Friday Book Round-Up Reveals Mrs. N’s Top 10 Female Authors #FridayReads #books


Friday Book Round Up

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. This week, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. It got me thinking about my favorite female authors. Many of these women inspired me to go after my dream of publishing and on a certain level, I consider them my mentors (even though we’ve never met). So, I wanted to honor these women here today with my very personal (feeling a little exposed here) list. The link is to their Amazon Author Page. Here is my top 10 in alphabetical order:

 

Jane Austen

My 8th grade English teacher introduced me to Jane Austen and I am forever grateful to him. Not only are Jane’s books poignant and beautifully-written, it was virtually unheard of for a woman to publish in those days. It was thanks to her brother that a publisher agreed to publish her. It was well-received and popular among the aristocrats. My favorite two novels are Pride and Prejudice as well as Emma.

 

The Bronte Sisters

Wuthering Heights was my introduction to Emily Bronte as well as her sisters. Each was gifted in their own right and like Jane Austen, they fought against societal prejudice to be published. Dark, brooding characters enduring heart-breaking tragedies is the theme of many of their stories. Romantic? Sure, if you’re not a fan of happily ever after. What makes their stories so memorable for me is that even though the sisters had a hard life, they obviously found joy in writing. It comes across is their descriptive plots and characters. My favorite novel is Wuthering Heights.

 

Candace Bushnell

I read Sex and the City when it was first published and was instantly in love with Bushnell’s honest approach to love, dating and being single in the big city. Her writing style appealed to me as a single gal trying to figure out what it meant when a guy said he would call and then didn’t. She’s one of my writing mentors because she ditched the cutesy women’s lit for brutally honest lit. I mean, it was refreshing to hear what other women think about oral sex and men who shower right after sex. Reading her books (and she has several now) is like curling up with a bunch of girlfriends and dishing the dirt. No pretense, just great storytelling. My favorite is her Sex and the City anthology.

 

Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way caught my attention when I was working as a manager for a large bookstore. A friend of mine raved about how it helped her with her artwork. “Inspiring,” she said so I picked it up. Talk about changing my life… this book shook me with truths that were hidden deep within me. Yes, I could be the artist I craved to be; all it took was determination and not giving up. Cameron continues to inspire me on a daily basis. It’s thanks to her that I could work full-time, be a housewife and complete my first novel without losing my mind.

 

Agatha Christie Truth

 

Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha… what an inspiration! I fell in love with her mysteries at a young age, thanks to my mother. She’s an incredible woman who lived several lives in her lifetime. Independent, witty, honorable, she took ordinary people she met and incorporated them into her mysteries. A hero in my eyes because she wrote intricate mysteries with complex characters which kept the reader captivated until the last page. Both Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are my two favorite detectives in literature and no, I can’t pick a favorite novel.

 

Jude Deveraux

When I was thirteen, I read my very first Jude Deveraux romance. I can close my eyes and remember the feeling of romance surging in my heart as I read The Black Lyon all those years ago. Being a sucker for history, her historical romances taught me what life might have been like back in the day. Sweeping romance, strong men and even stronger women filled the pages of Jude’s books. I swooned and imagined falling in love with a knight who would sweep me away from my dull and boring life. She’s the gold standard for all historical romances (in my opinion) and she taught me so much more about writing characters, tension and plot than all my teachers in school. I still idolize her and re-read The Knight in Shining Armor (my all-time favorite book) at least twice a year.

 

Syrie James

I first read Dracula, My Love and was instantly a fan of Syrie James’ writing style and ability to take a classic tale and put a new spin on it. Being a huge reader of historical fiction and historical romance, I love the way Syrie spins what’s familiar and brings new light to it. Her imagination is as big as my own and her ability to make a monster into a misunderstood lonely tragic character is uncanny. I’ve read every one of her books and while I wish I had the time to do all the research she does when writing, I’m in awe of how she makes historical figures come alive. She’s a writing mentor to me for her descriptive narration alone and I keep going back to her books to gain new insight. My favorite novel is Dracula, My Love.

 

Jennifer Weiner

Okay, here’s where this list gets personal. I’m a curvy woman and as a reader, I’ve spent most of my life reading about stick-thin heroines dealing with life. But then I read Good in Bed when it first came out. Mind Blown! Here’s a New York Bestselling Author describing in great detail the ups and down of a curvy woman’s search for love. Her writing isn’t cliché and tells it like it is. Hooray for curvy women everywhere! Jennifer taught me it’s okay to expose a part of myself in my writing. I’ve read every single book and my favorite is her latest release, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing.

