Mar 27, 2015

M9B Friday Reveal: Chapter Three of Hunted (Sinners #2) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki with Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
This week, we are revealing Chapter 3 of
Hunted (Sinners #2)
by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
Hunted

HUNTED is the electrifying sequel to the bestselling debut BRANDED, A Sinners Series, by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.

It’s been three months since the revolt against the Commander’s fifty-year-old regime failed.

Under a new ruler, things were supposed to change. Get better.

But can anyone really be trusted?

Lexi and Cole soon find out, as life takes an unexpected turn for the worse.

In this ever-changing world, you must hunt or be hunted.

Lives will be lost.

Dreams will be crushed.

Fears will be realized.

Secrets will be exposed.

When Cole is once again faced with losing Lexi at the hands of a monster, one encounter will change everything.

Forever.

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Title: Hunted (Sinners #2)
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
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Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

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Cover Reveal Media Packet: An Obsession with Vengeance by Nancy Haviland

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An Obsession with Vengeance
by: Nancy Haviland
Wanted Men #3
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Organized Crime, Romance
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Maksim Kirov is a mobster who gets what he wants, both at his posh gentleman’s club in Hell’s Kitchen and in the bedroom. Sexy, dangerous, and obsessed with control, he’s risen through the ranks to become a highly respected leader in the tight-knit Tarasov crime syndicate. He rules with an iron fist…until he meets Sydney Martin.

The Australian-born Sydney is determined to refuse Maks’s advances, despite their electrifying chemistry. The owner of a neighboring nightclub, Sydney rules her own domain. But when a deal with a Mexican drug cartel goes terribly wrong, she has no choice but to turn to Maksim and the Tarasov organization for protection. Could giving in to their intense attraction be what saves both Maks and Sydney? Or will their all-consuming passion—and her shocking secret—destroy their lives?

In the hot and scandalous third installment of the Wanted Men series, lust and loyalty clash in New York’s mob underworld.


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A Love of Vengeance
A Love of Vengeance
by: Nancy Haviland
Wanted Men #1
Publication Date: December 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Organized Crime, Romance
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Synopsis:
Once the most feared member of an Italian Mafia crime family, Gabriel Moretti returns to New York at the request of his mentor, Russian crime boss Vasily Tarasov. Vasily needs someone he can trust in Seattle to protect his estranged daughter, Eva Jacobs, while he avenges the murder of the young woman’s mother. Gabriel is unstoppable in a fight, whether he’s using fists, blades, or bullets; but innocent, onyx-haired Eva may just be the most dangerous—and beautiful—thing he’s come up against.

Intense sparks fly between the two, tempting Gabriel to mix business with pleasure while in the Emerald City. But once word gets around that Gabriel has shown up in New York, Stefano—his vengeful brother and the de facto head of the family—decides that Eva is the key to ending the feud between them…permanently.

In this pulse-pounding romantic thriller set against the backdrop of New York City’s storied underworld, loyalties will be tested, secrets will be told, and mob justice will be served.


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by: Nancy Haviland
Wanted Men #2
Publication Date: March 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Organized Crime, Romance
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Synopsis: Only something as important as her best friend’s wedding to mob boss Gabriel Moretti could allow Nika Paynne a reprieve from captivity. Her abusive husband has kept her under his thumb with footage of her beloved brother, Caleb, killing another man. But the respite from her violent life isn’t the only draw. Vincente Romani—Gabriel’s deadliest guardian—will be one of the best men at the wedding, and Nika has lingering thoughts about the fascinating mobster…covetous thoughts that may put her life in danger.

With the heartbreak he’s suffered and the brutality he effortlessly delivers, Vincente knows he’s the last person who can offer Nika a happily-ever-after. But his vow remains. He will do everything in his power to free his redhead from her violent prison—even if that means losing her forever.

In the second thrilling and passionate Wanted Men book, a dangerous line is drawn between loyalty to the mob and loyalty to one’s heart.


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About Nancy Haviland

Nancy Haviland
Nancy Haviland writes about her alpha mobsters and their ladies from her home near Toronto, Ontario. She has three children, an arrogant but playful kitty named Talbot, and she adores her Tim Horton's coffee, as any self-respecting Canadian would. She writes contemporary romantic suspense but will happily read anything that involves two people smooching.


