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Ain't We Got Fun | A Story

My friend, Emily Chapman, and I have been thinking of writing a story together, letter style, for a while. We were going to mail the letters to each other and someday combine them, but it just never happened. But then Emily emailed me with a brilliant idea. She suggested posting our character letters on our blogs. After tons of emails back and forth filled with story ideas, excitement, and more excitement, we now present...

During the month of January we'll be alternating character letters on our blogs. On January 1st, Emily will post her character's letter on her blog and on January 2nd I'll post my letter here, etc.

The story follows two sisters, Georgiana (my character) and Bess (Emily's character) during the Great Depression.

Oh, and we even have a Pinterest board that you should definitely check out. 
Follow Emily Chapman's board ain't we got fun on Pinterest.

The story begins tomorrow, January 1st, 2015, over at Emily Chapman's blog. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we're enjoying writing it!


Winner + Desk Tour

Rafflecopter has chosen a winner! The winner of the Civil War Christmas bundle goes to...

Alyssa Faith!

Congratulations, Alyssa!! I'll be emailing you shortly!

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Thank you all so much for helping out and supporting It Took a War's release!! You guys made the book tour so fun!

I've been cleaning up my writing desk so that I can work on my next book. I made an inspiration collage on the wall, organized my research books, and dusted. It's a big day when I actually dust off my desk. =)

Review, Writing, and Reenactments | Day 5

I can't believe it's the last day the book tour already! That week went fast! Thank you all so much for making the book tour so wonderful! To wrap things up, Meghan reviewed It Took a War on her blog.  I'm also sharing how I got into writing on Beth's blog. =)

Today I thought I'd share a timeline of the Civil War reenactments I've participated in. I've only done a handful, but I'm hoping 2015 allows more time for that hobby!

My first time reenacting! No, I still haven't mastered the serious face thing.

Dream Cast and a Study Guide | Day 4

I've learned a lot through this publishing and promoting process. Like, don't wait to write 8 blog tour posts the week of the blog tour. Coffee, you were my only friend this week. =)

Anyway, I have a fun lineup today! Do you want to see my dream cast if It Took a War was turned into a movie?! It's an epic cast, I must say. Check it out at The Pen of a Ready Writer.

I also created a study guide targeted for middle schoolers to go along with It Took a War! I'm posting about that over on my sister's blog, The Art of Making a Home.

Day Three of IT TOOK A WAR's Book Tour

Good morning all! It's day three of It Took a War's book tour! I'm showing up on two blogs today, so grab yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy!

I'm sharing the writing, editing, and publishing process of It Took a War on Susanna's blog, The Misadventures of a Globe Trotter in Training.

I'm also showing up on my Australian friend, Evie's, blog where I'm sharing bookish advice. Is bookish a word? Well, if not, you know what I mean. 

An Interview + Exciting News

I am completely blown away by the support you all showered on It Took a War's release! Thank you all so much

Today, Hannah Mary  (Who lives in Ireland, is the coolest vlogger ever, and has the loveliest fictional feasts!) interviewed me on her blog, The Daisy Tree! She came up with some great questions like, What has been the biggest thing you've learned from this experience of writing and self-publishing? What advice would you give to other writers trying to do the same thing? and How did you come up with your book's title, and how did you come up with your characters' names? to name a few. Hop on over to her blog to check it out!

IT TOOK A WAR is Now Available!

I have a rather exciting announcement...

It's still sinking in that I'm officially an author now...that my dream has come true...that anyone can buy my book. What? Is this real life?! =)  

Life is Full

I kinda felt like Katherine Plumber from Newsies this week...

'cause as I may have mentioned,
I have no clue what I'm doing!

This week has been very full. I've been working on my book tour, getting everything ready for the book launch (3 DAYS!), Etsy orders, making a study guide for It Took a War, figuring out Createspace and Amazon...it's mostly the latter that caused me to sing, "I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I'M DOING!" But don't worry, everything is falling into place!

IT TOOK A WAR Pinnables

At the suggestion of Meghan from A Northern Belle, I've created some pinnables for my book, It Took a War! It was a really fun way to combine my two passions, photography and writing. If you have Pinterest, please pin away! =)

Oh, and there are only 5 DAYS left until It Took a War is available! I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around that. So much to get done before Monday!!

Proof Copy!

Today I received the proof copy of It Took a War! The scheduled delivery date was today so I was confused and disappointed when my sister came back from the mailbox without the proof copy. About ten minutes later I saw the mail truck come back, make a u-turn and stop at the mail box. I was spying out the window and giving my mom a play by play.

"The mail truck stopped at the mail box! The mail guy is eating a powerbar and....he put a package in!"

Hallelujah my book came!

 Seriously, was the mail man just trying to make this more suspenseful?! Sheesh.

It's an amazing and surreal feeling to hold my book. So crazy!!

 It Took a War will be available on December 15th....less than 2 weeks away!!