May 19, 2007


A while back, SECOND GENERATION, one of my Amber Quill books, was a Reviewers Choice at ScribesWorld. That was wonderful to re-visit, since I was planning on telling y’all about this book anyway (you can read the first chapter here on my website) because of all the hoo-ha going on lately about whether or not a woman can, or even should, be elected President or Vice President of the US. Even women, who should definitely know better, sometimes oppose it, but then it’s always been my contention that we women are all too often our own worst enemies.

I think it’s more than possible, even desireable, and so did Leigh, my heroine, even way back in the eighties and in fact, earlier. She had thoughts about it as a very young girl. This book, which took me a long time to write because of all the historical events intertwined with Leigh’s personal life, was also one of the most fun, although definitely the most difficult to write to date, although I’ve just started writing a much more difficult new one.

Basically, Second Generation is about a woman with high political ambition and what all she had to go through to achieve success. On the way to her success she made a lot of serious personal mistakes, some of which come back to haunt her when she looks as though she might succeed all the way, and she finally has to make a choice.

Women today, as in the eighties, face a tremendous challenge when they try to break through that invisible ceiling called the Presidency of the United States. It’s difficult to overcome any of the challenges, much less all of them, and so these women become misunderstood and maligned–although to be honest, not much more maligned than men who enter politics today. It’s just harder for women because to rise to that level, women have to have a certain degree of toughness that woman are generally not expected to have.

In other words, they can’t act like women.

Aside from all the other negative things the media dreams up, how they dress seems to be fair game. We’ve seen Hillary Clinton ridiculed for wearing pants suits (sort of understandable, having seen some of them), Nancy Pilosi is constantly maligned because of her couture suits (which are actually quite beautiful and her jewelry always matches the outfit), and of course there was Condi Rice and her so-called dominatrix outfit, which was simply a slick black suit and black spike heeled f*** me boots, perfect, I thought, for a political conference trip to Russia.

I’m wondering just what the detractors want. A dress and an apron, maybe, and carrying a potholder? We rarely if ever see male politicians made fun of because of their clothes, with the possible exception of John Kerry and his water-ski outfit, but cheesh. Striped spandex?

We’ve fought long and hard for equality for a long, long time. Second Generation goes into the problems Leigh had to even graduate with a law degree back in the Sixties, when women were less than six percent of law school graduates in the US. We’ve come a long, long way, baby, and women of today shouldn’t forget the power struggles others before us had, to get
us where we are now. It was, and still is, tough.

Second Generation is the story of a woman who had to be tough. She was one of the first strugglers.

Here’s the full review I was telling you about:

“SECOND GENERATION by Beth Anderson is a riveting read. The story is multi-layered and Leigh Shaunnessy, the focus character, is a fascinating, strong and determined woman.

Twenty-three emeralds, Leigh Shaunnessy’s legacy from her murdered father and stored in a safety deposit box, provide Leigh with security and allow her to reach for her dream of a career in politics. Leigh doesn’t know the story behind the gems. They represent her father’s revenge against the father of the boy he believes raped his daughter.

“Twenty-three emeralds — a curse or a blessing?

“Three men, each Leigh’s lover and the father of one of her children. Girardo, her schoolgirl friend and crush and the father of the daughter born in secrecy and given up for adoption. Ted Montagne, her real love and father of the daughter who dances to her own music. Ted is an astute politician who loves Leigh, but is unable to make a commitment. Jason Montagne, the man Leigh marries, Ted’s younger brother and the father of her son. Three men who impact her life.

“As Leigh reaches for a political plum, a vice-presidential nomination, her world is threatened. Girardo, now a Colombian drug lord, wants the emeralds, which he believes belonged to his
father. He starts a campaign to ruin Leigh’s children. She is faced with the loss of her dreams and a choice.

“SECOND GENERATION is an excellent read. The writing flows smoothly. Beth Anderson weaves politics and love with accents of history deftly.” —J.L. Walters, ScribesWorld

I thank you, Janet, for this honor. I hope the rest of you will give this book a try.

On another note, we’ve seen, over this weekend, the demise of Miss Snark’s blog as she disappears into the ether, never to return, with no real reason given, alas. I’m going to miss her. I usually checked her blog once a week just to see what was going on, because it was fun to read and she often gave a lot of dynamite, astute advice to newbies. I’ve mentioned it in my blog a couple of times.

I’ve always had a secret theory about Miss Snark, though. Being the suspicious cuss I am anyhow (I can and often do invent conspiracies out of the most minor events), I have never believed Miss Snark was really a female agent. I’ve always thought that whole thing was the invention of a very brilliant male writer, just having fun with the torrents of mainly female new writer fans.

Whoever he/she is, I got a kick out of it anyway. I’m going to miss her/him.

Love you all, you KNOW I do, and I do hope you’ll forgive me for indulging in my little spurt of Blatant Self-Promotion. I promise not to do it often. (Until I sell my next book.) (Which, my GOD, I hope is soon) 😉 Please come back again soon, y’all hear me? I’ll leave the porch light on for you.

Beth, sitting in for Hotclue this week. I had to lock her in the closet so I could do it, but hey, it was for a good cause, right?

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