Historical Fiction Reads with Epic Female Leads

Historical Fiction Reads with Epic Female Leads



Shosha Mordechai is among the epic leads in today's BookFunnel historical fiction promotion.

About Shosha, the main character and chief protagonist in The Fires of Lilliput, I think reader Wesley Brando said it best:

"Sad and yet courageous on so many levels. I was in awe of the courage that Shosha showed throughout the book. The strength it took to continue to move forward each day, never knowing if it would be your last. I can't even begin to imagine the strength it took to survive such a horrific act perpetrated against the Jews."


THE FIRES OF LILLIPUT is FREE today, Monday, and Tuesday. Just scroll down and click the pic on the Bookfunnel promo page.


Which reminds me: Congratulations to my paperback book raffle winners!

A dozen readers received free copies of The Fires of Lilliput, with shipping paid in the US. They are:

M Hokanson
Amarillo TX

K Burdick
Hudson, FL

L Silvernail
West Farmington, Ohio

K Coleman
Springfield, Missouri

C Everson
Eau Claire, WI

J L McElearney
Caldwell ID

E Pressentin
Muskegon, MI

R Klepperich
Maplewood, MN

M DeMars
Manistique Michigan

E Pike
Fort Washington, PA

P Nelson
Goodyear, Az

I Shaffer
Montgomery, AL

Congratulations and thanks so much for entering the raffle!


Please be sure to RATE or REVIEW each book when you finish it. Reader ratings and reviews are so, so important to both the reader and author experience!

Another selection from BookFunnel's epic female leads sale, LUMINOUS tells the story Catherine Wolfe Donohue did not live long enough to tell.

In the spirit of the upcoming film Oppenheimer, Luminous chronicles Donohue's battle with the Radium Dial Corporation after she contracts radium poisoning from a glow-in-the-dark paint the company sold for wristwatch and clock dials.

Donohue died at a young 35, a member of the so-called "Radium Girls" who

painted the radioactive clocks and dials. They ultimately sued their employers, but died painful, early deaths before receiving compensation.

Noted historical fiction author Samantha Wilcoxson fictionalized those parts of Donohue's story the newspapers did not tell and Donohue could not tell. 

It's about early hope and later despair that mirrors the life of radium's Nobel-prize winning discoverer, Marie Curie. Radium promised SO much, from medicine to technology. For women like Catherine Donohue (pictured below, on her death bed), it also promised well-paying jobs during and after the First World War.

Radium's dangers weren't known until years after Donohue started work at the Radium Dial Corporation in 1922. In time, the Radium Girls developed anemia, cancers, and bone deterioration, later attributed to the same radiation poisoning that eventually killed Marie Curie.

GET your copy of Luminous: The Story of a Radium Girl, at BookFunnel.



Thank you so much for reading!

Until next time,

Michael Martin

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