I Grew With You

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I Grew With You

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Author: Sarah Molitor

Illustrator: Anastasia Sivura

Ages: 0-3

Good & True is pleased to announce the October release of I Grew With You, the first picture book from blogger and Instagram sensation Sarah Molitor, the creative force behind @modernfarmhousefamily. Inspired by her own six pregnancies, I Grew With You vividly illustrates the beauty of childbearing and the miracle of life.

A mother of six boys, Molitor shares the daily ups and downs of family life with her more than 244,000 Instagram followers. Her role as wife and mother has shaped her more than any other title she has, inspiring her to write I Grew With You (October 2021; ISBN 9781737079620) by mining from her own experience of bringing six children into the world.

As the story progresses month by month, I Grew With You spotlights every heartfelt and funny moment throughout pregnancy, from conception to bringing baby home. Rich in diversity, it showcases women of all ethnicities, shapes and sizes as they share in the unifying experience that is pregnancy.

“It’s an honor to work with Sarah, who has such an important message to share with children and parents,” says Brian Gallagher, Publisher, Good & True. “There are no other books I can think of that tell the journey of pregnancy in its entirety and tie it to motherhood in such an endearing way. I’m thrilled that she’s chosen Good & True to partner with her on this project.”

Children will be able to read about the sweet moments, exciting moments, funny moments and take-your-breath-away moments that their own mothers felt while bringing them into the world, leaving both mother and child with a deepened sense of love and bonding.

“My desire for I Grew With You is for parents and kids alike to be moved by the fact that all women experience and show pregnancy differently, yet still go through the same life-changing process to bring children into the world,” says Molitor. “As they read this book together, I hope it’s a way for kids to begin to understand the beauty of pregnancy and the bond that develops between a mother and her child.”

Good & True is pleased to announce the October release of I Grew With You, the first picture book from blogger and Instagram sensation Sarah Molitor, the creative force behind @modernfarmhousefamily. Inspired by her own six pregnancies, I Grew With You vividly illustrates the beauty of childbearing and the miracle of life.

A mother of six boys, Molitor shares the daily ups and downs of family life with her more than 244,000 Instagram followers. Her role as wife and mother has shaped her more than any other title she has, inspiring her to write I Grew With You (October 2021; ISBN 9781737079620) by mining from her own experience of bringing six children into the world.

As the story progresses month by month, I Grew With You spotlights every heartfelt and funny moment throughout pregnancy, from conception to bringing baby home. Rich in diversity, it showcases women of all ethnicities, shapes and sizes as they share in the unifying experience that is pregnancy.

“It’s an honor to work with Sarah, who has such an important message to share with children and parents,” says Brian Gallagher, Publisher, Good & True. “There are no other books I can think of that tell the journey of pregnancy in its entirety and tie it to motherhood in such an endearing way. I’m thrilled that she’s chosen Good & True to partner with her on this project.”

Children will be able to read about the sweet moments, exciting moments, funny moments and take-your-breath-away moments that their own mothers felt while bringing them into the world, leaving both mother and child with a deepened sense of love and bonding.

“My desire for I Grew With You is for parents and kids alike to be moved by the fact that all women experience and show pregnancy differently, yet still go through the same life-changing process to bring children into the world,” says Molitor. “As they read this book together, I hope it’s a way for kids to begin to understand the beauty of pregnancy and the bond that develops between a mother and her child.”

Molitor family

About Sarah Molitor

Sarah is most notably known as “mommy” to her six boys. Her role as wife and mother has shaped her more than any other title she has acquired. Along with raising her children, she also homeschools them full time. Prior to starting a family, Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Linfield University. As a registered nurse her passion was and still is helping others. Although no longer working as a nurse, Sarah has translated that passion into a different avenue – social media. She is the creative force behind @modernfarmhousefamily where she encourages, challenges and inspires her community of over 218K followers on a daily basis. For fun, Sarah considers herself a candy connoisseur, self-taught photographer, very amateur baker and if given spare time, usually chooses to read children’s books to her kids while keeping them entertained with her voice impressions. Sarah lives with her husband Tim and their growing family in Washington. I Grew With You is her first book.