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Discovering April by Sheena Hutchinson Cover Reveal !!

Discovering April 
by Sheena Hutchinson 
Publication date: April 27th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
 
April Landau thinks she has everything she’s ever wanted. Her high school sweetheart, a house she can’t afford, her bipolar tabby cat, and she’s all set to begin her Junior year of college. Just when she least expects it, her life gets thrown for a loop. When things between her and her long time boyfriend unravel, she becomes stuck in a downward spiral of emotion. Finally, opening her eyes to the fact that she may have given up more than she ever could have imagined in this relationship. She finds herself struggling to keep her head above water.
Enter April’s next door neighbor— Jared Hoffman. He’s her complete opposite. A high school drop out who was forced to take over his parent’s business after their untimely death. It’s no surprise this tragedy affected him greatly, causing him to recede almost completely from society.
But he has one secret. A secret he’s been carrying around for years.
What happens when their worlds collide? Can an old friendship be the one thing that brings these two back to life?

A new adult love story filled with drama, sex, death, and the complications of all of the above. 

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(Amazon pre-maturely listed the cover, however it has not been advertised so no one will see it before the reveal):  

SALE ALERT: 
Discovering April will be on Pre-Order sale for $0.99 until 5/1/2015
--Starting 4/27/2015 The Seraphina Series will also be on sale until 5/1 in honor of April’s release! 
Starting 5/1 Discovering April will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited 

Excerpt:

My head is still pounding when my eyes flutter open the next day. My brain is throbbing inside my skull and I punch the pillow underneath me, scaring Jinx out of his slumber. He meows in protest before hopping off the bed. Looking around, I’m in my bed. How did I get here? I groan in pain as I prop my pillows up and lean my head back against them. It’s then that I feel the eyes on me. Tilting my head straight again, I glance out my window. My eyes lock with those big brown eyes of Jared’s across the way. He looks down to his phone and back up again. My phone chimes with an incoming text.

“UGHHH!” I moan, blindly reaching for it. It slips a few times before I grasp it between my fingers and look down to read.

How are you feeling?

Closing one eye, I text back, Like someone ran over me with a truck, then backed up and ran me over again.

Lowering my phone, I watch as he smiles from my text and disappears from view. I’m trying to piece last night back together; it’s like a fragmented mirror that has shattered all over the corners of my mind. I remember laughing with Ro about her sexual conquests and then I remember red and blue lights and… Jared. Starting to feel hot, I throw the covers off of me and lay like a starfish, trying to get my mind to focus. Glancing down, I notice I’m wearing my pajamas. Before I can process any further, the door to my room creaks open. Jared walks in with a cup of water and a closed fist.

“How did you get in?!” I yelp, trying to sit up in bed, and pulling the covers back over my braless tank top.

“I left the back door open when I left last night,” he informs me as he opens his fist to show me he brought a hand full of Advil.

“You brought me home last night?” I rub my head before reaching for the pills and water.

“Yup, after you called me to pick you up from the police station.”

“I WAS WHERE?!” I scream as water comes spraying out of my mouth.

“Police station. Apparently, you popped a guy in the face.” He smirks.

I squint my eyes, vaguely remembering the heavyset guy that tried grabbing my ass in front of the bar.

“Whoa!” I have to lean my head back against my pillows when the information begins to become too much for me. “If you took me home, how did I get into pajamas?!”

The smile that crosses Jared’s face is a mixture of a blush and a sly smirk that makes my insides twist with anticipation and excitement. “Jared…”

“That… you did on your own. I had nothing to do with that!” He holds his hands up in surrender.

“What? I just stripped in front of you!”

“Well, once you got your shirt off, there was really no stopping you…” he teases and my eyes widen in embarrassment.

“Oh my God!” I slump down, pulling the covers back up to my face. “Did we… ya know…” I mutter, completely mortified now.

“Uh, that would be a no.”

“Oh, thank God!” I sigh.

“Thanks a lot!” He comes to his feet now, turning to look out the window.

“Not like that, it’s just … I don’t like to do things I’m not conscious for.”

“Yea, completely plastered girls that get arrested and throw up in bushes are really sexy!” His voice drips with sarcasm.

