Born Of Fire Blog Tour Plus Review


Rina Z. Neiman’s

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Born Under Fire

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Book Summary

Born Under Fire is a historical novel that tells the story of a girl coming of age and her drive to excel despite the devastating effects of long-term war. Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born. Based on historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering events affecting her, her family, and the entire world. Despite this struggle, her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist..

Born Under Fire is now available to purchase on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Thrift Books.

Praise for Born Under Fire

Born of Fire by Rina Z. Neiman is a historical fiction coming-of-age story about a young Jewish girl named Shula growing up during the founding of the State of Israel. Jewish people are being targeted throughout the world, and soon her hometown of Jerusalem is not even safe. Shula just wants to be able to live peacefully with her family, especially her best friend and older brother Avraham, but he wants to go off to be in the first Jewish Air Force. When her town starts being bombed, her family realizes nowhere is safe. Shula tries to make the best of this horrible situation by continuing to pursue her dream of being a concert pianist.

I didn’t know anything about this war between Arabs and Jewish people in Jerusalem and Israel, and so I came into this book completely blind. This book can be a bit confusing when explaining events, as everything is told from the POV of Shula. When the adults hide things from the children in order to not scare them, the reader doesn’t know the complete story behind what is going on either. I wish that there had been at least one or two adult POVs in the story so that I could have learned the truth behind some of the events going on in that time of history.

I loved that Shula was not some lovesick young teenaged girl. There was a love interest in this story, but he was not the main focus at all. He wasn’t even involved in the story for quite a few chapters. This was Shula’s story about her family and her dreams, and it was not hijacked by any random love interests. I also loved Shula’s parents. They were so selfless in the name of their children. When Shula wanted to learn how to play piano, they made sure that she got a piano and piano lessons. They wanted to give their children their best lives even though they were quite literally living in a warzone.

Even though this novel was historical fiction, I felt as if the characters were real by the time I got to the end. I wanted to learn more about their lovies after the novel ended, I wish that there was a sequel to this book!

I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for an emotional and realistic historical fiction novel.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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“I went to high school in Israel in the late 50’s and heard many personal stories about the early years and the struggle for independence. Your book makes these years really come alive. Also, most of my relatives’ tales were set in Kibbutzim and rural Palestine. Your book describes life in Tel Aviv as just as heroic. Lastly, I share your mother’s love for Yemenite embroidery and am happy that your book calls attention to this beautiful art form.” 

Vita Hollander

“This lovely coming of age story provides a view into the challenges, conflicts and dilemmas facing the European Jews fleeing Hitler’s reach and trying to make Palestine their home. It pulls no punches and honestly acknowledges the dilemmas posed by the creation of this new country, but as it tells the story from the eyes of a young girl, we see those intricacies as she would have seen them, allowing the reader an understanding not only of historical events that readers may not be aware of (the proposed partition, the ethical dilemma posed by Jewish terrorist groups, etc.) but also of the emotional journey of these refugees and their children. This story is an important reminder of the effects of war and provides a critical piece of history necessary for understanding the world today.”

Nima M. Vincent via Amazon.com, 5 out of 5 star review

This story drew me in from the very first page. The vivid descriptions of smell, sights and taste, longing, disappointment and joy, evoked real emotion and made me wish I were sitting at the kitchen table with Shula and her aunts. I appreciated the many history lessons tucked into the adventures, and was relieved to discover details about this time period without being burdened by the author’s politics.”

Lisa Fliegel via Amazon.com, 5 out of 5 star review

About the Author, Rina Z. Neiman

Rina Z. Neiman is a writer, event producer and public relations professional. Born Under Fire is based on the true story of her mother, Shulamit Dubno Neiman, a Sabra, a musician and one of the first generation of modern-day Israelis. Rina lives in Marin County, California with her husband and son. This is her first novel.

You may find out more about the author and her book by visiting the website https://www.bornunderfire.com/. Also, you may find her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

— Blog Tour Dates

May 20th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin! So, grab your coffee and join us today as we celebrate the launch of Rina Z. Neiman’s book BornUnder Fire. Read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.

May 21st @ Karen Brown Tyson Blog

Make sure you stop by Karen’s blog today where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how to manage time and distractions during the book writing process. If you are writing a book – or thinking about writing one – this one is a post you don’t want to miss!

May 22nd @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog today where you can read her review about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

May 23rd @ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog again where you can read the author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about why researching primary sources is so effective.

May 23rd @ Bri’s Book Nook

Looking for a new book? Make sure to stop by Bri’s Book Nook and find out why you need to add Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire to your reading list.

May 24th @ One Sister’s Journey

Today is a can’t miss review by Lisa over at One Sister’s Journey blog. She’s sharing her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

May 26th @ Reading Whale

You won’t want to miss today’s stop at the blog Reading Whale where you can read this Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about when you can finally start writing your book after all that research.

May 27th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf

Fill your bookshelf with good books! Stop by Veronica’s blog and read author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about writing biographical fiction and when to dramatize real events.

May 28th @ Helen Hollick’s World of Books

Join Helen Hollick’s Tuesday Talk over at her blog and read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how videos can reinforce your historical novel.

