Press Release for The Beautiful American



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Historical Fiction Explores the Lives of Two Women During the Early Days of the U.S.
Author and historian Marilyn Holdsworth debuts her new book, The Beautiful American

SAN MARINO, Calif. – In her new historical fiction novel The Beautiful American, Marilyn Holdsworth delivers readers a surprising tale about two women in the life a United States’ forefather, James Monroe.

When her antiques business starts gaining some success and momentum, Abby Long decides to treat herself to a new purchase. She finds a beautiful and elegant antique desk – a wonderful addition to her personal collection. What Abby doesn’t know is that beneath the intricately inlaid woods lies a secret compartment containing a long lost diary.

The tattered pages hold an amazing story that transports Abby’s imagination back to the early days of the United States and into the lives of two remarkable women. Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, the wife of the fourth president James Monroe, and Jasmine, a young slave girl, are from opposite backgrounds, but they somehow form an unforgettable bond while the country struggles to find its place in the world.

Holdsworth is both an historian and a descendant of James Monroe. She uses her knowledge of pivotal historic events, political intrigue of the time and personal details of the lives of major historical figures to ground the story in reality and draw connections between modern times and history.

Holdsworth promises readers – especially fans of historical fiction – an appealing love story with fascinating connections to American history.

About the Author
Marilyn Holdsworth graduated from Occidental College, where she majored in literature and history. She has traveled extensively in France and currently is a Huntington Library Fellow. Holdsworth is a descendant of James Monroe, has visited Monroe’s Virginia residence and has conducted research at the James Monroe Museum. She lives in Southern Calif.

Press Release for Pegasus



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Keep wild mustangs off the endangered  species list.
Animal activist encourages protection of horses in new book.

By long-time resident of San Marino, Marilyn Holdsworth.

SAN MARINO, CA-What do Doris Day, Bob Barker, Mary Tyler Moore, have in common? They share an immense love for animals and a strong desire to protect them. But while others speak out  publicly, Holdsworth puts her efforts into words.

In her book “Pegasus” Holdsworth shines light on the issues of animal abuse and exploitation. The story centers around Hannah, a young widowed journalist fiercely dedicated to saving wild mustangs from slaughter. After rescuing a badly injured horse, she searches to discover the animal’s true identity and fights to save it’s life, all the while falling in love.

A former horse owner and trainer as well as a supporter of Horse Rescue and Wild Horse Preservation, Holdsworth’s lifelong commitment to horses served as motivation for “Pegasus”.
” I wrote this book because I am deeply concerned about the exploitation and abuse of horses.”

Holdsworth says. “I wanted to make people aware and gain their support in this fight against maltreatment.”
“Pegasus” captivates audiences with an eye-opening and adventurous tale of love and wild mustangs.

“Pegasus” by Marilyn Holdsworth
Paperback 6 by 9, retail price $14.95 ISBN: 9781456701833
Also available as ebook or hardback, ISBN: 9781456701826

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