“I threw up?!” This just gets better and better.

“Twice.”

“Twice?” I’m mortified, staring at his amused face.

“Well, after the first time I thought maybe you needed something to eat.”

“Oh no…”

“Yeah… I’ve never seen someone eat a Big Mac that fast before…” He stares at the wall as if remembering my weak moment.

“Oh my God!” I groan, throwing the covers over my entire body. I curl up in a fetal position, planning to never come out again. The room grows silent. It’s starting to get hard to breathe under the sheets when I feel the mattress by my feet cave slightly.

“Come on, it’s not that bad. We all have our moments.” He pats my feet through the sheets.

“Just when I think I’ve reached rock bottom, things just seem to drops out from under me and I’m at an all new low!” I roll over, trying to pull the covers with me, but Jared’s weight prevents it. My head comes peeking out as I roll over, facing away from him.

“April, I think I just determined your major.”

“What?” I curiously twist to look at him again.

“Drama. You’re such an actress. Now, put your big girl panties on and get up!”

I stare at him for a second; did he just say what I think he said? He waits about two seconds before getting up and opening a drawer to my dresser. “Are they in here? Nope!” He closes it and opens another.

“STOP!” I scream, stumbling out of bed, horrified.

“How ‘bout this one?”

“Okay! Okay! I’m up!” I slam the drawer closed just in time to save myself further embarrassment when Jared eyes my plain old undergarments. I sigh when the pounding in my head launches my stomach into action and I collapse onto the corner of the bed.

“You okay?”

“I refuse to puke again!” I respond, taking another deep breath. “Jared…”

“Yea…”

“I could use some donuts.”

“Okay.” He pauses for a few seconds, looking down at his feet before adding, “I’ll be outside then.”

And he leaves me alone in my room.


AUTHOR BIO: 
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can’t hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny lead her to writing again. She constantly strives to be a positive role model and write stories that empower and inspire. 
Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after. While God is currently writing her love story she continues to put all her time into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.

Orenda by Ruth Silver book blitz !


Orenda  
by Ruth Silver  
(Orenda #1)  
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: December 5th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:
 
Join forces with a parallel universe.
Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.
A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages.


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Excerpt

Willow scoffed at the idea, grabbed his arm, and pushed him down onto his knees, her hand tight behind his back. “I think you’ve mistaken me for someone else. Don’t touch me, creep.”

“Got it.” Bray winced, relieved when she let go of him. He rubbed his sore arm where she'd death-gripped him. “Who's Eilith?”

She stepped toward the stone door and bent down to examine the keyhole. “Of course, it's made of dead pixies!”

Bray watched, but he refused to approach her after what she'd done to him. “Dead pixies? As in fairies?” he asked, walking to the side window. He glanced outside to see the pink sun gradually setting.

“When silver touches pixies, they die. Their remains, in the form of dust, become a weapon that shields us from using our power. To answer your question earlier, no, pixies are not the same as fairies. It would do you well to learn that, should you ever come across one.”

“This isn’t funny, Lil.”

“I don't joke, and it’s Willow,” she said, correcting him. There was no hint of humor in her voice. “Pixies and fairies do not get along. Come over here,” she commanded him.

“No way.” Bray hesitated. “I'm not falling for that again.”

“Just do it.” Her voice held an urgency to it. “I saw you earlier at the door.” She gestured toward the lock. “You were able to touch it. You're not from here, which perhaps means your blood is immune to dead pixies.”

“The name's Bray, by the way,” he said as he hesitated before he approached the door. “What do you want me to do?”

“Bray.” She paused, giving him a putrid look. “Put your palm to the keyhole and I can handle the rest,” Willow said.

Bray did as instructed and pressed his palm to the lock. He masked his fear behind his eyes.

“Good, you're immune. Now, let's try this.” She moved to rest her hand on his.

“Is it working?”

Heavy footsteps erupted from just outside the chamber.

“Quick!” Willow pulled Bray away from the door. “Get back.” The door swung open and Bray stumbled backwards.

Bray glanced from Willow to the strange dark-haired woman looming over them in a black lace dress. Her fingernails were dark as night with a strange translucent appearance. Her lips were a deep fiery red, and her eyes held no hint of color or light. Her skin was incredibly pale. Had she ever been outside?

