Monday, November 11, 2013

Celebrating Veteran's Day And A New WWI Historical By Jo-Ann Power

All day today on our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating Jo-Ann Power's new WWI historical, a look at war through the eyes of the women who served.


Heroic Measures Trilogy Book One

Honoring those who have served their country in war, most focus on those who have fought on the battlefields. But one group's heroics under fire have slipped through the pages of history, a group whose blood and sweat were left in operating rooms and hospital tents, a group whose heroism has seldom been measured.

For nurse Gwen Spencer, fighting battles is nothing new. An orphan sent to live with a vengeful aunt, Gwen picked coal and scrubbed floors to earn a living. But when she decides to become a nurse, she steps outside the boundaries of her aunt's demands…and into a world of her own making.

Leaving her hometown for France, she helps doctors mend thousands of brutally injured Doughboys under primitive conditions. Amid the chaos, she volunteers to go ever forward to the front lines. Braving bombings and the madness of men crazed by the hell of war, she is stunned to discover one man she can love. A man she can share her life with.

But in the insanity and bloodshed she learns the measures of her own desires. Dare she attempt to become a woman of accomplishment? Or has looking into the face of war and death given her the courage to live her life to the fullest?


Whether the story calls for immersion in history, the always-volatile corporate world or the demanding environment of journalism, Jo-Ann Power brings her expert writing talent to draw readers into exciting, realistic worlds.

Her versatility with genres has brought her success as well as thousands of readers in genres such as mainstream, mystery and romance, and drawn praise from multiple reviewers and readers.

Romantic Times said of her work, "She draws readers into a carefully constructed novel that is brimming with…passion, brilliant colors and fascinating history..." Others compare her "power-ful" style to that of Daphne DuMaurier and Phyllis Whitney. Publishers Weekly said, "Her ability to "cleverly weave politics, murder and romance, creating intense, breath-catching suspense" is a hallmark of her works. Her mysteries have been Featured Alternates of The Mystery Guild, and her historical romances were selections of both Rhapsody Book Club and Doubleday Book Club.

In her latest historical novel, HEROIC MEASURES, Jo-Ann takes us from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to the battlefields of France in World War One. Recreating the decision of one young nurse to join the Army Nurse Corps, sail to France and serve on the American front lines, the novel follows her courageous journey under brutal conditions. The story of the hardships and triumphs of these women has been woefully neglected. Fascinated by the valor of these nurses and their grace under pressure, Jo-Ann researched the topic for decades, including trips to the actual battlefields where much of the book takes place. Now, as we approach the Centennial of the outbreak of World War One, she brings the bravery of these women to life in the person of Gwen Spencer, a young girl from Peckville, Pennsylvania whose heart led her to serve others in their time of need.

Read more about HEROIC MEASURES here.

For more information, pictures and details about the Army Nurse Corps, American experience in World War One and Jo-Ann's research trips in the States and to France, read Jo-Ann's blog,

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Check out this great interview with author Jo-Ann Power in Psychologies Magazine!

WIN - Leave a comment for Jo-Ann at her Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for a copy of her new book!  Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner!

We're also celebrating all day today over on Facebook - Please stop by and join the fun as Jo-Ann shares some of the interesting facts from her research!


  1. Good morning Jo-Ann! Happy Veteran's Day and super congrats on your new release!

    I'm very excited about your new book and loved your blog with all the posts about your research for this book. I love that you've taken a different look at war and are showing us it through the eyes of the women who served in WWI.

    Please tell us more about it! And I see this is the first book in a trilogy, can you tell us more about the next books, how will they connect and how long do we have to wait! LOL

    Enjoy your special launch party today, here and over on facebook! Hope you have a wonderful time and that HEROIC MEASURES is, by far, your biggest seller! Have fun!

  2. Thank you for this!!! I am tickled to debut HEROIC MEASURES.
    It's a story about brave American women whom few know about!