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Books News!!

It Took a War is officially on Goodreads. I'd so appreciate it if you'd hop over and add it to your bookshelf. =)

I ordered a proof copy of It Took a War today!! I cannot possibly wait to hold it in my hands!

My publishing name is called The White Rose Press. I came across this name after reading about a German resistance group during WWII called, The White Rose. Hans and Sophie Scholl, who with other university students and their professor, wrote and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets. They were caught and sentenced to death. Their courage for standing up for truth, and their faith in God really inspires me. So, that's how The White Rose Press came to be!

Things are starting to come together for this book launch. Now I just need to work on the book tour blog posts...=)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!  I'm hanging out with these adorable Pilgrims and Indians....it'll be quite the Thanksgiving. =)


November Favorites

I'm stealing this post idea from my sister. It just sounds like fun to write a post about my favorite things after a full day of getting It Took a War ready for the world! 

Did you guys see this Christmas ad?! I don't even know what a Sainsbury is (at first I thought it was chocolate but I think it's like a Wal-Mart in the UK or something?), but this video of the Christmas truce during WWI is incredible...and also strange that the soldiers could go from killing each other, to celebrating Christmas, then killing each other again. 

Anyway, I love this video. And I want to learn German. 


This. I like it. =)


A friend of the family (who's like a grandma to me) let me borrow her ration card from WWII! 


This book made me cry. And it opened me up to a part of WWII I didn't know very much about. I'm researching the German resistance now, and hoping to write a novel about it. 


While we're talking about the German resistance, everyone go watch this movie. Just watched it last night and I'm ready to watch it again.

You might laugh at the songs I've been listening to all week. Oh, well. Here's a sample:

Battle Cry of Freedom (Confederate version) - Bobby Horton
Die Gedanken sind frei - Pete Seeger
The Southern Wagon - Derek Warfield
Santa Fe - Newsies Broadway
Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier - Dark River: Songs of the Civil War Era

So, my mind has been all over history this week – Civil War, WWI, WWII...ahh the life of a history 

What are your November favorites?


IT TOOK A WAR Book Trailer


P.S. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who signed up for the book tour! I'll be emailing you soon! 

Book News

Just popping in to say that It Took a War will be available on

 Monday, December 15th, 2014.

Yup. I'm pretty excited.

If you'd like to participate in the book tour, see below!


P.S. My brother got married 4 months ago today. Whaaat? Time flies!

"Fill Your Canteens Boys! Some of You Will Be in Hell Before Night and You'll Need Water!"

 In It Took a War, my main character trains at Camp Curtin in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Last week, I had the opportunity to see one of the monuments for the camp! It was little hard to believe that there was 80 acres of land here for training soldiers when you're in the middle of a city with cars blasting  music all around. But it was still exciting to see where part of the camp actually was!

Joe tried to remember everything the Captain was yelling, but when his memory failed him, he glanced at the men next to him and copied their movements of heels together, toes apart and ‘sucking in of the gut’. -IT TOOK A WAR

While we were in Harrisburg, we stopped at the National Civil War Museum! We only had about an hour to look around before it closed, so I'd love to go back through it again and soak up more information!

Robert E. Lee's gauntlets. Like, Robert E. Lee actually wore these. I KNOW. 

A hat found after the battle of Gettysburg...

This Springfield rifle was found near the Peach Orchard at Gettysburg. After the battle, 27,000 discarded rifles were picked up on the field and sent to the Washington arsenal. 

This canteen was found near Plum Run in Gettysburg. 

This map of the third day of battle of Gettysburg was drawn by General George Pickett. 

This U.S. belt plate was found on the "Picket's Charge" field in 1955.

This fragment of a flag, dark blue bunting with a single star, was captured on the Confederate retreat by members of the 18th PA Calvary.

This revolver was found near the "high water mark" at Picket's Charge. 

A lock of hair belonging to General George Pickett. 

Guess who this huge trunk belonged to? 

 This flank marker flag was carried by Sergeant John P. Welch of Company E, 104th New York infantry at Gettysburg. On the first day of the battle, the flag was in danger of beging captured. Moments before he was captured, Sergeant Welch hid the flag in his coat sleeve. While a prisoner in Richmond he was able to sew the flag into the lining of his coat and upon his release, carried the flag back to New York.

Prisoner Art
c. 1864
This wooden spine was created by an unknown prisoner. Carving indivual fins and snapping them together he was able to form the sctruture and occupy his time.

Prisoner Diary
This diary belonged to Sergeant Ellis of Company D, 12th Mississippi. Sergeant Ellis was killed in action at Spotsylvania Court House on May 12th, 1864. The diary was picked up by Private Hacker of Company H, 183rd Pennsylvania. Private Hacker was captured on May 19th and sent to Andersonville prison. During his time in the stockade he wrote about the horrors of the camp. His last entry was Setptember 18th, 1864. Hacker survived the war.

If you're ever in Harrisburg, you should definitely stop at the National Civil War Museum!


IT TOOK A WAR Cover Reveal!

I really should drag this on and on and just write a bunch of words to take up a good portion of this post to build the suspense....

Never mind. I'll just show you the cover.

1861 - Sixteen year old Joe Roberts leads a mundane life as far as he’s concerned. His world spins in the same circle each day: working at his family’s store, taking his sisters on boyish escapades and bickering with his rogue of a cousin, Lucas. Joe can’t understand why his mother allows Lucas to live and work with them after all the pain he caused their family. When war is declared, Joe is quick to join up and become a soldier with the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers, but war is nothing like he imagined. To make matters worse, he must endure having Lucas in the same regiment. Can Joe put the pain of the past behind him? Forgiveness is easier said than done.

Didn't Rachel Rossano do a fantastic job on the cover?! She's so great to work with! And big shout out goes to fellow bloggers and friends who either volunteered or were drafted in by me to be a part of the reveal: Michaela, Emily, Evie, Meghan, Susanna, Allison, Rachel, Jamie (my awesome sister)....thank you!!!

Look for It Took a War in e-book and print this December!