Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - Far Beyond Woman Suffrage: The Prices of the Vote by David S. McCracken

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Far Beyond Woman Suffrage: The Prices of the Vote by David S. McCracken. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an interesting guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card or a mug. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Far Beyond Woman Suffrage: The Prices of the Vote
Author: David S. McCracken
Publication Date: August 25th 2021
Print Length: 122 pages
Genre: Coming of Age Alternative History
It isn’t just about women in long skirts finally voting. The racists and the rich know that, and the politicians worry.

Mercy Martin has an inside view as the battle for woman suffrage nears a climax, but she encounters many puzzles:

• So many women and Southern states oppose votes for women;

• So many people are afraid it would bring on free love, abandonment of family, economic catastrophe, or communism.

• So many suffragists are willing to abandon black women voters.

From an innocent teen to a young adult, Mercy has a central role in the campaign. She advances from confinement in a suffragist jail cell to the national campaign for the suffrage amendment. She campaigns around Tennessee, ending at the capitol for the explosive climax in the last state that might ratify the amendment and grant the vote to women.

Why should something so clearly right be so hard, and why were some bitter compromises made? Mercy is right in the middle, relied on by key players. Along the way, she acquires a husband, a baby, and better parents than she was born with.

This is an intimate view via alternative historical fiction, as accurate as it can be and as thoughtful and moving as it must be. In this first novella of a series, Mercy jumps into the campaign for woman suffrage and prepares for a vital role in the coming decades. She’ll continue on into the wider civil rights struggle growing out of woman suffrage.

**The eBook is on sale for only $0.99 during this tour.**

On the line, 2/2/1918

Freedom! Grandma has taught me to drive her Model T. Cranking it may be a problem when my belly gets bigger, but for now, I can often come down for an assignment on the sentinel line without troubling Grandma. I feel so modern.

Yesterday Alice was on the line with me, and I got to talk with her afterward. What a strong personality! I would do anything she said. She was so calm when young men, some in military uniforms, harassed and pushed us. The police never intervened, except to arrest other men who tried to protect us. I always thought policemen were the people’s guardians. I hope my baby can have a world where that is true again. If it ever was.

Today I talked with a fellow volunteer, Jessica McReady, a friend from high school. She’d gone on to Maryland State College, nearby in College Park, while I was sick. She’s among the first female students enrolled there. How I envy her! She’s already planning to work for the federal government when she graduates. I wonder what I’ll even be able to do after I have the baby.
David McCracken became a political activist when the Supreme Court ruled against school segregation. Fellow students joined him in urging the school board in Winchester, KY, to integrate immediately. He campaigned for a Democratic governor and joined the ACLU before he graduated from the University of Kentucky. After debating at U.K., he got a degree in economics and a job with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

When his daughters approached school age, he became increasingly concerned with how he wanted them schooled. Researching that, he decided teaching was what he really wanted to do. He got a master's degree in elementary education at Murray State University. He taught for several years, until the fact that his girls qualified for reduced-price lunches based on his salary got to him. Ronald Reagan's anti-government policies prevented him from returning to government work, so he took programming courses and shifted careers again. Programming was like being paid to solve puzzles all day, but teaching eventually drew him back until retirement.

For many years of this time, he was working intermittently at a novel that became Fly Twice Backward: Fresh Starts in Times of Troubles. This concerned his waking on his twelfth birthday, trying to figure out what had happened, following his new opportunities, and ultimately outliving an evil president resembling Donald Trump. After thirty-six years, David finally published it as an interactive alt-history Kindle novel. He soon started, Far Beyond Woman Suffrage: The Prices of the Vote, an alt-history novelette dealing with the campaign for woman suffrage. He finished this piece in just ten months. At 81, he is bold(?) enough to plan this as the first of a six-volume set dealing with the far-reaching results and implications of woman suffrage. His completed novels and another in the works are presented for discussion on a new website.

David now lives with his third wife, stepdaughter, and step-grandson near Winchester, VA. He has a son from his second marriage, six grandchildren, and two stepchildren. And a wonderful black dog with four white feet.

- Do you think that society is heading backwards? Are we doomed to repeat the past?

Half of society has already headed backward, to the Middle Ages, before the Enlightenment that enrolled our forefathers. A large part of the population no longer believes in truth, honor, or democracy. We have two years to abandon this Trumpian nonsense before we're dragged into an abyss. If that happens, we'll lucky to repeat the past after several benighted generations.
David McCracken will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card or a mug with the author's website name and link to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. (One winner for each prize. Mug is US only.) Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  2. I really like what I have read so far!!

  3. this sounds like an interesting read

  4. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing!

  5. like the cover. thanks for the information

  6. looks like a fun one

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  8. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  9. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Sounds like my kind of read love the cover too.

  11. Do you have any advice for new writers?

  12. What's your favorite book to re-read?

  13. The cover is fitting to the description.

  14. I believe you are mistaken, for the evil President is Biden.

  15. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.