Summertime Must-reads for Women

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Move over, Divas and Goddesses. ThereÂ?s a new woman on the blockÂ?the Queen!

Women are reaching for their tiaras and naming their thrones.

Interestingly, women authors with queen-themed books are popping up everywhere.

Whether writing about being a queen or calling themselves Queens, authors are pumping out empowering books that are ending up in bookstores, on-line at and on nightstands. From laugh-out-loud to downright serious, women have many choices this summer.

One such book, on the lighter side, is A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Throne by Georgia Richardson (a.k.a. Queen Jaw Jaw).

It’s a compilation of stories told by Georgia describing her queenly existence in small-town Alabama. Silly and fun, Queen Jaw Jaw will have you laughing and crying before she’s done. And when you're through with the book, you’ll want to buy copies for your friends (

On a more serious, but uplifting note, Grab the Queen Power: Live Your Best Life! authored by Allyn Mitchell Evans, is a nonfiction book that helps women find their true selves among the cultural clutter. Evans points to the Queen archetype as something to aspire to. Prill Boyle, author of Defying Gravity, shared, "From beginning to end, I loved your book! It's well-written, chock full of provocative ideas, and inspiring." According to Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Instructor for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program, "Allyn Evans’s Grab the Queen Power is full of anecdotes that entertain and wisdom that will make a difference in the lives of women"


Another Queen, Christine Hohlbaum, who is currently serving as the PR Diva Queen on Queen Power's website wrote: SAHM I Am: Tales of a Stay-At-Home Mom in Europe ( Dorothy Thompson, author of Romancing the Soul said, “I’ve never laughed so hard in all my life. Hohlbaum is in top form with her collection of hilarious observations on the life of the work-at-home mom…funny, simple circumstances that stay-at-home moms can relate to will leave you in stitches and clamoring for more.”

And these Queens are not alone! Other Queen authors like Dawn Walker and Kelly Kirkendoll Shafer use Queen pen names when describing themselves. Dawn, a.k.a. Queen of the Dawn, penned a fictional story, Daddy’s Girl, based on her own experiences and survival ( Kelly, a.k.a. Queen of Step, added a valuable resource to StepFamily literature when she wrote a truly inspiring guide for Stepfamilies: 29 Ways to Make Your StepFamily Work (

Want a good book to read this summer? First reach for your tiara and then grab something with a little Queen Power!

All books mentioned are available by order from major bookstores, can be found at major on-line bookstores or on individual websites.

To find out more about these Authors visit ( is a gathering place for women to share, network and grow. Founded by Allyn Evans, the site’s purpose is to encourage women to live their best life by using the Queen archetype as a “roadmap” or guide. Evans, an emerging voice in the examination of how cultural messages influence a woman’s choices, authored Grab the Queen Power: Live Your Best Life! (Star Publish, June 2005).

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