Madame Presidentess

Madame Presidentess

by Nicole Evelina

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BN ID: 2940156766956
Publisher: Lawson Gartner Publishing
Publication date: 07/10/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 430
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Nicole Evelina is an award-winning historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. Her most recent novel, Madame Presidentess, a historical novel about Victoria Woodhull, America's first female Presidential candidate, was the first place winner in the Women’s US History category of the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction.

Her debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, the first book of an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere’s life story from her point of view, was named Book of the Year by Chanticleer Reviews, took the Grand Prize in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Women’s Fiction/Romance, won a Gold Medal in the fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was short-listed for the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction. Been Searching for You, her contemporary romantic comedy, won the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests.

Nicole is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness. As an armchair historian, Nicole researches her books extensively, consulting with biographers, historical societies and traveling to locations when possible. For example, she traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.

Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for The Historical Novel Society, and Sirens (a group supporting female fantasy authors), as well as a member of the Historical Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West, Broad Universe (promoting women in fantasy, science fiction and horror), Alliance of Independent Authors and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Her website is

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Madame Presidentess 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite Nearly fifty years before women were granted the right to vote, Victoria Woodhull ran for President of the United States. The ballot in 1872 included the Equal Rights Party; Victoria was the presidential candidate and Frederick Douglass, a former slave, was the vice-presidential candidate. This historical fictional work is certainly riveting. In Madame Presidentess, author Nicole Evelina relates the story of this little-known woman. Victoria was born in a small Ohio town, to an alcoholic, conniving father and an unbalanced, religious-zealot mother. Victoria and her sister Tennie had the gift of talking to spirits, and her father schemed to take advantage of this gift. Thinking she was leaving this abusive home, Victoria married Dr. Canning Woodhull, also a dishonest and abusive man. By following the guidance of her spirit guide Demosthenes, she created an incredible life of wealth and fame. Her second marriage to James Blood, and her beliefs in Free Love and equal rights for women had its great moments, as well as many adversities. Author Nicole Evelina presents a realistic and fascinating account of a woman who should be recognized in the history books in her novel Madame Presidentess. Ms. Evelina is certainly a skilled storyteller and writer. The book depicts an era of great change, and the author captures the morals and laws of the time affecting all women. How Victoria Woodhull challenged the leaders and moral standards of the day is certainly an important lesson. This excellent book is required reading for anyone trying to understand the roots of the fight for women’s equal rights.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that MADAME PRESIDENTESS by Nicole Evelina is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Review Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A book that takes place before women can vote and before women really had a say in their own futures beyond being a good wife and mother. This book takes our society back in time when women were helpmates and that was the goal in life. My how times have changed and I am so thankful! Bare with me as I am a book blogger and that is where I will always be, but it was very interesting to read this book in the life and times that we are having now as the election nears us. I don't care how you will vote, but as a female it is at least interesting to see a female in the race backed by a major party. This book reminded me how it wasn't too long ago that women were given a voice via a ballot and the power that that voice is. I am so glad I was able to vote in this election whether it was for a female or not, just being able to vote is a privilege that I will no longer take for granted.
MoRWAReviewsSTL More than 1 year ago
A true American heroine. This volume of historical fiction tells the story of Victoria Woodhull, candidate for US president in 1872. It gave me a new appreciation for the strong, determined women of the suffrage movement. Victoria was a survivor, born into poverty and a family containing addicts, spiritualists, and abuse. She did not allow the lack of a formal education stop her from learning the stockbroker trade – she and her sister were the first women to open a brokerage firm – starting her own weekly paper, or becoming a lecturer much in demand. Told in the first person, this well researched account takes you deep inside the social problems and unrest of the 1860’s and 70’s. It’s good to be reminded that woman’s suffrage and equal rights is a much broader topic than voting. I’d recommend this novel for any reader interested in US history and social justice. (five stars)
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story especially being in an election year and another female running. I don't know if I would have voted for Victoria back then because of her free love stand. Most of the other parts of her platform were wonderful. I had never heard of her before and I have read many books. She would have had her own reality show these days with that family of hers. I received a copy of this from Smith Publicity for a fair and honest opinion.