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No Rules

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Sharon Dukett has never been a woman to follow the rules. Growing up in Connecticut in the 70s, her parents thought she should become a clerical office worker after high school and live at home until she marries and has a family. A free-spirit and feminist, Sharon has other plans. She wants more out of life and leaves home with her older sister to join the California hippies and embarks of a precarious journey amid the 1970s counterculture, bouncing from place to place and learning a lot the hard way.


Back to Connecticut in her adult life, Sharon has a colorful memoir debuting on June 2, NoRules, that reflects upon the changes that reshaped her during the 1970s women’s movement, and how they have transformed society’s expectations for girls and women today―and, through it all, shares moments of triumph, joy, love, and awakening.

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I appreciate Sharon sharing her story about growing up in the 1970s and joining the women's movement. Which this was a big victory for women to…

The Opposite of Certainty

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What happens when we can no longer pretend that the ground underfoot is bedrock and the sky above predictable? All Janine Urbaniak Reid ever wanted was for everyone she loved to be okay so she might relax and maybe be happy. Her life strategy was simple: do everything right. This included trying to be the perfect mother to her three kids so they would never experience the kind of pain she pretended not to feel growing up. What she didn’t expect was the chaos of an out-of-control life that begins when her young son’s hand begins to shake. The Opposite of Certainty is the story of Janine’s reluctant journey beyond easy answers and platitudes. She searches for a source of strength bigger than her circumstances, only to have her circumstances become even thornier with her own crisis. Drawn deeply and against her will into herself, and into the eternal questions we all ask, she discovers hidden reserves of strength, humor, and a no-matter-what faith that looks nothing like she thought it wo…

The Prisoner's Wife

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Inspired by the true story of a daring deception that plunges a courageous young woman deep into the horrors of a Nazi POW camp to be with the man she loves.

In the dead of night, a Czech farm girl and a British soldier travel through the countryside. Izabela and prisoner of war Bill have secretly married and are on the run, with Izzy dressed as a man. The young husband and wife evade capture for as long as possible—until they are cornered by Nazi soldiers with tracking dogs.

Izzy's disguise works. The couple are assumed to be escaped British soldiers and transported to a POW camp. However, their ordeal has just begun, as they face appalling living conditions and the constant fear of Izzy's exposure. But in the midst of danger and deprivation comes hope, for the young couple are befriended by a small group of fellow prisoners. These men become their new family, willing to jeopardize their lives to save Izzy from being discovered and shot.

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Miranda and the D-Day Caper + Giveaway

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Miranda and the D-Day Caper by Shelly Frome on Tour May 1-31 2020 Synopsis:
A modern day mystery with WWII tactics, old-time heroes and values, and the efforts of two amateur cousin sleuths from the Heartland. On a sparkling spring morning in the Blue Ridge, small-town realtor Miranda Davis approached the tailgate market, intent on dealing with her whimsical cousin Skip’s unexpected arrival from New York. It turns out that Skip was on the run and, in his panic, grabbed his beloved tabby Duffy, recalling that Miranda had a recent part in solving a case down in Carolina. His predicament stemmed from intercepting code messages like “Countdown to D-Day,” playfully broadcasting the messages on his radio show over the nation-wide network, and subsequently forced to flee.



At first, Miranda tried to limit her old childhood companion’s conundrum to the sudden abduction of Duffy the cat. But the forces that be were hell-bent on keeping Skip under wraps by any means after he now stumbled close…

Legends from Mom's Closet

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BOOK DETAILSPublisher: BCH
Release Date: May 19, 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780578620091


10-Year-Old Girl Uses Imagination and Vintage Fashion to Emulate Female Icons
A lesson in using creativity and learning at home
When 10-year-old Sasha Olsen was forced to spend a summer indoors because of rainy weather, she refused to spend all her time in front of a screen. Instead, she read through a stack of books detailing the lives of famous women throughout history. From Frida Kahlo and Audrey Hepburn to Billie Holiday and Joan Jett, Sasha’s imagination began to run wild as she learned about these accomplished and creative women who had become legends.

Soon, Sasha was in her mom's closet picking through her clothes and her grandmother’s vintage pieces to dress up like all the women she had been reading about. In her upcoming book, Legends from Mom’s Closet (May 2020), Sasha recreates the looks of her favorite female icons, from dresses to lipstick to hairstyles. She also offers highligh…