About Anastasia Sivura

Anastasia is an illustrator who creates wonderful illustrations where fascinating stories are intertwined with lightness and innocence. The artist works with different materials because she thinks that developing one’s skills and trying something new is absolutely important. Besides making beautiful illustrations she is a firm believer in interesting stories and ideas. Anastasia has a lot of projects which she would love to realize. She is based in California and married with two daughters. She has a dog as well. Nature and the ocean are her main sources of inspiration.

My Review

This is a lovely book with delicate and soft illustrations. I love how the author included many different mothers, showing each one feeling lots of love for their unborn babies. The sweet book starts as a mother is reading her pregnancy test and vowing to grow with her baby. Over the months of pregnancy the mother experiences many different things. With each new experience the mother says that she will grow with the baby. She’s physically growing, for sure. But as the baby is born, her view is that she will be growing with the child mentally and emotionally. I recommend the cute rhyming book.

Author Interview

What inspired you to write a book for children about the experience of pregnancy and childbirth?

The day I found out I was pregnant was also the day I had a meeting with the publisher to pitch ideas for my very first children’s book. I remember thinking to myself, “How cool would it be to write a book for children and mothers about the journey of pregnancy and how a baby grows?” And instantly the words I Grew With You came to mind. So it was truly inspired by finding out I was pregnant with our sixth child. 

I also knew I wanted it to be a sweet story that a mother could read to her child that would be endearing to both of them. I know my boys are so excited to watch my tummy grow and this book was a way to let them in on all the ways a mommy and baby inside her grows as they anticipate the birth of the child. 

Why did you decide to show the entire journey from conception to birth, instead of focusing on one aspect?

It’s so important to me that I acknowledge that life begins at conception. From the very beginning, your child was created specifically for you. And as each mother finds out that she is pregnant, the anticipation builds from those early moments no matter how long you carry your child. I believe the whole process of pregnancy all the way to delivery is important for seeing the miracle of life versus just focusing on one specific moment. 

I also believe it brings out the joy (and often humor) from the moments and changes that each month brings throughout pregnancy. People love to see something from start to finish and I Grew With You allows for that!

The book also highlights a diverse group of women. Why was that an important focus for you as well?

As I was imagining this book, I was also imagining all the different mothers that could be touched by reading it to their little ones. Or just having it as their own keepsake. And I’m keenly aware that no two mothers are alike whether in look or personality or how they carry their child (and so much more). So diversity in the book was a very important thing for me to highlight. I want children to know how each mother is beautifully different during pregnancy. And I also want them to turn the page and suddenly say “hey, that mommy looks like you!” which allows for a depth of connection to the book and the story. In this book you will see nine different mothers which speaks to the diversity of motherhood and all women!

As mothers read this book to their children, how do you think it will encourage them?

I’m imagining the moments when mother’s first read this to their children and how special it will be. I believe it will encourage the mother in how incredible she is for the pregnancy(s) she has experienced and all the highs and not so highs she may have experienced. I believe she will feel more empowered and proud of being a part of the miracle of bringing life into the world. And I also believe it will create a unique bond between the mother and her child(ren) because they will get a glimpse into what mommy (and daddy) went through to bring them into the world. Overall I Grew With You gives a unique, special, humorous and beautiful view into the beginning of motherhood and this ultimately fosters a deeper connection between mother and child.

How could this book change someone’s opinion about pregnancy and childbirth?

First of all, I believe it will show the beauty of how life begins at conception and how much that child, from the very beginning, means to a mother. The excitement, the anticipation, the sharing in the news- all of it. But I also believe it will challenge people in their views of pregnancy and childbirth. If you have given birth, you know all the aches and pains and stretching and growing that happens. It’s not all glowing skin and easy peasy. This book gives a simple and sweet look into how the process of pregnancy changes the mother physically and emotionally just as much as the baby inside her grows and develops as well. 

What advice do you have for parents as they start having discussions with their children about pregnancy, childbirth, starting a family, etc.?

I love having age-appropriate conversations about these topics with my children as well as an open line of communication that they can ask us whatever questions they will have and we will always give them an honest answer. My advice would be to always communicate in whatever way feels most comfortable for your family and allow children to be involved in knowing the process and how they are a unique part of that too. 

This answer may look different at different stages but it’s so important that we include them in the process. When they are included, it allows them to feel a part of everything that is going on whether that’s announcing the pregnancy to family and friends or learning how the baby grows inside the mother each month and all the new developments that happen. And this gives children their own special bond with mommy and the new baby to be. The more children are involved, the more involved they want to be which is exciting for them and ultimately builds up the family unit in the best way. 

