Guest Post: Women’s History Month

Speak a Word for FreedomJanet Willen and Marjorie Gann: March is Women’s History Month in the U.S., a time to honor women who had the courage to speak up when people in power wanted to keep them quiet. We’re celebrating by showcasing Speak a Word for Freedom: Women against Slavery, which tells the stories of fourteen of these women, abolitionists past and present.

Nineteenth-century Englishwoman Elizabeth Heyrick felt she had no choice but to omit her name from her pamphlet Immediate, not Gradual Abolition, urging a quick end to slavery. In 1824 neither men nor women wanted to hear what a woman had to say on the topic. That didn’t stop her.

When U.S. President Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862, his first words were, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!” The book was Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It opened people’s eyes to slavery’s horrors, turned the North against the South and paved the way for the American Civil War.

Nina Smith, one of today’s heroes, heads an organization that works to free young children enslaved in rug factories in Afghanistan, India and Nepal. Some of the kids are forced to sleep near looms and work seventeen-hour days. When Smith started her work, she thought everyone would agree that slavery was wrong, but she found resistance in surprising places.


These women’s stories and more are highlighted in Speak a Word for Freedom. The book is a critical success:

“An inspiring collection of those who have fought and continue to fight against the evil of slavery and an effectively solemn reminder that slavery remains a global plague.” Kirkus Reviews

“A powerful indictment of human rights abuses and tribute to the women who have fought them.” Starred review, Publishers Weekly

We also wrote the award-winning book Five Thousand Years of Slavery.

GIVEAWAY: Enter for your chance to win a copy of Speak a Word for Freedom by filling in the entry form below. US and Canada only, March 21-31, 2016. Winner to be announced on April 1, 2016. Giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Sheelagh for winning a copy of the book.

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Every Word Blog Tour: Day 5

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Even though it’s the last day of the blog tour, we have a feeling that the #Wattscroft love won’t be stopping here! Check out these amazing finale posts!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015

>> Lauren at Love is not a triangle has Ellie Marney go on location in London. Take a visual tour of the spots Ellie researched for Every Word.

>> Kristen at My Friends Are Fiction features Ellie Marney in her author spotlight. Read about Australian, Ellie’s writing space, and writing methods.

>> Morgan at Gone with the Words enthusiastically tells us that “this series is AMAZING…. Needless to say, I fell in love with Marney’s characters and the breakneck speed and tension with which she tells their story. It’s really intense but it’s also a lot of fun. It makes you sweat, it makes your heart pound, and it makes you anxious to piece together the puzzle. The Sherlock parallels are subtle and really clever. Plus WATTSCROFT IS THE SHIP OF SHIPS!!” Are you convinced yet?

>> Author Leanne Dyck reads Every Word from a writer’s perspective, jotting down notes from beginning to end.

Click on the banner for the full tour schedule. You can also follow @TundraBooks, @EllieMarney, and the wonderful bloggers on twitter! We’re also on facebook if you prefer to chat there: Tundra Books and Ellie Marney.

Every Word Blog Tour: Day 4

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2015

>> Michelle at FAB BOOK REVIEWS recommends Every Word “for readers looking for taut, raw and romantic new contemporary YA novels to dive into.”

>> Marie at Ramblings of a Daydreamer is keeping our tour musical with her preferred playlist. And then a trip down memory lane when she visited Baker Street in London!

>> Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads says “Ellie Marney’s Every Word is one of the most sophisticated, meticulously researched YA murder mysteries that I’ve ever read. The forensic techniques and explanations/theories devised during the investigation all felt within the realm of possibility. Elle Marney has surely outdone herself this time!”

>> How could you not read this series when Amy at Tripping Over Books says “Guys, this book is everything. (The whole series is everything.) … There’s danger, mystery, romance, feelings, and one of the greatest ships of all time. I can’t recommend it enough.”

>> “Ellie Marney has a beautiful way of writing, talented in making you feel her characters love, lust, pain, and despair profoundly.” – Rachel at The Readers Den

Click on the banner for the full tour schedule. You can also follow @TundraBooks, @EllieMarney, and the wonderful bloggers on twitter! We’re also on facebook if you prefer to chat there: Tundra Books and Ellie Marney.

Every Word Blog Tour: Day 3

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015

>> Gillian at Writer of Wrongs deals with all her feelings with a mood board. And BONUS, there’s a sketch of the crime-fighting duo as well!

>> Shilpa at sukasareads.com shares an interview with Ellie Marney so you can take a look at Ellie’s work space and see the answer to questions like “If Every Word was a theme-park ride, it would be . . .”

>> Sabrina at Hiver et Café gets creative in sharing her favourite quotations from the book – accompanied with graphics!

>> Adrienne at Books and Bassets praises Every Word as an “intelligent reading and even better than the first book. Mycroft and Watts fit the Holmesian models of complicated and brilliant sleuth with a loyal and logical partner.”

Click on the banner for the full tour schedule. You can also follow @TundraBooks, @EllieMarney, and the wonderful bloggers on twitter! We’re also on facebook if you prefer to chat there: Tundra Books and Ellie Marney.

Every Word Blog Tour: Day 2

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2015

>> Michelle at Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks is giving Every Word five stars and is advising that “if you’re going to read one Sherlock Holmes-inspired novel or series this year, make it this one.”

>> The party doesn’t stop after the first day! Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue shares a playlist that Ellie compiled for Every Word. Dance with us!

>> Amanda at Gun in Act One says “we have young love and angst, murder, kidnapping, Shakespeare and 221B Baker Street. What more do you need in mystery? Watts and Mycroft are fantastic together and the drama is tense. This is a strong sequel to Every Breath and just a fun series.”

>> Angie at Angieville shared a review back when the book released in September and is back to host a giveaway!

Click on the banner for the full tour schedule. You can also follow @TundraBooks, @EllieMarney, and the wonderful bloggers on twitter! We’re also on facebook if you prefer to chat there: Tundra Books and Ellie Marney.

Every Word Blog Tour: Day 1

EveryWord-BlogBannerWelcome to the first day of our Every Word blog tour! Here are the tour hosts for today:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2015

>> Kicking things off with a party (or should we say MoriParty?) is Samantha at Bellsie Books with a playlist!

>> Mandy C. at Forever Young Adult reviewed the book before, but visit here to see the response to “James Mycroft is a jerk”—discuss!

>> Eri at Airy Reads also previously reviewed Every Word but is back with a zany interview from Ellie Marney.

>> Heather at Books and Quilts tells us that she “loved this book…. Once I had this book in hand, I couldn’t wait to find out what mystery would confront the inquisitive pair.” She’s also hosting a giveaway if you’d like to win a copy of the book!

>> Nicole at Reading Lark thinks that “the combination of crime and romance work so well in this series. The chemistry between Watts and Mycroft is red hot, and the murder mystery will keep you guessing.” And here’s another chance for you to win a copy of Every Word.

Click on the banner for the full tour schedule. You can also follow @TundraBooks, @EllieMarney, and the wonderful bloggers on twitter! We’re also on facebook if you prefer to chat there: Tundra Books and Ellie Marney.