The Accidental Suffragist by Galia Gichon

The Accidental Suffragist by Galia Gichon is a new Women’s Historical Fiction book, set to be released on June 1, 2021, published by Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing. It is currently available for pre-sale.

Synopsis:

It’s 1912, and protagonist Helen Fox is a factory worker living in New York’s tenements. When tragedy strikes in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Helen is seduced by the Suffragist cause and is soon immersed, working alongside famous activists.

As Helen’s involvement with the cause deepens, she encounters myriad sources of tension that test her perseverance: estrangement from her husband, who is blindsided by his wife’s sudden activism; ostracization by neighbors; unease at working side by side with wealthier suffragettes; and worry about her children as she leaves them to picket the White House in Washington.

The narrative spans World War One and concludes with the triumph of 1919. In a time when the obstacles for women, from any background, were insurmountable, Helen discovers her voice as an independent woman and dreams of equality in a male-dominated society.

Excerpt:

CHAPTER 1

January 1911. New York City. Lower East Side

HELEN FOX WALKED UP to her building, dodging wayward neighborhood boys chasing a stray dog, grabbing the last few moments of daylight. Before stepping over the onion peels and picked-over chicken carcasses on the sidewalk, she wrinkled her nose as a carted horse dropped manure in front of the building; she then hastened her way up the stairs. Pausing in the foyer, she raised her arms over her head to stretch her back from being hunched over a sewing machine all day at her job at McKee Button Factory. The closing bell still clanged in her ears. Nearly thirty years old, she wore a high-necked shirt tucked into a simple brown cotton skirt. She sighed as she saw the dust coating her clothing.

As she eased down the tight dark hallway, she almost didn’t stop at the mailboxes, giving them just her usual cursory glance. Then a bright white envelope in the slot marked with their apartment number caught her eye. Surprised, she reached for it, examined “Fox Family” written in swooping calligraphy. The return address was unfamiliar. She stood for a long moment just looking at the envelope. Feeling the weight of the paper in her hands, she started to get excited—something she didn’t feel very often. Something good was in this envelope. She looked over at the other mailboxes. Had her neighbors received one as well? No, but there was another envelope in her box. Two pieces of mail! This one was a bill and Helen’s heart sank. She knew that the doctor’s visit for Eleanor a few weeks ago would come back to haunt her. Putting both envelopes in her skirt pocket, she’d deal with them later. She could savor the heavy envelope later when the children were asleep. Her four chil- dren—Abigail, 12, Walter, 10, Claudia, 8 and Eleanor, 4—were waiting upstairs for her to start supper before her husband, Albert, came home. After climbing the stairs, she hesitated at the front door, stood straight, and tucked in the long brunette hairs that had fallen loose. Worry lines prematurely settled in her forehead and around her mouth.

“Hello Mama,” Abigail, her eldest, said and kissed Helen on the cheek as she entered the main area of their two-room apartment. The sofa sat in the center, doubling as Helen and Albert’s bed at night, with a small kitchen set against the wall by the window facing the street. Shelves holding plates and teacups hung above the limited counter. The only other furni- ture in the main room was a square wooden table with four mismatched chairs. The one bedroom, separated by a faded cream curtain with small flowers, had a bed where the children slept and a pine four-drawer dresser that held all the family’s clothing.

“How was your day?” Abigail asked.

Helen thought about the foreman at her factory, at the end of the day, who stood by the door, holding it open with his dirty gray boot, dangling a set of keys from his fingertips, grin- ning, and saying, “See you in the morning, ladies.” They’d been locked in the factory all day.

“Good, good, had a nice chat with Iris on the way home,” she said, squaring her shoulders, stroking the back of her neck, then walking over to a basin in the kitchen where she cleaned her hands to get the dirt out from under her fingernails. They didn’t need to know.

Abigail went back to the counter and resumed chopping celery for the supper stew.

“Ouch!” she cried out.

“What?” Helen rushed over. She grabbed Abigail’s arm and saw the blood.

“It’s ok. Just a nick,” Abigail reassured, covering the wound with the cloth from the counter.

“You must be more careful. That girl last week at the factory, you remember I told you? The one who cut off her finger. She still isn’t back to work. I heard she has an infection.” Helen fingered the doctor bill in her skirt pocket.

