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Spotlight on The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, Plus Top 5 & Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to spotlight  The Storm Runner  by J.C. Cervantes.  Read on for more about J.C. and her book, plus the top 5 things one needs to defeat the Mayan god of death & giveaway!    Meet J.C. Cervantes!     J. C. Cervantes  ( www.jennifercervant es.com ) is the...
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Renee Moore
Beautiful, exciting cover!
Monday, 24 September 2018 14:41
Debra Branigan
The cover is incredible and will certainly attract YA readers. I am so excited about the story line exploring New World mythology.... Read More
Monday, 24 September 2018 17:45
Marisa Fort
The cover is beautiful, love the colors! The synopsis sounds amazing!
Monday, 24 September 2018 20:10
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Spotlight on The Secrets We Bury by Stacie Ramey, Plus Top 5 Locations to Get Lost In & Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to spotlight  The Secrets We Bury  by Stacie Ramey!  Read on for more about Stacie and her book, plus the top 5 locations to get lost in, and a giveaway!    Meet Stacie Ramey!     Stacie Ramey learned to read at a very early age to escape...
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Kara S
My first thought was that the cover of this novel is unremarkable, IMHO. But, the synopsis has me hooked -- I want to discover how... Read More
Friday, 23 March 2018 08:05
Hailey Joseph
The cover compliments the characters' dependence on each other in the novel. Already this seems like a must-read for me - A myster... Read More
Saturday, 24 March 2018 12:32
Marisa Fort
The cover is a bit plain but the synopsis sounds amazing!
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 22:37
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Blog Tour: Strong Inside by Andrew Maraniss, Plus Guest Post!

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Today we're excited to be part of the blog tour for Andrew Maraniss's book  Strong Inside .   Read on for more about Andrew, his book, and Andrew's top 5 favorite recent reads!   Meet Andrew Maraniss ! Andrew Maraniss studied history at Vanderbilt University and as a recipient of the...
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Spotlight on Votes For Women by Winifred Conkling, Plus Top 5 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the Suffrage Movement!

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Today we're excited to spotlight Votes For Women by Winifred Cinkling! Read on for more Winifred and her book, plus the top 5 things you (probably) don't know about the suffrage movement! 

 

Meet Winifred Conkling!

 

Winifred Conkling is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including Passenger on the Pearl and Votes for Women! and the middle-grade novel Sylvia & Aki.

 
 
Meet Votes For Women!
 

On August 18, 1920, American women finally won the right to vote. Ratification of the 19th Amendment was the culmination of an almost eighty-year fight in which some of the fiercest, most passionate women in history marched, protested, and sometimes broke the law in to achieve this huge leap toward equal rights.

In this expansive yet personal volume, author Winifred Conkling covers not only the suffragists’ achievements and politics but also the private journeys that fueled their passion and led them to become women’s champions. From Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who founded the suffrage movement at the 1848 Seneca Falls convention; to Victoria Woodhull, the first female candidate for president; to Sojourner Truth and her famous speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?”; to Alice Paul, who was arrested and force-fed in prison, Conkling combines thorough research with page-turning storytelling to bring the battle for the right to vote to vivid life. Votes for Women! also explores the movement’s often powerful, sometimes difficult relationship with the temperance and abolition movements, and takes unflinching look at some of the uglier moments in the fight for the women’s vote.

Votes for Women! is a mesmerizing read perfect for fans of propulsive narrative nonfiction stories like Most Dangerous and The Family Romanov.

5 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the Suffrage Movement

 

1.) In 1848—the time of the first women’s rights convention—women didn’t have the legal right to own property, sign contracts, or speak in public meetings. Women could be beaten by their husbands and fathers (as long as the whip was not thicker than a thumb). Still, the most controversial topic at the convention was giving women the right to vote. 

 

2.) Suffragist Susan B. Anthony voted for president in 1872, more than fifty years before the 19th Amendment was ratified. (Later she was arrested and almost sent to jail.)

 

3.) Nearly one hundred women were arrested and jailed for carrying signs demanding the right to vote. Some of them went on a hunger strike while in prison. To tempt the women to eat, the warden hired six cooks to fry ham and bacon 24-hours a day. None of the women gave in.

 

4.) The ratification vote for the 19th Amendment came down to a single vote in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Everyone thought the vote was tied, but one man changed his mind and voted “yes” to suffrage because his mother asked him to.