 

Laura Ingalls Wilder

I was ten years old when I got the box set of Little House books from my grandparents. I inhaled each book and as the years went by, continued to re-read them. It tells the story of her pioneer life from little girl to married and a mother. I love these books because it’s Laura sharing a part of her growing up. There’s an authenticity to these stories that makes them irresistible. I learned so much about what life was like in those days from these books. Life was hard and you found happiness and joy in the small things. As a mentor, Laura is inspiring and honest. Her stories transport the reader because she’s sharing from the heart. I strive to bring that heart quality to every book I write.

 

Marianne Williamson

I have Oprah to thank for introducing me to Marianne Williamson. I remember this clearly: I was home sick with the flu and was watching Oprah. Her guest was a beautiful woman by the name of Marianne Williamson. She spoke of inner light, spirituality, love and being at peace. It was exactly the words I needed to hear. See, I didn’t really have the flu. I was filled with anxiety due to high school female bullies and faked being sick to avoid them. They tormented me and made my life miserable. All I wanted to do was crawl into a hole and become invisible. Peace and love were the furthest from my mind at that time. Marianne spoke of taking control of your life and not allowing outside forces to steal your joy. That was exactly what I needed to hear at the time. I’ve read all her books since then but the one book that continues to speak to me is Return to Love. Love, it states, is the centre of everything and everyone. I’ve embodied that in my writing and share that message through my blog every single day. Her lyrical prose aligns with my writing style and I’m so grateful to her message of peace. It saved my life.

 

Have a favorite female author to recommend? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

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An Imperfect Journey to The Promised Land by @GingerCastro14 #bookreview #memoir #women


Title: An Imperfect Journey to The Promised Land (Ginger Esperanza Castro’s Journey Book 1)

Author: Ginger Castro

Genre: Memoir, Self-Improvement, Women

 

Book Blurb:

In “An Imperfect Journey to The Promised Land” I share my private journal entries dating from December 25, 2010 until June 2014. This is the first book of my “Ginger Esperanza Castro’s Journey” series I’m working on.

 

My Review:

A book that can be uplifting at one moment and sombre in others and even laugh out loud funny in some places.  The amazing part is that this isn’t fiction; this is one person’s life!  It takes courage to open up one’s soul for the world to see and I commend the author for her bravery.  I hope the book helped the author heal and I hope its message of never giving up reaches other people too.

 

The issues I had with the book were purely technical.  It could use a little tighter editing and the ending was very abrupt.  It really leaves the reader wanting to know what happens next…

 

A tough read but one that is very worthwhile.  This book makes the reader reflect on their own life with a bit more understanding about what life is.

 

 

My Rating:  3.75 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Imperfect-Journey-Promised-Esperanza-Castros-ebook/dp/B01IPJZOK8

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31254574-an-imperfect-journey-to-the-promised-land

 

Ginger Castro

 

Author Biography:

Ginger Esperanza Castro is fun-loving, eccentric, a loyal friend, responsible when she feels like it, and dependable. She loves cooking, baking, swimming, and music. She lives in Edinburg, Texas.

 

Social Media Links:

Blog https://alifetimeofobstacles.wordpress.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ladygingerecastro

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/gingeresperanza/

LibraryThing https://www.librarything.com/profile/GingerECastro1980

Twitter @GingerCastro14

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

Courage: Every Woman’s Secret Weapon #InternationalWomensDay #inspiration


I am a woman.  Shocking, I know! 😉  Today, I am dedicating this blog post to all women everywhere!!! ~ MRS N

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Women are superheroes in fabulous clothes!  Take a look around you and see it for yourself.  There are women all around you who do whatever it takes to make their life and family succeed.  They work all day at their careers.  They stay at home and take care of the children.  They cook, clean, grocery shop, bake, plan and do whatever is needed.  They have children or not.  They smile at everyone they meet and show kindness to strangers.

Today is International Women’s Day and I want to stress to every woman and girl that we are all Wonder Women. No matter our size, race or ability, we are all superheroes in our own lives.

As women, we need to encourage each other to not only live a happy life but to have courage!  Courage is the difference between having the life you have always wanted and living the life you have now!

What kind of life do you want to live?

Be courageous, women!  I am living the life I have always dreamt and every day I’m brave enough to see what new adventure life has in store for me!

Take a minute today and thank the women in your life.  You will make her day, I promise!

She is a woman

MRS N, Wonder Woman

I’m Not Your “Baby” by Joy Jennings #bookpromo #memoir #sexualassault


Im Not Your Baby book cover

 

Title: I’m Not Your “Baby”: An Australian Woman’s Tortured Life of Sexual Harassment and Assault

 

Author: Joy Jennings

 

Genre: Memoir  approx 72,000 words.

 

Book Blurb:

In this suspenseful and riveting memoir about a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Australian beach girl, Joy faces the battle of her life against the not-so-friendly bronzed Aussie bloke.

 

Through her raw, dark stories of frightening sexual assaults, shocking rapes, non-stop abuse, violation and street harassment, Joy Jennings shares of how she tried to make her way in her coastal home town, while being hounded, followed and tormented at every turn.