Your publisher, Good & True, produces very family-friendly, faith-based content for children. Why was it important to you to partner with a publisher like that?

It is so important to me that we build a foundation for our children that’s filled with value! Value for the children and value for the parents as well. I always want to know that whatever I’m hearing, watching, seeing or reading is safe for the whole family and never brings up unexpected discomfort. 

Good and True is committed to these same values and I wanted my book to align with a publisher who would prioritize this. I’m so thankful they do and it’s been evident through the whole process. Consumers will always know that content coming from Good and True is content they can trust for their families, their homes and whoever they share it with. 

Ultimately, what do you hope parents and children take away from I Grew With You?

My ultimate hope is that families will read I Grew With You and walk away feeling a greater sense of family and love for each other. Also that parents and specifically mothers will feel a greater sense of pride in their families and the beauty of who each of them uniquely are. I hope this book will touch mothers of all ages and stages in a powerful way allowing them to remember the journey of pregnancy and all that they accomplished to have the family they do now. And that everyone would value the beauty and frailty of life and how much power and love one life can hold within them.

What other projects are you working on? 

There are a couple things I am working on actually. First off, I am working on a second children’s book with Good and True. YAY! This one will be vastly different from I Grew With You. It will be a very playful, bright and colorful book filled with animals! And will talk about how important each person is to the world and how important it is to share our joy with others. I know it will be such a fun book for parents and children alike. 

I am also working on a potential proposal for my first adult book. It’s still in the rough stages but my hope is that it will be an encouragement to women everywhere. I’m excited for both of these projects and looking forward to seeing them come to fruition. 

Where can readers purchase a copy of I Grew With You?

Pre-orders are set to launch on Wednesday, July 14 (which we are VERY excited about). I Grew With You will be available to pre-order at goodandtruemedia.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook.com and anywhere books are sold. I Grew With You is set to officially release on October 26. 

Partner Pursuit Book Tour

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Partner Pursuit

by Kathy Strobos

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GENRE:   women’s fiction with romance/romcom/chicklit

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BLURB:

When a workaholic lawyer meets a fun-loving music marketing executive for opposites attract, friends-to-lovers adventures, which partnership will she choose?

Workaholic lawyer Audrey Willems is not going to take any chances with her bid to become a partner at her New York law firm—especially with only six months until the decision.

Until she bumps into Jake—her new neighbor.

Jake is a fun-loving music marketing executive who might just be The One.

He’s funny, caring, supportive—and able to kill water bugs in the bathroom.

But Jake will never date a woman married to her job. His father was a workaholic lawyer who never had time for family.

And she’s just got the case of a lifetime—the one she needs to win to make partner.  Working 24/7 at the office may not even be enough hours to pull off a victory.

If only she had not met him now.

Audrey is determined to prove that she can juggle
work and romance—even if managing court cases, candlelit dinners, and bike rides around Manhattan is a lot harder than it looks.  She keeps canceling dates for yet another case crisis.

But when making partner is like a game of musical chairs and the last seat is a business-class alone, which partnership will she choose?

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Excerpt

Jacket on the back of the chair. Check.

Desk light on. Check.

Now, Ms. Willems, your mission, should you choose to accept it: Get out of the office on the sly. Audrey snorted silently at her own badly-played movie line. She stuffed the Save the Children t-shirt she’d gotten from a Central Park Zoo benefit in her Tory Burch brown leather satchel, added as many legal pads as could fit, and plumped the bag to look like it held at least four case files. She casually leaned the bag against the side of her desk, in view of her open office door.

The excited chatter of the exiting assistants filled the hallway. She typed up the Popflicks engagement letter and then entered Popflicks as a new client into the law firm database. Yes. Her pulse quickened.

The office was now quiet. She put an uncapped red pen in the middle of a legal pad on her desk. It looked like she’d be right back. The scene called for something more. If only she had a permanently steaming cup of tea. She poured a bottle of water into a glass.