May 28th @ Book Collab Blog

Make sure you stop by Morgan’s blog Book Collab where you can find out what she has to say about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

May 29th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

If you love historical fiction, make sure you visit Anthony Avina’s blog today where he features author Rina Z. Neiman’s blog post about how she researched her historical fiction novel Born Under Fire. You won’t want to miss this!

May 31st @ Jess Reading Blog

Are you interested in writing history for young adults? If you are, you will absolutely want to visit Jess’ blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman talks about writing history for young adults and what grabs them and what loses them.

June 1st @ The World of My Imagination

Come by Nicole’s blog today where you can read her review of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire and enter to win a copy of the book.

June 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Can’t resist a good book? Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog today when he reviews Rina Z. Neiman’s incredible historical fiction book BornUnder Fire.

June 3rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Looking for your next great read? Make sure you stop by Bev’s blog today and catch her opinion on this fascinating historical fiction novel Born Under Fire.

June 4th @ Amanda Diaries

Today’s stop is at Amanda’s blog where you can read what she thinks about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire. 

June 5th @ The Frugalista Mom

Visit Rozelyn’s blog today where you can not only read her review of Born Under Fire but also enter to win a copy of the book!

June 7th @ Bookworm Blog

Feeling bookish today? Make sure you stop by Anjanette’s Bookworm blog where you can read her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s powerful historical fiction book Born Under Fire plus read an interview with the author.

June 8th @ Jessica’s Reading Room

Today’s tour stop is a fantastic guest post written by author Rina Z. Neiman about how to make stories interactive. A must-read for all the writers out there!

June 9th @ Jess Bookish Life

Need a new book in your life? Stop by Jess’ blog today where she shares her opinion about the historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

June 10th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Are you doing research for your novel? Make sure you visit Bev’s blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman is talking about top 5 ways to research secondary sources.

June 12th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Get to know author Rina Z. Neiman at today’s stop over at author Anthony Avina’s blog where he interviews the author.

June 14th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog today and read a guest post by the author who talks about making your story interactive and why adding music is so effective.

June 15th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog at Strength 4 Spouses where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about the importance of writing during deployment.

June 17th @ 12 Books

Visit Louise’s blog over at 12 Books and find out her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

June 21st @ Choices Blog

Interviewing someone for your book? Make sure you visit Madeline Sharples’ blog today where Rina Z. Neiman talks about how to conduct interviews with people who are (and who are not) willing to talk with you.

June 23rd @ Strength 4 Spouses Blog

Need a new book? Make sure you stop by Wendi’s blog where she reviews Born Under Fire by Rina Z. Neiman.

The Radium Girls Review

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

During the 1920s, radium was supposed to be a miracle element. The rich would put it in their water to make them healthier, and companies who made watches wanted women to paint it on the watch faces to make them glow. No one knew about the dangers of radium, and everyone wanted it. The girls who worked in the factories were so happy to have a job there, some dropping out of high school to work full time, and they were known around town due to their glow.

While in the factory, they were told to use their mouths to shape the small brush into a sharp point in order to better paint the radium onto the watch dial. Slowly, between the environment and the direct ingestion of the radium, the radium began to seep into the girls’ systems. Soon, many of the workers started to die suspiciously or become sick with abscesses in their mouths and jaws and deterioration of bones throughout their bodies. At first, the doctors claimed that the girls had a plethora of diseases, but soon they started tracking the diseases to the factory.

I have to say, reading this book shocked me. Many of the girls who worked in the factory were high school and college age, around the same age as me and my friends. They were drawn to work in the factories by the thought of making a decent salary at a fairly easy job. However, they did not know that working there was basically a death sentence due to the lip-pointing practice. Some of these girls would even paint the radium on their teeth and on their clothes so that they would shine as they attended parties. They were told that all of these things were completely safe, but it simply wasn’t.

The girls in this book die horrible, painful deaths. I could not imagine being in the pain that some of them were in, especially with the limited medicine of the 1930s. It was difficult to read, but it was absolutely necessary.

I believe that this story is also important because it discusses the greediness of the companies. Even when the companies were getting word of the radium possibly being poisonous, they refused to do their research, and simply moved their company out of the area so that none of the girls would hear about it. These young girls went for a job and were ruined for the rest of their lives, but the company refused to even acknowledge them for quite a number of years.

What people also don’t realize is that these same issues could affect people living in these areas today. Radium takes thousands of years to stop being radioactive, and this was simply 100 years ago. Even though the cities say that they did a cleanup, these girls went everywhere. They lived their normal lives, and the radium was on their clothes, in their bones, and on their shoes. Who knows if they have truly been cleaned up from the areas! How do you know if you cleaned up something properly if it is as thin as dust in the air? Simply putting it underground might not be enough, as it might start to seep up. Even the bones of these girls are still radioactive to this day, so are they willing to clean up graveyards? These are the questions that need to be answered, as the painful legacy of these girls could still live on to this day to the shoddy clean-up job.

I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to know more about American in the 1920s, prior to the Depression, with factories taking advantage of workers and people being duped into thinking that what was killing them was actually saving them.

Overall Rating: 6/5