Friday, March 27, 2015

Spotlight: MG Fantasy The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Deception by Suzanne de Montigny

Middle Grade Author Suzanne de Montigny just released the second book of her series, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Deception. This story about a herd of unicorns (I already like it!) will keep you on the edge of your seat. Here are some words to describe the story: Unicorns, kidnapping, flood, tyrant, bullying, fantasy, dinosaurs, false gods, deception, horses, magic, the great flood, Noah, trust, Christian. Plenty of clues to tell you this is one mighty adventure.

From the back of the book:
How did the Legacy of Azaria transform into the world fear it has, the unicorns barely existing hidden in the depths of the forest? Why is Icharus, the Great Stallion, so cruel and ruthless? And who is Jaresh, the invisible being who takes away their powers? Angry, the young colt Ulysees and his friend Téo rebel, following an abandoned trail where they’re discovered by humans. Now the entire herd must make an exodus. But Ulysees discovers there’s more danger then just humans when he meets a giant creature who warns them of impending doom…

Check out this book and download a sample or order it from
MuseItUp Publishing

You can get the first book in the series, The Legacy, for only 99 cents. Meet Azaria and the dinosaur, Darius. 
The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy
Will Azaria save the unicorns from extinction?
Buy Links for The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Career: Lynn Sherr, Broadcast Journalist and Author

2015 National Women’s History Month Honorees

Meet Broadcast Journalist and Author Lynn Sherr
 March is National Women’s History Month.  2015 is the National Women’s History Project’s  35th Anniversary.  In celebration of this landmark anniversary, we have chosen 9 women as 2015 Honorees who have contributed in very special ways to our work of “writing women back into history.”  
Today we feature honoree Lynn Sherr, broadcast (TV) journalist and author, whose articles on historic trailblazing women chronicle those brave women who broke ground for today's women.

Lynn Sherr (1943- Present) 
Broadcast Journalist and Author
lynn signing Sally book (4)
The modern women’s rights movement has brought about the greatest
social change in our lifetime.  It woke me up, gave me purpose focused my
energy…I joined a growing number of twentieth-century feminist determined
 to set the record straight and prove definitively that the same bold women
who had blazed the trails deserved our unmitigated thanks.  
Lynn Sherr
Lynn Sherr, an American  broadcast journalist and author, began her career at Conde Nast, when she won the Mademoiselle Magazine Guest Editor Competition in college.  She soon moved on to the Associated Press, then WCBS-TV,  PBS, and ultimately ABC, where she covered politics, space and social change for more than 30 years.  As a correspondent for the ABC news magazine 20/20, she received many honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award in 1994 for “The Hunger Inside,” about anorexia. 
For over a decade,  Sherr along with Jurate  Kazickas created The Women’s Appointment Calendar, a day-by-day recollection of women’s historic events. The calendars are fun-filled, primary source documents of women’s history before and during the second wave of the 20th century women’s movement.
Sherr is an unabashed feminist who has twice been the recipient of the Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, honoring journalists for “exceptional coverage of reproductive rights and health care issues.”  She has rejected calls for a “new feminism,” remarking, “What’s wrong with the old feminism?”
In Susan B. Anthony Slept Here (1976), Sherr recognized the importance of reclaiming and visiting women’s historic landmarks.  Her latest best-selling book, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space (2014), is the only adult biography of that pathbreaking woman.  Sherr’s career on and off TV is courageously chronicled in Outside the Box: A Memoir (2006).
This article is courtesy of the National Women's History Project

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Trailblazer: Delilah L. Beasley, Newspaper Columnist

2015 National Women’s History Month 

Azaleas--Spring is coming to Florida!!
March is National Women’s History Month.  2015 is the National Women’s History Project’s  35th Anniversary.  In celebration of this landmark anniversary, we have chosen 9 women as 2015 Honorees who have contributed in very special ways to our work of “writing women back into history.”  

Find out about Delilah L. Beasley, the first African American woman to be regularly published in a major metropolitan newspaper and the first author to present the history of African Americans in early California.
Delilah L. Beasley (1867-1934)
Historian and Newspaper Columnist
At her memorial service, which was a testament
to her life-long crusade for justice,
all attending stood and made the following pledge—
Every life casts it shadow , my life plus others make power to move the world.
I, therefore pledge my life to the living work of brotherhood
and material understanding between the races. 
Growing up in Ohio, Beasley started writing social columns for black and white newspapers while still a teenager. After her parents’ deaths, she sought a career path that would better support her younger siblings, working as a hairdresser, massage therapist, nurse, and maid for many years. In 1910 she moved to Oakland California where she immersed herself in the local black community and again started writing articles in local newspapers.
 In 1915 Beasley started writing a weekly column in the Oakland Tribune. Her articles protested the stereotypes contained in the movie The Birth of a Nation. Through a column called “Activities among Negroes,” she campaigned for African-American dignity and rights.  Highlighting activities of local churches, women’s clubs, literary societies, along with national politics, and achievements of black men and women, her column aimed to give all readers a positive picture of the black community and demonstrate the capabilities of African Americans.
Deeply interested in the history of black Californians, Beasley trained herself in archival research and oral histories. In 1919 she self-published The Negro Trail-Blazers of California, a groundbreaking book chronicling the lives of hundreds of black Californians from the pioneer period through the early 20thcentury. Her book included an unprecedented amount of Black women’s history, focusing on the strong roles women played in their communities and featuring countless biographies of women leaders.
 In the thirties, Beasley was the driving force behind the passage California’s first anti-lynching bill.  She continued her column and was active in the community until her death in 1934. 
This article is courtesy of the National Women's History Project

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Video: A Pep Talk from Kid President

I just discovered these amazing videos by this little boy who has uplifting, fun messages for all of us. He is on the Soul Pancake channel at 

The Kid President has a Pep Talk in this video. He has a lot of wisdom for a little kid. "It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance." 

Kids do have a lot to give to the world. And like he says, '"We're all on the same team, aren't we?" 

Yes, we are, Kid President. We're on the team to use our lives to make the world better. 

Thanks so much for sharing your message! Watch the video now.

A Pep Talk from Kid President

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