Thursday, February 25, 2016

Emmy Nation, Undercover Suffragette by L. Davis Munro

Title: EMMY NATION: Undercover Suffragette
Series: EMMY NATION: Book One
Author: L. Davis Munro
Type of Book: Paperback  320 pg
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781517529673

Being an independent woman in 1913 London is certainly empowering, but Emmy Nation is tired of the inescapable damp seeping through her worn shoes and the hopeless grumblings of her stomach.

When she receives an offer from Scotland Yard to boost her typist income by spying on the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), Emmy jumps at the chance. But as she grows closer to the WSPU women the lines begin to blur, and when a painful part of her past resurfaces Emmy begins to question her choices.

How far are you willing to go to secure your equality?

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How Writing Sprints Changed My Life

I was recently introduced to the concept of a writing sprint and it has completely changed the way I write. A writing sprint is a focused block of time when you try to write as many words as you can. 
I have discovered several blogs and sites dedicated to this practice and supporting authors through hosting word sprints. and are just two sites that I love! 

So, how does it work and why has it changed my writing? Well, it works like the Pomodoro Technique in which you spend a short amount of time doing a concentrated activity and then you take a break. 
The idea being that you remove distraction for a short period of time and then 
recover your energy and focus with a quick break before starting again. Because the time of concentrated work is so short, it is easy to get through. 

The Pomodoro Technique recommends 25 minutes of work to a 3-5 minute break for four sets, then a longer break of 15-20 minutes. 

I have been incorporating word sprints into my writing practice lately because I am in a very hectic time of my life. Where I used to have a few hours a day I could dedicate to writing, now I have maybe one day a week that I can use to write. So, I need to get as much work done in that one day as I can if I am going to make my deadline for my current project, the second Emmy Nation book. 

I have been working for 40 minutes periods with a 20-30 minute break between each one and, my oh my, has this changed the way I work. I also take a longer break for lunch, usually about an hour. In one day I can write up to 5,000 words without breaking a sweat! 
That is a really big change for me. Having a short goal to work towards, 1,000 words in 40 minutes makes achieving it really quick and painless. Then I can walk away and clear my head. 
I used to sit in front of my blank page for hours and hours and maybe write a paragraph, thinking this was the only way to struggle through the work. Little did I know, I just needed to give myself permission to work hard then step away for a bit.

L. Davis Munro holds a master’s degree with a focus on women’s suffrage theatre and works in theatre and dance. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and her dog.

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This historical fiction book is the first volume in an intriguing series suitable for younger readers.
It will appeal to both genders and a large age range.
For those who appreciate history, adventure, women's literature and even cozy mysteries.

Imogene Madeline (Emmy) Nation left home to avoid an arranged marriage and took a job as a typist for the police, not with any intentions of being an evolved woman or moving into police work. She struggled to survive, have enough to eat and a roof over her head.
She has no intentions of changing history or becoming a suffragette.
When offered a position going undercover, Emmy took it for the better pay and being able to afford boots without holes.

When she finds herself admiring the women of the WSPU she finds herself in a position of making choices which no matter one she chooses  can not be right.
Which of her values weighs more than others?
From her experiences her thoughts begin to change. Are illegal actions ever justified?

With heartbreaking realism, the author writes an enthralling story of secrets, lies, danger and betrayals. With wonderfully developed characters, you will find yourself cheering  Emmy on, often while holding your breath. Unless we learn our history we can not appreciate all the rights, benefits and blessings we enjoy today.

Like me, you will be eager to learn what happens next.


  1. Thank you for the lovely review! I completely agree that we need to learn our history in order to appreciate what we have now. It always puts things into perspective for me when I think back to the Suffragette era and how much has changed in a short 100 years.

  2. Sounds interesting! A great period of history for women's rights!


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