Sunday, April 3, 2016

Spotlight: Still Marching On by Lynda Stephenson

 Still Marching On 
by Lynda Stephenson
Genre: Women’s Lit/Romance
Fans of Frankilee Baxter will rejoice at the release of award-winning novelist Lynda Stephenson’s third book, Still Marching On: A Frankilee Baxter Story.
Frankilee Baxter is back, and she is as sassy and resolute as ever. In Still Marching On, Miss Baxter aspires to participate in the Civil Rights Movement, become editor of the Athena College newspaper, and marry Calvin Morris—and odds are, she’ll make her dreams come true with sheer force of personality. A witty young woman with nerve and verve, Frankilee is in no way the traditional Southern sorority girl, which brings disappointment and alarm to her family, as well as shock and dismay to Calvin’s parents.
With humor and heart, this highly anticipated novel depicts the triumphs and the failures of a plucky girl determined not only to stand against the Southern customs she loathes but also to marry the man she loves.
“Here is the story of the irrepressible Frankilee Baxter, who, while she may be a disappointment to the 1960s down-south establishment, will fight to the end for life and liberty, and all that she believes in. I loved it.” —Carolyn Wall, author of Sweeping Up Glass and Playing with Matches
Lynda Stephenson is also the author of Dancing with Elvis and The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club, a 2013 Best Book of the Year Award Finalist, both featuring Frankilee, and her books have several sources of inspiration.
“I wanted to depict the lives of African Americans as I had known them during that time in history, the fifties. So I wanted to depict a historical time which has been romanticized and idealized by practically everybody in the media. In reality it was a very tough time for a lot of people. And I believe that the Civil Rights Movement in the United States should not be forgotten. I wanted to be able to say, ‘Look how far we've come in race relations,’ although I have to acknowledge that we still have a long way to go.”
About the book: 
Still Marching On: A Frankilee Baxter Story by Lynda Stephenson 
ISBN: 978-1478771982 
Publisher: Outskirts Press 
Date of publish: March 2016 
Pages: 432 
S.R.P.: $27.95
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About the author: 
Lynda Stephenson was born and reared in the Texas Panhandle. She attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and then received her master’s degree and doctoral work in English from the University of Oklahoma. A former English professor at East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma, she is a prolific writer of poetry, essays, and short stories. She currently lives with her husband, Gene, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Lynda’s other books are Dancing with Elvis and The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club.

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