She should depart boldly, but leaving early was frowned upon by the partnership powers-that-be. They might even think she needed another assignment. She definitely did not. She had just landed Popflicks. She had stayed until 11 p.m. every night this week. Okay, so I’m not always very good at saying no. But now was not the time to say no to a partner—not when she’d been working so hard for seven years, her life on hold. Now that she was in the homestretch, she could practically see “Audrey Willemson, Partner,” embossed on her law firm’s business card.

Author Interview:

This sounds like a feel-good story. Do you ever write books with a sad ending? Why or why not?

I don’t write books with a sad ending. I like to have a happy feeling when I finish a book, and I want to give others that same happy feeling. Also, I read books to escape, so I don’t want to be sad when I finish, although I suppose that can be therapeutic. I really like books that can make me laugh out loud or smile when reading, though, so those are the kind of books I want to write.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kathy Strobos is a writer living in New York City with her husband and two children, amid a growing collection of books, toys and dollhouses. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and Harvard-Radcliffe University magna cum laude. She previously worked as a lawyer. She left law to pursue her dream of writing fiction full-time and getting in shape. She is still working on getting in shape.

www.kathystrobos.com

Facebook: @kathystrobosrewrites

Instagram: kathystroboswriter

Twitter: @kathystrobos

Amazon buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Partner-Pursuit-feel-good-fiction-Friendship-ebook/dp/B09GD8V4RS/

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Trygg The Dinosaur Book Tour

GENRE: Middle Grade Fiction,YA

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BLURB:

Two young dinosaurs from opposite sides of the floodplain bump into each other by chance. He’s a small meat-eater, and she’s a big plant-eater. They’ve got no parents, no food, no friends. They’re supposed to be enemies, but they decide to stick together instead. It’s not easy. When she gets caught with him, she ends up banished from her herd. He faces a huge rival who could stomp him out with one back foot. They have to outsmart a gang of bullies with sharp teeth and long, curved claws. And they struggle to survive the natural disasters of drought, mudslides and a bubbling tar pit. Worst of all, when they lose contact with each other, they fear betrayal. What if their friendship has been broken?

His hard work had tired him out, so he sat down in the nest. He was about to fall asleep when he felt the island tremble slightly. It was enough to cause one of the other eggs to slip toward him. He put his mouth around the egg’s pointed end, making sure the sharp tips of his teeth didn’t break through the shell. Then he gently settled it back in the damp ground at his feet. But why was his nest moving like that?

Using his tail for balance, he eased up and peeked over the top of the nest. A rush of cold air hit him in the face just as cawing broke out in the trees overhead. Flocks of birds darted from branch to branch, making loud warning calls. And the ground started to shake so much that he struggled to stay standing.

At the edge of the island, a group of animals leapt out of the shallows. At first, he thought that they were like the birds above him, except they looked too big to be able to fly. Besides, they moved by running with their heads stuck out in front of them. Instead of wings, they had long arms and hands with three fingers—and they had claws.

They were just like him.

The pack swarmed past. A reddish-brown one at the end skidded to a stop. He towered over the nest, and slobber dribbled from his small pointed teeth. “Hey, little Troödon!” he called out, but when he got no reaction, he shook his head in frustration. “I’m talkin’ to YOU!” he said with a growl. “You see any other Troödons alive in that ring of dirt?” The dinosaur glanced nervously over his shoulder. “You’re gonna have to move fast, kid,” he shouted, then he turned to flee.

“Mudslide comin’ through!”

Paula Louise Salvador

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Paula Louise Salvador has had great adventures as a documentary film maker and writer. The scariest was when she stood under the ribs of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton – in the dark! The most fun was filming dinosaur dig-sites from a helicopter. On the dangerous side, she had to dodge alligators in Mississippi – and keep all fingers and toes out of the water.

Paula has met fascinating people, particularly jazz legend Oscar Peterson and composer Philip Glass, who performed in her show on electronic music.

In “BUILD GREEN” for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “THE NATURE OF THINGS”, Paula and Dr. David Suzuki visited rock star Randy Bachman’s super sustainable house. (He played his guitar for us.)

Finally, it was a tiny dinosaur that captured Paula’s heart. For her documentary “DINOSAUR BABIES The North American Story”, Paula held the fossilized egg of a little Troödon. He was curled up inside, just about to hatch. (His leg bones looked like a chicken’s.) That’s where Paula’s story of Trygg begins.

