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Milspouse Matters Finalist

Foreword INDIES Award Finalist

Milspouse Matters is a finalist in the industry accredited Foreword INDIES Awards in the Adult Nonfiction category Family & Relationships. Thousands of books are entered into this awards program each year. 

5 stars For Milspouse Matters

Readers' Favorite 5 Stars

In a review published to 500,000 libraries, schools, and bookstores across America, Milspouse Matters was awarded 5 out of 5 stars! Readers’ Favorite only publishes reviews on books that earn 4 stars or above, and books are reviewed by experienced book reviewers. Here’s part of K.C. Finn’s review:

“McDonald’s ability to weave together personal anecdotes, historical perspectives, and contemporary insights creates a rich tapestry of experiences that resonates deeply with readers.”

Live Event: March 10-11, 2024

Meet Jen at the Tuscon Festival of Books

See Jen at one of the most popular book festivals in the country! She’ll be at booth 126 with her publisher, W. Brand Publishing. Get your books signed or just stop by and chat. 

Recognition for Milspouse Matters

Military Writers Society of America library addition & award nomination

The MWSA awards honors the top books written for military and their families each year. 

Milspouse Matters Featured

Stars & Stripes Feature

From Terri Barnes’ column:

“While squarely facing the challenges of military life, McDonald has created an uplifting narrative that highlights adventures of military life and the tenacity of military spouses and families across generations.”

Podcast Interview with Jen

Awesome Marriage Podcast Episode 582

Jen joined Dr. Kim Kimberling to discuss dealing with deployment and long-distance marriage on this popular marriage podcast. 

Speaking Engagement- Fall 2023

AETC Command Spouses Yearly Conference Speaker

Jen shared with senior leadership spouses about prioritizing your marriage, relationships, and self-care when your spouse is in a high visibility role.

Featured Speaker 2023 & 2022

PILLAR Deployment Retreat

Jen has spoken twice at this digital deployment retreat on the topics of handling in-law relationships and helping your teens through a parent’s deployment. 

Award for Milspouse Matters

Best New Books for Military Families 2023

Operation We Are Here names Milspouse Matters as one of the Best New Books for Military Families 2023.

Milspouse Matters Highlight

Five & Thrive Recommended Reading List

Five & Thrive was created by the spouse of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Book Release October 2023

Amazon #1 hot new release in these categories: Military Families, Biography Reference & Collections, Military & War Biographies

Top new release in Biographies & Memoirs of Women, Memoirs categories

Award for You Are Not Alone

Gold Medal from Readers’ Favorite Awards 2023

You Are Not Alone wins Gold Medal from Readers’ Favorite Awards 2023 in Christian Devotion/Study category! 

The Readers’ Favorite Awards program screens thousands of book entries each year, from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.

Award for You Are Not Alone

In a review published to 500,000 libraries, schools, and bookstores across America, Milspouse Matters was awarded 5 out of 5 stars! Readers’ Favorite only publishes reviews on books that earn 4 stars or above, and books are reviewed by experienced book reviewers.

Here’s part of Doreen Chombu’s review: 
“Get a copy of this book to help you navigate the highs and lows of being a military spouse. I enjoyed this book and hope to read more from this author because I loved her honesty and authenticity.”

Book Release

You Are Not Alone 2nd Edition Released

  • #1 Hot New Release in Amazon Military Families and Christian Devotionals categories
  • Operation We Are Here suggested reading 

Award for Author

Jen was added to this list of top influencers, entrepreneurs, authors, podcasters, and community advocates. 

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