“Yes, Mama.”

Helen composed herself and focused on Claudia and Eleanor; her eyes gleamed and mouth curved into a smile as she saw Claudia chopping potatoes for the stew and Eleanor, in the middle of the kitchen covered in black dust. She was pitching in, gathering coal from the storage area to heat their rooms. Helen walked over to her and patted her dress creating a black swirl.

“Let’s get you cleaned up little one.” Then she scooped her up in her arms, not caring that the dust was getting all over her as well.

Noises came from the street and Abigail stood by the grimy window, observing children standing on a stranded horse cart watching a game of stickball while drying laundry flapped over them on a clothesline between two buildings. They tightly clutched baskets filled with items foraged from the streets. None of them looked as if they had bathed in weeks; dirt smudged on foreheads, shirts untucked, uncombed hair.

Albert burst into the apartment, “I got a few more guys to come to our next meeting. It’s a great start.” The children all crowded around him by the front door, eager to hear his update.

“Papa, Joe at school said you spoke to his father,” Walter said.

“Did he say he was going?”

“Don’t know. He said he didn’t want any trouble. Are you in trouble?”

“Nah. Not at all.”

“Please tell me the owners don’t know yet what you’re doing. If you lose your job … the can in the closet has even fewer coins,” Helen stated. For weeks now, Albert had been coming home late from attending union meetings at his factory job and was now furtively organizing a group.

“Stop your worrying, Helen. We’ll be fine. Change is coming and we can’t stop it!” he bellowed, taking off his boots, durable workwear coat, and flat cap. He had hazel eyes from his English ancestors, a full head of chestnut hair that he slicked back with pomade every morning and still stood lean and tall even though he spent countless hours hunched daily over heavy machines in the garment factory.

 


About the Author:

Widely quoted in The New York Times and more, Galia Gichon spent nearly ten years writing financial research for top investment banks before launching Down-to-Earth Finance, a top personal financial advising firm in New York.

Galia is the author of My Money Matters, a personal finance book which received notable press from the New York Times, TODAY Show, CNN, Newsweek, Real Simple and more. Galia Gichon consistently leads seminars for Barnard College where she has taught for 13 years, and other organizations. She is an avid angel investor focusing on women-led and impact startups and actively counsels startups through accelerators.

Readers can connect with Galia on Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads. To learn more, go to: https://www.galiagichonauthor.com

Teko Bernard Announces the Upcoming Release of His New Children’s Chapter Book ‘Bronson Beaver Builds a Robot’

Teko Bernard announced the upcoming release of his new children’s chapter book Bronson Beaver Builds a Robot. 

Bronson Beaver Builds a Robot will be released on April 17, 2021, published by Tabron Publishing.

The story is about an inventive and industrious 13-year-old beaver named Bronson who attempts to build a robot to do his chores, so he and his two best friends can play in a video game competition to get the money they need to build their dream workshop.

It’s a slim and fast-paced chapter book created to instill in young readers a spirit of creativity and invention, inspire outdoor exploration in nature, and increase their interest in STEM. It will also teach the importance of honesty, responsibility, hard work, and friendship in a fun way.

This book is designed for boys and girls ages 7-12 who enjoy fast-paced stories with short, action-filled chapters. It’s the right choice for kids who like books about animals, nature, technology, and robots. ​It’s perfect for reluctant readers and newly independent readers who are looking for more challenging stories.

Synopsis:

Bronson Beaver is a 13-year old master builder and aspiring inventor who has been rigidly groomed since birth to work hard and someday take over his family’s historic wilderness resort lodge. But for the first time in his life, Bronson attempts to ditch hard work. He decides to secretly build a robot to do his chores before his family’s annual pancake festival event. So he can instead play in a high-stakes video game tournament with his fellow-inventor friends Myron Mink and Franny Fox. With the hope of winning its large cash prize so they can finally build their dream workshop. But, when his robot’s wires get crossed, it unwittingly creates more work and trouble for Bronson and threatens to ruin his family’s big event and any chance of making his dream a reality. It will require a lot of help from his friends and family to overcome the robot’s damages, save the event, and keep their hopes and dreams alive. In the end, Bronson ultimately learns the importance of honesty, responsibility, hard work, and friendship.

