mavis Hart

In March 1967, Women's Police Constable Mavis Hart stumbles upon a serial killer when investigating a robbery. Receiving only ninety percent of a man’s pay and six years before women were amalgamated into all departments within the police, Mavis must prove she is not only capable of dealing with simple cases involving women and children, but can catch a serial killer. The question is will anyone believe her?

About the Author:
Jodie Baptie is currently earning a Master’s in Creative Writing with Manchester Metropolitan University. She decided to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer two years ago and has since had a short story published. Her novel The Silent Screen is releasing in the summer of 2013, followed by another in the very near future.

You can find out more about her other works at http://authorjodiebaptie.wordpress.com/
Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Woman Rebel

A story about a real-life woman, The Woman Rebel introduces Margaret Sanger. She was a social reformer, sex educator, and nurse. She founded the American Birth Control League and the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control. She was never afraid to take on the United States government in her drive to provide women more control over their reproductive lives. In 1946, she helped found the International Committee on Planned Parenthood, which evolved into the International Planned Parenthood Federation. She died a year after the Supreme Court ruled in 1965 to legalize birth control in the United States.

About the Author:
Toni Rakestraw is an editor by day and a writer by night. She has written another short story, The Longest Night, for Pagan Writers Press. She also co-authored Titanic Deception, a full-length novel, with her husband, John.



Friday, January 25, 2013

Empowering Women With Words and T-shirts!

I want to announce something today...something I am just over the moon about. You see, HerStory followers, we aren't the only ones who are wanting to empower women.


There's a T-shirt company with the same agenda.

It's called Keira's Kollection. The man behind the logo is Kevin Wagstaff and when he saw the T-shirts girls were wearing, shirts that said they were too pretty to do their homework, so they had their brother do it for them, he started his own company, only his shirts say things like:

Be Strong, Be Inspired, Be Present.

Be Confident, Be Different, Be Yourself.

And my personal favorite: Strong is Beautiful.

And I have news for you...Mr. Wagstaff has graciously agreed to donate a Strong is Beautiful T-shirt upon the release of HerStory in March. So one very lucky woman is not only going to walk away with a copy of HerStory and be empowered through words, but she will also be showing her empowerment right there on her shirt.

Can't wait for the giveaway? Buy yourself one today on Keira's Kollection and take a moment to like them on Facebook.

To stay posted on the giveaway opportunity and book release, be sure to follow the HerStory blog!
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Asuka

In the mid-1600s, Japanese women concentrated more on taking care of their homes and families without worrying about what their husbands did when they weren't in the home. Asuka was different; she loved her husband and wanted him home instead of in the arms of a high classed prostitute. Will speaking up ruin her or save her?

HerStory is in Please Stay.About the Author:

Becca Diane is a thirty-year-old aspiring writer with no previously published work. She normally writes supernatural, romance, and more risqué topics and has a few stories under construction. Born in Iowa, she now lives in Missouri with her long-time boyfriend and their smart and artistic seven-year-old daughter. The smaller members of their family include a black cat named Onyx and a baby corn snake named Pinky. See her website for more up-to-date information: http://beccadiane.weebly.com/
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Maud

In 1962, a pit explosion at Hapton Valley colliery, near Burnley, Lancashire, killed nineteen people. Maud Waggett, the resident nursing sister, went to the face to give morphia to the wounded and dying men. She was later awarded a gong from the Queen for her bravery, but also faced disciplinary action from the NCB, because at the time, it was illegal for women to go into the mine.

Read about her in A Pit Story.
About the Author:
Shelli Rosewarne has always had a dream in the back of her head about wanting to be a writer, from the time she was handing in ten-page stories at primary school and driving her teachers crazy. However, like with so many things, life and paying the bills got in the way and she’s worked in various jobs from call centers to shops and offices. She eventually realized life is too short not to try and follow your dreams and has recently had her first novella published with Breathless Press—with another contracted for next year and various works-in-progress in the pipeline. She currently lives in Edinburgh with her long-suffering fiancé and slightly psycho cat. When not writing, she loves reading, music, and photography.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Z'irah

Z’irah is a Turkish Romani woman struggling to live the life of a wanderer near the end of the second World War. Born into a culture of diaspora, fleeing from Nazis and never putting down roots, the one thing that ties the women of her race together as a sisterhood is a shared love for the eastern art of bellydance.