“What's going on?” Bray asked once he’d steadied his heartbeat.

“Silence!” the woman said. She held up her hand, making it impossible for Bray to speak again. He struggled to breathe. She not only sucked out his voice, but also the air from his lungs. After a moment, she lowered her hand and Bray fell to the stone floor, gasping. He didn't bother to get up again. “Come now. If you wish to live, you'll do as I tell you. Understand?” his tormentor said.

AUTHOR BIO: 
Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.

She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, "Deuces are Wild", which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.

Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.

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Blogging Tips and Advice for Writers

Make friends with authors. When they share your books, share theirs in return. Every single time.

Share indie and traditional published books. Don’t just focus on the mainstream.

Write reviews but be constructive. Never attack an author.

Share cover reveals, blog tours, book blitzes so you’ll have new content.

Join Triberr and connect your blog through Twitter or Facebook.

Always comment on people that leave a comment. If they’re taking the time to leave a message, thank them for stopping by.

Only use images that you have the copyright to use. Going to Google and saving an image and using it isn’t legal. It will get you into trouble and if you ask bloggers to share that image, it will get them in hot water as well.
Swearing in YA Fiction

Teens swear. I think it’s naive to write a YA novel and use “dang”, “heck”, “shut the front door”, unless you are catering to an audience that’s twelve and you’re looking to capture that tween market.

I don’t believe every words needs to be a swear word but I do feel like if it’s natural for the character to say, they shouldn’t avoid it either.

Reading the Shadow Falls series, I was constantly annoyed by constant use of polite words for swearing (heck or dang). There were so many I felt pulled out of the story like I could be sitting there counting them. That series happens to be one of my favorites but I felt like the amount of “polite swear words” made the book geared towards twelve and up, instead of fourteen or fifteen and up. Overall, I felt like using “polite swear words” were probably overused and instead using the actual word once or twice would have been better and made the same impact.

I also feel it depends on the novel, the characters, and the situation. Are they just cursing because they’re a teenager not getting their way or are they in the middle of a post-apocalyptic war and about to die? To me the scene is important and what feels right should be expressed, to a certain degree. I don’t believe you should be needing to drop any F-bombs in YA fiction but there are other times that “dang” just doesn’t feel appropriate either.
How to write a Book Review


Do your best not to rehash the entire plot. Unlike when we were kids and had to write book reviews for school, a book review should be focusing on the writing, not every plot detail.

So, don’t give away spoilers. No one wants to read your review to know what happens at the end of the book. Let someone else read it and be surprised (or not surprised if it’s predictable). Either way, it’s better to focus on other criteria.

These are a few things that I consider when writing a review for a book.

How was the book paced? Did it start fast and then drag? Was there not enough information in the beginning that made it difficult to understand?

Could you relate to the characters? Did you connect with them? Did you care if they died or would you care? Was there a character that really irritated you? Were they supposed to?

How was the writing style? Did it stay in present tense the entire novel or jump around? What about point of view? Was there head hopping?

Who would you recommend the novel to? Is the book appropriate for a specific age group? Be sure to include what age group if it’s young adult.

Tips for new writers

  • Write like there’s no tomorrow. Keep writing. Make time for it every single day. 
  • Find a beta reader you trust that will help find any errors and inconsistencies. 
  • Read a lot. Read your genre. Read other genres that you love. The more you read, the more you’ll understand how to write 
  • Don’t be afraid to share your story for feedback. I taught a writing class with teens and very few were willing to share if their name was attached to the story. However, they were more open to the idea when I mixed the stories up and chose my three favorites. Don’t be embarrassed! At least you’re writing
Author Interview

What’s your favorite, go to, writing website?
YA Highway is a fantastic resouce for all writers. You don’t have to be just a YA writer to find it beneficial. Here’s the link:
http://www.yahighway.com/p/publishing-road-map.html

What inspired you to write Orenda?

I wanted to write a fantasy appropriate for middle grade as well as young adults. I loved the show Fringe and how they brought a parallel world into the mix. I wanted to do something similar and yet completely different with Fae, dragons, and magic.

In a few brief words, tell us how you market your novels?