“This furry family tale will likely become a favorite of young readers, while the positive message should have parents cheering for more.” -US Review of Books

Pre-order a copy of Bronson Beaver Builds a Robot by Teko Bernard from Tabron Publishing and get an exclusive signed copy!


Excerpt:

 


About the Author:

Teko Bernard grew up in the midwest on a 5-acre parcel of wide-open land in the countryside, where he spent his days wandering, playing, and discovering things outdoors. He built forts, worked on bikes, and other inventive projects in his family’s workshop just behind their bustling home. This childhood experience, combined with Teko’s lifelong love for nature, and becoming taken by beaver’s inspiring behaviors and unique engineering abilities, ultimately inspired Teko to write this book.

Teko writes middle-grade chapter books for boys and girls ages 7-12. He is the author of Bernard Jones Is Going Places, The Hoop Kid From Elmdale Park, and Elite Squad. Before pursuing his dream to write for young readers, Teko started his professional life as a graphic designer.

Readers can connect with Teko on Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads. To learn more, go to: https://www.tekobernard.com

 

In Celebration of Black History Month, Katerina Canyon Announces the Upcoming Release of Her Book ‘Surviving Home’

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration to honor African-Americans, their history, achievements, and what the people before them fought for. With the Black Lives Matter movement and Kamala Harris becoming our first ever Black woman Vice President, now more than ever is a time to celebrate Black History.

In a 2016 speech President Barack Obama said Black History Month is “about taking an unvarnished look at the past so we can create a better future. It’s a reminder of where we as a country have been so that we know where we need to go.”

In celebration of Black History Month, Award Winning Poet and Best Selling Author Katerina Canyon has announced the upcoming release of her new book Surviving Home, a reflection on African American heritage and up-bringing.

Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family.


Excerpt:

 

Sojourner

 

Truth is where I found you

In the cusp high over ultraviolet waves

Between your time as a slave and mine

Fighting off the results of bondage.

 

You were a woman who accepted no

Excuses for the lack of rights

For our mothers and daughters,

Demanded more for those who followed.

 

I am a woman who accepts that most

White men are fixed on one idea

As to how the world should be,

And it is on me to change their minds

 

Through words, or actions, but never

Through guns or swords, white bonnet

Wrapped on my head as I push

Away racial insults and profanity.

 

You never forgot to say who a woman

Could be, what a Black woman could do

When we eschewed weakness and misogyny.

No one helped you. You just carved the trail.

 

No one helps me either. That’s what I learned

It means to be a Black woman.

To be strong, to plough, to plant, to raise barns.

That’s what you did. I do that metaphorically.

 

Now, I raise children, plough through journals

With my pen. I always remember to never

Pin my tongue for fear of other’s thoughts

This is the way you walked.

 

I try to get my half measure full,

But I think it is a little less

Difficult for me as it was

For you. Thank you for the

Quarter you earned.

 

It took us a long way, but

Today, the world is still

Turned upside down

And we are working

Hand by hand to

 

Flip it

Right side up

 


About the Author:

Katerina Canyon is an Award Winning Poet, Best Selling Author, civil rights activist, essayist, and poet. She grew up in Los Angeles and much of her writing reflects that experience.

Her first book of poetry, Changing the Lines, was released in August 2017. This work is a conversation between mother and daughter as they examine what it means to operate within the world as black women.

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York TimesThe Huffington Post, and Folks. Her poetry has been published in CatheXis NorthwestThe Esthetic ApostleInto the Void, Black Napkin, and Waxing & Waning. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings. She has a B.A. in English, International Studies and Creative Writing from Saint Louis University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Katerina moved to Seattle three years ago. She is currently running a civil rights campaign against police brutality. More information can be found at www.vdaycampaign.org.

Katerina’s latest book, Surviving Home, will be released in December 2021 published by Kelsay Books.

Readers can connect with Katerina on Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook. To learn more, go to https://www.poetickat.com/ 

To request a review copy of Surviving Home or an interview Katerina Canyon, please contact Kelsey at Book Publicity Services at (805) 807-9027 or Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com

 

New Book on Aging ‘On with the Butter!’ Inspires Seniors to Keep Moving, Keep Doing, & Keep Living

Award winning author Heidi Herman’s latest book ‘On with the Butter! Spread More Living onto Everyday Life’ provides a practical how-to guide for readers to follow to add vitality to their own lives. With this book, Heidi Herman hopes to help seniors and elderly to Keep Moving, Keep Doing, Keep Living – even during a pandemic. Many of the items offered are things that can be done in safe socially-distant ways and still provide mental and physical benefits.