About the Author:
Alexandra Chauran is a British Traditional Wiccan fortune teller and the author of several nonfiction works published through Llewellyn Worldwide. In her spare time, she dances, raises her children, and manages an addiction to school by working on her doctoral degree. Though branches of her own family tree were cut by the Holocaust, she feels that honoring the memory of ancestors is important. Through her fiction, whatever cannot be remembered, she invents.
Monday, January 21, 2013

Marjorie

Marjorie has suffered in silence for as long as she can, but like everyone, she has a breaking point. Though unheard of in 1942 for a woman to petition for divorce, for the sake of her children and herself, she has to try. Will they grant her the freedom she desperately needs in a male-dominated world, or will she be stuck covering up the marks and praying for survival every day for the rest of her life?

HerStory is Your Honor, May I?About the Author:
Becca Diane is a thirty-year-old aspiring writer with no previously published work. She normally writes supernatural, romance, and more risqué topics and has a few stories under construction. Born in Iowa, she now lives in Missouri with her long-time boyfriend and their smart and artistic seven-year-old daughter. The smaller members of their family include a black cat named Onyx and a baby corn snake named Pinky. See her website for more up-to-date information: http://beccadiane.weebly.com/
Saturday, January 19, 2013

Cathay Elizabeth Wright

Cathay Elizabeth Wright is a nurse in the Civil War. Like many nurses of the time she's spent most of her year of duty at a hospital in D.C. cooking and writing letters for the wounded. All attempts to learn any actual medicine are rebuffed. When the battle lines are about to be drawn in Gettysburg, Cathay bullies her way into an off-field hospital with a handful of nurses. Still, even at the edge of battle, she's kept from the fight and the true depth of help she feels she can offer.

In a moment of frustration she takes a chance and heads into battle with her best friend. There they work together to save a life, and fight their way into true nursing service.

HerStory is in An Uncivil War.

About the Author:
Sarah Cass’s world is regularly turned upside down by her three special-needs kids and loving mate, so she breaks genre barriers, dabbling in horror, straight fiction, and urban fantasy. She loves historicals and romance and characters who are real and flawed, so she writes to understand what makes her fictional people tick. And she lives for a happy ending—eventually. And enough twists to make it look like she enjoys her title of Queen of Trauma Drama a little too much.

An ADD tendency leaves her with a variety of interests that include singing, dancing, crafting, cooking, and being a photographer. She fights through the struggles of the day, knowing the battles are her crucible. She may emerge scarred, but always stronger. The rhythms to her activities drive her words forward, pushing her through the labyrinths of the heart and the nightmares of the mind, driving her to find resolutions to her characters’ problems.

Her first full length novel, Changing Tracks, is due to release in February with another novel set for release in April. While busy creating worlds and characters as real to her as her own family, she leads an active online life with her blog, Redefining Perfect, which gives a real and sometimes raw glimpses into her life and art. You can most often find her popping out her 140 characters in Twitter-speak and on Facebook.
Friday, January 18, 2013

Lolita

Based on a real-life woman, but a work of the author's imagination, how she visualized things unfolded on a fateful day in 1952. You may not agree with Lolita's methods, but she died holding true to her beliefs. She's a Puerto Rican Nationalist in No Mas.

About the Author:
Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, writer, and an editor. She is most passionate about planes, motorcycles, dogs, and above all, reading. That led to her love of writing. Between her writing and her editing, which allows her to be home with her little canine kids, she believes she has the greatest job in the world. She is very happily married.

Her theme is Strong is Sexy. She shares a website with her naughty pen name: http://tarachevrestt.weebly.com/index.html and they have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Chevrestt-Sonia-Hightower/218383211513877.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Gwenllian

Gwenllian, a Welsh princess of Gwynedd and the wife of the dispossessed lord of Deheubarth faces the greatest trial she has ever known. Brutal English invaders have ravaged her beloved country and forced her into a meager existence, hidden in the forests of her husband’s homeland. While he seeks a new, strong alliance against the enemy, Gwenllian prepares herself and her children for the fight of their lives. Strength and honor alone cannot win the battle. Her family must unite for their survival.

HerStory is in The Legend Rises.