 

Her powerfully moving story throws you into a world of tradies, hoons and bogans, who behave in the world’s most vile, vulgar and sexist of ways.  With her candid and compelling recollections of being choked to within an inch of her life, having her car window smashed into her face, being stalked and having men rip the very clothes from her body, this memoir will not only keep you captivated, but also astonish you with every page.

 

Readers will be taken on an unrelenting ride as they share Joy’s emotional journey. I’m Not Your “Baby” will have you fighting for our author who, with a determined heart, never gives up hope of finding love, peace and ultimate happiness.

 

This is not a story about demonizing the Australian male, but one that humanizes the victims.

 

 

Excerpt from Chapter 5:

The disadvantage of being an Aussie beach chick was that when I did go out anywhere alone, I became vulnerable to the onslaught of street harassment from every Australian male who passed me by. It didn’t matter where I went or what I wore, from light summer clothing through to baggy T-shirts and sweat pants, it was as though I had no right to walk the streets without being a target of sexually charged harassment.

 

It didn’t only happen on the coast. I remember being harassed back in Melbourne starting at around the age of thirteen. The odd car would honk as it drove past, and some bloke would whistle at me, which I didn’t like. If I said anything to either one of my sisters, I was just told to take as a compliment. I tried to at first, but the car toots and whistles increased in both frequency and intensity with every year, and it really started to wear me down.

 

When I turned seventeen and first moved to the coast, the harassment increased tremendously, and I soon had all manner of men, of all ages, whistling, tooting and yelling out at me. Their comments were sexist, lewd and really quite vile.

 

“Hey baby, show us your pink bits!”

 

“Hey baby, wiggle that hot ass. You’re getting us hard!”

 

The invidious comments weren’t exclusive to Australian men, but they certainly were responsible for the crudest of them. Men anywhere from sixteen to seventy-six were all taking part in objectifying not only me, but many other women, my friends included. The very worst of it would usually come from the young Aussie men in their late teens and early twenties, who had absolutely no idea how to behave in public, especially in front of a lady.

 

There were also the physical assaults. If I was standing in a busy store or crowded place, especially on public transport, I would have my bottom pinched, my breasts groped, crotches rubbed against me, and propositions for sex and other lewd and vile remarks whispered in my ear. When I was at work, I had guys leaping over the counter to kiss my cheek or smell my neck, and I was hit on continually.

 

Quite often, I was followed by males who would make disgusting remarks.

 

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These so-called compliments were never something I found cute, funny or complimentary, but rather insulting, intimidating, abusive, rude, insensitive and vulgar. No woman deserves it, and it wasn’t something I should have expected because I was born female.

 

Many leered and snickered and called me over like a dog. Some would grab their crotches and ask me if I wanted some. They whistled, hooted and hollered and made sexual gestures with their hands, fingers, mouths and tongues.

 

 

Available to Buy: Official book website, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon Australia. Also available on Kobo.

 

 Joy Jennings

 

Author Bio:

Joy Jennings was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. At seventeen, Joy and her family moved to Queensland where she spent over thirty years living on the Gold Coast.

 

Following in the footsteps of her father, published author and newspaper columnist, Joy realized her own talents as a writer with the debut of her artfully crafted memoir.

 

It is Joy’s hope that through her work she can educate women, particularly young women, on how to help protect themselves against sexual harassment or assault and offer her story as an example of the mistakes Joy made in remaining silent. It is Joy’s even larger hope that her memoir will encourage a shift in male attitudes and behaviours, not only in Australia but worldwide, and bring about social change.

 

 

Social Media Links:

 

Find Joy Jennings on Goodreads, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Pinterest

 

 

 

 

Courage is a Woman’s Secret Weapon


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I am a woman.  Shocking, I know! 😉  Today, I am dedicating this blog post to all women everywhere!!!

Women are superheroes in fabulous clothes!  Take a look around you and see it for yourself.  There are women all around you who do whatever it takes to make their life and family succeed.  They work all day at their careers.  They stay at home and take care of the children.  They cook, clean, grocery shop, bake, plan and do whatever is needed.  They have children or not.  They smile at everyone they meet and show kindness to strangers.

I love this picture above and it reminds me of my mother in law.  She is 84 years old and she lives life to the fullest.  She loves rock and roll music and looks fabulous!  I love her so much and she is my example of not caring about age.  It’s all in how you feel, not how old you are!

As women, we need to encourage each other to not only live a happy life but to have courage!  Courage is the difference between having the life you have always wanted and living the life you have now!

What kind of life do you want to live?

Be courageous, women!  I am living the life I have always dreamt and every day I am brave enough to see what new adventure life has in store for me!

Take a minute today and thank the women in your life (both men and women).  You will make her day, I promise!

She is a woman