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Goodreads and Proof Copy and Publishing Name, Oh My!

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!

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. 

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

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!