About the Author:
Lisa J. Yarde writes fiction inspired by the Middle Ages in Europe. She is the author of two historical novels set in medieval England and Normandy, The Burning Candle, based on the life of Isabel de Vermandois, and On Falcon's Wings, chronicling the star-crossed romance between Norman and Saxon lovers. Lisa has also written Sultana and Sultana’s Legacy, novels set during a turbulent period of thirteenth century Spain, where rivalries and ambitions threaten the fragile bonds between members of a powerful family.

Born in Barbados, Lisa currently lives in New York City. She is also an avid blogger and moderates at Unusual Historicals. She is also a regular contributor at Historical Novel Reviews and History and Women. Her personal blog is The Brooklyn Scribbler.

Learn more about Lisa and her writing at the website www.lisajyarde.com. Follow her on Twitter or become a Facebook fan.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Carrie Ann

In 1861, falling in love with a slave was not something that the daughter of a southern plantation owner did, but Carrie Ann is not your average southern belle. She will have to make a choice between the only way of life she's ever known and the man she's come to love. Will she make her decision in time? You will find her in Southern Daughter.

About the Author:

Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student, and editor. In her spare time she enjoys decorating her house with strange things that do not match, playing her old-school Nintendo Entertainment System, and buying fish for her many fish tanks. To learn more about Megan check out her blog: http://www.megandmartin.blogspot.com
Monday, January 14, 2013

The Princess

A story of fiction: Princess Gabriella has the most glamorous life in the eyes of others. But the one thing she wants, her husband won’t give her. Day in and day out, she feels as though she is living her life for others and stuck in some sort of prison. But one evening, Gabriella decides to take things into her own hands in A Baby of Her Own.

About the Author:
Lacey Wolfe has always had a passion for words, whether it’s getting lost in a book or writing her own. From the time she was a child, she would slip away to write short stories about people she knew and fantasies she wished would happen. It has always been her dream to be a published author and with her two children now of school age, she finally has the time to work on making her dream come true.

Lacey lives in Georgia with her husband, son and daughter, their six cats, and one black lab who rules the house.
Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tessie

In 1953, Down Syndrome was treated like a shameful secret, but Tessie refused to hide her handicapped daughter from the world. Inspired by real-life events, Tessie is the true story of one woman's battle for equality and acceptance for the daughter she knew was forth fighting for.

About the Author:

Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She is the author of six young adult novels and several short stories.
Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hortensia

She was a skilled orator and daughter of an ancient Roman orator in the years after Julius Caesar’s assassination. When the triumvirs decide to demand that 1,400 Roman noble women pay a tax, Hortensia has her say in the Forum.

Her story will be found in The Speech of Hortensia.

About the Author:
Marie Antonia Parsons lives in New York City with her husband of 28+ years and two marvelous sons. She has had three short sci-fi stories published in Daw Books anthologies, which can be found on Goodreads.com. Her flash fiction scifi-short Last One Out was recorded as a Podcast by Neil Gardner of LadbrokeRadio.com. The podcast can be downloaded through iTunes or here at http://www.geekplanetonline.com/hosting/originals/scifive/?p=episode&name=2012-03-14_scifiveshortyep03.mp3.

She is currently at work on several historical fiction novels. One centers on Romulus and the founding of ancient Rome. Another work-in-progress, set in the same time as Speech of Hortensia, centers on Octavia, and is intended as part of a quartet. The other novels will depict the lives of Fulvia Antonia, Mark Antony, and Cleopatra. She plans additional historical fiction novels, all set in the ancient or medieval periods.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Unknown Lady

Her story will be read in Parlor Confessions by Danielle Villano

In the time of Grace Kelly and Life magazine, she sits in the beauty parlor chair and contemplates the best way to catch a man. Surely that's the only way to support herself and her daughter, right?

Author Bio:

Danielle Villano is a New Jersey native. Her writing has found its way to Italics Mine, Storychord, FortyOunceBachelors, Scissors and Spackle, Marco Polo, and Milk Sugar. Danielle is the recipient of the 2012 Ginny Wray Senior Prize in Fiction from SUNY Purchase.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Aurora

She escaped being an indentured servant, but can she escape love? Does she even want to? Aurora is the perfect example of how a woman doesn't need a man, but may just find one she wants. From a riverboat on the Mississippi pre Civil War to London, England, she proves she can hold her own. Her story can be found in Riverboat Queen.