Paula has a Masters in French Literature from l’Université de Provence, France and a Bachelor of Arts (including Children’s Literature) from McGill University, Canada.

CONNECT WITH PAULA

WEBSITE: https://tryggthedinosaur.com/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/PSalProductions

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/paulalouisesalvador/?hl=en

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paula-louise-salvador-44b92711/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/paula.salvador.31521

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Inspiration for the book’s characters

All the animal characters in TRYGG THE DINOSAUR are based on real ancient creatures that lived about 76 million years ago in what is now Northern Montana and Southern Alberta. I had the enormous privilege of filming their fossils as the director of DINOSAUR BABIES: THE NORTH AMERICAN STORY, a science documentary that is available for download here: https://www.amazon.com/DINOSAUR-BABIES-North-American-Story/dp/B0041TX8WS/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Dinosaur+Babies+the+North+American+story&qid=1630352284&s=instant-video&sr=1-1

I first “met” TRYGG, the little meat-eating TROÖDON dinosaur, when the scientist put its fossil in my hand. The Troödon was inside its egg (we could see the bumpy eggshell), all curled up and about to hatch, that is until a mudslide buried the whole nest. I’ve never forgotten that little guy, but how could I turn him into a character that kids would love?

My inspiration came from an emu, a big two-legged bird similar to an ostrich. If you can imagine an emu with a long tail, long arms and clawed hands, then you are getting close to a Troödon.

For our documentary, we filmed a real little emu as it pecked its way out of its egg. We were all silently rooting for him, and when his little head finally broke through the top of the shell, I almost started to cry. Then he “found the strength to pull himself up. His legs wobbled a bit, then they settled, and he stood for the very first time.” Such strength, such determination. (Just like Trygg in CHAPTER ONE.)

ALTA THE HYPACROSAUR is a very different character. She’s a four-footed plant-eater, and she’s about five times the size of Trygg when they meet. They are both orphans, but they are from opposite sides of the floodplain, so to speak. Perhaps they are a younger version of star-crossed Romeo and Juliet.

(CHAPTER THIRTEEN:)

Trygg!’ (Alta) cried… ‘We can’t be seen together.’

Trygg stretched his head as high as he could then glared at her. “What do you mean?”

She stomped her good back foot. ‘Don’t you understand? You are the enemy. We’re supposed to hate each other. We eat plants. You eat meat. In fact, you eat us! We cannot be friends—ever. It is not allowed.’

‘Yeah,’ said Trygg in a quiet voice. ‘But what if we wanted to be, you know, friends—the two of us? That’d mean something’, right?’

‘Not to them,’ she said. ‘That’s worse. That would make us suspects.’

Just like Romeo and Juliet.

A young Alphadon is the only mammal character in the book. She was similar to our modern-day opossum which is about the size of a cat and carries its babies in a pouch like a kangaroo. In Trygg’s world, the mammal would have been prime prey, but the little Troödon can’t bring himself to eat her. And she turns out to be the one who helps him overcome his fear of water. Just like my childhood friend Jerry (a human mammal) did for his dog.

I was raised in rural Ontario on the northern shores of Lake Erie. One winter, when we were about twelve, Jerry took Sabre, his German Shepard, down to the lake to play on the ice flows. I wasn’t with them, but apparently the chunk of ice they were on started floating out of the bay into deep water. The dog was very scared, and he balked at jumping off the ice flow into the cold water. Refusing to abandon him, Jerry leapt in, then pulled Sabre in beside him. They both swam to shore together and ran fast up the bank, trying not to freeze in the cold air. That’s what friends are for.

And that’s what the little Alphadon does for Trygg when she jumps into the river that has to be crossed for them to reach safety. Except that it is Trygg who is afraid of the water.

‘All right,’ said (the Alphadon). ‘I’ll just have to get over on my own.’ In a flash, she ran across the beach and threw herself into the river. The water swirled over her head.

Trygg jumped into action. ‘Wait a minute!’ he called out as he rushed to the shore. ‘Don’t be dumb!’  He plucked the mammal from the river…

With a sigh, he placed the mammal on his back. ‘Okay,’ he said in a tone that sounded much braver than he felt. ‘Here we go!’ Then he held his breath closed his eyes and plunged into the river. The cold made him shiver.

I think that Jerry and Sabre would have been proud of Trygg.

