Born Simone Jules, reinvented as Eleanor Dumont, and largely remembered as Madame Moustache, A Betting Woman is a historical novel inspired by the tumultuous life, times, and loves of America’s first professional croupier of modern-day blackjack, bringing to life an intrepid and entrepreneurial real-life woman who paved her own way in a man's world.
At times I want to pinch myself because I had the best time telling this story. Also, some really awesome people had some pretty awesome things to say about Eleanor's story -- and I'm feeling very grateful!
"A fabulously entertaining story about a remarkable woman..." — Historical Novel Society
"A rollicking ride of a story.” — New York Times bestselling author Fiona Davis
"An enjoyable search-for-identity tale with a strong female protagonist." — Kirkus
"A Betting Woman is a winner!” — USA Today bestselling author Heather Webb
"Bold, pioneering, romantic, and intriguing.” — bestselling author Camille Di Maio
“Engaging and empathetic" — Elise Hooper, author of The Other Alcott and Learning to See
"Walsh has written a fast-paced, original tale of the Gold Rush" — Amy Poeppel, author of Small Admissions, Limelight, and Musical Chairs
"An engrossing story, very well done and hard to put down... It's very highly recommended reading." — Midwest Book Review
I hope you'll check out Eleanor's story!
While my writing career so far has included historical novels (and I'll have more to come!), I'm so thrilled to be adding children's books to my repertoire and I'm very excited to announce the launch of my new middle grade biography series with Scholastic, featuring true stories from heroic women who, at a young age, accomplished daring feats of perseverance and bravery.
As a mama in the process of raising brave tiny humans, it's been so rewarding to bring to life these stories. With every word written I had my kiddos in mind. What would be appropriate? What would engage them? What would incite inspiration? I'm so excited for these books to release today as we kick off a brand new year -- and I hope the series will be an inspiration to your own tiny humans.
About the books
Do you've have a kiddo in your life who you think may enjoy these books? They're available online, in store, and look for them at upcoming Scholastic book fairs!
Today's the day! SIDE BY SIDE releases in hardcover, e=book, and audiobook! If you already preordered, then I'm sending you a huge, virtual tackle hug. If you're purchasing today, you also get a tackle hug!
Thank you, thank you for all your support leading up to this day! Enjoy SIDE BY SIDE!
Becoming Bonnie is now available in retail stores and online at Amazon, BN.com, and more!
I'd be truly grateful if you helped me spread the word about the release of Becoming Bonnie, which tells the untold story of how wholesome Bonnelyn Parker becomes half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the 1920s.
Especially for a newbie author like myself, word of mouth is the main way that a book makes its way into new hands. Below are a number of ways you can help!
If you are on Goodreads:
- Add Becoming Bonnie to your shelves
- Rate Becoming Bonnie
- Recommend Becoming Bonnie to a friend
If you are on Facebook:
- In my announcement post, tag a friend who you think may enjoy Becoming Bonnie
- or, share your own post. Please be sure to tag me (type @ and Jenni L Walsh and my page should populate)!
If you are on Twitter:
- Tweet about Becoming Bonnie. Here's some sample language:
Happy release day to @jennilwalsh and #BecomingBonnie, the story of how Bonnie becomes part of THE Bonnie & Clyde https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Bonnie-Jenni-L-Walsh/dp/0765390183
If you belong to a library:
- Request a copy of Becoming Bonnie to be added to their shelves
If you are on Amazon:
- Leave a review for Becoming Bonnie (this matters, a ton)
If you have a local bookshop nearby:
- Go in and ask for Becoming Bonnie by name to show interest
- If all you can see is Becoming Bonnie's spine, face the cover out for all to see.
- Send me photos of Becoming Bonnie in the wild!
If you're part of a book club:
- Recommend Becoming Bonnie! If you're local to Philly, I'd love to stop in. If not, I'd love to Skype! I even have a Reader's Guide you can use for the occasion.
If you got a special gal or teacher in your life:
- Consider gifting a copy of Becoming Bonnie for Mother's Day or birthday
- Consider gifting a copy of Becoming Bonnie for your child's teacher
If you've bought Becoming Bonnie (THANK YOU):
- Carry the book around for all to see :)
Thank you in advance. I sincerely appreciate your support!
Today's the day! Becoming Bonnie is now available from Tor/Forge (Macmillan)!
There are so many emotions involved in this moment and if I begin, I may become a blubbering mess, so I want to say a simple, but heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped in my journey to become a published author, including all the wonderful book-related blogs who are helping to shout about Bonn today!
On each of these blogs, you can find the first chapter of Becoming Bonnie:
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