 

5.) Only one woman who attended the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1848 lived to see the passage of the 19th Amendment. That woman, Charlotte Woodard, was 91 years old in 1920. She died before she ever made it to the polls.

 

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Spotlight on Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey, Plus Top 5 Amazing Facts About Dolphins & a Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to spotlight  Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean  by Susan Casey!  Read on for more about Susan and her book, plus the top 5 amazing facts about dolphins, and a giveaway!    Meet Susan Casey!   Susan Casey is the author of the  New York Times  bestseller  Voices in...
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Marisa Fort
Love the cover, dolphins are so beautiful! I can't wait to read this book with my son.
Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:49
Penny Olson
I love the vivid dolphins on the cover. My daughter and I would both like to learn more about dolphins.
Monday, 05 March 2018 00:03
Dan Denman
The book cover is beautiful. This sounds like an informative and fun story.
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 13:29
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Spotlight on Lies That Bind (Anastasia Phoenix, #2) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach, Plus Top 5 Female Spies, & a Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to spotlight  Lies That Bind  by Diana Rodriguez Wallach!  Read on for more about Diana and her book, plus the top 5 female spies, and a giveaway!    Meet Diana Rodriguez Wallach!   Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the Anastasia Phoenix series, three YA spy thrillers set...
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Dianna G.
Love this book summary! How have I missed this author before?
Sunday, 04 February 2018 17:25
Dianna G.
Also, YES to Alias. My favorite!
Sunday, 04 February 2018 17:31
Candice Gigous
The covers of both books are really cool. The synopsis is exciting. Both books seem to be thrilling reads.
Friday, 09 February 2018 08:12
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Spotlight on Love Between Enemies by Molly E. Lee, Plus Top 5 Enemies Who Fall In Love In Pop Culture, & a Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to spotlight  Love Between Enemies  by Molly E. Lee!  Read on for more about Molly and her book, plus the top 5 enemies who fall in love in pop culture, and a giveaway!    Meet Molly E. Lee!   Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her...
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Precious J Hernandez
I enjoy most rivals to friends storylines.. so rivals to lovers im sure I’d enjoy.
Sunday, 28 January 2018 02:05
Vani Chitkara
I enjoy love stories and the one's where the protagonists transform from rivals to friends and then more are my favorite. I trust ... Read More
Thursday, 08 February 2018 03:45
sam
The cover is perfect for this story. It's fun, but flirty.
Sunday, 18 February 2018 09:53
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Spotlight on Busted by Gina Ciocca, Plus Top 5 Books to Read in 2018, & Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to spotlight  Busted  by Gina Ciocca!  Read on for more about Gina and her book, plus the top 5 books to read in 2018, and a giveaway!    Meet Gina Ciocca!   Gina Ciocca graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English, but in her mind,...
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Kara S
The cover is forgettable -- the plot not at all! Count me in! Kara S
Thursday, 18 January 2018 18:08
Delaney
This book sounds like so much fun and I absolutely ADORE that cover!
Thursday, 18 January 2018 18:23
Tiffany Engler
The book sounds like a wonderful read and I love the cover!
Thursday, 25 January 2018 09:35
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Spotlight on The Vanishing Spark of Dust by Sara Baysinger, Plus Top 5 Alien Stories in Pop Culture, & Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to spotlight  The Vanishing Spark of Dust  by Sara Baysinger!  Read on for more about Sara and her book, plus the top 5 aliens in pop culture, and a giveaway!    Meet Sara Baysinger! Sara was born in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where she spent...
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Marisa Fort
The cover is beautiful - the colors really pop! The synopsis sounds very exciting and adventurous!
Friday, 26 January 2018 18:16
Emily
The cover is nice but the synopsis sounds amazing
Monday, 12 February 2018 22:58
wendy rinebold
I love the Lux books! Jennifer Armentrout is amazing. This book sounds great too. I wish the giveaway was for a copy!
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 19:53
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Spotlight on Busted (Gina Ciocca), Plus Top 5 & Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to spotlight  Busted  by Gina Ciocca, plus an Top 5 & giveaway!        Meet  Gina Ciocca ! Gina Ciocca graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English, but in her mind, she never left high school. She relocated from Connecticut to Georgia, where...
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Aireanna Lesch
This sounds like a super interesting read! I really like the cover!... Read More
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 10:46
Emily
This sounds really interesting!
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:58
Precious J Hernandez
I love that it reminds me of Veronica mars.
Saturday, 06 January 2018 05:45
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