In Chapter Twenty-Two, a big turtle escapes from a group of huge Albertosaurs (earlier tyrannosaur meat-eaters similar to T. rex). He then ends up crawling over Alta’s tail as she sleeps.

“A large flat-shelled turtle who was as wide as Alta shuffled out from between her feet. ‘Sorry about scaring you,’ he said in a hoarse whisper…

She saw the long, narrow scratches that ran the whole length of his shell. ‘Oh my, you were lucky to get away.’

‘That’s for sure.’…

The turtle set off across the sand then called back to Alta, ‘I’d get out of here if I were you.’”

I love turtles and tortoises. They’ve been around for about 150 million years, so they’ve obviously figured out how to survive.

When I first saw the fossil of the big turtle that lived at the same time and place as “Alta and Trygg”, I knew that he’d make a great character. Luckily, I happen to know several tortoises personally.

One day, at our world-renowned zoo, we took our then ten-year-old granddaughter to visit the Giant Tortoise that was outside in a pen, running like a pro. Our granddaughter, on the other side of the barrier, started running beside him. She was going full-steam, and could barely keep up with the two-foot wide, four-legged turtle. That’s why I feel confident that the ancient land tortoise that warns Alta ‘I’d get out of here if I were you.’ certainly knew how to make a fast get-away.

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CAMA Book Blitz

 


Change, Kindness, Love, Forgiveness

Children’s Books

Publisher: Tellwell Talent



Introducing Cama: Your Special Friend, a unique little elephant who mysteriously arrives just when she is needed most.

In this collection of stories, readers will meet memorable characters from diverse backgrounds who are facing relatable struggles. Cama shows up with magical surprises while helping the characters, and the readers, find and express their own inner strengths to overcome life’s challenges.

Cama is the special friend you will wish for your children and grandchildren.

The characters are also diverse–one story centers on a Spanish-speaking family, while another follows a boy named Dayne who is trying out for the wheelchair basketball team. Children love the brightly colored, dreamlike watercolor illustrations in these relatable miniature dramas, while the straightforward prose is easy for new readers to understand. Children will easily identify with these characters and their familiar emotions–and long for a friend as special as Cama.




About the Author

Cheryl Beck is an artist and small-business owner living in Carstairs, Alberta. Most importantly, she is a mother and grandmother and enjoys these titles the most.

The first story of Cama: Your Special Friend arrived as a vivid dream, which Cheryl awoke to record in the middle of the night. Excited to share Cama’s adventures with her own grandchildren, Cheryl continued writing, creating a series of stories to comfort and inspire children around the world.


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Deadly Connection Blog Tour

Deadly Connection JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for Deadly Connection by Kathy Harris, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Deadly ConnectionTitle: Deadly Connection Series: The Deadly Secrets #2 Author: Kathy Harris Publisher: Iron Stream Fiction Release Date: October 12, 2021 Genre: Romantic Suspense, Christian

Will they uncover the secrets between them before it becomes deadly? After fending off a would-be abductor, 27-year-old singer-songwriter Hannah Cassidy hides behind a car in the half-empty parking lot behind Pancake Pantry in Nashville. From there, she watches in horror as her attacker grabs another woman and pushes her into a nearby car. Within seconds, the vehicle speeds away. TBI Special Agent Jake Matheson may have planned a quiet day off and a date with Shannon―the only name her online profile revealed―for an introductory lunch, but after pulling into a parking space on 21st Avenue South, he hears a scream. He races to the back of the building and finds a frightened young woman bent forward and gasping for breath. Thrown together by uncanny circumstances and driven by the whys and what-ifs of secrets yet to be revealed, Hannah and Jake set out to find the connection between them before it becomes deadly.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathy Harris

Kathy Harris has worked as a marketing director in the Nashville music industry for more than 30 years. Her first professional writing job was freelancing entertainer biographies. Later she wrote and co-wrote news stories and columns for various music publications, eventually contributing to anthologies for Thomas Nelson, Tyndale House, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Kathy’s debut novel, The Road to Mercy, was released in 2012 by Abingdon Press. Deadly Connection, her second book in The Deadly Secrets series, will release from Iron Stream Fiction on October 12, 2021. Kathy has regularly hosted music and literary guests on her Divine Detour blog since 2010.

