Happy Friday, dear readers! Today on the blog I welcome author Beverly Magid! This is the last day of Beverly's Blog Tour for Where Do I Go and I am hosting a wonderful post from her. And don't forget to enter our giveaway!
Women seem to be at the forefront of current events. The #MeToo movement is just one aspect, but very vocal and evident. Women want to be heard, they refuse to be dismissed or discounted. They’re marching, voting, organizing, reporting, running for office. The word “feminist” became the word –of-the-year. Why not? Women have been trying to speak out ever since Eve first discovered the apple in the Garden of Eden.
Museums are acknowledging women artists that they might have overlooked before, female authors are winning national and international book awards, women are winning elections as governors, senators, representatives, almost as President, including minority women candidates.
I grew up in an era that after a time of war when women’s help was essential, the world then expected women to go back to the kitchen, raise the children and be the perfect little housefrau again, cooking, baking and loving their Westinghouse refrigerator (courtesy of Betty Furness tv commercials). But did all women really just want that, having no choice in the matter. We still don’t pay female workers equally to men, but opportunities now continue to open up.
My books were born in that frame of mind. My female protagonists are restless, sometimes unfulfilled, yearning for something they can’t always describe, willing to take risks, but always aware of the times they live in. They don’t always understand why they can’t conform, but they know they can’t, they’re ultra-sensitive to their own hurts but also to the pain of others. I confess that some of their qualities and their flaws probably resemble some of my own, but I do believe that the stories of the ordinary woman in an extraordinary circumstance are the stories that are closest to my heart.
I’ll bet that many of you out there have your own stories which are bursting to be told. None of us may win Pulitzer prizes, but our stories are important and I hope that you will take the chance and try your hand at writing. Even if it’s just to put it on paper for yourself, it’s worth the time and energy to do it. First the toe in the water, then jump right in. The deeper you go, the more fun it is. See you in the deep end of the pool.
What a great idea! Thanks for this wonderful post, Beverly! It was very inspirational!
Where Do I Go by Beverly Magid
READ THE FIRST CHAPTER.
It's 1908 and Leah and her boys have immigrated to New York's Lower East Side to live with her brothers after surviving a pogrom in their Russian village. She is determined to find a home in America but the conditions are harsher than she expected. The garment sweat shops are brutal to work in and it's essential that her son Benny works after school to help with expenses. Unbeknownst to her he runs errands for the local bookie/gangster. Life isn't what Leah hoped for, but she's a fighter and not willing to accept the awful conditions at Wollowitz's Factory. She's on a journey to find her own voice, to find a place for herself and her sons, to find a little beauty and romance in her life.
Available in Paperback and eBook on Amazon
About the AuthorBeverly Magid, before writing her novel, was a journalist and an entertainment and celebrity PR executive, who interviewed many luminaries, including John Lennon, Jim Croce and the Monty Python gang, and as a publicist represented clients in music, tv and film, ranging from Whoopi Goldberg, John Denver and Dolly Parton to Tom Skerritt, Martin Landau, Kathy Ireland and Jacqueline Bisset.
Beverly is a longtime west coast resident who still considers herself a New Yorker. Among the social issues she’s passionate about is literacy and she worked with KorehLA to mentor elementary children in reading. Also she has been an advocate for Jewish World Watch, an organization dedicated to working against genocide and to aid the victims of war atrocities. On a lighter side, she is also a volunteer at the Los Angeles Zoo, monitoring animal behavior for their Research Department.
She is a news and political junkie who supports environmental, animal and human rights issues. She believes most passionately that “We must remain vigilant to the those who would erode the rights of people around the world and work to defeat them.”
For more information, please visit Beverly Magid's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Blog Tour ScheduleMonday, January 15
Review at Donna's Book Blog
Feature at What Is That Book About
Tuesday, January 16
Guest Post at My Reading Corner
Wednesday, January 17
Excerpt at WS Momma Readers Nook
Monday, January 22
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books
Feature at View From the Birdhouse
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots
Tuesday, January 23
Feature at A Literary Vacation
Thursday, January 25
Feature at Just One More Chapter
Friday, January 26
Review at Life of a Female Bibliophile
Interview at Dianne Ascroft's Blog
Sunday, January 28
Feature at Books of a Shy Girl
Monday, January 29
Review at Back Porchervations
Tuesday, January 30
Review & Interview at Elizabeth Jane Corbett
Wednesday, January 31
Review at Cup of Sensibility
Feature at A Holland Reads
Thursday, February 1
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views
Friday, February 2
Guest Post at Passages to the Past
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