About the Author:

Lorraine Nelson is a multi-published author who lives in rural New Brunswick, on the east coast of Canada. Always a bookworm, she’s read many novels of romance and mystery over the years, finally deciding to put her pen to work at writing one.
“To write romance and romantic suspense is my dream come true, although my mom says I was born with an avid imagination and pencil in hand, crafting stories from an early age. Now my children have grown and have lives of their own, I have time to indulge my passion for writing.”
Lorraine lives alone with an independent yet affectionate tomcat, enjoys spending time with her three sons and five grandchildren, with a sixth due in December. When not at the computer, you can find her spending time with family, gardening, baking and, of course, reading.

Lorraine’s books are listed on her website. You’ll find blurbs, excerpts, reviews, and purchase links there. http://lorrainenelson.weebly.com

She loves to hear from readers. You can keep up with Lorraine’s releases by visiting her at the following locations:

Website - http://lorrainenelson.weebly.com

Blog – http://lorrainenelson.wordpress.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LorraineNelson.Author

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Nancy & Abigail

What I'm going to do on this blog is introduce many of the women you will find within the pages of HerStory. I shall start with two women I created myself. With each acceptance, a new post will be made.

It's pre-1920 and Nancy has a job and beau--life is good--so she thinks. Then one day, her friend asks her a darned good question. "Does he know that?"

Does her beau Lester know how badly she wants, needs, and wishes to fight for the right to vote? If he doesn't support her cause, he clearly isn't the man for her.

Abigail is the silent suffragette. She's biding her time and finds her own quiet way to support the cause.

These women you will meet in From You No & Silent Suffragette.
*Spelling error is on purpose. You'll see why. ;)

About the author:
Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, writer, and an editor. She is most passionate about planes, motorcycles, dogs, and above all, reading. That led to her love of writing. Between her writing and her editing, which allows her to be home with her little canine kids, she believes she has the greatest job in the world. She is very happily married.
Her theme is Strong is Sexy. She shares a website with her naughty pen name: http://tarachevrestt.weebly.com/index.html and they have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Chevrestt-Sonia-Hightower/218383211513877.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Strength Comes in Many Forms

The purpose of this anthology is to honor women in history: our mothers, our grandmothers, our ancestors, queens, suffragettes, pioneers, wives, sisters, and daughters. Being a woman requires strength and a woman's strength comes in many forms.

There were women who immigrated, faced the unknown, striving to give their children a better life. There were women who picketed the White House and were thrown in prison, merely for wanting to have a say in government. There were women who stood by king and country to help wage wars, fighting for either their religion or their people. There were women who quietly refused to move from buses to break the "color barrier." There were women who wrote poems, inciting revolutions that would be an inspiration for generations to come.

Without these women, you wouldn't be here. Each one, whether she fought with words or with swords  helped make this world possible for you. She faced down adversity for YOU. She earned rights and made waves and got that vote for YOU.

Pagan Writers Press would like to help you honor these women this March in an anthology of flash fiction and short stories. 

Here is how you can participate. Here is how you can continue the fight...because trust me, the fight continues today. Until women have complete and total equal pay, until women can point fingers at their rapists and see justice done, until women are truly seen in male-dominated work forces as EQUAL to men...the fight continues.

Here is your chance to fight with words. Posted below is the announcement for our submissions call.

We are seeking short stories/flash fiction for Women's History Month for an anthology to be published in March 2013. HerStory: Fiction Honoring Women's History Month. Each story needs to be historical, any era, time. No more than 3k words a piece. (If you go over, no big deal but that would be the goal) Flash fiction/shorties is a brief look into someone's life. The story can be about an ancestor of yours, a woman in history you find on Wiki and think did something awesome, a woman you make up. Perhaps she's standing up for herself, arguing an issue, rebelling against society. She can fight with a sword or her words or her silence. A woman's strength comes in many forms. She may be trying to improve her life or that of her children. She may be fighting for women's or civil rights. Romance is fine, but no sex scenes. Author bios will be at the end of each story. This will be published as an ebook and print if it reaches 50k. Royalties will be paid. Authors share 40% of print royalties, 50% of ebook royalties. We would like to have all these stories by February as that entire month will be dedicated to editing and formatting. Send stories to tchevrestt(at)yahoo.com for consideration. Thank you.

*Original work only, please. These are not to be excerpts from previously published or about to be published material.
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