‘Beauties’ open new book series for middle readers

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Marion Dawson Gunderson crafts stories featuring real Bible characters

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The Brave Beauty Series bridges the sparsely populated bookshelf between early chapter books and young adult fiction.

Journalist-turned-storyteller Marion Dawson Gunderson has crafted a series of books for tweens who are ready to move on from Junie B. Jones to longer chapter books. Parents wary of witches, vampires and teen warriors will welcome these tales of historic figures who triumph over evil without using wizardry or crossbows.

Gunderson’s first two entries in the Brave Beauty Series, “Jewel of Canaan: A Story Adapted from the Book of Judges” and “Star of Persia: A Story Adapted from the Book of Esther” (both published by WestBow), are adaptations of Scripture that bring Hebrew prophetess Deborah and reluctant beauty queen Esther to life through realistic depictions of rampant evil, sweet family times, the onset of romantic love and raw courage grounded in unshakeable faith.

The Brave Beauty Series bridges the sparsely populated bookshelf between early chapter books and young adult fiction. Gunderson’s engaging and compact writing style is spot-on for this group. Lively dialogue and varied sentence structure add to the series’ appeal.

More than eight million adolescents have been identified as “struggling readers” according to the National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices. Gunderson’s new series offers parents and teachers a new reading tool that is age appropriate and exciting for this group.

To bring authenticity to her stories, Gunderson researched the flora, fauna and culture of ancient Canaan and Persia. To learn more, go to http://www.BraveBeautyBooks.com .

“Jewel of Canaan”
By Marion Dawson Gunderson
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 84 pages | ISBN 9781449752026
E-Book | 84 pages | ISBN 9781449752033
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Marion Dawson Gunderson has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a teacher, journalist and storyteller. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, John, and teaches at a local college. “Jewel of Canaan,” the first in her Brave Beauty series, was inspired by real women of the Bible who showed great courage in living out God’s will for their lives.

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, Inc., the world’s largest Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) — the world leader in the popular self-publishing industry segment. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. Thomas Nelson, Inc. continues to “inspire the world” with distribution of products in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit http://www.westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. Follow us @westbowpress on Twitter for the latest news.

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