“Herman’s inspiring work offers a fresh perspective on living well at any age.” – RECOMMENDED by the US Review

“A sunny self-help guide that aims to reveal the secret to an active and exuberant lifestyle.”– Kirkus Review

On with the Butter! recently won the 2020 IAN Book of the Year Awards as a finalist in the “Self-Help/How-To” category.

What makes Heidi’s new book unique is her inspiration and – in 2018, her 93-year old mother, Ieda, undertook a challenge to have 93 new experiences before her 94th birthday to prove you’re never too old for something new. After Heidi helped her Icelandic mom with that year’s adventure, they were working on turning the experience into a book when Ieda passed away. Heidi finished her mother’s photo journal of experiences but was inspired to go one step further and inspire others to live life with that same vitality. Heidi herself learned to be what she calls a ‘life adventurer’ and her new book “On With the Butter!” provides insight for readers to add vitality to their own life. It also incorporates her Icelandic heritage and the unique Scandinavian life philosophies.

If you’re looking for new ways to add zest to your life or have free time in retirement, this book offers a wide variety of activities and challenges, along with inspiring and heartwarming stories. Discover ways to explore, play, take, chances, try new things, make a difference, and have more fun in life. You’re the activities director, and On with the Butter! is your guidebook.

Keep moving, keep doing, and keep spreading more living onto everyday life. After all, everything’s better with butter.

“On with the Butter” is a wonderful and inspiring book! Through Heidi’s Herman’s vibrant and engaging, and often humorous stories, intertwined with unique ideas and helpful information, she encourages curiosity, connection, and a call to action. This is an excellent book for those who are looking for an exciting next chapter, or even just a little more flavor, to their life! – Laura Haw, Adjunct Instructor in Aging Studies, University of Indianapolis

On with the Butter is available for sale on Amazon. Heidi Herman is available for media interviews. For more information or to request an interview with Heidi Herman, please contact Kelsey at Book Publicity Services at Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com or (805) 807-9027.

To learn more, go to www.heidihermanauthor.com

 

Immune-Boosting Delicious Recipes for Pregnancy During Covid-19

Today more than ever, building strong immune systems is important for everyone, particularly expecting mothers. We are all cooking and eating at home more than ever before due to Covid-19. Pregnant women are a greater risk for complications related to Covid-19, so dining at home is even more important for them. Eating for Pregnancy: Your Essential Month-by-Month Nutrition Guide and Cookbook, an award-winning nutrition-cookbook by Catherine Jones and perinatal nutritionist, Rose Ann Hudson, RD, LD, offers moms-to-be 150 nutrient-dense, immune-boosting, delicious recipes to help.

EATING FOR PREGNANCY: Your Essential Month-by-Month Nutrition Guide and Cookbook is the ultimate no-nonsense nutrition guide and cookbook for moms-to-be.

Immune-boosting nutrients, that have numerous other benefits as well, include zinc (meats and legumes), selenium (chia seeds and seafood), iron (red meats and iron-fortified breakfast cereals), folate (lentils and asparagus), vitamins A (sweet potatoes), B6 (poultry and oats), C (citrus fruits and broccoli), D (egg yolks and fortified milk, plus sun exposure), and E (sunflower seeds and almonds). These essential nutrients help the immune system in different ways by working as an antioxidant to protect healthy cells, supporting growth and activity of immune cells, and producing antibodies.

Eating for Pregnancy incorporates these powerful nutrients to make menu planning and cooking a snap for all eating preferences and gestational diabetes. Delicious, easy-to-make recipes that are designed to boost your immune system include: Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie Bowl, Mango-Chia Smoothie, No-Bake Nutty Energy Balls, Perfect Homemade Granola, Mango Tango Lime Spritzer, Spinach and Cheese Omelet for One, Awesome Chicken Burgers, Make it Again Meatloaf, Sweet Potato Rounds, Salmon with Artichoke-Olive Tapenade, Superhealthy Lentil Salad, Favorite Broccoli Slaw, Dreamy Chia Pudding with Berries,  and Baby-Blue-Berry Buckle.