CONNECT WITH KATHY: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $35 Amazon gift card and an autographed copy of Deadly Connection!

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Far Beyond Woman Suffrage

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Far Beyond Woman Suffrage: The Prices of the Vote

It isn’t just about women in long skirts finally voting. The racists and the rich know that, and the politicians worry.
Mercy Martin has an inside view as the battle for woman suffrage nears a climax, but she encounters many puzzles:
 So many women and Southern states oppose votes for women;
 So many people are afraid it would bring on free love, abandonment of family, economic catastrophe, or communism.
 So many suffragists are willing to abandon black women voters.
From an innocent teen to a young adult, Mercy has a central role in the campaign. She advances from confinement in a suffragist jail cell to the national campaign for the suffrage amendment. She campaigns around Tennessee, ending at the capitol for the explosive climax in the last state that might ratify the amendment and grant the vote to women.
Why should something so clearly right be so hard, and why were some bitter compromises made? Mercy is right in the middle, relied on by key players. Along the way, she acquires a husband, a baby, and better parents than she was born with.
This is an intimate view via alternative historical fiction, as accurate as it can be and as thoughtful and moving as it must be. In this first novella of a series, Mercy jumps into the campaign for woman suffrage and prepares for a vital role in the coming decades. She’ll continue on into the wider civil rights struggle growing out of woman suffrage.

author, David McCracken

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

David McCracken became a political activist when the Supreme Court ruled against school segregation. Fellow students joined him in urging the school board in Winchester, KY, to integrate immediately. He campaigned for a Democratic governor and joined the ACLU before he graduated from the University of Kentucky. After debating at U.K., he got a degree in economics and a job with the U.S.  Department of Commerce.

When his daughters approached school age, he became increasingly concerned with how he wanted them schooled. Researching that, he decided teaching was what he really wanted to do. He got a master’s degree in elementary education at Murray State University. He taught for several years, until the fact that his girls qualified for reduced-price lunches based on his salary got to him. Ronald Reagan’s anti-government policies prevented him from returning to government work, so he took programming courses and shifted careers again. Programming was like being paid to solve puzzles all day, but teaching eventually drew him back until retirement.

For many years of this time, he was working intermittently at a novel that became Fly Twice Backward: Fresh Starts in Times of Troubles. This concerned his waking on his twelfth birthday, trying to figure out what had happened, following his new opportunities, and ultimately outliving an evil president resembling Donald Trump. After thirty-six years, David finally published it as an interactive alt-history Kindle novel. He soon started, Far Beyond Woman Suffrage: The Prices of the Vote, an alt-history novelette dealing with the campaign for woman suffrage. He finished this piece in just ten months. At 81, he is bold(?) enough to plan this as the first of a six-volume set dealing with the far-reaching results and implications of woman suffrage. His completed novels and another in the works are presented for discussion on a new website, DoFancifulFlights.com

David now lives with his third wife, stepdaughter, and step-grandson near Winchester, VA. He has a son from his second marriage, six grandchildren, and two stepchildren. And a wonderful black dog with four white feet.

Website: http:// DoFancifulFlights.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/702749.David_McCracken

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Far-Beyond-Woman-Suffrage-Prices-ebook/dp/B09DPSTN35/

The book will be on sale for $0.99 during the tour

Excerpt

Progress? 1/12/1918 

I excitedly wait before my shift on the line to discuss with Miss Sue news I heard about, that the House approved the woman suffrage amendment 274 to 136 two days ago! “So, we’re almost there?” I ask her when she’s passing by, checking how we pickets she’d assigned for the day are doing.

Her mouth tightens: “Sweety, we’ve just begun. That’s just over the required 2/3, and I understand the Senate will refuse even to debate it until October. “

“How can that be? Don’t they know it’s right … and important?”

“They’re afraid of the heat they’ll get from both sides and probably can’t line up the votes to pass it. In Southern states, a vote for woman suffrage is political suicide because negro women there would be able to combine their votes with Northern liberals.”

I look down: “Then it’s hopeless?”

“No, an election is coming. If they postpone a vote until after the election, we might win the few more seats we need.”

“Oh.”

“Don’t worry. We’re not letting any of them off the hook, especially not Woodrow Wilson. It’s his Democratic party, his responsibility. No excuses. He’s got to produce the votes.”

Giveaway

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