I’m a huge believer in social media. I use Twitter and Facebook a lot. You can always find me on there. I’m also a book blogger, I run the website Write Away Bliss and Ravyn Rayne Reads. I connect those blogs to Triberr, which helps my posts get seen. I believe in both helping other indie authors and self-promoting. Aside from that, I create teasers, run promos and ask other blogs to help with those postings.

How can a new writer get published?
Get a publisher. Seriously. Write a great book, then query it to publishers and/or agents. You can self-publish but you’ve got to have it professionally edited, formatted properly (study similar books and look at text size/font/format), and market the crap out of it. Even then, you still won’t have all the resources of even a small press company. It’s tough, I’m not going to sugar coat it. I’ve done both and I would never go back to self-publishing or co-op publishing. Resources are key. There are connections you can’t get on your own.

What the heck is a Query letter?

It’s not a cover letter or a synopsis. It’s a selling point. You’ll start with a blurb that will entice the reader but not give them every detail about what your book is about. Overall, a query explains why the publisher/agent should read your novel. Often it compares your novel to two or three similar books that would be next to it on a bookshelf. You’ll also include word count, genre, and if you bring something special to the table that they agent/publisher should need to know (i.e. You’re a YA librarian and writing a YA novel). Check out that link above (YA Highway) for sample query letters, even if you’re not a YA writer.

Ten things I’ve learned since I started writing
1. Build an author platform
2. Social media is key.
3. Read books daily (especially your genre or target market)
4. Write reviews for other books. Understand what you like and don’t as a writer.
5. Build a website or better yet a book blog
6. Create a Street Team. Recruit your fans
7. Attend author events
8. Don’t listen to every bit of advice you receive. Write for you. Otherwise you’ll make no one happy.
9. Keep a notebook handy near my bedside. As I’m tired and start to fall asleep, sometimes I get worthwhile ideas for where to take the next chapter. By morning I’ll forget it if I hadn’t written it down.
10. People will inevitably forget to tell you that they saw you dedicated the book to them.
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These Are The Revolutionary Women Artists Of The 15th Through 19th Centuries

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They broke the rules. They changed the game. They often had very poofy hair.
These are the women artists who embodied the idea of feminist art far before the term was coined. Whether they were making art during the Italian Renaissance or in 19th Century New York, the following artists prove that women were always just as capable as their male counterparts -- and in our opinion, far more badass.
In honor of Women's History Month, we're honoring 10 of the many revolutionary women artists who did not take no for an answer, and in doing so, made the world a more equal, and more beautiful place.
1. Julia Margaret Cameron
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Born:1815 Heritage: British Medium: Photography
Why we love her: Cameron didn't touch her first camera until she was 48 years old, but once she did, it was love at first sight. "From the first moment I handled my lens with a tender ardour," she wrote upon receiving it, "and it has become to me as a living thing, with voice and memory and creative vigour." Her dreamy portraits reveled in photography's shortcomings, using blur and haze to conjure a distinct essence over a mimetic resemblance. Replicating scenes from mythology, the Bible and Shakespeare in her photographs, Cameron was, in a way, a proto-Cindy Sherman, exploring the roleplaying possibilities of the medium. If anyone on this list would have loved Instagram, it's Cameron.
2. Properzia de Rossi
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Properzia de Rossi. Museo de San Petronio, Bologna. Ca. 1520
Born:1490 Heritage: Italian Medium: Sculpture Why we love her: Although well versed in many of the arts in typical Renaissance style, de Rossi took a particular liking to sculpture, beginning with apricot, peach, and cherry stones. (She was most famous for her Crucifixion in a peach pit.) She soon took her talents to more massive materials, becoming one of the few acknowledged women sculptors of the time. Due to the physical exertion needed for the art form, many, such as Giorgio Vasari, considered it a decidedly masculine practice. The exact quote was: "Sculpting is not an art form that women should attempt." Sorry, Vasari.
3. Elisabetta Sirani
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Portia Wounding Her Thigh, 1664
Born: 1638 Heritage: Italian Medium: Baroque painting. Why we love her: Although she died at the young age of 27, Sirani created over 200 paintings in her lifetime, combining dramatic dark backdrops with sharp, vibrant colors and depictions of powerful heroines. She also started an academy for other female artists. Judy Chicago gives her a shout out in "The Dinner Party," which you know is a good sign. 
4. Edmonia Lewis
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The Death of Cleopatra
Born: 1844 Heritage: Afro-Haitian and African-American Medium: Neoclassical sculpture Why we love her: Lewis, who was born in Greenbush, New York, began learning about art while studying at Oberlin, one of the first colleges to admit women and people of color in the U.S. However, she faced discrimination all throughout her education -- including being beaten and accused of poisoning fellow classmates. After graduating, she moved to Boston to pursue sculpture, namely recreating abolitionists and Civil War heroes. She eventually spent most of her artistic career living in Rome, where she created painstakingly beautiful marble sculptures in neoclassical tradition. She's best known for her 3,015-pound marble sculpture, "The Death of Cleopatra," and we can see why. The behemoth form has all the drama and softness of a Michelangelo sculpture, as well as a truly awesome headpiece. 
5. Judith Leyster
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Self-Portrait (c. 1633) 
Born: 1609 Heritage: Dutch Medium: Baroque painting
Why we love her: Leyster, born in Haarlem, Netherlands, became the first female painter to be registered to the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke. She's most well known for her "Self-Portrait," renowned for its playful fluidity at a time when most women's portraits were rigid and serious. Also, if she could seriously paint with that massive collar around her neck, that is some serious talent.

