Feisty Deeds : Historical Fictions of Daring Women

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Release Date: June 8, 2024
Contributors: Debra Borchert, Julie Mayerson Brown, Teri M. Brown, Julia Maria Schiavone Camacho, Elisabeth Carson-Williams, Valerie Chalker, Joan Fernandez, Beth Anne Hill, Kim Gottlieb-Walker, Dawn W. Hogan, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Della Leavitt, Raquel Y. Levitt, Christy Matheson, Barbara Buckley Ristine, Suzanne Samuels, Elaine Aucoin Schroller, Kay Smith-Blum, Kimberly Sullivan, Ashley E. Sweeney, Nina Wachsman, Patty W. Warren, Marie W. Watts
Pages: 254
ISBN13: 979-8-9868844-4-8



Feisty women spanning six centuries ...

The twenty-three stories in this collection depict ordinary women—from the 1470s to the 1970s—who meet life’s challenges with fierce determination.

An unhappy housewife in 1950s California gathers the courage to escape an abusive marriage. When local men are shipped off to WWI, a young Yorkshire woman joins others to keep a munitions factory at peak operation. As her land and way of life are threatened, a nineteenth century Chickasaw wife and mother rekindles the strength of her ancestors. A midwife strives to protect mothers from accusations of witchcraft. A Victorian portrait artist possesses a rare, sought-after talent that dispatches unwanted relatives.

Foreign invaders, rigid domestic authorities, strictures of society and religion, the supernatural, and love and family bonds all serve as catalysts for the feisty women in these tales.

Foreword by Aimie K. Runyan

All proceeds from this anthology go to the Women's Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) Scholarship Fund, assisting authors in financial need.

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“The collection rises marvelously to the task set by the editors: show women who refused to accept the rules imposed upon them and accomplish all they set out to achieve.”
—From the Foreword by Aimie K. Runyan, Author of The School for German Brides

“Extraordinarily impressive… Twenty-three authors unite to take readers on a captivating journey filled with unexpected twists and turns in this collection of short stories. Spanning six centuries and multiple continents, the anthology follows ordinary women as they confront extraordinary challenges, all bound by a common thread of resilience in the face of life’s adversities.[...] An outstanding collection that showcases ordinary women’s extraordinary experiences, struggles, and victories.”
—The Prairies Book Review

“A perfectly curated collection of fearless women making their mark on the world.  From charming murderesses and devoted patriots to battlefield heroines and rebellious homemakers, these tales of extraordinary women and their dangerous deeds span centuries and nations, for a well-rounded and insightful compendium of unheard voices. The distinct and polished prose of the contributing writers bring their imagined achievements to life, resulting in a captivating, thought-provoking, and undeniably inspiring collection.”
—Self-Publishing Review