Mary Lou Darst Launches New Marketing Effort for ‘War Ready’

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Author takes readers back to Cold War, explores challenges of living in military family in memoir

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In Mary Lou Darst’s memoir, “War Ready: In My Father’s Shadow” (published by iUniverse), a young, American girl wrestles with the challenges of a military family constantly on the move during the Cold War. Through her 14 moves in 10 years, frequent travel and exposure to historical places, Darst saw the world in a different way than her parents.

Darst says she was inspired to share her story by the “Discovery of my father’s WWII diary after his death which helped me finally understand him and appreciate why we had not bonded the way fathers and daughters usually do.” She has launched a new marketing push for the book.

Taking place in Alaska, Japan, Germany, Europe and other locations, “War Ready” allows Darst to step back in time to take a look at her childhood, life inside a military family, the toll of post-traumatic stress disorder and the adventures of travel.

“I want readers to have insight into the military life of an American family, their travels, and experiences in other countries,” she says.

An excerpt from “War Ready”:
There were wrenching, heart breaking good-byes; fear of the unknown; fear that an American uniform would provoke a negative response; and the simmering fear that we would not return to our families.

“War Ready”
By Mary Lou Darst
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 220 pages | ISBN 9781462031559
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 220 pages | ISBN 9781462031542
E-Book | 220 pages | ISBN 9781462031566
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Mary Lou Darst has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Applied Design and a Master’s in Multicultural Studies. She lives in Houston with her partner, Peter Bowman. They are both photographers, and together explore different modes of artistic expression.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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