6. Sofonisba Anguissola
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Self-portrait at the Easel Painting a Devotional Panel
Born:c. 1532 Heritage: Italian Medium: Painting Why we love her: Anguissola, the oldest of seven children, was of noble descent, and her father assured her that she would have the best education in whatever passion she intended to pursue. He apparently was a man of his word, and Michelangelo became Anguissola's unofficial mentor. She received great opportunities due to her wealth and status, but she was still denied many possibilities as an artist because she was a woman. For example, because it was deemed improper for women to view nude models, she couldn't partake in life drawing and her artistic scope was limited as a result. 
7. Saint Catherine of Bologna
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Madonna and Child
Born:1413 Heritage: Italian Medium: Drawing, painting, writing Why we love her: Born Catherine de'Vigri, Saint Catherine was an artist, nun and, you guessed it, saint. She grew up well-trained in drawing and other fields, as the daughter of an aristocrat, and served as a lady-in-waiting before joining a convent. She recollected and mused on her experiences in the convent, at a time of transition, in her writings and artworks. Although she died in relative obscurity, she is now hailed as the Patron Saint of Artists, due to her religious and creative devotion. 
8. Levina Teerlinc
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Portrait of Elizabeth I by Levina Teerlinc, c. 1565. 
Born: c.1520 Heritage: Flemish Medium: Painting, miniatures
Why we love her: Teerlinc created portraits of Elizabeth I, many in miniature dimensions. In fact, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London declared Teerlinc responsible for the first group of assembled miniatures. Basically, she invented miniatures, royal miniatures to be exact, and that's pretty badass.


9. Adélaïde Labille-Guiard
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Adélaïde Labille-Guiard. Self-Portrait with Two Pupils
Born: 1749  Heritage: French Medium: Miniatures, pastels, oil paints
Why we love her: Labille-Guiard, a daughter of the bourgeoise, was accepted into the Académie de Saint-Luc at only 20 years old. She proved to be quite the revolutionary, later campaigning for the Academy to be reopened to women. Labille-Guiard too made an appearance in Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party" installation. And, come on, her hair.

10. Artemisia Gentileschi
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Judith Slaying Holofernes (1614–20) Oil on canvas 199 x 162 cm Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Born: 1593  Heritage: Italian Medium: Painting
Why we love her: Gentileschi, the daughter of a painter, grew up creating art in her father's workshop as a child. At around 18 years old, she was raped by a painter working with her father, and subjected to immense interrogation, humiliation and even thumbscrew torture as a result. The ordeal informed Gentileschi's feminist oeuvre, filled with women protagonists, powerful, violent and united. Her aesthetic was equally bold and strong, eschewing the traditional dominant views of feminine weakness (both in character and skill). Often, her images combine sexuality and violence, such as rendering of Judith slaying Holofernes or a naked Cleopatra being bitten by a snake.

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