Facts about Sojourner Truth & Ain’t I a Woman

  • She became a Methodist preacher changing her name to #SojournerTruth “The Spirit calls me and I must go”
  • She delivered the speech extemporaneously at the Ohio Women’s Convention of 1851
  • Truth was sold as a slave three times before escaping
  • English was her second language
  • Sojourner Truth helped Lincoln and recruited black troops for the Union Army during Civil War
  • She won a court case freeing her son from illegal enslavement and also won a slander suit
  • Motivated by Christian faith, Sojourner worked with other abolitionists and women’s rights advocates
  • Truth’s son Peter took a job on a whaling ship. When the ship returned to port in 1842, he was not on board and Truth never heard from him again.
  • Her original speech was grammatically correct, she did not use the phrase “Ain’t I a woman”–that was added by someone in a printed version



Soldier’s Heart (Kindle) Just 99 cents

To celebrate Black History Month (Feb), the Kindle version of Soldier’s Heart will be 99 cents on Amazon on the first weekend (Fri-Sun, Feb. 5-7). And it’s a perfect valentine gift for your sweetie. Yep, 2/14 is right around the corner. (Just a few of us may need a little reminder!) Here’s the link: http://ow.ly/W740c

Got a Book Group?

In the next few months I’ll be taking on a few more speaking commitments. It’s exciting and great fun for me to meet with readers in any setting—clubs, congregations, business meetings, book stores. Right now I’m revising the discussion guide for Soldier’s Heart, so I’m especially eager to hear from readers about the questions they have. Got a book group? Got a question? Email me, mbaker@cultureconnects.com

Soldier’s Heart Kindle version on sale for $0.99

A BIG thanks to readers who have posted insightful reviews of Soldier’s Heart on Amazon. That’s a wonderful way to support a young (at heart) struggling (I have my days, don’t you?) writer.

Hey-Amazon has Soldier’s Heart (Kindle version) on sale right now for 99 cents. What a deal! Grab it and enjoy. Please don’t forget to share your honest review at Amazon http://ow.ly/W740c

Life is Strange moment: On Sunday Frank and I treked to the beautiful Majestic Theatre in Gettsyburg and previewed Mercy Street, a TV drama set in a Civil War era luxury hotel-turned-hospital. Now here I sit at Johns Hopkins, waiting for Frank’s latest procedure to be completed. One thing for sure, I’m thankful that Frank has the benefit of today’s medical technology.

The verdict on Mercy Street? Two hypodermic needles up (speaking of innovative medical technology circa 1862, loaded with morphine, of course) Episode 1 had me at hello. Frank was hooked by the ending. WITF’s Scott LaMar facilitated audience questions for a four experts panel that included the indefatigable producer Lisa Q. Wolfinger.  Creating the new series has been a four year journey (I know that feeling!) and she was clearly delighted to share it with a live audience. Lisa has an A-list team: executive producer Ridley Scott (Alien, American Gangster), writer David Zabel (ER), and David W. Zucker (The Good Wife). You’ll recognize Mary Elizabeth Winstead, playing the unflinching head nurse Mary Phinney; Gary Cole, as patriarch of the hotel/hospital-owning Southern family that stays put in Union-occupied Alexandria, Va; and Peter Gerety, the Union officer in charge who tries (and fails) to intimidate nurse Phinney.  Amputation by candelight! And you know I love a good script! The look and sound of Mercy Street pull you right in.

Premiers Sun. Jan. 17 @ 10 EST. Our local PBS affiliate will also feature a Monday podcast. Check out the previews on www.pbs.org/mercy-street/about/

Please help me – January Challenge

Please help me – January Challenge

In today’s publishing world, online activity is king. In fact, customer reviews as well as purchases on Amazon can take Soldier’s Heart to the next level. The publisher’s January goal is at least 50 more reviews on Amazon and 200 purchases.

If you’ve already purchased Soldier’s Heart, thank you! Would you please do me the favor and honor of posting your honest review on Amazon? It’s easy. Just click on the link below, scroll down to the reviews section, click on the “write a customer review” button and type in a review in your own words. That’s it!


As for book purchases, both quantity and daily consistency of sales can enhance its visibility by putting a book on the first page in its sales category and boosting its rating. To that end, my publisher, Eddie Jones of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC), has a very special offer for my supporters.

For each donation of just $10, LPC will feature your name, ministry, group, church, or  Kindle ebook… in a special acknowledgements page of Soldier’s Heart! All monies raised will be used to help make the book visible to a much wider purchasing audience. If you can, please show your support by clicking on the link below, and click on the “$10 donation” link.


I’m excited to be able to reward your support in this way. Thanks so much!

I’ll keep you posted.


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