When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

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At night, in Huda's fragrant garden, a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad, rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate. Huda, a secretary at the Australian embassy, lives in fear of the mukhabarat--the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies. They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson, the deputy ambassador's wife. Huda has no wish to be an informant, but fears for her teenage son, who may be forced to join a deadly militia. Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her own.

Huda's former friend, Rania, enjoyed a privileged upbringing as the daughter of a sheikh. Now her family's wealth is gone, and Rania too is battling to keep her child safe and a roof over their heads. As the women's lives intersect, their hidden pasts spill into the present. Facing possible betrayal at every turn, all three must trust in a fragile, newfound loyalty, even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their families.

Jammie Claus by Megan R. Holmes

Enter to win a print copy of Jammie Claus: The Christmas Tradition of Unconditional Giving.

This is a children's Christmas book about the woman that everyone knows but knows nothing about–Mrs. Claus. Mrs. Claus spreads unconditional love by delivering pajamas on Christmas Eve. There are key messages of female empowerment, unconditional love, and spreading kindness. Written from a feminist lens, the author’s goal was to elevate Mrs. Claus, give voice to her purpose and role during Christmas, and bring to light a woman leader who spreads unconditional kindness and love throughout the world.

The Jammie Claus Book comes in a keepsake box with a Jammie Claus Bag (Jammie Claus Book and Bag Set) and contains everything you need to invite Jammie Claus into your home on Christmas Eve and start a new family tradition.

Back Cover: While history is often incomplete, Mrs. Claus is not at the margin as most may have guessed. The true story is that many years ago before Santa was known, it was Jammie Claus who began the Christmas tradition of unconditional giving. Each Christmas Eve, she climbs into her magical gingerbread sleigh and spreads peace, love, and joy as she delivers Christmas pajamas to all. You will know the pajamas are from her when you find your Jammie Claus Bag filled and tied with a bow!

Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

“Wholly engrossing, exquisitely researched, and so timely. Sadeqa Johnson brings a fresh telling to a story we think we already know, making it beautifully relatable and human. Riveting and suspenseful, I highly recommend this novel.” —Kathleen Grissom New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House

This harrowing story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

Born on a plantation in Charles City Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a privileged life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the plantation’s medicine woman, and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world.

Freedom on her eighteenth birthday has been promised to her, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Essex Henry, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known and unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous “Devil’s Half-Acre,” a jail where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day in Richmond, Virginia. There Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailor’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive Pheby will have to outwit him but soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.