Patience has never been a bigger virtue than now. While we all wait for healthier days to come, maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes safe exercises, cooking at home, and taking the proper precautions is the best path forward.

“This is the ultimate pregnancy book… I wish I would have had this book when I went through my pregnancies… A must-have for yourself, your sister, relative, neighbor, or even the perfect reading material while waiting at the doctor’s office!”―San Francisco Review of Books, Rachel Dehning

“[Jones, Hudson, and Knight] bring a wealth of expertise to the project… [This book is] like a warm conversation with a knowledgeable friend.”―Kirkus Review

“Impressively comprehensive, thoughtfully informative, exceptionally ‘user friendly’ in organization, and deftly well presented throughout, [Eating for Pregnancy] is an ideal gift for anyone expecting a child.”―Midwest Book Reviews

“[A] fantastic, one-stop, nutritional guide for all expectant mothers that also lays the foundation for overall healthy nutrition beyond pregnancy [with an] abundance of recipes that contain wonderful ingredients and nutritional information… Well done!”―Feathered Quill Book Review

“The recipes not only look delicious, but are artfully organized into stages of pregnancy, as well as postpartum… Eating for Pregnancy presents information on nutrition in pregnancy in a well-balanced way, focusing on sourcing nutrients from a whole-food diet.”―Midwifery

“[E]very page I flipped to made me say “yum!”… The nutritional and medical information is easy to follow and grasp. The recipes are also appealing to non-pregnant people. This should appeal to those with partners and other children, so that everyone gets fed and gets fed well.”―Kate Sissons, Katesissons.com, Doula, Yoga & Educator

“[A]n incredible resource… I highly recommend using Eating for Pregnancy throughout your pregnancy to keep your body as healthy as possible.”―A Life in Labor

“[W]ell-thought-out and comprehensive… This is a great resource chock full of recipes and guidance for pregnant women. I will definitely be recommending this book to my clients.” ―Nancy Mae, MA, MS, Author, Coach & Creator of the Energetic Fertility Method

Eating for Pregnancy is available for sale on Amazon. To learn more, go to: http://www.catherinejonescookbooks.com

 

 

 

 

Chronicles of a Spell Caster by J.J Singleton

Chronicles of a Spell Caster is the first book in the Orientation series by J.J Singleton. It was released in September 2020. Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Magical Realism

Synopsis:

With Jet’s freshman year gearing up to start, and the normal pressures of college looming, Jet will have to navigate finding a place to fit in, classes, homework, tests, and papers. But in a world where people have powers and abilities and can-do extraordinary things. A new norm has been imbedded into the College curriculum. Students must also complete tasks and assignments within a virtual reality called the AITS to hone their abilities and skills. The idea of who is the strongest hovers over the whole student body and fighting, backstabbing and betrayal are ever present. This notion is amplified during the spring semester of every year when the student spends the remainder of the year within the AITS. Over time Jet will find out who his real friends are and what he must do to survive this hostile world of college. What secrets will be revealed this year. Will one of them be Jet’s dark secret? Will he be able to control the aftermath if it’s revealed or will it harm everyone around him?

Chronicles of a Spell Caster is currently available for sale on Amazon.


About the Author:

J.J. Singleton is an author who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Ancient Studies. Throughout his life, he has dealt with Dyslexia. So, books were never a source of entertainment for him when he was younger. With the difficulties he had with reading and writing, he never dreamed he would one day write a book. He always had a vivid imagination. When he was a young child, he was always pretending that he was the main character in the imaginary stories he created in his mind. Remembering the worlds and characters he created and combining his creative thoughts with historical themes and ideas he learned from his academic career, he has created his first novel Chronicles of a Spell Caster.

When not writing, he likes to play tennis, travel, and watch various tv series, his favorite are historical dramas. His favorite trip was to Greece, one of the many places he studied. He plans to continue his travels to a variety of locations around the globe. His goal is to see many of the historical places he studied and gather inspiration for future projects. Readers can connect with J.J. on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads. To learn more, go to: http://chroniclesofaspellcaster.com/