Birthday Book Tour 9/9/20- 9/15/20 ”The Fourteenth Of September” by Rita Dragonette


Release Date: September 18, 2018

2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Fiction (Historical)

2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Women’s Fiction

2019 National Indie Excellence Awards, Finalist, New Fiction & Book Cover Design

2018 Beverly Hills Book Awards, Winner, Women’s Fiction

2018 American Book Fest Fiction Awards, Finalist, Literary Fiction & Best Cover Design

2018 Hollywood Festival, Honorable Mention, General Fiction

About The Book:

On September 14, 1969, Private First Class Judy Talton celebrated her nineteenth birthday by secretly joining the campus anti-Vietnam War movement. In doing so, she jeopardizes both the army scholarship that will secure her future and her relationship with her military family. But Judy’s doubts have escalated with the travesties of the war. Who is she if she stays in the army? What is she if she leaves?

When the first date pulled in the Draft Lottery turns up as her birthday, she realizes that if she were a man, she’d have been Number One―off to Vietnam with an under-fire life expectancy of six seconds. The stakes become clear, propelling her toward a life-altering choice as fateful as that of any draftee.

The Fourteenth of September portrays a pivotal time at the peak of the Vietnam War through the rare perspective of a young woman, tracing her path of self-discovery and a “Coming of Conscience.” Judy’s story speaks to the poignant clash of young adulthood, early feminism, and war, offering an ageless inquiry into the domestic politics of protest when the world stops making sense.

About The Author: 

RITA DRAGONETTE is a former award-winning public relations executive turned author. Her debut novel, “The Fourteenth of September,” is a woman’s story of Vietnam which was published by She Writes Press on Sept. 18, 2018. She is currently working on two other novels and a memoir in essays, all of which are based upon her interest in the impact of war on and through women, as well as on her transformative generation. She also regularly hosts literary salons to introduce new works to avid readers. Fore more, visit

Social Media:



Twitter: @ritadragonette

 Book Blurbs: 

An often fresh take on the collegiate anti-war movement in small-town America.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The ebb and flow between a nineteen-year-old’s mistakes, vulnerability, and surprising moments of insight ring achingly true. The Fourteenth of September is a moving tribute to lives altered by chance. The draft lottery and its rippling effects highlight a generation that came into adulthood amid devastating uncertainty.” –– Foreword Clarion Reviews

“Rita Dragonette has written a strong-hearted and authentic novel about a naive young girl and her struggle to reconcile the dissonance between the world she sees and the world she was raised to believe in. Judy is truly a quiet hero; you won’t forget her.”  –– Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

Bloggers On Tour:

Sept 9th – Lindas Book Obsession

Sept. 10th – David L Morgan

Sept. 12th – Ya It’s Lit

Sept. 12th – Miss W Book Reviews

Sept. 13th – Hannah Reads

Sept. 13th – Gingerly Reading

Sept. 13th – Angela Sanford-  Flight Nurse

Sept. 14th Bookoholic Cafe

Sept. 14th – Bookish Heidi

Sept. 14th – Nurse Bookie

Sept. 15th- Book Chara



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