Some of you may not know this, but in the seven years since my last book launch, I got married, bought a house, had an appendectomy and tonsillectomy, and switched jobs (twice). I also wrote a new young adult historical novella, now available in paperback and pre-order on Kindle

If you enjoyed LIKE A RIVER by Kathy Cannon Wiechman, or THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, you will enjoy my new novella. If you haven't read those books, run to your favorite library or book vendor and have fun reading this weekend! If you have read those books and are looking for your next young adult historical fiction, THE LAST APRIL is for you. 

Back Cover Blurb

Spontaneous, fifteen-year-old Gretchen vows to help heal the nation from the recently ended Civil War. On the morning of President Lincoln’s death, Gretchen finds an amnesiac Confederate in her garden and believes this is her chance for civic goodwill.

But reconciliation is not as simple as Gretchen assumed. When her mother returns from the market with news that a Confederate murdered the president, Gretchen wonders if she caught the killer. Tensions between her aunt and mother rise as Gretchen nurses her Confederate prisoner, revealing secrets from their past that make Gretchen question everything she knows about loyalty, honor, and trust.

THE LAST APRIL is an entertaining, thoughtful novella of Ohio after the Civil War, meant to encourage readers to reflect on themes of fear and hope in uncertain political times.

 Available in paperback and pre-order on Kindle

Book Launch Party

You are invited to join me at the official book launch party in Columbus, OH. There will be snacks, drinks, and if you fill out a history activity book you can enter a raffle to win a free print copy of THE LAST APRIL. Join me for some historical fun!

Saturday, April 15, 2017
2:30 - 4:30 PM at Wild Goose Creative
2491 Summit St, Columbus, Ohio 43202

Goodreads Giveaway

If you're unable to attend the book launch party, don't worry! You have another opportunity to win a free print copy through my Goodreads giveaway.

You need a Goodreads account to enter, and you must provide your mailing address. Your mailing address will only be shown to me if you win so I can ship the book to you. If you do not win, I do not receive your personal information. The giveaway is open to United States residents only due to shipping costs.

Free Downloads for Reviews

As you know, books live and die by their reviews! 

THE LAST APRIL will be free to download on Amazon Kindle from April 14th - 19th. After that, the price will return to $0.99 for one month. On May 15th, the price will jump to $2.99, where it will remain.

You are encouraged to download a free copy and leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads


Whether you score a free copy or purchase one, I hope you enjoy reading THE LAST APRIL!