Books by Melissa Bowersock

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Memorial Day Sale

Again on Memorial Day, we remember all the veterans who have served our country both at home and overseas. In honor of all those brave souls, my non-fiction book, Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan is on sale for just 99 cents. This is the award-winning true story of a courageous Army nurse and prisoner-of-war who just happens to be my aunt. 

This book was truly a labor of love. I had always heard growing up that my aunt was a prisoner of the Japanese during WWII, but not much more beyond that. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the Wisconsin Historical Society had in their archives two scrapbooks that were created by my grandmother during my aunt's time in service, filled with letters, photos, news clippings, telegrams and every other bit of information from that agonizing time. I knew the story needed to be told, and I knew if I didn't do it, no one would. 

I've been hugely gratified by the way this book has touched others. It has garnered several awards and was featured in a TV documentary Our Wisconsin: The Military History of America's Dairyland. Here's a sample of some of the very nice reviews the book has received:

Nurse Gates' amazing valor and her mother's drive reminds us to never forget the human dimension of combat. A reminder indeed that loved ones suffer as much at home as those on the battlefields. Inspirational. 

Her spirit came alive on the pages of this factual account of her Japanese captivity.

Enjoyed this book from cover to cover.

If you like history, true stories, stories of dedication and commitment and humble bravery, you might enjoy this book. During this time of remembering and honoring our veterans, I believe it's important to keep their stories alive. I hope you will join me in honoring all the men and women who have served our country.

Watch the book trailer here

The Kindle version is on sale through June 1, 2016.


  1. I'm interested in reading this story. It's going on my summer reading list, Melissa.

  2. J.P., thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it. It's interesting to me that even though fiction is my first love, this one non-fiction continues to be my best seller. I guess a lot of folks just love true stories. I hope you do, too.

  3. Hi Melissa,
    I came across your article, "How to Make a Book Perma-Free on Amazon". At first I didn't get how it was any different from Amazon's Look Inside Feature but then I realized your offering the first chapter for 12 different books..very clever! I suppose it saves time clicking on each book when you can just get the perma free one and read them all at once.

    I just wanted to write you and say that I thought it was a great article and a tremendous idea. It's something I may consider in the future after I've written more books. Best of luck to you!


  4. Thanks, Justin. The book of first chapters gives people a chance to sample my writing in various genres and then, with luck, they'll be interested enough to buy the full books. In the months to come, I'm also going to produce a boxed set of my paranormal books, so stay tuned!